Art Basics

Fun fact: Before I was a painter or a collagist or even a scrapbooker, there were beads. In fact, I stumbled into A.C. Moore for the first time because I was looking for beads. Here's a peek at just a few of the pieces I've made over the years -- a lot of the photography is old and not great quality: Bead weaving and bead embroidery remain activities that I really enjoy doing. It's extremely relaxing and meditative work. Plus beads are small and make a perfect travel art project. Today, as part of my ongoing series of basic art... Read more →

Today's topic was prompted by a member question. Each month members ask questions and request demos for that month's livestream. In July a member asked for what to do with dried out markers. Do you have any dried out markers in your collection? Instead of tossing them, why not try reviving them? Watch the video for the how-to: This video is part of an ongoing series of videos I'm doing all about basic art techniques you should know. If there's anything in particular you'd like to know, do let me know in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

I've started a new series of short instructional videos that I'm calling, "Art Basics." In essentials, it's skills and techniques that every artist should know. The first skill is scoring paper: why and how? If you make a greeting card... ...a box... ...a book... ...a paper lamp... ...or any number of artful paper projects...'re going to want to score your paper, before you fold, for best results. In this video I take you through tools, methodologies, and even paper grain. Enjoy! Bone Folder: Scor-It Score Board: Let me know what basic techniques YOU think every artist should... Read more →