seven things - week at a glance


Filling Up Another Journal

I love when I see myself getting close to the end of another journal. It means more than just finishing a book. It means progress. It means I didn't give up when it got hard. It means I made time to make art. It means I learned new techniques or practiced old ones. Art Journaling makes me feel good. A little bit at a time or long days in the studio it all adds up to making my heart happy.


Choosing New Materials

I am always experimenting with new materials when it comes to weaving. I try my best to find repurposed textiles to incorporate into these random and colorful pieces. When I found a large length of vintage floral jersey knit I couldn't wait to strip it and make it into yarn. I have used it for both weaving into pieces and most recently, for the fringe on a newer weaving. I love the texture the print seems to create. 


And Capturing them on Film

Capturing our families memories on film is a big deal to me. I want to preserve the moments that are extra special to me for all time. It makes me happy to look back at photos and see what we have recorded as noteworthy. So good or bad, I keep snapping. Phone or camera I keep taking them. And perfect or not I keep them. A photo full of movement just means we were too busy having fun to pause for that one flawless shot. 


And Heading to the Post Office

I am so happy to announce that the Boxy Bloom™ Stamp Sets have arrived and have been labeled and packed and are ready to ship! I can't stop using them and had a fun day stuffing envelopes for all of you who pre-ordered your set over the last few weeks. Knowing that these will land on the doorsteps of so many talented artists and be incorporated into their artwork thrills me to no end! I look forward to seeing all the creative ways these fun florals will be used! 


And with the Cutest Artist Ever

When she discovered she could walk last week she made a bee line for the chalkboard and she never looked back. She has kept been busy making beautiful art since. Each little scribble and mark a huge accomplishment in her eyes, in which she waits for my praise. And praise I am happy to give. She is eager to share her chalk and even more eager to have me join in. This is the kind of art that makes me the happiest of all. 


And Being Okay with Them

I have never been very good at sketching faces, but I do enjoy the trying. It is difficult and I continue to be amazed at the huge wealth of talented artists out there who can draw faces that will literally make you think they are coming to life. One of my favorite "maker of great faces" is Lynne Hoppe. She is not only talented and kind and generous, her faces are the dreamiest.  She encourages me to try and I appreciate all that she shares! 


And Her UnWavering Sense of Fun

She really is my right hand these days and I am not sure I could keep up without her. Not only does she help with all of the little day to day stuff, she is a constant and honest to good source of encouragement. She is cheerful and optimistic. She gives good advice, is honest to a fault and has a sharp and clever eye. I love all that she does to keep me smiling, laughing and moving forward.  

Masks in Art Journaling

I love using MASKS in ART. They give me the ability to write messages to myself and then hide them, cover over less than favorite parts of a page and add layers of color and texture easily.

Home made masks are a simple way to cover large areas in a short amount of time. Just cut from card stock or chipboard, or select things with interesting shapes. Leaves, pressed flowers, paper ornaments and tags all make wonderful masks. For added texture, try adding masks that have irregular shapes, lines or cuts in them, like pieces of yarn or soda can tabs.

 I am a huge fan of layering and this big mask is one of my favorites. I love the step effect created with this mask. It is a great one to use on the Gelli Plate® too! 

I start by cutting a mask from heavy duty card stock or chipboard. I free hand this, but you could sketch a design or trace something first too. Masks don't have to be full solid shapes either. My favorite masks these days are delicate drop in masks that are part of stencils like these from my recent The Happenstance & Environment Collections.

1. Spritz a printout of favorite collage piece to make the color move.
2. Cut out bits and pieces and adhere to your layout or page.
3. Position mask and paint around the edges as desired.

4. Use paint to add details to your masked areas.
5. Add a book paper element to your page.
6. Edge paper with pencil & add bright paint details.

7. Write a secret message & mask with more book paper.
8. Use brightly colored paint to add marks that pop.
9. Use paint pens to make more marks.

10. Add color to a favorite stamp with a paint pen & stamp page.
11. Add a final layer of marks and color.
12. Use a china marker to add pops of white as a final detail.

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sketchbook in progress

Sketchbook Progress Peeks. Many of these images were directly inspired from a class I took with Mary Ann Moss - read more here about Sketchbookery.

Another peek into my sketchbook. I learned so much about the in's and out's of sketching as well as how to research and educate myself on the craft from Lorraine Bell. She continues to be a huge inspiration. My other love, as you can see from the sketches above is Mary Ann Moss. She is a fun and talented teacher! 

UpCycled Napkin Rings

Sometimes my daughter and I create these fun art projects together where we challenge ourselves to upcycle random objects. A few weeks ago she challenged me to make something out these pink hair rollers. I honestly didn't have to think twice about it - napkin rings for sure!

These were super simple. Just cover your rollers with fabric. I used a hot glue gun. Add ribbon trim and a pretty clip. Add a name tag or note to your clip to personalize your table scape. I love using vintage handkerchiefs for dainty napkins when my girls and I get together. What would you make with pink hair rollers?

pretty ribbon headband

I love making headbands for my daughter, so when I had a ton of dyed ribbon left over from a weaving project recently I knew just what to create.

Here is a simple step out process if you would like to create one of your own.

I used a plastic headband, white felt & some hand dyed ribbon
Cut these wide & long enough to cover your headband. I only covered mine to within a few inches of the bottom, on either side, so it would tuck behind the ears nicely.

I used a contrasting thread and a simple straight stitch
I overlapped by rows of ribbon to prevent felt from peeking through

I used hot glue and adhered a few inches at a time
I loved these fabric birds in my stash

These are so quick and fun! I think they would make the cutest party favors or stocking stuffers. Have fun and happy creating! 

tapestries & hand carved stamps

Tapestries and Hand Carved Stamps are two of my favorite things. Either one can be as simple or as complex as you dare to imagine. If you want to learn more about carving your own stamps - join in on the fun in Doodle & Carve! I love that this challenge allowed me to create with both of these favorites in mind. And because this week I was a bit short on time, I was able to create something simple and pretty, all in just a few short minutes. 

1. Create a tapestry by piecing together pieces of collage paper.

2. Create bold images on page with a favorite hand carved stamp.

3. Add details with pencils, inks, paints or color blocks. Use stickers to stems & petals.

4. Blend the pieces of your "tapestry" together with soft patches of color.

5. Add lots of detail marks using a white pen to help your bold stamped shapes pop.

6. Finish your tapestry with some journaling. Tell a little or tell a lot, but tell your story.

A simple page that you can create in a short amount of time. Have fun with this week! 

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Lots of goodies are available already, including STAMPS, STENCILS, AND STICKERS, and more items are being added everyday!

It is a big process moving everything over from Esty, so I appreciate your patience as we work out the bugs! The Etsy shop will remain open for a bit longer in an effort to make all items available while we slowly build our inventory on the new platform.  Have fun browsing the new SHOP TAB found on the blog and stay tuned for new updates in the next few weeks! 

Happy Creating! 

sketchbook in progress

Another peek into my sketchbook. I learned about Tommy Kane while talking sketchbooks with Lorraine Bell. He is a master at cross hatching. Check him out! For a tiny bit on how this came about and who inspires me read more here.