Traveling Art Jounal

Hi y'all,

Summer is the time we dream of getting away from our daily routines.  I'm about to head to the lake and spend time with my Mom, Aunt and Uncle, and cousins.  My daughter lives nearby so she's going to pop in for a bit, too.  Whenever I travel, I truly miss my art studio.  It has all of my wonderful toys: Paints, paper, stamps, markers, etc.  A few years ago I started taking some materials with me.  Today I want to share with you how I build my kit, hoping you get away for a bit this summer.
Let's talk paper.  Usually I grab some sheets of watercolor paper from the pad. Without measuring I fold the paper in the size that I want to travel with me. I soak a round watercolor brush with water and paint a line down the fold.  I tear the the wet fold.  If your paper isn't tearing easily, wet it again. For my birthday this year, I received a Dina Wakely Media White Journal which has lovely white cotton paper. The book  is thick, but small.  I'm going to pack it this year to see how I feel about it.

Along with paper I usually bring some sort of water soluable medium to work with.  I'ver taken Scribble Sticks and watercolors. The Scribble Sticks are richly pigmented, you can color with them like a crayon, dip it in water and it looks like a marker, or brush a full waterbrush on the tip to pick up pigment that acts like watercolor.  The Jane Davenport Palettes are richly pigmented for watercolors, but easily thinned out with water.  A handy tin holds the color and a palette.   Both are fantastic.  Both come in a variety of palettes.
Travel watercolors

Scribble Sticks

If you like mixed media like me add some small scissors, a pencil, a glue stick, and a black and white paint pen.    Then find a pencil or make up bag that makes you happy to tuck your supplies in.  I found my canvas pencil pouch in a bargain bin. I have a tiny, adorable glass jar that I always bring, too. 

I've shared some of my very favorite products to work and travel with,  If you've found something amazing, please tell.

Happy Trails,


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Watercolor paper

Looking for Inspiration

Hi y'all,

It's so beautiful in the heart of hill country in Texas.  We've had rains (yay) and everything is green, full of life, and the temperature hasn't creeped to 100 yet.  I hope your summer is lovely and you've found time to create.

One nice thing about summer for teachers, is we have time to read.  I just finished the most brilliant book,  Steal like an Artist by Autstin Kleon.  This book is a clever combination of advice, affirmation and a kick in the pants. I love the hand drawn illustrations and how easily this book reads.  I can't reccommend this book enough.  You need one.

 I have a few sources to help you steal like an artist after you've read the book.  Helpful places for inspiration are blogs such as this one that walks you through a skill, technique  or philosphy of art journaling.  For inspiration click here.  Apps for your tablet like Bloglovin' help you find blogs that suit your interests.
It's about the process

Another free resource is YouTube tutorials.  When I discovered art journaling, I would search for tutorials for teach me how to do this art journal thing.  Yes, I went to YouTube U for my art degree!  For inspiration watch the video below.

Two other great places to find inspiration are Pinterest and Instagram.  Both can be used on a computer or handheld device.

My latest source of inspiration is the Collage Collective by Dina Wakely.  Her art journal work is bound in book for you to cut up and tuck in your art.  I have two.  One to steal from and one to use.  You can check it out here.

Inspiration is all around you and you are good enough right now to be on this art journey.  So get out there and steal!

Warmest wishes,


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Simple Florals with Contrasting Colors

Hi y'all,

It's so great to be back in this space.  May for teachers is always all consuming with reports, last minute conferences, meetings, field trips and parties that being in my studio is rare.  I did make a pile of cards, but I only posted those on Instagram.  There was no time to write.

I have a project for you that I made a while back, and am now posting.  It's a lovely simple floral design with layets of texture and color.  Here's a video for you.

This is all inspired by Tam LaPorte.  I ran into a class bundle she was selling to raise money for tree plantings.  As I love art and nature I had to check it out.  Unfortunately the window for this bundle is closed, but she is very generous.  If you sign up for her newsletter she sends free videos to your mailbox and she has many freebies on her site.  And I've discovered her classes worth the money. Here is a link.

This project is my practice from one of her classes.   I started with putting collage elements down on my page which makes me happy as I always save every scrap for a future project.  Then is simple drawings with layers of color.  As you tryit, please feel free to use your favorite mediums--I did.  I don't usually post materials because I feel you probably have something similar that you can use.

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Warmest wishes,


Abstract Botanicals

Hi y'all,

I have fallen in love with Scribble Sticks and this project highlights them.  But the great news is you can do this project with any water soluable medium such as water colors, Tombow or Zig markers, and water coloring crayons.  I first did this project for Birgit Koopsen's Everything Circles Challenge--you can find out more about it here.

