Archive of ‘mixed-media’ category

Art & Whimsy Etsy Shop… Now Open For Business!

Squeeee… I have Big, BIG News today… I am officially open for business on Etsy!

Be sure to take advantage of my grand opening special of FREE Shipping, on select items.

New items will be added regularly, so please add ArtandWhimsyCreates to your favorite shops and check back often.

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Create Your Own Freeform Stencils

Hello all of you wonderfully artsy people!

I’m excited to share something new (to me) with you today!

I love stencils, all kinds of stencils, they’re a great way to add surface design and depth to my art journal pages and mixed media art. Sometimes, however, I’m looking for something just a little bit different or have the need for a stencil that I don’t have in my collection.

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Because of this, I decided to try my hand at stencil cutting. Today I’ll share with you my very first attempt at cutting my own freeform stencils, using the Plaid 2-n-1 Craft Tool and a Simply Stencil sheet, which is just a stencil blank, a clean sheet of plastic for you to cut your design into.

2015-05-24 12.22.52I started by plugging in my 2-n-1 Craft Tool, giving it a few minutes to warm up while I roughly sketched out my stencil design. My goal was a very freeform design. Because I do a lot of mixed media art, I knew that I wanted the printed stencil design to look rough, almost as if it was done by hand.

2015-05-24 12.45.35Working on a protected, heat-resistant surface, I began cutting the various design elements. This will take a few minutes, depending on how intricate your design is, but I encourage you to take your time and use caution; your craft tool will be extremely HOT.

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As you can see, my cuts aren’t pretty and I had a couple of ‘Oops” along the way, but I’m not bothered by that at all, It actually adds to the look that I’m going for.

If you want a crisper design, something a bit more structured, or maybe even a design that is just a bit beyond your current drawing ability, no problem! Simply print a design that you want to use from the internet, place the printed sheet of paper underneath your stencil blank, use a marker to trace the design onto your sheet of plastic, toss the printed paper and cut your design as I’ve explained above.

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Now that my freeform stencil was done it was time to PLAY! Taking a gelli print that I had previously pulled, I stamped on the various elements of my custom stencil, using acrylics, and added some random marks with pens and markers.

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The irregularities and “oops” of my roughly cut stencil only ads to the overall look, really giving it character. I’m pleased with the outcome of my first attempt at cutting freeform stencils and am excited to try my hand at a few more.

I hope that you’ve found this post informative and that you feel inspired to try it yourself. Using the Plaid 2-n-1 Craft Tool to create own distinctive stencils is a great way to make art that truly is uniquely your own. Have fun & Happy Arting!

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Handcrafted Books

I’ve made a commitment to myself to get my Etsy shop open for business in the next couple of weeks, so I’ve been busy making a few things to list for sale.

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This week I’ve been working on these Lotería inspired handcrafted books, in various sizes.

The cover of each one of these books is crafted from authentic Lotería cards, giving them fun and funky look.

Being Hispanic, making these books brought back a some nice childhood memories of playing this popular game, often referred to as Mexican Bingo.

Thanks for looking!


“Choose Happy” Giveaway Winners!

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Yes, you read that correctly… “winners”, there are TWO winners in the Choose Happy Giveaway!

Brave Girls Club sent me a copy of Choose Happy with my enrollment to Soul School, So I’m sharing a double dose of happy with TWO Art & Whimsy Followers!

The winners are Karen J. McLean and Gale Gibbons! Congratulations to you both and a big, warm thank you to everyone else that entered the giveaway!

Thank you all for following Art & Whimsy!

Note To Self

Dear Self,

Just a little reminder to Live Creatively, every. single. day. However grand or small the activity, even if all you have are a few short minutes, just do it… every. single. day.

Why? because you love it and because you’re worth it.

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Your Inner Artist

Dear Artist…

I recently hosted a Happy Painting giveaway here on the blog and asked people who entered to share a bit of advice for the new artist just starting out.

It resulted in such a wonderful collection of encouraging words that I decided to dedicate a blog post to sharing them.

So, whether you’re a budding artist or a seasoned creator, I hope you’ll read on; there are thoughtful words of wisdom tucked into this post, even a few from Juliette Crane herself.


Juliette Crane: Here’s a bit of advice from me: I try and remember to always have fun with whatever I’m creating. If I think too much about the end result or painting what’s in my head or trying to paint like someone else, I either freeze or paint something lifeless. I also try to make it easy for myself to create every day by keeping a few favorite supplies and my sketchbook out, ready to go at all times. And I always push myself in new directions by recognizing what I am drawn to in my every day. In that way, I continue to develop my style in a way that is unique to me… and fun. xo Juliette

Ms. Micheal: When you start out painting DO NOT buy expensive paint!! Wait you get your feet under you than splurge for the good stuff! Then you won’t feel like your wasting expensive paint as you explore painting for the first time!!

