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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 [...]

She Was Intimidated by PanPastels

VIdeo using PanPastels with a stencil in an art journal background

During a recent conversation there was a word a friend kept using to describe PanPastels. Intimidating.  She had seen some amazing fine art created with them and felt incredibly intimidated because she was not a fine artist. Well, I am not a fine artist.  I am an Oops artist.  That means I can just grab things and see [...]

Creative Chaos in My Art Journal

Video of the creative chaos of an art journal

Sometimes out of chaos comes something good. And there was plenty of chaos happening in this art journal from the very beginning.  It was a mess.  I had no plan which was very clear as visual overload hit in the middle!  But out of that chaos emerged a story. http://youtu.be/gaAhU_r-QXE Watch Creative Chaos in My [...]

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 [...]

I was so inspired by a video about Sargy Mann, who is an amazing painter who happens to be blind.   His paintings are stunning.  Watching him create captivated me. I could not stop thinking about it.  So I decided to try to paint without my eyes.  And did I ever learn a few things... http://youtu.be/qk4gxag70uU Watch [...]

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 [...]

A Colorful Gelli Print Party video tutorial using rope to make your own texture tool for Gelli Printing

Just about anything can become a tool to use for Gelli Printing.  A bit of rope, glue, and cardboard have endless possibilities on the Gelli Plate. Check out the video for this month's Colorful Gelli Print Party to see how easy this is to make! http://youtu.be/TJvU3tIhuJs Watch Making a Rope Texture Tool for Gelli Printing on [...]

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 [...]