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Let’s Play, a Weekly Link Party

Let’s Play, a link party where you can be inspired and be inspiring!

"Can I go over to Christi's house?"  "Can Maria come over?" As a kid, I was always asking to go to a friends house or to have a friend or two come over. Now I am an adult and I still want to play!  So I am interrupting my grown up day for a little play! [...]

I was playing with paint and stencils on cardboard and a story appeared

The way a piece of art play starts does not always give me an hint as to where it will go.  As was the case with this piece of cardboard and paint...who knew this would end up being Marie Antoinette on a gameshow? I was playing around with my Arched Aqueduct stencil with absolutely no idea [...]

I couldn’t always let myself play...when I was a kid I did it effortlessly, then as I grew up I lost that skill...boy did I miss it! So, I decided to reclaim my sense of play. What does play mean for me as an adult?  Play means not worrying if it’s perfect or right or [...]

Art inspired by David Cassidy and the Partridge Family – step by step stencil play and concert photos!

What happens in my life influences what I create in art...and seeing a David Cassidy concert last weekend had a big influence on this canvas!   I adore the tone of his voice and the happy pop sound of his Partridge Family music.  It's infectious!  So much that it is one of favorite playlists in [...]

Art journaling is all about play for me.  No pressure. No demands.  Just play. This started with a random background that I actually began during my Stencil Play Workshop.  I have bits and pieces of leftovers collaged randomly on the pages.  They go together if you are willing to let your imagination stretch...     [...]

Using Art To Heal a Hurt

Video sharing how I used art to to heal a hurt that came from feeling very vulnerable.

Being vulnerable can hurt but when I have a way to process the feelings, it hurts less.  Whether I am working in an art journal or on a canvas or on a wood panel, it doesn't matter.  What matters is that I am creating.  There is something magical for me when I get paint on my [...]

Decided to play around on a scrap of cardboard with Seth Apter’s newest stencil

Words inspire me so you bet I was excited to play with Seth Apter's new stencil, Explore. It's loaded with words and lots of texture too.  For today's play, I'm using fancy fancy things...like cardboard from a box, a cosmetic sponge, and old scrapbooking paper. This is just one of many stops in a blog hop celebrating Seth's [...]

Couldn’t get sharks off the brain so they ended up in my art journal!  Captured it all on video too! Inspired by Discovery Channel’s Shark Week

What's swimming around in my head?  Sharks thanks to Discovery Channel's recent Shark Week.  Brought back all sorts of nostalgia for me since I remember when it all began.  Yes, I'm that old. I am amazed by these creatures...but it's not like I want to swim with them in the open seas.  I am a big [...]

Using leftover paints to play step by step tutorial by Carolyn Dube

I just needed to use up my leftover paint so I didn't commit the crime of wasting color.  That was my excuse to let loose and just play with the goal of using it all up. It's a very freeing goal because there is nothing in there about perfection.  Nothing in there about what it [...]

Video showing how to quickly and easily create detailed patterns with Layer Me stencils from StencilGirl Products!

I love the look of detailed and complex designs however, that usually takes more patience than I have. Until now!  I don't have more patience suddenly, I have a stencil that will quickly do the job thanks to my layering stencils. https://youtu.be/KPYB4PPazR4 Watch How to Use Layering Stencils on YouTube. These are all a part [...]