What I’m up to..

What Im up too..

So I have been so neglectful of my blog..I am sorry for that..so many things going on..so little time..Anyway I have been making some Boho style art pieces on wood panel..These are created with #Golden Acrylics #sakuraofamerica # and #Sharpiepaintpens


boho1..and Ive been working on my Coloring Book  Joyful Places, Happy Faces..published by Faithwords..go check out their page and give them a “Like” …so here is a little sample of some of the 90 pages.. and the cover..






And Woo Hoo..it is available for preorder now ..Thanks so much for stopping by ..:)

My Painted Pages ..simple fun quick

My Painted Pages ..simple fun quick

Practice Creativity….and article by Marcia Grace


Practice Creativity

by Maria Grace, Ph.D.

(to read the entire, article click link below)

Practice Creativity

“Creative people are healers. They create to bring wholeness to the inevitable wounds inflicted by life. Their creative output is their answer to aggression, deprivation, unfairness and injustice that, unfortunately, abound in reality. Through creating, they contribute toward increasing beauty, harmony and love, without which life cannot exist.” (Marcia Grace, Ph.D.)


In the next section you will be encouraged to develop a creative habit following recommended activities and exercises. As you discover and nurture your own creative habit, keep in mind its main characteristics. A creative habit:

1. Gives you energy.

2. Holds your interest.

3. Gives you the freedom to make mistakes and see them as learning experiences.

4. Challenges your thoughts, stretches your imagination, and generates new discoveries and problem-solving ideas.

5. Increases your self-confidence and self- acceptance.

Some old prints with some new thoughts…

Some old prints with some new thoughts…

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Eraser Stamp Background


                                               Eraser Stamp Background





Finding out some things about myself as an artist…


(this piece is over 10 years old)

Finding out some things about myself as an artist…

Ok so a few weeks back I was saying how I was finding some things out about myself as an artist..well here are the top 5 so far:

1. I love intuitive painting..I love to look at it and watch others do it..and I love how it turns out.and I even enjoy experimenting with it a bit….but I am not an intuitive painter..I am a “Control Freak” painter.and although I dont like having a plan….I love to control  each and every line..and where my messes go..I love to make mistakes and then control how they develop..I love to control each mark and line..and I love to control the outcome..Its fun for me..I love the challenge of figuring it out..of turning a mishap into magic. I dont get as much joy out of just letting things flow. I do enjoy the process occasionally, but it is not where I get my fix of making art.

2. I am not jealous or competitive when it comes to others’ art.  I can honestly say that I love when others are doing well and when I see a spark in their creations..it feeds my own artistic soul and  gives me creative energy.  It also makes me feel joy when I see other artists grow and change and develop their own style. I love when I “get” anothers work..or instinctively feel their creations in my bones.I love helping others to find a new way of creating..to think of things in a new way or to just see things differently..that is how I love to share my experience.

3. I am never at a loss for a creative idea..I have hundreds of things in my mind and just dont have enough time to get them out..although I have had a few creative blocks…for an hour or two..I never really have “artists block”..I think this has to do with the fact that I have a lot of loves.. and ways to add color and design to things.  It doesnt have to be just painting but making colorful vibrant pieces of art that matters to me.

4. I can never just do one thing..for example I could never just paint on canvas or do portraits or make handmade journals..If you have followed me you will see that its about every 4 or 5 days that I change things up.  I may do some gelli prints..then some art journals, carve some stamps and then doodle some envelopes..and on to plywood and canvas..then  off to my computer for some digital designs..or my Ipad for a layering fix..then back to doodling in my art journal..and  to mixed media on  canvas..and on  to watercolor on paper..I love to drip..splatter..fingerpaint and use brushes..I love to carve..crochet..and stitch and sew…I love canvas and paper..yarn and ribbon…crayons and markers and ink and sprays..I love large plywood pieces..and mini handmade  cardboard journals..I love tiny  little art cards and huge painted walls..I love acrylic and wax and oil and thread..I love my stylus my keyboard my mouse..!

