Art Journaling with Deli Paper


This week we are challenged with using deli paper in our art journals!  I keep a stash of painted deli paper and use pieces of them in my collage work.  For this page, I decided to glue a full piece to my page after first adhering assorted text papers.  I like the text and writing peeking through the deli paper.  Next, I created my “journaling” on my computer and printed it onto a piece of deli paper that I taped to a piece of card stock with double sided tape (be sure to check that your printer can handle this otherwise you might get a jam).  You can hand write your journaling onto the deli paper as well and once it is glued down it blends into the background which is one thing I really like about deli paper.

How will you use deli paper this week?

Have a blessed day!


October Theme
Translucent Papers
October 3
Art Challenge: Deli Paper
Journal Prompt:  You Had Me at Hello!

I finished the page by gluing down the journal printed deli paper and scribbling around it with a pencil.

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My New Android App


I am so thrilled to announce that I have a new Android app ready for download in the Goggle Play store, mostly because I love techie stuff!  Now you can access all my sites and more right through the app!

Now you can download the Roben-Marie app to your mobile device and connect with me while on the go. Receive notifications about upcoming workshops, explore my work on your phone or tablet, share with ease my posts and tutorials, access my social media channels and shop right from within the app!

Did I say how excited I am about this?! 

Have a blessed day!


A Sketchbook Adventure


It has bubbled under the surface for some time now...that desire to sketch, draw and put to paper what I experience in my life.  From the twig on the beach to the pepper I eat for dinner; I want to document these things with images sketched from my own perspective.  With the encouragement from my special art friends, I am happy to say that the journey has begun.  I grabbed a small sketchbook (it is super cute...see it HERE) some Pitt Pens and watercolors and simply started.  Once my book is filled, it will be fun to look back over the process and see how my sketches have changed over time. 

Have a blessed day!


Life Book 2016 Blog Hop & Give Away!


I was so excited to be asked to teach again for Life Book!  It was a great experience and I look forward to sharing more with you in 2016!   How about we giveaway a spot in this amazing year long art course!?? Keep reading if you want to find out more about Life Book 2016 and if you want to find out how you can win a spot!

First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven't heard about it yet! “Life Book, a celebration and honoring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class, featuring 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU!

Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 8700
people in the past!).

Registration opens on October 5th 2015 and the class begins on January 1st 2016. So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2016 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens! Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale!

Giveaways Details: I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2016 to 1 winner and if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other giveaways also!

You have several ways to to be entered:

1. Leave a comment on this post below letting me know why you would love to join Life Book 2016.  You must include an e-mail address so I can contact you if you are selected.
2. Share this post on Facebook and leave a comment on this post that you shared.
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This giveaway will close at 4:00PM EST on September 29. I will announce the winner on September 29.

And the random name selected is:

Congratulations Karla!  I will be sending your name over to Life Book and they will take it from here.  Thanks for everyone for registering and hope to see you in Life Book 2016!!

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book and their Hop Dates!

7 Sept - Tamara Laporte
8 Sept - Annie Hamman
9 Sept - Kristin Dudish
10 Sept - Effy Wild
11 Sept - Faith Evans-Sills
12 Sept - Gillian Lee Smith
13 Sept - Ivy Newport
14 Sept - Jane Davenport
15 Sept - Jenny Grant
16 Sept - Angela Kennedy (Pennystamper)
17 Sept - Lisa Viger
18 Sept - Martha Lever
19 Sept - Mary Beth Shaw
20 Sept - Melody Ross
21 Sept - Pam Carriker
22 Sept - Pauline Agnew
23 Sept - Rae Missigman
24 Sept - Renata Loree
25 Sept - Roben-Marie Smith (That's Me!)
26 Sept - Roxanne Coble
27 Sept - Shiloh Sophia McCloud
28 Sept - Donna Downey
29 Sept - Tracy Verdugo
30 Sept - Wyanne Thompson

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Just for Today...

Just For Today...
I will be agreeable. I will look my best, speak in a well-modulated voice.
Be courteous and considerate.

Just for Today...
I will not find fault with a relative, friend or colleague.
I will not try to change or improve anyone but myself.

Just for Today...
I will have a program. I might not follow it exactly,
But I will save myself from two enemies - hurry and indecision.

Just for Today...
I will exercise my character in three ways.
I will do a good turn and keep it a secret; if anyone finds out, it won't count.

Just for Today...
I will do two things I don't want to do, just for exercise.

Just for Today...
I will be unafraid. Especially will I be unafraid to enjoy what is beautiful
and believe that as I give to the world, the world will give to me;
but, even if I receive nothing, I will still give...lovingly.

...I will try to carry this on into the days to come!

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Follow the teacher's reveals every day on Everything Arts Social Media.  Every day somebody new!

So far we have revealed: Kate Crane, Teresa McFayden, Rachel Greig, Beckah Krahula, Joanne Sharpe, Flora Bowley, Mystele Kirkeeng, Andy Skinner, Finnabair, Birgit Koopsen, Lindsay Weirich, Magda Polakow, Carolyn Dube, Stephanie Schutze, Maryia Potapovich, Jennifer Lee, Leslie Wood and Nathalie Kalbach.

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New Mixed Media Paintings in the Shop


I have been busy in the studio lately, creating art outside my journal.  While I have tried canvas is it a little soft.  I like the wood panels because I find the harder surface easier to work with. I like how they turned out. They are now available in my SHOP

I created these with acrylics and collage papers on an 8 X 10 inch flat wood artist panel.  The 3/8" thick panel is heavy-duty, warp-resistant that will stand solidly on an easel. Frame it or simply hang it on a wall using the built-in hang hole.  Sides are painted with Paynes Gray acrylic. Note: frame is not included.

Have a blessed day!


8 x 10 - Flat Artist Panel

8 x 10 - Flat Artist Panel

8 x 10 - Flat Artist Panel