A Winner!

I've picked a winner from those who left comments for Lynn’s screen giveaway...Thank you to ALL who left comments!

The winner is: Rachel (mcgoughrachel@yahoo.com)! I will be sending your email address on to Lynn so you can discuss your screen!!! Congrats!

Screen Printing Made EZ!

A few years ago, I bought a Thermofax machine locally on e-Bay. I brought it home and tried it, without much success. It sat in my studio and when we moved, I decided to sell it, along with a lot of other equipment and supplies I wasn’t using. I sold it for the same price I bought it for. I wish I had had Lynn Krawczyk’s DVD workshop, Thermofax Screen Printing Essentials, before I sold it. Otherwise, I believe I would have held on to that machine!

I was honored when Lynn asked me to participate in her blog hop to spotlight her new DVD:

Let me just say, I taped a DVD workshop for Interweave a few years ago, Art Journaling Pages in Stages, so I understand what goes into prepping for the shoot. I am so impressed with Lynn’s casual demeanor and her ability to explain techniques and such so clearly. It’s a difficult thing to do! And Interweave shoots the DVDs in about four hours, so you have to come in with a ton of stuff set up and ready to go.

I asked Lynn to make a screen for me, which she did and sent so quickly (thank you, Lynn!). I played with it yesterday after watching the DVD. First, let me say that I didn’t have any Golden Silkscreen Medium on hand, which you need, because acrylic paints will clog the screen. BUT, I made do with some Martha Stewart Glass Paint, which is made for silk screening, among other things, so I decided to use that! And it worked! But I definitely want to get some of the Golden medium because then I can mix it with any of my acrylic paints and screen print to my hearts’ content!

I used one of Lynn’s project ideas in the DVD as a guide for what I painted. I used corrugated cardboard as my surface, first painting with different acrylic paints, then screen printing, and then doodling over it.


I was having a difficult time this morning getting a photo in the studio without some kind of shadow working it's way in!

I like the flexibility of the Thermofax screens and how easy they will store. I definitely want to get a few more made because I want to bring this medium into my work!

Lynn’s giving my blog readers the chance for a free screen! Leave a comment in this post and I will pick a winner next Monday and get you in contact with her. You can get the DVD and all of the screens she uses in it here.

Also, make sure to check out all the other participants in the blog hop. They’re all doing FAB posts!

Monday August 17 – Maddie Kertay
Tuesday August 18 – Lisa Chin
Wednesday August 19 – Briana Goetzen
Thursday August 20 – Dawn DeVries Sokol
Friday August 21 – Pokey Bolton
Saturday August 22 – Pam Carriker
Sunday August 23 – Lynn

Giveaway WINNER!!!!

Sorry this has been so long in coming. I’ve been down with sciatica this week (not that that’s any excuse). But we have a giveaway winner!

Kate Martin, please email me your snail mail address so I can get the book and goodies out to you by the end of May!

By the way, Gina Rossi Armfield, author of the upcoming No Excuses Watercolor and contributor to A World of Artist Journal Pages, is running a giveaway of a signed copy of WAJP on her blog. Get on over there before Tuesday and comment to enter!

WAJP Extras 7

Today we hear from Ingrid Dijkers of Plymouth, Michigan.

What mediums did you use on the pages you submitted or what mediums do you primarily use?

I generally start with boxboard as the substratum for my pages. The pages are primed with a thin coat of white house hold primer or gesso. Layers of papers and thin washes of acrylic paint are slowly built up over the surface at this point.  I like working with markers and various pens once I have a background built up. The pages will then be built up with other embellishments that can range from anything from found objects to sewn on sequins, buttons or beads.

What do you do when you're blocked?

Just the act of gluing some random pieces of paper to a page can spark an idea. I just keep adding bits of paper, add some color here and there and somewhat intuitively a theme starts to develop. It works most every time. 

What artists do you look to for inspiration?

There isn't really one person in particular that I look to for inspiration.  There are just so many people ... actually most every person has work has something unique and special about it and tends to inspire me in one way or another.

What would you tell someone who's trying to get into art journaling or creating but doesn't know where to start?

I actually get a lot of emails asking me this. Often people want a list of the supplies they should go out and buy in order to begin journaling. My answer is always the same: start simple with what you have on hand. The kitchen junk drawer or your child's school back pack are a very good place to start. In the beginning it's hard to know what kind of supplies you'll love working with. First experiment a bit with inexpensive supplies and expand on your supply inventory as you develop. Too many times people will spend $75 on a set of watercolor pencils only to find they don't produce the effects they had hoped for and they are very disappointed. With a little experience and experimentation they could have realized that their money may have been better spent on other supplies such as markers and a few pens instead.

What do you do to get over the blank page syndrome?

Just add a thin wash of color is usually all it takes. Just the act of working on a page is usually enough to get over it rather quickly.

How did you first start art journaling or using a sketchbook?

I began making altered books several years ago and that slowly developed into binding my own books and using them as journals.