Thoughts on Friendship...

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joy, and dividing our grief. ~ Joseph Addison

To have a good friend is one of the highest delights of life; to be a good friend is one of the noblest and most difficult undertakings. ~Unknown

Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of getting out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another. ~Thomas Hughes

Life Book 2016 Registration is Now Open!

Life Book 2016 is Now Open for Registration!

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!  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!) by clicking HERE.

Life Book 2016 Instructor Line Up

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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!