Quirky Face Mini Journal Tutorial, New Stamps, Art Pops™ and a Giveaway

Just like cooler weather, apple cider and turkey...new rubber art stamps and Art Pops™ are finally here!  This time, there is a little twist.

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So, I have been a fan of Kristin Peterson's work for some time now.  Her use of color, layers and her quirky, hand sketched faces always make me swoon!  So, I was thrilled when she agreed to create another set of rubber art stamps for Paperbag Studios AND a set of Art Pops™ Cards and Stickers. This is a first and I know you are going to LOVE them!!!

Kristin brings her love of color and faces to a new line called Woodland Fairies.  Her rubber sheet is filled with eight delightfully odd faces and there is a set of Art Pops™ Cards, three coordinating sticker sheets to round out the collection.

>>Dream Thicket is Kristin's first rubber stamp collection<<

Want to see how we used them?

Today, I share a video tutorial for a mini journal you can make in less than an hour and over on her blog, Kristin has a calendar tutorial waiting to inspire you!


New Rubber Art Stamps

In addition to Kristin's new stamp set, I have one too!  It is called INKed and is filled with all sorts of mish mash type elements. I designed this sheet to fit a need I had for more elements for backgrounds, borders and more!

New Art Pops™

The new Art Pops™ set includes Cards (I am so in LOVE with these and that "purple face" is my favorite), Sticker Tape, Mini Circles and Large Circle Shapes.

 
 


It's time for another giveaway!

I will be giving away the mini journal made in my tutorial and Kristin will be giving away her project as well so be sure to visit Kristin's post to enter her giveaway and see this amazing calendar she made!

GIVAWAY IS CLOSED (Winner is Juli Meyers) How do you enter mine? Just leave a comment and let us know how you would use the stamps or Art Pops™ in your own work. You have until Tuesday, November 21 @ 7:00PM EST to enter.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

 
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Meet the 2018 Design Team

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Hey Friends!!!

I’m beyond excited to welcome a new design team on board for 2018. These ladies are all amazing artists in their own right and I can’t wait to see all of the fun projects they create for us in the coming year.

This time around I’m doing something a little different. I’ve done a little “pre-design team” interview with each of my creatives so that I can share a behind-the-scenes glimpse of each of their artistic processes. I love that stuff - don’t you?

So without further ado, I’m thrilled to introduce them to you!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


 
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Cindy Gilstrap

Cindy is a Mom to two awesome kids and to two crazy rescue pups. She is a self-taught mixed media artist from Texas with a love for art journaling, messy paint palettes, vintage paper, stitching, vintage fabric, and new art supplies.

It’s not unusual for her to run errands with paint on her clothes. She loves combining old and new, creating quirky art, and inspiring others. She believes creative play is so important and tries to make it a daily habit.

What does your art space look like?

I feel blessed to have my own space in our home. We turned what was supposed to be a small office into my studio. My art space is eclectic, colorful, and inspiring when it's not a mess. It's decorated with vintage finds that I use for storage and display. I love displaying things that inspire me like vintage buttons, vintage books, and my collection of 1950's vintage typewriters that are all fun colors! It's definitely my happy place!

Which 3 creative supplies could you simply not live without?

I have to pick 3? I'm not sure I can but I'll go with an art journal, gesso, and acrylic paint.

What do you listen to/watch while you’re making your art?

I'm a country music girl. I also have a small TV in my studio and usually try to catch up on recorded shows. Sometimes I just prefer it to be quiet and I just get lost in my process.

Tell us about your go-to color palette.

I love all colors but my go to color palette is pink, aqua, orange, and lime green.

What’s your signature design or doodle?

I'm not sure I have a signature one but I gravitate towards messy scallops and messy circles.

Learn more about Cindy here, and find her on Instagram here.

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Kristin Peterson

Kristin is a third generation artist originally from South Dakota, now residing just inside Minnesota. She loves color, collage and all things worn and loved.

Kristin is always exploring and expanding the creative depths of acrylic paint. She very much enjoys vintage collage work, art journaling and mixed media. Her paintings contain a vibrant mix of color and a little funk, sprinkled with a hint of sensibility. And, if she can stuff it into her sewing machine, she will.

 
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What does your art space look like?

Mildly organized, creative chaos.

Which 3 creative supplies could you simply not live without?

Gesso, soft charcoal art stick, hi-flow acrylics.

What do you listen to/watch while you’re making your art?

