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I am currently working on some new paintings! Yay! They're all botanical/vessel themed pieces and I'm excited to share the first one with you today. Today's piece is a lovely mixed media collage featuring a bowl of flowers. In this close-up photo you can really see the bits of collage: I think my favorite part of this piece is the leaves. I had lots of fun piecing together the leaves. Kind of like quilting with paper. If you love this piece and want to hang it in your house, it's a 16x20 stretched canvas and it's up for sale in... Read more →

Another wonderful few days of creative stamp carving and printing for #CarveDecember! Hooray!! Here's a peek at what I carved along with a few personal favorites from other talented artists: DAY 5: plain DAY 6: ponder DAY 7: long DAY 8: energy One of my favorite things about #CarveDecember is how it propels me into the new year filled with creative inspiration and ideas. I hope it does the same thing for you! It's never too late to join in on the #CarveDecember fun. If you carve just one stamp this month = hooray!! Oh, and if you think you're... Read more →

My husband, Steve, always corrects me when I say, "Practice makes perfect." It's a holdover from an old soccer coach of his who used to say, "Perfect practice makes perfect." And it's kind of true. Just doing a thing doesn't necessarily make you any better. If you watch this video, you'll see that you create a kind of neural superhighway based on practice. But for those neural superhighways to be effective, you need to practice with intention. Watch the video for more: Take aways: Minimize the distractions. Start out slowly. Gradually increase the speed of the quality repetitions. Frequent repetitions... Read more →

If you're hoping to gift yourself some art supplies this month (or leave a hint for someone else), here are a 15 of my most-used art supplies: Artist-Tac This is a dry adhesive that is ideal for anything with cut-outs or holes because the adhesive only sticks where there is paper, as you can see in this project: So you can easily take a die cut or stencil and quickly apply adhesive to just it. No mess and very little fuss. I use it all the time. Scor-Tape Sheets This is an adhesive sheet that is super strong. It's perfect... Read more →

I looooove making books of all kinds. Today I thought I'd share a short tutorial for a no-sew book you can make with just paper and a pair of scissors. I'm planning to use mine as small art journals/sketchbooks. These also make great gifts! Watch the video for the how-to: My class, "A Year of Gelatin Printing" shares 14 different bookbinding tutorials -- some simple and some complex. If you love bookbinding, I hope you'll check it out! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

The first few days of #CarveDecember have been so much fun! Here's a peek at what I carved along with a few favorites from others: DAY 1: gentle DAY 2: metal DAY 3: dotty DAY 4: little It's always so fun to see what people come up with for the prompts. All of our brains works so differently, not to mention people's personal styles. So very inspiring! It's never too late to join in on the #CarveDecember fun. If you carve just one stamp this month = hooray!! Oh, and if you think you're not a prompt person, my Carve... Read more →

If you're one of those people pouring your paint water down your sink, check out today's post. There are a lot of different methods for safely disposing of acrylic paint water so that it doesn't clog your drain or end up in the ground water. One that works is the Golden Crash Paint Solids Water Cleaning System. Watch the video to see how it works: You can purchase it online or from my art supply shops that carry Golden products. You can make your own version of this system. Watch this video for the how-to: This is an (almost) free... Read more →