Stenciled sympathy greeting card

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My husband and I recently had to attend the funeral of a dear family friend and, as I find myself doing lately, I turned to my art to deal with some of the emotions that such an event can bring up. Taking step by step photos was a bit beyond me for this project. So … [Read more...]

Time in my sketchbook

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Welcome back to Time in my sketchbook where I film myself at play in my studio! Even though I work in my sketchbook and journals quite a bit, it's been a while since I set up the camera and gave myself a time limit! The timer went off at 20 minutes but I added a few … [Read more...]

The art of de-stressing

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What a crazy summer it has been so far. Life seems to be in fast forward so I turned to one of my favorite ways to quiet my mind and de-stress...doodling. The two pages took a few hours to complete but by working a little each day, I was definitely able to slow down a … [Read more...]

Here’s to the second half

Mantra or quote to remind me to keep on this creative journey! • AtopSerenityHill.com #lettering #quote #doodling

With half of 2015 over, it seemed like a good time to do a check-in with myself and some of the goals and intentions I set this year. As the year has progressed, a mantra of sorts has emerged. My one little word from 2014, faith, keeps popping up, adding itself to this … [Read more...]

Adding nature to a wood welcome sign

Wood welcome sign from Walnut Hollow using fresh leaves as stamps and twigs to personalize! AtopSerenityHill.com #campcrafts #woodsign #acrylic

Summer camps are in full swing and finding fun but simple crafts for the kids to do isn't always easy. I'm over at Walnut Hollow this week with a creative way to use fresh leaves and twigs to personalize a wood welcome sign. I painted my sample in pretty greens to mimic … [Read more...]

Don’t think, just paint

Mixed media canvas by AtopSerenityHill.com #acrylic #mixedmedia #art

I am not a fan of painting on stretched canvas. I'd much rather paint on something that serves a function other than to just hang on a wall. I know as an artist this is not exactly the norm but I've always felt that way. So when my friend, M.E. asked me to paint a few … [Read more...]

DIY art supply caddy

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I don't know about you but I love containers...especially if they can coral all of the stuff that accumulates on my art table! Free or inexpensive containers that are cute? Even better! I found this 4-pack holder in my stash and decided to spruce it up to hold some of my … [Read more...]

4th of July wood tray

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4th of July picnics and barbeques will be here before you know it! How about adding some patriotic decor to yours? I am over at Walnut Hollow this week to show you how I made this adorable 4th of July wood tray with clay flower embellishments. I've spent the last three 4th … [Read more...]

Inspiration card deck

Inspiration card deck made from playing cards using mixed media techniques • AtopSerenityHill.com #mixedmedia #inspiration #playingcards

I have had a love of inspiration cards for many years. The first ones I ever saw where by SARK. They were so colorful and whimsical that I wanted to just sit and slowly go through each one. Soon after that experience, I was introduced to Cheryl Richardson and her Grace … [Read more...]

A Peek Inside: my sketchbook

Mandalas and doodling as a stress reliever! A peek inside my sketchbook at AtopSerenityHill.com #sketchbook #mandala #doodling

Creating mandalas and doodling are one of my absolute go tos when it comes to de-stressing and emptying my brain. I created this page the week before our trip to North Carolina. We went there last week to look around as we are planning a move to Asheville next year. It will … [Read more...]

One day at a time

Colorful stenciling against a black background using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop• AtopSerenityHill.com #artjournaling #stencils #mixedmedia

Sometimes I need a reminder to stop looking and planning too far ahead and just take it One Day At A Time! I thought I would share a colorful art journal page that I did as part of the design team for The Crafter's Workshop inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's work. I … [Read more...]

DIY jumbled alphabet stamp

DIY jumbled alphabet stamp; create to use in your art journals, card making and mixed media projects! • AtopSerenityHill.com #alphabetstamp #artjournal #mixedmedia

I love the visual texture and layering that adding letters to a mixed media project can give but haven't found a stamp that was random enough to give me the look I wanted. So I figured, why not make my own jumbled alphabet stamp! You can't get more random than the stamp … [Read more...]