Creative Jumpstart 2021

Creative Jumpstart 2021
Join me for the 10th Anniversary of CJS2021

Monday, June 29

Funky Flower Stamp and Glad Press n' Seal

I always struggle with creating an art journal page that I love, and working on others without totally messing up that OTHER page I love. Here's how I protect the pages in my journal as I work on new ones ..... oh and another journal page using my Art Gone Wild stamps.

This one is Funky Flowers from my very first stamp release back in 2013. I love this stamp!

Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful week!

Friday, June 26

What to do with all that LEFTOVER Paint?

Don't waste it! Today I thought I'd share some inspiration with you...oh and this technique is great for breaking out of a creative rut!

Have a wonderful day, thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, June 23

Finishing up an Art Journal Page with Color

Goodness, I'm so far behind. I have 3 videos in the cue to share, here's one of them! I can't believe I forgot to share this with you, anyway here it is!

Join me as a finish up my Risk Art Journal Page. Thanks for dropping by, have a great day!

Wednesday, June 10

Make your Own Shimmer Brushes

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to share how I used the DecoArt Shimmer Misters in a water brush to paint the background of this page in my Positivity Journal.

Have a great day, I'll be back before you know it and show you how I will finish up this page! Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, June 4

Workshop Freedom

My friend Cheryl Boglioli came to Maine and Merrymeeting Art House at the beginning of May bringing with her an amazing class that she taught on her East Coast trip with Glinda, her vintage trailer. I was lucky enough to have time and the room in the studio to play along -- and I thought I'd share my process.

First, Cheryl and I painted our base canvases, and then we swapped. The canvas above is the one that she painted and the canvas below that Cheryl is holding up is the one I painted. It was scary and FUN to swap canvases with her, I'd do it again.

After the base color we added collage bits. Love that little man from a vintage book.

More layers, gesso, modeling paste and pencil scratches.

Tomorrow is a new day, for sure.

This is where my painting left off at the end of the day. Definitely different from the others, but totally me.

I love the FREEDOM that taking classes offers. The ability to explore the technique and mediums while keeping true to my own style makes me happy and wanting to learn and experience more.

Here's a shot of three of us and our paintings that I snagged from Cheryl's Facebook Page.

Each painting is so different, but we were all super happy painters! Thanks for dropping by today, have a GREAT weekend!

Monday, June 1

Make your Own Positivity Journal

Thought I'd share a little video I created on How To Make your Own Positivity Journal using a Wire Bound Journal.

You can use other journals, but I really love taking the coil apart and being able to stamp perfectly on one page with no bulk or spine in the way.

You can see the sample page I shared below! I used a water-based marker and blended the color with a water brush to color in the design.

Once you have stamped on all the pages, you will re-assemble the journal and crimp the coil back together using your Cinch or Bind-it-All Machine. If you don't have one of those, you can carefully pinch the coil back together so it looks like it did before you took it apart.

I usually stamp all the pages over the course of a few days and then put the journal together on the coil. It's a great thing to carry around with me so I have something to color and fill in time while I am waiting for my son to finish his school and band activities. 

The supplies I used to create this page were: