The ZINE Perspective

To try to convey what is inside my Zines I'd thought it would be fun to share excerpts from the last several issues. These in-depth digital delights are developed for artists and artists-in-the-making, for art journalists, mixed media artists, doodlers, writers and creatives who simply want to add more art to their lives.



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Some excerpts...

a) From Art Journaling Without a Safety Net, in Zine 13. "Keep going even though there’s not a safety net. Keep going even if you don’t know what on earth you want to do. Keep going even if your colors turn to mud. Because tomorrow there will be a little less mud and a little more clarity. Tomorrow your very own journal will become your safety net."

b) In Zine 13, Impromptu Moleskine Pages, goes in-depth about my current cut + tape art journal. "Once I started adding stuff in haphazard & impromptu way, I experienced a shift in perspective that launched an avalanche of creative energy! I’m hooked on this kind of journaling, *flying* through this book, inspired, working on multiple pages at once, excited with each new blank page."

c) One of the nine Kick-Start Prompts from Zine #11. "Pretend you are the manager of a zoo. You need to develop a map of the zoo, including the housing for each of the animals, signs, refreshments for visitors, even a double decker tour bus. Draw the birds-eye-view or 3D style map zoo visitors get when they buy entrance tickets." 

d) From Finding Your Creative Work Style from Zine #9. "Working in multiple mediums makes me happy! So I bounce between projects in vastly different mediums, channeling my energy in different directions. That’s the natural way that I work, and I’ve found that each medium informs and influences the other mediums.  What about you? Have you analyzed how you work? First, gather some clues, and let’s explore various working styles."

e) From an article in Zine 8 about Building a Collection of Ephemera & Papers for Art Journaling. "Paper can be gessoed, painted, cut, folded, smudged, soaked, glued, layered, peeled, sanded and excavated to see earlier layers. Having a wide variety of colors, textures and types of papers provides an abundance of choice when creating. "

f) In Zine 12, one of the ideas for dealing with Creative Hesitation. "It’s frustrating to stumble into an apparent cul-de-sac, a dead-end, a fork in the road. Try to look at the dilemma like this. Do you want to add something to the page, or cover something up? You don’t have to know the entire story, just the very next step. Take a baby step. Or a massive mind-altering leap."

g) Thoughts about Why Art Journaling Matters, from Zine 10, with ideas about how to make your journaling process more valuable for you. "An art journal is a tool for learning. When you finish a page, {actively} note one thing that you could do the same - and one thing you could do differently - on the next page."

What's Ahead for the Zine? 

I'm working on articles for the next two issues and then I'll decide whether it makes sense to keep publishing them. Tentative topics include, "not planning your creative work" and "ideas around erasing lines" and creative writing prompts. My digital stack of articles-in-progress [in draft format] bounces up and down, each topic chirping "pick me, pick me" like the angry birds. You know what it's like to have art journal pages in various stages of work? Like that...

Idea Threads

I'm sharing some of the art that I did in the last few weeks but haven't had a chance to post. 


This started as a few index cards with stitching and inked journaling. I cut them into pieces and these two formed a whole. So, here's to synergy and randomness and good surprises. 

I'm writing this post on my phone. This is weird to me, to do a post in this way, but a lot of stuff feels clunky this week. like having my well protected foot in a black Birkenstock-like sandal and keeping it elevated 99% of each day.

So now that I am more clear-headed and the foot surgery is a done deal... I am trying something new, for a short period of time. Maybe a few blog posts. 

This started as an Instagram post but then I challenged myself to develop a blog post via phone. I'm limited by a dreadful one finger typing speed, using square phone photos altered with iPhone apps! 


These are index cards, stitched, inked and journaled with negative thoughts about games people play. The writing is with a dip pen and india ink although the ink name escapes me.

I wrote about not playing the game. Unauthentic people can spend an inordinate amount of time trying to communicate authenticity. And it works more often than not.

There's value in writing about bad and good and all of the quirky stuff in between.  

I don't like to reread negative stuff, I just want to write it and get it out. So I cut it up and  put the pieces in a basket of collected papers. 


Thank you for your sweet blog comments! And your sweet Instagram comments! And likes! Now there are likes on blog posts on the new blog. And you can "reply" to comments by other people! The comments kept popping up on my phone the past few days and helped more than you can imagine. 

Surprise! My new article for Create Mixed Media posted while I was out... Do Something Creative, Anything!

Map, Snap, Alphabet, Free Fall

Pages from the 5x8" Moleskine with magazine clippings, maps, hand-carved stamps, washi tape.

Note to my wonderful readers: I will be taking a blogging break for a week or so while I recuperate from foot surgery. You know that I cannot stay away very long! The reality is that I've been dealing with pain issues for about 6 months and this is the course of action to get back on track. My family will be taking good care of me, and most importantly, I've stocked the fridge with chocolate iced cream. I've got lots of stuff on TIVO to watch, books to read, pens for sketching. Once I get my bearings, I'll figure out how to balance my MacBook and work with my foot elevated. Thank you as always for reading and for your kindness along the way.

