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Friday Craft, Art Journal 03

Over the summer our family went camping and of course I took my art journal along with a small pouch of supplies. Art journaling is a very portable activity, perfect for long days of camping relaxation.

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I finished several pages at our campsite. I did not bring a big pouch of supplies but was able to fit a good collection. Stamps, stencils, a set of watercolors, gelatos (very similar to oil pastels) my distress ink mini pads, pitt pens, spray inks, and some water soluable pencils.



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Friday Craft, Bazaar Time

It’s beginning to look a lot like Holiday Bazaar time ~ this weekend I’ll be showing my wares at a local Holiday Bazaar with my helper KidMakes, wish us luck!

To prepare for the rush of customers clamoring for my products (positive thinking) I have opened a new online shop using Tictail. I closed my Etsy show quite awhile ago and have decided to try out this vendor.  My new shop is available at this link, or if you click on Shop in the top menu. I’ve got a few pieces listed, more to come after the show this weekend.

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Have a great weekend!


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Friday Craft, Art Journal 02

I definitely art journal in bursts. If I have paint or ink left over on a stamp, I will turn to a fresh page and use it. Anything to get rid of that white space.  If I’m not happy about the current page, I will turn to a new page and start again. Then when I return to the other page, I’ve usually got a fresh perspective and can take it in a new direction.

ArtJournal_GreenBluePurple The hardest part of art journaling is the voice inside your head that asks ‘what exactly is this for? how is this going to turn out?’ For me, the essence of art journaling is the process, the fun of spreading ink and paint on paper. The finished product is almost irrelevant.


I tend to use colors and shapes that are pleasing to my eye, so the final product is always a mixture of things I like already.

I like bright colors. I like geometric shapes and florals. I like it when colors blend together. I like simple compositions.

What do you like?



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