Previous month:
February 2016
Next month:
April 2016

March 2016 posts

I thought I'd share some photos from my whirlwind trip to Sweden. My theory on breaking the back of jet lag is: sunshine, walking, being cold, and eating! As you'll see from the photos, I checked everything off that list! We stayed at a hotel that had a kind of funky vibe. Stockholm is a beautiful and very walkable city. I found the juxtaposition between the old buildings and all the new construction fascinating. There were a number of beautiful churches to explore. This one was my favorite: My main day for exploring was a Monday, and unfortunately for me,... Read more →


I wasn't sure whether this diptych counted as one canvas or two. Since it's meant to hang as a single painting over two panels, I'm calling it one canvas. :) It's a mixture of acrylic paint, collage, acrylic ink, and spray paint. One of my goals in moving to the Boston area and leaving New York was to paint larger. This is my first really large project since moving and I love it! It feels like an art journal page come to life on a whole other scale! I'm excited to work on the next big one! Thanks for stopping... Read more →


I was delighted to return to NYC for two classes at The Ink Pad. Take a peek at the fun we had: I love teaching at The Ink Pad. It's a great space with great students and a great support team! If you'd like to get colorful and painty with me, you can join me for classes in Melbourne, Sydney, and Byron Bay in Australia. I don't have any firm in-person teaching plans beyond that. I'm working on some new artful adventures that are taking up a great deal of my time at the moment! Hope to see you in... Read more →


Today I thought I'd share three artsy things I found on my web wanders. They made me happy. I hope they'll make you happy too! A Great Teacher, Illustrated This is a wonderful illustrated comic-book style tale of an excellent art educator. I love what Jimi Herd says about everyone's style of drawing being as different as their handwriting. So true! How To Beat Creative Blocks Watch this quick animated video. Not only is the animation delightful, but the message is spot on, in my opinion. So often we underestimate ourselves and stop ourselves before the truly creative ideas come.... 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. 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, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek. Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here. I've got more daily pages for you today! Yay! These were created at... Read more →


My friend Jenn and I took a two-hour clay bowl class at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. I've played around with paper clay and with polymer clay, but I had never taken a "real" pottery class. It was awesome and it made me want to do more! We hand shaped our bowls, using paper bowls as basic molds. As you can see, the clay is grey when you work with it. However, once it's fired it turns white. I was surprised that we were able to paint the bowls with color almost immediately after making them. We did use... Read more →


As soon as I saw the Molotow Masking Fluid Markers at Dick Blick, I knew I wanted to try them out! I've used frisket before, and always had trouble painting it on smoothly and evenly. These masking markers seemed like an awesome solution to that problem! Check out the video to see my experiments: BTW: Some commenters on YouTube told me that (a) you shouldn't heat the masking fluid with a heat gun and (b) it is much easier to remove with the aid of a rubber cement eraser. Here are the items I experimented on: Have you tried out... Read more →


You don't need a lot of time to see a lot at a museum. I arrived a little bit early for class at the Boston MFA a few weeks ago. With just thirty minutes I managed to see (and photograph) quite a few lovely things. Here's what I saw: Such an incredible variety of art styles! And yet, you can see that I'm drawn to people -- faces, figures. There are a few things that are not people-related in this batch of photos, but for the most part, it's people. And isn't it amazing how many different ways they are... Read more →


I've got two quick and easy ScanNCut technique videos for you today! Both of them are based on questions I get asked a lot. First up is cutting vinyl. The ScanNCut does a great job cutting vinyl, especially if you take a few extra steps to ensure that the finished design makes it to your final surface exactly the way you intended! Watch the video for the how-to: And here's the vinyl cut from the video: This second video should clear up some confusion about the differences between "direct cut" and "scan to cut data." Essentially, you just have to... 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. 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, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek. Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here. Wow. I didn't realize quite how long it had been since I shared... Read more →