My favorites songs right now: Havana (Camila Cabello), Holdin’ On (Flume), Happiness Instrumental (The Foreign Exchange), Fashion Week (Wale), Girls Like (Tinie Tempah).

Tell us about your go-to color palette.

Ocean green (Master's Touch), green gold (Golden), turquoise phthalo (Golden), quinacridone magenta (Golden), quinacridone nickel azo gold (Golden), payne's grey (Master's Touch).

What’s your signature design or doodle?

Not completely sure - my faces are fairly distinct!

Learn more about Kristin here, and find her on Instagram here.

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Laurie Haley

Laurie is a mixed media artist, lover of fabric, clay, paper and anything else that sparks her interest. She fell madly in love with mixed media art a few years ago. She can’t choose a favorite color.  She has enough paint brushes to be dangerous but loves to paint with her fingers a lot of the time. In most of her videos you can hear the sound of her beagle snoring at some point.

She loves spending time in her art studio and enjoys making videos to share what she loves doing with others in the hopes that she will inspire and encourage others to do what they love too.

She sees beauty in all the seasons. She loves the Lord and is very thankful for His hand on her life.

What does your art space look like?

I am blessed to have a large bonus room upstairs in my home to create in.  It gets messy when I am working but when I clean up it is a cozy environment and organized in MY mind. lol  To someone that doesn't 'get' me it would probably be a bit overwhelming and not make much sense.

Which 3 creative supplies could you simply not live without?

Oh gosh...this is tough. I have several I love to use regularly but if I HAD to pick three this second 'or else' I would have to say acrylic paint, fabric, sewing machine (thread included so don't count that as one) and don't tell on me but I'm squeezing in a Stabilo-all pencil too.

What do you listen to/watch while you’re making your art?

If I am filming while I create I am watching the camera monitor to make sure I am in frame (which sometimes I forget to do). If I am not filming I am listening to classical piano music and my beagle snoring or sometimes I Skype art with a friend while I create. And sometimes I just enjoy the quiet.

Tell us about your go-to color palette.

This is difficult for me because I love color so much but currently these colors seem to often sneak into my work...spa blue, sea breeze, razzle berry, white (or gesso) and black.  

What’s your signature design or doodle?

Flowers usually wind up in my work no matter what I start out trying to create. I also use a lot of messy line scribbles, circles and hearts.

Learn more about Laurie here, and find her on Instagram here.

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Sue Kemnitz

When Sue’s son was born about 30 years ago, she turned her brief free moments toward art. Now, as a full-time artist, she creates to inspire and encourage you — ok, herself a bit, too!

Second only to her passion for Jesus, she’s found she has a passion for teaching and leading others, helping them to become the confident artist they are meant to be. Whether a beginner or having dabbled for years, you will enjoy her “hey – we can do this!” approach.

This fall, her book "Bible Journaling: Honoring the Spirit" was published and is now available at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Jo-ann’s and on Amazon.

 
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What does your art space look like?

Getting smaller! I just moved from a townhouse with 3 rooms devoted to my art, to a corner of our new living room on the shore of Lake Superior. So I can relate to those who work in a corner of their home!

Which 3 creative supplies could you simply not live without?

Though I think I could live without any particular supply (I would substitute!), my current go-to's are: Dina Wakley's paints, Roben-Marie’s stamps and circle or square stencils.

What do you listen to/watch while you’re making your art?

1. The crashing waves and the sound of birds and eagles are my favorite. 2. Sometimes I stream worship music, but 3. I also enjoy it simply "quiet".

Tell us about your go-to color palette.

Oooh! Turquoise, ocean (a teal color) magenta, orange, cadmium yellow, night (a dark blue) and purple.

What’s your signature design or doodle?

Angel feathers.

Learn more about Sue here, and find her on Instagram here.

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Torrie lynn Gass

Torrie is the artist behind Fox + Hazel. She is an artist, designer, wife and mother of three kids aged 5 and under. Torrie chronicles her own art journey on her blog and Instagram.

Through process videos, blogging and teaching online workshops,  Torrie is passionate about sparking creativity in others and teaching others how to unlock their own creativity.  

She loves art journaling, Game of Thrones, punk music and would have a coffee IV if they existed

What does your art space look like?

I'm very lucky to have my own studio/office, and I use a lot of Ikea furniture for storage, because I have a LOT of supplies! My space is a loft on the second floor in my home, so it gets great light and I can still keep an eye on my kids if I have to sneak away. It's always covered in half finished projects everywhere though! It's very bright and chaotic, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Which 3 creative supplies could you simply not live without?

