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December 2018 posts

Here are some more favorites from 2018: Projects that involved the use of my ScanNCut: Pysanky Inspired Easter Egg Place Cards Mother's Day Card Felt Cat Mask Embossed Metal Christmas Ornaments Stamping: Hand Carved Botanical Stamp Masked Thank You Cards Carve December 2018 faves: Printinktober 2018 faves: Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

Here are a few of the art journal pages that I made in 2018 and love: I did very little watercolor sketchbook sketching this year -- which was a bit of a surprise to me. Something to remember to pick up again next year. And looking through these pages I see a few common denominators: Faces (duh) Pattern Intense Color There's an undone quality -- almost raw -- that I really respond to. Do you see other common denominators? I'd love to know! Read more →

For the next few days I'm going to be sharing a series of "best of 2018" posts: Best of 2018: Painting, Food, and More Best of 2018: Art Journal Pages Best of 2018: ScanNCut and Stamping Best of 2018: Blog Posts To compile these posts, I've read back through an entire year's worth of blog posts and picked my personal favorites to highlight. Enjoy! Painting -- I really did a pathetic amount of painting this year. I hadn't realized how few pieces I completed until I starter looking through the year's archives. Hopefully there will more painting in 2019. But... Read more →

Today's podcast is the first of several posts, looking back at the year that has been. Goodbye, 2018. You were a good year. 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 I'm making art. It's a little like... Read more →

For this year's Christmas cookie experiment, I decided to make mini gingerbread houses. I wanted the gingerbread to actually taste good, so I tried two different recipes that promised to result in gingerbread that was both tasty and strong enough to make a house. The winner was this recipe from the New York Times. I made some paper templates and used them to create the gingerbread house parts: If I do this again, I'm investing in some cookie cutters. This part was not fun. I used royal icing to hold my houses together. And then it was time to decorate!... 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 can tell that July and August were stressful and eventful months for... Read more →

Hello, friends! Here's a little bit about life right now: What are you listening to? I cannot stop playing the Hamilton Soundtrack. Over. And over. And over. And over again. It's so good. It has been a very long time since I've seen a show and been unable to stop thinking about it. I think the last soundtrack I fell in love with was Side Show. What are you wearing? Chicken hoodie! Cheryl Sleboda (in the purple hoodie) showed how to make "casual cosplay" hoodies on Make It Artsy. I fell in looooove with the chicken hoodie and so she... Read more →

The ScanNCut DX Roll Feeder is pretty darn cool. Here's an 11 second stop motion video of the process of attaching the roll feeder. And now here are the step-by-step instructions for that process -- including loading a roll feeder design through CanvasWorkspace for PC. Please note: You MUST use Canvas Workspace for PC to load a roll feeder design. (I believe a solution for Mac users is on the horizon.) Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you have ScanNCut DX questions! --- P.S. I am a paid spokesperson for the Brother ScanNCut. It is a machine that... Read more →

I read an article yesterday that fascinated and alarmed me. You should read it. It's from The Boston Globe and the title is, "You can buy a painting, but it’s not really yours." In essentials, some artists retain rights to their work after the sale including -- but not limited to -- banning the resale of their work (and often insisting that the buyer donate the work to a museum later in life), determining how or if a work of art can be cleaned, receiving a 15% commission if the work is re-sold, and so on. On the one hand,... Read more →