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Recycling Caps and Lids into a Gel Printing Tool thumbnail

Why do I get so excited about caps and lids that are about to be thrown away?  It's not because it means everyone has been taking their vitamins. Although that is a good thing.   It is because caps are perfectly round and come in a variety of sizes to make an easy pattern tool for [...]

Coloring Pages for the Impatient Inspired by Matisse thumbnail

Patience is a virtue that I have not mastered, especially when coloring and pattern making. However, I really enjoy exploring colors and patterns. The solution  for me is to use a crayon rubbing and an extremely juicy "pen" that can cover a lot of area quickly hence minimal patience is required. What are stencil crayon rubbings?  You might [...]

The Good, The Bad, the Ugly…and the Hoarder thumbnail

There was a collision of the good, the bad, and the ugly in today's play as I dealt with one of my hoarding tendencies.  This canvas began long ago, and it just sat.  That is until today, when I realized the opportunity in the O.O.P.S. was to use up a hoarded treasure...one that other people might [...]

Getting Lost in the Land of What If thumbnail

What if? This is the question that I asked in my art journal today. This page went through a lot, including some very ugly layers.  Since this was what if play, it didn't matter if a layer was ugly.  It didn't matter if it had no direction. It only mattered that I asked what if. [...]

Making Art on an Old Paint Palette thumbnail

What happens when I start with an old dried up paint palette, then start thinking about high school lit class, then make a series of OOPSies?  An art journal page! You can find the video of the play in my guest post at StencilGirl Talk! Be sure to check out the end of video where [...]

I Never Know Who Will Show Up in my Art Journal thumbnail

It's always fun to have visitors in the studio, especially if they are as silly and happy as this guy!  He's Norbert and just popped out of the Spark of Art-spiration I used to start playing in my art journal.   Originally, I saw 3 people on a hill in the Spark, but you can tell I [...]

Spinning Rainbows on the Gel Plate thumbnail

Since I don't get to see rainbows in the sky that often, I am always happy to make them in the studio. Warning: this is a colorfully hypnotic way to spend an afternoon watching the rainbow spin round and round on the Gel Press plate!  And yes, I most definitely loved Spin Art as a kid...and [...]

Women of the Rainbow with Scribble Sticks thumbnail

Precision is not my middle name. Happily, not a drop of precision was needed to create this art journal page of rainbow women as I played with Dina Wakley's Scribble Sticks, some stamps, and a stencil. And yes, there was an OOPS (an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly). Actually there was more than one. https://youtu.be/FNVgGNB20IA Watch [...]

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 [...]

Spray Painting Cardboard and Making a Mask thumbnail

The joy of going to IKEA for me is the packaging, giant pieces of cardboard.   It becomes a ridiculously long surface to art on and because it is so big, I need a way to do it quickly.  After all, patience is not one of my virtues yet.  Out come the spray paints! https://youtu.be/aPptF35BbNw Watch Spray painting with [...]