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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 [...]

Frida Helped Me Get Unstuck

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Starting in my art journal can be the hardest part for me.  Why?  Because that is when I tend to over think and trap myself in my head.  When I am in my head, I get stuck. How do I get unstuck when art journaling? Challenges.  There are rules, guidelines, and most importantly for me, a [...]

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Did I have a plan when I started this?  Was this carefully thought out?  If you're a regular reader of this blog you probably already know the answer. You can find the answer to that burning question over on my guest post for CreateMixedMedia! Be sure to notice what a piece of incredible artistic skill [...]

Ugly is a gift!  Really!  This canvas worked out in the end but it did have some hideously ugly stages.  Truly hideous.  And all that ugly was a good thing! Ugly good?  Yes!  You can see what I mean over on my latest guest post, Ugly is a Gift, at CreateMixedMedia.    

My art was trying to tell me something, a message I needed to hear.  One that has been told to me before but oh do I struggle with this message.   It was a bad day.  The kind of day where the gremlins were pummeling me with cruel comments and harsh words.  I am not a [...]

  The craziest thing happened when the mail arrived with Mary Beth Shaw's newest stencil, Flower Tiles!  I was inspired to play.  That's not the crazy part.  I was inspired to play with Inktense pencils.  Nope.  That's not crazy either.  The crazy part?  That I created something very subtle compared to my usual play.   [...]

Winter Inspired Soul Play

As a former elementary school teacher, snow days will always hold a special place in my heart.  Snow days meant unexpected artful days in the studio.   We didn't get the snow today that the weatherman promised, okay, predicted...But I decided to take a snow day for play anyway with icicles on a canvas! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8-aPtyGE78 You [...]

Artsy Fartsy Play with a Stencil

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A bit of Dylusions spray inks and a stencil, Use Your Words, brought a touch color to my art journal.  In the video, you'll see how I used the back of the stencil to get these words onto my page.  One of the great things about Dylusions is how it reacts to water and did [...]

Artist Trading Blocks Blog Hop

Have you heard of Artist Trading Blocks?  These ATB's are full of possibilities that let you create 3D!  This 15 blog hop will show you just some of the possibilities. How'd I make that ATB?  It's a die designed by Eileen Hull for Sizzix that will released in January.  You can see more ATB's on [...]

When Kiala Givehand invited me to join her hop announcing the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck I was honored.   This is such a fun and creative deck to play with and it even helped me get unstuck in a jiffy!  I only had a few minutes to play and guess what - that is all I needed [...]