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September 2013 posts

I'm super excited to be teaching an intensive two-day workshop at The Ink Pad here in New York City. I really enjoy getting to immerse myself in art over several days and I hope you will too! You will leave this intensive two-day workshop with a beautiful tape bound art journal. On Day 1 of the workshop the focus will be on pulling together the journal pages and painting the journal covers. We will make decorative tape and I will share my favorite collage and painting techniques. On Day 2 we will stitch together your fabulous one-of-a-kind art journal, and... Read more →


One of the things about being crafty, as you well know, is that all of your friends come to you with their crafty problems. My friend Riv recently asked me to help her finish up a baby quilt she made for her sister. Here are five photos of the colorful (and soft) gift: I think giving a handmade gift is always a nice idea, don't you? Thanks for stopping by! 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! Today I'm sharing the remainder of my July 2013 daily pages. I think... Read more →


The good folks over at PanPastel were kind enough to send me some of their new Metallic PanPastels to try out. There are six new metallics, I received four of them: Silver, Bronze, Rich Gold, and Pewter. I mixed them up with my existing regular PanPastels and had some fun! I like the glittery quality that the metallics create. They mix beautifully with the regular colors and do everything that regular PanPastels do: smudge, erase, mix, etc. If you've never tried PanPastels before, you can buy some cute little sets. I also recommend picking up some of the Sofft Tools,... Read more →


As I've mentioned before, Brother is releasing a very exciting brand new cutting machine in October, called the Scan N Cut. One of my favorite uses for the machine is to cut my own stencils! Here's a peek at two tags I decorated with stencils I cut using the Scan N Cut: Remember, there's no computer to hook it up to and it can cut through all sorts of materials! I'll be sharing some in depth how-tos very soon! In the meantime, if you'd like to know exactly when the machine will be available and all about it, you sign-up... Read more →


I've got more photos to share from the CREATE Retreat in New Jersey! Better late than never, right? Today I'm sharing some photos from my "Explore Faces" class. This was my first time teaching this class and it was fantastic! I'm planning to expand it to a two-day class (because there's just so much more I want to share) when I offer it in the future! Take a peek at the amazing-ness that came out of that class: Would you believe me if I told you this is only about half of the photos I took in class?! So much... Read more →


I'm super psyched to be part of an exciting day long art journaling workshop that Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine is hosting. It's called "Art Journaling Live." It's on October 26 from 8am-5pm in Charlotte, North Carolina. The all-inclusive day (all art supplies are provided!!) includes classes from four fabulous art journalers: Traci Bautista, author of Doodles Unleashed and Collage Unleashed, will be teaching a class called "Printmaking Unleashed." Create art journal backgrounds and collage papers using handmade tools. Explore mark making and create colorful layers with simple printmaking techniques using prints, paper cutouts and monotypes. Learn how to add mark... 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! It has been a while since I've shared my daily art journal pages... Read more →


The Color Pink Doesn't Exist

Did you know that the color pink doesn't actually exist? In this adorable one-minute video, the folks from Minute Physics explain it using markers and doodles. I love it! Entertainment + Education + Art = Perfection! Thanks for stopping by! --- P.S. "Getting Started with the Design Principles" started this week. Here are two comments from students: "I've been taking classes and painting (realistic watercolor and acrylic) for 17 years. No one has ever mentioned "rhythm." I find this fascinating as it is basically so much of what we call someones style. Learning about that element of design really opened... Read more →


As I've mentioned before, Brother is releasing a very exciting brand new cutting machine in October, called the Scan N Cut. You can see the machine in use in this Scrapbook Soup video: I'll be sharing some in depth how-tos very soon! In the meantime, if you'd like to know exactly when the machine will be available and all about it, you sign-up for the Scan N Cut mailing list right here. Thanks for stopping by! UPDATE: The ScanNCut is now available for sale! Hooray! Read more →