Video: In a Room Full of Art… Watercolor, Acrylic, Collage Painting

Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art

Hello lovely people and happy Monday to you all!  I have a message of love to share with you today, and a new mixed media process video!  This started off without a plan – just collaging some old book pages and covering most of it with gesso, leaving a few words and numbers visible.  I used Golden fluid acrylics in various shades of purple, turquoise, green and white along with a spray bottle and some stencils to create an interesting background.

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I decided I wanted to try a portrait over this background, but after about 2 hours of fussing with it, it just wasn’t coming together so… away it went!  A coat of gesso and a large sheet of scrapbook paper took care of that!  Instead I took it in a new direction: a large heart with a quote I read recently that made me smile. 🙂  I got to play with my Elegant Writer pen – a calligraphy marker than activates with water, creating a wonderful inky look.   The ink turns various shades of black, purple and green when wet.  Watercolors, Kuretake Zig pens and Neocolor II crayons went on as well…  I take “mixed media” to the limit! 😀

Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art

I tried to use opaque white ink and letter stamps to make the quote, but the ink was not cooperating so I used a Posca paint pen to write it out myself.  Lettering is not my strength, but I think it came out okay!  I finished it off with some doodles and it was done!

Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art

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Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art


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Video: Grunge Mandala With Tons Of Texture

Mixed Media Mandala Grunge

Hello and happy Monday! (Maybe “good luck” is a better Monday greeting?!)  I have something a little different for you today – a mixed media illustrated mandala on a grunge distressed background full of modeling paste texture.  This is also the first video I have posted to Youtube!  You can watch it below.  Please give it a thumbs up and subscribe if you would like to see more videos like this 🙂

This piece started off with a bright Dye-na-Flow pink, orange, and yellow sprayed background, but after working on it for a while my mood dropped, and so did the overall feel of the piece.  It became grungy and dark. It is fascinating how our mood and lives influence our art!  Painting the mandala with Posca paint pens helped brighten up the center, and in the end I think it is reminiscent of an Indian or middle eastern style.

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As you’ll see in the video, a lot of trial and error went into this.  Colors tried and failed, some mandala boo-boos… but I persevered!  I sure was happy when it was finished, though!

Thank you to Faith Evan-Sills – while I didn’t follow the steps of her mandala lesson (other than utilizing Posca pens), it did provide the inspiration to try one out 😀

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Supplies used in this piece:

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I hope you all have a fantastic start of the week and that you are inspired and create something magical today!  I’ll catch you all soon! 🙂


Wisdom, Learning, What Matters

Wisdom Mixed Media Art

This mixed media art piece was inspired by Melody Ross‘ lesson near the beginning of Life Book 2016.  The task was to celebrate all of the wisdom you have accumulated throughout your life through the good times and the bad.  I strayed quite a bit from the steps of the lesson, but it was a beautiful exercise in realizing what I have come to learn is most important in life, and what matters to me.

The steps for this piece closely follow the Happy Traveler artwork:  Layers of collage, paint, Neocolor II crayons, gesso.  The sketched girl is colored with Neocolor II as well (Salmon, Flesh, various browns and pinks for the hair), Kuretake Zig Real Brush Pens for the hair and eyes, and colored pencils for additional shading.

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I hunted through an old thrift store dictionary for the words that spoke to me:

  • Love
  • Create
  • Artist
  • Joyous
  • Change
  • Persevere
  • Relax (My word of the year!)
  • Kindhearted
  • Compassion
  • Honest
  • Adventuress
  • Patience
  • Virtuous
  • Friend
  • Strength
  • Nature
  • Fearless
  • Worthy
  • And on the box itself: Wisdom and Wish

Finally, I had a sudden impulse to draw in floating glowing lanterns to surround my girl with these beautiful concepts. 🙂

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I am still very new to portraits, but she seems sweet enough for me!  I do need to work on my values/contrast though (an exercise in that will be posted here soon!)

