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Art Journal Pages Can Change Directions Suddenly thumbnail

What can you do when you have no idea where an art journal page is going?  Enjoy the adventure! When this page was started, there was no hint of where it was going.  Who would have guessed a caterpillar with a mohawk and more than one O.O.P.S.would lead to the end result! https://youtu.be/EcRncmi4ROw This page [...]

What Can Distress Oxide Spray Do?

What Can Distress Oxide Spray Do? thumbnail

What can Distress Oxide Spray do?  That was my question as I opened the box and took these out for a spin.  What you’re seeing in the video is my very first time playing with the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Sprays.  There are 3 things that really stood out to me:  Absorbent and non-absorbent surfaces give [...]

Unexpected Art Journaling Challenges I Created for Myself thumbnail

This gel print becoming an art journal page had a few unexpected adventures. The little paint brushes, the book that may not have been the wisest choice to use for found poetry, and the impatience about paint drying. Okay, the impatience part that wasn’t unexpected lol! https://youtu.be/h4_E2rEeTcs Here’s the gel print that started today’s play.  [...]

The Unexpected Collage

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It was an unexpected collage that happened in today’s play that started out with intense frustration. Frustration that came from a computer challenge where I was at the point of either getting a sledgehammer or my art supplies to deal with it. Sure, I got my frustration out through play but just when I thought [...]

Stenciled Letters

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I had a bunch of requests for how I made the ransom style lettering using gel prints and stencils from my last blog post. You asked, and I listened! Here’s the video showing you all the techniques I used.  In there you’ll see how to stencil the speedy way if you’re doing a lot of [...]

It’s Handy to Use Acrylic Gouache in an Art Journal thumbnail

What’s the play for today?  It’s art journaling in the giant, jumbo, vintage ledger- which finally has a name!  As I’m painting the page and tree, you’ll see why acrylic gouache was so handy plus how the Scribble Scratch stencil made leaves on the tree too. At the end of the video, you’ll see how [...]

What is Acrylic Gouache & How Do You Use It? thumbnail

If watercolors and acrylic paint had a love child, it would be acrylic gouache.  It’s like taking the best qualities of both and then putting them in the best bottle ever for mixed media play. I’m putting this new paint from Liquitex through its paces as I make this art journal page.  I found out [...]

Turning an Acrylic Skin into an Art Journal Page thumbnail

When you’re doing paint pouring, the paint often runs over the edge and into the box below. Is that paint wasted? NOPE! It becomes an acrylic skin that can be used in other art and play.  What can you do with that skin?  Lots!  In this video, I’m sharing how to use it as the background [...]

Electrical Outlets and Gel Printing thumbnail

Pattern making tools can come from anywhere.  While doing some home remodeling, the electrical outlets headed for the trash caught my eye.  The muse whispered in my ear that these would make great patterns for gel printing. My husband knows that look in my eye, so he knew to save every last one of them for [...]

Why Simple Techniques Help You Play thumbnail

There are a 1,ooo ways to use a gel plate and what do I do? One of the simplest, most basic techniques. Why would that be a good thing?  Because it kept me from falling into the trap of overthinking. Over thinking takes all the fun out of the play and I could feel my mind heading towards being stuck in the [...]