Mixed Media Gift Tags for Christmas Tutorial

By: Sarah Donawerth

SarahTags.jpg

Every year, I try to add a personal touch to my gifts. I have hand-knit scarves, engraved names onto mugs, and even wrapped gifts according to each person’s house at Hogwarts (Gryffindor!).

This year, I’ve decided to personalize each gift with a mini piece of artwork on each gift tag. These gift tags can feature everyone’s favorite part of Christmas, from the tree to snowmen to stockings and cozy mittens.

Each tag features the same color palette and dots, so the whole set looks like one cohesive collection. 



SarahDRound.png

Sarah Donawerth is a writer, blogger, and published artist from Orange County, CA. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing fetch with her two little dogs, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley. Follow her as she crafts whatever her heart desires on her site HERE (and get access to her FREE library of clipart!).  Get social:  Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

 

Products Used in Tutorial

Pocket Tag Book Tutorial

JumboTag1.jpg

As seen in Brush Magazine - Issue Two



Products Used in Tutorial

Mixed Media Needle Book Tutorial

By: Kristin Peterson

Mixed Media Needle Book Tutorial with artist Kristin Peterson using Woodland Fairies Art Pop™ Cards. #robenmarie #artpops #kristinpeterson #diy #fabricart

I grew up in a family of seamstresses. My Mom, both of my Grammas, my great Gramma, an Aunt, and a great Aunt. Colorful fabrics, thread and all that goes with sewing including the colored needle book holders with the colorful tin foil insides. That is what gave me the inspiration to make my own needle holder book.


I used two of the Woodland Fairies Art Pops™ Cards to create my needle book. One with a face card for the front and a coordinating card for the back. I stamped on the front of the card, as you can see here in the finished product, and added "sew what" but feel free to add your own quote, or maybe no quote at all.

 

Kristin 1.jpg
Mixed Media Needle Book Tutorial with artist Kristin Peterson using Woodland Fairies Art Pop™ Cards. #robenmarie #artpops #kristinpeterson #diy #fabricart
 

Once I selected my cards, I chose a black and white fabric for my background. The background fabric is important for holding everything together. The other important piece is to add fabric stiffener to the front and back pieces to provide strength and structure to your piece.

I ironed on the fabric stiffener and sewed around the outer edge to ensure that the stiffener was going to stay put.

 

I used pinking shears to cut my two felt pages. I did sew a small piece of white cotton to the left hand edge of the felt pages to be bound with the front and back of the book.

I did leave one "page" longer than the other, so when you open the needle book you see the two "pages."

 
 
Kristin 3.jpg


 

You should be ready to pull it all together and put it into the sewing machine. Stack it all.... the back, your two inner felt "pages" with the white cotton fabric flush along that left hand side and then your front page.

Put it into the sewing machine and stitch all together. I purposely left the left edge longer and this can always be trimmed according to how your book is looking. If you think the left edge is too long, trim it; starting small first and trimming again if you think it needs it. I did trim mine down.
 

Krisitin 5.jpg
Kristin 2.jpg

 

Once the front and back fabric pieces had the stiffener added, I added my Art Pops™ Cards, stitching each of those to my front and back pieces of fabric.

I did leave about 1/2" of fabric outside of the Art Pops™ with the exception of the left edge where I left about one inch to make sure I would capture my inner "pages" of felt.

 

 
Krisitin 4.jpg

 

 

To put those finishing touches onto my needle book, I used sari ribbon on the stitching and left edge to tidy up my little book.

If you have anyone who is a seamstress, or even if all they do is sew on the occasional button, this needle book is sure to be an adorable gift for holding those spare sewing needles.



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.  Follow:  Blog, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


Products Used in Tutorial

In depth review on the GelliArts Gel Printing Plate

Want to learn more about how to use the Gelli Plate and grab a free download?

Let's go...

In so many of my workshops and art tutorials, I can be seen using the Gelli Arts Printing Plate - or at least using up scraps from previous experiments.

It’s probably the tool I get asked about most frequently - there are so many sizes and shapes of the plate now, and even more, ways to use it.