Oh my, I think I would not be able to survive without paint pens, acrylic inks or matte medium!

What do you listen to/watch while you’re making your art?

I mostly listen to Spotify playlists as I'm working, but occasionally I'll turn on a podcast. My music preference is pop punk and alternative, which really energize me as I work!

Tell us about your go-to color palette.

I feel like my color palette is always changing, but right now I'm really drawn to teal, cadmium red, mustard yellow and black. If I don't know what color to use, I will gravitate towards shades of turquoise, teal and aqua a lot of the time with a healthy dose of black!

What’s your signature design or doodle?

Almost all my spreads and projects end up with some dash marks, asterisk stars or triangle shapes.

Learn more about Torrie here, and find her on Instagram here.

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Kristi Nazzaro

Kristi is the mama to three beautiful children and the wife to an amazing, hard working man. She lives with her family at the Jersey Shore.

Kristi enjoys all areas of mixed media and can be found most often creating altered art tags with strong, positive messages.  She also enjoys working in her many art journals where she can creatively express and document her day to day life. Kristi has a love for bright, vibrant colors and a strong affection for white Uniball Signo gel pens.

 
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What does your art space look like?

My art space is currently my kitchen table. I have most of my paints, brushes, stencils, etc in two Raskog carts from IKEA. I wheel them out and put them away every time I work. However, there are piles of scraps, under paper and actual art journals all over.

Which 3 creative supplies could you simply not live without?

White Uniball Signo Gel Pen, Gelli Plate, Stencils

What do you listen to/watch while you’re making your art?

I usually listen to a podcast (my current favorite is Room in the Trees with Sabrina Ward Harrison and Trent Reynolds) or I listen to Tom Petty radio on Pandora.

Tell us about your go-to color palette.

Always shades of blue with lime green, bright pink and a touch of black and white.

What’s your signature design or doodle?

Tiny x’s or a scallop edged heart.

Learn more about Kristi here, and find her on Instagram here.

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Ashli Oliver

Ashli (a.k.a. soapHOUSEmama) lives with her husband and four girls, aged 12 and under, in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Ashli is a recovering graphic designer and when she is not busy homeschooling her kiddos, you can find her drinking copious amounts of coffee while playing with paint and pretty paper in her studio.

Ashli loves creative expression through art journaling, memory keeping, mail art, and much more! No matter what she is working on, it usually involves lots of messy, painty fun!

 

 

What does your art space look like?

A lovely, rustic industrial space full of light that is always a mess!

Which 3 creative supplies could you simply not live without?

White paint, a pencil, watercolors.

What do you listen to/watch while you’re making your art?

Dateline, 20/20, or 48 hours.... guilty pleasures!

Tell us about your go-to color palette.

Soft pastels with pops of black.

What’s your signature design or doodle?

Oh hmmmm.... I'm not sure! Messy pen lines and circles? Or maybe faces? Sometimes it's hard to recognize your own style!

Learn more about Ashli here, and find her on Instagram here.

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Jenni Zmuda

Jenni lives in rural Michigan where she raises dogs, goats, chickens, kids, and any other stray animal that stumble into her yard.

When she’s not doing that, she creates. She like to dabble in many different realms of the art world, but art journaling is her favorite. It is just so freeing and forgiving.

Don't like what you did? Paint over it, or even tear it out and save it for another project.

She loves sharing what she does with others and above all, showing people art, like life, doesn't have to be perfect to be considered beautiful.

 
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What does your art space look like?

Small. I have a table along a wall in my (tiny) bedroom. It proves you don't need a big fancy space to be able to create.

Which 3 creative supplies could you simply not live without?

I'm a firm believer in using what you have. You don't need the fanciest latest supply to create beautiful art. That being said, I always have to have a Stabilo-All Pencil, white acrylic paint, and acrylic inks.

What do you listen to/watch while you’re making your art?

I always have music playing. Of all genres, depending on what mood I'm in.

Tell us about your go-to color palette.

Blues. I love all shades of blue!

What’s your signature design or doodle?

Probably a messy scallop. It's easy and doesn't have to be perfect.

Find Jenni on Instagram here and on her Etsy Shop here

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Anna Friesen

Anna loves wandering to observe the little things. She sees beauty in mundane things and enjoys capturing it through her camera lens. She loves good writing, heart-filled, warm, cozy literature (no horror genres for her).

