Category Archives: Tutorials

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

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On My Workdesk . . .

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Note: Thanks for the 76 percent of readers who would read a newsletter. Another 11 percent said “It depends if I like it.”  So, it looks like I’ll be starting a newsletter soon. Stay tuned–I have to create a space … Continue reading

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Collage and Perspective

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Working on another letter-and-number collage, I made a few decisions. Just letters and numbers is tedious. More color is needed to keep the work visually interesting. So I added maps pieces for mountains. But something wasn’t right. The piece looked … Continue reading

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Designing a Poetry Class

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The research is done, and the poetry-writing class is taking shape. It’s going to be an online class, and it’s going to include information and exercises on traditional forms before we explore more free-form styles. As I was thinking of … Continue reading

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Stenciling Art Journal Pages

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Stencils have never really thrilled me; I’ve never believed I knew how to use them. While experimenting this weekend, I discovered what I’d missed–a simple, effective stencil technique that makes great art journal pages or, trimmed down and layered on … Continue reading

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Art Journaling Ideas

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Yes, I was supposed to finish my taxes, no I didn’t . Instead, I spent a lot of time in the studio, working on art journal pages. Splash Inks are really very interesting. There are just four of them: cyan, … Continue reading

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Quinn’s Ink Technique

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For the last four years or so, starting with Monsoon Papers, I’ve been working with ink, using it instead of paint. Then I developed this fun ink drop technique for backgrounds for found poetry or as part of a collage. … Continue reading

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Tutorial: Leaf Bookmark

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This is a simple, cute bookmark you can make by yourself or with a child or grandchild. I use a lot of bookmarks, because I read more than one book at the same time. These little leaf bookmarks can be … Continue reading

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Totally Different Valentine’s Card

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After making a mosaic Valentine’s Day card several years ago, and a Valentine Tree card with heart-shaped leaves, I decided to go in a completely different direction this year. With chocolates being out of the picture this year, I thought … Continue reading

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Teaching Joys

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Teaching is a joy for the instructor, and, if all goes reasonably well,  teaching brings joy to participants. This week, there were two art teaching gigs–one in Anthem (AZ) at the regional library and one in Tucson, with an incredible … Continue reading

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Sink Your Teeth into that Art Journal Page

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One page was drying, another three were still not ready. So I went to the bathroom to free a piece of almond wedged between my teeth. Not a friend of floss, I use pieces of pointed wood to chase plaque. … Continue reading