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Entries in mixed media (82)


Art Journal Love - Wild Wig...


New Mixed Media Stickers...


I just added some new Art Pops™ Stickers to my Etsy shop!  This collection is called Sanibel Days and is reminiscent of lazy days on the beach.  I have plans to release the set of Art Pops™ Cards to coordinate but I ran into a few issues with the printer.  I hope things get resolved soon but in the meantime, I wanted to share the stickers.


Have a  blessed day!



In my ETSY Shop HERE!


In my ETSY Shop HERE!



Art Journal Peeks...

Happy Monday!!

I was busy this weekend creating in the studio and I am excited to share a few peeks of some art journal pages in the works.  The thing they all have in common is that I used some of my NEW, soon-to-be-released Art Pops™ Cards!!!

I am still working on samples, packaging, printing and working on the release so watch for details over the next couple of weeks.

Have a  blessed day!




Art Journal Love - Autumn...


I am teaching with Life Book 2015...


I am excited to announce that I will be teaching with Life Book 2015, a celebration and honoring of YOU!  This year-long mixed media art class features lots of inspiration from 26 incredible artists! 

Check out all the details HERE!

Today kicks off a month long blog hop so don't miss all the fun!! 

Have a  blessed day!





Printmaking Unleashed - Part II...


In Part II of my journey through Traci Bautista's new book called Printmaking Unleashed, I scanned several backgrounds created using techniques in her book.  I printed them and used them to create the background of my journal page.  I am offering these papers as free downloads for you to enjoy!

Have a  blessed day!



I followed several of Traci's technique ideas and in the early stages, I scanned the backgrounds into my computer. See Part I where I created the top two backgrounds.

I layered the backgrounds in PhotoShop, using a variety of layer styles.  I added doodles and parts of my own stamps to add some extra pattern.

I printed them onto paper, cut them and layered them to my journal page to create the base background.

I added doodles, painted shapes and handcarved stamps (leaf by Sandi Keene) to finish my journal page.








*Downloads are for personal use only.  Download to your computer and open with a software application that will open JPGS.  Adjust your printer settings so the page will print onto an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.  I am sorry, but I won't be able to offer technical support for downloads.

See Traci's book Printmaking Unleashed for lots of creative inspiration!





The Documented Life Project - 8/9 (Week 33)...

The Documented Life Project

August 9, 2014 - Week 33 Challenge - Use your "under paper" in a creative way.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration. 






I gathered a piece of my painted "under paper" and an Instagram photo to start.


Next, I cut the "under paper" into strips and pleated them while I stitched them with black thread.

I found this old book paper sheet that I used when I was making stencil prints and liked that it would contrast with the bright colors in the "under paper" so I glued it to my main page with a glue stick.

I used a white pen to make doodle marks on the base page.

To finish, I used a glue stick to attach the paper strips and words!


My Instagram photo was printed via Groovebook.  Have you heard about it?  For $2.99 a month, you get a photobook filled with 100 photos you upload from your phone.  The quality isn't "super" but for 100 photos at $2.99 it is a bargain!  Use my code to receive your first book free: SMITH14268



You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore


Art Journal Love - On the Edge...




Art Journal Love - Bold...


I'm Working On This...

I was inspired this past weekend by a post on the Journal Girl blog!  Kira arrived at the studio to find a note left for her by an artist friend. It was on her art table and simply asked: "What are you working on?"  I am responding to that with this post.  I don't often "show" myself working in the studio deep in the process of creating. I am back to working more faithfully in my art journals.  It gives me a place to design and develop ideas for future projects and this day was a good day.  So, some insight...the things that aren't so obvious:

•I watched/listened to the maraton run of The Librarian while I worked.

•It was pouring rain all day and I felt super cozy inside the studio.

•I ate boiled peanut hummus for a snack.


What are you working on right now?


The Documented Life Project Weekly Planner Pages...

The Documented Life Project - Week 22 Planner Pages



Art Pops™ Circle Stickers by Roben-Marie Smith;  Date Stamps by Pam Garrison; Arrow from Life in Color Cards digi/print elements kit called by CD Muckosky; American Craft Chalkboard Banner Stickers and Chalkboard Die Cut Frames and handstamped "art" stamp by Sandi Keene.

Artsy postcard (far right) by Samantha Kira Harding and handwritten note (middle page) by Sophia Marie Missigman.  Thanks so much ladies!!




Journal Bound Workshop is Live...

Showcase your gathered mail art stash within two uniquely styled and bound journals. Get those mailed treasures out of your bins and into an artful display - journal style.

Together we will travel a step by step approach to creating a colorful grungy cover in my signature messy style. Then we will bind our art-filled journals using a simple and creative system that once quickly learned can be used repeatedly to create handmade art journals from here forward.

Don’t have a mail art collection? I will demonstrate an alternative using found papers. Beginners are welcome and encouraged in this workshop as each process is fully demonstrated to accommodate all skill levels. I even include downloads of my designs for your use.

So many possibilities, so much creativity. Pack your bags, we are Journal Bound!

See more details, including photos and the supplies list HERE!




For details on how to register for my on-line workshops see details HERE!


Thanks to the following amazing ladies for the beautiful mail art that I have received and saved for such a time as this!!!  Sandi Keene, Sophie DeCorte, Samantha Kira Harding, Lynn Scott, Renee Plains, Susan Gallitto, Rae Missigman, Kristin Peterson, Jane Bain and Coral Lee.

NOTE: The mail art pieces used in this class are not created in the class. They are part of my stash and used along with other bits and pieces.



The Documented Life Project - 5/31 (Week 23)...

The Documented Life Project

May 31, 2014 - Week 23 Challenge - Practice gratitude - write what you are grateful for each day this week.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration. 

I know we normally finish our challenge pages before the week starts but for this one I have created my page and will add to it daily per the challenge. 

Supplies: Wait for Me Art Pops™ Cards and Stickers; Karen Foster Designs Funky Alphabet Stickers; Balzer Designs Weekly Circle Stamps; Simple Stories DIY Boutique Stickers, DIY Label Stickers and DIY Alphabet Typeset Stickers.


You can find us HERE:


Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs
Lorraine Bell
Rae Missigman
Sandi Keene
Barbara Moore


The Documented Life Project Weekly Planner Pages...

The Documented Life Project - Week 21 Planner Pages


Art Pops™ Circle Stickers by Roben-Marie Smith; Bold Flower rubber stamp by me available at Paperbag Studios; Wait For Me Art Pops™ Cards; With You Cards and Journal Junkie Season of Joy digi/print elements by CD Muckosky and Daydreamer Pockets with Inserts from America Crafts by Dear Lizzy.




Dina Wakley Media Blog Hop...


HAPPY FEELING Art Journal Page: Lemon, Sky, Lime, Tangerine, Umber, Magenta, Ruby, Lapis and Night.


Dina's new paints are very vibrant and creamy...a great combination!!

 Mail Art Envelope with Scalloped Flap: Lemon, Sky, Lime, Tangerine, Umber, Magenta, Turquoise, Blackberry Violet, Lapis and Night. Stencil by StencilGirl Mimosa.


Be sure to visit Dina's Blog for a fabulous giveaway of her new products and check out all the Blog Hop participants!

Dina Wakley
Dyan Reaveley
Mystele Kirkeeng
Dawn Sokol
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
Nathalie Kalbach
Kirsten Varga
Traci Bautista


I LOVE the round brushes in Dina's Media Brushes set!!


Don't miss Dina's new book Art Journal Courage coming November 2104!