April Lopez: Relax! You are not competing with anyone else. Making art is pure joy. And you don’t need lots of fancy and expensive supplies. I love using Crayola kids watercolors. They are cheap and have amazing color.

Leslie Yambert: Play, have fun! Ignore those inner critics. Make some marks on your paper, use your favorite colors, and set it aside. Visit it in a few minutes or a few days, and let it talk to you. Does your page want images, more paint, words or collage? Add layers until it makes you smile, or just paint over the whole thing; and start again. Discover what makes YOU happy.

Mari: My tip would be to start playing with inexpensive art supplies and see what you like. I’m new to art and rushed out and bought so many things most of which I now just dust (ok I don’t dust them unless I’m moving them aside to get to something else). If using acrylics I would buy a good gesso. And buy good ink pads if stamping.

Jana Freeman: My advice to anyone who is just starting out: start anywhere, just go with the flow, keep going, love your mistakes like you would an ugly baby, just keep making, creating and doing. You’re an artist simply because you have a desire to create. xoxo

Darcie Wright: Relax and have fun. Pinterest for ideas and new techniques to try. Art supplies to splurge on I find are pens, markers you use to draw, stamp pads/ inks, and paper. I love to use Crayola watercolor pencil crayons and inexpensive acrylic paints. Mix it up and have fun creating!

Phuong Dam: My advice is to start small with one or two mediums. Don’t go out and buy too many supplies. Find a few artists whose styles you like and take inspiration from them!

Marcia Beckett: My advice is to take an in-person class. I always learn something new while taking a class.

Melissa T: My best advice for someone starting out is to try, try, try and to not worry about the end result as much as the process.

Kim: Two things. First of all, when you don’t have a lot of money, don’t worry about getting expensive supplies before getting started. Just use what you have. Get those $5 markers at Target. Or that watercolor paper from the Dollar Store. The important thing is to create. As long as you’re doing that, you’re doing good. The second thing is paint for yourself. Don’t do it to impress others or to be looked at a certain way. Do it because you love it. Do it because your life isn’t complete unless you have an outlet for your artistry.

Shari Welch: Not everyone will like what you create. Follow your heart and create what makes you happy the rest will fall in place.

Criston: Start out small and work your way up, so as to not overwhelm yourself. Keep it fun, don’t focus on perfection, it is the imperfections that help you develop you’re style. Don’t worry about having all the art supplies, you will get there. Start with just a couple different mediums and learn all about then, then start building from there. I started with cheap craft paint and scrap boxes!

Willow: New artists…follow your heart! Wait until you are comfortable with painting before you invest in a whole lot of supplies, you never know where you may end up.

Susan Ringler: Spend some money on brushes as they can make such a difference.

Melody Elzy: NO ONE is perfect…that includes you….don’t beat yourself up if you feel you’ve made a mistake…paint over it, gesso over it, or embrace it and work around it, but don’t throw it out and DON’T quit!

Joan Craft: Go with the flow and don’t compare your work to other peoples thinking wow I wish I could paint like that !!! these same artists were probably saying the same thing when they started out we are all different and unique so that should apply to what we do in life too….oh forgot ..practice practice practice and smile smile smile

Stephanie Muth: Embrace your mistakes!

Dirry Vogelaar: Don’t dare, just do!

Joanne: Just have fun don’t compare yourself to others start by collaging and fill in white spaces with paint most important just have fun

Lura Brown: My advice would be to be easy on yourself and try to not compare yourself to others that may be way farther along in their art journey and experience. try to enjoy and have fun with your own art. learn from your mistakes…..they often lead you to a much better piece when you work thru them.

Pamela: Don’t give up and don’t listen to the critics.

Joan S.: As a new artist, I am not sure what tip to leave except that another friend has told me not to buy expensive paints to start. She said to buy good brushes instead.

Missy: My advice is to do art every day, even if it’s just a 5 minute sketch.

Raine Phoenix: My advice comes in the form of one of my favorite quotes. (I’m sorry that I don’t know who to credit for it.) “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” Better yet, don’t compare at all! Just have fun and play!

Linda Monopoli: My advice as an artist my whole life would be. Whatever you create is your art, you own it, no rules have fun! There’s no such thing as a mistake in art!

Glenda: The best way to learn, improve, and develop your own style, is to draw or paint every single day, even if it’s just a five minute sketch. Never give up, and one day you’ll look at your art and realize that it’s actually pretty amazing.

Gizelle: Don’t let the awesome work by other artists awe you to a point of anxiety. You have to start somewhere and Art is about practice and experience as much as it is about technique and tools. The more you do of it the better you become and more adept at using the tools and techniques.

