Tag: art journal

My Day

I was supposed to get my hair cut today but the mean boss overworked my hairdresser and we had to postpone. He had her moving furniture! Don’t get me started…So, I took matters into my own hands (with my hair that is) and didn’t do too bad of a job. But I’ll let her clean it up tomorrow lol

Afterwards I met a friend for dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. We get together every other week wherever the margaritas are cheap. 😉 I like this particular restaurant The staff is friendly and the food is good.

This particular time, since I have been collecting things to put in art journals, I happen to notice the wrapper around their silverware had chili peppers on it. I didn’t notice in time to keep mine in one piece It accidentally ripped in half. But I did notice people at the table across from us had theirs still intact. Yep you guessed it, I asked them if they would give me their wrappers. And they did! And hearing what I was going to do with it the people in the next booth behind us got up and came over and offered theirs as well.

Wasn’t that nice?! People can be so friendly I have found that more and more since this terrible covid situation. My only hope is that people continue to be as friendly caring and considerate as we have learned to be in the past year.

I can’t wait to get home and get these little beauties fastened into my art journal!

OH.. PS – I also kept the (Clean) foil wrapper they had put around my tortillas to keep them warm… that will make a nice shiny something in an art journal as well!

If you are an art journaler, what is one of the strangest things you have put in your art journal?

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FUN classes! (we all need fun)

One day this month I offered a class called Gelli Printing and Matisse. I love Matisse’s “cut outs” method and wanted to share it with a class. Most people who come for Gelli printing have no idea what to do with the beautiful prints they make once they are done, so this seemed like a perfect fit! Here are some of the cutouts from the class and a previous class…

If you look close you can see which cutouts were modeled after which statues or pictures… it’s easy to think, Oh they could have done that better… but then take into account you are only given 2 min in which to cut out each one. Yes, that sheds a new light on things.

At any rate, I saw the result of one person’s cutouts and wanted to share them with you. I don’t know if she put them in her Art Journal or not but they look like they would be Great in there!! Cris Gabelhausen Potthoff was the student who sent in pictures of her results… and here they are!

Thanks Cris, for allowing me to share them with the readers!

If you want to see what other FUN classes I have to offer… look here.

Until Next time….


Art… the key to happiness.

Yesterday I had a small class, actually a one-on-one Mixed Media. I had been thinking about how to teach this for a while, and yesterday helped connect the dots for me. I’m so looking forward now to organizing this class, and then offering it. I think it can help a lot of people. You just don’t realize (perhaps) how much art can help alleviate stress and lift your mood! Here are 2 pieces I created in the same day… for different reasons… but still.. I feel SO GOOD about accomplishing them!

Mixed Media 12″ x 12″
Ghosts 9″ x 12″

I love the colors in this one as I strived (strove) for balance, much like I’m looking for balance in my life. Art helps with that. The feeling of creating something is like no other.

The ghosts below were a creation for my Art Journaling group. We have daily prompts and yesterday’s was Ghosts. Check us out sometime, you might be surprised how you feel after creating even the simplest piece. And there are some really good pieces to look at! We are on Facebook… and the group is called: Art Journaling Secrets Unleashed – because after all… Art Journaling is Mixed Media.