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Do you wonder if you’re doing it right? What if you could know for absolute certain, incontrovertibly, completely and utterly, and without a shadow of a doubt, that anything, and I mean ANYTHING that you make, will be ok? When you’re playing, you can know that. How?

Because play connects you to the real you. Not the trying to please others you. Not the you that wonders if you’re worthy (you are by the way). Not the overworked you that shoulders the responsibilities so others can get what they need. The real you.

Once you’re able to connect with that place inside, that’s not the only thing that you’ll know.

Play can keep you from being stuck.

Ever start a project and it feels right, looks great but then you get to a point where the background is good and you don’t know where to go next? Play can guide you so that you always know your next step.

You never have to be paralyzed by a blank page again.

Blank pages can be scary – especially when you’re staring at it, not knowing exactly what you want to do. Or it can be so many ideas racing through your head it’s hard to decide where to start. But when you know how to play, you can get that pressure down and get started creating.

Play guides the building of layers.

Do you want to have the multilayer art journal look but find it is difficult to add something on top of what you already like? Play can gently guide you through the decisions so you can comfortably create the kinds of layers you want. A side bonus of play, is you know when to quit. When it’s the right time to stop.

Figuring out the how

Something so effortless for kids can be such a struggle for adults! But it doesn’t have to be. After all, we were kids once, so that means we know how to do it. The challenge is how to switch into a playful mode. It’s not about having the right supplies. Or using the best techniques. Or having endless hours of time. It’s about understanding play.

I didn’t always understand how to play, but 12 years ago I realized how much I needed it. Even though I had a good life, I couldn’t always feel it. There was a part of me that had gone numb but I noticed that whenever I played with my art supplies, I felt a little bit of me alive again. I had stumbled into a way to connect with myself. The real me.

Slowly, I came back to me and felt whole again. It was a very slow process filled with lots of flopping and floundering but along the way, that’s what enabled me to figure out what blocks the play and what yanks us out of that creative zone. And more importantly, HOW to do it.

What I discovered led to the ten Play Principles. Ten specific ways to reduce pressure. Pressure, in its many forms, is what keeps the play from happening.

The very first Play Principle I figured out was O.O.P.S. Whenever I would make a mistake, and I made a lot of them, I would beat myself up for screwing up. I needed a way to not take it all so seriously, to not get stuck in my head punishing myself for whatever crime against art supplies I had created. So I started saying O.O.P.S. (Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly) as a playful reminder that inside every mistake is an opportunity.

Saying O.O.P.S. lifted enough of the pressure so I could keep creating. As I figured out the remaining nine Play Principles, I realized, that while they were each very useful for reducing pressure, when all ten were used together, they were far more impactful.

I’ve had so many people ask me HOW do you let go to really play that I wanted to create a workshop to help you get there. The kind of workshop that was for all skill levels (because the only prerequisite for play is having been a kid once). The kind of workshop that could use any art supply so you have the freedom to use what you already have on hand. The kind of workshop that was all about understanding how to apply the Play Principles.

It’s been a 12 year journey to create this workshop, and the plan was for it to be a two weeks long. But I just couldn’t stop there. I added a third week. And some bonuses. Join me for Playful Art Journaling and the 10 Play Principles.

The workshop begins when you register and then for 21 days you’ll get a new video!

What’s included:

  • Three weeks of daily videos with five main lessons a week- all with closed captions
  • Printable Downloads: the Play Cheat Sheet pdf, vintage photos, and ephemera
  • Lifetime access so you can watch it at your pace, online or off since the videos are downloadable
  • A supportive community of fellow creatives in both the classroom and the optional Facebook group
  • Your workshop questions answered directly by me
  • 14 Day No Hassle Money Back Guarantee

Plus these bonuses!

Blocking the Bleed
Blocking the Bleed

Five ways to stop Dylusions spray inks (or any art supply) from bleeding through your layers.

Turn Your Pages into Wall Art
Turn Your Pages into Wall Art

Your art doesn’t have to stay in your journal! See how to get those pages up onto your walls!

Mastering Scribble Journaling
Mastering Scribble Journaling

What are the six tricks for getting that loose scribbled look onto your pages? Find out in this bonus!

If you’re ready to ditch the pressure and let the play in then join me for Playful Art Journaling and the 10 Play Principles.

Why did I choose to use art journaling with the Play Principles for this workshop? It’s a very practical choice for 4 reasons.

