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Video tutorial using playcolor paint sticks with rubber stamps to make an art journal background for this week’s Let’s Play link party!

Ever stumble across an art supply that was made for kids but you just had to try it?  That's what happened to me.  Loved these paint sticks when I found them, used them a few times, and then forgot all about them. The embarrassing thing is they were actually on a shelf where I saw [...]

Why I love it when Dylusions paints get thick!

The colors I use most often of the Dylusions paints have become thicker right in the jar.  We can talk about all the possible reasons the water evaporates but the biggest one is I leave the lids off for extended periods of time.  I'm working on getting better about it...but if I never get better about it...my life [...]

The most horrible looking start to an art journal page didn’t matter at all thanks to being able to add layers!

  While flipping through my art journals to find a page to play with today, I landed on one that was horrifically ugly in my eyes.  I could have cringed in horror when I saw the page.  I could have ripped it out and thrown it away.  I could have hidden the journal and never looked at [...]

Le’ts Play video tutorial using old dried out rub ons in an art journal and link party!

Things don't always go as planned...and when it is play...that is more than okay!  The plan was recycle tissue paper that had been gift wrap and old dried out rub ons in my art journal for this week's Let's Play video and link party + giveaway. Now, those rub ons really surprised me.  When I found them in [...]

Video full of tips and tricks for Gelli printing® as she uses the round plates in an art journal with a round stencil!

Put a Gelli Plate® and a stencil in my hands and I just can't stop playing!  This was supposed to be just one page..or that was my plan..but I didn't want to stop...so it became 2 pages of play! Today, I'm not the only one playing around, so is Mary Beth Shaw over at StencilGirl [...]

Video of colorful scribbling, used as her morning pages, is transformed with a butterfly stencil and paint.

What inspired my art play today?  Aggravation...not the game...the emotion.  Thank goodness for Julia Cameron and her morning pages from The Artist's Way so I could get it all out of my system! I have used Morning Pages to write, on paper with lines and an ink pen, what I'm feeling, thinking, etc. without worrying about grammar, punctuation, spelling, [...]

Making  your own calligraphy nib out of cardboard for Star Wars inspired art journaling

  I didn't have what I needed...so I used what I had around to create it!  I felt a little like McGyver when the idea popped into my head to make a flat calligraphy dip pen just so I could write Star Wars in my art journal for this week's Let's Play link party. I'm [...]

Video making a cardboard journal with a perpetual calendar for each month

I want to be the type of person who chronicles every day in a scrapbook or planner or journal.  Reality check...I'm not.  I might do it a few days, then miss a bunch, then do it again, but by March, I am usually so far behind that I never pick it up again.  But what I [...]

Video capturing the artistic battle between the right and left sides of Carolyn’s brain as she makes an art journal page on a Gelli print!

Art journaling is all about capturing moments for me.  And sometimes, I want to get the date in there.  But there is a catch.   I generally dislike my handwriting so I've created a stencil that solves this issue for me, the Never Ending Calendar stencil in 4x4 and 6x6 sizes for StencilGirl. Plus, I have [...]

I was Gelli printing® with the Doodle it Dream Landscape stencil and had the idea to use it as a coloring page.  All those wonderful lines in black paint just screamed opportunity to play to me.  You can see how how to make a reverse print with the Gelli Plate® in a video here. But...there was an [...]