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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. 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. One of my favorite things about working in my junque journals (journals made... 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. I've got a... Read more →


I recently traveled down to Florida to show off the ScanNCut on HSN (Home Shopping Network). I thought I'd give you a glimpse into that artful adventure today. Set up is a very glamorous experience.... Myriah, on the right, is the brains behind the operation. She keeps everything ScanNCut running smoothly. I think we did a pretty good job setting up a pretty table, don't you? Lots of projects made out of fabric, paper, vinyl, and everything in between! The HSN experience involves a great deal of waiting and eating. When we travel to Tampa we always seem to end... Read more →


Exploring Art Products: Hand Made Modern Brush Library

I just can't resist the allure of new supplies! Perhaps that's why I buy things I don't need. Need is such an ugly four-letter word, don't you think? I recently picked up these brushes and decide to take them for a spin on camera: Do you own these brushes? What do you think? Thanks for stopping by! --- P.S. For the record, these are my absolute favorite go-to brushes. And now they come in short handled! Read more →


I spent a few days in NYC in March and you know I *had* to stop by MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art) for a visit. Here's what I saw: Whenever I go to a museum I always come away with some inspiration for my own work. It's usually not a straight line -- meaning I see a building and I draw a building. But I know that the techniques, the colors, the textures, the scale -- it all seeps into the cracks in my brain and permeates my consciousness. By the time I get home and into the studio,... 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. Let's take a peek at some pages from January. You'll see that there's... Read more →


As you probably know, I host a TV show on PBS called Scrapbook Soup. (You can watch episodes online, on your TV, and/or by purchasing a DVD of the show.) The show is always filled with great guests and lots of papercrafting techniques. Over the last few years we've done more and more non-scrapbooking projects. So it should come as no surprise that the name of the show -- and the focus -- is being changed this year. That's right! Scrapbook Soup is becoming Make It Artsy. I'm delighted about the name change. It opens up a whole wide range... Read more →


It's a question everyone has asked: How do I know when I'm done with this piece of art? I wish there was an easy and scientific way to know that. Unfortunately, it's more of a gut feeling. My favorite way of explaining it came to me via Jenny Doh who said she got it from Jennifer Mercede: Knowing when you're done with a work of art is equivalent to the answer to the question, "Do you need to poop?" I can't tell you if you need to poop. Only you know the answer to that one. The same thing is... Read more →


Hey you guys! Today I want to share a super easy printing technique known as a "rainbow roll." Essentially you combine two colors of block printing ink to create a tri-colored print like these ones: Watch the video for the how-to (there's an extra tip or two at the end of the video): Speedball Soft Rubber Brayer Grafix Impress Inking Palette Block Printing Ink InLinkz.com Block printing ink has a much longer open time than acrylic paint, so it's perfect for this technique. It also tends to be a bit more opaque and so looks great printed on top of... Read more →