• Cardboard Crafts,  Paper Crafts

    Making corrugated ornies

    My sister, Brenda, came down recently to visit. We wanted to get together to figure out how to use our Cricut Makers. That was pretty funny because we discovered they’re super easy! After cutting a few files on the Maker we were ready to play with something a little more fun. I remembered I had some corrugated stars cut so grabbed those, the gesso, glitter, paint, and some printed words. Corrugated cardboard is easily die cut with the steel-rule dies from Sizzix. I cut several more, then we sat down to play and decorate. They’re so easy to make. They can be spritzed with water to help distress the top…

  • Art Journal,  Paper Crafts

    A little birdie told me

    My Art Journal sessions are broken up into four weeks. Each four-week session is themed. These cute little birds are from Art Journal-Fly Away where we worked with creatures that had wings. These background pages started out with just a few stripes of acrylic paint colors and some water. Pretty darn boring! But we learned to work it into a beautiful background to display our winged birds on. Combining other mixed–media products with stamps, stencils and more, we were able to create the most beautiful backgrounds. It’s just so much fun and very relaxing to just sit and play with no end-game in sight. Your page may never be done…

  • Art Journal,  Paper Crafts

    Loving this art journal thing!

    Teaching classes at the CoBACH center in Brighton came to an abrupt halt back in October when the center was closed for building maintenance. With no word on when it might reopen I decided to try the classes in my¬† home. I won’t lie, it’s been cozy but it’s also been fun and rewarding. My most popular has been my Art Journal sessions. I never thought I could enjoy something as much as this form of free-form crafting. It’s a way to incorporate products you most likely already have and chances are haven’t used much. My Art Journal classes are offered in four-week sessions. Each week I teach a different…

  • Art Journal,  Paper Crafts

    Playing with paint & paper

    Boy, today is a good day to sit indoors and play. I’ve really taken a liking to art journals over the past couple years. I’ve been teaching art journal classes as well. I think what I enjoy most about the craft is the freedom to play. There is no right or wrong, no special tools required, and there are no steps to follow to get it right. I tend to play with the myriad of products already in my stash. Those can include scrapbook paper, old book pages, acrylic paints, Distress Inks, Alcohol Inks, etc. Lately it’s been the Americana acrylic paints from DecoArt. They’re relatively inexpensive and they’re readily…

  • Art Journal,  Paper Crafts

    Creating is good for the soul

    I never claimed to be an artist. I couldn’t tell you which colors will play off each other nicely, how to draw a face, the fundamental concepts of composition and design (heck, I don’t even know what that means!). What I do know is how to sit and create (play with my stuff). I also know that when I take the time to sit, create, and play, I can lose myself for hours and totally forget about the world around me and just totally relax and let go. It’s something I feel a lot of us feel guilty about the taking the time for. We need play time, whether that…

  • Paper Crafts,  Scrapbook Crafts

    Remembering Grandpa

    Dennis and I were talking this morning in his room about junk that needs to be sorted and gotten rid of. As I was looking around he mentioned the stack of his mom’s pictures. They were sitting under a shelf in a storage cabinet, just out in the open. Under the pile of photos was a little brag book of photos called ‘Grandma’s Show-and-Tell. We opened it as we turned the pages we could see our two youngest kids grow up right before our eyes. Those photos brought back a flood of happy memories as both of our parents are gone now. We were fortunate our kids were able to…

  • Cardboard Crafts,  Paper Crafts,  Ramblings

    Breaking routine

    I spent the weekend with inky fingers, creating art with my peers at Artiscape in Dublin, Ohio. I had so been looking forward to the annual weekend-long event. My friend Cathy and I travel together – she’s the driver. We left Friday morning and took nearly the whole day to get there, stopping at any antique store along our path. We even ventured into one estate sale where we scored some interesting objects! We took a little side trip to Wapakoneta to visit Gild the Lily, a lovely little antique shop we visited about three years ago. We were so glad we made to effort to get there because Glenna,…

  • Art Journal,  Paper Crafts

    Making messy fun

    In the Studio we’ve been offering Art Journal classes for well over a year. In January of this year we started a new version of the class titled ‘Art Journal Adventure.’ We’re working in a smaller format. I think the pad is about 5 inches by 9 inches. I’m really liking the smaller format and we’re able to keep the classes to its two-hour time limit. As much as I enjoy the creative process, at times I tend to lose sight of that when I’m teaching. It’s my students who often remind me why I started teaching in the first place. My goal in class is never to aim for…