Watercolor Resist ATC

Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed bringing in the New Year and you are looking forward to 2016.  I know I am.  Lots of exciting things planned for the new year.

To kick off 2016, I filmed a quick video to show a fun and easy watercolor resist technique.  I created an Artist Trading Card (ATC) in the video; however, you could use this technique in your art journal, on a canvas, the sky is the limit.  This would also be a great warmup exercise to get those creative juices flowing.

A few tips that I forgot to mention in the video, make sure that your watercolor surrounds your letters so they are legible, and sometimes it’s easier if you use analogous colors.  Analogous colors are three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, such as red, red-violet and violet.  Using analogous colors helps prevent making mud, or colors that aren’t as interesting.  But have fun experimenting and seeing what colors you like to use together.

Simply click on the link below to watch the video:


 Watercolor Resist ATC

I hope you enjoy the video and I would love to hear about your experience if you give it a try!  Thanks for stopping by the blog and be sure to visit next week when I tell you all about my Product Pick for January 2016.

Phobia ATC Video

I meet once a month to swap Artist Trading Cards (ATC) with a great group of gals and this month’s theme is “Phobias.”  recorded my process for creating my trading card.  Check it out to see what my phobia is.  Just click on the link below:

Phobia ATC Video

Hope you enjoyed the video and thanks for stopping by!


The theme for my July ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap was Animals.  All of the cards were wonderful!

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I created several different ATC’s with the same technique that I had found by Tracy Verdugo in the May/June 2015 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.


If you would like to see the process for making one of these quirky little owls, you can check it out here:

Owl ATC Process Video

 If you have any questions or comments about the video, please drop me a line in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you!

If you are interested in taking an in person mixed media class, check out my classes page on the blog.  I have a mixed media canvas class scheduled for August 29, 2015.  For more details, check out my classes here:

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And as always, thanks for stopping by 🙂

May ATC Swap

The theme for our May ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap was movies, and we definitely got a wide variety of movies and art techniques.  I couldn’t decide which movie to choose, so I picked three different movies.  Can you guess which movie each card represents?


If you guess “Spaceballs” (top), “Silence of the Lambs” (bottom left) and “Anchorman” (bottom right), you are correct.  These were so fun to make and I used several different techniques and mediums to create them.

Maggy chose the movie “Chocolat.”


Brent also chose a movie partially based on chocolate, and one of my favorite movies…”Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”


“Hope Floats” was Deb’s movie ATC pick.


And we had a few of the classics that were chosen by the other participants, such as “Grease,” which was chosen by Marsha.


Tonya chose “The Wizard of Oz.”


And Kathleen’s card was based on the movie “Top Gun.”


Such great cards in this swap!  Our next swap will be all about texture.  Can’t wait to see what everyone creates in June!  Are you part of a monthly ATC swap?  If so, what are some of the topics or ideas that you have done?  I would love to hear about them 🙂

February ATC Swap

Last week we met for our monthly Artist Trading Card (ATC) swap and the theme was “Destinations.”  Some interpreted destinations as being different locations that you can visit around the world and other interpreted it a little differently.  For instance, Brent created this card with the destination obviously being a graveyard.


He interpreted it as a destination that we will all visit eventually.  He even attached a sleeve on the back where he inserted a poem that he wrote.  Definitely a grim take on the subject matter, which I like, and also clever in interpretation and execution with the poem.

On a lighter note, Maggy interpreted her destination as being a magical place that is based on an old classic, Oz, as in The Wizard of Oz.


I love the concept as well as the Steam Punk twist.

Kathleen also took an old classic and made her destination The Secret Garden.


How clever!  I really like how the flowers are trying to peak over the fence.

Deb didn’t choose a magical or make believe location, or an actual country or location.  She chose a beach, not a specific one.  Just a warm one with sand and palm trees.


What a cute idea and I’m sure that those of us in the northern states are dreaming of the beach right now after the winter we’ve had.  I know I am!

A few of us picked a specific country.  Just look at this adorable Geisha that Marsha created, and yes, that is an origami kimono.


She also wrote “Japan” in Japanese.  I absolutely adore this!

Tonya had a great idea and created different cards featuring different countries, so they were all different.  I grabbed this one, which represents Holland.


I love the layering and collage in this one.

This is the ATC that I created for Scotland.


I used Faber Castell Gelatos as watercolor on the sky.  The hills were made from a gelli print and the castle was just a piece of scrap paper that I embellished with the Scottish flag.  The “Nessie” was made with a stamp that I carved.  I wanted to get an eerie shadow effect.  And the water was made with spray ink and Glossy Accents to create the glossy water effect.  I also made water ripples by dragging a toothpick through the Glossy Accents while it was wet.

We had the pleasure of meeting a new member last week, Tabitha.  She joined late in the game and was unaware of the “Destination” theme for the month, but she did provide some rad ATC’s using ink.


Each card had a different bird with a different word.  So happy to have her join our group!

The theme for our March swap is “Monochromatic.”  Each of us chose a color, which we have to use in 90% of our ATC design.  We can use different shades of that color with a small amount of other accent colors.  Can’t wait to see what everyone has created.

 We are always trying to think of fun and different themes for our swaps.  Do you have any awesome suggestions for ATC swap themes?  I would love to hear them!

January 2015 ATC Swap

The theme for our January 2015 Artist Trading Card (ATC) Swap was New Year’s Resolutions.  Everyone came up with great resolutions and designs.  Mine was based on balancing my art business with my personal life.


Deb wants to be happy, be creative and wish upon a star this year.


Kathleen wants to live, laugh and drink wine in 2015 🙂


Marsha’s theme for the year is growth.


Tonya wants to grow as an artist in 2015 and create something every day.  What a great resolution!


And Maggy just simply wants to be happy this year.  A resolution that seems so simple but sometimes so difficult to achieve when we focus on the negatives of daily life.


All of my friends have great New Year’s Resolutions and I hope we all achieve them this year.  What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Fun with Bleeding Art Tissue

Lately I have been obsessed with tissue. Tissue paper from a present, a napkin and especially bleeding art tissue. I picked up a pack of the bleeding art tissue at Blick’s and took it to my friend Tonya’s for an art play date. The tissue was inexpensive and cost close to $3 for a 20-pack. The sheets are 20″x30″.


First, I glued pieces of the tissue into my art journal using Matte Medium.  Since the Matte Medium is wet, it made the colors bleed together some and created almost a stained glass effect.


Once it dried, I used it as a background and did my journaling on top of the tissue.


Another way to get the tissue to bleed together is to tear it in pieces, layer them on top of each other like a collage, then spray them with water until the colors bleed into one another.



We laid the tissue on a piece of heavy weight paper, you could use watercolor paper or heavy mixed media paper, and then sprayed the tissue with water.  This allowed the colors from the tissue to bleed onto the paper beneath it, which could be used for another project or as I did, you guessed it, another art journal page.


You can use a heat tool to speed up the drying process, or wait until the tissue paper is completely dry before lifting it off of the paper.


After it is dry, it can then be used to collage in a journal, like I did in the background of this journal page.


You can even use it to create ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) like my friend Tonya did.


Either way, it is a beautiful, colorful and easy way to jazz up any art project.  If you know of any other great ways to use bleeding art tissue or any other cool techniques, please share 😉