Friday, August 2, 2013

Bingo Dauber ink canvas painting.. Learn this EASY Technique

It has taken me countless hours creating the right formula and technique to paint on canvas like this with using bingo dauber inks. You won't believe how wonderful it is to paint such lovely paintings that are not only gorgeous but archival. Take a class with me and learn this technique and SO many more.
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Learn to paint folk art

With a few easy techniques and lessons you can be painting beautiful art that anyone would gaze deeply into. No painting or artistic skills? No worries, let these techniques do the work for you!! Click on this link for more information

Friday, July 26, 2013


NEEDED, willing and able people who wish to paint like this without any prior experience needed in less than 30 minutes. YOU can paint gallery style of art with EASY techniques that will have everyone thinking you have been painting for years! Shock your family and friends and customers with these EASY techniques. Click on this link to take a class with me.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Abstract Painting Class

Learn how to paint like a pro!! If you don't have painting knowledge or skills, or cannot draw, it will not matter!! This easy technique will have you looking like a pro in less then 30 minutes time. Come join me and take a class at

Monday, July 22, 2013

Gelli Plate Snake Skin Prints

Come take a class with me, Tons and Tons of how to videos for one low price..take advantage of this HUGE Class SALE going on right now click on this link

Friday, July 19, 2013


Click on the link for details and join the HUGE class sale, a New challenge to win this Gelli Plate. Don't wait, This Huge sale will not last forever!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Gelli Plate backgrounds for art journal

These are a few backgrounds for my art journal.. I love all the depth and details. Follow me to learn how to do all these techniques and much more.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Gelli plate backgrounds

This is an example of several techniques used with the Gelli Plate to create awesome and incredible backgrounds with little effort even though it looks extremely detailed.


Creativity and Depression

The title to this article would appear as opposites, an oxy-moron in nature, yet creativity and depression work simultaneously in many people. Why do we see a great amount of artists and creative people experience full on sets and bouts of depression is a question that has psychiatrists and the medical profession up in arms.
I have given great thought to this matter for some time now and not that I am a medical doctor nor a psychiatrist, I am aware of life and energy around me and feel as tho I,  and anyone else who feels the flux of energy are authorities from within their own experiences.
Many famous artists and writers have experienced terrible bouts of severe depression. Sadly enough, some who have taken great strides to cure themselves in a less positive manner resulting in fatal outcomes. Before medications were introduced to the population to help curve or stabilize the onsets of depression, history of artists and writers were left up to their own devises usually ending up on a grand scale of failure. 
Our world today has learned that we, humans, life in general has changed rapidly and for the creative person, who is typically ultra sensitive to life around them find themselves confused with these changes and feeling a state of loss or sometimes hopelessness. Trying to create art in whatever degree we create in becomes almost unmanageable. The creative gene in us does not disappear when these changes take place, they are still there.. it's the rest of our being that tries to catch up to the ongoing energy changes taking place around us at great speeds.
Personal circumstances in someones life can also add to the equation as we are trying to grasp and hold on to a blade of grass just to keep ourselves afloat. This compounds the onsets and adds to the balance and chemical changes in our bodies.
Creative people have found many ways to either overcome, work through, or place their creativity on hold until their whole being becomes somewhat workable again. The time frame for this is never same for anyone. One person may be able to accomplish this task in a short time, and others may take much longer.
I have learned that life is made up of energy, so are us humans.. this being the case, with all the atmospheric changes that are taking place, hotter days in parts of the country, storm cells, earthquakes in places that have not recorded them is such magnitudes before, change our energy structure and sensitivities to everything around us.
Energy is like a grid system, if you were to see energy you would see a constant flux and flow of a grid in constant movement. With some area's of the grid becoming wider and some areas becoming smaller and tight lines. Energy also creates amazing patterns that harmoniously work with our physical energy. These patterns can work closely with us, or at times against us.
I don't know if we will ever have an indefinite  answer to resolve these issues, as far as I see it,  we just learn to adapt as we move on in life and find what works for us until it no longer works then we  find something that works for us differently when the new changes take place.   It's an ongoing cycle of energetic changes.
Let's talk about patterns for a moment. We have a colossal amount of shapes that create patterns in energy. I have taught myself to look beyond and outside of the box to assist myself with patterns and art. If I were to gaze out to a grouping of tree's let's say, I would squint my eyes, looking for shapes that feel comfortable to me. I may see some triangles, I may see some rectangles, even some circles. I try to focus on those patterns for a moment and look at the different colors in those patterns that I see. If I am at a loss in my artistic nature, I will allow the energy of life to assist me. I use it as my self help guide to get me going again.
After gazing for a moment or two I find the patterns that I seem to focus on at that particular moment and I see the shades of color that are inside those patterns, I will use those in my art work and allow that creativity to flow. It's like life handed me a guide and I am just translating my perception from the tree's. A person can so this with anything. A group of flowers, rocks, buildings, cars, people, etc etc. 
Is this the end all be all answer to creative block due to depression, no it's not, it's just a helping hand upward and onward to get us past those moments when nothing makes sense and you are at a great loss in your world. Life, is the greatest artist and instructor, why not use it to our benefit and allow ourselves a moment of relief when we can't seem to find it in ourselves in those moments of depression. 
I hope my journey brings some light to you and perhaps offers you some insight to your own journey. May the love of creation and the artistic nature be your muse in the days of need!
Warm love and regards