5. I love painting and constructing things and using them a bit more than just having art to show..don’t get me wrong..I love a beautiful creation on the wall..but to make something that I can use..that  has beauty and purpose is one of the most satisfying things I can can do..but it still needs lots and lots of color and design.  It needs to burst with vibrancy and  and be something that I can carry around or hold..or utilize..I guess that is why I love making journals so much..the painting or creating of the cover..constructing the book..designing the pages..and then getting to hold it..and carry it….Just love that…Well thats all for now..Ill be pondering and observing some more of the things that make me tick as an artist..!:)


Patterns, Patterns, Everywhere..Simple Seamless Repeat Patterns

Patterns, Patterns, Everywhere..Simple Seamless Repeat Patterns

Lately I’ve been so intrigued with making patterns..not with pen and ink but on digital editing software, Corel PSP..specifically Seamless Repeat Patterns.I have taught myself how to incorporate handmade designs into repeat patterns that can be printed and made into wrapping paper or fabric. It was a very hard concept for me to grasp..in the hard copy world..I was able to figure out how to do it with paper and pencil..but transferring that knowledge to the computer had me stumped. Finally after literally years of trying and giving up..I was able to figure it out ..enough to make these simple repeat patterns …



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swirls and curls

..and in the future, as I become more proficient in pattern-making.. I will also provide a lesson on more elaborate patterns. For now  I have created Simple Seamless Repeat Patterns an online class which begins on August 1, 2015, ..and is $20.00 for 1 lesson with numerous videos and instruction. You can find the link in the above title bar under Online Workshops..Thanks for Looking..!

Jumbo Journal Winner and a little about my new Mead-Ori style journals

Jumbo Journal Winner and a little about my new Mead-Ori style journals

So the winner of the Jumbo Journal is

Diane Scott..Woooo Hooo congrats Diane..!

Soooo….how the Meadori journal came about was I received a request to make some Midori style coloring pages for inserts in the Midori.


I knew what the Midori was and how it worked but never bought one, mainly because I only use handmade journals. So while researching some coloring page inserts..I thought..Wow ..I want to use some of my cut canvas from this piece here for some covers and try my own style


..so I gathered my materials..papers…cut canvas..elastic..and I put together my first Midori style journal.




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It is actually very easy..I used 9 x 12  watercolor paper, folded in half..1/8 inch elastic for the binding..mixed media  painted pages for colorful inserts..and a few coloring pages to add some interest.  You can add as many or few as you like..and they are easily removed or switched out as you finish a journal page.  I just love this idea, that you can keep rotating..adding a new style of paper, and removing to make room for more. Hence I was thinking of a name for my new journal and Mead-Ori just popped in my head..!!So try making your own..and you can use any paper at all ..whatever you have on hand..and then add new pieces as you get them..!Have fun..!

Doodle, Line, Draw, Design..What else would I be doing in my spare time..

As Long as people keep commenting..I am extending the offer to pick another random person every week to receive a watercolor coloring card..!Thank You..!:)

Doodle, Line,  Draw, Design..What else would I be doing in my spare time..

So Ive had so many requests for creative coloring pages and/or cards on 140 lb watercolor paper..so it would be possible to paint using water-based media…..Hence.. Im on a mission..a doodling, drawing , designing mission to create about 300 plus original watercolor coloring cards of all sizes..2.5 x 3.5/ 4 x 5/ 4 x 6/ 5 x 7/ and maybe some 8 x 10’s as well..and Im going to give 10 away to the first 10 persons to comment  here on this blog, with the right answer to this question…(please make sure I have your email so I can get your address from you)

What is the name of my coloring book..?




