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How do I add a playful creative touch to gift giving when time is limited and I can't make a masterpiece?  I alter the wrapping paper.  I found these very affordable (97 cents a roll at WalMart) wrapping papers that had patterns ready for transforming into mixed media wrapping using art journaling techniques. As the rush of the [...]

Journey of a Thousand OOPSies in my Art Journal thumbnail

O.O.P.S. was a word said more than once on this art journal page and near the end, that word was coming fast and furious.  O.O.P.S. isn't a mistake, quite the opposite, since it means an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly. In the video, you'll see how I get myself into a quandary with the very first step and how that turns [...]

What Used to Stop Me from Playing

What Used to Stop Me from Playing thumbnail

What used to get in my way and keep me from starting,  the most important step of play?  The left side of my brain, that control freak type A part of me. Lefty starts with just a few questions like,  "What are you going to make?", "Will you have time to finish it now?", "Why do [...]

  Ever wonder if the things around your art studio come to life when you aren't there - like in Toy Story?  I am beginning to think that they really do.  This cluster of stuff all seemed to find each other over the course of several weeks as I worked on a variety of projects [...]

The Challenge of Bleeding Spray Inks thumbnail

The play gets ugly today.  Really ugly.  The challenge of this page is that I used Dylusions spray ink on the first layer and it reactivates as soon as paint hits it PLUS it will bleed through any paint layer.  But what I thought was ugly became something I love thanks to a little help from a Gel Press [...]

It’s Time to Make Art

It’s Time to Make Art thumbnail

I wasn't feeling creative at all.  Everywhere I went, the mood was tense and full of uncertainty and stress levels were contagiously high.  I need to ditch some of the stress.  It was was time for me to make art. Not carefully thought out with a focal image and complex techniques.  I needed finger painting. [...]

It Doesn’t Matter How you Start…Just Start thumbnail

Starting is the most important step when playing.  How I start doesn't matter and this video proves it! I started with warm colors then went a completely different direction under the sea thanks to a color O.O.P.S!  I had no idea what the fish were for...until I was writing up the post for this week's Let's Play! [...]

Am I Dreaming of Pink Spiked Hair? thumbnail

A forgotten piece of play grabbed my attention and before I knew it, a visitor showed up. This bright, and quite silly, character came to life all because of an O.O.P.S. I started by stenciling the word dreams with acrylic paint and my Vintage Typewriter stencil on a canvas board that had been hanging around the studio for [...]

Building an art journal page with PanPastels is instant gratification.   No pesky waiting for the color dry.  But how do I seal PanPastels so they don't smear and can pass a white glove test?  One way is with a gel printing plate! In the video, you'll see how I built this steampunk page by combining pieces and [...]

I Didn’t Listen to the Words of Painting Wisdom thumbnail

There were words of painting wisdom that I just wouldn't listen to as I played.  The muse kept whispering in my ear, "Let the paint dry."  But didn't want to stop playing to wait for anything to dry! I started with a scrap of cardboard, a piece of trash.  Why trash today?  Because this Let's [...]