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Swearing at my Inner Perfectionist thumbnail

The perfectionist in my head had been hounding me all day. Every decision required justification in triplicate.  It was smothering me and it was getting old.  My inner teenager had enough and a few choice words to put that negative critical voice back in its place. https://youtu.be/VKDsvhs5EvA Watch Shutting up perfectionist voices mixed media style on YouTube. [...]

Abstract Art Journal Play that Started with a Gel Print thumbnail

I was lost and didn’t want to be found!  Lost in the play that is. As I added paint to this art journal page, I was guided by the abstract shapes gel printed directly in my art journal. I even had a crazy thought about keeping some white space. https://youtu.be/3MnrtlVlt8k Watch Abstract Art Journal Play that Started with [...]

My Very Sneaky Muse Pulled Fast One on Me thumbnail

My muse pulled a fast one on me.  She’s sneaky that way.  This started as just play, using up leftover paints in my art journal and then bam! This couple in the photo had something to tell me and my reaction took me by surprise. https://youtu.be/3jER40q-VWA Watch Art Journal Play with a Vintage Photo on YouTube. Using [...]

Crazy Collage Critters with Gel Prints thumbnail

What can you do with a stack of gel press prints? Make crazy collage critters!   All you need to create these are some Gel Press prints, scissors and glue.  Roald Dahl, one of my favorite authors whose imagination knew no bounds, inspired this play. Why do I choose gel prints for collaging? Because all the little [...]

A Silly Collage to Shake off Stress

A Silly Collage to Shake off Stress thumbnail

There was a stress intervention from the Muse at the request of my family. Grown up responsibilities had been getting the better of me.  As I played and added more layers to this collage, a ridiculous plot involving Alfred Hitchcock appeared.  The sillier the plot, the less stress I felt. https://youtu.be/7SulNBaTe8w Watch Shaking off stress with [...]

Rescued from Overthinking By My Art Journal thumbnail

The play almost didn’t happen today. That logical left brain of mine was having a control freak kind of a day and things were being taken way too seriously. What rescued me? What got me playing?  My Permission to Play art journal! https://youtu.be/J-mHpov572Y Watch Rescued from Overthinking By My Art Journal on YouTube. Want to make [...]

3 Second Rule to the Rescue!

3 Second Rule to the Rescue! thumbnail

From the very start of this play, making decisions was a tough challenge. So tough I had to use the 3 second rule.  What is the 3 second rule?  It is when I give myself 3 seconds to make a decision and move on. In the video, you’ll see that I was stuck more than once and [...]

Gel Printing a Song Out of My Head thumbnail

What inspired my play today? The song stuck in my head.  All day I had been humming it and it wouldn’t go, so I decided to try to art it out!  The Square in Square Impressable plate helped me get that song out of my head at long last! What song was it?  It wasn’t a Grammy winning [...]

Art Journaling the Rainbow Room

Art Journaling the Rainbow Room thumbnail

Stencils and a gel plate are like peanut butter and jelly. They were meant to go together and they bring out the best in each other! https://youtu.be/JmHIRpNb5AY Watch The Rainbow Room & How to Use Stencils on a Gel Plate on YouTube. More ways to use stencils and a gel plate are included in my workshop, [...]

Dave, the Husband, is Making a Gel Print! thumbnail

My husband was so excited about gel printing after editing the welcome/getting started pages of my new workshop, Gel Printing FUNdamentals that he WANTED to make a print.  And he let me film it! You’ll see him go from being very hesitant to far more confident, in just one print!  And you’ll also find out how [...]