My Pick of the Month…

Pick of the Month


My Pick of the Month…

Joanna Grant 

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…and her  my newest ONLINE class which is starting July 16 over at ArtfulGathering.com.  The workshop is called “MIXED MEDIA FX” and it will run for six weeks.  All the details are here

So today my “Pick of the Month” is from Joanna Grant,  a wonderful artist , friend and instructor.  I purchased this gorgeous creation from her awesome shop on Etsy.  Ive known and followed  Joanna for years and her work just puts the biggest smile on my face..  She uses found materials and recycled papers and images. Joanna makes use of everything beautiful and combines them for a unique and gorgeous piece of art..   So go check out her Facebook Page Etsy Shop and Online Classes Enjoy..!
(Each month I buy from a FB based artisan to share their craft or art and to help support my fellow artists…and I love each and everything Ive purchased)..Hence “Pick of the Month” was born…right now I am booked up until September with my purchases..but Ill be browsing…Who could be next..? Here are just a few others that have been featured: Wire Designs by Grace-Ria Candice Dillhoff’s Wee Cottage Art Studio Mystic Tulip Mixed Media Shelly McGinness Allred Wyanne Viki Tiamat Leikeifelt Aarathi Selvan Belinda Dworak  Kim Collister and many more..check out their shops if you missed the feature..


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Its all about the Base…

Its all about the Base…

So what are you favorite things to paint on..

I used to love canvas..but it has lost its allure for me, I’m not sure why…this is on canvas..and I love how the texture shows through..but I think it is the soft or pliable nature that goes against the need for a very hard surface that I am enjoying painting on now..


I love watercolor paper, either big sheets or little Aceo cards. I love the way it has some strength and rigidity, and how it absorbs so beautifully.



I love painting on mixed media paper as well..I love using a brayer on it and how it has the slightest texture and is not very rigid but flexible.


I love painting on drift wood, with its smooth yet  uneven surface.  I love painting rings around it in colorful bold stripes.

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..but my all time fav is plywood..I love the hard surface..the characteristic grain of the wood..the discrepancies within the grain..the affordability of it..and the large sizes you can buy..also how you can use it for many things..a table top for creating..a coffee table top..a wall hanging or art pieces..or just use it to build things after it is painted..try it with a found piece of plywood..you’ll love it..!


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Jumbo Journal giveaway..Woooo Hoooo..!



“Jumbo Journal” giveaway..Woooo Hoooo..!

 Ive been inspired by my dearest friend Grace Reisiger Andersen​…(as she is starting a new blog)..thank you Lady..!..to start using my blog again..and to encourage you to check it out occasionally.. Ive decided I am doing a giveaway of my Newest “Jumbo Journal”..Rejuveante..12 x 18 inches..24 pages of 140 watercolor paper..and mixed media paper..Just go subscribe.(top right hand column) … to my blog and leave a comment with your email so I can enter you to win..Good Luck and Thank You Everyone..!!

My painted table tops..Plywood, craft paint and gesso

My clean studio..painted table top on plywood, experiment wall and wall of fame..!


Just cleaned my studio..Again..and am ready to create..this table was done with craft paint..Golden acrylic paint, ink  on plywood..the painted wall is my “go to place” to experiment and just play around without any focus on outcome..each week it can change…the wall of art is from my friends and fav artists..it goes around the room..im always looking to add more..

Art Supply Mandala

Art Supply Mandala…Create your own Art Supply Mandala..and share on your FB page..then come back and comment here with link( and full name and email address) to let me know..Be entered to win a 5 x 7 Handmade Art journal made with some of these pages..Winner will be picked on April 1st..Enjoy..!


The Documented Life Project ..Making Your Mark (Marks and Doodles)

The Documented Life Project

      First… A HaPpY BiRtHdAY to Lorraine Conte Bell..!!

Hi everyone..I just want to say how grateful I feel to be a part of this amazing group, and honored to have been asked to participate as a featured artist..  Thank you Art to the 5th and all of you wonderful artists and journalers’ who light up my Facebook feed daily..!

 This months theme is MAKING YOUR MARK (MARKS & DOODLES).

The art challenge for this week is AS A LAYER ELEMENT

and the prompt is SURVIVING THE ELEMENTS.


…so as many of you know..I would not survive without my doodles, lines and shapes..I think they become a part of every piece I create..either with with pen, marker, handmade stamps or a paintbrush.  Using your doodles and personal marks adds interest, detail and another layer to  build upon. Making marks is just a way to calm my mind, empty my thoughts and begin a creation..  I love doodles, lines and shapes so much that I  created an online workshop called  Make Your Mark   in March 2014 that focuses on line, shape, color..and doodles.