She seeks the JOY in Christ - he is the One she rests in for her salvation. Anna is an unschooling mama to three precious souls. She has a long-suffering and devoted hubby of 22 years. She likes using adjectives a lot. She adore all shades of PINK, teal, and all the deep hues of purple. One day she wants to own a yellow, quirky and cutesy art studio, but until then, her kitchen table is where she creates.

What does your art space look like?

I work on my kitchen table, with a cart and baskets all around me, which I haul out of the bedroom.

Which 3 creative supplies could you simply not live without?

Acrylic paint, stencils and my Gelli plate.

What do you listen to/watch while you’re making your art?

If it's evening, I watch whatever the fam is watching, so Planet Earth, YouTubers, hubby's westerns, etc. I listen to my kids' favourite music, so mostly pop/rock/indie. They usually love what I love. I also listen to Christian worship music or classical.

Tell us about your go-to color palette.

Purple, pink, teal and yellow.

What’s your signature design or doodle?

Whimsical dots, circles, flowers, sometimes grids and lines.

Learn more about Anna here, and find her on Instagram here.

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I hope you’ll join me in giving each of these ladies a huge welcome!

One thing I’m giving thanks for this year

A few months ago, I welcomed a design team to of six amazing ladies to work with me and my products and I am so glad I did!!

I was really excited to collaborate with a handful of inspiring mixed-media artists and the experience did not disappoint. I feel so fired up whenever I see the beautiful artwork created using my products, and these ladies have done an excellent job.

As we get towards the end of the year, and I prepare to introduce the 2018 design team to my online community, I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate these six women and thank them for everything they’ve done.

It inspires me endlessly to see how you all create so differently using the same supplies and I can say wholeheartedly that you have ignited an extra creative spark in me and in all the readers of this blog. Thank you!

If you’re new to my community or my website, and haven’t seen all of the juicy tutorials my team has created this year, you’re in for a treat (keep reading for the details).

I hope you’ll join me in wishing each of these lovely ladies the best of luck as they take the next step on their creative journeys.

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


 
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Sherry Canino is a mostly self-taught mixed-media artist with a whimsical, light-hearted style. Her projects include:

Follow Sherry here.


 
 

Anna Friesen is all about the pink and the florals - I love how that signature creeps into everything she does. Her projects include:

Follow Anna here.


 
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Karen Gaunt is a mixed-media artist with a soft spot for paint, color and creating alongside her daughter. Her projects include:

Follow Karen here.


 
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Jenni Zmuda loves to dabble in all things “art” (with art journaling being a firm favorite). Her projects include:

Follow Jenni here.


 
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Ashli Oliver is a recovering graphic designer who finds joy in the whole messy creative process. Her projects include:

Follow Ashli here.


 
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Kristi Nazzaro is a mixed-media artist with a passion for putting vibrant color everywhere. Her projects include:

Kristi's third project for the year will be shared on this blog on November 25, so check back for more inspiration!

Follow Kristi here.


Cute and easy to make 10 Day Gratitude Art Journal

Anna Friesen

It's always good to meditate on things we're grateful for. Why not take it further by documenting them for ten days in a funky, colourful art journal?

Design Team member Anna Friesen is sharing with how she made this beautiful mixed media Gratitude. We are all guilty of not stopping to appreciate all that we have and what better way to fix this than with this little journal? Follow along with her video tutorial as she creates something which is sure to make you the hit of the party! She uses Art Pops™ and Paperbag Studio Stamps to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @annafriesen #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

In the video, you will see me apply luscious colours onto manilla tabbed index dividers with one of my favourite tools to add lots of colour: a brayer. Then watch me fingerpaint and stencil my heart out, followed by stamping with beautiful artisan rubber stamps. These sets, called Shine and Dream Thicket wiggle their way into my artsy heart the more I use them!

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 "It's always good to meditate on things we're grateful for."  - tweet that

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Icing on the cake is adding the fabulous arrow stickers by Roben-Marie!



Going Deeper...

describe to us where you create. do you have a designated studio space or do you have to share it with your family?

My art studio is my kitchen table. And it is MESSY! All the goodies are nearly a permanent fixture in our home, and the table always decorated with paint marks. 

what is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting off with mixed media and art journaling?

I would take an old book that you can re-purpose as an art journal. Pick one with sewn binding and with some beautiful black and white illustrations. Start adding paint and ink to random pages, with no outcome in mind, but just to add paint to the pages. Take some classes, or watch YouTube videos and just watch how others do it. 