My first experience with the Gelli Plate was less than memorable. I kind of remember thinking that it looked and felt weird and that I had no idea what to do with it. It took a few sessions for me to really get the hang of it and to realize that this was a tool that required some “out of the box” thinking.

Now I can confirm that it one of my most favorite mixed-media toys, and today I’m going to tell you why.

In depth review on the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate and a video tutorial on Roben-Marie Smith's segmenting and layering technique. Also, grab your free download of the post along with nine starter art tags. @robenmarie #gelliplate #printmaking #layeringwithpaint #gelliarts #printmaking #gelliprints #diy #colorlove #ilovecolor #robenmarie #robenmariesmith

The starting point

The Gelli Plate is the perfect art tool when you are unsure about what to create, or you fancy a bit of mindless creative fun.

Sometimes, if I don’t have much time, or I’m not feeling inspired or motivated, I’ll pull out my Gelli Plate and make a stack of backgrounds. There’s something very therapeutic about brayering paint around and just letting things happen.

It’s the perfect place to experiment with pattern and paint, and you end up with endless awesome papers for future creative play. Occasionally I’ll get a print that is so "journal worthy" that I simply have to glue it in and layer it with other painty goodness.


Segmenting With the Gelli Plate

A tutorial to help you let loose and play!


The supplies

While I work with the Gelli Plate, I like to keep a stack of various different paper types next to me. My favorites include newsprint, cardstock, newspaper, shipping tags, watercolor paper, Anthropologie catalogs, text paper from various books and other random papers I’ve collected in my studio.

From a paint perspective, I’ve found that cheaper acrylic paints work best. You want a fluid consistency that contains a little water - this allows for nice, smooth rolling with a brayer and stays wet for longer.

GelliArts now has their own paints that are designed especially for use with the Gelli Plate.

Paint that dries fast is a bit trickier to work with as you have to work faster. You can extend drying time by using a glazing medium, but I don’t use this often (unless I really feel the need to work with one of my favorite heavy body acrylics).

 

Grab Your Free Copy of this Post and...
Nine Starter Art Tags

Enter your name and email to access your download!

Looking after your gelli plate

Always use your Gelli Plate on a non-porous surface. The plate contains natural minerals that can seep into your more porous surfaces, but anything like craft mats, freezer paper, and Plexiglas will stop this from happening. The Gelli Plate also comes with two sheets of plastic sheeting inside its packaging which works great too.

I’d advise cleaning your Gelli Plate before putting it away - I like to use a baby wipe or a damp cloth (both of which can be incorporated into other projects once they’re covered in juicy paint!).


In depth review on the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate and a video tutorial on Roben-Marie Smith's segmenting and layering technique. Also, grab your free download of the post along with nine starter art tags. @robenmarie #gelliplate #printmaking #layeringwithpaint #gelliarts #printmaking #gelliprints #diy #colorlove #ilovecolor #robenmarie #robenmariesmith

Printmaker Pro: Press, Stitch & Stash!
One of my Signature Workshops Using the Gelli Plate

 
Peggy.jpeg

"I have taken many of Roben-Marie's classes and have loved them but this one is fantastic. Love all the pockets, to put my colorful papers in. All three projects are great to use as gifts for artists, teachers and or friends, so useful and fun. She's the best." ~Peggy


Want more Gelli Printing inspiration?  I have an "oldie but a goodie" HERE!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


Download my Free Set of Gelli Printed
Starter Art Tags tweet that

In depth review on the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate and a video tutorial on Roben-Marie Smith's segmenting and layering technique. Also, grab your free download of the post along with nine starter art tags. @robenmarie #gelliplate #printmaking #layeringwithpaint #gelliarts #printmaking #gelliprints #diy #colorlove #ilovecolor #robenmarie #robenmariesmith
Enter your name and email to access your download!

Products Used in Tutorial

Unique and easy to make mixed media banner you'll cherish

Kristi Nazzaro

I am always amazed at the beautiful garlands I see on Pinterest.  Lots and Lots of frills and meaningful words.  For this project I wanted to "think out of my box" and make something that was both beautiful and meaningful.

