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A Whole Library of Awesome Art Instruction

If you’re not able to come to our live event with Karen Cambell, how about the next best thing? Learning from her books! She’s totally inspiring and fun and makes everything crystal clear in person and her books are just like her. Check out this list of her best loved books including the newest on how to draw hands…I know, hands!!

Creativity is Curious

Creativity likes to find pockets of shiny and new in your daily life. That doesn’t mean epic and overwhelming, it’s more the gentle surprise of a daffodil budding where there wasn’t one yesterday or a little  time looking through a new book or the bit of happiness when you notice how pretty the rows of brightly colored produce look in the grocery. Nurture these little pockets of delight in your day and see what possibilities open for you.

Create Your Life!


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Beginners Video Playlist – Start Expressing Your Creativity

Mixed Media Painting LadyAre you expressing yourself creatively with art journaling yet? I know, it seems overwhelming, what with all the different techniques and supplies to think about. What if you could have someone practically at your elbow while you work?

Especially for Beginners Video Playlist

Here you go! Check out this You Tube playlist on the Art Journaling for Beginners Channel – I’ve chosen it especially for you to get started and keep going. These videos are from the amazingly helpful and fun Karen Campbell to show you exactly what you need to get going. Check them out! (Be sure to subscribe to the AJfB channel while you’re there to keep up with new things coming your way.)

Mixed Media Art Journaling Live Class – Perfect for Beginners!

If you loved Karen’s videos and her bubbly teaching style, now’s your chance to join us in person and learn how to make the gorgeous Lady of Spring project. She’s designed it especially for Art Journaling for Beginners and it’s really and truly a beginner project – I promise!

Karen breaks down every project to the smallest, most doable part and shows you exactly how to do it. You’ll also learn to understand your products and mediums so you can use them with confidence for every project you undertake. It’s going to be a full day of art journaling and fun at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC. You’ll want to sign up because space is limited. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

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Who Do You Make Art For? Free Printable Inspiration!

Who Do You Make Art For?

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Do you find yourself looking at other artist’s work and thinking yours isn’t that good, should look more like that, feeling jealous of it or dismissing it as not good enough? These are all signs of comparisonitis, a creeping dis-ease of the artist’s heart. It rears its ugly head in these kinds of thoughts and poisons the creative well.

Once it worms its way in, you start creating more and more for a diffuse and impossible to satisfy “other” in your mind. Your work becomes less and less nourishing and satisfying to you, maybe even as it’s being applauded by others. Creating starts to feel like a chore or stops altogether…what happened?

Slowly, by small steps, you stopped creating for the only right audience – you. That’s what comparison does, it insidiously substitutes your own joy in creating art for a tepid and nebulous approval from outside yourself. When you find yourself falling into that trap, remember who you’re making art for and take back your creative joy!

Just for You – Printable Inspiration

Click here to sign up to download and print this pretty reminder to create your own joy. It’s a subscriber only freebie created especially for you. Enjoy!

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Love Washi? Try These Bits of Washi Goodness!

Washi Tape

Hi There!

How do you feel about surprises? I’m not usually very fond of them myself but this week I had a surprise that really did make my day. The mail carrier brought me a completely unexpected package with the most amazing washi tape! It was a gift from a friend – that is definitely happy mail 💖

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Bits of Washi Goodness

So, what’s so special about a few rolls of washi tape? This stuff really brings washi to a whole new level of interesting and beautiful. It’s actually washi paper shapes that are packaged into a roll – mind blown!

Each roll is made up of shaped bits of washi goodness that you pull off individually and use as separate elements in your project. The set I have has four rolls – hearts, leaves, flowers and flower petals – and varies in width depending on the shape.

Like many washi tapes, the shapes have beautiful colors and that lovely translucence that only washi has so you can layer the shapes for a sense of depth. Also like most washi tape, they are only tacky sticky in that they will come back off the paper so you’d want to treat them for permanency like you do regular washi. The roll comes in a sturdy plastic shell that’s easy to open and will hold it for storage. Given how the tape is made, keeping it protected for storage is a good idea.

Overall, I think it’s a supply to try – especially if you love washi and its delicate look. You can find the set I tried here.

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My Art Journal Page Isn’t Working, Now What?

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Let’s Fix Your Page!

Hey There!

Now that the house renovation is (mostly) over, it’s time to move in and start putting the studio to rights. That’s a ton of decisions about what goes where, wondering how I’m going to use things and work in the space and the almost certain knowledge that I’ll get a good part of it wrong. So, I’m taking it slowly and seeing how it develops – just like an art project. Let’s hope I don’t get stuck in the middle!

Speaking of stuck art projects – have you run into the dreaded “stuck” phase? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a (sort of) easy fix for that? Try this one!

When your page isn’t working and you don’t know what to do next, here are two things that are often missing.

  1. Lack of a focal point. There’s just nothing specific to grab your eye with little to no variation of elements across the page.
  2. Not enough contrast. All the colors are in the middle with no really dark or light places.

These two things together add up to a page that just sits there and goes “blaaaaah.” So, a fast fix is to drop a large dark and dramatic shape onto the page. If that sounds a little scary, try it out with a cut out paper shape and see what it does.

Once you have that focal point in place, work around the page adding more dark and light values – don’t be timid – that contrast will make your page pop!

Give this fast fix a try – it can work wonders on those problem pages and I’d love to hear how it works for you!

If you’d like more hands-on help, I’ll be opening a live help desk in a private group where you can bring your projects to a mini-art lesson and find out what you need to know to move forward. I’ll be personally working with each member to help you get your art moving again and each session will have limited seats at the desk.

Sign up here to be the first in line when the Art Help Desk opens.

Let’s Make Art!