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You Are Amazing!

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  Great idea happening over on Facebook in Creative Crafty Friends ! One of the admins had the idea that we should be building each other up, not tearing each other down. And she is spot on right with that thought! A couple times a week she will be giving us a prompt for an ATC that we can make and swap within the group. Actually two ATCs each time. Don't know what an ATC is? Let me show you.  An ATC is 2.5" wide and 3.5" tall. A small piece of art. Many times the ATC swap will have a specific theme. This time the theme is Amazing. I have no idea at this point who I will be swapping this to because I signed up first. Hahahaha! I was all over this challenge! I took a small piece of gelli print I had made earlier with my Gelli Arts printing plate and cut out a 2.5 x 3.5" card. I inked the edges with black Archival ink , then used a technical pen from Zebra Pen to outline some of the segments on the background. Joggles sells a bunch of Art By Marlene collage eleme

Today's Guest Artist - The Frankles

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  Today I have an awesome guest artist to introduce to you. She goes by many names but mostly I call her The Frankles. I don't typically post names of children on my website, but she is my granddaughter so I will bend the rule just a little. The Frankles loves my art room. We spend a lot of time in this room when she is here. And this chair is the Frankles' thinking spot. On this particular day we discussed the kind of art I had been working on, as well as the kind of art she had been working on.  When she told me she was mainly drawing animals I showed Frankles this piece of art by Sandra Strait.  Frankles thought it was pretty cool and asked me what it was. Once I explained Sandra's Alebrije style of combining two animals into one she nodded her head and ran from the room. Hahahaha! A few minutes later, the Frankles came back into my art studio carrying her sketchpad to show me her 'joined up' animal. There are a couple things going on in this photo. She is namin

And The 100 Day Project is Complete for 2021

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  The 100 Day Project, 2021 is a done deal √ and I completed every day! Yay!!! And along the way I discovered a new way of journaling that works for me. Perhaps it could work for you, too! Let me show you my final pages for this year's project so you can see what I mean. This page for Days 96 and 97 began as a smokin' hot mess! I can't even tell you how many layers of paint is on this page! I started with stencil butter and rolled four colors on with a brayer. I had some great color but it was too dark. I took some Shimmery Goodness which is a soft white and rolled that over the top. Then the color was too flat. I took two shades of Shimmer Shimmer paint and rolled over the whole mess and was much happier. But not totally happy. Along came some shots of bubblegum pink Dylusions Ink Spray. And I was happier. Hahahahahahah! I continue to work in my Harmony hot pressed watercolor journal from Hahnemühle - which is a good thing because a lot of papers would not have held up t

Hahnemühle's Bamboo Carnet de Voyage

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  If you are looking for a great mixed media/watercolor book for on the go art making - this is your book! Hahnemühle 's spiraled Bamboo Carnet de Voyage is perfect for any kind of art you want to make. Fifteen sheets, thirty work surfaces and 125 lbs in weight, the pages are made from 90% bamboo fibre and 10% rag. I have done so much with this book and I'd love to show you!  I began using the Bamboo book for a class I was taking. Something you might not know about me - I am not very good with classes. I usually last for 2 or 3 sessions then move on to something else. I think I made three sessions in this class. I watercolored this particular page on a different paper then glued it into my Bamboo book.  The paper is plenty heavy to hold wet media. I used a decent amount of water with these flowers and they worked great! More watercolors.  I even designed an alphabet to use when I write. You know I hate to add my own writing but I can do it with this alphabet. I made the decisi

Nearing the Finish Line

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  The 100 Day Project is nearing the finish line. Hard to believe, but it is true! Here are days 90 and 91 in my Harmony hot pressed watercolor journal from Hahnemühle . This book has been perfect for the project. I am fitting two day's work on each side of a page. And since it is a watercolor book I can incorporate wet media. It is perfect! All the tiles for the entire project were cut from Hahnemühle's Bristol paper.  Easily one of my favorite pages. Days 92 and 93, the tangles are starfish double barrel and Undling. Down the middle is a gelli print strip made with a printing plate from Gelli Arts. I have a load of printing plates - shhh! I probably shouldn't say how many - and they are all from Gelli Arts . That dotted bit? Thank you for asking, the color is Stencil Butter from The Crafters Workshop . I've been working on my stock, I now have nine colors of butter. Yay!!! I mentioned the Harmony is a watercolor book. To start this next page I just slopped a bunch

Fast and Easy Backgrounds

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Fast and easy backgrounds. I have always been one to make lots of backgrounds to have on hand for when I feel like drawing or collaging or art journaling. In fact I released two books - Tangle Starts and More Tangle Starts - of nothing but backgrounds. So, when I saw the prompt from Tracy Weinzapfel to make backgrounds I was all in. These five backgrounds are all watercolor. Typically I work with sprays and acrylics for backgrounds, and now occasionally watercolor. The thought for Tracy's class was to get color on the paper in a variety of ways. Here are the five backgrounds I made.  And just like that I had five backgrounds made and dried. I think the blue and purple one is my favorite. This past Wednesday night Tracy did a live paint session . She drew first and colored in the background last. I like to skip some steps occasionally - hahahaha! - so I started with the green background you see just above this and drew my flowers. After I painted the florals, I was basically done

Giveaway on IG

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  Instagram has been good to me! This morning found my account with just over 2,000 subscribers and to celebrate I am giving away some great art items! Let me show you! Big thanks to Carol Boss at Hahnemühle and Anne-Marie Moesch at Zebra Pen for some marvelous gifts! One person will win all this! * One block of The Collection hot pressed watercolor paper, 10 sheets from Hahnemühle * One six pack of Technical Drawing Pens in various sizes from Zebra Pen * Five white official Zentangle® tiles * Five black official Zentangle® tiles * Five tan official Zentangle® tiles.  To enter, go on over to Instagram - you can find me by clicking here - find the giveaway photo and follow the instructions. It's easy, I promise!  You might be wondering why numbers are important. What is such a big deal about reaching 2,000 subscribers? For one thing it shows me that what I am doing with this whole art journey is worth it. That there are people out there who appreciate what I am doing. It means a

Introducing Penguilephant

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Isn't he adorable! Sandra Strait just released a step out to a new character in her Alebrije series. A combination of an elephant and a penguin she is calling this critter Penguilephant. This past week I put a challenge to my Facebook group Tangle All Around to tangle up a bunch of penguilephants and I want to show you what they did. So much fun this little guy that Sandra made! Artist Aga Forra, Greece. Artist Alice Hendon, United States. Artist Amy Moore, United States. Artist Ana Maria Migone,  Argentina. Artist Ana Maria Migone, Argentina.  Artist Christine Reyes, United States. Artist Dawn George, United Kingdom.  Artist Debbie Rucker, United States.  Artist Erika Bonham Kehlet, United States.  Artist Karyn Amkraut Clarke, United States.  Artist Kristina Kasper, Germany.  Artist Maxine Erickson, United States.  Artist Molly McCahan, United States.  Artist Phillis Rosenthal, United States.  Artist Sandra Strait, United States. Artist Sandra Strait, United States.  Artist Srima