MONO PRINTING with sharpies

Sharpie Art. That is what I am calling it. This is a fun and simple technique that you can use to create some cool backgrounds for your art work. You only need a few tools and the process is a lot like mono printing. 

sharpie art with Rae Missigman

You will need: sharpie markers, a glass mat, a spray bottle and card stock or watercolor paper. I also used a few shipping tags. You will also need some isopropyl alcohol. I used what I had on hand, which was like the one pictured in the link above-  a 70% grade, and it worked great. I just poured some into the plastic spray bottle before I began.

1. Draw, sketch or write on a glass mat and then spritz your design with the alcohol. I recommend doing this outdoors or in a well ventilated area as the alcohol fumes can get overwhelming. 

2. Quickly pull your print while the mist is still wet. *NOTE: too much spray can cause a lot of bleeding when your pull your print, so it may take a few tries to get the right degree of spray* (I let my prints dry in the sun so they didn't smell up the studio)

You can create multiple pulls on one page just as you would with a printing plate and paint. The flowers in the top right of the photo above are a ghost print of the original pull at the center of the page. 

While some of these prints had a lot of bleeding, I love how they look and think they will make some interesting backgrounds for my artwork.

I love how interesting and unique each print is...just like in mono printing with paint. I can't wait to do more of these. Enjoy!

art journaling peek

Enjoy these art journaling peeks using my new Seaside Harbor Stencil Collection...

Stencils used in this artwork: (L) SEA OF GRAPES 6X6 (R)  SHORELINE 6X6. If you missed the video I created using several stencils from this new line, you can find it HERE. You can see details and descriptions on the entire line HERE

The unPlanner™ - Week 30 Sneak Peek

I am loving all of the photos of everyone's new experiences! I am so happy with my second book so far and can't wait to leaf through these at years' end and reflect on how much I was able to document. Enjoy the peek!

the unPlanner™- with Rae Missigman

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 on sabbatical. We wish her a very happy Summer! 

CREATE A PRETTY POPSICLE CUFF

painted wooden cuffs with Rae Missigman

This is another fun and colorful craft to do this Summer! Just grab some popsicle sticks  (I used the extra wide ones) and some craft paints and you can make several at one go. This kids will love helping out with this one too! 

1. Place popsicle sticks in a pan of water and soak overnight.
2. Add clean water to pan and boil popsicles for 30 minutes.

3. Use tongs to remove sticks from pan and gently bend to fit inside a microwavable glass.
***Sticks will be hot to touch,please use caution***
4. Microwave glasses for 25 seconds. Remove and let stand in glasses until completely cool.

5. Add a base coat of color to your cuff using acrylic paint or stain.
6. Finish off with lots of color and details. 

7. Continue layering paint and adding details to finish off your cuffs. Let dry thoroughly.
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Art journaling Peek

Here are a few more peeks of some art journaling pages that I created while using stencils from my new line Seaside Harbor. You can see more peeks HERE and a video process HERE.

Stencils used in this artwork: (L) HARBOR SIDE 6X6 (R) SEASIDE LAVENDER 6X6. If you missed the video I created using several stencils from this new line, you can find it HERE. You can see details and descriptions on the entire line HERE

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art journaling peek

I am so excited to finally be able to post some of my artwork that includes the newest stencil line Seaside Harbor. Enjoy the peeks!

Stencils used in this artwork: (L) BITTERSWEET 6X6 (R) BOUNDARIES 6X6. If you missed the video I created using several stencils from this new line, you can find it HERE. You can see details and descriptions on the entire line HERE

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The unPlanner - Week 29 Sneak Peek

Somebody please stop the clock! This Summer is speeding past me and I am enjoying it so much that I will hate to see it come to an end! Enjoy the peeks this week.

the unPlanner™ with Rae Missigman

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 on sabbatical. We wish her a very happy Summer! 

a new stencil collection & a video too

I am so excited to announce that my newest stencil collection SEASIDE HARBOR is available today! Made up of TEN stencils, this series was inspired by my time spent on Martha's Vineyard last summer. An fun collection that combines the organic with the abstract. Each of the ten designs are available in both 4x4 and 6x6 sizes! I am sharing a little video with you today where I create an art journal page using some of my favorites from this newest line.  Enjoy! 

I will be sharing more peeks of my art where I use this new line of stencils, so check back often for more inspiration! Happy Creating!

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