Susan H.: My advice for a newbie is to be patient and kind to yourself. Take time to learn and you will become more confident and happier over time.

April McEvily: What a spectacular journey you are about to embark on! Don’t compare your work to anyone else’s, enjoy the fun of playing with art supplies, just like you were a kid again. I heard there is no such thing as talent, it’s all in how much you practice.

Kim: Use supplies you have on hand. Create a background with junk mail and magazines. Draw a pattern on masking tape to create a decorative washi tape. Don’t be afraid, just do it! Most of all enjoy the process, not the outcome. Layers are your best friend…layer, layer, layer.

Carol Lang: My best advice is to lower your expectations. We all want every piece of artwork that we create to be a masterpiece, but that’s unrealistic. Learn to enjoy the process without looking for perfection. No one learns to be a great golfer or hits home runs without putting in a lot of time practicing, and the same is true of art. An inexpensive small journal, a few nice art supplies and a willingness to make an ugly mess will teach you more than you might think if you’ll just play, explore and relax.

Becky: For anyone just starting out, just play with everything and find what you really like!

Michele Taylor: My advice to a new artist is this, “do what you like first, don’t force it, learn as much as you can, never turn down any opportunity that comes your way no matter how small, lessons are everywhere and artists are a most generous lot, praise yourself often”.

Janice: Sometimes you just gotta ignore the ‘rules’.

And finally, my own bit of advice…

Belen Sotelo: Have fun, experiment and don’t be afraid to just play with your supplies. Not every page/piece/project will turn out as planned, it’s ok; we all have them. Embrace the lesson that they offer and keep on creating. Above all else, create what makes YOU happy!

Thank you for reading.

I wish you a beautiful week!

Gelli Plate Packing Tape Transfers – Demo Video

Hello & happy Thursday! I hope you’ve had a good week and been able to carve out some time for arting.

Guess what?!  I have a video to share with you today! This packing tape transfer demo video has been a long time coming, but after a few fruitless attempts it’s finally done and I’m so excited to share it with you!

You can find several different transfer videos and techniques available online. Gelli Arts, in particular, has a really good one that inspired me to give it a try myself.

So, without further ado…

2015-03-30 07.25.56These are the packing tape transfers that I’m going to show you how to make.

You’ll need just a few supplies:

  • Gelli plate
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brayer
  • Misc mark making tools
  • Clear packing tape


  • Book paper
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Extra Fine glitter
  • Gold or silver leaf

Once you have your supplies together, you’re ready to make your own.

I hope you enjoy my video… thank you for watching!


**Closed** Happy Painting – Giveaway!!


And The Winner Is: Joanne! Congratulations, an email has been sent. Happy painting to you!!


I have exciting news for you all. I just signed up for Juliette Crane’s upcoming online class, “Happy Painting – A Mini Course” and have decided to take one lucky Art & Whimsy follower along for the adventure!!

So guess what…

It’s Giveaway Time!

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>> Giveaway Rules <<

To enter the giveaway you Must be following my blog at AND leave a comment on this blog post with a tip for the new artist; advice for someone just starting out.

That’s it…easy peasy!

This giveaway is open worldwide and will run until Saturday, April 10th 11:59 pm pst. The WINNER will be announced on Sunday April 11th before noon! Please make sure that you leave a way to be contacted.

Thanks for following Art & Whimsy and good luck to all!




It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post or art journaling in general, really. So last night I sat down for a few minutes with my journal and some Alice In Wonderland paper dolls that I got from Stampington & Company.

I was a little hesitant, not having done much art other than #30Lists as of late, so I made a point to sit and play without pressure and decided that I would not dwell over anything that didn’t turn out as planned on my page.

I will warn you in advance that my page contains profanity, so if that offends you, you may want to skip this one 🙂

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Thanks for looking, I wish you a happy week.

Art and Whimsy Published in heART Journal Magazine!

Happy Monday to my lovely followers! I have exciting news to share today. I was just published in heART Journal Magazine!


To celebrate, heART Journal Magazine has a given me a free issue bonus code to share with you.

Get your free issue of heART Journal Magazine today!
Simply download the app on iTunes or Google Play
Then on your device follow these directions using subscriber code : art4heART (case sensitive)
• Install the App on your device
• Launch the Magazine App
• On the Home Page, Tap on the Yellow subscribe button
• Tap on the Current Subscribers button
• Enter this: art4heART (case sensitive)

or go to our cart for a pdf version choose Issue12 (March) and use coupon code art4heART in the check out process.

You will now be able to access your free issue. Remember, the code is case sensitive. For help with the coupon code, email This code is good until March 31st.

If you’re already a subscriber, I hope you enjoyed the article.

Thanks for looking and I wish you a wonderful week.

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