>>>Want more inspiration from Anna?  Check out her happy mail art pocket Tutorial.<<<


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My Creative Business Toolkit: Productivity & Marketing Tools

Peak productivity = more time for creativity

‘Productivity’ sounds like yet another of those boring buzzwords, right?

I don’t think that’s the case - improving your productivity allows you to do more of the fun, creative stuff that you want to be filling your business with. tweet that!

There are so many programs and pieces of software out there that claim to do this, but loads of them are so complicated. You end up spending more time figuring them out and using them than you would otherwise. That’s why I like these three - they’re much simpler than that.

My Creative Business Toolkit: Productivity & Marketing Tools and Grab Your Free Copy of My Creative Business Tools: The Complete Guide  @robenmarie Article by Roben-Marie Smith #business #productivity #solopreneur #techtips

AIRTABLE

Airtable is super flexible as it is part database, part spreadsheet. I use it for tasks like organizing all of my webpages (which you can read all about here), so that I have more time to spend being creative and less time wasted on trying to find lists and numbers and links.

Trello

This is the main tool that I use for managing my tasks, and I actually combine it with Airtable to try to manage my projects as efficiently as possible. Because that’s the goal, right?! You can read more of my thoughts on the wonderful world of Trello HERE.

CoSchedule

I use this content marketing calendar primarily for my blog and creative projects, but it can also help if you need to schedule your social media. CoSchedule has a bunch of great features so you can plan, create and promote your content all from one place, and it’s so easy to use as it’s all drag-and-drop.

These three tools are my favorites for maximizing efficiency, and efficiency is IMPORTANT. A minute saved here and there allows you much more space for creativity and artistic explorations - that freedom is priceless.

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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How to paint gift bags that will make you the hit of the party

Ashli Oliver

I love crafting for the holidays, especially when it comes to the gift wrap! And, I think we would all agree that nothing is easier than putting a gift in a pretty hand made bag, right?

Design Team member Ashli Oliver is sharing with us some beautiful hand painted gift bags. Follow along with her video tutorial as she creates something which is sure to make you the hit of the party! She uses Art Pops™ and Paperbag Studio Stamps to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @soaphousemama #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

These mixed media bags were so much fun to make and I think they will be even more fun to give! Inspired by the gorgeous, bold colors in the Urban Fringe and Wait for Me collections, along with the perfectly wonky and organic doodle shapes of the Mixed Media Essentials Stamp set.

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"I think we would all agree that nothing is easier than putting a gift in a pretty hand made bag, right?" - tweet that!

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I collaged, painted, and doodled my way to holiday gift wrap happiness. I hope it has inspired you to do the same!



Going Deeper...

describe to us where you create. do you have a designated studio space or do you have to share it with your family?

I am blessed to have a designated studio space. It's one of the reasons we bought our house. I share pictures of it on my Instagram recently too! Its a space that used to be a two car garage and was closed in by the previous owner of our house.

The concrete floors and exposed brick make me simply giddy! I have outfitted it with plenty of wood furniture and metal shelving and the whole look just makes my heart happy. I share the space with my four daughters and we just love being in there together!

what is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting off with mixed media and art journaling?

Don't be afraid! Seriously... it's just paper, people. If you find yourself at a place where you are LOVING what you have worked on but know that it needs more... take a picture of what you have. That way, if you mess it up beyond repair you can either print out the photo of what you had on nice paper and work on that, or you can look back and remember what you had and evaluate where you went off course.

Every "mistake" is an opportunity to learn! Don't be scared - just go for it!!!

And don't forget to have fun!

>>>Want more inspiration from Ashli?  Check out her Altered Travellers Notebook Tutorial.<<<


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Embrace persistence in the face of resistance

I am an artist.

No surprise there, right?

That means I have built a business based on my creativity. That also means that I have to stay creative, day in, day out. I have to make art regularly, and come up with new ideas constantly… it’s how I make a living.

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Most of the time I can do that no problem. I love mixed media, and there are always projects I have in mind or new techniques or tutorials for me to test out. But sometimes… I just can’t.

I’ll have days, or even weeks, where I just want to throw in the towel. I want to get a “regular” job, or lock my studio up for good and run away to a private island. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like that on occasion.

Whether you’re a full-time artist or a creative hobbyist, sometimes you’ll feel like giving up. Sustained creativity can be hard, especially when you’re juggling all your other responsibilities. tweet that!

