Mixed Media Tips for Art Journals & More!

Hi Friends! I have decided to turn on my camera while I create for fun. During these sessions I listen to audio books or music and zone out in the creative process. I never know if the project will turn out well or not, I just enjoy the process. This painting took over an hour to create and it was a lot of fun just playing with products!


I packed the video full of quick tips and techniques that you can apply to your next painting!

Supplies (Feel free to use what you have!)

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During this speed paint video I will talk about the process of creating this piece and how layers are built starting with a watercolor wash, adding metallic inks and layers of darker paint. The we build body with gouache and finally add detail with colored pencils. After the colored pencil layer is laid down you can adjust further with more watercolor if desired, just be aware that it will not stick fully to the pencil area. We will talk tips and techniques through this painting that took me more than 1 hour to create in real time. I hope you find these tips helpful in your next painting and til next time happy crafting!

Video sponsored by Audible

Let’s Make a Tulle Tu-Tu! {Video Tutorial!}

Happy Monday folks! I had a fun weekend, I went to a Halloween party Saturday night and I got to wear the Tulle Tu-Tu I made the other day:

I used Orange and Black Polka Dot Tulle from Paper Mart. This is an inexpensive project that only took minutes to make. I think if you made smaller tutus in pinks and purples they would be a great craft fair sellers as well. Watch the video to see how I did it:

The skirt was really fun to wear too because it was so flouncey and bouncy. I felt like a Halloween princess LOL! Every girl should have some tulle in her life 😀 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

AAA Giveaway & A Question for You!

EDIT: This giveaway is closed, check back every month for a new About Art Accents Giveaway!

Well, I spoke too soon. I officially have a cold. I am stuffy and cranky and even the dog wants no part of my company which is just as well. I am holed up in my craft room with a cup of tea, Netflix on my Kindle and my markers (neener-neener). OK that is all the self-pity I can muster, on with the show!  Lookie what I colored. It was fun AND I get to give away this stamp by About Art Accents! All you have to do is leave me a comment and I will draw a name next Monday.

I am a curios sort though,  so,  I have a question for you (since you are commenting anyway): What tutorials would YOU like to see on my blog? Be specific or be general. What crafty stuff do you want to learn more about. Let me know and I may do a tutorial on it. That’s it, no strings, just leave a comment and good luck! You will also get the smaller matching stamp as well. The stamp is deeply etched red rubber. I just used a bit of double-sided tape to attach it to my rock-a-block and got a beautiful impression. I find that when I use a curved stamp mount I rarely need cushion on my stamps saving me storage space and money. I love that the stamps from About Art Accents are so deeply etched that I can still get all of the detail without the cling-cushion.

This is an easel card, it stands up like this for display but folds flat to mail in an ordinary envelope. I tried to keep the embellishments to a minimum so it would not be too thick to mail.  I colored the fairy with a combo of Promarkers, Copics and Spectrums, they all play nice together LOL! In fact, I’m thinking of just mixing all of my markers up in one rack or bin by color, marker intergration…a big marker party, Copics, Trias, Prismacolors, away with original packaging! Can’t we all just get along?

Well then, I’d better stop before I start considering resorting my paper by pattern instead of color…that’s just nonsense. Til next time happy crafting!

And don’t forget, leave a comment on this post to win stamps from About Art Accents! If you want to do some shopping there use the code Lindsay10% to save 10% on your order!


I had a wonderfully relaxing holiday! After the hub-bub of Christmas was over I spent the last two days lounging around in my ne snuggie reading…what a life! It is so nice to relax after the holidays. I made this card a few months ago for the December/January issue of Ready Set Create and wanted to share it with you today:

Paper: K&Co, Cardstock: Neenah, Markers: Copic, Stamp: Jelly PArk, Ribbon: Sew True, Eyelets: Dritz

Oh if you like the crinkled seam binging ribbon you can see a video on how I made it below. Also you can get free shipping on the seam binding from Sew True with this code: 10122F. I reccomend buying the natural color, it crinkles better than white for some reason 🙂

It’s not to late to get your copy of December/January Ready-Set-Create! magazine packed with informative crafting articles, product spotlights and hundreds of scrapbook, card and craft projects, it’s ony $4 and you’ll have lots of new ideas and inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Sweet free images to color!

I was searching for coloring pages for my kids online and found a website buy a children’s book author, Elizabeth O. Dulemba, with the most adorable coloring pages. So I printed out some of her images and colored them with my kids, I made mine small first in PSP so they would work for a card:


Isn’t she cute. I think it would be perfect for a teacher or a little girl “graduating” kindergarten. She reminds me of Fancy Nancy!

Have a great day folks and til tomorrow happy crafting!

One stamp six ways!

I was thrilled to get the stamp Fairy on Rocks from The Rubber Cafe. I know many of you love this stamp but are thinking “what can I make with it, How many times can I use a stamp of a fairy?” Well many ways as you will see. I look at stamps as an investment and before I choose them I think of the ways the image can be used.

K& Co (Amy Butler)
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K& Co (Amy Butler)

On this card I used the whole fairy image, why not it’s beautiful! I stamped the dress portion on pattern paper and cut it out and glued it on top for dimension. I colored the image with colored pencils. I love the look of colored pencils on colored card stock, it gives so much depth.

For the basket I stamped only the wings and punched out a circle, colored and glittered it and used it as an embellishment. Get the idea?

My Minds Eye
Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: My Minds Eye

For this layout I stamped the wings on vellum, added some color and used spray adhesive to attache them to this photo of my daughters from my sister’s wedding. I would have never bothered to scrap this photo cuz they weren’t looking at the camera or smiling and Maizy was cut off in the pic but I love it! I glued the transparency (Scrapnfonts DB boho frames) down with glitter glue which I used liberally around the page. Oh yes, and the pattern paper is by My Minds Eye from the wild asparagus pad and I shaped the edges with a fiskars shape express template that I scored at the “DollarTree” It reminds me of the pretty Pink Paislee paper I’ve been drooling over…

Around the Block, Vinyl
Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, PP: Around the Block, Vinyl

Here is the whole image again but I stamped extra rocks to extend the length of the card. I raised the fairy off the card with foam tape. The moon is made from metallic self adhesive vinyl, a freebie from the sign shop!

Lucky Squrriel
Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Shrink Plastic: Lucky Squirrel

I had some leftover shrink plastic from the mermaid earrings and stamped the fairy face on it, punched it and colored them with sharpies.

The Rubber Cafe, Strathmore Watercolor Cards
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Strathmore Watercolor Cards

Speaking of the mermaid, Here she is again with the “rocks” from the fairy stamp. I carefully inked only the rocks with a staz-on black ink pad and added a few lines here and there with a permanent pen then water-colored over it and glittered the mermaids tail. Before painting I rubbed a peice of wax where I wanted it to look like the water was reflecting and splashing, it left those areas white.

There you have it, six ways to usr the “fairy on Rocks” stamp from The Rubber Cafe. Think about all of the other ways you can use the stamps you already have! Have fun and Happy Crafting!