Prompt60 #34

This is a prompt about free play. About hanging upside down on the imaginary monkey bars and looking at the world from a different perspective. Create a journal page with the journal upside down. The idea is not to create a page in reverse but to actually work with your book upside down. The top is the bottom and the bottom is the top. 

Envision how you would like the page to look when you turn it around, but RESIST the urge to "check" it and see how it looks. Good luck. May the art journaling force be with you.

Leave a little space on the page for your written journaling. Then turn the page around properly so it's no longer upside down and WRITE about the experience. Was it disorienting? Refreshing? What did you learn? What surprised you when you turned the page around?

Crossroads: A Workshop About Paint, Ink, Thread & Paper

When I work on journal pages, I lose track of time and place. This creative playtime helps me balance the chaos in my mind. I work without rules, playing and exploring art materials simply to see what happens. 

That's how I developed the techniques that I'm teaching in my new workshop "Crossroads" at 21 Secrets Spring 2015. My workshop is one of 21 workshops {hence the name}! As part of your 21 Secrets registration, you'll get a ginormous, colorful e-book with tutorials and links to instructional videos for all of the workshops. There's even a private 21 Secrets FB group to share your work. This is my third teaching gig with 21 Secrets and I know you'll have a blast. 

Register for 21 Secrets Spring 2015!!!

Art journaling is all about combining words & imagery & color on your pages. There are no rules in art journaling - you don't need a focal point, a perfectly aligned composition or tertiary color palettes. It is about having FUN with the DOING part not FOCUSING on the RESULT part

In Crossroads, we'll use ink, paint and stitching to create funky abstract backgrounds. We'll write our favorite lyrics & miscellaneous thoughts on these highly textured papers.

You can incorporate these yummy papers in your art journal. The journaling and painting techniques can be done with or without sewing; a sewing machine is not required.

One of the techniques we'll do is something I call "Word Grid" where we'll build our journaling on a base of stitching. And yes, I'll teach you how to sew paper!!!

Here's how it works! On April 1, 2015, access will open to twenty-one workshops via a downloadable 150+ page ebook with video tutorials, photos and instructions. There is a private Facebook group to post your work. 

Register for 21 Secrets Spring 2015. If you register through one of my links, I will receive a portion of your registration fee {this is how instructors get paid for teaching}. Thank you in advance for your support.

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Prompt60 #33

"Complexity excites the mind, and order rewards it. In the garden, one finds both, including vanishingly small orders too complex to spot, and orders so vast the mind struggles to embrace them."
Diane Ackerman

Your challenge? Stamp a surface with bubble wrap and incorporate the stamped material in your art journal. Use any type of paper - a page from a book, an index card, a collage, the cover of your journal. Or stamp directly in your journal to make a background for collage or words. [These examples are from a bubble wrap stamping extravaganza in 2009.]

You'll need bubble wrap, any type, a brush or brayer, paper and acrylic paint. This process will work with fluid acrylics, heavy body acrylics and block printing ink too. Cut the bubble wrap down to about 6x6" or whatever size you wish, to make it easier to manipulate. Then take a brayer or a brush and paint the section with acrylics. You can cut the bubble wrap into shapes - hearts, circles, ovals, stripes, squares, etc. 

Press the bubble wrap, paint side down, on your journal page or loose piece of paper. Instant bubbles! Ideas? Make these bubbles a background for collage... or use light colors so that you can write on top... or doodle in the circles with a white gel pen. 

The periwinkle dots on the top right and middle left were made with bubble wrap.


To stamp rectangular sections in this old moleskine datebook, I used a piece of scrap paper as a mask/block and moved the paper as I went along.


Moleskine journal cover {front & back} stamped with block printing ink & bubble wrap. Isn't that a fun Moleskine hack, by the way?

The examples were created with Speedball Block Printing Ink and a Speedball 2" rubber brayer. It's extremely useful to have two brayers. That way you can use one to "paint" the surface, whether that's bubble wrap or a gelatin printing plate. Then you can have a dry one to roll across the back of whatever you are using to make the print impression - this provides an even print. Brayers are quite useful tools. They can be used to paint art journal backgrounds too.

The index cards were stamped with Golden fluid acrylics. The block printing inks have a matte look and feel. The inks feel like acrylic paint. Be careful rinse your brayers before ink/paint dries or else it's a pain to clean-up. Although I like fluid acrylics, block printing ink is more suitable to this type of work because they do not dry as quickly as fluid acrylics and are less expensive. 


You can layer the bubbles - for example, start with bubbles of green and then paint another section of your bubble wrap blue and stamp that at a slightly different angle or location on your page to get a layered look. Acrylics can be layered, just wait a few minutes for a layer to dry before stamping the next, that way you'll get crisp differentiation between your colors. You can also paint something on top of the dots with a brush and more acrylics.

Lots of options. Have fun with this one!