Design Team member Kristi Nazzaro is spreading joy everywhere she goes and is showing us with how she made this beautiful mixed media banner. 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 @kristinazzaro #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

The word Joy holds a great deal of meaning to me.  Not only is Joy a celebration of gratitude and blessings but it also happened to be my maternal Grandmother's name.  She passed away when I was a child. 

I knew a Joy garland would be a beautiful sentiment showcasing a life filled with blessings and gratitude while also keeping my Grandma close to my heart. Roben-Marie's Paperbag Studios stamps and wonderful Art Pops™ are the stars of this project.


Download Kristi's JOY Printable to use in making your own banner!


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 currently create on my kitchen table.  I have two IKEA Raskog carts filled with art supplies - paint, stamps, stencils, pens, papers.  I roll them out every time I create and roll them back after.  However, I have various pieces of "art stuff" all over my house.  My family is used to pens, painty papers, art journals and tags here there and everywhere in our home.

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

My advice to people just starting out in mixed media is to Keep It Simple. Don't go crazy and try to make everything a masterpiece.  Take your time.  Enjoy the process.  Art is a way to express yourself freely and without judgment.  Allow your thoughts and feelings to flow naturally.

>>>Want more inspiration from Kristi?  Check out her Positive Affirmations Mirror Tutorial.<<<


Products Mentioned

Want Access....

...to My FREE Resource Library?

Get access to my library of resources, including checklists, artist papers, tips, sources and more!

All FREE - all for you - want in?

Created With Love in ConvertKit

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.

KristinRound.png

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

 
Pinterest - Quirky Face Mini Journal Tutorial.jpg

PRODUCTS USED IN TUTORIAL

Meet the 2018 Design Team

2018 DT.jpg

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


 
CindyRound.png
 

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.

Screenshot 2017-11-13 16.06.27.png

 

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.

 
KristinRound.png

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.

Screenshot 2017-11-13 16.07.47.png

 
LaurieRound.png
 

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.

Screenshot 2017-11-13 16.10.31.png

 

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.

 
SueRound.png

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.

Screenshot 2017-11-13 16.09.47.png

 
TorrieRound.png
Screenshot 2017-11-13 16.22.18.png
 

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.

Screenshot 2017-11-13 16.04.40.png

 

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.

 
KristiRound.png
Screenshot 2017-11-13 16.22.01.png

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.

Screenshot 2017-11-13 16.03.40.png

 
 

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.

Screenshot 2017-11-13 16.01.01.png

 

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.

 
JenniRound.png

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

Screenshot 2017-11-13 15.59.03.png

 
AnnaRound.png
Screenshot 2017-11-13 16.20.35.png
 

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.

Screenshot 2017-11-13 16.02.49.png

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


 
1.jpg
 

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.


 
DT 2017 Thanks Post Graphics.jpg
 

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.


 
DT 2017 Thanks Post Graphics (1).jpg
 

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

Follow Jenni here.


 
DT 2017 Thanks Post Graphics (2).jpg
 

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

Follow Ashli here.


 
DT 2017 Thanks Post Graphics (3).jpg
 

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!

***

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

***

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.<<<


Products Mentioned

Want Access....

...to My FREE Resource Library?

Get access to my library of resources, including checklists, artist papers, tips, sources and more!

All FREE - all for you - want in?

Created With Love in ConvertKit

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


Grab Your Free Copy of My Creative Business Tools:
The Complete Guide

 
creative business tools mock-up.jpg
 

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.

***

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

***

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.<<<


Products Mentioned

Want Access....

...to My FREE Resource Library?

Get access to my library of resources, including checklists, artist papers, tips, sources and more!

All FREE - all for you - want in?

Created With Love in ConvertKit

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.

Embrace Persistence in the Face of Resistance: 3 Things That Make Me Feel Like Giving Up and tips to help you overcome those creative slumps by Roben-Marie Smith @robenmarie #creativity #createeveryday #artist

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.

***

"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!

***

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.<<<


Products Mentioned

Want Access....

...to My FREE Resource Library?

Get access to my library of resources, including checklists, artist papers, tips, sources and more!

All FREE - all for you - want in?

Created With Love in ConvertKit