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Decorative Paper Collage-An Art Journal

How to make a collage using decorative paper.

The supplies you need are at your limits with creativity. Any decorative paper or wrapping paper can be your inspiration for the colors you want to use. This is used for those that finding cutting with scissors difficult and need to take some of the anger out on the materials. This art task can be used with any age, preferably with adolescents and adults. As an art therapist, I like this one because it becomes successful no matter the skill level, it is less intimidating. (this is not used as a substitute for counseling/therapy.)


  • decorative paper, wrapping paper
  • glue/mod podge
  • brush for mod podge-I recommend to use mod podge
  • pencil
  • journal or 9″x12″ mix media paper
  • markers

You can work directly in your journal or you can tear the sheets out. This is your decision. Here is my supply of decorative papers. They come in all kinds of colors and patterns.

Here are the steps:

Draw with a pencil the shape you want to work in. I chose an apple. Then select the papers you want in your design. Pick up to 6 or 8 no less than 4. Think about the colors choices when selecting your decorative paper.

I used mod podge as the glue for the paper. I added some water to it to dilute it, it makes it easier to brush on the paper. I start in a small area and work my way around the shape that I drew. Tear the decorative paper in different shapes and start gluing it onto the paper. Overlapping is essential to make this a unique piece of art. Once it is filled in, then brush lightly a layer of mod podge onto the paper, covering it entirely.

After it dries draw a boarder around it in any color of marker. It adds a nice edge to it.

Below is a video of the demonstration:

Happy Decorative Collage!


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Doodling by Moonlight

Sunday there was a storm leaving me without electricity.

I turned on my candle lights got my flashlight lantern….

And art must go on…

I have been working on doodling. Here are some photos of pumpkins using the doodling process.

I doodled a hot air balloon before the electricity went out.

Needless to say, I survived having no electricity for 2 days. Yikes, it was so cold in my place. Unfortunately my food did not survive.

Happy doodling


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Doodling a Leaf

Today I spend time in the morning doodling. Doodling is relaxing and can decrease anxiety. As an Art Therapist, I recommend doodling. Here is a way to draw your own doodles. I recommend to stay on a budget as this is a fun activity and supplies don’t have to be expensive.


  • Drawing paper 9″x12″
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • x-acto knife
  • gel pens
  • shapes to trace/stencils

Choose the colors you want for your color scheme. Below is a photo of the different sizes of pens. You can start out my one size and later on add more to your collection.

Measure out the paper. I cut my paper in quarters measuring 4.5″x6″ . You can measure off the size that is preferred.

Use an x-acto knife for precise cut.

I have wooden shapes available to trace. As an art therapist, my studio is full of all sorts of supplies. I bought these shapes for a project and had some left over. You can use stencils. Or find images on the internet to trace and cut out.

Once you have the pattern you want to trace, lightly trace around it in pencil.

Take a black pen and section off areas you want to have different patterns. Then start making patterns of shapes in each area.

After the sections are filled in, take the black pen and go over again to make it thicker, also don’t forget to outline the sides.

Below is a youtube of a video about:

Doodling A Leaf

Happy doodling


art · art studio · watercolor

Sunday in the Studio

Today I spent about two hours in my studio. It’s not much time, but my body is fatigue swollen and I just couldn’t sit long without my legs raised up. Part of the issues of having Rheumatoid Arthritis.

I really need to find a foot stool.

The other day, I stopped at the craft store before work. These metallic watercolor paints were staring at me…

I said “sure why not?” With an arm full of merchandise, I left the store in hopes I would paint later that day.

Well, the painting happened the next day.

I have been thinking about what I want to focus on for my online store. When I was in college, one of my projects was making handmade stationary. I enjoyed card making and decided that is what I’ll focus on. A little painting with a mix of stamping and collage with inspirational quotes.

That’s truly me. A person said art is my soul. I want to share my soul through card making.

Here I am at the studio table with the metallic watercolor paints and my head spinning of ideas.

Christmas is coming, that would be my inspiration. These will be potentially sold next year. (Not ready to open my shop)

I used canson watercolor paper. Then I cut it in 4 equal sizes 4.5″ x 6″.

Then I started painting…

Also used metallic paint and acrylic paint markers for added details.

Here’s the final paintings:

There’s more that will be done to it, once the plain cards are delivered. Embellishments will be included to the painting. The cards will be jazzed up.

Until then


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Leaf Drawing Using Color Pencil

Today I was walking my dog and noticed so many leaves on the ground and thought about the many colors autumn has delivered for us in my area. Then quickly my creative mind went off and decided to show how I draw a color a leaf.

It’s really simple. At the end of this post is a video of my demonstration.

Supplies needed:

  • Crayola color pencils
  • Color pencil paper
  • Leaves for inspiration
  • Some good music!

I found a leaf shape I wanted to color. I cut the paper size and placed the leaf on the paper, then took a pencil and traced it. Yes, I certainly did trace it. Why make things hard, there’s too much going on as is.

Then look at the leaves, each one and get inspired by the colors.

I wanted to show you how crayola color pencils can make lovely drawings. The secret, start with a lightly pressured base color and build up using a circular movement and thatching movement. Layer layer layer!

Below is my color palette inspired by the leaves.

I used this color pencil paper

This drawing isn’t about color an exact replica of a leaf. It’s being inspired by the colors of Autumn. Use your artistic permission to be creative and express yourself.

Keep adding colors…

This is my final drawing using crayola color pencils…

Please try it. Using crayola color pencils are less expensive but the drawing can become very beautiful if you take your time and try different layers and techniques. Stay on your artist budget! But create.

More to come…


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Fruits, French and Art Journal

What does fruits French and art journal have anything to do with each other?

Not much to some. But it makes sense to me.

I have been trying to find time to do all three, so I thought why not put them all together?!

I have been learning French since high school which has been a long time ago. I want to visit France again, but this time I want to actually speak the language when I’m there.

But I have no time with my busy job as an art therapist and counselor.

Art journalling came to mind. Why not combine both to learn and spend time to make some drawings.

Therefore fruit became first on my list…it was a random thought no particular reason.

Watch my video on how I made this art french language learning page.

Stay tuned to more art sharing…

cross stitch

Sunday with Tea and Stitching

The best times for me is having tea while the Autumn weather is trying to become winter. As the tea is bring shipped, easily I can forget about the snow coming.

I took the dog for a walk and came in to boil some water for my afternoon Sunday tea. The other day I was gifted a present of various teas and a mug.

In the various teas were chamomile and lavender tea, which sounded like a good choice for this lazy day.

The nice part of this tea is the tea bag had a quote attached to it.

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

William Shakespeare

As to my stitching, it is coming along.

Thanks for visiting this blog.


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Art Journal Cover

There’s a few things that I want to do in my free time but never have the energy or amount of time needed to concentrate on it. The two things I have been trying to work on is learning French and working in an art journal. So why not combine them!

This post is about creating a journal cover that reflects what the journal is about.

Supplies Needed

  • Journal
  • Cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Mod podge
  • Brush
  • Pencil
  • Gel pens
  • Markers
  • Magazine photos or any photo

Step one cut cardstock paper the size of the journal

Step two cut out a photo to glue onto the journal

Step three add washi tape on edges for decoration.

Step four, write a journal title, mine is: mon journal fran├žais, then mod podge the cover to adhere the photos or magazine photos onto the cover.

Lastly, take glue stick and glue the first page to the cover. This will cover the back side of the cover.

And that’s how I made my journal cover. I kept it simple with only a few supplies.

You can watch the video on YouTube