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New watercolor technique to create life like portraits/landscapes

This technique is awesome!! I am going to host a live class at soon. I will post updates when this will be available. In the meantime, enjoy these two portraits of 2 of my 4 dogs.

Gelli Plate Resist technique

Gelli Plate resist technique.. this is actually a fun technique that I enjoyed a lot. I used my own ink I made to get that over the top shimmer look and that duel blended color look. The print with the music, is from the second pull off of the gelli plate using gel medium. I was so impressed that I was still able to see the resist come through from a second pull ( AKA Ghost print). 

More and More Gelli Plate Prints

More gelli plate transfer tape designs

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July 4th Gelli Plate fun

I had so much fun creating this Gelli plate celebration piece. Homemade stencils and stamps creates this little fun jewel!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Gelli Plate and Metallic's

This is a wonderful process to achieve the look of many mixed media effects. The results are stunning and can be used is so many ways. I will be hosting a class on this process soon. Please keep your eyes out for the upcoming live class of how to achieve this amazing technique.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Young Hands Art

My Niece Grace created this beautiful piece today using a metal sheet, alcohol inks and an embossing folder. It was fantastic to watch her create this wonderful hanging wall art and how she really got involved it the texture and structure of it. Art, the cure to all that ails you ( and it's always nice when a peacock is involved) :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


"So you want to do arts and crafts" I was asked, "well,  of course I do" I replied! It all went down hill from there. That was an invitation to shop for supplies like a mad woman who was on her last hurrah, that woman is none other than me.  In my head I thought if I was going to do this, then I better have a well equipped craft room with anything and everything a person could possibly need to fulfill any requests and wants within the arts and crafts community.

Several thousand dollars later ( including those dollar item sales) I was equipped beyond control. From a craft room that was organized to a craft room that is now stuffed and jammed packed with so many supplies that I have only a 2 foot area to walk in and out of ion order to get to my craft table.

Here is how the story goes....After researching project after project, I would order the supplies I needed to create the projects. By the time the supplies got to me in the mail, I had not only forgotten what project they went to, but I had also researched more projects, ordering more supplies. This had gone on for sometime until it has reached the point that I no longer have room to put another supply in and I have forgotten everything I wanted to create.

I'm sure I'm the only one this has ever happened to.. who else in their right mind would ever do such a thing!!    When a person asks me if I have such and such supply, I almost have to laugh and reply with, "yes, of course I have it and most likely I have it in triplicate" lol I really want to meet the people who I have made wealthy and who are traveling to fun exotic places and cruising on fantastic boats from all the supplies I have bought. Maybe they will pity me and take me along with them!

Why do I embarrass myself and put myself out here like this, you may ask? Two reasons, 1, If this has ever happened to you, or you think it could happen to you, there is a community to reach out to that can help, I know you are out there and will have empathy on me and come to my rescue. 2, I am STUCK!! I can no longer focus on my projects due to the fact I have forgotten about most of my supplies that are jammed under something or tucked away where I can't even see them any longer. I am without creativity right now because I am so focused on all these supplies that are piled up around my craft table. I have ran out of shelving, obviously, and I cannot even think as to how to reorganize this mess.

I am sure somewhere there is an Organize this craft room mess reality show. I am a great candidate for this show! Did I happen to mention that now I am creating piles in the garage because there is no more room in my crafting studio? OIIIIII!!!