Another thing to love about this project is that it uses minimal supplies.  I will have a link to Scribble Sticks because they are a little trickier to find.

Here's is a process video if you'd like to know more.

If you try this project, it would be super awesome to see what you did.

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Everything Circle Challenge

Hey y'all,

You probably know this already, but I love an art challenge.  You can read about that here. You can always find a friendly challenge on Simon Says Stamp each week.  They have a few different ones.  To find one click on their blog.  Marieke Blokland from Blocknote Academy is hosting a challenge on Instagram that uses pen, paper, glue, and scissors.  It's free and she's a lot of fun.  She makes an effort to make art making accessible to everyone

I'm currently in another challenge for the month of April called Everything Circles.  The title alone intrigued me.  It's on Instagram and hosted by the talented Birgit Koopsen.  The last challenge I participated with her was 31 Days of Gelli Printing. 

Here's the Everything Circle Challenge so far.

Day 1  Mandala-I wasn't successful with making a mandala that day, so I ended up throwing some circles down over some Brusho.  It was so much fun.  The best part is I used my Tiny Tree Ring Stamp.  It has circles and plenty of them.

The cool thing is no one cares how you respond to the prompt.

Day 2 Lyrics  I chose Simple Gifts and altered it a bit to suit me.  I wanted to create a bright folk arty simple page.  Success!  Beside, Gelatos are finger paints for grownups.  And of course I snuck in my Tiny Tree Ring Stamp!

Day 3 The Challenge was to paint a page using all the colors or collage of gelli prints or patterned papers. Then to draw circles and paint around them with black.  I wanted to have our precious and fragile earth hanging alone in space.  That warm sun and bubble of atmosphere is precious gift.  

I didn't quite follow the rules again.  I painted my background black and splattered starts with white gesso and a little pink, red and blue.  Then I cut a circle out of the page.  (I did double check that I didn't cut a finished page.  Whew!)  I traced a circle die for a pattern.  Then I cut a page of alcohol ink using the next largest die.  I cut it larger so the alcohol inked paper would fill the circle and not leave any gaps.  The journaling is the same idea I shared earlier about our precious earth.  I used a white paint pen and went around the earth to show the air we all rely on.     

Day 4 Doodling  Doodling is not a technique I go to, but I just played.  It was fun.  I just doodled over a grungy clean up page using surprising pink
We've just started.  It's not to late too join us.  Come on!  It'll be fun!



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Pink Bunkadoo Materials Used.

Tiny Canvases

Hi y'all,

It's good to stretch yourself from your art journal book into a canvas, but a canvas can seem big and daunting.  So why not try tiny canvases first?

Let's go back.  I had a migraine one day so all I could do was lay down in a dark room with sunglasses on and watch Netflix because once you start something, it'll just keep playing.  That day I watched Marie Kondo's new show.  When I was recovered I decided to tackle the disaster that is my studio.  As I was tidying up, I found these tiny canvases I'd started a while ago.

That got me thinking and there out the window went the tidying (not forever).  I thought about how a tiny canvas is fun and easy for a first canvas.  I decided to gesso them with a lot of water to tone down what I'd started.
already started

The canvases had script tissue paper and some inking through a stencil, plus a smidge of line green paint.  Time had passed and I was over that palette.  
updated palette
I dripped Dylusions spray ink and a ton of water down the front on one side for an instant POW of color.  I used lime green paint on a sponge wedge through a smaller stencil.  Then I added doodles using pencil, pen,  and paint pens.

alcohol ink

The pink drip was obviously where I was going to put my focal point.  I adhered clusters of these die cut leaves tin the drip line.  They were cut from a piece of Yupo that I'd play on with alcohol inks.  The paper texture is very different and you run it through your die cutter a time or  two.  Take them out gingerly.
My spiritual practice is to attempt to love God with my heart, soul , and mind and my neighbor as myself.  I'm going to be practicing for a while it seems.  Any way those were the focus ideas of my canvases.

For heart I cut a heart from pink alcohol inked paper.  For soul I chose a draw a dove and for mind I chose a flower bud.  Because Yupo is nonporous,  takes for ever to dry ink on it that then wipes off easily, I drew with a pencil on the back side, cut my images out and then shaded them with Pitt Big Brush Markers.

These markers have India ink which dries permanently, but you have  a window to smudge the ink for a delicate shading.  That's what I did on all my focal images.  I also used the ink for the details on the dove.  

I took the stickers that said heart, soul and mind from my Paper Faith sticker collection.  Perfect words.

This was a quick project.  It's easily and fun.  Why not spread your creative wings to a canvas?


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I strongly believe that you probably have what you need in your craft room for a project like this.  However, if you don't or you have a question about a product I used please leave a comment below and I'll happily get back to you.

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