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Circus Edition Cut and Collage Book

When is a book a toy? When it’s a Paper Play Book! The newest edition of the Art Journaling Paper Play Book series is available now. Find vibrant and colorful circus images ready for you to cut and collage into pages, tags and so much more. It’s 18 pages of images and circus theme word art with other 120 elements to brighten your collage work. Just cut and create!

Get your copy now on Amazon!

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Art Journaling and Body Be Gone™ Contest Info

Meet Me at the Virtual Extravaganza!

Yes! There’s an event for the Body Be Gone official launch and I’m giving a talk – “Unlocking Your #Everyday Creativity” – a fun and interactive session that will light up your creativity. Come join me on November 12, 2020 at 5 PM EST and use the code “artjournal” for a $5 discount on your ticket! There’s lots to see and do with prizes too -See ya’ there!

Art Journaling for Beginners and Body Be Gone™ Contest!

Ready? Let’s make something fun! Together with the creatively amazing Nicole Fende and Tesseray Publishing we’re holding a contest in honor of her new boxed party game Body Be Gone™! Sign up here.

In the game Body Be Gone™ players are cleaners, people who dispose of bodies quietly with no questions asked. There are many silly ways, places, and actions you can take to dispose of the bodies using the cards in your hand. This is a lighthearted party game – for context think Scooby Doo or the movie Clue.


The player who does the best (without getting arrested by the FBI) wins a franchise from Body Be Gone™ – a company that claims they’ve been “Mopping Up Loose Ends Since 1927”.

Make a page of any size using the colors in the sampler swatch and a chalk outline of any kind – use your imagination! You can use any media you like and add other things to your page. Share your creation with the hashtag #BodyBeGone.

If your page or tag catches the eye of the proprietor of the Body Be Gone™ franchise, you may be contacted to “work something out” and use your art in the game – don’t worry it’s perfectly safe – Get in on the fun here!

So. Many. Prizes!

  • A physical boxed copy of the Body Be Gone™ party game, subject to release date
  • A printed copy of the Cut it Up Body Be Gone™ Collage Book
  • One copy of each of the Art Journaling Paper Play Books: Vintage Edition and the new Circus Edition.
  • Digital Printable Bundles of all three collage books – 3 Sets awarded

The contest ends October 31, 2020, the winners (a total of 6 prizes) will be drawn randomly from those signed up and the winners notified via email on or around November 14, 2020. There is no purchase required to enter or win and this contest is not affiliated with any company other than those noted.

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Curiosity is the Gateway to Creativity

Are you curious? If you’re like most deeply creative people, your curiosity, about everything, knows no bounds – even though you might keep your relentless questions quiet from time to time to not annoy your friends.

Curiosity is the gateway to creativity. Asking questions is the natural way to move forward. After all, the creative process itself is often sparked with the question “What if?”

Harness Your Curiosity

Curiosity is a great start but to really make creative gains, you’ll want to direct and amplify that force. Here are 3 essential practices to develop your creative curiosity.

Keep an Art Journal

Yes, we’ve all heard this time and again, but it really is the beginning of a meaningful creative practice. It doesn’t matter if your notebook is plain or fancy, lined or unlined or bound or loose pages – it only matters that you carry it with you and use it regularly. Don’t worry about being “writerly” or “artistic” either. Use it for everything that strikes your fancy.

Mine are usually smaller notebooks that I can carry with me that I use to make notes, sketches, lists (sometimes it’s just my shopping list) and even attach clippings and other scraps that interest me. The pages are a mash-up of my daily life and aren’t very often beautiful, but they’re mine. This is the one I’m working in right now:

Ask, Ask, Ask

Of course, asking questions is the realm of the curious but how often and how deeply do you really question what you encounter everyday?

Start a new page in your notebook for something in your daily life – say your commute to work or a project you’re working on – and ask the basic questions: Who is involved? What happens? When does it happen? Where does it happen? How does it happen? and Why does it happen?

Don’t be overly concerned with the answers as you write and try for multiple answers even if they seem silly. Make sketches or lists or margin notes if you like, the point is to become more familiar with questioning. Bonus points for finding answers that inspire new things!

Try New Things

Do you have a daily routine? Most of us do and some parts are useful and necessary like brushing your teeth every day. But, other parts are ripe for change. Trying new things doesn’t have to mean big, bold life altering changes.

Start small: vary the route you take on a routine errand or to work, try a new brand of food, personal items or art supplies on your next shopping trip, listen to a different station for unfamiliar music, etc. Make a point to change something regularly and see how it affects your creativity.

Creativity is in the Questions

While curiosity drives creativity, it can be hard to hold on to that questioning spirit when the world around us wants to get to the right answer without enjoying the creative questioning that takes time to unfold a truly new answer. What ways do you keep asking your creative questions? Let me know – I’d love to hear!

*This notebook is covered in an exclusive print of my watercolor doodles and has both lines and space for drawings. That’s hard to find, so I made this one! Grab yours from Amazon here!

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Collage – 3 Steps to Start Making Beautiful Things

Collage Art for the Win!

You can start making collage art with some basic materials and a few easy steps. Here’s a list of my favorite materials and check out this video to find out more getting started.

Sufaces, adhesives and cutting tools

There are so many good options for collage surfaces: a page in your art journal, heavier sheets of paper like watercolor paper or mixed media paper, canvas boards or frames, and even upcycled cardboard. Use what you have and experiment…

Then you have to be able to stick stuff down. Many artists use permanent adhesives like bookbinders glue, Yes! Paste, gel medium or permanent UHU glue sticks. It’s always a good idea to test your adhesive with your image materials to make sure they work together.

Last, you’ll need something to cut your images but you can also tear your papers for a lovely distressed look. A good pair of paper scissors is important and you might also want to use a tool with a blade like an X-acto knife or rotary cutter and mat. These tools can allow you to cut very small and precise shapes.

Build a Library

Check your stash, old magazines, old books, old photos, recycled papers, printable collage sheets, drawings/paintings of your own. This is where you can really make your collage your own creative expression. Start with available imagery and alter it.

Plan Your Layout

Take advantage of the flexibility of collage and layer and move things around until you like it. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try focusing on one element at a time. Choose images all in one color family or one theme: blues or doorways. Limiting choices is a time honored way to open creative doors. Big Tip: Use your handy phone to take photos of your layouts so you can remember how to put it back together when it’s time to glue it down.

Are you sticking stuff down? Go ahead, try it and let me know how it goes – I’d love to know!

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Vintage Sunflower Collage Tag How To

Sunflower Collage Tag Materials and Supplies
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Construction Steps:

  1. Color sunflower elements with shades of yellow, brown and green markers
  2. Fussy cut sunflower elements from book page
  3. Prepare card by marking face with text or ascemic writing with brown marker
  4. Glue two small sunflowers on at top and bottom of card; glue Sunflower Sign on top in middle, trim petals flush with tag edge
  5. Use corner punch to round bottom edge of card, trim small triangle off top corners to make tag shape
  6. Use black paper stock to cut a circle approximately ¾ inch diameter, glue to top center of card
  7. Use hole punch to punch hanging hole in center of grommet
  8. Thread hanging ribbon, twine, paper or other fibers into punched hole, I used crepe paper streamer distressed with sepia paint along edges

    MORE DISCLOSURE: I like to review and share products and services I use and think you might like. If possible, I use a referral link, which means if you click one of the links and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. This helps support the free and community resources I provide – thank you for your support!
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