Here is my plea to all of you... please help me come up with organizing strategies and crafting ideas to rid some of these materials. In turn, I will not order any more crafting supplies until I have depleted some of the PILES and PILES of supplies I already have. You don't have to ask me if I have a certain supply, because I can pretty much guarantee I do. I have everything from textured wall paper for crafts to metal to.. well just about everything.. I could make a list that would take me a year to create. I look like a mini Micheal's art and craft supply store.

Below are some pictures of my craft room. Please inhale first before you look at them and then exhale slowly.. it's the only way you will not faint! lol I yearn to hear from ALL of you.. I know you are out there and are willing to step up and help me! Come forward, show the love and help a girl out!

Ok ready, set, go... Breathe slowly, here are the pictures.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mixed Media Art Journal Cloth/Paper Quilt (MAY)

May is a wonderful month for bringing in the "new" New flowers, New grass, New weather, cleaning out closets, and bringing in new organization to your spring cleaning. This months Cloth/Paper Quilt Piece Theme Word/quote is "NEW" when you are making your quilted piece, keep that word in your mind so when you are creating, you can create with a new thought and don't forget to add a quote if you wish, that always makes a piece more inviting to the eye :)

Healing art that touches the soul part 3

Join Ann on Monday May 27th 2013 at 3:00 pm est while she continues and wraps up the 3 part series of taking control of your emotions through art. This will be the final video for this 3 part series that will offer you tools on how to continue applying these techniques into your daily lives.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Just Entered a National Art Talent Contest

I am hoping to reach out to everyone for your support. I have entered my very first ever art talent contest which is VERY exciting to me. When it comes time, I will post in this blog and facebook, twitter, pinterest, you name it I will be posting it to help support me with votes. I am going to thank you all ahead of time for your consideration in support. Updates soon to follow, :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Live show Tuesday Schmoozeday May 14th 2013 Apoxy Sculpt, transforming trash into trasures

Join Ann today at 1:00 pm EST while she transforms common junk trinkets into beautiful treasures. Follow the link provided then join for free. You will be able to watch the show live and enter the chat with many others who are enjoying the live show. See you there! :)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sentiment Clothespin Swap

Join me and others as we create 1 to 2 positive word sentiments on clothespins that can be used on your fridge or as note holders.

Heal Art that touches the soul

Watch my first segment video on healing art. I demonstrate techniques that help you paint in dreamy type scenes and forms. Please click on the link below to join my art group for free and check out other discussion posts and arts and crafts that I have going on in my art group. Please enjoy this video and hopefully you will find healing in your art too! :)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Live Show May 30th Repurposed Tin Canister ( Upcycle)

Join Ann live May 30th 2013 at 2pm EST as I show you how to repurpose a tin canister to something you can be proud to display as home decor or regift with a french theme. Click on the video screen below to view the live show.  You can watch live at It's FREE to join and watch and also chat and ask questions live while the show is going on.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mixed Media Art Journal Cloth/Paper Quilt

Hello wonderful members, as I was surfing the net I came across a wonderful website called I was intrigued at a piece of art they have for sale there called paper quilting. I started to think how wonderful it is when a community comes together to create a spectacular piece of art that has many hands and thoughts and energy involved. So why not us!! :) 
This is my vision... I would like us all to become a oneness,  creating 6"x 6" pieces of mixed media art with a theme every 2 weeks to send to one another on a piece of cloth or paper. The type of cloth or paper is completely up to you, just remember the ultimate result is being able to attach the pieces together to create a wall quilt. 
I have given a sample of inspiration below from the website. This piece of art just struck my whole inner being and I feel that art is just that, inspiration to others! I do not want to us to copy this piece of art, rather use it as inspiration for our own mixed media journal quilt wall display. 
I am VERY excited about this project and I know you will be too! What a wonderful way for us to have a piece of one another's art as a display of energy! This is how it will work... The first 2 weeks the theme will be GRATITUDE. on a piece of 6" x 6" piece of cloth or paper we will journal whatever comes to mind and soul for the word Gratitude. We will send out pieces out ( like a swap) to one another until we all have enough pieces to create our keepsake mixed media art journal quilt. Please click on this link to take you to this wonderful Journey

Friday, April 26, 2013

FREE GIVEAWAY for an upcycled plastic bottle and Tshirt belt

Leave a comment below the video and your name will be added to the giveaway by the random name picker. Thank you :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mixed Media Post Card Swap

Hello all you swap fans... It's time to get your mixed media on and let's swap some post cards. Traditionally post cards measurements are 4x6 and 5x7. You can use whatever measurements you wish to create and send your post card. Please make TWO postcards to swap. You will be sending out TWO mixed media postcards. The dealine for this swap is May 13, 2013.

