So, Christmas is over, obviously. At this time of year, most of us like to re-evaluate our lives and think of what it is we want to attract to ourselves in the coming year. We think that perhaps this year will be better than the last.

I’ve been thinking about that a lot these days, and setting attainable goals for myself. Because of my past personal life, it was always challenging to follow through with the business and personal goals that I had set for myself. I’m finally in a place where I feel like I can really set out time to reach for the things I truly want.

With that, I made some art in my art journal, thanks to my cheapie composition notebook, and DecoArt paints.

Here’s what I made:



Also, I’m in a bit of a giving mood, so here’s a step by step on how I made this.

You’ll need:

Deco Art Americana  acrylic paints in Bubblegum Pink, and Buttermilk



A scraper tool (just use an old credit card or used gift card)

Black Marker

Graphite Pencil

DecoArt Media Shimmer Misters in Yellow, White, Turquoise and Red

DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Escape

A Piece of Corrugated Cardboard (I use the insides of the mailers by Amazon)




First, apply some gesso to your page with a paintbrush, and let it dry.


Now, you will need your misters. Get your two favorite colors, and mist away like so:


I used red, yellow, and a bit of white. See how it looks? You have a few more layers.



So, what I did here was apply some paint liberally onto the cardboard, then I took the cardboard and printed on my pages with it. You can keep doing this over and over and just fill up the page as I have.


These are stencils that I made. You can make a basic cloud, or heart or whatever you wish. This paper is really nice oil coated cardboard made especially for printmaking, but use what you have.


I used the cloud, and the DecoArt Shimmer Mister in Turquoise, and made a little cloud shape. After you spray a stencil onto your page, let it dry.



Now you’re going to need some Acyrlic paint. I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint in Bubblegum pink. That to the left, is my scraper tool.


Apply a line of paint at the top of your page as I have, then spread the paint with your scraping tool. You might want to have painting pants or an apron for this part, because I don’t know about you, but this step always gets paint on my clothing.


See how pretty that looks?


Now draw some circles freehand with a graphite pencil. It doesn’t have to be neat and perfect. In fact, it’s rather nice when it is all messy.


Now, you’ll need Americana acrylic paint in Buttermilk, and a paintbrush. You’re going to paint inside the circles you just drew, and let them dry.


You can go over the edges of the circles with your graphite pencil once your circles are dry, as I did here.

Now, think of some key words that really signify what you want out of 2015. Think of what is realistic, and what is attainable for you. Think about it, and write about it if you need to. Make 2015 the year you accomplish realistic goals for yourself. The best way to have a sense of accomplishment at the end of the year, is to create goals that you can truly attain for yourself.


And here, I wrote some things in my circles, and called my pages done. For me, taking steps, and moving at my pace-little by little-is really what I need. Faith is key as well. Having faith in yourself, in your talent, and that life will improve. Following through, and continuing to create is a must for myself as an artist.


If you’re at a point in your life where you’re going through a road block in your creativity, I get it. I have been there. I know what it is like to feel like you want to create, but not really having the motivation to do so. Having a creative block is the hardest thing an artist can go through. I know. For this reason, I wrote a book that contains all the ways in which I move beyond my creative blocks, learn from them, and let the “blocks” become a part of my creative process.

I have this wonderful e-book for sale HERE in my online shop. It’s low priced because I know that many of us artists do not have a whole lot left to spare. Consider this low priced e-book an investment in yourself and your creativity!