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Arte, Musica e Vino

In a nod to my love of all things Italian, I created this latest art journal page. I call it, “La Trinità … Arte, Musica e Vino”, which translates into “The Trinity… Art, Music and Wine”.
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I started with a base of gelatos, from the Steampunk set, and gesso in my Strathmore Journal to soften them a bit. Using a crackle stamp by Darkroom Door and Staz-On ink, I added some visual texture for added depth.
Walnut Ink and Dina Wakley media acrylic, in Gilt, helped give the page an aged look.
2015-05-07 06.34.28A paper napkin and torn bits of vintage music sheet made great collage elements.
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I stamped some Staz-On Ink, in Ganache, over this fabulous stencil by Fabscraps, that I just got from Blitsy.
I LOVE this stencil and see myself using it a lot!
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I added a chipboard embellishment and a few gold stars to finish off the page.
Thanks for looking.
Ciao Bella!

Art Fusion Stamps

Good morning, I hope your weekend is off to a great start.

I have a quick post for you today, just to tell you about the new Art Fusion stamps from Art to the 5th, available HERE. They were released a few days ago and I just couldn’t resist.

2015-04-24 14.57.53The set is sold as a full sheet of 16 red rubber stamps. To make them easy to use, I mounted them onto a sheet of EZMount Static Cling Mounting Foam, then used my Tim Holtz non-stick shears to cut out the individual stamps. EZMount is quite sticky, so the non-stick blades of the shears helps things go a little quicker.

Once the stamps are mounted onto the foam and cut out, you just peel off the cling backing, stick them onto your stamping block of choice and get your stamping on!

2015-04-25 09.40.10I stored these new stamps in the same way that I store all of my cling mounted stamps. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE having them in these little cases, especially with the stamped image on the front of the case so I know exactly what’s inside.

If you’d like to know more about my storage method, you can read that blog post HERE.

2015-04-25 09.41.06Inside the case I include info about the stamp for future reference when blogging or posting my art to social media.

I’ve only played a bit with these stamps, but can already tell that they will be a set that I come back to again and again. I can’t wait to find a little more time to play!

Thanks for reading!

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, from urging people to try completely new techniques they’re not comfortable with, to learning how to love your own work by having it framed by somewhere like Art Graphics and displaying it in your home. I decided to dedicate a blog post to share them.

Sharing and creating art is important for the body and soul. Creating art can be such a fantastic way to work through tough emotions, celebrate those emotions and everything in between. You can create art in so many different ways as well. Music, writing, acrylic painting on glass, anything that can express an idea or emotion.

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, or look for online art classes. 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!

Finding Balance

Good morning my lovelies!

I received a couple of messages from people asking me to show how I use the packing tape transfers that I blogged about in yesterday’s post, so I created a quick journal page before bed to give you an example of just one way to use them.


For this page I applied a base of gloriously vibrant Dylusions Paints using a round blending tool by Ranger and made some misc marks with texture stamps by Darkroom Door and Staz-on ink.

For the focal point I used one of my new Donna Downey stencils, called Find Balance, and sponged on some Dina Wakley acrylic in “Night” though it.

A few more marks, doodles, and splatters and I was ready to incorporate a piece of packing tape transfer to finish it all off.

Using scissors I “wavy cut” a strip of transfer in half and applied it with gel medium. As you can see, I’ve used is as an accent, but you certainly can bring them front and center and use them as I’ve of your main design elements.

This is just one way to use the transfers. You can incorporate them into your art journal spreads, like I did here, add them to your greeting cards, mixed media projects and various other crafts. However you use them, have fun!

Wishing you a colorful weekend!


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!



Beautiful Soul

Being sick this weekend left me with lots of time for arting so I’ve been busy in my studio creating. That’s still considered “resting”, right? 🙂

2015-04-05 12.49.01I started with a gelli print that I pulled using a StencilGirl stencil, from the November 2014 monthly subscription and adhered that to my journal page.

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I recently discovered some wonderful Donna Downey stencils on Esty and couldn’t resist. I used one of my favorite, Poppy Collage and stenciled that over the gelli print using night, a really dark blue acrylic.

Since my print was a tad smaller that my journal page, I used Faber Castell gelatos, some markers and paint to fill in the edges around the print and give the page a more cohesive look.

Next, for some added texture, I used some punchinella and randomly dabbed another layer of paint through it.