I’ve managed to identify three things that make me feel like giving up, and over time, I’ve come up with a handful of techniques to help me move past them. Today I’d like to share those with you.

Overwhelm

I feel like this one is caused by having 24-hour access to the online world.

It’s so easy to pick up our phones and see all of the amazing workshops out there, or all the new supplies being released, or all the new challenges to take part in, or all the beautiful art everyone else is creating… and that’s before we even dare look at Instagram or Pinterest.

Tip: Block out some time in your day or week where you can just unplug. Turn off your phone, or at least your notifications, and spend some time getting in touch with your own creativity again.

Boredom

A regular creative practice is brilliant for developing a personal style, but sometimes we get into the habit of making the same things over and over. Sometimes that’s exactly what we want to do, which is great, but sometimes it’s because it’s become a habit.

Tip: I challenge you to learn a new technique, try using your supplies in a different way, or create using prompts that push you out of your comfort zone.

Frustration

Frustration is a difficult one, but it’s something we will all face at times. For a lot of artists, it’s hard to let go of perfectionism. You go into your studio with an idea in mind and if it doesn’t all go to plan… you leave grumpy at best.

Tip: Remind yourself that these feelings are all part of the process. Nobody wakes up and spontaneously creates amazing art daily. It’s all about working your creative muscle and showing up regularly. You’ll get there.

The real key here is to embrace persistence in the fear of resistance.

No matter what blocks you’re dealing with, you need to remind yourself that you create because it’s your love, it’s your calling, it’s what keeps you going. You owe it to yourself to power through.

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Make a special mixed media art box perfect for gift giving

Jenni Zmuda

For this design team project I was asked to make something that could be given more of as a gift. I do love my art journaling and such but I love to make other things as well.

Design Team member Jenni Zmuda is sharing with us a special mixed media art box which is perfect for gift giving with us Design Team project. She uses Art Pops™ and Paperbag Studio Stamps to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @jennizmuda #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

Wandering around the isle of my local Meijer I found this box and thought it'd be perfect for the project. (I've already started using it for my 'found words'.)

I actually started this project twice but did not like the outcome. So, twice, I ripped off the paper and repainted it. This gave it some glorious texture! Once I did like what I started, using Roben-Marie's new 100 Days Art Pops™ Collection I just built from there.

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"If I were to give one piece of advice to someone just starting out, it would be don't compare yourself to anyone else! " -Jenni Zmuda - tweet that!

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I don't plan out too much when I create. So what you see in the video is pretty much what you get. Just me adding things (and taking away) as I go along until I like it enough to call it finished.



Going Deeper...

describe to us where you create. do you have a designated studio space or do you have to share it with your family?

I share my creative space with my bedroom. It is a small about 12x10ft room. I have a full sized bed, end table, hope chest and an armoire!

Along one side, in between the bookcase and armoire I have a table that is about 6ft long. It is cramped to say the least! But it is also my favorite space in the house.

It being in the my bedroom serves a couple purposes. One that I am able to leave everything out and on my table and not worry about the mess. I can just close my door.

Another purpose is being a busy mom, if I have five minutes here or there, I can pop in and work on something. Or I can work on it at night when everyone else in the house is asleep and not worry about waking them up. My tiny cramped space works out very well for my art-ing needs. :)

what is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting off with mixed media and art journaling?

If I were to give one piece of advice to someone just starting out, it would be don't compare yourself to anyone else! Comparing what you're doing to what someone else may have been doing for years will just deter you from journaling. Keep your eyes on your own paper, so to speak, and just figure out your own style.
 

>>>Want more inspiration from Jenni?  Check out her Messy Art Zine Tutorial.<<<


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How to Find and Recognize Your Creative Style

Hands down, the question I get asked most frequently is about how I’ve managed to develop my own signature style.  I tend to chuckle a little at that.  Funny, I can "see" the style of others, but am so unsure of my own.  

Having a style that’s “yours” can be an empowering thing. tweet that! It can make you feel like a more established and authentic artist. It can also help other people recognize your work in an instant - which is really helpful if you’re hoping to build a business from your creative efforts.

I want to start out by saying you can’t force a style to emerge overnight. Allowing it to develop over time is all part of the creative adventure.

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When I look back at how my style has evolved over the years, it is clear that it definitely changes, grows and emerges over time.  I used to work with a lot of warm colors and now I use bold, bright color. 

Having said that, I do have a few tactics to help you tap into your style with a little more ease:

Step away from all the visual inspiration.

