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Thursday, December 25

Merry Christmas Friends!

Today I'd like to send out warm and joyous Christmas Greetings to all my family and friends that celebrate the Christmas season!

For those of you that celebrate something else, I send you best wishes and Happy Holiday's greetings to you as well!

Thank you all for reading my blog, enjoy your day! 

Wednesday, December 24

From BLAH to Ahah!

As an artist I have come to the realization that my art has various stages it goes through -- and they range from beautiful to ugly -- each and every time. I start each piece with grand ideas of what I want to create -- always having hope of what it might be. No matter how it starts, and how many I love this stages it has -- it ALWAYS gets to a super ugly stage, where I really don't like it.

Kinda like this.

This is a critical stage, I think where many artists abandon the piece they are working on. When really, all you need to do is walk away for a day or two or ten years -- and come back to finish what you started with fresh eyes and a different perspective.


After a while, you end up loving what you do, and it might end up looking like this and making you super happy!

All these pages needed were some details -- some black and white lines to make them interesting and beautiful.

These two also had the same "ugly stage" but now they make me happy.

Thanks for dropping by today, have a great week!

Monday, December 22

Guest over on the Ranger Ink Blog

Good Morning friends, just dropping by to let you know you should check out the Ranger Ink blog today for a fun tutorial using Distress Paints.

Enjoy and thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, December 7

Mixed Media 4 -- the Holiday Edition

I have been working hard to get the last touches put on the latest Volume of Mixed Media -- and I'm happy to say it's finally done. You can download and read it over on ISSUU -- but I have to say this is the best one so far. With 3 guests and lots of amazing inspiration, recipes and projects -- I think there is something for everyone!

Click on the image, or here to go directly to ISSUU and see all FOUR Volumes. Sign up for my Newsletter, link to the left -- to be the first to know when Mixed Media is out -- and lots of other fun announcements.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 4

Three Things...

Today I wanted to share another art journal page made with my Art Gone Wild Stamps. This page was created using the Clematis stamp -- I framed the page and then finished up the lines with a marker.

For color I used Peerless Watercolors (Geranium Pink) and added color to the flowers and stems with Tombows Dual Tip Brush Markers and Caran D'Ache colored pencils.

The background is a little wonky because my waterbrush was contaminated with yellow watercolor paint - so the geranium turned a little orangey in areas -- but I love it. The color was also quite a bit brighter than I anticipated so I toned it down a little by drawing the leaves in the background with a white acrylic paint marker.

In the end, I thought it was going to be a disaster when I painted the geranium in the background but I think I love it. Here's to sticking with the uglies.

Have a great day, thanks for dropping by. 

Wednesday, December 3

Evolution of an Art Journal Page

Yesterday I worked on my Positivity Journal and thought I'd share how I create a stamped and painted art journal page.

I'm disappointed with the video quality....hopefully I can find a new program for making quicky little slideshows that works better than iPhoto. Do you have any recommendations?

Thanks for dropping by, have a great day!

Tuesday, December 2

Inspiration for You

I've got a crazy busy week, so sharing this little art journal page. Not finished, but I hope to inspire you to create something today!

In the end, there will always be flowers. 

Thank you for stopping by, have a lovely, creative day.

Monday, December 1

Creative JumpStart 2015

I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2015, run by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to fire up your creativity in Jan 2015.


By participating in CJS15 you will learn fun techniques, discover new materials, and connect with artists and crafters across the globe.

Throughout January participants get 25 videos from 23 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” Watch the video and see for yourself:

Head on over to Nathalie's site to sign up and and find more details about CJS15: 

You get 25 videos for just $25 (USD).

But wait – it gets better: if you sign up today you’ll get $5 off. Use this coupon code during checkout:


*This is a limited offer valid from 9:00 am Dec 1, 2014 to 8:59 am EST on Dec 2, 2014.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up here, and apply the coupon code during check out process

CJS 2015 is proudly sponsored by Liquitex.