Take a moment today and think about the wisdom you have gathered throughout your life.  Even through hard times, we come out on the other side understanding a little better what is meaningful to us, and how we can surround ourselves with more positivity and happiness.  <3

Thank you for sharing a moment of your day with me.  I hope you stop by again soon!  Remember to subscribe here or at my Facebook page to see new art. 🙂  *waves*

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Word Of The Year 2016: Relax…

Mixed Media Art: Relax.  Breathe.  Enjoy

Hello friends!  This is a super fun and easy mixed media piece that celebrates my mantra for the year (and beyond!)…

Relax.  Breathe.  Enjoy!

So often, we get caught up in the end results rather than enjoy the process and the journey.  We worry that we aren’t good enough, or that it is taking too long, or that people (or worst of all, ourselves) won’t like what we make.  The inner critic rears its head too often, and it twists what we enjoy into something stressful or hurtful.  We get frustrated, and we walk away.

I spent years in this mindset, and as a result, I created very little.  I would enjoy others’ art.  I would research the heck out of different techniques and buy all of the materials… but then I froze when I sat down to actually DO it.  The few times I did start, I was immediately flustered and unhappy with the result.  Of course I was – I expected to create a masterpiece right off the bat, and I wasn’t appreciating the pure fun of playing with paints and pens and brushes!  I was focused on what I thought the result should be.

Does this sound familiar to you? 

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I’m going to sound like an infomercial for a second here when I say… I will share the secret with you! 😉   Psst… come closer…  okay.  Here it is.

RELAX!  You are good enough.  You are worthy.  You can create.  We all can create!

BREATHE!  Art is a process, not a destination.  Every time you pick up your materials, you are learning and evolving.  Allow yourself the freedom to play, to learn, to experiment, to make crazy works of art without trying to beat them into “perfection.”   They are all stepping stones in your journey, and every single one is necessary and beautiful in its own right.

ENJOY!   Art is fun!  Play with your paints and your stamps and your stencils.  Get your hands dirty!  Laugh at happy accidents.  Look at all the pretty colors!  And when you’ve gone as far as you can with a piece… grab another sheet of paper and do it again!  And again!  And never stop.  Why on earth would you stop? Look at all the fun you’re having! 😀  If your inner critic taps you on the shoulder… reply with “Yeah, yeah.  I’ll work on that bit next time.  Now let me get back to it! *throws paint around*”

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This was created on 11 x 14 hot press 140lb. watercolor paper.  Layers of collage papers (scrapbook paper, dictionary pages, sheet music) were adhered with matte medium.  Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons, acrylic paints, stencils added color and some letter stamps filled in the sentiment.  Hearts were also cut out of paper to use as DIY stencils with some spray inks.  Gesso was used on the background and in the hearts to mute the bright colors.

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Do you have a word of the year, or a new outlook on life or your art?   Please share it! 🙂

Many thanks to all for reading today.  I hope to see you soon!  Have a wonderful day!

Thank you to Tamara Laporte (willowing.org) and Life Book 2016 for the inspiration, motivation, and guidance – both for this piece of art and the positive outlook.  <3


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The Happy Traveler – A New Art Journey Begins

Happy Traveler Mixed Media Art

Hello lovely people!  With this piece, I am embarking on a new journey of art, self discovery, and self love and care. 

Can I inspire all of you to join me?

Let’s let go of perfectionism, the inner critic, the need to have it all immediately go just the way we want.  Every step of the process of learning is valuable and can be a joy.  Every time we pick up a pen or a brush, the experience brings new knowledge and more tools (literally and otherwise!) to get closer to where we want to be.

How awesome is that?

All you need to do is start, and keep going.   You will get there.  Enjoy the process of creating art, of putting a piece of your wonderful soul down on paper or canvas.

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This piece represents a brave traveler with her animal friends and soul guides that will help her on her journey and remind her that she is loved and worthy, and she should keep forging ahead.

This design was inspired by the first Life Book 2016 lesson by Tamara Laporte (willowing.org).  Tamara is a wonderful, inspirational teacher, and I recommend you check out her Life Book course – a year of lessons featuring her work as well as over 20 guest teachers.  🙂

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Layers of collage, paint and pencil helped create this girl and her friends.  Supplies used on this piece include (some are affiliate links – thank you!):

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Thank you for spending some time with me today.  I hope we can journey together again soon!  Please consider subscribing here or at my Facebook page if you would like to see more art or hear about my upcoming process videos and tutorials.  Have a wonderful day! <3