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This past weekend I taught two all-day art classes at Papercraft Clubhouse. It's a fabulous store with a great owner and I had a ton of fun. Grab a cup of coffee and sit back as you scroll through all the fabulous color and pattern! As always, the joy of taking (and teaching) a class is not just in the learning. It's the sharing, socializing, camaraderie, and getting to spend the day with people who "get" you and speak your language!! If you'd like to take an in-person class with me, I'm teaching at The Ink Pad in NYC on... Read more →


Lately, I've been feeling an overwhelming desire to work larger. Not an easy task in my little Manhattan apartment. However, I made it work on this recent piece, done on top of a large sheet of watercolor paper: From far away it looks like a painting, but it's actually paint mixed with collage. Take a peek at the details! I'm super excited to keep working large. I want to work even bigger! Just need to figure out how to make it work. Large work has such a different impact! There's so much more space to play with details. I'm really... 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! Helloooooooooo! I'm sharing some more pages from my every day art journal with... Read more →


It has been a while since I posted about Project Life, but I'm still loving it! Still doing it! I'm on year four of this amazing memory keeping process and it still brings me joy. Today I thought I'd share a process video where I walk you through (mostly in fast forward) how I put together a Project Life spread. What is Project Life? It's a memory keeping system in which you use "pocket pages" to stash photos, ephemera, thoughts, etc. Everybody does it differently. This is a brief guide to how I personally do it: One two-page spread for... Read more →


Today I thought I'd share a basic but most excellent and useful technique: how to create a seamless repeating pattern with your stencils! Watch the video for the how-to: 6x6 Rug Stencil 12x12 Rug Stencil 6x6 Tiled Flower Stencil 12x12 Tiled Flower Stencil Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics Palette Paper Patterned Duct Tape Cosmetic Sponges Fiskars Amplify Scissors InLinkz.com Here are the samples from the video: This technique is how I created the background for this scrapbook page: I used the 12x12 version of the Tiled Flower stencil and turned it at a 45-degree angle and used several colors of paint... Read more →


Hello! I’m Cheryl Waters and I’m thrilled to be here! Thank you Julie for having me as a guest. I just love Julie, her fun personality, her art, use of color, and all things wild, funky and fun! Today, I thought I’d share with you a fun technique that I happened upon by accident. There’s that saying, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ Scott Adams While I’m a big art journaler, I enjoy bringing those techniques from time to time to create a card or layout (scrapbook type). I am a... Read more →


After creating this pattern for #28Patterns... ...I was completely inspired to carve a leaf stamp based on the leaf design! I love it! and now I can use this pattern over and over again! I'm a great believer that the more stuff you make, the more you'll want to make. Creativity is contagious. It's a fever you can give yourself! When's the last time you inspired yourself to create something based on artwork you had previously created? Thanks for stopping by! --- P.S. Tune into HSN today from 8am-9am AND 3pm-4pm EST to see me demoing the ScanNCut! P.P.S. The... Read more →


I think hands are wonderfully expressive. I'm a huge fan of Max Beckmann who always painted fascinating hands. Today I'm sharing five impactful hand illustrations paired with text. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! source source source source source Which one is your fave? Thanks for stopping by! -- P.S. Tune into HSN on Monday (March 9) from 8am-9am and 3pm-4pm to see me demoing the ScanNCut! 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! When I travel, I generally carry two types of art journals with me:... Read more →


I had a ton of fun last weekend teaching my "Painted Paper Collage" class at The Ink Pad here in NYC. I had a lot of fun hanging out with a fantastic group of women who were brave and creative and silly and all around wonderful. My friend Jenn Mason came to class as my assistant and surprised me with this adorable video she put together about the class. Before I post it, I do have to say that my Mom told me not to post it because Jenn caught me saying "h-e-double hockey sticks" and Mom said, "You sound... Read more →