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Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you have a spooktacular day! We have done zero decorating for Halloween this year because we're still unpacking, but here are some pumpkins Steve and I painted back in 2016: I'm usually 100% against anything fake, but I've been thinking that I might buy some *gasp* fake pumpkins and paint them. That way I'd have them year after year instead of having to re-do it every that sacrilege? I'm going to have to think about that. We will see if the after-Halloween sales offer any great deals on fake pumpkins! In the meantime, I've got... Read more →

On Monday night I had the opportunity to see the new exhibit Mural: Jackson Pollock & Katharina Grosse at the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) in Boston. Grosse was commissioned to create an artwork... response to Pollock's painting (his largest ever at 2o feet long): It's an interesting pairing. In many ways they are vastly different pieces. The Pollock piece is full of brush strokes, where the Grosse piece has the hard lines of the stencils she uses. Both pieces have tons of color and movement, but Pollock use of black and white makes the colors feel more subdued.... Read more →

Can you believe that #Printinktober is almost over?! I don't know where October has disappeared to...? Well...maybe I do know. October has disappeared into a mist of packing, moving, and unpacking. It was probably a terrible idea to attempt to do this project this year, but you know me. I love terrible ideas! I'm extremely proud that I've managed to post not only a completed fat quarter, but a process video every day so far! I haven't always wanted to or thought that I was going to make it, but boy does it feel good to have done it. Below,... Read more →

Hello, friends! Here's a little bit about life right now: What are you wearing? Anything and everything I own with an empire waist. Although, now that the weather is colder, I've been living in maternity leggings and t-shirts with big sweaters. Also, this striped shirt is on my body like 4 days a week: By coincidence, a friend bought me a really cute baby outfit that blends perfectly with the shirt! LOL! What have you bought? Food. We have yet to cook a meal in our new kitchen. It's simply not unpacked, and so we've been eating at my Mom's... 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. A few weeks ago, I took a free online class from Juliette Crane... Read more →

You may recall that back in September I shared a photo of a new quilt top in progress. Well, I've been working on it in fits and spurts. And I've been using the black and white filter on my phone to make some design choices. I thought I'd share that progress with you. The "white shapes" are not dynamic enough in the image above. So, I made some adjustments: Better, but I feel like I need more details. Some "white shapes" are just boring. I like this, but some of it is really tough sewing. Maybe I need to simplify... Read more →

This is week three of #Printinktober! As you know, I've been moving. Even though I prepped this project out by packing a little printing kit, this has been a super stressful week. But I've managed to continue with my printing on fat-quarter sized fabric. I've even managed to post a process video every day so far -- even with the move. Wow! What you'll see is the process video, embedded from instagram (if you get this blog via e-mail you may need to click on the title of the post to view the videos online) and a photo of the... Read more →

For some reason, Typepad (my blogging platform) is not letting me upload images. So I grabbed this super fun post from the Balzer Designs archives. It was originally posted on October 26, 2015. Enjoy! I stumbled across two fabulous videos from the 1950s. Both deal with making art with linoleum! First up is this video about lino cutting: Lino cutting is very similar to stamp carving. I think it's more difficult than stamp carving because linoleum is a tougher material. On the other hand, because linoleum is a tougher material, the blocks are very hardy. If you're interested in trying... Read more →

You may recall that I asked for advice on making thank you cards for my baby shower. I got lots of good advice -- keep it simple, create a postcard instead of a folding card, etc. Well, I took the advice and these are the cards that I made: These were pretty simple to make. I took two large pieces of paper and did some indoor sun printing on them -- in two different color ways -- one dark and one bright. I cut up the sun printed paper and glued it to a white piece of cardstock. In some... Read more →

You guys, my life is a mess. It's a beautiful, crazy, lucky, insane mess, but it's a mess. I think I underestimated the chaos of moving and overestimated both my ability to do physical labor and my ability to keep up with everything in my business. But, I have learned several good life lessons in the past week (which also apply to art making) and I thought I'd pass them on: Just make a choice. At first, I was paralyzed by all the boxes and the new choices that had to be made. Where should this go? Will I regret... Read more →