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My Father recently had a Western-themed birthday party. I figured that I therefore needed to make a Western-themed birthday card! And here it is: I used painted and stamped scrapbook paper to create the boot and text. Here's what the paper looked like before I cut it up: And here it is, all cut up: I think the painted paper gives, what could be a very basic card, an artistic lift! It also makes the whole thing much more "Julie." One of the things that I love about my ScanNCut is that there are so many ways to make my... Read more →


As I mentioned yesterday, I went to see the Megacities Asia exhibit at the MFA three times in less than a week. The third time was for a very interesting event. Using their instagram account, the MFA invited fellow instagrammers to apply to be part of an early morning photography session of the exhibit, before the museum was open. I leapt at the opportunity. I thought I'd get some amazing empty museum shots of the exhibits. In reality, because it was a larger group than I expected and we had to stay together at all times, it was actually more... Read more →


I've got a museum post for you today! This one is from a visit to the Megacities Asia exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. I actually visited this exhibit three times in less than a week. The photos I'm sharing today are from my first visit: during the opening party, and my second visit: the next day with my Dad (you can see a photo of the two of us in this post). I'll share a bit about the third visit tomorrow. I hope you enjoy taking a peek: Here's a quick photo from the museum's great... Read more →


It's hard to believe that it's already the middle of June. I feel like we should be in the heat of Summer, but it has been pretty mild so far. I've been trying to tidy things up at home. But I'm a pretty messy worker so it's a constant battle. Alas. Here's a quick peek at what things look like around here at the moment: This final photo is from my instagram feed, which is full of random photos of what my life looks like at the moment. I took it right after Suzanne and I finished cleaning up my... 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. As I mentioned last week, I love binding my own journals. For me,... 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. We have a... Read more →


One of my favorite memories from my trip to Byron Bay, Australia was the Dynamic Drawing Workshop I attended with Jane. I love life drawing, but my favorite kind of life drawing is quick sketches -- aka dynamic drawing. Sketches ranged from super quick one-minute poses to longer fifteen-minute poses. Here's a peek at what I drew: Towards the end of the drawing session I started adding color, as you can see. Color can be a crutch and a distraction, but I love it. Thanks for stopping by! Read more →


Today I'm back with some more behind-the-scenes photos from the Make It Artsy set! For those of you who asked, yes you can view a new episode online for free each week. Follow Make It Artsy on Facebook and Instagram to get all the latest info on what is airing where/when! You will also be able to purchase DVDs. Episodes will begin airing online and on your local PBS station on September 29. You're going to want to tune is this fall! If you'd like to request that your local PBS station carry the show, you can find contact information... Read more →


During a recent visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, I was blown away by a video I watched on creating wood inlay. Here is the video: I always thought inlay was beautiful, but the video gave me a new level of respect for the craft. When I sat down to think of a Father's Day project, I decided that I might be able to create a wood inlay ornament for a small wooden briefcase I had picked up at Michaels. I used my ScanNCut and some very thin wood veneer with an adhesive backing to create this... 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. It's not secret that I love binding my own journals. I rarely work... Read more →