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Allison on green paper

Connecting Lettering with Patterns

I love playing with letters. They are so easy to transform with the addition of lines, shapes, and color. Even imperfectly formed letters become artful with a few extra strokes of a pen or brush. Every month I am inspired to add to my lettering repertoire with ideas and techniques for drawing and altering letters…

Adventures in Artist Trading Cards

In my new book, Artful Adventures in Mixed Media, I show different ways that observations and experiences can be turned into works of art. Wherever I go, one of the things I am always on the lookout for is texture. When I was in Chile last year I went to Valparaíso, a city that is…

Studio Saturdays: A New Take on Photo Transfers

An image transfer is an image transfer is an image transfer, right? Nope. Not only are no two image transfers the same, but artists are always coming up with new ways to render transferred images and turn them into art. Case in point: the May 2017 Art Lesson, Layering with Photo Transfers. The techniques are…

Preparing cards in advance makes it easy to start your creative exercise whenever you need inspiration.

A Fun Creative Exercise That Works

When was the last time you wanted to make something, but inspiration was as scarce as clean underwear on laundry day? For me, it’s too often to admit. I want to work in my art journal, or practice lettering, but I just can’t. Get. Going. Lucky for you and me, the Jumpstart feature in the…

Mati showcases an elephant in this soul animal painting. What animals are you typically drawn to?

Creating Paintings from the Heart

Have you ever felt that what’s in your heart and head is just not translating to the canvas or page? Painting the Sacred Within: Art Techniques to Express Your Authentic Inner Voice by Faith Evans-Sills and Mati Rose McDonough will help you find and express your inner spirit so that you create art with the…

Rae Missigman's Paint, Stencil, Stitch Kit

Mark Making with Printing Plates

Rae Missigman has a new kit, and it’s perfect for all your mixed-media creations! Rae Missigman’s Paint, Stencil, Stitch Kit includes her four new videos, four Art Lessons, plus her Boxy Blooms Stamp Set and three of her stencils from StencilGirl Products! Here’s Rae to tell you about a fun technique for printing and creating…

These are the materials I received for the art collaboration. How do they inspire you?

Watercolor Wonder: On Questions and Art Collaboration

“Art, to me, is a question. It should never be an answer.” – Marilyn Manson There are many ways to begin a project. A powerful one is to begin with an inquiry, then commit to an act of creative exploration. To explore familiar materials in new ways. This is what this blog series, Watercolor Wonder,…