First I doodled with permanent ink all over the page..it can be anything..handwriting, faces, houses..whatever your favorite mark making consists of..it could also be scribble or just line designs as well. I usually choose flowers as my  main theme for making marks.  I just love how you can design your own or work from nature…and there is just so much you can do with floral or garden themes.  When I’m  done filling the page with marks..I cover with a light layer of gesso..to cover up a little of the ink and to add a nice texture to the pages.



Here I just took some watercolor and added some blocks of color and marks with my brush, just to add some color and to give a little detail and texture..


Next I turned the journal upside down and added very dense  watercolor (using a brush filled with color and water) and went along the top of the page pressing very hard with the brush so the excess water and color would start to run and drip down the pages. If it didn’t drip as I wanted it to..I spritzed with a little water from a spray bottle. I used some greens and blues to portray vines in a wild garden.


..then I let it sit for a bit until it dried.





Next I took some mixed media paper that I had added marks on with  handmade eraser stamps, doodles and other papers where I used a brayer to add colors…..and cut the paper into leaves, pods, petals and flowers for collage elements and as another layer…because marks, doodles and layers are a necessity..!:)


Turning the journal right side up….I added some of the  shapes  to create a wild garden scene…


..I just used a glue stick to glue pieces down, but you can use any medium you like…notice the ethereal feel of the dripped watercolor after it has dried…





I randomly cut out shapes and added where I liked..mostly looking for contrast in color..but also to cover up a spot I may not like..or just to  add interest..Of course one of my favorite parts is how the drips have dried over the doodles beneath and the contrast of the colorful papers..


Next I took my brush and paint markers and added in details to form some ferns, vines, and other marks to add to the garden feel. It definitely needed some black as well to distract from all of the colors…and to add some definition and detail to the page.




and I used a light wash of pale yellow to the sky portion…and actually after seeing the before pics..decided I liked it white rather than yellow..but for now I am leaving it..


..and added paint to create some ferns and leaves..



..and details of flowers and buds..As you can see, I really did’nt use any fine drawing skills here..but more of a collection of some of my favorite marks and shapes to create a garden feel. When you have a bunch of favorite shapes or doodles… you can really practice them and become very good at recalling them in a moment..and use them to create all sorts of scenes, images, designs and backgrounds that are made primarily of simple lines and shapes..






…a few up close pics as well as where I added my journaling about layers and making marks..here is what I wrote….

“My elements are lines, marks, and special shapes that Ive created myself…that I enjoy making and that calm me… How and where I gather them together is unique to me and fills some need when I make them..for me it is an emotional thing..but also provides a physical experience..It satisfies a need to create, a need to control, a need to design, a need to grow..For me every time I pick up a pen..I come to life..inside I feel that there is nothing I cant make ..or create..” 







Thank you all so much for looking and visiting here..


To be entered just leave a comment below, and  “Like” my FB Page Here

and you will be entered to win a 9 x 12 inch Handmade Art Journal  with cover print of your choice…! Thank You and Good Luck to all..!! I will announce winner on Saturday March 14th so make sure you leave your email or a link where I can reach you…!!

(Examples in  photo below)


I  try to update at least weekly, so feel free to come and visit any time..! (below is a tutorial on how I created my DLP Cityscape as well ..if you would like to see..)

Have a wonderful day and Ill see you all  at DLP 2015

How I created my DLP from Art To The 5th ..Cityscape..Part 2..week 5

How I created my DLP from Art To The 5th ..Cityscape..Part 2..week 5 (Part 1 Here)



..here I am just adding a few shades of blue craft paint and blending a bit




..do a layer of paint, and then wipe some off…




now Im adding some more paint..a different color and  a different brand..this is Golden Liquid acrylic..it has a much higher pigment content, and a little goes a very long way..it is also not as much of a “matt” finish so it will add to the luster of the sky..


..I squirted a bit of water onto the page..

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now I swill continue adding some more layers of blues..and a bit of purple and..continue wiping off and adding more paint until I get the color that I like..



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now I will add some acrylic gloss medium to the wet paint…

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and blend it in with my finger..

