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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. [...]

Ancient Blueprints Become a Stencil thumbnail

Blueprints have always captured my imagination, especially ones from ancient archeological sites.  The Terrace homes of Ephesus.  The tombs and tunnels in the Valley of the Kings.  The many rooms in King Minos's palace in Crete. That was the inspiration for this stencil which is part of my latest StencilGirl release.  To celebrate, I'm giving [...]

Playing like a Kindergarten Kid

Playing like a Kindergarten Kid thumbnail

  Kindergartner's know how to play, to let go, and be in the moment.  In order to capture some of that spirit, I turned to my own children's school papers from when they were little to create this stencil.  This is actual kid writing with invented kid spelling.   When I showed this stencil my [...]

Picasso’s Words Build an Art Journal Background thumbnail

Today kicks off 6 days of new stenciling videos and a giveaway each day to celebrate my latest release at StencilGirl!  Since I'm incredibly impatient, I couldn't wait until Monday to start so I'm turning this on a little early.  I figure you don't mind... It's no secret I love words and quotes but something [...]

Playing with Transfer Artist Paper

Playing with Transfer Artist Paper thumbnail

Doing an image transfer is so easy with Lesley Riley's TAP.  How easy? It's even Carolyn proof!  The directions even say "You cannot over-iron it!"  They were right!  My so very sad ironing skills were more than enough to make this work perfectly!  This is a part of the TAP/StencilGirl blog hop so be sure to check [...]

Making a Necklace As a Gift for Handmade Holidays thumbnail

  I'm trying my hand at jewelry for the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!   There's lots of inspiration so be sure to check it all out including the fabulous giveaway from the very generous sponsors!! If I'm making something, it usually involves a bit of color and this necklace is no exception!  These may [...]

Stenciling Turns Brown Bags into Gift Bags! thumbnail

A plain brown bag? Never as long as I have stencils and paint.  Just some quick stenciling to transform these grocery store lunch sacks into gift bags.  When I say quick, I do mean quick. Sloppy, messy, and fast.   In the video,  I employ some of my favorite skills such as not lining anything [...]