Beginner’s Guide to Acrylic Painting Supplies

When I first started painting “for real” I already owned quite a few miscellaneous paints and brushes. Arts and crafts with kiddos took care of that. What that also meant was that in that pile there were a couple of diamonds, but mostly lower quality supplies. The more I painted, the more I learned about how acrylic paint works and how to get the best bang for my buck. DISCLAIMER: …

Artist Block or Lack of Balance

I just can’t do anything creative nowadays. I stare at the blank page and feel nothing but frustration. Even when I manage to pull out something I end up feeling drained and empty for days afterwards. Does this sound familiar to you?  I hadn’t had this problem until the first week of school here.  Our family has been homeschooling for seven years now. When the pandemic hit, we were all …

Thrifty Art Thursday: Cook Book Stand

As I was watching my friend’s Tara video where she revamped a picture into something new this idea was born. I broadcast Live video to my Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitch.tv from my home and take on a new project every Thursday at 2pm Central time. My debut was about redoing this cook book stand, or, at least, that’s what I think it is. there was nothing wrong with …

Fancy Number Sign for a Camper

I was very excited to hear from L.A. who was looking to add a number to the spot where her camper was resting. She needed that number in order to have the deliveries know where to leave her packages. I started with a little digital mock up. Then, I used carbon transfer paper to transfer the image onto two wooden blocks. I first worked on the numbers. They were to …

Kindness Rocks: How to Make them Last

Kindness rocks are becoming a more and more popular way for people to express their creativity while supporting others. One can find a kindness rock almost anywhere: left on a shelf of a grocery store, on a bench in a park, somewhere along a walking trail. Some kindness rocks feature pretty pictures, other have funny faces doodled on them, some have positive affirmations while others will quote the Bible. No …

Do You Like to Color?

My art journey started with my very first attempts with adult coloring books. A few years ago I really needed to find a way to have some “me time” while being a stay-at-home of two young boys. I picked up a couple of coloring books from Amazon, ordered some not-so-fancy gel pens and got to work. Funny thing, I found out the coloring pages drove me even more stressed than …

Is Blogging even my Thing?

Ha! That’s a great question to ask myself when I feel like I’m failing everyone who reads my blog by procrastinating and not posting new entries. The truth is that it is much easier for me to communicate through image and bullet points, my brain feels stuck every time I need write something decent. As I’m looking for a good solution, I am starting to read Lisa Congdon’s book on …

Mr. Bushy Tail Fox and Henna

Wow! This was a while back and I never published it! This design was first created in my sketch book while I was sharing my vacation with my family at the Azov Sea in Ukraine. I shared the sketch in my Instagram feed and my good friend Grace reached out to me to have it done on her arm. Henna is an amazing way to connect and reconnect. We had …

Fall Mandala Henna

I created this design to help me teach the concept of combining ornamental elements, such as acorns here with a traditional mandala. I had so much fun working with my model! She was my inspiration and as you can see below, the design came out crisp and very gothic. Gosh, I just love it and can’t get enough of it! I think dark colored nails and purple glittery background totally …

How Henna Helps with Stress

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a real strong anxiety attack. I can track it down to my previous business attempts. Businesses I tried before I started doing henna. There was nothing wrong with those business ideas. They were simply not meant for me.  Two years ago I decided to let go. I remember it so well. I remember a call I had with my business coach for …