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The Good Kind of Cleaning and a Hot Mess thumbnail

Cleaning and play can go hand in hand. Not house cleaning...but cleaning excess paint off stencils.  My fast and favorite way to clean off an inky or painty stencil, especially when gel printing, is by blotting it off on another surface like an art journal or in this case a wood panel. Since this is not the actual [...]

OOPS…A No Fail Plan that Failed or Did it? thumbnail

O.O.P.S...This just wasn't coming together.  The no fail plan I had in my head to use up the scraps from die cutting in my art journal flopped.  It failed big time compared to what was in my head.  But did it really fail? When things don't come together, it is just an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting [...]

Letting Myself Get Lost in my Art Journal thumbnail

Knowing where you are going can be overrated.  Granted, if you are an airplane pilot, it is critical you know where you are going.   But I'm not flying a plane, I am playing in an art journal wandering around without any clear plan. It all began by gluing down some pieces and parts.  One is [...]

Where Will These Doorways Lead Me? thumbnail

The idea of doorways was stuck in my head the moment I saw these scraps. I became fixated on them the same way a song gets stuck in my head.  Little did I know what these treasured leftovers would get me thinking about. Once the bits, gel printed using my Arched Aqueducts stencil, were glued down on [...]

I Need to Be Careful What I Wish For… thumbnail

I need to be careful what I wish for...I kept meaning to make more time to draw but always grabbed the paints instead.  But thanks to this pesky broken ankle, I have more time for drawing as I am far less mobile than I want to be. The art journal page started with what I had available, [...]

Finding Stress Relief in my Art Journal thumbnail

I have a therapist on call 24 hours a day and the sudden change in my world due to broken ankle, has me needing that therapist more than usual.  Who is this amazing helper? My art journal.  She's always available and always accepting of whatever mood I am in.  Here's a look at a recent session [...]

Discovering What Can Happen

Discovering What Can Happen thumbnail

Making a mess is all about discovering what can happen.  Sometimes, it's more mess.  Sometimes, it's something I love.  The fun is I never know which it will be when I start playing. This wood panel began with layers of texture.  No goal, no plan, no direction - just a mess of textures.  Those mica flakes [...]

Upcyling a Paperbag and Going Big with a Gel Plate thumbnail

How big of a print can you make with a little gel plate?  As big as the paper (or whatever you are printing on)!  This almost 4 foot long print was made with the 3x5, the 6x6, and the 4" round Gel Press printing plates! Just printing over and over on the paper with the 3 [...]

The Muse Said Shut Up and Play

It was one of those "what's the meaning of life" kind of days.  Recent life events had me waxing philosophically and I was looking for deep answers inside my art studio. Here are the exact words of the muse...and she said them quite forcefully in my head..."Shut up and play."  She wasn't into the deeper levels of [...]

I’m art journaling with stencils and sharing it step by step as I find the door to another world or you could say letting my imagination run wild

My imagination ran away with the idea of another world while I was art journaling.  Perhaps all those sci-fi shows I love like Stargate, Star Trek, and Dr. Who have had a bit of an impact on this page. But in true sci-fi fashion, I didn't start out thinking I would find another language or [...]