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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 [...]

A friend and I video taped our art play as we traded canvases after each step – see how it all turned out!

Artistic collaboration is a fantastic way to spur growth and creative exploration.  When Kirsten Reed stopped by for a visit, we wanted to create together with a twist.  After we completed each layer, we traded canvases.  Working layer by layer, our styles collided and crashed and pushed us each out of our comfort zones in the best [...]

The secret of a mystery was revealed to me by my muse while I was art journaling.  Or perhaps she was having fun reminding of something I need to be reminded of every now and then.  Let's just say the secret isn't rocket science...  In this video, you'll see how I deal with not being able [...]

USArtQuest Mixed Media Play

It's no secret I love to play with art supplies so I was jumping for joy when I was invited to play with goodies from USArtQuest and Susan Pickering Rothamel and StencilGirl stencils!  It's mixed media big time...I'm mixing together all different supplies in this one art journal page! I'm a huge fan of Susan [...]

Art Inspired by Social Media

I’m playing and sharing how social media inspired my play! Click on over, enjoy the video and join the fun!

I love looking at all the inspiration on social media such as Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Google+.  When I was stuck and just couldn't decide what to do in my art journal, I turned to that inspiration to help me get out of my head and start creating. How exactly did I do it?  I [...]

Video sharing how free and playful creating artfully can be thanks to a 5 year old

I was fortunate to be able to watch a master create recently.  She created with abandon. Pure freedom from an inner critic.  Freedom from judgement.  Who was she?  A  5 year old! My entire artistic journey has been about getting back to that place. She never asked if it was right.  She never asked if it [...]