Category Archives: Tutorials

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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

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Acrylic Skins for Upcycling

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First things first: Pia from ColourCottage won one of the new Inner Hero books! The other winner was Suzanne Ourths–congratulations to both winners! As soon as my shipment arrives, two books will be on the way to new owners! * … Continue reading

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Monoprint Mug Mat (Tutorial)

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Gelli Art plates are my latest obsession, and I’m discovering how much fun they can be. Today I’m demonstrating for Arizona Art Supply at the Phoenix Women’s Expo. I thought it would be smart to demonstrate something practical, so I … Continue reading

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Ink Art Forest (Tutorial)

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Accidental art is a type of Raw Art–you deliberately give up control to create art. For perfectionists (or us recovering perfectionists), it’s hard to give up control voluntarily. The resulting joy is seeing accidental art develop in front of your … Continue reading

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Saturday Creative Do It!

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Every Saturday for a while, you’ve seen artists and their interesting work here. This week, it might be interesting if you wrapped yourself in some creative work yourself. Not sure of what you want to do? Here are some suggestions; … Continue reading