August Product Pick

I’m back this week with another product pick of the month and the product that I chose is the Stabilo All pencil.


The Stabilo website describes the All pencil as:

  • The pencil for professional users with special requirements – e.g. in the industrial sector.
  • Colored and graphite pencil for almost all surfaces.
  • Writes brilliantly on glass, plastic, metal.
  • Available in 8 aquarellable colors.
  • Leads made from the highest-quality pigments and finest graphite.
These pencils are water soluble which is the main reason why I think that they are so fantastic.  I use them for all kinds of techniques on all sorts of different materials.  I like to use them in my art journal like I did here in this page.  The dark scallop is where I used the pencil and I activated the pencil with acrylic paint.
I did the same technique on this journal page.  The pencil was used to draw the hearts.
On this wood panel, I used the Stabilo All to add depth and shading to the circles around the border.
These are just a few reasons why I love the Stabilo All pencil.  Have you ever used the Stabilo All pencil and if so, what do you like to do with them?  Thanks for stopping by!

Appetite for the Arts Festival

I had the pleasure of sharing a booth with other Crawford County Arts Council members at the Appetite for the Arts Festival in Port Clinton, Ohio last weekend.  We had many different types of arts in our booth including pottery, woodworking, photography, watercolor, mixed media, handmade journals, jewelry, decorated wine bottles and painted wine glasses.


The festival took place at the Port Clinton Municipal Airport and it was such a unique atmosphere.


All of the artists attended a special night on Friday evening where everyone was able to meet the artists, enjoy delicious culinary masterpieces and get first dibs on artwork for sale.


My husband even came along for support and comic relief.


I picked up a few prints from Belly Acres Farm that I fell in love with.


And I fell in love with the centerpieces on the tables.



My husband and I cut out a little early and decided to make a trip to Mon Ami Winery.


We were unable to eat due to the 1-2 hour wait, so we just tasted wine instead.  Well, I tasted the wine and he watched 🙂  It was definitely a fun night.

Have you attended any art festivals lately that were held in unique locations?  I’d love to hear all about it!

Thanks for stopping by.

Art Journal Flip Through

I finally filled up my art journal that I had made out of a cereal box.  YAY!!!  I don’t know why but it is such a great feeling to reach the very last blank page in an art journal and to know that you get to begin a new journal.  There were pages in this journal that I fell in love with and there were plenty of pages in this journal that I hated.  But that’s all part of the journaling process if you ask me 😉  Here is a quick flip through of my completed art journal.  Hope you enjoy.

Art Journal Flip Through

Now I can start working in my Junk Journal 🙂


I liked working in my cereal box journal; however, the further I got into my journal, the more the middle of it was curved, making it sometimes difficult to work in.  I noticed that my junk journal lies much flatter, which makes me happy 🙂  Do you have any journals that you have bound or journal pages that you have created and are unhappy with?  I’d love to hear about them and how you deal with your unfulfilling creations.  Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Stamp Carving with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer in NYC

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of carving stamps for patterning with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer in her Manhattan home.  All I have to say is….”Wow!”  What a blast!  Of course I had to prepare for class by creating another shirt, and I wanted to make it even better than the one that I made for Create in New Jersey last year.


I used stencils to create the brick wall and the city scape.  I free-handed the lettering and it was all applied with Golden paint and the Golden fabric medium.

In class, I learned a lot about stamp carving and how to create stamps to make beautiful patterns when stamped together.

NYC-Julie-Class-Stamp NYC-Julie-Class-Demo NYC-Julie-Class

We had a wonderful group of ladies in my class.


And check out this wonderful view of New York City from Julie’s apartment terrace.


That evening, a few of us, including my brave husband, went to Don Antonio for dinner. We all had different variations of true Italian pizza and it was delicious.


I later used some of my stamped tags from class in my art journal, as well as the adorable name tag stickers that Julie made for each of us with her Brother Scan N Cut.


If you are interested in reading all about the class on Julie’s blog, you can check it out here:

Julie’s Blog Post at Balzer Designs

Have you ever tried to design and carve stamps for patterning?  I would love to hear about it 🙂

Thanks for visiting the blog!