CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS Denise Spillane, Ajae McCain and Patricia Upshaw!!!

I’m thrilled to have been asked to write a couple of articles for a brand new publication all about my favorite subject matter! I’m eagerly awaiting my hard copy of this magazine, but already downloaded it because I couldn’t wait! Also stay tuned for some cool extras that will be coming along with this issue! Be sure to read all the way through this post to find out about a special GIVEAWAY that I’m offering!!!



From the Editorial Director: “I am thrilled to let you know about our newest special publication: FACES: Creating Mixed-Media Portraits is for all of you who love drawing faces—or who want to learn how. This issue is loaded with projects on drawing and painting portraits, plus creating portraits in collage, stitch, and even assemblage! Download the digital copy today: bit.ly/FacesDigital, and pre-order the print issue, due out August 18th: Check back soon for some fun related giveaways!” ~ Jeannine Stein




Discover a wealth of information and instruction for creating mixed-media faces!
From the editors of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine comes the premiere special issue magazine dedicated to mixed-media portrait art: Faces.

Inside this issue, you’ll find:

15 projects for artists of all skill levels
Techniques and tips for making features pop
Instruction for drawing expressive characters
And much more!

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Some of my artwork from this issue.

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You can get all of the stencils used at Stencil Girl Products

I also have some new DVD’s that go along really well with the types of techniques I share in the magazine. You can find out more about them by clicking on the images below.


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And to celebrate I’ll be giving away three of my new DVD’s to three of the commenters on this post!!! So be sure to leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing. I’ll be drawing names next Monday, August 15th

Book Giveaway!

Yesterday I did an amazon giveaway of 5 copies of my latest book and it was over in less than 5 minutes! Crazy!! So to give more people a chance to win a copy, I’ve set up the parameters a bit differently and I’m giving an additional 4 copies away today. All you have to do is click HERE to enter the giveaway! If you win you’ll know right away and amazon will ship your book directly to you! If you don’t win I hope you’ll consider purchasing it anyway and that you’ll join my Facebook Group where you can share and find continued portrait inspiration!

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I will also be teaching Mixed Media Portraits at a select few places in 2016. I’ve reduced my away teaching schedule to accommodate family life so if you’re interested in a live portrait class be sure to check out my Teaching Schedule for updated information, I will be adding a couple more venues that are in the works soon.

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Oil Pastel, Stablil, Sgraffito on Yupo



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Seth Apter Stamps!!!

When my friend Seth Apter asked if he could send me a couple of stamps from his new stamp line with Impression Obsession  to try out I of course said YES!!!

They do not disappoint! The thing that I love about Seth’s stamps and stencils are that they can be used ‘in’ work. They don’t have to be the final image but can be incorporated mixed media style right into your journal page or artwork. They add structure, line and shape, building blocks for creating.


Here is a journal spread I did using two of his new stamps, “Net Work’ and “Inter Net”. Love those names too!!


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Be sure to visit Seth’s BLOG for even more details and to see the whole line of stamps! And check out the links below to see more creations using his new stamps!!
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Marjie Kemper
Linda Cain 
Brian Kasstle
Kim Henkel 

This Is It!


A little sneak peek at some of what I’ll be teaching August 1-2 at Donna Downey’s Studio in Charlotte, NC. Because I have reduced my 2015 teaching schedule, this is the ONLY workshop I’m teaching this summer and the ONLY portrait workshop I’m teaching this year! My only other upcoming 2015 workshop is now full so if you are interested I hope you’ll consider joining me for a all inclusive, fun and inspiring weekend!


Un-Masking My New Stencil Release!!

I’m very excited to reveal my latest line of stencils from Stencil Girl Products!!

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Check out my video to see why masks are meaningful to me and for a little art inspiration.

Also be sure to go to the Stencil Girl Products BLOG to find another tutorial using some of the other mask stencils!





To start off this journal spread I adhered a napkin doodle drawing (I love to do these in restaurants and then bring them home to use later) to the page with Mixed Media Adhesive and then used my ‘Thoughts of Courage-No Regrets’ stamp from my line of stamps at Stampington & Co, with some black Staz On ink in the area that I wanted to add the mask. You could also us a permanent black pen to add your own thoughts to the page.


Next I laid the ‘Behind the Mask’ stencil over the stamped area and used black paint and a sponge to pounce the color through the stencil design. (I love Matisse Background colors as they have gesso in them and are flat instead of shiny when dry.)

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Using more of the black paint, I sponged it around one side of the mask.


With a wet brush I moved the paint around leaving one side more washed out than the other. This helps pop the image off of the page a bit.


Using a simple color palette of White Washed, Mustard Seed and Barely Black from my line of Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics, I began to paint in the background and the face and I added some White Washed to the mask.


I added in a horizon line and left some nice dar and light areas on the pages.


Some simple journaling finishes off the page.

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DVD’s are Now Available!!!

I’m thrilled to announce that my new North Light DVD’s are available!!! So much fun to finally see them ‘out there’. It’s been several months since I was shooting them in cold Cincinnati last February. The whole experience has been a joyful ride and I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the sneak peeks for the videos on the North Light shop (just click the video images below)








And there’s also a value pack available with the stencils I used in the Color Wheel Journal!!

You Have to Show Up

You Have to Show Up



I’ve said before in my books and articles that to be successful and fulfilled as a creative person, you need to ‘show up’ and do the work! Success (whatever defines that) can really only happen if you are doing the work and putting the time in. Sometimes you hear someone use the term ‘overnight success’ and I always kind of laugh because I bet money that those ‘overnight successes’ would beg to differ with that!

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It takes YOU to make You successful at whatever goal you are trying to achieve! Our artwork often reflects bits of ourselves in it, that’s what makes it personal and meaningful.


I’ve learned some new things about myself in this 50th milestone year of my life. I did not enter it the way I set out to. I had goals and I kind of lost them for a bit. I didn’t feel in control of my life, my body, my emotions for a variety of reasons. This manifested itself in gaining weight, feeling physically and mentally exhausted and STRESSED.



I will admit I mostly complained about it, internally and externally making some half hearted attempts to change things. It didn’t work.


So I gave myself a long pep talk. I needed to make changes for myself and only I could do this. So a couple of months ago I did. I got out my Fitbit. I began with walking a couple of miles a day. Then I added in working out at the gym 2 times a week. Making each step attainable so I could feel successful. Then I added in dieting ( I know, sigh, not fun but really I needed to get control over eating as well). When I feel I have reached one goal and attained it for a bit, I step up the next goal. Now I’m walking at a faster pace and doing 3 1/2 miles a day and working out 2-3 times and I’ve cut my calorie intake. I’ve been losing the weight I gained last year, finally. I feel so much better. And the work on my body has helped with the stressful aspects of life that have plagued me this past year.


Once I set my mind to it and began ‘showing up’ to take care of myself, I felt the tides turning. Is life perfect? No. Will it ever be? Probably not. Am I OK with that? Yes. I will try my best to make the most of what life has to offer each day. I can’t fix other peoples problems. I will be there for them but that’s all I can do. If they choose not to ‘show up’ and do the work they need to do, well, I can’t fix that.



If you don’t like some aspect of your life, I encourage you to take steps to change it. They don’t have to be big steps. Set reasonable goals. Take care of yourself. Encourage those around you to do the same but don’t take it on yourself if they choose not to.