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I am currently going through some personal family health issues. I am going to do my best to keep delivering daily inspiration through my blog during this period. However, there may be some gaps and you may see some content from the archives. My family and I appreciate your understanding and support during this difficult period, as well as your respect for our privacy. Thank you. For Thanksgiving, I made some super fun place cards from leaves! Before painting the leaves, I washed and dried and pressed them. Then I simply used regular acrylic paint to have some fun! I... Read more →

Hello out there! Here's a little bit about life right now: This is me right now: My current art obsession is: Tar Paper! I blame Ardith Goodwin. She was a guest on Make It Artsy this season and I fell in love with making art on Tar Paper! This is her work on Tar Paper: My current life obsession is: My FitBit sleep tracker. I wake up every morning and immediately look and see how I slept. I never knew I needed this information, but apparently, I do! I'm loving: This poster. There are multiple visual variations on it and... Read more →

I'm absolutely delighted to share that I'll once again be teaching as part of my friend Nathalie Kalbach's Creative JumpStart (CJS). In case you haven't participated before, it's a super fun online series of video classes designed to kick your creativity into high gear. Every day in January a new video art lesson is released -- and they're each about 10 minutes long. Just long enough to excite, inspire, and educate you. But not so long that it becomes a burden and another thing on your "to do" list to get done "later when you have more time." (Come on,... Read more →

Gobble! Gobble! Happy Thanksgiving! Last year I shared this video on how I created the prints you see above. Check it out: If you'd like to try screen printing: Purchase a custom screen from etsy. (Lots of sellers, I just linked to the first one who came up.) Purchase a pre-made screen from etsy. (Again, lots of sellers, I just linked to an image I liked.) Purchase a commercial screen. (ex. Martha Stewart) Purchase a screen printing kit. (Again, lots of them out there, but Speedball makes good stuff.) Watch my video on using the ScanNCut to create custom screens.... Read more →

I wanted to share a very simple piece I did recently using acrylic paint, spray paint, a stencil, and some oil pastels: It's kind of a commission -- a piece that was made specifically for this room. It needed to be large and simple and black and white and inoffensive because it was installed as a "staging" piece -- i.e. a piece of art to help sell the home. I can't decide whether it's a finished painting or not. At the time, I felt that it was done. But, looking at these photos, I'm wondering: Is it a finished painting... Read more →

I love to make place cards. They're one of my favorite crafty projects for the holidays. Some oldies from the archives: Stamped Place Cards Pop-Up Place Cards Playing Card Place Cards City Skyline Place Cards Butterfly Place Cards I haven't yet decided on what this Thanksgiving's place cards will be. I feel like it will have some kind of leaf or nature theme. But, I'm not sure what. While I'm percolating on that question, I decided to go to pinterest for some inspiration! Here are a few ideas I really liked: magnolia leaves gold dipped leaves Printable Leaves Note: These... Read more →

I stumbled into a small but charming exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston (MFA). It's located in the basement of the museum -- on the wall across from the doors to the cafeteria. Since 1999 the MFA has had a partnership with the Foundation for the Arts in Nagoya, Japan. For fourteen years, young students in both Boston and Nagoya have been working on a variety of art projects based on shared themes. This year, the focus was on designing original textile art work, using printmaking and embroidery. I have fallen in love with this work.... 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. I have been Bullet Journaling for eight months now and I still love... Read more →

As you know, I host the PBS TV Show, Make It Artsy. (I'm actually in Ohio at the moment, filming season #4 of the show! Season 4 guests include Dina Wakley, Ardith Goodwin, May Flaum, Michael deMeng, and many other talented artist-teachers! But more on that another day or check out my instagram or Facebook page for photos!) I am super excited to share that starting TOMORROW (November 17), Make It Artsy will air nationally on every single PBS Create Channel on Fridays at 11:30am, and 5:30pm. That's right! Twice a day every single Friday! So, set your DVRs! If... Read more →

The Saturday market on Portobello Road in London is one of those fun experiences that everyone should have. A long leisurely stroll will lead you through antiques, junk, collectibles, food, street art, street performers, and lots of people watching! Perhaps because I lived in New York City for so long, I find the hustle and bustle of an outdoor urban market incredibly exciting. So much visual stimulation -- colors, shapes, text, and icons. Some things to take away from these photos: Check out the masterful shadowing of the train car windows in the last graffiti photo. Simple and effective. Mixing... Read more →