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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! Helloooooooo! Today I'm sharing a few pages from my daily art journal. I'm... Read more →


As you know, I have a tendency to pull canvases off their frames. This leaves me with some empty frames. I have stretched new canvas over a few of them, but I had this little one and it was calling out to become something brand new, like this earring holder: To begin, I cut an old patterned transparency into a decorative background. I wanted to use a transparency because I was afraid paper would rip. I figured plastic wouldn't. I slightly altered a free cut file from birdscards.com. You can get the instructions on altering it in this quick video:... Read more →


The other day I posted a doodle to my Facebook page and someone commented that it reminded her of molas. I had to google the term because I had never heard of it. From Wikipedia: The mola forms part of the traditional outfit of a Kuna woman, two mola panels being incorporated as front and back panels in a blouse....Molas have their origin in body painting. Only after colonization by the Spanish and contact with missionaries did the Kuna start to transfer their traditional geometric designs on fabric, first by painting directly on the fabric and later by using the... Read more →


You guys, carving stamps is so addictive. Once I start it's hard for me to stop. I'm a stamp carving binger and I cannot lie!! I have a lot of "garbage" rubber leftover from Carve December and so I've been attacking it with vigor! I started with a single long piece of rubber and cut it into several smaller pieces: Take a closer peek at the five stamps I carved: These stamps are tiny -- the smallest is .75" square and the largest (diamond pattern) is 1" x 1.25" -- but they've got a big impact! What are you carving... Read more →


I was lucky enough to spend an extra long weekend with my family at my Dad's house on the Cape. (For you non-Massachusetts-ians, that's Cape Cod.) There was lobster (of course)... ...and yes, my stepbrother managed to eat that entire FIVE pound lobster! There was lots of time spent at the beach... ...where I doodled and read. (I'm half way through Americanah and I'm really enjoying it!) I also got a sunburn despite wearing and reapplying SPF30 multiple times. Alas, that's what happens when you take a city girl out into the sun. While I read and burned, the rest... 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 started a new art journal at the end of May (it's not... Read more →


So, I went to my local art supply store for a wooden dowel. I came home with more than a wooden dowel. Are you surprised? I wasn't. :) I bought two tubes of a new-to-me brand of acrylic paints: Amsterdam Standard Acrylics. Amsterdam does have a fancier brand called "Amsterdam Expert Acrylics." Watch the video for my explorations and analysis: It's the hot pink that made me take it home with me! Here's the journal spread and the tags from the video: Do you use Amsterdam Standard Acrylics? What do you think? Similar to Liquitex Basics? Thanks for stopping by! Read more →


Come with me on a journey into how my brain works. I had this scrap of rubber: I carved a quick pattern stamp out of it: Then I tried printing it tip-to-tip: That empty rectangle gave me an idea! I took another scrap and cut it in half: See how that little rectangle nests (sort of) perfectly into the empty space?! I ended up trimming both scrap halves so that they fit a bit better and then carved them into pattern stamps: And here's what it looks like when they all come together: And in color: I hope you enjoyed... Read more →


As you know, I try to go to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as often as possible. I average about once a week when I'm not traveling. Visiting so often allows me to lose the guilt of feeling like I have to see everything. Instead, I usually try to focus in on seeing a few things for a short period of time. I may visit an exhibit multiple times, so I feel free to skip what doesn't interest me that day. It's a lovely way to visit a museum. Here are some pics from a recent afternoon I spent... Read more →