2015-04-05 12.47.24The page was almost done, but I felt it that it needed a pop of something so I used that same piece of punchinella and some old book paper to add a little embellishment to the corners and then finished it off with a sentiment that I had in my scrapbook stash.

Thank you for looking and however you chose to spend this day, I wish you a great one.


Dirty Girl

I was recently inspired by the work of Juliette Crane, a wonderful artist that paints an array of whimsical characters that just make me feel happy when I see them.

Side Note: Juliette has an upcoming online class called “Happy Painting – A Mini Course” that I’m excited be enrolled in. registration is now open and the class begins on April 27th. To find out more about Juliette, her work or her many classes, it can be found HERE.

So, as I said, having been inspired by Juliette’s whimsical characters and the ease with which she roughly sketches them out, I decided to give it a go myself. 2015-04-04 12.55.55I call this piece/page “Dirty Girl”, because as the sentiment says, “A flower cannot grow without getting dirty.” 2015-04-04 12.56.57 Using a sponge brush, I roughly laid a base of Pebeo Studio Acrylics, which I love for their subtle iridescent properties.

Without even letting it really dry, because I’m impatient like that, I sketched everything out using a Stabilo Marks All. and just went to town working the paint and adding layers until it turned into something that I rather liked. 2015-04-04 12.56.28I finished it off with a few stars sponged through a Tim Holtz stars stencil and called it a day.

This was definitely a departure from most of the mixed media art journaling I’ve been doing and I really enjoyed the process and the ease with which the process flowed for me.

I encourage you to check out Juliette Crane’s work and as always, thank you for following me on Art & Whimsy.

Art Journal Mini Travel Kit

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A recent weekend getaway to Santa Barbara, with my Beloved, inspired me to put together a mini art journal travel kit.

When we travel I don’t spend time art journaling, but upon our return I like to put together a small daybook, or mini journal, to document our getaway. I add things such as notes, memorable moments, a few favorite photos and various bits of ephemera.

As you know, we absolutely love travelling and we are currently in the process of planning a road trip around Iceland. I have always wanted to visit Iceland, and hiring a car and driving in iceland would be an absolutely dream come true. I can only imagine how amazing our art journal entries would be…

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Anyway, having a compact, self-contained kit that I can just toss in my weekend bag, is the perfect little take along for putting together my daybooks during quite moments in our hotel room.

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A couple of months ago I purchased these zip folios from Webster’s Pages. They have several gorgeous colors available, I bought 2 of them. For this kit I used the teal folio.

So what’s in my kit you ask? Surprisingly a lot, considering that the folio only measures 5.25″ x 8″ x 0.5″, but basically it contains what I consider to be my art journaling must-haves.

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  • Water brush
  • Stabilo Marks All pencils – black & blue
  • Fude Ball pen 1.5 – black
  • Uni-ball Signo pen – white
  • Sharpie Extra Fine Paint Pen – white
  • Molotow markers – black & white

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  • Day book/mini journal – Handmade, see process HERE
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Gelatos – I like Faber Castell
  • Text stickers
  • Misc journal cards and hearts that I cut from a sheet of under paper
  • Washi Tape – Handmade, see process HERE

If I want to get really fancy, I my take along a larger wire bound handmade daybook, such as this one that I made using Project Life journal cards.

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You can read about the process for making those HERE.

What you add to your own kit may vary according to your needs, but it’s amazing to see what you can create with just a few basic supplies.

Thanks for reading, I hope this post has inspired you to put together your own art journal travel kit.

I wish you all a wonderful week.

Happy Mail – Mixed Media In Minutes

Two days ago I went to my post office box, expecting the drudgery of sorting through a week’s worth of junk mail & bills, when I spotted it. It had giant fuchsia polka dots, pink packing tape and it was mine, mine, all mine. Happy Mail for me from the lovely Ms. Micheal A. Hodge!!

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I ripped it open with glee… junk mail and bills quickly forgotten… and inside I found a treasure trove of ephemera and misc. bits that she so thoughtfully sent me.

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Having been inspired by my Happy Mail, I decided to enjoy a few minutes creating mixed media this morning. I started with a base of Dyslusions sprays and made some circles using the bottom of the bottles.

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Then using some of the contents of the envelope, as well as some of my own bits, pens and Stabilo Pencil, I created this page in just 15 minutes before work.

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Thank you, Micheal. Not just for the fantastic package of goodies, which I love, but also for the inspiration that you provided. Inspiration that had been lacking as of late.

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend full of color!



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