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Craft foam: NOT just for crafts

craft foam

Craft foam is a classic material usually used in craft kids projects. However, it has a number of uses for the mixed media,  art world too and here are some ways to use it.Craft foam is sold in a few sizes and in either  peel and stick foam or plain type.​Homemade foam stamps One of the […]

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How to use shimmery, shiny pigment powders (like Pearl Ex)

stacks of pearl ex pigment

I must admit  that I don’t alway buy art materials because I NEED them. I love shimmery and shiny things and these Pear Ex pigment powders are certainly that. So they caught my eye and of course, using my Michaels coupons I had to have a set.BUT…they sat in my closet for a really long […]

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10 things to do with gelatos(or watercolor crayons)


Gelatos are water soluble crayons or watercolor crayons. I have a couple of packs of them, but also own a pack of distress crayons and 2 packs of recollections watercolor crayons.  I use them all but, I decided to do this post on Gelatos because I think they are the best known watercolor crayons. (and […]

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7 Acrylic Ink Ideas

Daler rowney inks

Acrylic inks are gorgeous.  I’ve been buying them in Michael’s with 60% off coupons, bringing them home and storing them in my supplies cabinet. The ones I have are the Daeler Rowney inks and   the metallic liquitex inks. There are many shades and colors in both companies and they vary in price based on the type.These acrylic […]

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Inspired by Tori Weyers

abstract picture with gold looking like ducks

Will you believe me if I tell you that this is not an abstract picture of ducks on the banks of  a pond?Toris directions were to make  a flowing black line creating​ shapes. She filled hers in with gesso, paint and gold marks.I filled mine in with bits and pieces of green and blue dyed paper […]

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Inspired by Jamie Dougherty

painted butterflyon collaged, gessoed fabric pieces

The activity that Jamie did was quick and easy. She covered her page with material pieces, gessod over it  and painted an eye on top of the gessoed page. I glued down pieces of material as well. (I used a palette knife to do this. I then painted a layer of gesso on top of […]

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Inspired by Diana Trout

watercolor flowers

This piece is a no fail watercolor flower  garden. Diana does it on a 400 lb watercolor pad, but since I did not have that I  just did it in my Canson journal.I started by making some loose flower like shapes with my palette knife and gesso. I scratched some marks into the gesso while […]

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Inspired by Rae Missigman

abstract green journal page

I usually like to show some sort of process I went through as I follow these prompts, but this one just didn’t happen.Frankly, I can’t even remember exactly what I did. Rae just kept making marks and adding paint and stencils and collage papers and lines and that’s just what I did.I started as she […]

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Inspired by Catherine Scanlon

flowers in vase over newspaper

This project was simple and fun to do. I started by covering my page with ripped pieces of paper from a book. I then divided the page up into sections with a black marker. Each section got its own pattern also in black marker. I then drew a small flower pot, some flowers in it […]

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Inspired by Andrea Gomoll

flowers with dimensional paint

This piece looks totally different from what the artists Andrea Gomoll did,  but the basic steps were the same.I pushed gel medium through stencils and let it dry.I then took liquid watercolors (I only had golds and coppers) and let it flow over the whole page.She used 3D materials to create flowers​, so I went […]

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