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Happy Valentine's Day! I'm here with my final Valentine's Day Table for Two tutorial. Watch the video for the how to: Here are some more photos of the project: Fun and easy! I hope you've enjoyed this series of tutorials. Like any big project, breaking each element down makes the big project easy to accomplish. I think of each of these elements as being a layer in my overall Valentine's Day "painting." For your reference: link link link link today's post I love that so many little projects can combine to make something major! Whether you're sharing Valentine's Day with... Read more →


It's shockingly easy to make your own reusable placemats. The secret is lamination. But, more on that later. I used my ScanNCut to create a heart stamp and then I used a plastic fork to make it even better! Watch the video for the how to: Here are some more photos: As I mentioned in the video, I used iron-on vinyl to laminate my placemats, but you could also take your painted paper to Staples or somewhere like that and they'll laminate it for you! I hope you've been enjoying this series of Valentine's Day tutorials! Tomorrow is the big... 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. Flips, flaps and holes. That's what these pages are all about. I'm having... Read more →


Me and the Target $1 spot are like best friends. I grabbed these $1 tin buckets and got to doodling with Sakura PenTouch paint markers and a waterbased Sharpie. Watch the video for the process: And here are some more photos: This is a fun and easy project to do and once Valentine's Day is over, I'm planning to use them to hold pens in my studio! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →


Today I'm sharing a video tutorial on creating the fancy balloons and doily banners that help to create the fun atmosphere for the Valentine's Day Table for Two. It's a lot of bang for little buck. I purchased most of the supplies at the Target $1 spot! Watch the video for the how to: And here are some more photos: I love how the dangles wave in the breeze and give lots of movement. I think I'm going to leave them up for a while, even when Valentine's Day is over! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →


This year for Valentine's Day I'm staying home. On the one hand, I like going out and getting dressed up and all that jazz. On the other hand, I'm old and cantankerous and an evening at home sounds lovely. But, just because it's at home and I'm in my pajama pants doesn't mean that it can't still be a special event. Check out my fancy Valentine's Day Table for Two: Over the next few days I'm going to show you how to make the various elements in this photo. Today's we're starting with the felt roses. They're pretty fabulous! (That's... Read more →


You've already seen this painting. I shared it two weeks ago. But did you know that you also saw it back in 2013? Say, what? Yep, back in 2013 I shared this finished painting: I expressed my ambivalent feelings about the painting when I posted it. It was one of those painting that never got hung up on my walls because I just didn't love it. It sat in a pile of finished but unloved paintings for the last four years. Then I decided to give it a makeover. I flipped the old version of the painting upside down in... 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. How can it be that I'm six months behind in sharing my daily... 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. Today's podcast features... Read more →


I hope that you all enjoyed the month-long Blogiversary celebration! I know that I enjoyed the look back. I have some new classes to share with you. A new online class, as promised: It’s finally here! The online stamp carving class that you’ve been asking for! In Stamp Carving: Designing Patterns I’m going to be sharing ALL of my tips and tricks for designing gorgeous pattern stamps! Class begins on March 31, 2017 and new video lessons are released every Monday. There are eight power-packed instructional video lessons: Designing Enclosed Patterns Tips on Printing Designing Two-Sided Strip Stamps Designing Four-Sided... Read more →