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U is for Underpapers: The Alphabet of Art Journaling

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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…

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Plagued by Self-Doubt?

When it comes to doing your most important work, you will be plagued by self-doubt throughout the journey. It’s normal.  Sometimes the doubt stops us in our tracks or sends us to bed in our pajamas for a day.  Sometimes the doubt is just a blip, a brief thought that dissipates like the morning fog.…

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The Principles of Design: What are they, and why do they matter?

If you’ve been around any sort of creative industry or practice, you’ve probably heard about the “Principles of Design” and their importance to every piece of art. For some, these principles are hard rules to be followed to a tee (though this is a highly ethnocentric stance) while others, like experts at the Getty Museum,…

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