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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. Today I wanted to share some pages from my daily art journal. These... Read more →


I am super duper excited about these pencil cases! This is the first one I made: I used some painted fabric that I had laying around and embellished it with some fabric text I cut out using the ScanNCut. My stitching wasn't quite right. And the dimensions weren't right. So, I tried again. Once again, I used some leftover painted fabric. This one was the right size, but it was floppy. So, I tried again. Two layers of outside fabric was the key to making it stiffer! But I messed up with the fusible web and had sticky bits everywhere.... Read more →


Without any further ado, here is the finished table: I had originally planned on using the table in my studio, but after putting it together, I decided to make it my dining room table! And I love it! To answer some questions: Just curious what paints you used on the table and did you prime it. I used regular acrylic paints and I didn't prime it in any traditional sense. The first layer was indoor wall paint, which I reviewed here. Did you have a plan before hand of colors, flowers, etc? Not really. I knew that I wanted to... Read more →


There's a thrift store near where I live. I wandered in one day and there was a huge table with a price tag on it: $4.95. Really?! I walked past it a few times. I even asked the woman at the front desk if the price was really $4.95? She said, "Yep, but it's huge." I think that was an indication that they really just wanted to get rid of it. It's a small store. I figured that if I could get it out of the store and back home, it was worth the money. After all, a canvas that... Read more →


Disclaimer:Decorating your ScanNCut is not recommended by Brother. If it sits still for long enough, I'll probably paint it. And so I finally got to personalizing my ScanNCut: I put together a quick video explanation of the process: I hope you'll consider customizing your ScanNCut! Plastic Primer Painter's Tape Turntable Thanks for stopping by! 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. Today I wanted to share some pages from my sketchbook. This is a... Read more →


I wanted to share an exciting new venture with you! I'm going to be creating some weekly vlogs and sharing them over on my YouTube channel. What's a Vlog? It's a video blog or log. Okay, I still don't get what that is? Well, in my case, it's a place to share little snippets from my life. In my weekly vlogs you will find: Projects-in-Process Craft Fails Objects/People/Places that inspire me Snippets of my daily life Thoughts on the day/my plan for the day/things I'm excited about Shortened Versions of my Periscope Videos (ex. a half-an-hour video in 30 seconds)... Read more →


Every Wednesday, the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) has FREE (with admission) sketching in their galleries. They have a live model almost every single week -- one Wednesday a month it's drawing from the galleries. They provide paper and pencils and erasers or you can bring your own. There's even an instructor around to help you if you need it. It's pretty amazing. Best of all, it's dynamic drawing -- i.e. short poses. Nat and I met up with our friend Jenn and stayed for about an hour of sketching. There were a number of one-minute poses (sketch fast, man)... Read more →


As promised, here is part two of my visit to the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) with Nat! All the photos you're going to see today are of artwork from 20th Century Artists. Most of these photos are from (part of) the MFA's "Making Modern" exhibit. That painted frame!!! OMG! That painted frame! Do I sound excited? I usually hate the way that museums frame art. They often remove the artist's original frame and put it in something that just feels wrong. A painted frame simply solves that problem. The frame is part of the artwork. Although, I'd argue that... Read more →


Before I get to today's post, I just wanted to share that I'm teaching as part of Life Book 2017. It's an amazing line up of talented teachers: What is Life Book? It's a year-long online art journaling class. You can read more about it here. If you'd like to sign up, I'd appreciate it if you'd use THIS LINK because I will get a percentage of your class fee and that's how I get paid for teaching the class. Thank you in advance. :) Now, onto today's post: My friend Nat was here in Boston for three days of... Read more →