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Colored Pencils

January 11, 2017

How to Use Watercolor Pigment Powders

I wanted to start the new year with a fun new tutorial.  I actually started working on this piece wayyyyyy back in November.

If you have never tried pigment powders you are in for a treat.  They are easy to use and the results are AMAZING!

They are officially my new favorite color medium.  (That is until the next one hits my desk.)  They are so much fun that I will be sharing more tutorials in the coming weeks.

Read on to learn more.

January 09, 2017

I Survived!!!!

Some people love Christmas break.....I survive them.  It is a running joke in my family.  I do OK the first few days, even the first week.  But then I begin my descent into madness.  You see, I crave routine.  Without it, I lose all sense of direction.  But in the madness there is often clarity.

January 03, 2017

Hitting the Pause Button

" In each pause, I hear the call." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes I know I need a break, but other times the break calls me.  It allows me time to clearly see my path forward.  This needed break was a bit longer then I expected, but I leave it with a new sense of purpose.  I will be posting more in the coming days and weeks.

Happy New Year,

November 14, 2016

12 Tags of 2016.....November

I will admit it, I am a sucker for resists and masks.  I love how they allow you to build layers and depth without much bulk.  So I was super excited when I saw the Tim Holtz November tag.

Excited......until I realized that he used rub-ons to created his resist.  UGGGGG!!!!!  I never got caught up in the rub-on craze.  I would rather use a stamp or a sticker any day of the week and twice on Sundays.  (I love that saying.  So glad I found a way to work it in.)

After much digging and searching I did find a handful of rub-ons I thought I could use.  Several of those were no longer usable, but thankfully I did have two or three I could work with.  Whew!  Read on to learn more.

November 04, 2016

Trying Something New.......Gelli Plates

I would like to share a little secret with you.  I am fearless in my studio.  I will try anything, mix anything, play anything and have fun doing it.  This has on more than one occasion ended horrifically.  But I am happy to say no animals have been hurt during my experiments.  (Although, our wonderful dog Nitro has learned to stay clear.)

I know this is not the case for everyone.  Some are so afraid of messing something up or ruining a project they simply choose to do nothing at all.  That fear as always been at the heart of this blog and the reason I teach.  I will die a happy women if never again a tool is left unused out a fear. (Ok, that might be a little over the top, but you get the idea.)  Read on to learn about my adventures of Gelli Plating.  

October 28, 2016

Challenge Halloween!

Holidays always come with so much baggage.  Am I romantic enough for Valentine's day?  (My least favorite holiday.)  Do I cook well enough for Thanksgiving?  (I totally rock Thanksgiving.)  Did I get the perfect gifts for Christmas? (The jury is still out on this one.)

But Halloween seems to escape most of the baggage.  Unless you feel the need to create matching outfits for your entire family.  Seriously?!  (Hoping my sister is not reading this.  And if she is....I totally loved the year you all went as Star Wars characters.  You totally rocked it.)

Last week I shared a new addition to my Big Book of Backgrounds.  Read on to learn what I did with that background.

October 27, 2016

New Workshop: Artfully Yours-Holiday Edition

ARtfully Yours

In Artfully Yours: Holiday Edition we will continue the art card journey.  This time with a holiday flair.  Time to pull out the paint, ink, Gesso, stencils, stamps and more. Time to get messy and take you cards to the next level.

October 18, 2016

Big Book of Backgrounds.....Halloween Style

There are two colors I feel are essential for all of my projects.  White and black...well, mostly black.  I LOVE the impact I get from using black.  Just a little bit goes a long way.

This week our challenge was to use black.  Seems like a perfect time for Halloween projects.

I pulled out my Big Book of Backgrounds and got messy.  Read on to learn my favorites way to use black.

October 14, 2016

12 Tags of 2106: October

I love Halloween so I was super excited to see this month's tag by Tim Holtz.

I drooled over the techniques and products he used. (Not really, cuz I did not want to short circuit my computer.  But everyone says they drool over things and I wanted to fit in.)  So I hopped online to find all of the products he used and waited impatiently for them to arrive.  Oh the joy of waiting for new crafty supplies to arrive.  I think it could even compete with the joy of chocolate.  (Yeah right, who am I kidding.....new crafty supplies are way better.)

Ok, back to my fantasy of new crafty supplies arriving at my door.  Wait, what?  This is all a fantasy? ****Sigh*****

So if by 'hopping online to purchase the products he used' you mean 'walked into my studio to find what I wanted to use', then yeah you totally nailed it.  It is a well know fact that I get a huge thrill from using my older supplies.  (Not even sure I had ever used the pumpkin die before.  And it is a Sizzix original.  I probably have had that die for 15 years. OMG....I can't believe I just said/typed that out loud!)

Read on to see my take on the October Tim Holtz tag.