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..I will continue on to the other side making it a bit lighter  on the left as that is the sunrise side…I also journaled about what lies beneath each of us and our art..at this point it is  still needing more layers of blues….but sometimes I work on other parts and go back to the layers..




after more layers of blue I will begin adding some details on the buildings..and the sky..

How I created my DLP from Art To The 5th ..Cityscape..Part 1..week 5

How I created my DLP  from Art To The 5th… Cityscape..Part 1 ..

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..so I started with a full spread in my journal


…doodle all over the page..I chose flowers and leaves because that is what I love to doodle..but you can choose any marks you enjoy making..lines and swirls, or dots and circles….or faces..or houses  etc…anything you enjoy creating that will make it totally yours..your personal touch..!



then I gathered some gesso and paints..



..and I covered my page with random paints…


..i then took some papers I made with my handmade eraser stamps..and I will use these to cut my building shapes..



..I cut all different shapes..tall and short…wider and thinner..and laid them out in a pattern that I liked..


..I covered some with thin coats of paint..details will come later..



..then I gathered some shades of blue for the sky..


and started to mix and blend the color together..stay tuned for part 2 on Monday..!


DLP 2015 Line-Up of Guest Artist Appearances..


DLP 2015 Line-Up of Guest Artist Appearances…. and guess what..Im on the list..

It is an Honor and a Joy to have been asked to be a guest artist for the DLP 2015 …and here is the list of all of the other Guest Artists…Wooo Hoo..very exciting indeed..! Thanks so much to the Art to the 5th Team ..You Are Awesome..!


#AJWChallenge #2 Sketch a Favorite Book

‪#‎AJWchallenge‬ #2 Sketch a Favorite Book  .. Palma Rea’s Creative Challenge for 2015 ..One of my favorite books..it changed my life..pencil,ink, Copic marker and a little watercolor on 140lb paper in my handmade journal .. from palmas blog  A Creative journey

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#AJWchallenge .#1 Something I should throw away, but I keep..

‪#‎AJWchallenge‬ #1.. Palma Rea’s Creative Challenge for 2015 .. I should get rid of these flailing houseplants..I dont really have a green thumb..but I will not..I am determined to save them..ink on 140lb paper  from Palma Rea  A Creative Journey Blog


Art Cards, ACEO’s and Small Format Art

Art Cards, ACEO’s and Small Format Art..that is actually how I got into the business of art, about 8 years ago..I was swapping art cards..both prints and originals and then I saw on Ebay how they were being sold…hundreds a day..so I thought..wow this would be fun and it could really supplement my income and pay for my art supplies..Lolol..little did I know that it would turn into a full business..well not just art cards but selling my creations and starting a business. Never would I have thought that I would make a living or earn money as an artist.  But the truth is..that is how it started for me..with little 2.5 x 3.5 inch cards (either I cut my own from 140 lb watercolor paper) or you can buy from Inchie Arts (they are very high quality and very sturdy..like miniature canvas boards..I love Em).  I love small format art and its easy “takealongability”..and quick turnout..especially for someone like me who gets bored and easliy distracted..i love to change up things daily and that is why small format art is great..here are a few Im working on again…Ive had some request for these and its been a few years since I created any new ones..

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most of the time I just create with ink and watercolor or liquid acrylics..and sometimes watercolor pencils as well..I always need to wear my glasses and sit very close to the table..like about 7 inches from the table top..I do very intricate marks and lately its been a little harder to see these fine lines.. Lol …you can use anything you like to create these..collage, thick paint. pencil..just ink.. Gelli Plate ..markers..etc..so give it a try..and share your pieces on my page at  https://www.facebook.com/RobinMeadDesigns  …I’d love to see what you come up with..maybe we can do a swap if you like..!

here are some from years ago:





Simple binding for your handmade journals

So I love making handmade art journals..but I really dont enjoy any kind of complicated stitching technique..its just not my thing…in other words, I dont love doing it.  Ive tried a few different stitches..the coptic was one  and it took me many times to get it right..I love how it turned out but I guess due to time constraints, I just would rather do a simple stitch..and with all of the journals Ive made..Ive never had one fall apart or even loosen up over the years so ..I am content with this easy pamphlet stitch to keep my handmade journals together forever..Lolol.. You can  add a few extra holes according to the size of your journal..this one is very large..12 x 14..but I just chose the 2 holes for the purpose of the video..and keeping it simple..This journal will be my 2015 Documented Life Journal ..it is made with 140 lb watercolor paper and some heavy cardboard for the covers ..I have a video here on how I made the cover


Less than perfect…….

