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I’m so excited I’m tongue tied! Wanderlust 2021 early bird is happening now! It’s 44% off AND there are some amazing bonuses including Braving the Blank Page! Wanderlust is a year of mixed media inspiration from 26+ instructors all for less than $2 a week!

What’s included in Wanderlust 2021, a year long online mixed media workshop?

  • 50 video lessons released weekly, on Fridays starting from the 1st of January 2021.
  • 26 Guest Teachers (each teaching one lesson) + 2 hosts – Kasia Avery (20 lessons) and Kate Crane (6 lessons)
  • printable handouts and supply lists with every lesson
  • community within the classroom and optional Facebook group (which is a.m.a.z.i.n.g!)
  • lifetime access
  • weekly encouraging emails
  • all materials are downloadable, including the videos

It’s less that $2 a week (not including the bonuses!) but that’s only if you get the early bird price. Once the early bird spots are gone, the price goes up to $175!

When you register before Sept. 14th there’s another bonus for you!

Braving the Blank Page! Ten teachers, myself included, have made videos all about ways to deal with the dreaded blank page. And it’s total free when you join Wanderlust before Sept. 14th, 2020!

$99 for the first 2,000 who sign up then it’s the regular price of $175


Small-shaped Gel Press plates are a great way to explore and experiment with pattern. The shape used here is from the Faith Impressions set.

Just to be clear, Harrison Ford isn’t gel printing but he ever wants to I will make that happen! He was the inspiration behind why I chose this fun shape to play with today.

If you’re new to gel printing or looking for more ideas on how to use your Gel Press plate, check out my gel printing resources page that I put together to help you have fun making prints you love!


Backgrounds in your art journal never expire, they aren’t like milk or mayonnaise. They can wait until you’re ready to add another layer. Even if that takes years, like this one did. As I began, I had no idea of the message that was waiting to be revealed in the play!

This page has a bit of attitude when it called to me, so a figure from my Sketchy Women with Attitude stencil seemed fitting. But she needed wings behind her. This called for a mask. To create a quick one, I did a very imprecise stenciling of her, and cut it out.

With the mask protecting her, then the wings were stenciled on using my Butterfly Journeys stencil. This stencil includes 4 butterfly masks. This is extremely handy for testing out placement before you commit with paint as you can see in the video. Adding that paint somedays can feel like a scary commitment!

Below the blue paint from the wings is all over her, but really, it’s all over the mask. She’s protected as you’ll see.

Now that the mask is removed it looks like the wings were stenciled behind her. But you know the truth. The wings came after!

In a perfect world, I’d love my handwriting. But I don’t live in a perfect world, so to create the title I used my It’s Time to Play stencil. With stencils, you have the freedom can change the order of the words and pick and choose what you want. That lets you get extra mileage out of your stencils with words on them!

Found poetry created the story on the page. To create found poetry, take a random book page and cut out words, phrases, or sentences from it. Then use them to create a poem, a story, or a sentence. What I found tied in serendipitously with her butterfly wings & the title.

The found poetry says, “Don’t be so hard on her. It was very hard for her. You must know that. She was afraid of being judged. But I wouldn’t judge her. She was judging herself.”

The story of judgment tied into the meaning of the title of the page. It’s something that I see happen frequently at the beginning of play. Judgment.

Judgement that comes up and stops you from playing and creating. That drains the joy out of creating. It’s keeping your beautiful wings from emerging.

I’ve dealt with judgment plenty of times, which is how I’ve learned how to guide women through it in workshops, both in-person and online. If you’d like get more joy out of your art supplies, check out my workshops.