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Video showing what a round Gelli Plate can do -so many many things!

Would the 6" round Gelli Plate be much different than the big one? I wondered...I wasn't sure until I played with it.  It is different! The size feels so different than the 8" plate.  And thanks to the size, what I could do with it in my art journal blew my mind.  Take a peek at [...]

Video making your own spray inks using Color Burst by Ken Oliver  with Carolyn Dube

Have you seen Ken Oliver's Color Bursts before? These bottles are loaded with a mighty powder that explodes with color when it gets wet.  A full rainbow of fun!  Check out the video where I share how they worked as a spray ink and as watercolors too! I'm not the only one playing with these - [...]

The Power in Her Scars

Step by step art journaling a stenciled face with a big Oops with a BIG message

While art journaling, this scar wasn't a mistake, it was and Oops (Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly). And it had a very strong message for me. Scars aren't always seen but every person has them.  Maybe they shouldn't be hidden but shared instead.  Maybe they aren't something "ugly" but a reminder of the journey.   Random stenciling [...]

Downton Abbey Inspired Art Journaling with a Stencil by Carolyn Dube

Downton Abbey has me under its spell.  I have avoided it until recently and now am an addict devouring seasons as quickly as life will allow.  While listening to the video of Downton Funk- okay, watching the video while pretending to straighten up the studio- I ended up with an art journal page instead of a clean studio.  So [...]

Art journal page from start to finish

Today, I share with you a very personal art journal page that came about because of the loss of my oldest and dearest friend recently.  I share this with the hope that others will be able to use art to heal their wounds.  The only way my soul can begin to process this is through [...]

It's not always easy to play but it is always soul nourishing when I do! What makes it hard to play some days?  My inner critic.  That critical voice in my head. I stood in my studio, stuck.  Totally unable to decide what to do. Then Funky Town, the Pseudo Echo version from the Awesome 80's, [...]

Creative Chaos in My Art Journal

Video of the creative chaos of an art journal

Sometimes out of chaos comes something good. And there was plenty of chaos happening in this art journal from the very beginning.  It was a mess.  I had no plan which was very clear as visual overload hit in the middle!  But out of that chaos emerged a story. http://youtu.be/gaAhU_r-QXE Watch Creative Chaos in My [...]

Using a stencil to create a vintage look with metallic paints

I'm playing with patterns as the designer of this month's stencils for StencilClub!  One of the best ways for me to learn is to play.  What did I learn as I played with potential designs? 1.  I wanted the ability to do complicated looking work effortlessly. I am not patient.  At all.  The 6x6 stencil and [...]

Video of my mixed media art journal play doodling with words and a stencil

Maria McGuire is a doodler.  She can make magic with a pen and she loves to create stencils that have spaces made for doodling.  I am not a doodler by nature but I have found doodling to be a bit infectious, in a good way! http://youtu.be/ZUXK1HkFhiI Watch Dream Landscape Art Journal Play on YouTube.   I started [...]

Making your own papers on the Gelli plate means you have an instant collection of coordinating papers.  What can you do with those Gelli prints?  One thing is art journal with them. I picked 3 coordinating papers I made during this months's Colorful Gelli Print Party.  You can see how I made these prints using [...]