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The most horrible looking start to an art journal page didn’t matter at all thanks to being able to add layers!

  While flipping through my art journals to find a page to play with today, I landed on one that was horrifically ugly in my eyes.  I could have cringed in horror when I saw the page.  I could have ripped it out and thrown it away.  I could have hidden the journal and never looked at [...]

Le’ts Play video tutorial using old dried out rub ons in an art journal and link party!

Things don't always go as planned...and when it is play...that is more than okay!  The plan was recycle tissue paper that had been gift wrap and old dried out rub ons in my art journal for this week's Let's Play video and link party + giveaway. Now, those rub ons really surprised me.  When I found them in [...]

New Video and Stencil Giveaway!

A new stencil release means a giveaway!  One random winner will receive my 5 latest releases and my DVD, Breaking the Rules! Beyond Stenciling Techniques - and yes, international is eligible too!  I've heard from lots of people they have already ordered some of these, so if you win and you've already got one you can [...]

I was Gelli printing® with the Doodle it Dream Landscape stencil and had the idea to use it as a coloring page.  All those wonderful lines in black paint just screamed opportunity to play to me.  You can see how how to make a reverse print with the Gelli Plate® in a video here. But...there was an [...]

What Happens When I Fail?

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Is creating always easy for me?  Does it always go well?  Do I always feel happy about what I create?  Is it always easy to say Oops?  Heavens NO!  Here is what happened in my art journal on a particularly challenging day.  Nothing serious or anything, just one of those days when everyday stress collided [...]

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 [...]

The Power in Her Scars

Step by step art journaling a stenciled face with a big Oops with a BIG message

While art journaling, this scar wasn't a mistake, it was and Oops (Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly). And it had a very strong message for me. Scars aren't always seen but every person has them.  Maybe they shouldn't be hidden but shared instead.  Maybe they aren't something "ugly" but a reminder of the journey.   Random stenciling [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Tale of a Halloween Oops Card

The Tale of a Halloween Oops Card

Turning this  Gelli print in to a card was supposed to be a quick and easy.  Then there was an Oops thanks to my handwriting.  Then another. That probably doesn't surprise you one bit.  I make all sorts of mistakes, I mean Oopsies, as I play.  It didn't go as planned but every Oops was [...]