Category Archives: Tutorials

How-tos, ideas that work, collages, jourals, and more

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Pebeo Paint Artwork

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Pebeo paints has two new (to me) paints–Fantasy Moon and Prisme. Today I took the afternoon off (seeing as how it is one of the three days I’m home this month) and spent time in the studio. The paints are … Continue reading

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Book Page Wreaths

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Book lovers, avert your eyes. I’m about to rip up books (again) and turn them into something else. But first, a note to all of us for whom books are sacred and for whom the thought of damaging one is … Continue reading

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Difference Between a Visual and Commonplace Journal

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There’s been some interest lately for the Commonplace Journal. Yes! Nothing against visual journals, I wrote two books about using visual journals, and I love them both. But after two books, I want to go back to the Commonplace Journal … Continue reading

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Decorating With Collections

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Yes, it’s too early for winter holiday decorations. Unless, of course, you are hand-making them. In which case, it’s time to think about all the Autumn and Winter holidays (because some decorations can be combined or re-used). On October 18 … Continue reading

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Making Acrylic Skins

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Acrylic skins are made with acrylic paint and gel medium. Why not just mix the paint and gel medium on your journal page? Because creating a skin is more versatile. The skin can be cut, stamped, printed, or stenciled. It … Continue reading

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Giving Credit

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Of course you can protect your work with a copyright notice. And you can take the additional step and protect it with the U.S. Government, so you can sue a violator not only for use, but for damages. (You can’t … Continue reading

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The Subtle Art of Suminagashi

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With most of my art supplies still traveling back home, I tried something simple and satisfying this weekend: suminagashi. It is a Japanese-style marbling done in black ink. It’s subtle and beautiful. And I’ll be teaching it March 22 at … Continue reading

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Inner Hero Accordion Folder

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Yesterday, I showed an accordion folder for one of my inner heroes, the Protector of Flight Feathers. Only part of it was visible. Here’s how it was made: 1. Cut a piece of heavy paper, about 8 inches long and … Continue reading

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Gold Sumi-e Color and a Giveaway

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Note: Congratulations to Kimberly Santini, who won the Gold Sumi-e Watercolor in the cute ceramic dish! Can’t wait to see what she does with it! *   *   * One of the items Niji gave me to play with when I … Continue reading

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The Slippery Surface of Yupo

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Yupo® is a polypropylene synthetic paper. It has a smooth white surface, is semi-opaque, and makes a very interesting sheet for watercolor, ink and acrylics. There are pros and cons. Because it is non-absorbent (read: waterproof), whatever you use on … Continue reading