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Published in Cloth Paper Scissors and a Video! thumbnail

I've got a new video today over at CreateMixedMedia.com for my latest guest post.  This video was filmed a few months ago.  Why so long? Because I had to send off my art journal page in time to the great people at Cloth Papers Scissors to be included in their 10th anniversary issue! The article, [...]

Stencil Giveaways Ending Soon!

Stencil Giveaways Ending Soon! thumbnail

The stencil giveaways end Wednesday night, well, really it ends early Thursday morning.  I'm randomly picking the names of the 6 winners right before I start working on that big holiday feast so if you'd like a chance to win head over to the blog posts to get entered! Monday: Picasso's Words Tuesday: Kindergarten Writing Wednesday: [...]

Using a Stencil to Create Journal Prompts thumbnail

I use art to process emotions and feelings but sometimes I get stuck.  That's when having a prompt helps me get moving again.  Gelli prints and my new Verbage stencil to the rescue! This stencil, packed with words of action  to celebrate the emotions and excitement of life, is a great way to create prompt cards. [...]

No Stress Play with Picasso In the Art Journal thumbnail

Who needs a deadline!  Who needs the stress of having to finish right now!  I sure don't!   But I used to think I was required to finish in one session.  Shockingly, that led to creativity crushing stress. I decided that stress was not what I wanted so just rewrote the rules and gave myself permission to work in [...]

There's no spell check in art.  Once you paint a word there aren't any squiggly red lines alerting you to a misspelling.  Or a quick delete button to fix it. So what did I do when I had a typo? Nothing.  It's just an Oops.  Well, I did laugh at myself...I have always been a [...]

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 [...]