pocket journals™ - a new workshop!

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POCKET JOURNALS™ - Little Journals Big Creativity

Discover the charm of working tiny with giant creativity! 

After many requests, I have teamed up with my artsy pal Sandi Keene and we have created a mini workshop to teach you how to create your own tiny journals. 

Join us for 13 instructional videos building your journals plus 2 BONUS videos demonstrating how to work small. Full of tips and shortcuts with loads of possibilities, you will walk away with three pocket sized art journals ready for the next 30 day challenge or anytime you want to experience the joy of working small. 

$28 special pricing for ONE WEEK ONLY! Regular pricing $33 SAVE $5.00!
Want more?! As an extra bonus to students, find a special coupon code in the classroom to save on another class of your choice.

Please watch the video below and then register to join us in the fun of this self paced, “forever” access workshop with your instructor’s Rae Missigman and Sandi Keene!

Join Sandi and I as we create our favorite journals for working tiny and then join in on the Art Marks™ sensation today! Click on the button below to read more and register.

Questions -

  • What do I do?? look on your order confirmation page after purchasing - download the PDF that contains your url and password.  Use it and join us!
  • I see a black door? Yes, put your password in the box there and VOILA - you are in.
  • I have another question? Sure, email us at arttothe5thcoordinator@gmail.com

five things - my week at a glance

1.rolling today

...because it's raining

There is something special about a rainy day. I don't know why, but when we have a rainy spell I want to just snuggle in on the couch and do busy hand work. It is so comforting and somehow reminiscent of the days when I was little. My dad would use rainy days as an excuse to stay home and share with us the simple and wonderful crafts that they made while growing up on a farm with 11 other siblings!

2.loving today

...because I made them

I can't believe I finally got to make some pottery on the potter's wheel. Last Summer I was lucky enough to work with a teacher at the high school and as a reward I was allowed to create a few pieces. This Summer I was able to go back to the school and glaze my pieces. I was torn between being safe and experimenting with color. I chose to experiment of course. I love it all though. 

3.working today

...because there's lots to do

These piles of stuff on my work desk are starting to dwindle finally. Believe it or not it was much worse a few days ago. It might look like a hot mess but honestly I have a system and it works. I am a note taker and have lists upon lists, but that is all part of what makes it all work for me. I hope to have some good things happen this year and these piles and lists are what will drive me to see it all through.

4.creating today

...because these make me happy

Who wouldn't want to create when their stencils look like this? Sometimes I don't even want to use them because they look so darn juicy. And then I remember that they got this way because I DID use them. I have taken my five favorite mark making stencils and have strung them on bead ball chain to keep them handy and together. These are my go to mark making stencils and I find myself reaching for them over and over again. 

5.playing today

...because of these two

I had about ten thousand things I needed to be doing today other than making a giant fort. But they are so sweet and they could't believe that I actually knew how to build a fort. Toss in a few bean bags, some blankets and lots of yummy snacks and we had a ball all afternoon. So I didn't get much done today- I am learning the value of saying no to the stuff that can wait and making time for the things that really matter, like these two peanuts and building super cool bean bag forts.

art marks journal peek

I love my little art marks journal so much. If you haven't taken a peek yet, hop over here to see ART MARKS PART 1 and ART MARKS PART 2 of my free ART MARKS CHALLENGE.

While the live version has ended, you are always welcome to jump into this self paced art journaling exercise! If you do decide to join in the challenge be sure to share on social media using the hashtag below so that I can see what you are creating!

Love that journal I am working in? Due to popular requests I will be hosting a mini workshop soon that will walk you through my process for creating one. And guess what? My artsy pal Sandi Keene will sharing her take on a tiny art journal as well! TWO POCKET SIZED JOURNALS in one workshop! Sandi and I are working busily behind the scenes to get this workshop up and running for you all so stay tuned for more details to come soon! 

If you missed my flip through you can watch it below! Enjoy the art marks inspiration and happy creating to you all!

Staying inspired can be tricky

We all have our own routine, our own way of doing things that keeps us productive and creative and inspired even. Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the bigger picture that we lose sight of who we are, what we are doing, and where we want to go as an artist. I used to be so worried all the time about how I would keep up, how I would get better, smarter, more creative, that I would spend hours perusing the internet looking for that special tidbit of inspiration. 

Then one day I realized that I was wasting all my time looking for who I wanted to be as an artist instead of experimenting with you I was as an artist. So I gave it up. Almost entirely. Two years later I still limit myself to what I see and do via the world wide web in terms of inspiration. I stopped making hour long daily visits to Pinterest, I unsubscribed from dozens of blogs and instead follow my favorite people on Instagram where I get snippets of updates instead of tons of information. I had to let go of what everyone else was doing and just focus on what I wanted to do. I needed to trust myself to be the artist I wanted to be. 

So I just started observing. From afar. I stay off the internet almost entirely and instead take walks, visit museums, photograph things and look through old art journals. I am sure subconsciously I am absorbing creative inspiration as we all do, my brain sifting through all the beauty and color and ideas. But what I don't do is take notes. I don't book mark, pin or screen shot anything. I don't write things down or make lists or document the inspiration in any way. In this way I feel safe. Safe from infringing on someone else's creative ideas. Down the road if my brain remembers a snippet then hopefully it will be rendered into something more my own style, something unique and artistic in my own way.