Stop mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, stop pinning, stop watching endless Youtube tutorials, stop taking workshops. Not indefinitely, just for a little while.

When you’re constantly seeing other people’s art, elements of their work will creep into yours without you even realizing.  Clear your space of all the noise, grab the supplies that make your heart sing and allow your creative vision to emerge.

Look back through your old artwork.

See if this sparks anything. It’s the easiest way to reignite your old creative passions.  Sometimes I take old projects and paint over them or cut them up and use them in brand new projects.

Follow your instincts.

Make it a regular practice to pull out a blank sheet of paper and just start creating. No rules, no plans, just your own creative whims.

Take note of your personal tastes.

Look at what you’re naturally drawn to. This could be favorite colors and textures, it could be supplies, it could be techniques… ultimately these elements will form part of your signature.

I try to break out of the norm and try new colors and supplies, but I end up being pulled back to what I love and find especially satisfying.

Reinterpret creative lessons.

When you do take workshops and watch tutorials, don’t be afraid to deviate from the lesson plan and follow your muse instead. For example, in my Pop-Up Fringe Journal workshop, I give my students printable collage sheets to use as journal covers, but you could absolutely use your own painted papers.

Most importantly, don’t forget that your eyes may not always see a signature. Sometimes it takes someone else to show you that you already have a recognizable style. Ask a cherished friend to flip through your art journal and see for yourself!

I hope these tips have helped you see that developing a creative style doesn’t need to be such an uncertain process, nor does it need to be all-consuming. It will happen naturally over time, so just sit back and enjoy your creative play!

Have a blessed day.

Roben-Marie

Easy to Make Artsy Gift Tag Holders Sure to Delight

Sherry Canino

I absolutely love to adorn gifts with my handmade tags on them. I feel like they are a special gift in themselves. I readily have them on hand since when I feel like doing something artsy but don't have a lot of time, I typically grab a tag to create.

Design Team member Sherry Canino is sharing with some delightful Artsy Gift Tag Holders for her latest Design Team project. We all give gift vouchers as presents and this project will help turn them into a really special item to give away. She uses Art Pops™ and Paperbag Studio Stamps to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @sherrycanino #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

This got me thinking about creating a little holder for them to give them as a gift themselves. We all have those hard to "find a gift for" loved ones in our lives so why not create a little gift giving pouch with tags in it, that they can just grab one when they need it for that special gift.

I have created 3 tags to go into the little gift tag holder that I also created but this holder would certainly hold probably 6 or 7 if you wanted to add more. 

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"To give a handmade gift is to truly give a gift from your heart "- Sherry Canino - tweet that!

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This was so much fun to create and with the Laguna Dreaming Art Pops™ Collection super easy. The colors in this line make the tags perfect for gift giving on any occasion.



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describe to us where you create. do you have a designated studio space or do you have to share it with your family?

I have often dreamed of having a studio space outside of my home, but a few years ago we moved into a bigger house that had a formal living room as well as a family room. Since it is just my husband and I and the pugs we really don't need both rooms.

So my formal living room is my studio, set up with daylight overhead lighting and great natural light from the 5 windows in the front and the back as well as a huge table for me to create on.

I was blessed to have a carpenter build me a huge shelf unit with adjustable shelves and it has everything I need. This allows me to create any time of day or night and never have to leave my home. It has become "my space" decorated with special art from other Artist friends and such.

I love that it's in my home and do not have any plans to change that.

what is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting off with mixed media and art journaling?

Advice that I have to offer for someone starting off with art journaling or mixed media is to just be yourself. Don't try to make your work look like everyone else just be authentic to you, that is how you find and develop your style.

Also be patient and continue to show up, we weren't born knowing how to walk we had to learn and practice and we fell down some of us a lot, art is the same, you will fall down but you will learn from that don't ever look at it as a failure moment look at it as a learning moment.

And don't forget to have fun!
 

>>>Want more inspiration from Sherry?  Check out her mini inspiration journal Tutorial.<<<


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Art Retreat Weekend in Bruges, Belgium

UPDATE: This event is now sold out.

You know I value creativity, and you know I value community. I’m excited to announce an opportunity that combines both of these (and more)!

If you set out to design the ultimate fairytale town, it would be impossible to improve on the dreamy, picturesque center of Bruges. With whispering canals, historic churches and cobbled lanes, this city has it all.

The natural (and architectural) beauty of the place is one of the many reasons I’ve chosen it as the location for an intimate, European art adventure - and I’m inviting you along!

