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Art Journaling

Somerset Apprentice Joy

Absolutely elated to be in the latest Somerset Apprentice!   It is an honor to be included in this magazine as there is so much inspiration from so many great artists in these pages! I am a bit partial to page 26 but there is so much in this issue.   If you have a [...]

Yes, You Can Cut Your Stencils!

I wanted a tall tree with full branches of wonderful leaves in my art journal.  But I didn't have that- or did I?  I made some surgical "adjustments" to the Branching Blossoms stencil to get the look I was after.  I used scissors and the very fancy tool called an index card. Why did I [...]

It Was a Conspiracy and My Muse Was Out to Get Me thumbnail

It was a conspiracy.  I'm not making this up.  I am not crazy.  It was a total conspiracy from my muse to get me playing.  She wanted me away from the computer screen with a jumbo to-do list and into the paints! When I saw the challenge over at Art Journal Journey, I just couldn't stop [...]

Play Dates: Use Each Spray Ink for What it Does Best thumbnail

You've seen my favorite spray inks, you've seen how I experiment and play to learn about spray inks, and today I'm going to share with you how I quickly build a background in an art journal. http://youtu.be/ez9WjjsiXbg Watch Using Each Spray Ink for What it Does Best on YouTube.   Join the conversation and let [...]

Play Dates: Burying Spray Inks that Bleed thumbnail

Some spray inks bleed and that can be a very useful thing.  I'm burying the Dylusions spray inks and creating a softer, aged feeling as it bleeds through the gesso. In today's Play Date video, I'm taking a spray ink that I adore because of its vibrance and showing how it can be wonderful muted down [...]

Word Has It, I’ve Got a Few New Stencils… thumbnail

Words, words, words! Words in my art journal. Words on a canvas.  Words on a card.  Words on fabric.  Words with modeling paste.  I love words! I am so honored to have my latest collection of stencils at StencilGirl.   Check out the video showing you how I made an art journal page with some of these new [...]

Stamping on Gelli Prints with Some Strong Women thumbnail

What do I do with my Gelli Prints? I play with them.  How?  So many many ways.  Today, I'm stamping on them. Using Gelli prints with stamps gives it the painterly, loose look I like without having to plan.  If I tried to color the stamps intentionally, I'd over think it and all the looseness [...]

On Top of World Playing with Rubber Stamps and Stencils thumbnail

I feel on top of the world when I play...so I captured that feeling with rubber stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps and StencilGirl stencils! Today is day 5 of the hop and it is loaded with inspiration!  There are 2 great prizes so be sure to check the end of this post for details [...]

Art Journaling with Obstacles

Obstacles pop up at times.  Some days more than others. Check out my guest post over at Create Mixed Media to find out what obstacles showed up and how I worked around them!

My Art Journal Was My Therapist

My Art Journal Was My Therapist thumbnail

I had something I had to work out so I had a session with my most trusted therapist, my art journal. When I am caught up in the mess of the emotions I don't see things terribly clearly.  Today, I calmed myself down with some paint and stencils.   Then some scribble journaling, in white pencil [...]