Blog: Art Journal

Be Stubborn – Art Journal

“Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods…”

For my background I used some bright colors of acrylic paint and gouache, my Wabi Sabi rubber stamp set, my Tokyo stencil, and spray paint. I think having the two scales of this pattern together with the Tokyo stencil and the Wabi Sabi stamps is a nice visual mix.

For the figure I used a bamboo sketching pen and I stamped the back of the deli paper and painted over it, then I pasted it down with gel medium.

I used one of my favorite calligraphy journaling pens and posca markers for a little color.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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About Cities – Art Journal

“This is the lesson: great cities are like any other living things, being born and maturing and wearying and dying in their turn.” N.K. Jemisin

I used acrylic paint and my Wabi Sabi rubber stamps for my background, adding a few splatters here and there.

I also used a rainbow of acrylic markers for my building sketch and then went in with a signo pen for all the little details.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Solitude – Art Journal

“But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.”   – Rainer Maria Rilke

For this art journal I’m using spraypaint, posca and liquitex markers, and Acrylic paint to make my colorful background and neighborhood scene. It was fun to go in and highlight different areas of the architecture with detail, and also knock some things back with solid areas of gray and black.

I also added some colorful touches to my quote to tie everything together.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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We Shall Overcome – Art Journal

We’ll walk hand in hand, we’ll walk hand in hand,
We’ll walk hand in hand someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We’ll walk hand in hand someday.

– “We Shall Overcome”

This art journal page is a study for a painting – one that is very of-the-moment you could say. I used acrylic paint, spray paints, gouache and markers and decided to go really bold with colors. I used my Signals stencil for added texture on the building.

I used my Tokyo stencil for the pattern in the background.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke


    I have sung this song so many times in the past.
    For/with battered women and to fight that stigma of mental illness…it’s such a great way to unite people around an “issue”.


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No Feeling Final – Art Journal

“Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” – Rainer Maria Rilke. This quote really lifted me up the other day when I needed some lifting.

I used some collage paper in this one – deli paper and magazine paper which I layed over my Art Deco Summit and Art Deco Fairview stencils and then rubbed with sanding paper to reveal texture and pattern.

Along with acrylic paint, gesso, the collage paper, and gel medium, for my background I also stamped with my Triangle Love rubber stamps.

I added the quote in black and white to help give it some dimension.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

Join me today, May 1st, at 12noon EST for a Kaffeeklatsch LIVE chat from my studio. Tune in to my Facebook page for the broadcast and say Hello. I would love to hear what is going on with you these days :) See you soon!

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Interesting – Art Journal

Just some thoughts on what is deemed essential in the age of covid-19. This art journal spread is also a study for a painting of a liquor store close by – I love the scaffolding and the look of the building as well as the old signs.

I used acrylic paints and markers to create the buildings and add detail.

I also stamped one of my Mini Motifs stamps in gold to give the background a delicate pattern.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

My class on Wanderlust goes live tomorrow, May 1st! Are you taking part in the year long workshop? If not, you can still sign up HERE. There are a ton of amazing teachers to take you on your artistic journey.

…and I hope to see you tomorrow for another one of my Kaffeeklatsch Get Togethers on Facebook! I’ll be broadcasting LIVE from my studio and chatting with all of you :) Drop by and say Hello!

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Walking Through Fire – Art Journal

“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” Hoping to see everyone on the other side when all this has passed.

I created some star shaped patterns using my new Triangle Love rubber stamp set, along with my Floral Tile Large and Small sets. I love finding new ways that all of these stamps work together. Pattern building is definitely a good zen activity.

I also used a pencil eraser for the pink dots here and there – the little details tie everything together.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

Also some workshop news: The year long course Wanderlust is back on sale again and my lesson is coming up on May 1st. You can still sign up for the class HERE – it has 27 teachers and 50 lessons to get you going on your artistic journey.

And join me tomorrow, Friday April 24th at 12noon EST for a Kaffeeklatsch chat on Facebook Live – I’ll be telling you about my newest online workshop and also hearing from you – what are you up to these days at home? Drop in and say hello!

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Falling Chunks – Art Journal

“You don’t believe the sky is falling until a chunk of it falls on you!” – Margaret Atwood

My background is acrylic paint and then some of my new Wabi Sabi rubber stamps and MoonLight Duo ink pads.

I used a fude pen for the journaling…

And I sketched my figure in ink.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

Tune in at 12noon EST today to catch my Live Stream interview on The Fine Art Collective instagram @TFACNA. Artist and friend Jimmy Leslie will be interviewing me and we’ll open it up to questions from viewers too! Join us! 

And… tomorrow, Friday April 17th at 12noon EST please join me for a Kaffeeklatsch Get Together chat LIVE here on Facebook. I’ll be showing a new painting that I’m working on and also talking about some of the Artist in Residence interviews I’ve been doing.

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Together – Art Journal

“We are in this together! All will be good!” Hope this page finds you well and coping with everything ok.

For my background I used Daniel Smith’s gold gesso and then stamped over that with my new Mini Motifs set and my Solid Triangle Small.

Then I added a bit of color with some fine point Posca markers and used a pencil eraser for the dots with an ink pad.

I think I might also be channeling a little bit of Klimt here too. Speaking of- you can still sign up for my Artful Adventures with Gustav Klimt Workshop here – check it out – it is super fun! 

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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