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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. The italicized text above appears in every single Art Journal Every Day post.... Read more →


You guys, I'm having a really great time with the 100 Day Project! Every day I've been working on a face and posting a fast forwarded process video on instagram. I feel like this project has several really good things going for it that are going to make it possible for me to keep up for 100 days. Essentially, I'm delighted with the guidelines I created for myself. As a reminder: Use any method to create a face. Time limit: 15 minutes. I really like the clarity of "create a face." I don't even have to think about what I'm... Read more →


It will come as no surprise to you that I make frequent stops at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) here in Boston. It's quite close by and I'm currently taking a class there every Monday. Every time I go to the museum I try to take a few minutes (even just 15 - 20) minutes to wander into an area or an exhibit I haven't seen before. Here's a peek at some of my recent wandering (also, can I have a scarab necklace, please?): This is a museum selfie that pretty much captures my feelings about being surrounded by... Read more →


Hey you guys! My assistant Suzanne Sicuranza is guest posting today with some fantastic artsy Easter Eggs! Feast your eyes on some Julie-inspired Suzanne-made Easter Eggs. I'll share some photos captured along the way, as well as a few short videos (and if you couldn't already tell, Suzanne written). Let's begin! Here is our starting point, store bought "chalkboard" eggs from Target: And here are the finished products artfully waiting to dry in a red solo cup: First I'll show you a bit of the drawn eggs. The surface was nonporous and black, which made it a nice starting point... 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. After last week's post about my sketchbook, there were a lot of questions... Read more →


On a recent visit to the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston, I was struck by a wonderful exhibit they are hosting in two adjoining hallway galleries. The exhibit celebrates the art of John Wilson and Eldzier Cortor. Neither are artists I had previously heard of and I was charmed by much of the work I saw. Check it out for yourself: Wilson's style is more of the kind of stuff that I like to make and look at. But Cortor's prints were just so amazing. I was nervous that I might get in trouble with the guards because... Read more →


Have you heard of the 100 Day Project? It’s a challenge described as a “creativity excavation.” “It’s about unearthing dormant or unrealized creativity by committing to a daily practice everyday for 100 days. Creativity is a skill. The more we practice, the more skilled we become. Practice takes time. Practice takes commitment. Practice is a radical act in this speeded up world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.” It all started in 2008 and has evolved over time. The current incarnation involves sharing your creative project... Read more →


Today I've got ScanNCut tutorial videos for you!. The first video is based on a common question I get: There's a line or a mark on my screen when I scan things. How do I fix that? Well, it's as easy as cleaning your scanner glass! Watch the video for the how to: Most of the time when you see videos of me creating with my ScanNCut, I show you how to make one of something. Even if I end up with twelve of that thing in the end, all you see in the video is how to make one.... Read more →


As you know, I spent two days at MoMA when I was last in NYC. I thought I'd share a few more photos from that visit. Enjoy! I am currently struggling with two canvases at the moment (you can take a peek at them on my instagram account). Looking back at these photos I am reminded of how hard art is sometimes. I mean, standing in the museum looking at the canvases I am often dismissive: "Oh, that's stupid." "I could do that." "That's not art." "That's ugly." But when I really look at these photos and study the details... Read more →