So I was just reading a FB post by the lovely artist Gina Lee Kim, about sharing your imperfect work as well..for inspiring others.. Great post and really great concept Gina..I feel like I really would like to share many more of the pieces that are imperfect or undone or especially unattractive to me.  What a great way to show that we all struggle in one way or another with our art, or our process and that it isnt always beautiful  or appealing.  I have drawers and stacks of things that for one reason or another have been put aside or discarded …out of sight..out of mind…lolol..so Im going to share a few of these recluse pieces with you alll…Ahhhh what fun..!..here are just a few..i think I may make this a monthly post…

a mixed media collage canvas…..dont like it at all..its been sitting quite a while..soon I will work on it



paint and collage on wood..I liked it when I started but now am not happy with it..it has potential though..instead of covering the whole thing I will progably just add to it and cover some parts..



..Im so bored doing faces now…I thought I could attempt something interesting..but halfway through ..said..Nahhhh..I used to do portraits all the time..but now no interest whatsoever..



..kinda fun..but cant make it appealing to me…definitely a cover up is needed..




For a limited time I am offering original ACEO cards for auction on Ebay

For a limited time I am offering original ACEO cards for auction on Ebay..and a few black and white ink to color on 140 watercolor paper



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The making of my Documented life Journal Cover for 2015

The making of my Documented Life Journal Cover for 2015 ..My Beautiful Mess..!.This started out being a junk journal..but I decided to use it for the 2015 Documented Life Project when I realized that this large size of 12 x 14.5 inches would really suit my needs for the DLP…so I added more pages..it now has 56 pages..!

“Technique of the Week”..featuring Betty Franks Krause of Mystic Tulip Mixed Media

“Technique of the Week”..featuring Betty Franks Krause of Mystic Tulip Mixed Media

I have known Betty Franks of Mystic Tulip Mixed Media Art  for quite some time and have loved seeing her colorful and inspiring mixed media creations pop up on my feed and bring joy each day. Betty has been so generous in her sharing of techniques and offers wonderful step by step tutorials, with great pictures on her Mystic Tulip FB Page. Betty has also added wonderful video tutorials and always has a unique and fun idea to share..!I know that my FB timeline lights up when Betty’s art appears.


I was both honored and thrilled to be asked by Robin Mead to be a guest artist on her blog: www.insightsandbellylaughs.com.

In this video I show you how to use wallpaper samples to create wonderful textures and markings to use in your backgrounds or as a final step in your mixed media art.

“Technique of the Week”..featuring Renee Stien..

“Technique of the Week”..featuring Renee Stien..

Renee Stien lives in central Minnesota. She is an empty-nester who stumbled onto the mixed media world about 6 years ago and has been soaking up all the information she can ever since.I met Renee through the fun and fabulous ICAD challenge from Tammy Garcia on Daisy Yellow Blog.  When I saw Renee’s techniques and colorful whimsical style I knew I had to watch her videos.  She shares many techniques that I had never used before and her unique ideas really pop on a page. I love her use of color and details that create a vibrant and joyful feast for the eyes. 

Renee’s Blog

The Tin Goat

Spray Color and Gesso Background

Print of the Day..is “Today is a Gift”


Today’s print of the day is “Today is a Gift”…. 8 x 10 inch .. $12.00.. Free shipping to US (international please inquire within )..message or email me with your email at robinannmead@gmail.com if interested and be entered to win a handmade art journal of the month..!Enjoy..!

“Technique of the Week”..simple watercolor blending

“Technique of the Week”..simple watercolor blending


*Newsflash*…Creating is available to all of us..!


