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Using Gel Prints for Ransom Alphabet Cards thumbnail

The Streets of San Francisco were a big part of the inspiration for this alphabet stencil and these cards.  Many moons ago, when watching reruns of the tv show starring Michael Douglas and Karl Malden, there was a kidnapping and the ransom note was individually cut up letters from the newspaper. The stereotypical ransom note [...]

The Gel Printed Matisse Grid with my Geometry Fail thumbnail

OOPS! The plan was to build the grid with 3 colors by having each color in each row and no color touching itself.  I thought it was a solid plan. It wasn't, since after row #2, I was backed into a corner.  Okay, that sounds a bit dramatic but for a fleeting second that is [...]

Leftover Scraps Become Mixed Media Art thumbnail

This play came from that thing I wasn't paying attention to, the scrap paper from cutting out hearts.  I liked the hearts I cut out, but I loved this paper so much so that this is what I used first!  The muse is rather tricky some days. https://youtu.be/i3R5e_IqelI Watch Leftover Scraps Become Mixed Media Art [...]

Paint Couture…Gel Printing Rainbow Sneakers thumbnail

Paint Couture...fun to make and fun to wear!  Turns out finding a rainbow colored pair of shoes isn't as easy as you might think so I decided to make some rainbow shoes!  Clearly, I did not cobble them myself but simply painted a cheap pair of canvas sneakers. Even though you don't see triangles all [...]

PanPastels, a Baby Wipe, and a Castle thumbnail

PanPastels are vibrantly full of pigment...and work wonderfully with baby wipes so I decided to build an art journal page of castle towers with them. Want to win the stencils used in this video?  One lucky reader will win all 7 of my new stencils.  Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance [...]

Crayon Rubbings, Stencils, and Watercolors thumbnail

Why do I love crayon rubbings? Is it the historical significance that brass rubbings played in medieval times?  Is it the memory of first grade making leaf rubbings? A little bit of those but the biggest reason is crayon rubbings are immediate gratification.  No waiting for anything to dry.  The only prep work is taking the [...]

Giving Leftover Christmas Bows a Mixed Media Makeover thumbnail

Apparently, there was a sale on metallic Christmas bows at some point in my life.  I rarely use them, and had a huge box of them so I decided to make them a bit more mixed media to use them year round for any kind of gift giving.  One of the bows in the photo above [...]

A New Kind of Gel Plate Called Impressables by Gel Press! thumbnail

Impressables by Gel Press are a new kind of gel plate!  All the fun of gel printing with a twist - they have an embossed pattern on them! These have just been released at CHA and will be shipping in the near future. Like all gel plates, there is more than one way to use them. [...]

A Rainbow Caterpillar Stopped by for a Visit thumbnail

I never know what I will see when I look at a Spark of Art-spiration.  Didn't expect to have a rainbow caterpillar stop by but when something this silly pops in, I just have to see where it takes me! What is a Spark of Art-spiration? It's a free download that comes in my newsletters as [...]

Trying Out Jane Davenport’s Mixed Media Supplies thumbnail

Jane Davenport's new media line called to me like a siren to a sailor as I walked by the display at Michaels.  Washi tape, Mermaid Markers, how could I resist?   I picked up a few of them and took them for a ride in my art journal to see if they were as wonderful [...]