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April 2018 posts

I tried a new-to-me product for the first time: Easy Marble by Marabu. You can watch the video below to see my explorations -- including the moment that I lose my mind over how cool and easy it is to do! Here are some of the marbled pieces I made: Tags: Papers: Buttons: Rocks: And a necklace: You can see some of the "real" paper marbling I did in a class last year here. You can't control Easy Marble in the same way, but it is a much easier process and I think you'll agree: the results are amazing! Thanks... 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 finally finished my Traveler's Notebook! Hooooooray! Before I show it to... Read more →


I don't know how I missed sharing this here on the blog, but I carved a big beautiful new floral stamp in January! In the photo above you can see: my pencil sketch on the right the stamp on the left the first print in the upper right corner It was 100% inspired by a stamp I made during a printmaking class in 2016: I wanted something with a similar feel, but slightly more substantial feeling. The carving process was an act of patience. And once it was carved, I stamped it on everything! In my art journal: On deli... Read more →


As I mentioned last week, I'm doing The 100 Day Project. The conceit behind the project is simple: one action every day for 100 days. My action is #100daysofArtTweets. I'm posting original art content to twitter every day for 100 days. Here are days 1-7: To watch the video (what you see above is just a screenshot) you have to click here. Observations: I've followed the same formula every single day: share a photo or video and say something about it. Because I'm involved in creative activity most days, this was not an effortful endeavor -- with the exception of... Read more →


Send help! Or maybe just more paint! ;) I can't stop with the gelatin prints! I made some more prints with magazines using Birgit Koopsen's fabulous technique: I love how the printing process starts to abstract and break down the perfectly formed image. The hot pink print in the upper left corner is the ghost of the green print in the center. And I think you can tell that the other three face prints were all made from the same image. Believe it or not, the orange one is actually the first print, then the baby pink, and finally the... 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. Beyond keeping me task oriented, it's important to me that my Traveler's Notebook... Read more →


Helloooo! Today I'm sharing a little bit of this and a little bit of that. APRIL NEWSLETTER After many many many months of not sending out a newsletter, I sent out the April newsletter on Tuesday. Yay! Here's a screenshot of part of it: The newsletter has information about upcoming classes, events, notable art project, and this month it has a discount code! (You can subscribe to the newsletter HERE.) THE 100 DAY PROJECT You may have noticed it in the screenshot above, #the100dayproject started on Tuesday (April 3). After last year's #100daysof15minutebalzerfaces, I swore up and down that I... Read more →


March's quilt was designed, stitched, quilted, and finished at the Boston Modern Quilt Guild Retreat (which I shared a bit about yesterday)! I came with only the following two goals in my mind: I wanted to try some new things. I wanted to see what kind of a Modern Quilt I could make in my own style. My original plan was to make a bunch of small modern quilts -- about 12x12 inches. I was concerned that I'd get my colors mixed up because the greens and blues were pretty close, so I swatched everything and labeled them. I conceived... Read more →


The Boston Modern Quilt Guild retreat was held at the Franciscan Guest House in Maine. Accommodations were rustic. The sewing room was set up in the large gymnasium. There were irons, design walls, and cutting tables set up. In addition, each person had a table with a light and electrical outlets. I made myself a name tag -- well, kind of a name bag -- with two zippered pockets and lots of personality! You can see that I actually made two of them. I forgot to add the neck strap to the first version (right) and so I had to... Read more →


As I mentioned last week, my goal is to create a quilt every month in 2018. February's quilt is a little bit of a cheater. I made the bulk of it in February, but finished the binding in March. Here's the fabric collage as it came together: You can see an animated version HERE. After quilting and washing and binding... ...this is what it looks like: What I like about this quilt: I was hysterical about the washing -- at first. It made the fabric edges raggy instead of smooth. In the end, I think it was a good choice... Read more →