Im going out on a limb here..but I feel I must reiterate some wise words that were posted a short while back from a very creative and wise artist..For those of you who feel that you cant grasp creating beautiful art if you don’t partake in an expensive workshop..or buy the most expensive supply’s, are as far from the truth as you can get..You don’t need high cost tools..supply’s or teachers to create art..

You don’t need to compare and compete to fill your page/canvas with meaning or  joy..You need to have a love of creating..a desire to grow..the confidence to make mistakes..and the determination to seek out and observe all of the inspiration around you..Of course there  are special techniques and tools that enhance the process..But they are unnecessary to be an artist….Dont be mislead by promises or secrets that only a few claim to know..

We all have access to experimentation and that along with practice is the real key..Paint, Draw, Collage Journal..etc…whatever it is you love to do..keep doing it..and then when you feel comfortable, try something new..explore, investigate, observe and attempt an unknown technique..play around and stretch your creative muscle.  Unlocking your own creative potential resides within you…it comes from a desire to create and not from an unattainable (unaffordable) mystery or mentor.

“Technique of the Week” featuring Iris Fritschi-Cussens


Iris is a wonderful Mixed Media artist that shares many wonderful techniques on her You Tube channel. I found Iris by seeing some of her videos on Facebook..and quickly looked up some of her other videos.  She has a gift for sharing new and unique ideas and techniques and I always walk away inspired.

My name is Iris, I am a London-based mixed media artist. I live in the heart of London with my beautiful family (husband, 2 boys & 1 cat).

I am passionate about mixed media art, art journaling and inspiring people to be free to create the way they are meant to create and shine the way they are meant to shine! Self-actualisation & (female) empowerment through art is something very close to my heart and I can talk about it for hours!

My art includes heavily textured backgrounds, bright colours, shabby & grungy elements, uplifting or inspiring phrases, faces & cute girls. (this is always changing as I discover new and exciting techniques and ways of pushing my style forward!)

My site & blog are at http://iris-impressions.com

Technique of the Week with Lizzy Wurmann


Todays “Technique of the Week ” Artist is the talented Lizzy Wurmann I havent known Lizzy for a very long time but became so inspired by her wonderful and creative videos on You Tube. Lizzy is a scrapbooking artist and uses a colorful and vibrant palette to create whimsical and unique artwork.  Lizzy also demonstrates amazing  techniques that Ive never seen before. Im so glad Ive gotten to know Lizzy..Enjoy her awesome technique..! Lizzy will also have a photo demonstration on her blog if you do not know what an embossing folder is.  I did not know about what they were or how they are used..but now that I do..Ill be shopping for some..they are a cool and fabulous tool for making designs and textures…so if you are like me, click on over to her blog after the video  to see a little demonstration on how to utilize embossing folders.

Hi , My name is Lizzy and I’m from Santiago, Chile. I’m a mom of three kids. Daniela (30), Valentina (26 and Felipe (21). I’ve been scrapbooking since 2005. I started  as a digital scrapbooker and then I joined many DT’s (Doris Castle, Lawanna Dejardin, Michelle Shevland among others). I was published in Somerset Memories, Somerset Digital Studio, Digital Scrapbooking (CK Media)…

 In 2007 I started with traditional scrapbooking and now a days, I’m trying different techniques and styles and I’m in love with art journal and mixed media. I could say I have a free style,  sometimes quirky or abstract. I LOVE color, it inspires me to create.

 My blog:   http://lizzywurmann.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizzy.wurmann

Twitter: @LizzyWurmann

Instagram: lizzywurmann

My Gallery: http://www.scrapbook.com/myplace/index.php?mod=galleries&u=47795

Thanks Robin!


here is a link to embossing folders and many things that can be done with them

Embossing Folders 

Some new designs for a rubber stamp line….