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I am free to be the artist I want to be now. And yes! Yes, yes, yes... there are many days that I wonder what the hek it is I am doing. I wonder what I have to offer and if my art is good enough. Of course I wonder, I am human. But I am free to love what I do now too. If mark making is what makes my heart sing then I will make marks. If someone loves it down the road so be it, if not, then that is okay too. I am focusing less on making others happy and more on what makes me happy. I feel like this is why I find creative inspiration without googling or pinning or whatever else it is we do to feel like we have a place in the creative world. 

My best advice, and by that I mean what I am doing is this- make art. Do what you love. Trust yourself. Create art that makes you feel good, no matter what that might look like and above all - enjoy where that takes you! Happy Creating my friends! 

Jump into Summer Creativity

I was so honored to participate as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017, which is hosted by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear. If affords you the opportunity to learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. 

Don't worry if you missed singing up in January because with the Summer Sale you will still get 27 downloadable videos from 27 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:

Head on over to Nathalie's site to SIGN UP & FOR MORE DETAILSLET'S GET CREATIVE TOGETHER! SIGN UP HERE . If you are thinking about signing up, you'd make my day by using my link as I will receive a portion of any sales made through that link.  Thank you so much for your kind consideration! 

putting the ME back in mixed media

When Dina Wakley's team asked me to participate alongside of her in this new challenge it was an easy decision. Putting the ME back in mixed media is something that is near and dear to my heart. I think it is wildly important that we create for ourselves, that we work harder at creating with US in mind and worry less about what the rest of the world thinks of our art. 

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A deep love for creating has always lived within me. I have been "making stuff" for as long as I can remember. What really drives me though is this powerful feeling of calm that I get when I sit on my stool and just put brush to paper. Playful art is always more productive for me. I worry less, I work freely, I let go completely and just paint or make my mark. So much good comes out of just being true to yourself in art. 

This mixed media piece exemplifies a big part of what makes my art all about ME. I am a maker of marks. I have lots of signature marks that I use over and over again to create pieces that are busy and fun and all about mark making. I have five long time favorites that are available as a stencil bundle now! Yahoo! I keep all five of them strung together and just flip one back to use it - perfect for getting lots of mark making layers down quickly and easily- another thing that makes my art more ME. I work in small bursts of time and being able to create lots of texture and dimension quickly is important to me - these stencils make that happen

The bottom line is I make art because it makes me happy. I do it for ME first. I am fortunate that so many others share in my love of creating and have been following me on my journey the past few years. My one word of advice is this- when it comes to art, DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND LOVE WHAT YOU DO! I would like to send out a big thank you to Dina and her team at Ranger Ink for letting me playing along in this fun and creative challenge. Be sure to check out the hashtag below to see what others are creating too! 


ask Rae


So many of you stop by each day to read, find creative inspiration and share in my art filled journey. I love the huge variety of questions I get asked and thought it might be fun to start answering some of the "most asked" queries here.


 Is there something you have been wanting to learn? Are you wondering what that tool is I use over and over again? Need an opinion on a new paint color before you hit the stores? Join me here in the studio each week and let's chat!  Leave me a comment here or email me using the contact form above and I will gladly add your question to mix! 

1. How did you get started in art?

That is a hard question to answer because I feel like I have been creating my entire life. Even as a young child I was crafty and always trying to make or invent something new. From painting to needlework to writing to taking photos I can't remember a time when I didn't have that deep urge to just MAKE STUFF. As an adult I really got into memory keeping, (didn't everyone?) and just a few months into the this new creative adventure I realized I would never be happy following the rules. I immediately began adding my own mixed media style to my projects and never looked back. 

2.  Have you read anything lately that really stuck with you?

The Diary of Frida Kahlo. Wow. Very tragic. Very powerful. She was an incredibly strong woman and a wildly talented and imaginative artist. While the text is dark at times, (much of the text in Spanish too by the way so find a translator) and the art not for everyone, it was a deeply interesting and striking read. 

3.  What color do you struggle to use?

Purple. I try very hard to use it on a regular basis for that reason. True story- almost every time I create I reach for purple. I think subconsciously I want to use it so badly and it just never works for me. Eight times out of ten I wind up covering it up, but oddly enough it keeps making an cameo appearance. Peeking through it works as more of a supporting color rather than one that steals the limelight. 

4.  Do you like to listen to music while you create? If so, what genre? 

I do like to listen to music, but it doesn't always happen that I do, or rather not the kind of music you are referring too. When I can turn up the tunes my favorite is orchestral music. I am in love with everything that Lindsey Stirling does- she is a wizard on the electric violin. Other days I listen to the sweet (but mostly loud) music of my two little peanut granddaughters. They run around here with their tinkling voices and happy sounds and it tops any #1 hit in my book!

5.  What are your tips for keeping your studio tidy?

Create an area for each project. Even if this means a corner of the table it helps me to keep my ongoing projects separated. I have a designated area for sewing, one for painting and one for textile arts. I also have a big rule about doing a quick "pickup" at the end of the day. By that I mean a brief tidying- emptying dirty water, brushes back in the bin, etc. Little things that make walking into the studio the next morning refreshing and not a chore. Once a week I deep clean- I sweep, clean the tables and refile all unused supplies. Once you get in the habit it really helps and makes you feel much more organized. I'm a big time cleaner and most certainly a Type A personality so learning to let things go for a day or two has been a bigger chore for me than the actual cleaning. BUT... It has helped me grow as a person who struggles with letting things go... and there is something really wonderful about a well loved and well USED studio!