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I went too far.  I was just playing around on cardboard and was really becoming very very happy with what was developing.  So I kept going...and then I went too far. Does that ever happen to you? Was that a mistake?  Nope, not at all.  It was an Oops, an Outstanding Opportunity that Presented Suddenly.  The [...]

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 [...]

Using Craft Attitude on Metal

Video Using Craft Attitude with Metal from Walnut Hollow

Craft Attitude solved a big problem for me.  My problem of getting rich color on metal that won't smear.  I don't have a lot of metal paints and that doesn't matter any more! Keep reading because this is a blog hop so there's lots of inspiration and a giveaway too! I printed out one of [...]

The Art is Talking to Me Again

When I create, the art starts to talk to me.  As I added the deli paper words to this mixed media canvas, I found it very telling that the only word to not go down "properly", "correctly", or "perfectly" of these 3 was dare. Dare is a strong word to me...Dare to try.  Dare to [...]

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.   [...]