  • Flexibility. You can work in any size journal, layer by layer or page by page. Whatever fits your needs.
  • Space saver. An art journal can hold 30+ pages and if those were each a canvas, that would require a lot of space to store them all.
  • No pressure. Your journal is a no pressure place to experiment and explore- it’s just paper after all. And you don’t have to show it to anyone if you don’t want.
  • Versatile. You can use just about any art supply in it and what you create in your journal can easily become something you put on your wall.

Are you wondering if you’re using the right supplies?

What are the right supplies for art journaling? Or mixed media? Or for play? Whatever you have, whatever brand, in any colors you love, those are the right supplies to use! The perfect supply is the one within arm’s reach. There is no perfect supply that everyone must use. There are just the ones you enjoy, like, and have. During the workshop you’ll see me use a variety of supplies. I’ll explain why I chose them and what other supplies do the same thing.


If you’re ready to ditch the pressure and let the play in then join me for Playful Art Journaling and the 10 Play Principles. I can’t wait to see where the play takes you!

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Packing materials make wonderful tools for gel printing! You might be wondering what came with this? Me too! I can’t remember what on earth it was but I couldn’t part with the stuff that was meant to be recycled or trashed. That happens often, since just about anything can become a pattern making tool for the Gel Press plate!

If you’d like to know more about gel printing, I’ve got a page of resources for you from getting started, to storing your plate, to techniques to make prints, to what to do with your prints!


Stencils and masks give you flexibility and take the guess work out of figuring out where you want them placed. In the video, you’ll see how having a mask lets you easily line up a stencil or audition the placement before you commit with paint. Then, you’ll see ways to use these stencils that don’t look anything like an arch!

One of the many reasons why I get excited about stencils is that there is more than one way to use it and a whole lot of looks you can create! My two latest designs for StencilGirlProducts.com are all about flexibility when stenciling. Each set can be used on its own or in with each other. Keep reading to see what I mean.

The Arches stencil comes with the stencil and the 20 masks. Towers of Arches is a set of three masks and in the video you’ll see how to easily cut them apart.

When you want to get the placement just right, masks let you see where it will be before a drop of paint or a dab of ink hits the page. This is especially handy when you’ve got something you love and feel that pressure to get the placement right.

The masks let me try out different arches until I found the three that fit just what I wanted. There was zero guessing on this gel print when I started adding the paint.

What inspired these stencils? They’re a playful interpretation of the arches in ancient Greek and Roman architecture. They knew how to build a strong archway considering how many are still standing. But they stuck to mathematical principles and precision which was probably wise of them since they were building in stone. This is paint and paper, so that means we can take a more relaxed approach to building!

By stacking some of the arches with a bit of tilt, it’s quick to build your own Leaning Tower of Pisa. The double arch on the top, it wasn’t really that short of an arch, but with stencils all you have to do is slide it down and suddenly it’s shorter. These are very adaptable and that gives you loads of creative freedom!

Combining both sets of masks gives you the freedom of flexibility and virtually unlimited possibilities. Each of these prints below are unique structures because the arches from both sets can be stacked together to build different towers. Each gel print started with one of the Towers of Arches masks then more arch masks from the Arches set were added. In the video, you can see how forgiving and fast of a process this is because the gel plate will hold them in place!

Do you have any backgrounds that you’re wondering what to do with? Use a mask on it! Using one of the Towers of Arches masks and black paint, the background became colorful archways!

But what about doing this with white paint? You absolutely can do that too! Or any color you want to match whatever your background is! I love that there are hints of background when I use white paint! Here I’ve used one mask from the Towers of Arches set then added more arches to it using masks from the Arches set.

Not only can this stencil make playful arches, but it can make so much more! These ovals are made using Arches. It’s a very simple process when you see it, but rather awkward to write out- so see how a quick flip makes these happen in the video. And yes, you can customize these too by making the ovals longer or shorter. Again, the freedom of flexibility!

But wait, there’s more! Not just arches and ovals, these stencils can make lines, squares, and playful shapes with a modern art vibe. Everything on this page was made using Arches. Everything except the star, that came from my Stars Inspired by Matisse stencil.

The Towers of Aches masks here were too tall to create the aqua sky the way I wanted in this gel print. So all I did was move the arches down a bit and voila, they were magically the height I needed. You have the flexibility to use part or all of the masks.

When you want a tower reaching to the top of your page or canvas, you can do that too!

I love having choices and options. The plan for this was to be just a simple page of arches to rip apart in the future for collage. But now it might stay this way. Or it might be cut into quick cards. Or it would be fun to use on an ATC. Or parts might make it into my art journal.

What do want to create with the Arches stencil sets? Tall single towers, clusters of towers, or something in between? You’ve got the flexibility to do that with these sets!