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Monday
Jul132009

Well, at Least They Care...

Received this "empty" envelop in the mail today from a purchase I made on E-Bay, but I find comfort in knowing that the post office cares! LOL!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Saturday
Jul112009

Where I Stencil...

I've been taking a stencil class with Mary Ann Moss and since it involves using spray paint, I set up shop on my back porch.  I spent the morning stenciling and thought I would show you where I work! I know I will like this better during the winter months when it isn't so humid.

The video can also be viewed HERE in a little better quality and bigger format.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

 

Video watching tip: press play and then pause it until the whole video has loaded and then press play again to watch.

Thursday
Jul092009

Thanks, Audrey...

I am a lucky girl today!  My friend, Audrey sent me a piece of her artwork!  It is gorgeous and I love it!  Thanks, Audrey!!

Artist: Audrey Hernandez.  Published in Sew Somerset, Summer '09.

Tuesday
Jul072009

Watch the Process ~ Feeling Free

I finally got around to editing my latest video. This one shows me creating a journal page. At the request of my friend, Deborah I slowed down the video and added some more relaxing music! This one is for you, Deborah!!

I also made a mistake while working on the page--the dreaded spelling error. I left it in so you can see how I fixed it!

Thanks to Dina Wakley for her awesome on-line class that encouraged me to use spray inks and masks and also to Journal Girl "Kira" for her instruction on how to write with Sumi Ink!

Video watching tip: press play and then pause it until the whole video has loaded and then press play again to watch. Also, if you would like to see the video in larger format and higher quality, click here!

Materials: gesso, acrylic paint, spray inks, Sumi ink, paper, scraper and stencils.

Saturday
Jul042009

Separated Love...

I had a great time at Sandi's yesterday for what she called, "Ugly Art Day!"  She is a traditional scrapbooker and wanted to get out of her comfort zone and try something messy or "ugly" as she calls it.  I cut some Bristol for us to work on at about 19" x 15" and the goal was to try at least 10 different techniques on our mixed media pieces. I completed ten and Sandi did twelve.  I was inspired to complete the piece as part of my homework for an online class I am taking with Dina Wakley.  It is called Art Journaling 102 and it is currently in archive, but can be taken anytime.  I highly recommend it!  See HERE for details!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Separated Love ~ Mixed Media on Paper, 19" x 15"

Techniques: textured gesso, color wash, stenciling, sanding, splattering of paint, collage, sewing, doodling, text and monoprinting.

 Sandi's Mixed Media Piece

Thursday
Jul022009

Stencilry Journal Finished...

I finally finished my Stencilry Journal, or at least the covers.  Next, comes the journal pages!  I signed up for this on-line class with Mary Ann Moss over at Dispatch From LA.  Looking for something different, fun and mixed media(ish)?  Check it out! You can join in at anytime!  Stencil Class here!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Wednesday
Jul012009

My New Home...

Welcome to the new home of the "Every Life Has a Story" blog!  You will find that things are better organized here and there are some new features:

  • Forum for sharing and asking questions.
  • Q&A for all those questions I am asked.  Now everyone can see the answers!
  • Category archives so topics that interest you can easily be found. 
  • Podcasts
  • Videos
  • Overall easier navigation!

I am still formatting and working out the kinks, so thanks for your understanding! :)

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Monday
Jun292009

Digi Inspirations...

Worked on some digital layouts this past weekend with a new kit called Quirky Park!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Friday
Jun262009

Stencilry In Progress...

I started an online class today called Stencilry with Mary Ann Moss.  I have only made it half-way through preparing my journal covers. Here is a peek at my progress!  So far, I am loving it!!!  :)

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Monday
Jun222009

40 Days of Love...

“The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well”  ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

40DaysofLove

Materials: acrylic paint, oil pastels, stencils, spray inks, gesso, scraper and rubber stamps.

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Saturday
Jun202009

"A Day of Art Fun" Journal Page...

Here is a new video in the Watch the Process series.  I've uploaded the video to YouTube and Kwego, which has a little better quality than YouTube.

If you have Quicktime and would like to see the video in a larger, higher quality format, click here!  Enjoy!

The ink painted handwriting was inspired by Kira.  See her video here on how to!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

 

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Materials: gesso, acrylic paint, Sumi ink, foam rubber stamp, paper, scraper and stencil.

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Friday
Jun192009

Art Day Fun...

Had a great time today with my friend Sandi.  She was kind enough to share with me all the free stuff she won on Kelly Rae Roberts' blog give-away.  We played with all of Claudine Hellmuth's new products!  Hear my 2 cents worth in my podcast!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Thursday
Jun182009

A Brilliant Storm and an Awesome Power...

Other than the heat, I love this time of year when the afternoon thundershowers move across the state of Florida.  The sound of thunder is loud and the sky becomes dark so fast, you would think nightfall was upon you.  Moments before the clouds open up, there is a calm that is hard to describe.  When I was younger we would gather on the carport and sit on the hood of the car to watch the infamous South Carolina electrical storms sweep across the sky!  It was magical and brilliant and I would get so caught up in the awesome power of  that display.  If you ever read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle when you were a kid, then you know what I mean.

And so it is..right now!   I instinctively duck down a little even while I sit here typing as the thunder is booming and that crack of lightening seems as though it struck within the boundaries of my front yard.

...and I am feeling peaceful!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Wednesday
Jun172009

Image Transfer...

Just bought a pretty cool image transfer kit action set and have been trying it out. It is Danielle's Image Transfer Action Kit at Cat Scrap and it was only $2!  It is easy to use and creates some pretty cool image transfer effects!

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L&N Passenger Station, Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Historic railway station on Western Avenue at Henley Street in downtown Knoxville.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Thursday
Jun112009

The Peepers Leave the Nest...

Lucy and Puppet, Carolina Wrens, nested in our front porch light. I got lucky and was able to see a couple of the babies leave the nest!  I created a short video and you can find that on my Facebook under my videos.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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