altered pencil cup

I love anything that is adorned with French Knots. They add so much daintiness to any project and they are super simple to create. When I spied these little pencil cups at my local dollar store I knew that they would be perfect for a project like this.  

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1. Bring your needle up through first hole from inside the cup. Make sure that the end of your thread is knotted so that is doesn't slip through the hole as your begin your stitch.

2. Hold thread taut with your other hand and wrap the thread around the tip of your needle two or more times. The more times you wrap, the larger your finished knot. 

3.  Gently begin to pull the thread, still holding it taut, so that the wrapped threads begin to tighten into a knot. Insert your needle in the next hole. 

When I first started creating these stitches I found this wonderful video. It was very easy to understand and shows, in more detail, the simplicity of creating these lovely knots. You can find lots of other video resources for creating French Knots on the internet too, just use keywords FRENCH KNOTS.

Have fun with this little project and as always, Happy Creating!

15 Minutes of Mixed Media™

15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ is an exercise in making time for art.
You can use the 15 minutes any way you choose
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*practice new techniques
* experiment with the color wheel
*perfect a favorite medium
*experiment with your tools

15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ has never been about beautiful finished pages. It has always been about just making time to sit down and create something.

Earlier this month I began sharing the 2017  15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ project. I will be adding all of this years videos to the archive as well, so remember if you miss any you just have to look for the 15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ button on the left sidebar. If you are new here and are looking for all the details on the FREE 15 Minutes of Mixed Media™ project just click on the button below to read more and find out what it is all about. 

  • I BEGAN WITH A PAINTED WHITE PAGE IN MY RECYCLED JOURNAL
    I like to start with something on the page. This helps tremendously when creating, but it doesn't always help me stretch and grow. Today the blank page forced me to get creative quickly.
     
  • I USED ONE BRUSH WITH SEVERAL PAINT COLORS
    Using one dry paintbrush with several complimentary colors is one of my favorite ways to apply paint quickly. I love the painterly affect and how the colors blend and surprise during the process.

  • I LIKE TO ADD WATER OFF AND ON DURING THE PROCESS
    It was a little hard to see in this video, but I sprayed a fine mist of water over the yellow acrylic ink after I dripped it onto the page. This requires a longer drying time, so be sure to work around the wet ink or stop the timer and let the ink dry before moving on.

  • I AM NOT AFRAID TO COVER THINGS UP
    You will see this over and over again in my work each week. I don't always love my choice but it really forces me work through the layers and find something that I am happy with again. 

  • I LIKE TO EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT TOOLS
    Today I tried a new rose copper metallic paint. I rarely use glittery type paints and mediums but this was a pretty sheer color. Today I wound up blending it in with some pale blue acrylic but will definitely use it again in the future. 

  • I LIKE TO CHEAT THE TIMER A LITTLE BIT
    By this I just mean that if I have an idea swirling in my head when the timer dings I keep going with it. Today I added that little doodled stem of leaves after the alarm sounded. The ticking clock is just to get me creative, and by no means binding when it comes starting and stopping. If I use a clock I don't have time to overthink things, so when it stops if I am in a groove I am free to keep going, but if I am struggling I can walk away without the fear of failure. That is the beauty of this exercise.

    •    4x4 LET YOURSELF BLOOM STENCIL
    •    MAKE UP WEDGE
    •    HEAT TOOL
    •    GLUE STICK
    •    PENCIL
    •    SCISSORS
    •    PAINTBRUSHES - flat, angled, & chip
    •    CHINA MARKERS
    •    WHITE PEN
    •    BALLPOINT PEN
    •    PAINT PALETTE
    •    ACRYLIC INK
    •    ALCOHOL INK
    •    ACRYLIC PAINT COLORS - teal, nickel azo, diarylide yellow, quinacridone magentatitanium, greek tile,    party streamer, rose copper, summer haze

REMEMBER TO IGNORE THE RULES & JUST HAVE FUN.
ENJOY THE PROCESS & HAPPY CREATING.

Art Marks - A Flip Through

I promised you all that I would share a little flip through of my Art Marks Journal! Here I show a quick peek at all 30 days of the challenge. You can find all all the stills of these pages on Instagram or here on the blog by tapping on the little button below.  Enjoy and stay tuned for a new challenge coming in March!

You can find all all the stills of these pages on Instagram or here on the blog by tapping on the little buttons below.  Enjoy and stay tuned for a new challenge coming in March!

Art Marks - Giveaway!

UPDATE : THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WE HAVE OUR WINNERS.
CONGRATULATIONS TO TERRI P., LORI S., & SARAH D.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE GIVEAWAYS COMING SOON! 

I am doing a little giveaway to celebrate the amazing response to my recent Art Marks 30 Day Challenge!  You all responded to the challenge with so much enthusiasm, kindness, and love- both toward me and the huge community that formed while we created together. I wanted to thank you all. Sharing makes me so happy, especially when I see the joy that it creates for others. So thank you.

Three lucky winners will each receive TWO packs of my favorite mark making stickers- one pack of  12 large Hexagon Stickers and one pack of 24 small Hexagon Stickers. These are really colorful and loaded with lots of lovely marks. They are great for getting a jumpstart on your art journal pages! Use them as is or cut them up! Shipping will be included in this giveaway and I am opening it up to all of my international readers as well so GOOD LUCK! 

