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Thursday, August 27

Cocoiro Pen from Zig

Recently I have been seeing a lot of people posting images and talking about a new pen called a Cocoiro from Zig. I loved the results that other artists were sharing so I thought I'd try one.

Here you can see my pencil sketch.

And below you can see the image after I used my new Cocoiro pen. What I like about it so much is -- I can get a nice cool brush stroke look without the floppyness (is that even a word) of using a paintbrush. The tip of the pen has just the right amount of substance to it allowing you to apply and remove pressure for cool lines like this!

The ink is also nice and black, which is another reason to love it!

Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 25

New DecoArt Media Tutorial

Good Morning all! I wanted to share a little something with you today! I've got a new video over on the DecoArt blog for you to check out!(Click on the picture below to GO there now!)

And here's a photo of the completed journal page. If you subscribe to my YouTube channel you'll see how I stamped this journal page using my MISTI tool.

I hope you enjoy seeing how I combined the Media Misters and Media Fluid Acrylics together to create this page in my Positivity Journal.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 20

One of my Favorite Places on this Planet

Lately I've been using the Panorama option on my iPhone to take pictures and this weekend when we went to one of my favorite places on earth I took this photo of two abandoned houses in a field.

If you haven't discovered that function on your phone yet, you should play around. The results can be quite gorgeous!

Friday, August 14

Painting with Weird Items

Well I'm feeling rather accomplished -- 2 blog posts in 1 week. Sharing a quick video with you today and the photo above show the final results in detail.

THANKS for dropping by, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 11

Tonal Painting Tutorial

Hello there friends! Today I wanted to share a few art journal pages I have created lately. I'm really loving creating a cool piece of art like this using JUST ONE color. You can see a full tutorial over on the DecoArt® Blog, just follow this link over to the Mixed Media Blog:

I've been in a bit of an artistic rut this summer, and these exercises really do help get you motivated to create. Thanks for dropping by today, have a great day and hopefully I'll be out of my creative block soon!

Sunday, August 2

Coloring Book Day -- woohoo!

Hello friends,

Today I'd like to share something with you that I think you will LOVE! In honor of Coloring Book Day I am offering this sweet page I created as a PDF download from my website.

I formatted it to print on 9x12 paper and took a Strathmore Visual Journal apart and ran that right through my printer. I love the way it turned out -- and can't wait to color it AGAIN! I think you could print it on any size paper!

Here's the original page I created in my journal over the winter, this one was colored with watercolor paints and Sakura Gelly Roll pens. 

THANKS for dropping by, and I'd love to see how your page turns out after you have colored it! I hope you have a wonderful day coloring!  

If you want some inspiration for coloring, check out what Tina is doing over on A Dog's Life!  She's got crazy amazing coloring skills and you won't be disappointed to see how she inspires with her talent! 

Wednesday, July 15

Lost Stars

Hello and HAPPY Wednesday! Today I want to share how I created a cool background that looks like the Galaxy, inspired by the song Lost Stars from the movie Begin Again.You can watch a video of Maroon 5 and hear the song here, on YouTube:

I love this song! Have a great day, and thanks for dropping by.

Friday, July 3

Every Morning

In honor of the weekend, I thought I'd share another video I created using my Art Gone Wild clear stamps. You can see PDF with the 3 paisley designs in this Early 2014 Catalog by following this link: Art Gone Wild

THANKS for visiting, I hope you have a SAFE and Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 1

Sharing some Gorgeous Work

Hello friends! Today I thought I'd take a time-out from the video sharing, (don't worry though because I have another one for Friday) and share these amazing creations that were shared with me.

I recently joined a Facebook Group called stamping enablers and was immediately blown away by the way one of the other members used my stamps. The coloring and artistry with which she made two cards is amazing.

I don't think she has a blog, but you can follow her on Pinterest, here.

I feel so honored that she did such a wonderful job creating with my stamp designs.

Thank you Mayela and thank you all for visiting! Have a great day and I'll see you back here in a few days for another video!

Monday, June 29

Funky Flower Stamp and Glad Press n' Seal

I always struggle with creating an art journal page that I love, and working on others without totally messing up that OTHER page I love. Here's how I protect the pages in my journal as I work on new ones ..... oh and another journal page using my Art Gone Wild stamps.

This one is Funky Flowers from my very first stamp release back in 2013. I love this stamp!

Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful week!

Friday, June 26

What to do with all that LEFTOVER Paint?

Don't waste it! Today I thought I'd share some inspiration with you...oh and this technique is great for breaking out of a creative rut!

Have a wonderful day, thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, June 23

Finishing up an Art Journal Page with Color

Goodness, I'm so far behind. I have 3 videos in the cue to share, here's one of them! I can't believe I forgot to share this with you, anyway here it is!

Join me as a finish up my Risk Art Journal Page. Thanks for dropping by, have a great day!

Wednesday, June 10

Make your Own Shimmer Brushes

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to share how I used the DecoArt Shimmer Misters in a water brush to paint the background of this page in my Positivity Journal.

Have a great day, I'll be back before you know it and show you how I will finish up this page! Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, June 4

Workshop Freedom

My friend Cheryl Boglioli came to Maine and Merrymeeting Art House at the beginning of May bringing with her an amazing class that she taught on her East Coast trip with Glinda, her vintage trailer. I was lucky enough to have time and the room in the studio to play along -- and I thought I'd share my process.

First, Cheryl and I painted our base canvases, and then we swapped. The canvas above is the one that she painted and the canvas below that Cheryl is holding up is the one I painted. It was scary and FUN to swap canvases with her, I'd do it again.

After the base color we added collage bits. Love that little man from a vintage book.

More layers, gesso, modeling paste and pencil scratches.

Tomorrow is a new day, for sure.

This is where my painting left off at the end of the day. Definitely different from the others, but totally me.

I love the FREEDOM that taking classes offers. The ability to explore the technique and mediums while keeping true to my own style makes me happy and wanting to learn and experience more.

Here's a shot of three of us and our paintings that I snagged from Cheryl's Facebook Page.

Each painting is so different, but we were all super happy painters! Thanks for dropping by today, have a GREAT weekend!

Monday, June 1

Make your Own Positivity Journal

Thought I'd share a little video I created on How To Make your Own Positivity Journal using a Wire Bound Journal.

You can use other journals, but I really love taking the coil apart and being able to stamp perfectly on one page with no bulk or spine in the way.

You can see the sample page I shared below! I used a water-based marker and blended the color with a water brush to color in the design.

Once you have stamped on all the pages, you will re-assemble the journal and crimp the coil back together using your Cinch or Bind-it-All Machine. If you don't have one of those, you can carefully pinch the coil back together so it looks like it did before you took it apart.

I usually stamp all the pages over the course of a few days and then put the journal together on the coil. It's a great thing to carry around with me so I have something to color and fill in time while I am waiting for my son to finish his school and band activities. 

The supplies I used to create this page were: