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Mixed-media & art journal artist. Author. Spoonie. Christian. The ask box is always open for advice, questions, & to say hello.i usually live on my blog journal girl.

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It’s a magical type of paper called Rendr by Crescent. They have it in pads and sketchbooks, and the marker DOES NOT LEAK THROUGH. Seriously. This is layers of Copics and the other side is fine. And compared to other marker papers, it isn’t that expensive (considering you can use every inch!).

It’s also really smooth and takes other media except watercolor washes. It my new favorite, since I can layer markers without bleed through. It’s 110lb, too, so can take a lot!

This is my new favorite supply, since furrylittlepeach got me back into playing with my Copics.

Re-acquainting myself with my Copics & neon Letraset markers. They’re so fun to layer and the colors are beautiful!


  • Do not talk about an obviously disabled person in front of them as if they can’t hear or understand you.
  • Do not talk to a disabled person’s companion instead of them.
  • Ask permission before touching people, or their wheelchairs/other equipment. Even if you want to…

I adore this post, and can identify with so many points.

And am sometimes thankful for my own illnesses because it makes me very aware of these things. I’m an artist who once dated a colorblind person (and loved exploring color through their eyes!). I’ve gone shopping with people in wheelchairs (many times, and several people…my driving of chairs is ace…and even then, when someone needed help, I still asked first and made sure they were comfortable before I even touched the chair). I have friends with sight and hearing issues. And I love them all. I have no problem adjusting my behavior to help them, and they do the same for me.

Being a disabled grown up with disabled friends rocks. So, so much. I wouldn’t trade them, or myself, for anything.


With the unlimited possibilities of color selection in Photoshop, it’s really easy to get lost.

I start with only about 3-4 colors (I personally mix colors directly on whatever I’m working on). I limit the colors for two reasons:

  1. It keeps me from going too color-crazy.

Yes, that is a castor wheel covered in paint! 

One of the commitments I made to myself this year was to be more organized and create awesome spaces for my circle. This means planning ahead, thinking about the experience from the POV of a student, and go above and beyond what I promise in a class. 

I thought it’d be more work, but it actually is so much fun! I share a studio with a wonderful lady who does so much for her students that it’s hard not to be inspired! 

So now I’m sitting here, two days before summer camp begins, dealing with a family emergency… 

… and I’m not freaking out.  

Everything is ready. I have stuff to upload, sure, but the heavy lifting is done. I filmed it all weeks ago, so I’m not exhausted from long film days. I put together special paper packs (because who wouldn’t like a letter and goodies sent snail mail before a class starts!) and made a special letter to go with them. I hand-addressed envelopes. I have to-do lists and surprises. 

And there’s such an amazing feeling to being proud of what you’ve accomplished, not because of the external world, but your internal one. When you finally prove to yourself you can totally do this. And do it well. Do it better

It kinda takes away the fear of failure. Because there’s no way you can. You’ve already won. And it’s because you decided to play in the first place. 

Art Journal Summer Camp starts on Monday, so this weekend is your last chance to sign up. I’ll probably put the self study up in September/October, but it won’t be nearly as fun as taking it live. Last year’s class was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had as a teacher and an artist, and I’m so, so excited to get started! 


Take your time



you know when you can feel yourself losing friends because of how sick you are

The interesting part is, when you shed those people, and get new people who only knew you as sickly, you’re happier because there’s not the stress to pretend.

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The freedom that I have to make terrible stuff … also increases the chances that, sometimes, I’ll end up making something good.


There is an emancipation that comes along with being so content with what you’re doing that external circumstances don’t really matter. And I think the only thorough gift I have is a profound, comprehensive love for what I’m doing, where it’s nice if I have an audience, but that’s not the goal; it’s not if something generates viable and lucrative revenue streams but, again, that’s not the goal — these are external byproducts of this process that I love more than anything…

And, not to be all New-Agey or weird, but I do think that’s everyone’s birthright — allowing yourself to find the things that you love and dedicate your life to doing them, because we’re only around for a short period of time.

Speaking at Creative Mornings LA, philosophy-major-turned-superstar-musician Moby makes a beautiful case for the creative benefits of failure and the importance of finding your purpose.

Watch the full talk here – it’s worth it.

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In love with this detail shot! I just stopped worrying and started doodling marks, and YUM!

I’m so into repetitive marks right now.

(This one is inspired by Neverland, and the magic sky we fly through to get there. It’s new and challenging and I love it!)


Brunch and Babes. (at Furry Little Peach HQ)