Some new designs for a rubber stamp line….I couldnt resist adding color to the dragonfly..I really love them but rarely draw or paint them..I’m not sure why..but that will change..Lol..I plan on making a bunch more..also some butterfly’s which I also rarely draw. There are so many options and combinations that can be done with beautiful insects and I cant wait to add more to my collection..!lightshinedarkerlinesmall




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“Technique of the Week” featuring the wonderful and super creative Tammy Garcia of “Daisy Yellow” blog

So I  am so thrilled that Tammy  is the  first artist opening for “Technique of the Week”..Why..? you may ask..Well..it could be because of her amazing talent for instilling the creative spirit..or inspiring  you when you cant find your muse….or it could be her  knack for finding just the right prompt ,at just the right time….. Oooor it could be her genius in developing ICAD, so  everyone can join in on the creative fun…
……..but its a bit more than that.. Tammy  doesnt  try to sell you a  glamorous  view of how to become an artist.. she doesnt  promise deep intuitive  secrets of learning how to create …she never implies that she has the answer…but what she does do,  is encourage you to practice, experiment, explore and  define who you want to be as an artist…she  helps you to find your own lines ..and color outside of them…. Thank You Tammy….the world is a more joyful, creative and colorful place  because of you..and Daisy Yellow Blog!
from Tammy on Vimeo.
Thank you for inviting me to share an art journaling technique today. My favorite thing about art journaling? Aside from messing with paint and color and texture and… it doesn’t even need to be in an actual journal! I created this page on the heavy cardboard back of a wire-bound pad of watercolor paper. I hope that you try this easy background technique; it’s a layer of Golden heavy body acrylics that reminds me of the ocean. I went on a treasure hunt through a stack of magazines looking for little bouquets and vases of flowers and made a grid of flowers. Ideas for a gridded page include… blue items, things with patterns, paint chips, hats and blocks of text. Explore your magazines and assorted paper ephemera for fun things to use in your collage. The video tutorial runs about 7 minutes and there’s music, but you can turn it down and just watch if you prefer!
Tammy Garcia
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All of my ICAD’s….

…here are all of my Index cards in one place..I love to see them together..it makes me feel accomplished, creative and satisfied..Thank you Tammy for your wonderful blog and inspirational  challenges..!. ICAD 2014image


The Palette Knife Video..

ICAD Guest Post… Collage


ICAD 2014

Hey There everyone..So I chose  collage to do for my card today.

…this collage has something in it from my first 10 cards for ICAD..plus a little extra.

It has cut pieces from scraps of other cards,

the paper towel from blotting my watercolor,

a few pieces of inchie,

some stamp leftover,

some line design paper…

some words and some sparkly glitter pieces,

some thread.. paint colors I used in other cards..

and a stamp from a handmade eraser stamp that says ICAD.

Do you know that collage  is very hard for me..that I sometimes avoid it altogether!.

Do you know that I am very uncomfortable making, thinking about , putting together and especially showing to others my collages..

Ive always thought my collages “stink’..and was envious of others doing it so naturally, having fun with it, enjoying rummaging through their stash,

figuring out what goes with what….and then ..having it come out so perfectly spectacular..

Well No More..I am healed from my Collage Affliction..Thanks to ICAD  2014..

I now see the fun in it..the joy of rummaging, the excitement of not knowing how it will look…the  anticipation of  “what can come next..

the pride when I hold the finished piece..and most importantly..the  satisfaction of not having to be perfect,  of making something that may not look good,

of doing something just for the joy of it..of doing something without control..

That is what ‘s great about ICAD. . its a playground for the heart, mind and soul..

its accepting,  its stimulating and its healing..thank you Tammy..!

my name is Robin…

…and  “I Am Artist”

..and I Love my collage..

Reuse old scraps and cardboard to create Handmade art journals..with Duck Tape

Reuse old scraps and cardboard to create Handmade art journals..with Duck Tape

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Use your Gelli Plate to print on sticker paper..

Use your Gelli Plate to print on sticker paper..





Handmade eraser stamps




Just a sample of my handmade dollar store eraser stamps, and what you need to create them.. see more about handmade stamps in my online class Make Your Mark herehttps://coursecraft.net/courses/z9Nn8/splash

Cheap Erasers
Exacto knife
Linoleum cutter
Pen or pencil if you want to draw first
Colorful stamp pads..

Basically you just carve in designs of various lines or shapes, but you can also draw an image first..then carve. The linoleum cutter is a more exact tool to use for intricate designs such as leaves or curvy shapes.

Also they seem to last forever..Ive had some for years..Have fun carving..!



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