UPDATE : THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED


DAY 26 - SINGULAR

DAY 26 - SINGULAR

1. LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR NAME AND EMAIL
***THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN***

2. tell me what your favorite challenge prompt was (MINE WAS day 26 - singular)

3. let me know if you plan to play along in the next challenge

 


I WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

If you didn't get a chance to join us in the Art Marks 30 Day Challenge, it isn't too late. Just create at your own pace and use the hashtag when you post your work so we can all share in the creativity and inspiration. 

This was such a fun experiment and enjoyed by so many that I am going to host another one! Look for a NEW challenge coming soon! 
* You can see all of my mark making stickers HERE*

belated valentines

I had such good intentions of getting this post up and shared on time this year. I even had the photos ready and the project completed. I have been so busy with school activities, orchestra events and oh yea writing a book that it just didn't ahppen. I was going to scrap the entire blog post and then I thought why? I could share it with you and you could decide to enjoy it, save it,  pin it or just skip over it entirely- but it was still worth sharing. So here you go.

1. COLLECT ASSORTED FABRIC, RIBBON, TRIM & LACE SCRAPS.

2. FOLD A SQUARE OF STABILIZER IN HALF.
3. FOLD THE TOP TWO CORNERS DOWN TO THE CENTER FOLD TO CREATE AN ENVELOPE SHAPE.

4. PIN YOUR TRIM TO THE BOTTOM PORTION OF YOUR ENVELOPE SHAPE.

5. STITCH INTO PLACE BY HAND OR ON A MACHINE.

6. STAMP OR TYPE A LOVE NOTE ON FABRIC OR VINTAGE PAPER.

7. TRIM & STITCH YOUR SENTIMENT ONTO THE CARD.

8. ADD A MAGNETIC SNAP OR VELCRO CLOSURE.

Snap your cute little love note closed and slip it into an envelope and mail or hand deliver to your sweetheart or best friend. You could easily make these into cute everyday cards by using different colors of trim or fabric pieces. Have fun and Happy Belated Valentine's Day to you all. Sending you each a big heartfelt hug!

Art Marks - Days 26-30

I love that this little Art Marks Journal looks and feels so happy. This might be one of the most gratifying challenges I have ever done because I was able to stick with it, keep up and not fall behind. I know that stuff isn't supposed to matter, and it really doesn't, but there is something oddly satisfying about knowing I was able to stay on track. I felt a shift as I created during this challenge. One that tells me I don't  want it to end. 

As much I love being a mark maker, as happy as I am that I was able to find my niche in the world, I am most thrilled with the fact that I am able to share with you all. This simple challenge has taught me that there is so much more to art than the actual color, lines and creativity. Art has the power to connect us all on many levels and all you have to do is take a peek at the #artmarks30daychallenge to see what I mean. In just 30 days, it has blossomed into a large community of people who have been brave enough to share their art and their thoughts on the process. Some of us have been scared to share, me included, and the kind words that have supported and uplifted those fears have proven to me that ART is a very powerful connector of people. 

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I hope you all enjoyed this exercise in finding your own unique marks. I had so much fun watching you all share your creative work. I think my heart is telling me to keep working at this. Anyone want to do the same? I will keep using the same hashtag and posting whenever I happen to create some happy marks. If you do the same, don't forget to use the hashtag below on Instagram so we can share with and inspire one another. If you missed the live challenge, it is never too late to join in! You can Get all the details HERE. If you didn't already, don't forget to grab  the free downloadable prompt list by clicking the button below. 

A Deal on my favorite tool

It is no secret that I love to use my Gelli Plate®. I use it for pretty and colorful backgrounds in my journal all the time and for making tons and tons of beautiful collage paper. I use it for getting lots of texture down on a canvas and fabric quickly and for just about everything else I can think of when it comes to creating.

I have all the shapes and sizes of the Gelli Plate® and I get so many questions on where you can get one so here is the deal. You click on this button or the one just like it on my sidebar anytime you need a Gelli Arts® product and you will get a discount! And just so you know, I am not a sales rep for Gelli Arts®. I just really love their product and they were kind enough to offer you all this deal. The fine print is this: If you do purchase your Gelli Arts® goodies through this button I will make a teeny tiny affiliate fee. So there you have it. 

If you do create anything with the Gelli Plate® let me know how you like it. I know that I am totally addicted to mine and can't stop playing with it, so have fun! Happy Creating! 

writing a book - a peek behind the scenes

I never dreamed I would be writing a book. Yes. A book. I can't share very much with you yet, but I can tell you this much- it is a whole new experience. In a few words- exciting, with a learning curve and a a bit stressful at times. I am loving that I get to share some of what I love to do with you. 

There is so much that goes into this huge project. I am learning that managing your time is key. Whether I am taking photos or testing new materials or creating content or working on the manuscript there is A LOT to do. So as I scramble to work hard on this and keep up with my blog and host a hugely successful ART MARKS 30 DAY CHALLENGE and raise kids and cook dinner and, and, and, keep in mind one thing. I am grateful you are here... and for your patience. So if I seem a bit distracted or off the grid at times,  I promise it will be worth it in the end.