Use letters, words and phrases to express yourself with ideas from Make It Artsy episode 201. It airs on the Make It Artsy website starting at noon on Friday, June 30, 2017 and runs for 7 days.

201 – Text/Typography/Handwriting

Let’s talk typography. Host Julie Fei Fan Balzer doodles an art journal page.  Metalsmith Mary Hettmansperger uses old letter stamps to create journals, covers and other art.  Artist Rae Missigman uses words and mixed media to create a layered canvas panel. Jane Dunnewold shares an artsy idea.

And you can also see Cat Kerr create cool textured backgrounds in segment 206-2 on the Make It Artsy YouTube channel.

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. What products have recently inspired you?

Acrylic Inks. More specifically Daler Rowney Acrylic Inks. I have experimented in the past with Liquitex Acrylic Inks and love them. They are like wonderfully super fluid paints. In my experience they are super opaque, easy to manipulate before they dry, mixable and permanent when dry. I was mostly curious to see if the Daler Rowney brand was just as lovely. I am happy to report that yes they are! I am  crushing on these two new favorite colors- fluorescent pink and flame orange

2.  Do you ever find it difficult to cover your work up and if so how do you overcome this when you create?

Yes and No. Yes because I still have days where this process is hard, and no because it isn't nearly as difficult as it used to be. Some days I just love a corner of my work so much that I do what I can to avoid covering any part of it up. Nine times out of ten this doesn't work out so well for me though because I find myself interrupting the organic flow of the creative process. Inevitably, for one part of my work to look right another part must be covered up in the process. It is a difficult hurdle to overcome and takes patience, practice and determination. oh- and trust. Trust in yourself and the process. 

3.  What is your favorite tool right now?

Right now I am loving my Art Marks™ Scraper Tool. I always have one (or ten) on my studio table and use them for everything from applying gesso and gel medium to scraping through paint and ink to etching marks into applied oil pastels and wax crayons. They make great mini palettes and are easy to toss in my bag when I am creating on the go!

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!
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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!