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Happy Thursday everyone! Today I want to share a super quick and easy technique. Yesterday I shared this photo on instagram: And I got a couple of questions on how I made the print inside the print. So, I decided to put together a quick video for you! Here is the image from the video: This is a super duper easy technique that you can try with lots of different stamps and inks. Give it a try and let me know how it goes! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →


I'm delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast! If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. You can listen to a podcast anywhere and at any time. It is a recording that is available to you whenever you'd like to listen. If you'd like to download it to your iTunes library, click here. You can also pause and rewind or fast forward as you desire. I like to listen to podcasts while I'm making art. It's a little like hanging out with friends while you art. Today we're talking... Read more →


Creating Texture & Resists with Gel Medium Hello, it’s Robyn Wood from Australia with you again today. It’s exciting to be able to share a second technique on Julie’s blog! Huge thanks to Julie for allowing me to share another post and stencilling technique with you all. Creating resists and texture with gel mediums are common techniques for art journalers and mixed media artists. I’m putting a little colourful twist on my project by using matt gel medium and pigment heavy ink sprays to create a gorgeous shimmery texture to float some butterflies over. This is a pretty classic arrangement... Read more →


Come and take a class with me! San Jose, CA: January 3 & 4, 2015 I'm teaching two classes at A Work of Heart. On Saturday night I'll be showing you how to use a face stencil to create unique ladies. You've seen some of my old favorite face stencils, like this one: But I've got a brand new one coming out in January 2015 that really helps teach you how to draw faces and that's the one we'll be using. That's right! You're going to get your hands on it to try it out before it even debuts at... 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! Happy Friday! I often get asked where my inspiration for my art journal... Read more →


You guys, #CarveDecember is just knocking my socks off. People are making some *amazing* stamps!! Before I share some (and there are so many, I really had to pick just a few) of the fantabulous stamps that other people have carved, here's what I've made for days 4-10: I made a custom colored ink pad for this one. Here's the print below: I carved a new set of number stamps for my art journal. These are about half the size of the my old ones. They're teeny tiny! This set just about killed me. I should have done it over... Read more →


Hello everyone! I’m Susan Carol and I’m so thrilled to be here today – thanks for having me, Julie, it’s a real privilege. I’m going to show you how to make your own texture paste. We all love texture and this is a super cheap and easy way to make your own for pennies. I found this recipe on You Tube: To make the texture paste take 1 part acrylic paint, 1 part talc and ½ part pva glue. I use cheap acrylic paint, usually white, and glue and baby talc which makes the paste smell nice! Put them all... Read more →


I found a great tutorial for making a cool paper ornament on the blog "How About Orange." Here's my version of the ornament: If you didn't want to hang it, the ball will actually stand up by itself! Cool, right?! Some tips: I followed the basic instructions from this tutorial. I created a digital cutting file for the pieces of the ball. It's slightly different than the one in the original tutorial because after some trial and error I found it was easier to curl the paper with a narrower wedge. I'm happy to offer you my cutting file for... Read more →


Hi everyone. I’m Kara Monroe. I’m so excited to be here – thanks to Julie for allowing me and all of the other guest bloggers to be here – I’ve loved reading about and seeing all the amazing ways folks use their stencils and all the gorgeous art that’s being created. I have a super simple crafty art project to share with you that if you’ve been on Pinterest (who isn’t these days?) you’ve probably seen – and I’m adding a stencil-y twist. We’re going to stencil mugs! I love projects that are quick and that allow you to customize... 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! Happy Friday! I'm planning a very boring stay-in-my-pajamas-and-make-things kind of weekend. I hope... Read more →