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January 2014 posts

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've got the last of my November pages and a few December pages... Read more →


I'm still in California -- spending a few days making art with friends and then teaching this weekend in Santa Ana -- but I wanted to share a bit about my CHA Winter 2014 experience. If you don't know what the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) show is all about, take a peek at this post I wrote back in January of 2009. If you want a giggle, read this post all about the experience from July 2011. This was a CHA that was all about the people, for me. I literally took zero pictures of new product. So, I'll... Read more →


As you know, I'm very interested in abstract paintings right now. To help myself learn what makes them sing, I started a Pinterest board all about abstract paintings and I've been pinning the ones that I see and love. Today I thought I'd share a few of them with you. pin pin pin pin pin pin pin pin pin pin pin I love all of these pieces and I've been looking at them and trying to think about why I love them. I think that when you can figure out what you like about something, it helps you figure out... Read more →


My Mom recently told me about something super cool that I had never heard of: Letterboxing. What is Letterboxing? From Letterboxing.org: Letterboxing is an intriguing mix of treasure hunting, art, navigation, and exploring interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places. It takes the ancient custom of placing a rock on a cairn upon reaching the summit of a mountain to an artform. It started when a gentleman simply left his calling card in a bottle by a remote pool on the moors of Dartmoor, in England. Here's the basic idea: Someone hides a waterproof box somewhere (in a beautiful, interesting, or... Read more →


Greetings from CHA!

I'm currently in Anaheim, CA for the Craft & Hobby Association Show (CHA). It has been a busy few days, with lots more fun to come. I'll be sure to post about my adventures as soon as I can. In the meantime, here's a quick video I recorded with Noell Hyman from Paperclipping. It's a peek at some stenciling techniques and a quick look at the new stencils from The Crafter's Workshop! Enjoy! If you enjoy the video, be sure to stop by the Paperclipping site and let them know! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →


If you're at the Craft & Hobby Association Show (CHA) for the next few days, come and see me! SATURDAY: January 11 10am-noon Demoing at The Crafter's Workshop (booth 845) 2-3pm Carve Stamp Play Book Signing at R&M West Coast Enterprises (booth 1224) SUNDAY: January 12 2-4pm Demoing at The Crafter's Workshop (booth 845) MONDAY: January 13 9-10:30am Panel Discussion: Taking Your Classes to the Virtual Space - ONLINE! (level 2/room 207D) 3-4pm Carve Stamp Play Book Signing at F&W (booth 401) Stop by at any of these events and say hello, take a photo, or just hang out! I'd... 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've got some more November pages to share today. It's so interesting to... Read more →


On Sunday I taught a full day workshop called, "Starting an Altered Book" at A Work of Heart in San Jose. Take a peek at the fun we had! As you can tell from the photos, I was super lucky to have 24 talented, enthusiastic and very generous students who made teaching the class a real pleasure. Store owner, Andrea... ...invited me to come back and teach again next year! Can't hardly wait! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →


This past weekend I taught two classes at A Work of Heart in San Jose, CA. It's a wonderful store with a big wall of stencils... ...and excellent taste in books... ...and the owner, Andrea, is a lovely and generous soul who made my visit completely wonderful! On Saturday night I taught my 3-hour "Stamp Carving 101" class to a group of 17 wonderfully talented ladies. These ladies came up with so many beautiful stamp designs that I left class feeling inspired and excited to carve some new stamps! I love getting to teach something I love to people who... Read more →


As you know I've been on an abstract kick lately. I really want to try and figure that whole thing out. It's so foreign to me in so many ways and I'm really struggling to create abstract paintings. So, when I got the e-mail from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) here in New York advertising their new classes, I was thrilled to see a studio (i.e. hands on) class entitled "The Materials and Techniques of Abstract Expressionism." Here's the class description: This course leads students in a hands-on examination of the materials and techniques that created some of the... Read more →