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Our Spotlight Artist of the week is none other than Roben-Marie Smith. Roben-Marie’s playfully-edgy, highly-graphic work is something I’ve been familiar with for quite a while, as she was a contributing artist in many of the books I edited over the years. However, having never personally watched her “in action” before viewing her 21 SECRETS Paper, Glue, Scissors workshop—Snipped to Art Bits—I was thrilled to finally get an intimate look at her composition thought process....

Last week on the blog I introduced you to Quinn Tempest -- my beloved designer and brand manager here at Dirty Footprints Studio.  Quinn (who I affectionately love to call The Quinnster)  is also a dear friend of mine and through the years it's been fun to support one another as entrepreneurs and creatives.  That's why I was quick to say yes when Quinnster invited me to be a guest on her Purpose Driven Entrepreneur series. ...

For years now I've been a huge fan of the New Moon Calendar Journal, even though I very rarely share about it online.   As a working artist, I got to admit, it's nice to have some things I create be solely for me.  But today, after I finished my "new moon mandala" (as April the creator of the journal calls it) I had the itch to share it on Instagram and Facebook.  I also made a...

Today I want to introduce you to the secret sauce hat helps make 21 SECRETS go round-and-round-and-round! But before I do so, let me tell you a little story. In 2009, I created my very first online workshop called Art Journal Love Letters.  Here's the crazy thing -- I never took an online class before and I had zero clues on what makes an online workshop an online workshop.  But I fuddled my way through it all...

Artist, author and (previously-practicing) art therapist Amy Maricle is this week’s Spotlight Artist. I’ve been following Amy on Instagram for a little while now and I am always enchanted by her explorations in simple, but visually provoking patterns, so I was giddy to see her include pattern exercises in her 21 SECRETS Paper, Glue, Scissors workshop—Paper Cuts. I love that she intentionally introduces joy and playfulness into the practice of . . . well, of...