 

Join me for an artful weekend retreat at a beautiful, private studio space on the Damme Canal from
August 30 - September 2, 2018.

My Creative Business Toolkit: The Video Edition

It's no secret that I LOVE technology and back in my college days, I won't say how long ago (Apple was just hitting the scene -- hint hint!) I was a programming major.  I know, right!?

I’ve been sharing my creativity online for a while now and I often get asked about the tech tools I use to record.

It is so rewarding to merge my love of art and tech in my creative life and business and I especially find joy in teaching others the techie side of things.

We all know the world loves video. The very existence of YouTube can attest to that. I think that, particularly as artists and makers, video is the most effective way to express ourselves online.  

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Nowhere else is it possible to create such inspiring, personal content that’s easy to understand, easy to consume and easy to enjoy.

Today I thought I’d share a round-up of the tech tools that make recording high-quality videos EASY. Tweet That!

Loom

Loom is a free tool that allows you to record yourself and/or your screen directly from your Google Chrome browser. It’s brilliant for quick “how tos” and your videos are incredibly easy to share.

Vimeo

I’ve been using Vimeo to host my tutorials and workshop videos for years now. They offer a whole range of privacy settings, making it the the perfect platform if you’re planning to teach online classes.

YouTube

People don’t often think of YouTube as a tool, but it’s fantastic for helping you reach a wider audience. As it’s a Google product, YouTube content will always show up towards the top of any search results… so don’t dismiss the idea of offering free creative videos.

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For live streams and screen share videos

I like to have an external webcam to film my live streams as it really helps to upgrade the quality of your video. I also like to use an external microphone, as I find this makes my audio much clearer and crisper without any muffling or interference. My tools of choice are the Logitech C920 webcam and Rode Lavalier mic.

For art videos and online workshopS

My filming setup for art videos looks a little different. I use the Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand for simple overhead filming, attached to it is my lovely old Nikon 5150 and Rode Videomic. These upgrade the quality of my videos even more, which is really important if they’re going to form part of a paid workshop. Back in the day, I used an old Sony Camcorder with tapes -- I just dated myself, didn't I?

It’s worth mentioning that while these are my favorite filming tools, you don’t need these to get started. You can use a smartphone or an old “point and shoot” digital camera in the beginning. You can use your inbuilt webcams and microphones.

Technology is nice, but it’s not your focus, creativity is. Don’t let your fear of not having the right tools stand in your way. Go for it and have fun!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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Easy to Make Found Words Magnet Video Tutorial

Karen Gaunt

I am always looking for new ways to put my art on display around my home. It makes me sad to have my work shut away in my journals all the time where I can't enjoy it more often. Our creations should be out on display for us to enjoy ALL the time.

Design Team member Karen Gaunt is sharing with us how she got creative by upcyling some bottle caps for her latest Design Team project. Create your own magnets to adorn your fridge or to give away to someone special. She uses Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @karengaunt #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

I love to recycle objects into my art whenever I can, and these bottle cap magnets are the perfect project for this. Very few supplies are needed and they are simple and easy to make. I even have my husband trained now to very carefully remove the caps from his bottles and hand them straight to me!

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"Our creations should be out on display for us to enjoy all the time." - tweet that!

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These magnets grace my fridge now where I can enjoy looking at them all the time. They would also be a perfect little gift for a friend and you could customise them with your own special little message for them.



Going Deeper...

describe to us where you create. do you have a designated studio space or do you have to share it with your family?

I live in quite a small one bed apartment so I definitely do not have a designated studio! I do have a very understanding husband who has let me take over a portion of our main family room though. The space is small so I need to make the most of it. I have some great shelves and storage all round me so I am well organised. Honestly if I had more space I would just fill it so I am probably better off sticking to small scale!

what is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting off with mixed media and art journaling?

I know you are going to hear this from probably every single one of the Design Team but you really just have to start. Then you have to keep on going. This is a skill that you have to learn just like anything else. I have learnt so much from by daughter about expectations vs reality by teaching her how to read and to develop her drawing skills. She gets so frustrated when she isn't perfect straight away but she can't be, she is just starting. You wouldn't expect a child to read "War and Peace" right out of the starting blocks so don't expect a Picasso on your first attempt either. Slow, steady growth is what to aim for and you will be surprised at your results.

>>>Want more inspiration from Karen?  Check out her Altered Envelope Tutorial.<<<


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