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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 like taking my art journal with me. And I hate taking my... Read more →


Hello out there! Here's a little bit about life right now: This is me right now: My current art obsession is: My 100 Day Project. I make faces and faces and faces and still have ideas for more faces to create! My current life obsession is: This hand made kimono by Patricia and Molly Palson (a Mother/Daughter duo): Other people may think it's cray cray, but I love and adore every inch of its colorful happy magic! I'm loving: Anything stitched or embroidered is totally my jam these days. These were absurdly expensive shirts I saw in a store, but... Read more →


Today I am sharing three ScanNCut video tutorials with you. One of them is very ScanNCut specific (about updating your software) but the other two both deal with subjects any artist can take advantage of -- how to turn a design into a stencil and how to take one single design and use it in a variety of ways to create 4 different (but coordinated) projects. First up, an important and easy process: updating your ScanNCut software. The process is the same no matter what model of ScanNCut you own. I encourage you to keep your ScanNCut software up to... Read more →


I was lucky enough to take a two-day quilting class with Frances Holliday Alford. Her intensely embellished quilts are magical and mesmerizing and overwhelming. These pictures simply do not do them justice! Class began with a brief meditation and then Frances and her sisters introduced us to the materials we'd be working with: yantras, tarot, numerology, feng shui, and more! As you can probably guess from the photos above, I pulled "the Hermit" card. It was fascinating to see the differences in how the Hermit is portrayed in different tarot decks, and even described differently in the various tarot books.... Read more →


Last week I made a big batch of screen printed (and painted and stamped) journals for my students. I love the way that they turned out! Take a closer look: I want to just dive into that luscious pile of color and pattern, don't you?! I put together a series of very short little videos that answer a few basic questions about the kind of screen printing I do and posted them to instagram HERE. You can also read about thermofax printing here and here and see a video on making your own faux thermofax screens with your ScanNCut here.... 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. You know, I often get asked how many journals I have completed and... Read more →


I am sixteen days into this 100 Day Project of creating a face every single day. Here are my thoughts at the moment: I never said that doing a video was part of the project, but so far it has been. Can I keep it up? I never dictated that I would work in a particular size, but so far -- except for one piece -- they've all been 8.5x11. Perhaps because that's what has been handy? I like that I never seem to run out of ideas. Faces can be constructed out of so many things in so many... Read more →


I was at Target on Saturday and they had tons of Easter stuff in the $1 section. I saw some Bunny Gel Clings (they're these gel-ly things that stick to your windows to decorate for holidays) and I thought, I wonder if they'd work as mini gelatin printing plates? As a bonus, they had a textured surface and for $1, why not take the risk? So I did. Watch the video for my explorations with paint and ink and bunny window clings: And this is the Easter card that I made from those window clings: You can see that the... Read more →


Today's podcast features a conversation about the new Matisse in the Studio exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), along with a painting class I'm currently taking there. 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... Read more →


I visited the new "Matisse in the Studio" exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) twice last week. I took a lot of photos (though certainly not of everything in the exhibit). Take a peek: I'm going to save my commentary for tomorrow. Mom (who saw the exhibit independently of me) and I had a long chat on our Adventures in Arting Podcast about the exhibit -- expectations, differing perspectives, and more! That will be up tomorrow, but I wanted to give you an opportunity to digest all these images before listening to the conversation. Thanks for stopping... Read more →