Saturday, August 22, 2015

shellac hack

Not having a lot of art supplies on a recent vacation ... necessity became the mother of invention 
Hairspray (I can vouch for this one in particular) is a great sealer for painted rocks
I had my micron pens and watercolor paint - but no sealer - hairspray did the job better than anything I have in my art cupboard at home!

Monday, August 17, 2015

self care cards

I had fun with my summertime art students a few weeks ago making decks of self care cards like these:
52 cards with self care prompts on the back:
Then we made boxes to keep them in like this one:
This particular card is good self care only if you have someone to wash the dishes too :)

I would be happy to email the PDF file so you can make your own deck of cards too. 
Although, it's up to you to gussy them up :)
(Let me know if you're interested when you leave a comment ...)

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Friday, July 24, 2015


morning art
20 minutes is all it takes
- it's almost better than coffee -

Saturday, July 18, 2015

paper making today

It was a class I taught today. 
This is the student work :

We used junk mail and flower petals.

(The green paper I made after everyone went home. It's made from berry baskets.)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

rare red

In the past I have very rarely used red
... I think I'm over THAT now.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

pie on the windowsill

Journal pies:

Sitting on the windowsill with drying glue, paint, gesso, fingerprints ...
Art journaling is my choice for a morning practice of mindfulness. Similar to "morning pages" as touted by Julia Cameron - which I've never been able to do consistently. Probably because I'm self critical about the written word. Nevertheless, I have a story to tell.
How do you tell your story?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

gesso is my best friend

Gesso really knows how to help me feel better about myself.

She covers for all of my mistakes.

She says, "you can always start over."

For instance,
under this duck are three other people.

Gesso helped me show them the door.
... and then she introduced me to this duck.