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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'm sharing some pages from the beginning of February. Each of these... Read more →


You guys! I finally finished that giant embroidered face I was working on. And by "finished," I mean I finally decided to stop fixating on all the little details and call it done! As you can see, I stretched the piece -- like a canvas -- on some stretcher bars. Here's a shot from the back: I pinked the edges to prevent the muslin from raveling over time. And you can also see that huge seam running down the side of the piece. I didn't use a large enough piece of muslin when I started this project, so I had... Read more →


My Mother was gifted with a hot pink desk caddy. It's fabulous storage, but not exactly her style. She asked if I could fix it up for her. No problem! I thought a bit about my Mom's style and home decor and decided that something from nature and with an art deco feel might be right. I decided to carve a stamp of an art deco flower. (You can see a quick video of the printing process here. Learn to carve your own stamps here.) I covered several sheets of black cardstock with the multi-colored prints (I made four sheets... Read more →


I've got more WhimSoDoodle class photos for you. I know that St. Petersburg was hit by Hurricane Irma, so I'm hoping that the store and everyone who works and shops there is okay. My fingers are crossed. I know yours are too! First up, photos from "Sketchbook: Yes, You Can Draw." And like the title says, students are always surprised that yes, they can draw! I love it when we go outside and sketch from the local neighborhood. This is the "aha" moment for so many students! They realize that they can create sketches from the world around them. It's... Read more →


Last month I taught 5 classes at WhimSoDoodle in St. Petersburg, Florida. It's a wonderful store packed with tempting treats to buy! I came away with quite a few purchases stashed in my suitcase! The first class I taught was "Interesting Faces" and it was so much fun to spread my love of quirky and colorful faces full of pattern and personality! In the evening, after Interesting Faces, I taught my "Color Mixing" class. Color Mixing is one of those really vital art foundation skills that we too often skip over as not-that-sexy. Understanding color mixing has changed the way... 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, most of my art journal pages feature copious journaling. I... Read more →


Today's podcast is full of fun chatter. This week, Mom and I are chatting about our August Art Adventures -- much of it from my trip to London and Spain. Come along for the ride! 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... Read more →


While I was hiking through the heat of Spain, I kept wishing I had some kind of sunshade, like a parasol. Well, I walked into my local thrift store a few days after I got back home and found a plain white parasol! It was stained in several places, but I figured I was going to paint it anyway. I began with some black acrylic ink. I had been thinking of leaving it black and white, but the acrylic ink bled more than I expected... ...so I decided to fix the mess with color. At this point, I decided that... Read more →


Eye couldn't resist a little pun for the last week of this series. Now that I got that out of me let's get to the final #RANZAmade post with some eye-catching tag art. Here is a snapshot of most of the products I used for this tag. I may have used a few other colors, because this has many, many splashes and layers of colors. I love the mottled outcome though! Fluid color is key for this tag, this will ensure a nice resist. First things first, prepare your base layer. Adhere the book page to the tag. I use... Read more →


I love working with vinyl. My ScanNCut makes it super duper easy. Because vinyl is so super thin, one of the cool things you can do is create layered vinyl designs. Check out the how-to for my notebook: Download the design HERE. However, if you're like me, you want to create your own layered vinyl designs. Well, here's a video where I show you exactly how to do that. The key is registration marks. Here's the paint tube from the video: Pretty cool, huh?! What do you like to create with vinyl? Thanks for stopping by! --- I am a... Read more →