Please go to for further details and sign up.

Savvy Upcycle May

Hi everyone, Hope the spring is bringing you blooming flowers and wonderful skies!! I wanted to drop you all a line letting you know what's coming up in the next 4 weeks. I am hosting a "Savvy Upcycle" 4 weeks worth of projects challenge. Each week I will post a mini video of that weeks project challenge using items that we take for granted and toss in the trash ( some recycled). It's a lovely way to get a jump start on gifting giving and having something around for those last minute gift needs, or just to enjoy for yourself!

Click on this link to take you to the weekly project line-up

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Scrap Paper Tag Swap, upcycled fun!

Need a way to use up some of those scrap pieces of paper you have laying around, then this is the swap for you! Create any sized tag you wish using scrap pieces of paper and other embellishments if you wish. Decorate it as you see fit. **Easy Peasy swap**
Requirements: 50% of your tag has to be created with scraps ( left overs) it does not have to be completely scrap paper, you can use scrap ribbon, scrap lace, scrap material etc etc. 
Date of Swap: April 18th 2013 through May 1st 2013. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Blast from the Past school day art

This is a fun and creative place to bring back all those old memories, Blast from the past days when art was something magical and we ate most of our supplies! lol Come join us as we remember some of those old techniques that we still use today in our art projects as we create fun and exciting art. Every Thursday at 2pm EST. A link will be given in the chat area right before the event. Joining is Free, so bring your giggles, and days gone by memories and join in on the fun! scroll down to the Discussion and click. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Altered Book Page Challenge

Hi everyone, This weeks challenge is to take a page from a book, it can be any kind of book you wish, a regular book, a magazine page, a map page, whatever you wish and do an altered art journal page on it. You can do anything you wish to it to make it yours! color it, paint it, ink it, stamp it, collage it, whatever you wish to do with it. Below are some inspiration pieces that other people have done that will give you an idea and or a direction. For the week of April 11, 2013 to April 18, 2013.

Layering and Texture art

This is a form of using layering and texture in an art piece. I will be hosting a class on how to do this very soon at Come on by and get signed up for FREE so you don't miss out on all the fun art educational material.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Swap Spring is in the air Toilet Paper Roll Mini Photo Tag Books.

For this Swap we are going to upcycle those left over Toilet Paper Rolls. You use empty Toilet Paper rolls to make a Mini book and make tags to go inside of the pocket. There is an example photo below. Using 3 or 4 rolls to create your mini book. You can use anything you wish to on the rolls. You can use paper, or paint them, or anything your heart desires. You can hold them together with yarn, string, rubber bands, let your imagination go wild. The Theme of this swap is Spring is in the Air. Use those words how you wish when creating your mini book. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, I would be happy to answer any of your questions! :) 
The date of this swap
Starts: March 31, 2013
ENDS: April 28, 2013
Please have your name entered below in the comments by April 15th to enter this swap. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Tribute to Easter with my 3-D Easter Egg background. This background was so simple to make, Just trace around any object and start with straight lines until you get to the outlined object. Once you get to the tracing marks create a bridge effect, making your straight lines now curved UPWARD slightly. Do this through out the whole picture and you will end up with a 3-D effect. Enjoy!!

Introduction video

Welcome to my Introduction video. Join me and my Macaws as we share a part of ourselves in the arts and crafts community and some upcoming goodies :) 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Creatiqueness Calendar for

Google Calendar
Eggcellent Swap

These cute little eggs were created due to a swap from They were in perfect timing as I have felt rather egg head-ish lately! lol It's that time of the year when you are ready to have spring at your doorstep and it rains instead and the wind blows a hundred miles per hour and you have to break out the winter attire again. Blah!!
Creating these little fun springy eggs helped that blah dissipate for a short time and bring in some mental sunshine. These were easy to do, some plastic eggs from the dollar store and some cute tape, a couple glittered flowers, some words and some ( whoot whoot) Mardi Gras beads, nope, I didn't earn them, but nonetheless they are fun and you have yourself a cute spring time egg. :) 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Altered Magazine Madness Giveaway

