Studio Peek

Sharing a few peeks at some studio stuff today.

studio peek with Rae Missigman

Left to Right: Painted Under/Collage Papers, Liquitex Inks & Color Swatches, Brushes, Scrapers & Brayers, Inky & Painted Fabric.

the unPlanner™ - week 35 sneak peek

Good Bye August. This month sped past and I learned so much with the challenging but interesting prompts. I can't wait to see what you all do in September! Enjoy! 

Want to join us in Documenting Your Life in an unConventional way this year? You can read more about our project HERE.

Don't forget to check out Sandi's peeks too! 

Lorraine is enjoying her sabbatical. We wish her a happy Summer!

Art Journaling with Stencils

I am happy to be sharing some more artwork with you today! I am busy creating with my newest stencil collection, Seaside Harbor, over at Stencil Girl Products. You can find more inspiration over at Stencil Girl Talk! Enjoy the peeks and "the process" video.

Have fun and happy creating!

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marbled paper

Experimenting with that old fashioned craft that I love so much, marbled paper. I am putting a new twist on things this time. Rather than use food coloring as dyes with the shaving cream, I am using Alcohol Inks this time. I love the deep rich color, and it doesn't smear at all when you remove the cream. I love it! Want to make your own?  

CREATE YOUR OWN PRETTY PAPER

1. ADD SHAVING CREAM TO A SHALLOW PAN
2. ADD A FEW DROPS OF ALCOHOL INK TO CREAM
3. FOLD INK INTO CREAM USING A PALETTE KNIFE
4. PRESS PAPER INTO CREAM AND LET SIT FOR A FEW SECONDS
5. GENTLY LIFT PAPER OUT AND SCRAPE CREAM OFF USING PALETTE KNIFE
6. REMOVE REMAINING CREAM WITH A PAPER TOWEL AND LET DRY COMPLETELY

The unPlanner™ - Week 34 Sneak Peek

How can Summer be coming to a close already? It is bittersweet for me as my kids head back to school and I am left in a quiet home. I struggle with this each year. Soon it will pass and we will be full speed ahead with activities galore, but for now my art is my companion. What are you doing to fill your quiet time?

Want to join us in Documenting Your Life in an unConventional way this year? You can read more about our project HERE.

Don't forget to check out Sandi's peeks too! 

Lorraine is enjoying her sabbatical. We wish her a happy Summer!

travel tin of color blocks

When I first learned about these colorful Inktense© Blocks I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. I haven't been disappointed. I quickly began incorporating them into my work and thus whittled down the long blocks into short, well-loved pieces. The tin they arrived in was fairly large so I began hunting in my stash for a smaller, more portable container to house them. I came up with this recycled holiday tin. I love it. Now I am able to drop the entire tin into my travel art bag with ease! Do you have these in your tool box and if so what do you like about them?

five things - my week at a glance

1. FEELING GRATEFUL TODAY

…because she always sees the good  

…and I mean in everything. Not only is she my right hand man in the studio but she brings a positive spin to just about everything we do around here. She is funny and cheerful and uplifting, and she knows enough to push me when I start to second guess myself. I feel very grateful to have such a bright human being in my life and even more grateful that I am blessed enough to call her my daughter and my friend. 


2. ON THE GO TODAY

…because there are things to do  

I struggle big time with sitting still. I don’t mind being quiet or listening, but if I am just waiting I need something to keep my hands and mind busy. I often times will pack a small bag of things to do while I am waiting at a music lesson or sports activity…and whether it is busy work or art work it calms me to not be idle. Some days I KNOW I need to just sit and not do a thing, but that is very very hard for me. How about you?


3.  WATCHING THIS TODAY

…because it’s that time of year

 Just about every day, at this time of year, I can depend on the skies to darken and the clouds to roll in. I love watching these big bad storms blow in and drench the dry earth around me. It is so very hot right now and every living thing is begging for water by mid afternoon most days. These storms have a funny way of making me feel nostalgic, although I am not sure what for…they just comfort me in there own special way. 


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4.  MAKING ART TODAY

…because most days it is just a given  

There are plenty of days when I shouldn’t make art. My agenda and to-do lists are out the door this time of year and I have compounded it with some very big and looming deadlines (the good kind) to boot. But I just have to make art. Even if it means flipping the page and adding some color, or making some marks. In my book, if all it takes to start my day with a happy heart and smile is a little of this- then art it is! 


5.  DYEING THINGS TODAY

…because I found a new/old color  

A few years ago I stumbled across this awesome and very OLD package of fabric dye in an antique shop while visiting a little island. I loved the packaging and put them safe on a shelf in the studio where I left them until now. I decided they were better put to use as intended. I love this color SO SO much and these 6 inch swatches and yard of yarn were dyed with nothing more than the DUST from the package. The color is FRENCH BLUE.

The unPlanner™ - Week 33 Sneak Peek

Well here we are in week two of August and this week the art prompt proved a bit challenging for me, but I am sticking to it and pushing myself to stretch and grow! Have fun creating this week!

Want to join us in Documenting Your Life in an unConventional way this year? You can read more about our project HERE.

Don't forget to check out Sandi's peeks too! 

Lorraine is enjoying her sabbatical. We wish her a happy Summer!