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I recently decided to invest (and it is a bit spendy) in a fancy bag meant for sketching. For many years, this has been my sketching bag: But when I stumbled across the Darsie Beck bag, I knew that I had to try it. I put together a video all about it: I don't think that everyone needs a fancy bag. I've been happily juggling my art supplies since I started sketching in 2011. I look for spots to sketch where a table or a chair (and therefore my lap) is available. I sometimes even carry a sketching stool with... Read more →


Did you know that there are certain compositions that just seem to work every single time? One of my go-to designs is called "The Grid." When I say, "The Grid," you probably think of something very rigid. But believe it or not, a grid is a wonderfully flexible thing. I recently made these two mixed media collages based on "The Grid" design: I'm in the midst of a self-imposed challenge to create 30 mixed media collages only using the grid design. I'll be sure to share the results of this adventure and on August 14, I'll be teaching a three-hour... Read more →


In case you missed the live version yesterday, here's the replay of Book Club: It's a very pretty book with lots of good information and perfect for beginners. It's a great overview of stamping, stenciling, and screen printing. Think of it as a taster or sampler to whet your appetite for diving deeper. Here are two of the samples I shared during the video: Both of these are fabric. The first one is screen printed and the second is stenciled. And here is some screen printing on top of painted deli paper: I use water-based screen printing inks and I... Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, the concept is simple: It's a commitment to take ten minutes each day to do something in your art journal. No need to finish anything or even like it. It's about making the time to nourish your creativity every day! If you have the time to flip through your phone, you have the time to Art Journal Every Day. If you'd like to share what you make, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek. Way back in June 2014, I made a wire bound junque journal using... Read more →


Find your favorite lacy cut file and give this super cool technique a try! This is a fun and easy technique that uses both the positive and the negative of your cuts. For those of you out there who always look at your mat and wish you could use those extra little cut outs... ...now you can! Yay! Here's a closer look at each of those cards: Watch this short video for the very simple how to: Some tips to keep in mind: You'll note that I used my ScanNCut DX to cut the same design out of cardstock as... Read more →


My second Scrawlr Box arrived last week. I opened it up and tried it out and ended up making this: I had the camera running, so you can watch the video if you want all the details: Once again, these are not supplies that I need or would have chosen, but I still enjoyed trying them out. I threw the pencils into my colored pencil stash (it's a red Solo cup). The watercolor paints are sitting on my desk staring at me. I can't decide whether to keep them or donate them. The brush went into my stash -- it's... Read more →


When food and crafting collide...I'm in my happy place! The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is the perfect excuse to make everything look like an American Flag. Check out my 10 favorite "flags as food!" source I may be wrong, but this feels like a fancy pie crust that I could actually do. How gorgeous is this flag pie?! I want to look at it, but I also want to dive right in! source I love this taco salad flag! Though, I have to admit that I personally would have put the sour cream on top instead of the grated... Read more →