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Covering Up Good Stuff in Art Journaling...


Sometimes it is necessary to cover up good stuff when art journaling.  In creating layers, I will often cover up elements that I really like.  I don't worry about "ruining" my page or not liking the end result.  The freedom I give myself to cover up things makes the process more enjoyable and more often than not I end up more pleased with the results.  Give yourself permission this week to cover up some good stuff and see what happens!

Have a  blessed day!




February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 14
Art Challenge:  Covering up good stuff
Journal Prompt:  Going undercover

My first layer is an inky piece of newsprint that I glued to my page.  I used the Stones Divided stencil with molding paste to create the half circle shapes.  I outlined them with a black stabilo pencil and added water with a water brush to spread the color.  I also painted an oval shape with watered down black gesso.

Next, I added some white circles with a Sharpie Poster Paint Pen to the black oval and used a handmade mark making tool and white acrylic paint to create the rings.  I journaled at the bottom of the page with a black pen (this is the good stuff I plan to cover up)!

To finish my page, I stitched a tag and other elements to an inky piece of paper, added a circle sticker, stamped a feather from Rae Missigman's Natural Elements rubber stamp set to book paper, trimmed and stitched to the top.  I stitched a scrap piece of paper and glued it to the top of the black painted oval. 





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

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman and Sandi Keene.


Cardboard Crush Workshop...

Just in time for Valentine's Day!!  I am excited to announce a new collaborative workshop with the ladies of Art to the 5th™ - CARDBOARD CRUSH!

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
and... ART ROCKS!

Ready for a project you can “crush” on?!

Straight from our personal retreat, we are bringing you Cardboard Crush, the project we loved so much we had to share!

This thick and abundant journal is jammed with color, design and stitching. The perfect place to stash your treasures, love notes, inspirations, photos or mail art. 

We provide FOUR entirely different takes on the body of the journal so you are sure to find just the right one to “crush” on. With 16 videos, we will take you step by step through the process with tips and favorite tools. The interior can be completed using our instructions or completely customized to meet your needs.

Whatever your heart desires - It is CARDBOARD CRUSH!


Join us at The Art5 Academy HERE!!!


Layers You Will Love - When Not to Stop...


Welcome to another week as we journey through the year creating in our art journals.  I am often asked about creating layers and how to know when a page is finished.  That is a hard question to answser but somehow I just know.  For this journal page I worked to a layer that would be nice as it is but I go on to add in more.  It is hard to create the "look" of layers without actualluy creating them.  I often find that it takes several layers before a page starts to really come together. What do you think?

Have a  blessed day!


February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 7
Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop
Journal Prompt:  "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough!" (Ooh)

Key to Additional Elements Added

1. Circle marks made with a Stabilo pencil.
2. Rubber stamped leaf from the Natural Elements Collection by Rae Missigman and white paint dots.
3. Doodle marks made with a Stabilo pencil.
4. Masking tape.
5. Black lines made with a Stabilo pencil.
6. Color in the flower petals with paint or crayons.
7. Doodle border.
8. White swirls and scallops made with a white pen.
9. Color in the flower petals with paint or crayons.
10. Triangles stamped - from Natural Elements Collection by Rae Missigman.
11. Using a scalloped stencil, add white paint.


I used the left side page in a workbook style to keep track of all the products I used.




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

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman and Sandi Keene.



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.