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Just because spray inks come with a nozzle for spraying, doesn’t mean you can only spray them. They can be used with a paint brush too.  In the video you’ll see an OOPS as well as some color mixing.

Watch Spray Inks Aren’t Just for Spraying on YouTube.

Why the word “start”? It is the most important part of creating.  After all, if you don’t take that first step, how can you take the 2nd or 3rd or 4th?  By the way, this doesn’t mean that it has to be a “great” first step, a “good” first step, or the “right” first step.  It just needs to be a first step.

Starting, that first step, is important and also the toughest step so I created a free workshop to help you, Permission to Play.  The 5 lesson workshop is all about giving yourself permission to play as well as 3 strategies for how to playfully create.  You might have noticed the theme of play in there.  Join Permission to Play and be a part of the fun.

Using the black Art Spray, I randomly added words from my  Now is the Time stencil.  In the video, you can see how I cleaned off the ink from the stencil and added a layer to an art journal page.

OOPS, you do need to wait for the black to dry before adding colors if you don’t want it to overpower colors like the bright yellow.  Happily, it blotted right up.

The only colors I used were a red, a yellow, a blue, and a green so how did I get the purple and orange? It was a breeze to custom mix colors with such fluid colors. Red and blue made purple.  Red and yellow made orange.

Clogging spray bottles was a reality I had accepted until Marabu gave me some fantastic advice.  Since doing this one thing, I haven’t had a single clog.

After using the black Art Spray, I turned it upside down and sprayed to keep the nozzle clear. I’ve got a video about this and how to not waste a drop of color here.

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The chipboard letters are from long long ago, something I found buried in my studio so the exact ones aren’t available currently but letters can be found at most craft stores.

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Ever have a background you don’t like very much…that you just ignore and hope that one day you’ll like it – but never do?  There is still hope for those pages, after all this is mixed media art journaling and you just need another layer.

I’m going to the dark side, of color that is, as I build this page.  You’ll also see how I use dried out Inka Gold and yes, plenty of OOPSies in here too.

Watch Starting with an Ugly Layer was an Opportunity in my Art Journal on YouTube.

The page that started this was ugly to me.  And it has been for a very long time. Adding Inka Gold would brighten it up but O.O.P.S. some of mine has dried out.  Can it still be used? Absolutely, it is more like a pencil or crayon instead of a cream.

This doorway stencil, by Angela Cartwright, called to me.  The muse had a plan but  she wouldn’t tell me until near the end of the page.

What’s my scientific method for picking which paint color to use when I am stuck on 2 of them?  One jumped out of my hand as I was trying to decide, so I went with that color.

The more touches of black that I added, the darker the feel to the page.  No surprise there but I didn’t want it that dark. Using a wet baby wipe simply made it even darker.  A dry one would have been better. OOPS again.

What was the Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly?  All that smeared black paint led to the wiping off and revealing of the paint below which led me to adding the purple.

Opportunity was knocking and I answered that knock by adding more layers to that ugly page.  Are there any opportunities knocking in your art journal?

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!


What can stop the play? Overthinking.  It has the power to bring the play to a complete halt.  Luckily, there are ways to slow the perfectionistic over thinking and bring back the play.

In the video, you’ll those ways in action and be sure to check out the message I have for that over thinking voice at the end. Hint, it isn’t something you’d find on a Hallmark card.

Watch OOPS! Dealing with Overthinking on YouTube.

Want more ways to help yourself play? Join my free workshop, Permission to Play.

Overthinking creates obstacles and the first one was what on earth was I going use to play on but this decision could take days when overthinking. So 3 second rule to the rescue and scrap cardboard became my substrate.

The overthinking voice in my head doesn’t give up so quickly, so it presented the next obstacle pointing out that the cardboard was brown. That meant I had to paint it white or use gesso.  I really don’t like brown.

What did I do? I gave the overthinking voice the raspberries and just hit it with Marabu Art Spray. Right on the brown. GASP!

What is the 3 second rule? 3 seconds to make a decision and go.  In the video  you see me grab a handful of scraps but you don’t see the box.   It’s basically a pile of  leftover bits that have accumulated. Next time you are playing, save those bits and scraps. They make a wonderful place to reach into when you’re over thinking, like I was today.

Saying what is on your mind can feel empowering, freeing and I had some choice words for that over thinking voice today.

In the video, you saw that overthinking voice come back again and again, but the 3 second rule kept me from being stuck in overthinking and allowed the play to happen. If you ever find yourself over thinking, try the 3 second rule and see what happens.

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!