Simple Solution: Easy Relief Print Registration

    This simple solution is an alternative to my earlier relief print registration tutorial. Both work great and are simple but this one can be done with materials you’re likely to have around the house.   You’ll need:   Mark the center both horizontally and vertically on your sheet of paper. Then block off […]

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Art Supply Organization for Travel and Home

In the recent Artful Blogging article, I discussed my new practice of keeping an art duffle on hand both at home and for traveling.    Of course, I’m not talking about carrying supplies on busy vacations or short trips – in that case, I just toss what I need into my backpack and head out. […]

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Easy DIY Relief Print Registration Board

A new art technique/hobby starts out innocent enough, right? Take printmaking. You carve something, turn the carving over onto a sheet of paper and press really hard. Simple stuff. It always starts out simple. Next thing you know, you’ve fallen into the rabbit hole. Such is my life, my friend. Such is my life. Before […]

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DIY: Leather Planner With Interchangeable Inserts

To say I get excited about making my own planner would be a gross understatement. I have been planning since Thanksgiving.   If you’re not up to date, last year my favorite planner was discontinued and, with a very stubborn and somewhat angry attitude, I decided to make my own version.   While perusing options […]

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renewing a wood cutting board…

I’m obsessed with cast iron skillets and wooden cutting boards. Found these two beauties this weekend while thrifting. They were a bit stained and rough. But for $2 and $3 each, I was up to the task. If you just need to deep clean the board, simply scrub it down using the cut side of […]

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my favorite drawing pens…

Remember this DIY Watercolor Sketchbook? I pulled it out last night to play with letters, specifically words to go along my sidebar. Doesn’t seem right to have a sometimes art blog without a generous smattering of art, right? Anyway, this is the end result. I scanned it into Photoshop and played around with positioning to […]

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geekery monday…

Hi there! I’ve got a little tutorial for you today but first… the images above are of my camera strap modeling round with this new device (since my model now lives elsewhere, I had to regroup). It’s surprisingly easy to use although getting the entire subject into your shot may take a bit of practice. […]

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a diy project using recycled leather…

Not sure what hit me but I was in a rummaging mood today. I dug through my box of recycled leather from old handbags and came across this weather piece – it was once the bottom of a very nice bag. Still had the machine holes around the perimeter so I took a strand of […]

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DIY: simple color-blocked pillow sham

I’m working to brighten and add color to my bedroom without painting. Don’t get me wrong – I paint. I paint pictures and I’ve painted walls…but let’s just say that while I’m precise with the pictures…not so much with the walls. In the past it’s only brought heartache and misery. And the threat of divorce […]

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obsessions

Hi there chickies – how goes it? I’m having the best time this week playing around. (I know. I play around a lot) Anyhoo…I did this tutorial some time back on the easiest, and quite possibly the coolest and unique-est diy wine corks made from drawer pulls. Since that time, I can’t pass a drawer […]

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simple solutions: easy & safe artist’s brush storage

When I was in school, I was poor. (duh) And this is how I and all my poor compadres effectively and cheaply carried our brushes to and from class every day. This method is so efficient that I used it for years. And years.  The prior artist brush carrier tutorial (parts one and two) was certainly […]

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simple solutions: diy photography backdrop

How’s that for an abrupt ending? Seriously, I thought of this today, had the supplies and had the canvas backdrop up and working within 15 minutes. SO much easier than lugging around my rather large roll of heavy canvas and much more convenient. When I don’t need it, I simply store it away in the […]

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