Gelli Plate background with mixed media

My daughter was editing a new song that she’s been working on, so I borrowed some of her lyrics for the title of this journal spread. “One of these days… you’ll come back around.” She writes great lyrics. 😉

Gelli Plate monotype background with mixed media embellishments in my hardcover art journal. Acrylics, graphite, Caran d’Ache Neocolors, and oil pastels.oneofthesedays copy

Finished art journal pages with plastic bag printing elements. #printmaking #mixedmedia #artjournaling

 Playing with a zip lock bag and acrylic paints to leave impressions in my art journal. These are the 2 finished pages… plasticbagprinting1


Gelli Plate printing in Composition Notebook

This morning I wanted to make some quick Gelli Plate printed pages in my composition notebook to see how much paint these thin pages could handle. I had started this notebook a few years ago, but I lost interest in working on the lined paper after having filled about 4 of them with collage and daily writing entries. I was drawn to this one because I had decorated the front cover with acrylics, and it looked so pretty sitting on my bookshelf. I think I was going to use this notebook for capturing free writing exercises, having been inspired by the book Poemcrazy. (love this book) Note to self… I must get back to those writing prompts and let the brain purge all these creative words that are floating around.

I am always amazed at how much stronger these thin, ruled pages become with the added layers of acrylics. The traditional sewn binding makes these school notebooks withstand the toughest art studio abuse. Here is a little photo sample of this morning’s printing adventure…


Using some old sheet music to lift off extra colors and to have a place to wipe off the brayer.DSC_1003 Printing directly into the composition notebook.DSC_1001Styrofoam egg carton as a printing tool

DSC_0999DSC_0991Traditional black and white marble composition school notebook turned into an art and writing journal.

DSC_0990Homemade stamps. One cut out of folder stock. The other is a piece of cardboard with rubber bands wrapped around it.DSC_0988I painted the cover of my composition notebook with artist acrylics.

Oil pastels, acrylics, and a black China Marker. #mixedmedia #artjournaling


This quick sketch (above) in my mixed media notebook inspired me to work on the following smaller studies. Measuring only 2.5 x 3.5 inches, these tiny floral abstracts were completed in under 10 minutes. The goal was to achieve a sense of freedom and movement, uninhibited–without rules or too much thought process to get in the way of the creative mind. Children are so very great at this crayon-drawing type work. I guess that’s why children’s art is so appealing. Grown-ups need to play with their Crayolas more often.

(Acrylics, Portfolio Oil Pastels, Caran d’Ache Neocolors II crayons, and a Sharpie Black China Marker on paper)

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Travel art studio tote from Michaels craft store. #Michaels #crafts #art


I was super excited to find this rectangular shaped, soft art tote in Michaels Craft Store the other day. It is full of dividers and pockets and zippers… and well, it made perfect sense considering how many times I need to tote various little art tools and sketchbooks with me. Sometimes I’m just traveling from the art studio desk to the love seat in the living room, but it’s all about efficiency! LOL

An added bonus is that with the Michaels 40% coupon, it cost me only $12.00. Yeah, right? I know what all you art supply junkies are saying!!! Slam dunk decision in the crafting storage aisle! I haven’t even filled it to capacity yet, but I’m looking forward to my first test run when I have another art day at my sister’s house. On the move with my stash of goodies. FUN TIMES!!!  😉