Creative Jumpstart 2021

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

Thursday, August 27

Cocoiro Pen from Zig

Recently I have been seeing a lot of people posting images and talking about a new pen called a Cocoiro from Zig. I loved the results that other artists were sharing so I thought I'd try one.

Here you can see my pencil sketch.

And below you can see the image after I used my new Cocoiro pen. What I like about it so much is -- I can get a nice cool brush stroke look without the floppyness (is that even a word) of using a paintbrush. The tip of the pen has just the right amount of substance to it allowing you to apply and remove pressure for cool lines like this!

The ink is also nice and black, which is another reason to love it!

Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 25

New DecoArt Media Tutorial

Good Morning all! I wanted to share a little something with you today! I've got a new video over on the DecoArt blog for you to check out!(Click on the picture below to GO there now!)

And here's a photo of the completed journal page. If you subscribe to my YouTube channel you'll see how I stamped this journal page using my MISTI tool.

I hope you enjoy seeing how I combined the Media Misters and Media Fluid Acrylics together to create this page in my Positivity Journal.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 20

One of my Favorite Places on this Planet

Lately I've been using the Panorama option on my iPhone to take pictures and this weekend when we went to one of my favorite places on earth I took this photo of two abandoned houses in a field.

If you haven't discovered that function on your phone yet, you should play around. The results can be quite gorgeous!

Friday, August 14

Painting with Weird Items

Well I'm feeling rather accomplished -- 2 blog posts in 1 week. Sharing a quick video with you today and the photo above show the final results in detail.

THANKS for dropping by, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 11

Tonal Painting Tutorial

Hello there friends! Today I wanted to share a few art journal pages I have created lately. I'm really loving creating a cool piece of art like this using JUST ONE color. You can see a full tutorial over on the DecoArt® Blog, just follow this link over to the Mixed Media Blog:

I've been in a bit of an artistic rut this summer, and these exercises really do help get you motivated to create. Thanks for dropping by today, have a great day and hopefully I'll be out of my creative block soon!

Sunday, August 2

Coloring Book Day -- woohoo!

Hello friends,

Today I'd like to share something with you that I think you will LOVE! In honor of Coloring Book Day I am offering this sweet page I created as a PDF download from my website.

I formatted it to print on 9x12 paper and took a Strathmore Visual Journal apart and ran that right through my printer. I love the way it turned out -- and can't wait to color it AGAIN! I think you could print it on any size paper!

Here's the original page I created in my journal over the winter, this one was colored with watercolor paints and Sakura Gelly Roll pens. 

THANKS for dropping by, and I'd love to see how your page turns out after you have colored it! I hope you have a wonderful day coloring!  

If you want some inspiration for coloring, check out what Tina is doing over on A Dog's Life!  She's got crazy amazing coloring skills and you won't be disappointed to see how she inspires with her talent!