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How to Choose a Word of the Year 2022

November 24, 2021

I’m cleaning up my studio and getting ready to change out my big wall calendar to the 2022 version. And I need to choose a new word of the year for 2022. The dream catcher featured above with the word Enchanted has been hanging on the corner of the calendar since last January. My word…

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5 Keys to Following Your Heart’s Desire

November 23, 2021

I taught my last biz planning retreat last week. It was a bittersweet and affirming moment. One of the reoccurring themes of the women on the call was the desire to “follow your bliss.” I’ve been thinking more along similar lines of following your heart’s desire. Using Mind maps in your Art Journal In fact,…

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Learn to love art journaling

November 22, 2021

In our slow meandering through the ABCs of art journaling, we have arrived at the letter L. Love was the first thing that popped into my mind, followed closely by lettering. I might do a second post on types of lettering you can use in your art journal but today I want to share why…

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M is for Making Marks in Your Art Journal

November 17, 2021

In today’s post on the ABCs of art journaling, I talk about one of my most favorite elements, making marks. Mark making with lines, dots, dashes in colors, black and white or with different shapes and sizes of brushes is such a fun and unique way to personalize your art journal pages. Rather than talking…

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What to do when you don’t like your art journal page

November 16, 2021

Wondering what to do when you don’t like your art or you feel like you’ve made a mistake? Have fun with the mantra “Oops, Now what?” This mantra covers the o and the n in the ABCs of art journaling. I was traveling home from Colorado yesterday and am a day behind in my posts…

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Q is for questions: Art Journal Prompts

November 14, 2021

Q is for questions in our ABCs of art journaling. Questions help us to get over the dreaded lack of ideas when we look at a blank page. Perhaps this is why I love writing on my pages first before approaching the page. If you do a Google search for art journaling prompts you will…

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5 Steps to Bring Passion to the Art Journal Page

November 14, 2021

Do you have those moments when you look at Instagram or Pinterest and see someone’s art journal page and think, wow, that is incredible. How did they convey so much passion and meaning on the page? The art journal page is the perfect space to explore your passion, your dreams and desires. Today we are…

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R is for Round: Circles and Mandalas in your Art Journal

November 12, 2021

Coloring and creating mandalas was the one thing that brought me back to my art over a decade ago. I remember sitting on the couch with my two young kids, a mandala coloring book and a box of colored pencils. We would watch Emeril on the food network and color together. Over the years my…

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Stitching, Stamps and Stencils, Oh My!

November 11, 2021

Three of my favorite techniques to use in my art journals are stitching, stamps and stencils. As you can guess, today is letter S of the ABCs of art journaling. Part of the fun of art journaling is trying out new techniques and practicing them on the pages of a personal journal. This playful experimentation…

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5 easy ways to incorporate text into your art journal

November 10, 2021

T is for Text in your art journal. This might be one of my favorite letters on our journey through the ABCs of art journaling. I love incorporating text into my pages and want to show you a few of the ways you can incorporate text into your art journal. The art I’m sharing today…

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U is for Underpapers: The Alphabet of Art Journaling

November 9, 2021

Today’s alphabet of art journaling features one of my favorite things: underpapers. Underpaper is the paper that you put on your workspace to protect it from paint drippings or to wipe off brushes and brayers. It often ends up making the most divine collage papers for use in art journaling, junk journals and book making.…

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V is for Variety in your Art Journals

November 7, 2021

From handmade art journals to pre-bought sketchbooks, junk journals and gorgeous bound journals, variety is the spice in my creative life. As we work our way from Z to A with what I love about art journaling, we land on V. V is for Variety of course! I use my art journals as a way…

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Art Journaling ABCs: W is for White & Black

November 6, 2021

Welcome back to my series on the Art Journaling ABCs. I am wandering my way from Z to A through the things I love about about art journaling and how it has helped me on my creative and healing journeys. Yesterday’s post was Y for memories. Today is the letter W for white and black.…

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Y is for Yesterday: Art Journal Your Memories

November 4, 2021

One of my favorite ways to create art journal pages is to capture memories of my past. Childhood experiences of my own, travel adventures with my hubby or other favorite moments are perfect for art journaling. That is why Y is for Yesterday. If you missed my first post on the ABCs of art journaling…

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The ABCs of Art Journaling – Zip Zap Zop

November 3, 2021

Zip Zap Zop is an improve game that’s fun, focusing and energizing. Use this playful game to overcome your fear of approaching the blank art journal page. For the next 26 days I will be sharing the ABCs of Art Journaling and thanks to my friend Nancy Shobe, I’m starting at Z and working backwards.…

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7 Tips for Creating an Art Journal Page

November 2, 2021

Have you been wondering how to get started with art journaling?¬†Here are 7 quick tips for creating an art journal page that is meaningful and pleasing to you. Are you seeing all those pretty pages on social media and wondering if you could do that too? The answer is yes! You absolutely can start art…

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What is Art Journaling?

November 1, 2021

Art journaling means many different things to artists and creatives. If you search the hashtag art journaling on Instagram or Pinterest, you will find a scrumptious assortment of exquisite pages that leave you wondering, how did they do that? For me art journaling is a very special aspect of my creative process that is quite…

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13 Strategies to Increase Focus and Productivity for Creatives

August 31, 2021

Here are 13 of my favorite strategies for artists and creatives who want more focus and more finished projects: 1. Track your time. Analyze the results after a week. At the end of the week you will see the truth of your relationship with time and you can get rid of what I affectionately call your…