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Painting with Pine (and Fingers) {Art Experiments}

painting with pine boughs

We tried another semi-failed art experiment yesterday involving painting with a little pine bough. The girl was excited about giving it a try, picked out some colors and decided this was going to be “less scratchy” than the ill-fated pipe cleaner experiment. I laid out the paint on a plastic lid so she could pick up more of it at ... Read More »

Valentine’s Homework

tissue paper heart

The girl was home sick from school a couple of days last week, and I was trying to come up with things to amuse her (because she is the least-sick sick kid you have ever seen in your life) so I was casting around for some Valentine things for her to do, since she’s pretty obsessed with the holiday right ... Read More »

An Art Experiment Gone Awry

pipe cleaner painting

Sometimes things don’t work out the way we planned. That’s a pretty obvious statement, but when it comes to creating with kids, it’s pretty much always true. Yesterday morning the girl wanted to look at an art book to find a new activity to try (love that!). I was looking at Pinterest at the time so I pulled up my ... Read More »

Learn All about Art Journaling for Free

As I started learning more about art journaling this month I looked around online for good resources for new art journalers that would help me and that I could share with you. One fun way to dip your toe into art journaling is the free, 12-part ecourse from Kristal Norton. This course provides a nice overview of materials, basic techniques ... Read More »

How to Paint with a Credit Card

painting with a credit card

I haven’t gotten very far with my art journaling this week, but I did start a background yesterday using one of my favorite classic techniques of art journaling or mixed media artists: painting with a credit card. You don’t have to actually use a credit card, of course. Any little hard plastic card will work. If you do use a ... Read More »

Don’t Let Perfection Get in the Way of Creating

perfection quote

I am quite the perfectionist in most aspects of my life. I fail at being perfect regularly enough to know that is the natural state of things, but I still understand the feeling that it’s better not to do something than to do it poorly. I know the pain of things not turning out in reality the way they look ... Read More »

A Book to Get Beyond the Blank Page

flower power art doodle love

One thing that I think can stop people from trying out art journaling is fear of the blank page. It can be hard to come up with ideas or know what to journal about when you’re just getting started, and making that first mark on a page can seem really final. That’s why the other day I noted that I ... Read More »

Five (Plus) Things to Save for Art Journaling

art journal supplies

I mentioned the other day that people might be hesitant to start a new creative hobby like art journaling because they feel like they need to go out and buy a lot of supplies before they get started. But the truth is you have a lot of things in your house that will serve you very well in your art ... Read More »

A Weekly Art Journal Challenge

up up and away journal

Because I’m all about creative challenges and committing to things I won’t necessarily be able to do but that I’d like to try, while I was searching for resources having to do with art journaling I found Journal52, a year-long, free series of art journaling prompts. There’s a website for the program, but it also includes a Facebook group where ... Read More »

5 Creative Things to Do with 5 to 10 Minutes

chocolate sauce

Last week I tried to convince you of the importance — and ease — of taking little pockets of time to create for yourself. But if you’ve been out of the creativity game for a while, you might be wondering what you can do with a short span of time that you’ll feel good about. So I thought I would ... Read More »

Art Journaling Basics {Try Something New}

art journal fan

As I mentioned earlier this month, I’m trying to incorporate some different crafts into my routine this year. I get so into knitting sometimes that I neglect other creative pursuits, and knitting isn’t always that fun for me because it’s also my job. So each month I want to look a little deeper at some kind of craft or creative ... Read More »

How I Set up for a Crafty Playdate

table setup craft playdate

When the girl is home for winter break, I like to have a big playdate with as many of her old before-preschool friends as can make it. It’s fun for the moms who don’t get to see each other that often anymore, and of course it’s great for the kids, too. This time around I wanted to include a craft, ... Read More »