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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 [...]

Shoulding Too Much? Try This

Shoulding Too Much? Try This thumbnail

There is way too much shoulding happening in our days. Should I get the car an oil change.  Should I finish the paperwork that is due soon.  Should I make an appointment to get my gray hairs colored. I should this. I should that.  Perhaps you’ve got that long overwhelming list of things you should be [...]

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 [...]

Is it Good or Bad to Be Impatient when Art Journaling? thumbnail

Is it good or bad to be impatient?  Back before I had gray hair, I used to think it was a bad thing to be impatient.  But my impatience about waiting for a background to dry led to an even better than what I had planned.  In this video, I’m also sharing what I’m doing now [...]

How to Gel Print on Tissue Paper

How to Gel Print on Tissue Paper thumbnail

  Can you use tissue paper to make gel prints? Absolutely!  It’s paper and paper works on a gel plate!  There is one important thing that if you know it, even when you have a juicy wet gel plate it is easy to print away on tissue.  In the video, you’ll see when it ripped for me, [...]

Chasing Away the Blank Page

Chasing Away the Blank Page thumbnail

Let’s chase away the blank page and say goodbye to all the pressure that can accompany that blankness, by gel printing directly in the journal.   Why do I love to start an art journal page this way? Is it because every drop of paint is used?  Is it because there is zero pressure? Is it because [...]

ATC Sized Stencils!

ATC Sized Stencils! thumbnail

New stencils at StencilGirl!  I say stencils because this is one stencil that includes 9 ATC sized stencils plus 2 masks are included.  It’s my ATC mixup stencil that I created in the format inspired by Mary Beth Shaw. She created the first ATC stencils and what a great idea she had! How can you use this stencil?  Check out [...]

Waiting for that Perfect Idea

Waiting for that Perfect Idea thumbnail

What’s the play for today?  It’s all about wanting and waiting for that perfect idea.  Perhaps you’ve been wishing waiting for that too.  I was treasuring an art journal page and waiting for that “perfect” idea to appear out of thin air. After waiting quite a while, I realized  play was the perfect idea! So I grabbed what was nearby [...]

How I Dealt with Being Completely Stuck thumbnail

What’s the play for today?  It’s all about being stuck and what to do about it. I was in my head.  One minute I loved a certain part of it, then the next, I didn’t like that same part.  Overthinking big time.  I was never going to get anywhere as long as I was thinking this [...]

Playtime with StencilClub

Honored to be sharing the play with you this month as the artist for August’s StencilClub at StencilGirl Products!  The designs were inspired by games of old, like jacks. I do feel rather vintage admitting that jacks were one of my favorite games as kid. How can you use these to play and explore things like [...]