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Today I thought I'd share some quotes that really speak to me about my artful life. source This is the reason I keep taking classes. This is the reason that I make art every single day. This is the reason that I keep trying new things. All of this education and curiosity and practice has to mean that some day my abilities will come close to my desires and ambitions...right? source This is the reason I started scrapbooking. It's the reason I love Project Life. It's the reason I'm drawn to both view and create art with figures and faces.... Read more →

I'm in love! I have finally found my perfect paintbrush. These are the Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Brushes. They're amazing enough that I'm seriously considering buying every single size and style they sell. What's so amazing? Here's my problem with paintbrushes: I do two extremely abusive things to my brushes... I leave them in water for days and days and days. I use lots of gel medium and glue with my brushes. As a result my brushes become waterlogged, stiff, and the paint cracks off the handle over time. My small pointy brushes also become less pointy. The Catalyst brushes... Read more →

This canvas started really differently than it ended. I thought about leaving it just like this. I walked away for a few weeks and then I just couldn't leave well enough alone. I like it! I walked away again. But then I kept thinking: it feels like there's a breeze. She should have hair that blows in the wind! And so this is where it has ended. Here are the details: Every painting is an adventure! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

I'm delighted to be teaming up with Interweave to offer you a webinar on Building a Better Blog! A webinar is basically an online seminar. You don't need any fancy equipment -- just access to the internet with a reasonably good connection. Here's the official description: A blog is an excellent tool for sharing your artwork, building a community, growing your business, and strengthening your brand. However, a poorly done blog can be worse than no blog at all. There is no one-size-fits-all solution – so much of building a better blog depends on your goals, your comfort level with... 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! I'm currently obsessed with the Liquitex Spray Paints thanks to my friend Ronda,... Read more →

I thought I'd share a peek at the progress of the large embroidery piece I've been working on. Yesterday I ended up stitching on some extra pieces of muslin because I was getting too close to the edge and it was hard to hoop the work. I'm a little annoyed at myself for miscalculating how large this piece was going to get, but that's life. The seams aren't ideal, but I'm going to live through it. ;) I've pretty much been working on the afro area for the past few weeks. As you can see, I pencil in the design... Read more →

My mixed media life actually orginates in the quilt world. Did you know that? I was a mixed media art quilter first and foremost and then stumbled into art journaling and paper. Happily stumbled. While I don't sew as much as I used to, I still read some quilting blogs and often run into surface design techniques that I long to try out. For years the art quilt world has been filled with Thermofax printing. It's a type of screenprinting, usually done without a frame. Screens are burned on a Thermofax machine. I have wanted one forever, but pesky issues... Read more →

I've been reading the Another Lunch blog for a few months now. The blogger shares photos and how-tos on the adorable bento box lunches she packs for her kids. Here's an example: So cute! I love those little animal sandwiches. There are actually a ton of bento-focused websites. Like Bentology: And Bento School Lunches: And CuteOBento (which is entirely in Japanese): And Bonenhase: A google search will bring up about a million more! The food art ranges from cute to jaw droppingly amazing. But people packing lunches aren't the only ones having fun with their food. Via the blog Colossal,... Read more →

It has been a while since I've reported in on Project Life. I'm still working on it every week. Today I thought I'd share ten Project Life ideas that work for me. 1. I like every single day to be represented in some way. When I don't have a photo, I use a screenshot. In the bottom right corner you can see that I included a tweet from my day. Even weeks later, it's easy to go online to your twitter profile and see what you tweeted on a particular day! A great way to fill in empty spaces. 2.... Read more →