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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 [...]

I was so inspired by a video about Sargy Mann, who is an amazing painter who happens to be blind.   His paintings are stunning.  Watching him create captivated me. I could not stop thinking about it.  So I decided to try to paint without my eyes.  And did I ever learn a few things... http://youtu.be/qk4gxag70uU Watch [...]

Finding the Silly Love Story in My Art Journal thumbnail

When I play in my art journal sometimes a story is revealed to me.  This particular tale, of two lovers separated by time and space brought together thanks to Johnny Cakes, isn't really Pulitzer prize worthy.   In fact, it is quite a silly love story and I like it that way.   Between you and me...I [...]

How Long Does it Take Me to Finish an Art Journal Page thumbnail

Does an art journal page happen in one afternoon?  It can, but very very rarely for me.  I used to feel pressure to "finish what I start" in one afternoon.  That pressure that took the fun out of it for me so I decided to let an art journal page take as long as it [...]

What a Colorful and Imperfect World This Is! thumbnail

My stenciling wasn't perfect.  My colored pencil work wasn't perfect.  Nothing on this is perfect and I love it that way!   This Gelli print, made using a technique from my One Pull Wonders workshop, started it all.  The swirls of color started to look like continents and it fit so perfectly with Mary Nasser's stencil...before [...]

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 [...]