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Using a stencil to create a vintage look with metallic paints

I'm playing with patterns as the designer of this month's stencils for StencilClub!  One of the best ways for me to learn is to play.  What did I learn as I played with potential designs? 1.  I wanted the ability to do complicated looking work effortlessly. I am not patient.  At all.  The 6x6 stencil and [...]

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 [...]

Finding the Silly Love Story in My Art Journal thumbnail

When I play in my art journal sometimes a story is revealed to me.  This particular tale, of two lovers separated by time and space brought together thanks to Johnny Cakes, isn't really Pulitzer prize worthy.   In fact, it is quite a silly love story and I like it that way.   Between you and me...I [...]

How Long Does it Take Me to Finish an Art Journal Page thumbnail

Does an art journal page happen in one afternoon?  It can, but very very rarely for me.  I used to feel pressure to "finish what I start" in one afternoon.  That pressure that took the fun out of it for me so I decided to let an art journal page take as long as it [...]

What a Colorful and Imperfect World This Is! thumbnail

My stenciling wasn't perfect.  My colored pencil work wasn't perfect.  Nothing on this is perfect and I love it that way!   This Gelli print, made using a technique from my One Pull Wonders workshop, started it all.  The swirls of color started to look like continents and it fit so perfectly with Mary Nasser's stencil...before [...]

Sealing PanPastels for mixed media projects

I adore PanPastels and what they do.  Since they are a pastel they need to be fixed or sealed in order to stay put, especially when I add layers on top of them.  When I say I add layers on top what I mean is I like to flood it with spray inks, brush paint [...]

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 [...]

A Blueprint Becomes an Idea Factory thumbnail

Things don't always go as planned with me and that is what happened here.  I had the intention of making this into a blueprint type of thing since this stencil was inspired by blueprints of archeological sites.  But my mind took it a totally different direction and turned into an idea factory!  Be sure to [...]

Using a Stencil to Create Journal Prompts thumbnail

I use art to process emotions and feelings but sometimes I get stuck.  That's when having a prompt helps me get moving again.  Gelli prints and my new Verbage stencil to the rescue! This stencil, packed with words of action  to celebrate the emotions and excitement of life, is a great way to create prompt cards. [...]