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When I have an art journal page that just isn’t working, even after multiple attempts, I just cover most of it up. In this case, with black paint. But what to do next with the page? That’s where tissue paper came in handy.

I stenciled words onto tissue paper using my Verbage stencil. Then simply cut the words apart.

This creates a lot of flexibility because you can audition words on the page to see if you like the placement. You can also turn the words from past to present tense by snipping off the endings.

The inner attorneys, from the law offices of Should and Associates, tried to tell me what I should be doing. Since they are attorneys, they are very good at making persuasive arguments.

But I’m not in a court of law nor have I signed any contract saying how I will glue the tissue paper down art journal page.

The attorneys are offended that I used a glue stick. Why? Because using a glue stick means the tissue paper is going to show, it’s not going to disappear. And that’s one of the really nice things about tissue paper is with certain glues it will completely vanish and disappear.

But I didn’t want that. So I did what I wanted and yes, that didn’t make the attorneys very happy at all.

The color is thanks to Art Crayons. They feel like a creamy lipstick when you apply them. There are two ways that I like to smear or blend them around. One is with a baby wipe because they react to water. The other way is just smearing with your finger.

One of the perks of there being lots of words on this stencil is there are plenty left for the next time.

The last layer was scribble journaling with graphite. I could have used a graphite pencil, but I prefer to use chunks of graphite that fit perfectly in my hand. Since I’m a very tactile person, how something feels in my hand is a big deal to me so that’s why I like to use graphite putty.

It’s a kneadable putty that you can shape any way you want, then just let it air dry and you’ve got a custom shaped writing implement.

Should you ever have an art journal page that just doesn’t work out, cover it over with black paint and get out the tissue paper!

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. For example, I’m an Amazon Associate & I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you get a really good feeling knowing that you are helping keep the free tutorials coming!


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Usually I scribble write in my journals but not here. I want to be able to read these names.

Each name on this page is a black person who was killed by police. And this is less than three months worth of names.

This list of names is enough to make anyone feel powerless, but there are signs of hope that this is changing, thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement.

If you want to know how you can help, take a look at the article, 47 Very Specific Answers to ‘What Can I Do to Help?

Find out more about anti racism in the book How to Be an Anti Racist by Ibram Kendi

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All around you are amazing patterns for you to use on your gel plate! In this video, I’m using three different found patterns and my favorite by far is the ping pong ball!

When I’m using pattern tools on the gel plate, there are three key factors that I pay attention to. These factors guide my decision making process.

In Playing with Found Patterns, my newest online workshop, you’ll go deep into these factors so you fully understand them. And most importantly, easily apply them when you’re printing.

Registration is now open, so if you’re interested in knowing more, check out all the details here.

Take a look around you, I bet there are patterns all around for you to explore and use on your gel plate! You might find spaghetti you’ve spilled on the floor, an old kids toy, or cheap ping pong balls. And everything you find can make prints on a gel plate!

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. For example, I’m an Amazon Associate & I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you get a really good feeling knowing that you are helping keep the free tutorials coming!


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