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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. I have finished filling another art journal! Hooray! Today I'm sharing the last... Read more →


I was delighted to return to Papercraft Clubhouse to teach a weekend of classes. This was my first time visiting them in their new space and it's wonderful! The classroom is large and spacious and the owner, Tracie, really knows her mixed media stuff. Great stock of stuff I wanted (and bought). Check out the photos of all the fun we had: Friday night was "Make Foam Stamps." I taught the students how to make all kinds of stamps, including seamlessly repeating patterns! On Saturday I taught my "Make a Pamphlet Art Journal" class. We had tons of fun thinking... Read more →


Today I wanted to share a few Art Foamies projects that I put together for the Creativation Show. This is a mixture of black paint on white paper and white paint on black paper -- not always easy to tell which is which: This colorful collage didn't quite turn out the way I intended. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, but I'm trying to let go of my expectations and let it be whatever it is: Lots of fun details of stitching and layering! This next project is my favorite! I used paper clay to create some... Read more →


On a recent podcast I mentioned that I had attended a lecture at the Harvard Art Museums. The lecture was three different curators discussing a single painting: Winslow Homer's Summer Night. In the two photos here you can see the lecture and then the actual painting: This is a very different work for Winslow Homer. Here's a photo of the artist himself from winslowhomer.org: There's a longish bio of him at the website I mentioned above, which is worth reading. In case you're not familiar with his work, here are a couple of his more famous nautical paintings (from wikipedia):... Read more →


One of the quilt guilds that I belong to is called the Quilters Connection. For the guild show this year they are gathering 100 Ruby Red blocks. The basic idea is to create a small quilt or quilt block -- made up of red and white fabrics only -- which will be attached to a canvas. Each of these blocks will be sold at the show to benefit the guild. I decided to spend an afternoon putting mine together. I started by creating an owl file by importing a free clip art design (just do a web search for "free... 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 you know, I'm not big on rules when it comes to art... 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 →


Today I've got another series of photos from a recent visit to the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) here in Boston. I shared a number of photos from the Making Modern exhibit many months ago. And then I think I mentioned either on the podcast or the vlog -- it's all starting to blend a bit -- that this exhibit is actually an ongoing semi-permanent thing. This means that the work displayed in these five galleries does change a bit from time-to-time. This is the stuff that caught my eye this time through: Also, this was an exhibit in the... Read more →


I have spent a lot of time at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) recently, but been very lax about posting the photos. So today I'm sharing some photos from two different events. The first was a Connoisseurship Evening. I believe I chatted a bit about it on the most recent podcast. The event involved two curatorial tours and a sit down dinner. Very cool. When the invitation went out for the evening, there were some extremely vague descriptions of the tours you could choose from. When RSVP-ing you had to rank your tour choices. When arriving at the museum,... Read more →


I previously showed you how easy it is to resurrect your hardened paint brushes with Murphy Oil Soap. It's just as easy to clean up your rubber brayer and make it look -- and more importantly function -- like new! Watch the video for the how to: I hope you'll give this technique a try! It has saved many a brayer for me! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →