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Review: Stencil Revolution Stencils

Today’s post is a video review of Stencil Revolution’s stencils. If the above video doesn’t show up in the post please use this direct link. Months ago they contacted me to test and review their stencils. Unfortunately I was out of the studio longer than anticipated after cataract surgery. Photographer Tom Nelson shot the overhead […]

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Textures Class Registration Opens Today and Other Online Class News

The registration page for my Textures class is now open. Registration closes on March 27. Class begins on March 28. If you’ve always wondered how I make the background textures for my visual journaling and mixed media art sign up for this class. There are detailed videos for every step of the process and extensive […]

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Recipes Always Have a Place in a Visual Journal

I love to make new soups. I take things I have on hand and work out what would taste good together.  Keeping track of these improvised recipes in my visual journal means that I’ll be able to remake them and enjoy them again on another day. (Or be able to fix things that didn’t turn […]

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Post-Project Let Down: What To Do About It

        “Post-project let down.” What is it? How do you deal with it? I’ve got a few things to say about this today as the year winds down because journal keepers often experience a form of post-project let down at the end of a year. If you feel you might be prone […]

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In Context: Playing with Paint

Sometimes at the end of the day I just ant to sketch and move some paint around. The detail from today’s image shows the thickness of the pink paint I mixed. I remember with happiness pushing that paint around. I used Schmincke Pan Watercolors to pull out the colors. I used a bit of Schmincke […]

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In Context: No Political Comfort From Howard Stern

    A page from one of my post-cataract surgery green-lined journals. Brush pen and watercolor.  

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Registration for “Sewn-on-the-Spine” Journal Ends Tomorrow

Registration for this class is now closed. Registration for the next session of “Sewn-on-the-Spine Journal” ends October 11, 2019, 9 p.m. CDT. Class begins on Saturday, October 12, 2019. I’ll be in this class daily during the month of class answering your questions. All lessons open on Saturday so you can work at your own […]

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How Do I Keep a Journal or a Sketchbook?

I get asked all the time “How do I keep a journal or a sketchbook?” I teach journaling classes in which students create in visual journals. I teach drawing classes that require students keep a sketchbook. Some people also ask me how journals and sketchbooks differ. The questions have so much “extra” weight. What those […]

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Ways Your Journal Reflects Your Life—Unfinished Tests, Unfinished Sketches

      I hear from a lot of blog readers and students that they work on their journal sketches later, if they can’t finish them when they first set out to sketch. I believe a journal needs to reflect your life. That puts me in the “move on” camp if a page isn’t finished […]

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The Property Brothers Make Change Seem Easy (with Hard Work)

I’m probably the only person on the planet who sees “Property Brothers” as a show about change, adaptation, and living in the present moment. (As I write this I’m also including “Property Brothers: Buying and Selling,” as I watched them all simultaneously; and I have since started watching the new, “Property Brothers: Forever Home.”) While […]

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