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As I mentioned last week, I had asked the question, "What is your favorite art/craft book?" There were lots of great suggestions and I thought I'd compile them into one big list (in several parts) in case you're a book junkie like I am! Cards That Pop-up, Flip, and Slide by Michael Jacobs From Amazon: "Dazzle your friends and loved ones with the one-of-a-kind projects in Cards that Pop Up, Flip & Slide. A few simple cuts and folds are all it takes to create over twenty cards and envelopes with moveable parts. From pop-up trees to flipping leaves and... Read more →


As I mentioned on Tuesday, I rented a car and drove up to Vermont for Jane Davies' Collage Journeys in Vermont workshop. There's a lot to share, so I thought I'd do it in installments. Today I'm going to give you a brief overview of the event overall. The workshop was held in rural Vermont. No cell phone signal and plenty of wildlife. I stayed in a beautiful house... ...high up on a hill with an enchanting view... ...and two of my nine fellow students: Cathy and Sharon. Class was held in the Rupert Fire House. We enjoyed the company... Read more →


I just spent five days in the woods. It was vastly different from NYC and there was a great deal of natural beauty to take in. Here are five photos that I hope will inspire you. (All photos taken with my iPhone.) I'm feeling very inspired to paint and draw. I'm not sure if it's the nature or simply the change of environment? Do you find that a change of environment energizes your creativity? Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. There is a flickr group for sharing right here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week and you've blogged about it, or put it on flickr, please leave a link in the linky list at the end of this post. Thanks! Do you recall the journal that I made for Book Club in June?... Read more →


If you follow my Twitter or Instagram feeds you probably noticed the #blogher12 hashtag all over the place two weekends ago. What does it mean? BlogHer is an organization for (mostly) female bloggers. The annual conference moves around, but this year it was held two blocks from my apartment, so I had to go! Although I've been blogging since December 2006, I don't really consider myself a blogger. Well, maybe that's a little untrue. I don't consider myself a blogger in the talking-about-my-life sense. Although I do talk about my life here...but it's mostly my artistic life. Oh, I don't... Read more →


A few weeks ago I asked the question, "What is your favorite art/craft book?" There were lots of great suggestions and I thought I'd compile them into one big list (in several parts) in case you're a book junkie like I am! Tales of Adornment by Kristen Robinson From Amazon: "Tales of Adornment will guide you through incorporating resin into your jewelry designs with stunning results. Kristen Robinson shows you, step-by-step, how to use resin in jewelry construction, providing a wide range of options and applications: from floating words to encapsulating objects, and from casting new elements to replicating sea... Read more →


I have rented a car (being a New Yorker, I don't own a car) for two weeks and one day. Road trip! Woo! I will do my best to tweet and instagram from the road! Today I am driving to Rupert, VT where I will spend five days as a student. I will be taking a collage class from Jane Davies. I'm very excited to be a student. I love learning and I love the camraderie of a class environment. I think Jane's work is wonderful and very different from my own -- though I suspect we use many of... Read more →


Donna Downey recently wrote to me and asked if I'd contribute an altered paintbrush to hang in the bathroom of her new studio/classroom space. I was happy to oblige. Take a peek: Donna asked us each to attach a business card to the handle. So here's my brush with the card: Painting a paintbrush isn't something I would have done without the prompting, but I am so glad that I did! This was a wonderful artistic challenge and I love the result. I was a little sad to send it off, but thrilled that it will be seen by lots... Read more →


I've been on a cooking spree lately. I'm trying to eat more healthily and that means less takeout and more cooking. Here are a few things I've made recently (all photos taken with my iPhone): Toasted English muffin, low-fat goat cheese, hot pepper jelly. A delicious snack! Zucchini Tots. I found the recipe here. Oven Baked Fries. They look and taste pretty darn close to the real thing! I adapted this recipe. Instead of the 5 tbsp of oil, I sprayed the pan with Pam and then mixed the raw potatoes with 1 tbsp of oil. I also added 2... Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. There is a flickr group for sharing right here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week and you've blogged about it, or put it on flickr, please leave a link in the linky list at the end of this post. Thanks! You may recall that I recently asked Art Journal Every Day participants to... Read more →