Make Time to Create.

Seems like a galaxy of color

has opened up to me.

The winter blahs are gone

and summer is here.

I am not typically drawn to pinks and blues, but these pieces happened in my studio. Above is watercolor on Yupo and below is a page from a journal. I wish you could see the shimmer from the metallic watercolors and the Nuvo paste.

I have been working on a couple of prompt challenges. #thestencilfiedjournal prompts from Tina Walker and Stencilgirl Products and #WorldWatercolorMonth.

I don't really need prompts but it is a way to jump-start your art process.

I love to journal. It is a great way to play freely and try products and techniques while honing skills. Another fun play I enjoy is creating papers for collage elements. This is both relaxing and enjoyable and in the end you have a wonderful pile of papers to use in your art.

Of course Shel and I continue to provide our own monthly Facebook journal challenge with Pick a Stick. Below is the process page for July. You can see the entire process video on my YouTube channel.

Don't forget to join us live on Thursdays at 10:30 CST on Art Joy of Sharing. We have a friendly group of arty friends that join in the discussion each week.

Just a few more things before I go. Have you figured out that I love stencils? Check out the mixedmedia canvas I created using a new Stencilgirl stencil from Gwen Lafleur and Emerald Creek Embossing Powders (I love the baked texture EP from Seth Apter).

Oh, by the way, we also did a month of artist trading cards. Use the hashtag #atcad2018 to see all the wonderful contributions to this collaboration.

So I am off to see the world. This month I plan to travel to Shake Rag Alley and play in my journ