Wednesday, July 26, 2017

3 Ways to Jumpstart A New Journal!


"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."
-- Arthur Ashe


Hi there,

I gotta new journal! This is what I did to kick it off. . . .


What do you do with a brand new Journal? I'd love to know!

Kristin xo


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mixed Media Layers: Tissue & Deli Papers w/ Jessica Sporn Designs!


“A grownup is a child with layers on.”
-- Woody Harrelson


Helloooooo & Welcome! 

I had so much fun with this one; creating my own transparent layers for Mixed Media with both deli and tissue papers. 

I used every stencil I have by Jessica Sporn Designs for Stencil Girl and my favorite-est tiny stamps from her line with RubberMoon. It was fast, fun and totally addicting. Oh, and there's lotsa glitter and even a little copper foil involved too, so there's that.


For all the details on this project, head over to Jessica's blog. And please do let me know if you try it: I'd really love to see what you do!




Stay cool!
Kristin xo

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Turning a SKETCH into a STENCIL . . .


"I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing."
-- Mae West



Hellllooooo & Happy (officially) Summer!

I've been playing with a new toy: a wood burning tool! I'd been talking about making my own stencils with an arty friend, when she suggested that I try a wood burning tool and overhead projector sheets. Not only did she tell me what to do, but she then gave a stack of said sheets for me to try it. 

Try I did, and I have to say, I'm hooked! It's fun, relatively easy, and totally unique to me - or you - once you give it a go:



Have Fun & Happy Cutting!
Kristin xo

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Blog Hop, Video & Giveaway w/ Jessica Sporn Designs!


"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade".
-- Gertrude Jekyll


Helllloooo & Happy {almost} Summer! 

To celebrate, I'm HOPPING with the Jessica Sporn Design Team where we'll be sharing Summer-inspired projects and offering a GIVEAWAY of Jessica Sporn's newest stencil, "Women Will Heal the World." 

Wanna see the stencil first? Okay, here it is:


Pretty fabulous, right? It's such a unique stencil, I can't wait to share what I did with it. Here's my take on the theme; a DIY canvas tote for all our Summertime Art Journaling needs. . . .


Now, Let's get hopping! Be sure to comment here and on each blog listed below for multiple chances to win Jessica's newest stencil. All comments must be entered by Monday, June 12th, 6:00 pm EST. The winner will be announced the following day, Tuesday June 13th, on Jessica's Blog





Until we meet again,
Kristin xo

Saturday, May 20, 2017

"Thinking Cap" with Sunday Postcard Art!


"You can have fun, but you must also put on your thinking cap every day."
-- Tommy Shaw



Hellooooo & Happy Sunday Postcard Art!

I'm excited to be playing host this week, and have suggested the theme of "Thinking Cap." 

Mine is inspired by my role as a homeschool teacher / parent, and the beautiful fact that school's almost out! It was our first year of Middle School - our 4th year homeschooling - and although very rewarding, there were definitely moments of stress; mostly coming from yours truly. Now that pool parties are starting to replace tutoring sessions, the 11-year-old's not the only one that's doing a happy dance around here. 

But I digress: won't you join us by trying your hand at postcard art? I'd love to see how you interpret the theme!

Check out all the details here. . . 

With Love,
Kristin xo

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Playing - But Not Actually Completing Anything - in my Art Journal


"We're all a beautiful, wonderful work in progress. . . Embrace the process!"
-- Nanette Mathews


New YouTube video is up!

Join me as I play - but not actually, technically, realistically finish anything - in my art journal.

I hope you enjoy the colorful, sparkly process:


With love,
Kristin xo

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tutorial: Water COLOR Bubbles!


"Novels are like paintings, specifically watercolors. Every stroke you put down you have to go with.
Of course you can rewrite, but the original strokes are still there in the texture of the thing."
 -- Joan Didion


The word is obsession. 

Total and utter obsession. All over a bit of water in a bubble.

But honestly, it is So. Much. Fun.  

Wanna know more? Check out the following video for details. . . . 




Please let me know if you try it! I'd love to see your play of color and water, and I dare you not to become as obsessed as I am. . . .

With Bubbles of Love,
Kristin xo