Sunday, June 11, 2017

New Video - Odd Beauty

I created this Odd Beauty last week.  I apologize for the incorrect focus setting throughout the video, but I think you get the idea, check it out.

Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, June 4, 2017


(Phunky pages)

Art Journal Workshop - Open for registration now

Date:  July 8, 2017
Time:  10:00am - 1:30pm
Where:   Courthouse Way Community Center, Newport News, VA  23608

Come Create a Phunky Journal with Me

"Phunky"Adjective(unconventionally cool)

This workshop is for all skill levels, age 15 and up.  You will have the choice of  creating  a 16 page Phunky art Journal (with what I call "step out" pages)  or a 16 page traditional style art journal, OR a combination of both.   Though this journal is only 16 pages, you can continue to add to it.  Mine is currently up to 68pages!!!!

You'll leave the workshop with techniques for creating colorful backgrounds and uniquely shaped pages.  It's pretty addicting...I mean easy!

This is a local workshop (Newport News, VA) for a class size of 12, hurry and register for a seat here.

(traditional style)
I'll see you in class!!!

Look what she did! Customer shares artwork.

I hope you have sunshine wherever you are, it sure is beautiful here in Virginia today, in fact it has been all weekend.

Another beautiful thing is when someone shares the art that they made using one of my stamp designs.  It just warms my heart to no end.

Danette Michelle purchased this All Dressed Up stamp.

And then she created these beautiful cards adding features and embossed backgrounds.

They are all lovely and I'm particularly drawn to this last one.  I feel like that dress would be made out of some type of billowing scarf material and I want one!!

Thank you Danette for sharing your wonderful creations with me, I love what you've done with them.

I just want to remind you that I do have some new stamp designs in the Etsy shop, click here and if you'd like to share what you've created, send me an email,  I'd love to show your art off!

Thanks for today's visit, until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

What's in my art journal? Workshop Sneak Peek

Happy weekend everyone!

I'll be teaching an art journal workshop locally (Newport News, VA) in July and I'm super super excited about it.  We'll be making a 9 x 6, 16 page PHUNKY journal (say that fast 5 times). You'll have the option of making two different kinds or a combination.  One of the options is unlike anything you've ever made before!!! Sorry that's all I can say.   Here's a sneak peek at two of the pages from my journal.

Meet Joe, he's a new stamp (coming soon to my Etsy shop) and he's chillin' on the edge of this journal page.  I placed a piece of white paper behind him so you could focus on the edge of the page.

Taking advantage of the shape of Joe's page, on the backside I drew a male figure.  Depending on how you see him, he's either looking around the corner, hanging out on the side, or simply just another side of Joe.  You decide, maybe you see something completely different.

Anyway, the point is, take advantage of pages with odd shape (particularly junk journals, torn pages) and make them work for you.

I mentioned new Joe stamp will be in the shop soon as well as a few others next week.  I can't wait to show you.  I'll keep you posted about the workshop.

Thanks for stopping by.  As usual, until the next blog...enjoy!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Homemade Color Sprays - Cheap! Cheap! Cheap!

Super quick video showing how to make color sprays from food coloring. They react similar to my beloved distress inks (though nothing can take the place of them, this is a fun alternative)

 I'd love for you to try it and let me know about it.  I don't know how long the colors will stay vibrant but they sure are a lot of fun.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

What's in my art journal? Thoughts and Theories

Hello everyone,

I'm really really enjoying where some of my art journal pages are taking me.  I'm trying on some different styles and loving it.  Maannnn, if you want to unlock some creativity....try something different.  So now, I'm on a personal quest to try something different at least once a month.  I can't wait to see where that takes me in life.

But on to the art journal page, I have tons of brand name products and they are all wonderful, however, A brand name product is sooo not necessary.  A "GOOD" product IS necessary.  On a trip to the dollar store I picked up some washable markers.  Using them as I would distress markers, I scribbled them on a sheet of plastic, added water, dribbled, flicked, and splattered the color on my two page spread.  The shape of one of the drippings looked like a figure, so I outlined it with a fine black marker.  Then I added some zig zag stitches with my sewing machine along the corners, leaving thread tails. In the left corner, is piece of tissue wrap.  The chip board words are perfect for this page, reflecting how I was feeling.

Because the markers are "washable" you can literally blend it out until it's gone.  You, also, can achieve a lot of the different effects with them, much like the distress markers.  The page is so different from what I normally would create.  I love the simplicity of it and how the point of it is so clear.

I encourage you to go out and buy some cheap products, good products, different products, and try something different. Be open to the process,  I guarantee you will have fun! I'd love to hear about what you've tried and to see your projects.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

What's in my art journal? We Giants

I'm preparing to teach a live art journal workshop locally and I've been having a lot of fun playing in the handmade journal that we'll make in that workshop.

If you get struck by the dreaded "blank page", tear out a scene from a magazine or in this case a coloring book and build your page from there.  I have a couple of stamps with the figure in a sitting position and I like plopping them on top of all kinds of objects.

This hand carved Funky Girl stamp is so appropriate for my vision on this page.

The page already had a light wash of color on it.  After gluing the scene down and adding my stamp image on top, I brushed clear gesso over them both.  The gesso allows me to add a wash of color over the images, otherwise the paper would just absorb the wash without being able to blend it.

The words at the top are washi tape from Tim Holtz  and I cut the bottom letters out from a magazine.
We giants, we are so much more than we allow ourselves to believe or imagine.

I appreciate your visit today, thanks for stopping by.  Until the next blog...enjoy!