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Video showing what a round Gelli Plate can do -so many many things!

Would the 6" round Gelli Plate be much different than the big one? I wondered...I wasn't sure until I played with it.  It is different! The size feels so different than the 8" plate.  And thanks to the size, what I could do with it in my art journal blew my mind.  Take a peek at [...]

Video showing what the new Color Bursts from Ken Oliver are and how to use them

What are these Color Bursts from Ken Oliver?  They are a powder, lightweight, but pack a mighty punch once you add water.  Might even say they burst with color when wet. https://youtu.be/kUaBgwTkInk Watch Color Burst Basics on YouTube. They'll be out in the stores soon!  As soon as they are out I'll let you know! You [...]

This is what happens when I am left unattended too long...had a hard time keeping a straight face for this one as I shared 5 bits of wisdom I've learned or I should say am still learning in the art studio. If I could remember these in my daily art practice it would make a world of [...]

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 [...]