Art Journal

Book Review: Paint , Play, Explore by Rae Missigman

My friend Rae Missigman sent me her new book Paint, Play, Explore – Expressive Mark-Making Techniques in Mixed Media and I couldn’t wait to dig into it.

I wasn’t disappointed – Rae’s love for mark making and finding all kinds of tools and ways to inspire you to make your own mark in your artwork is contagious.

I was inspired by her idea of creating marks on fabric and I couldn’t wait to get into my studio to do this myself.

I cute a piece of this beautiful fabric which I had hoarded for ever and used a brayer to add some color on top of it to reveal the pattern and texture of the fabric even more

Using a rigger brush I added some marks as lines playing

I used the same colors to paint a grungy background into my art journal.

Then I grabbed my Embroidery Stamp Set as well as a purple ink pad

and added some stamped marks to the art journal but also on top of the fabric

Then I grabbed some embroidery thread and a needle

and added some cross stitches and french knots as marks to the fabric

I cut out circles out of the fabric and added a blanket stitch around the big one and then glued them down onto the art journal

I love how they tie in with the design of the background but still create their own little focal point

I added journaling and some hand drawn marks with a pencil and white woody

And there it is the finished Art Journal page inspired by Rae’s book – full of marks

Paint, Play, Explore oozes of gorgeous colorful and energizing photos and Rae shows in four chapters her favorite mark making tools, what kind of marks, artwork and projects.It is a wonderful inspiring book – Rae definitely left a mark with her wonderful book – Paint, Play, Explore.

Go and get it to leave your mark in your artwork as well!

Comments (2)

  • Gill


    Hi Nat,
    I just wanted to tell you how much I love your Star Fish stamp. It is my favourite background detail stamp.
    Thank you. Gill


  • Rae Missigman


    Oh Nat I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed the book. Thank you so much for the kind words. It makes my heart happy. Your work is always so inspiring and your spin on this technique is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us! Can’t wait to see what you create next. Xx Rae


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Ungrounded – Art Journal

Just another day floating around, felling ungrounded ….


Using my new Grove Street Stencil and a RubberMoon Inkpad – sometimes just using the middle of the circle to create the background.

I think playing on this spread grounded me a bit that day ;)

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Be Kind, Always – Art Journal

I loved playing with my new and secretly new favorite Hamilton Stencil and tons of spray paints.

I pasted a piece of deli paper on top on which I had drawn.

I love how reapplying the stencil and spray partly with different colors and then repeating the process a couple times makes the pattern look so dimensional. It is my favorite thing about using spray paint.

Here are some of the supplies that I used:

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Things will work out – Art Journal

Love how this one turned out- see it all works out ;)

I used my new Broadway Stencil and with a Distress applicator I added some Distress Oxide ink through the stencil. I used different colors.

For the right page of the spread I applied some Distress Oxide ink with the applicator, then washed the applicator out and while the foam was still wet, rubbed lightly over the stencil

which resulted in a nice subtle pattern – love this!

I painted with some artgraf charcoals on top and added some gouache here and there.

I added some journaling with the artgrafs into the openings on the left and used a thin wet brush to go over to desolve it a bit.

I love how this turned out. Fun to play with those Distress Oxides.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Best Days – Art Journal

“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.”

I painted the background with some copper, magenta and white paint

and stamped some marks using some stamps from my Embroidery Stamp Set.


I transferred a photo to the background and painted with inks and gouache over it.

Here are some of the supplies I used besides Acrylic paints:

Comments (1)

  • Sue Clarke


    Love the words! The colors are great together as well Nat.
    It strikes me that there are no longer colors that I think of as “your colors” anymore…you use them all!


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Move On – Art Journal

Lately I wonder why I have wasted so much time in my live worrying about what other people think. I am glad I am at a stage where I move on :)

I used my new Van Vorst Stencil with  green and teal Spray paint on a copper and gold painted background.  I painted the lady with acrylic paint and gouache.

I love my new Van Vorst Stencil …the floral design makes me happy and green and blue on copper and gold always reminds me of old buildings ..hey you think I am weird? Well …LOL

Here are some of the supplies I used for this spread:

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  • Sue Clarke


    Interesting thought Nat. When I hit 40 I found I can’t much less about what others thought.
    Once I hit 50 I must say that I pretty much don’t care at all what people think.
    As long as I’m kind and not hurting anyone, I do what my spirit moves me to do.
    Which includes singing in public and saying hi to all dogs that I meet on the street (much to the embarrassment of my teenage son).


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Deep thinking – Art Journal

A bit simpler art journal spread  using my new Flower Maze Stencil with  spray paint.

Ink sketch on deli paper and some writing.

It was a fast art journal spread to get some thoughts down. Not a bad thing when you are in a time crunch :)

Here are the supplies I used

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Get it – Art Journal

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to …get it”

I started out the background playing by stamping the Space Oddity and the Mini Oddity Stamp with acrylic paint on top of each other which I liked very much.

I then added a layer of green and yellow ink over it- which I liked a lot as well- but the two stamps are almost too subtle now. I love that I now know though that the two on top work great and are a fun way to add a new pattern as well.

I painted the lady with loose brush strokes and black acrylic paint on top – it was a fun page to play and try some different things. And that is what an art journal often is about for me- trying and playing and just going along.

Here are some of the supplies that I used besides Acrylic paints

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Don’t stand still – Art Journal Spread

We cannot become what we want if we remain to be what we are.

Using the new Star Struck stencil I dabbed a cosmetic sponge in different colors of acrylic paint and then pounced them through the stencil.

I sketched the lady and painted her using watercolor and gouache.

I really like how this turned out – I really have to do more with watercolor and gouache.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Shasta Matova


    That is a beautiful and thought provoking quote, and you have showcased it so well.


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