Greetings everybody!! I am hosting a Week long Altered Magazine Madness Giveaway. This will consist of taking a few cut outs from magazines and creating an altered picture. You can use pens, paints, inks, whatever your heart desires to alter the original cut out pictures from the magazines and make it into something of your own. You may also wish to use the whole page of a magazine without cutting out pieces and alter the whole entire page if you wish. The winner will receive ANY ARTCATION CLASS OF YOUR CHOICE. I will pay for the ARTCATION class that you choose. AWESOME PRIZE!!
The giveaway challenge starts today, Friday March 22 2013 and will end on Friday March 29, 2013. If you are not a member of Creatiqueness, no worries, it's FREE to join! You won't want to miss out on this fun and easy giveaway challenge. Here is a sample of an Altered Magazine piece.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Alcohol Ink and Sharpie pen coffee cups

These were made using alcohol inks and sharpie pens, then baked in the oven on 400 for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What to do with those old scratched up vases

This is something that is not only fun, but also very easy to make. These vases were old and scratched up inside to the point you could not see through the glass any longer. A bit of jute in 2 different colors and some paint sprayed on to some hand crafted jute flowers, add a couple of buttons and you have a wonderful vase to show off your gorgeous flowers. Come to for more wonderful ideas to enhance your arts and craft pleasures.
Where you can challenge your limits and increase your arts and crafts knowledge.

Challenges Galore!! Live demo shows, mixed media, art journal, polymer clay


Here is a piece I did today with some old magazines I had laying around. Who doesn't love mixed media with a flare!! Come join in on the fun!!

Join the art challenge at

In this challenge we will use what we have in our stash piles, stock, and anything else we can use to create a piece that talks about your thoughts where you are right now. If you have been not creating lately, or you have been creating lately and you want to press the limits a bit more, this challenge is for you. 
The goal is to use up things around you without having to buy ANYTHING! This can be honestly anything, from scraps, to paper towels, to junk mail, to food, to anything your heart desires. This challenge is designed to help motive you into a new world of exploring different options in arts and crafts, breaking through the silence :)
You can use anything for your substrate, meaning, if you want to use junk mail for your background then go ahead, if you want to use paper plates, go head. There is no limits, in fact I am hoping you will press through those limitations. This jump start is only the beginning of what is about to come and what you can make and create using things you would have never thought of before. 
I can't wait to see your exciting pieces! Please don't forget to add some words to your piece, add your thoughts, whatever those might be at this time.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Craftylink Tuesday Schoozeday

Don't forget to come over to for Tuesday Schoozeday. Free live shows every tuesday, join the group and watch the shows for free. See you there!!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Things Crafty Mixed-Media art crafts sewing journalling Videos Podcast Swab-Bot – For sure this time! | Things Crafty crafting videos tutorials reviews books products demos and Podcast

Things Crafty Mixed-Media art crafts sewing journalling Videos Podcast Swab-Bot – For sure this time! | Things Crafty crafting videos tutorials reviews books products demos and Podcast

Ann's Arts and Crafts Kitchen Lab

Welcome to the home of the Arts and Crafts Kitchen Lab. This is where all results are shown to improve your pocketbook with items you probably already have at home. We will be discovering how to make paint, inks, glimmer mists, art journal putty textures, homemade stencils,  and the list goes on. I look forward to sharing information with you all and hopefully you will do the kind deed and return your information with me. Let's get started!!!!!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

New beginnings

Here it goes, Something that has scared the daylights out of me is the very thing I am facing head on,  (BLOGGING) Yikes!! I cannot begin to express the fear I have about blogging and all that you have to learn and do to have a nice blog. That's not to say I have not viewed MANY blogs on the net and have enjoyed them so much. Blogs have helped me expand my creative horizons.,I will always be grateful for them.

This is my first Blog entry ever, and I have to say, as I am writing this first entry, It's not so bad really. I know how to type, I know how to express myself, but Oh My Goodness, what about when it comes time to blog one of my creations. ( The horror of that thought) At my age of 50, almost 51 I had succumbed to the past lingering thoughts that pen and paper and the Postal system was a great way to communicate for  anyone, not so much any more.

I am reminded of my mother when she, in her 70's said, "look I am texting now" and all I could do was giggle at her since I had been texting for several years and thought, well anyone can text. I am sure to her, she didn't have those same sentiments when she did her first text. ( Mom I now know how you felt) :)

For those who read this, and for those who understand what I am feeling at this moment, I salute you! If you have taken the blogging world by the horns, then you are my hero's. So, onward I go... I hope to see many people ( not too many at first, that might send me into a cardiac arrest) ha!

See you soon