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Art Journaling & The Silly Conversation in my Head thumbnail

A silly conversation happened while playing in my art journal. It wasn’t about how I decide when to stop adding layers or the fancy close the page technique- although both of these are in the video. It had to do with how I started painting the buildings on the page and why that triggered that [...]

Playing with Acrylic Gouache and Some Nonsense thumbnail

What’s the play for today? A rainbow of Liquitex’s Acrylic Gouache, some cardboard, and taking a risk. I took a risk, used something that set off my inner supply hoarder and that almost ended the fun. But there was a way to quiet down that noisy supply hoarder and I’m sharing it with you in [...]

OOPS, The Epic Journey of Doubt and Play thumbnail

Going from the blank canvas to a finished one can feel like the the 12 trials of Hercules, an epic journey.  I had a gesso’d canvas, actually a wood panel, fully prepared to tackle the challenges that were waiting as I began playing. The first challenge happened when I started layering some colors and pattern and it looked hideous [...]

No Clarity. No Focus. And a Loud Inner Perfectionist. thumbnail

You know that feeling of clarity and focus you have when inspiration strikes?  When there is no doubt as to what you should do.  That’s NOT what was happening here.  I had no clarity. No focus.  Every decision was full of doubt because of that inner perfectionist pestering me. So what do I do when I have days [...]

I Was Having One of Those Days thumbnail

I was avoiding an inevitable grown up task, thanks to leftover paint.  My must do project for a deadline was finished but I just had to use up the last remnants of the paint. Since I really didn’t want the play to stop, I used a small brush.  It had to take me longer to use it [...]

The Ugly Pink Rectangle OOPS in my Art Journal thumbnail

Treasures were used to create this art journal page.  Were these expensive treasures?  Nope. Would they be considered trash by many? Yes!  These treasures were a bag of scraps of paper that I had been saving in my studio for a very long time that I decided was time to use them or lose them courtesy [...]

A Purple Bunny Hopped Right Into My Art Journal thumbnail

What do I do when I want to play but a blank page doesn’t inspire me?  I grab a Spark of Art-spiration and see where it takes me.  This Spark brought a purple bunny into the studio for another cardboard page in a Permission to Play journal. https://youtu.be/arZKvXOFOV0 Watch Starting an Art Journal Page with a [...]

Love adding pattern to tags with stencils!

Sometimes I just play around without a plan.  I know, you’re shocked.  That’s how all 3 of these tags came about – just random play with Pebbles Layer Me, Iron Grate Layer Me, and Connected Eyes Layer Me stencils. The muse gave me the imperfect vibe today so I went loose with the paints.  That means getting paint under the [...]

Video playing it loose with a stencil and paint on a junk mail envelope with Carolyn Dube

I’m playing it fast and loose with a stencil and paint on a junk mail envelope. It was the end of the day and I wanted to use up my leftover paints.   When time is short, anything within reach is fair game for me…and this was what I grabbed! When I go loose…there is usually [...]

Video using baby wipes and a stencil in my art journal

I’m about to say something surprising…I’m giving away one of my new stencils and the details are below.  But that isn’t what surprised me.   Brown…I used brown.  Are you surprised?  I know I am!  And…get this…I apparently liked it so much that I had to wipe off the paint way more than I ever expected.  [...]