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Last month I taught two fabulous art classes at The Ink Pad in NYC. Take a peek at the fun we had: Every time I teach I'm always reinvigorated and refreshed by other people's talent, creativity, commitment, and excitement. The best part of class -- teaching or taking -- is the people in the room! Thank you so much to everyone who came out to class. I don't think I'll be doing any more in-person teaching for the rest of the year, and this was a great way to go out with a bang! (I do hope to have some... Read more →

As you may recall, I carved a stamp and printed a piece of fabric with that stamp. The fabric had white circles printed on it. You can't really see the circles with all that busy pattern on top. In my original blog post about the fabric, I wondered what overdying would do to those circles. And so I decided to try it out. This is the back of the fabric: I used four different products for my testing: Marabu Fashion Spray with Shimmer DecoArts SoSoft Fabric Paint, diluted with water Tulip Fabric Spray Paint Ranger Spray Ink (original formula) --... Read more →

I'm working on a baby quilt and I wanted to add some big block letters to the back -- you know, go a little bit above and beyond the usual. After thinking about different ways to get the letters on the back, I decided to go with paper piecing. If you've never paper pieced before, here's what you need to know: It's easy with great results. I think it's very beginner friendly. You just sew right on the line. But it can be physically demanding -- a constant rotation of sewing machine to cutting table to iron and back to... Read more →

In case you need some inspiration for the weekend and beyond, for a limited time Nathalie is offering 20% off this year's Creative JumpStart. Just to remind you, Creative JumpStart features 31 mixed media tutorials -- each video is short and to the point (7-10 minutes). The lesson I contributed this year is all about stamping and masking to create this house art: If you'd like to sign up, I'd appreciate it if you'd use this link as I will receive a percentage of any sales generated by clicking through that link. Thank you! I hope you have a great... Read more →

We are painting the walls in our new home white. This feels like it should be an easy task to pick white paint, right? I mean, here is a white paint chip: Only it's not really white. Suddenly it looks very peachy, right? (I did no editing or filtering on these photos. These are straight out of my phone.) Color is relative. We see colors -- even white -- differently depending on what it's next to. White: Actually, it's vaguely green: Again and again -- the whites seem to change even photo to photo: I swear to you that in... 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 haven't shared any art journal pages since December! But I have still... Read more →

While I was teaching at The Ink Pad, one of my students kindly gifted me with some leaves from her garden. I took them home and had a great time printing until the leaves started to fall apart (and for a little while after they fell apart too)! You can see a 30-second video of the printing process below: And here are the prints: Some of these are ready for a frame (especially that first one) and others will make for lovely backgrounds and collage papers. This experience did make me long for unique leaves beyond the heavily available oak... Read more →

Sue left a lovely comment about June's livestream for YouTube Channel members on yesterday's blog post and I wanted to share it: "Just an aside: loved the live stream the other day. I blocked it out time-wise and nobody in the house dared to interrupt while I was watching. It was really fun. Steve was so nice and’re a great team. Looking forward to the next one. I’ll be trying to think of some questions for can talk about so many different’s super!" This livestream was packed with techniques and ideas and so I thought I'd share... Read more →

So you may recall that I carved a block only to discover it had a flaw: After much thought, I decided to ignore the flaw and just love the stamp. So, I took it for a printing test drive! Here's a video of the printing process: You can see that I printed on top of a white commercial fabric that has white polka dots. I like experimenting with print-on-print. I was also vaguely thinking that once the ink dries I might try overdyeing the fabric to see if the polka dots resist the dye...! Here's a peek at the printed... Read more →