Stamped watercolor mixed media tags: moon faces

When I look at these circle faces I think of the moon, and today I let that inspire me as I created a pair of tags with these new Dina Wakley stamps. Supplies used/affiliate links are listed below. What was the inspiration? I wanted to play with some texture on my tag and adding stamping and color while the tag was still wet.

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Puppy inspired art journaling

If you’ve seen my past posts on art journaling then you already know – I strongly believe in my art journal being a place of judgment free play. Today in honor of “dog days of summer” week I’m creating with a new to me dog stamp that I think will be cool “uncolored”. The question becomes background and I’m creating in a way that is so very forgiving to test out ideas. Continue reading “Puppy inspired art journaling”

Art Journal play: Tim Holtz Distress Crayons

Distress Crayons by Tim Holtz & Ranger are here, and they’re fabulous! Currently there are three sets of six colors. I’m hoping of course that we see many MANY more colors to come! These are such fun – love playing with them and today I’ve got an art journal page and video to share.


If you’re looking for them – LOADS of shops stocking them. (affiliate links used) including Ellen Hutson,, Simon Says Stamp, and Blue Moon. Which set to get? Well it really depends on what you want to do with yours!

Here’s a link to my YouTube video if you’d like to watch me create the art journal page shown above.

I know I’m just on the surface of what these crayons do, and look forward to playing loads more with them! I hope you enjoyed this video – and watching me play and explore in my art journal today.

challenge: take it outside, and don’t look!


I’ve been out of the studio for oh, 8-9 days now. Family camping trip – so fun! How to keep that creativity going while out on the road? I brought along my art journal! Here you see it in the Crescent City redwoods. I did three types of exercises, NO finished pages:

1. Write one word then doodle from the letters

2. draw what is in front of me without looking at the paper

3. Only sketch the general shapes using only a black pen

All SUPER challenging, but also no expectations and it went really well! Much fun as the break from work and real world was – it’s good to be home. I’m off to catch up on emails and work on future happenings… stay tuned…