• Art Journaling,  Mixed Media,  Sketching

    Gel Press Tag Flip Through

    So I’m teaching a collaborative class coming up soon. I’ll be teaching the arty portion, while a friend will be teaching more about a different subject. I can’t wait to share more so stay tuned. Knowing that we will need to create several tags fairly quickly, I thought I’d use the Gel Press Gel Plate. I love my Gel Press! The following quick video is a flip through of some quick tags I created to use as bases for class samples (not completed tags). Wishing all a beautiful day and warmest creative wishes!

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    Wearing Words of Encouragement

    As some of you know, our girl and I took a road trip to Montana. We planned a stop in Boise, Idaho for a few days to be a part of the Brave Girl Symposium and then we planned on heading up through Northern Montana to Glacier National Park and on into Canada before getting her settled for school in Bozeman, MT. Well, plans changed due to fires but our time in Idaho had moments of fun and friendship. It wasn’t without it’s own challenges with some health issues but we did have some fun moments and I was able to see old friends and meet new ones. Abigail and…

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    God, Glory, Art Workshop

    I’m so thrilled to share with you an amazing upcoming journey with Jamie Dougherty and several other amazing artists. Welcome to God Glory Art Kick off this faith-based workshop with us by following us on our Facebook Roundabout today. Ten lucky people will win their tuition for the workshop today! To enter follow our roundabout on Facebook and comment on each post for a chance to win!! Just friend me on my personal Facebook if you aren’t already, to spy the roundabout today (Cheryl Bodkin Waters). To find out more about our collaborative workshop . . . Click here to view more details God Glory Art is a faith based journey…

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    Breast Cancer Awareness Month – A Peek into my Chemo Art Journal

    October is Breast Cancer awareness month and as most of you know, I am a breast cancer survivor of four years in November.  I speak often for the American Cancer Society raising awareness and funds for those diagnosed and research.  I have been sending out some reminders regarding ladies, doing your self checks and getting your mammograms if you are of age or at risk.  Men, I’ve been sharing on social media to remind the wonderful ladies you love in your life to do the above; remind your mom, wife, friends and more.  No health insurance; the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen organization and many more can get you…

  • Art Journaling,  Life,  My Breast Cancer Journey,  Sketching,  Thoughts,  Uncategorized

    The Strength in Scars

    Scars . . . we all have them.  Some are visible, some not.  Some are emotional, burned onto our soul while others are there for the world to see.  Some are scars we just see.  Some we hide, some we can’t.  No matter, scars are reminders of where we have been, what we’ve endured and how we’ve made it out with the choice to tell our story. It’s been not quite 3 1/2 years since I had a double mastectomy due to a breast cancer diagnosis.  About a year after this major surgery and several surgeries after that, I endured some very deep emotional scars due to a tragedy that took place in our…

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    The Love of Wonder

    Oh how I love my journals.  They are my friends.  When I’m feeling down or happy, I love to create in them and often what is inside pours out onto the pages of my journals.  It was no different with this page I titled ‘Wonder’.  I thought I’d share and would encourage you to think about the following . . . What is wonder? 1 wonder play noun won·der \ˈwən-dər\ : something or someone that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc. : a feeling caused by seeing something that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc. : something that is surprising or hard to believe We can live busy lives and…

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    Donna Salazar & Friends Girlie Grunge Blog Hop

    Welcome.  Please be advised that I have received product from manufacturers and sponsors of this blog hop to create the projects highlighted below. Hello and welcome to the Donna Salazar & Friends Girlie Grunge Blog Hop! We’ve arranged this hop to showcase all the new and exciting products that have recently been released from both Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and Spellbinders®. We are sure that you will enjoy the projects that all of us have created for you AND… we’ve got PRIZES!!! The Donna Salazar Designs Prize Pack has a Denim Art Journal, Girlie Grunge Twine, and Silver Pigment Powder from Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and a Jumbo…

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    Up to Something Artsy

    It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  One I was fighting off that nasty winter cold, family was in town for the holidays, boat parades, birthdays (my daughter turned 17 and my niece 2), and lots of other activities in between. But I’ve also got some fun artsy news.  I had a friend reach out to me and ask if I was interested in participating in a project called Sketchbook West.  Las Laguna Art Gallery in Laguna Beach hosted this fun project in 2015.  In our sketchbook we’d sketch,  paint,  and create in our smallish book.  From there we took some of the inspiration from our books and created larger pieces.  CHosea…

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    A Mini Class, Laughter and Good Health

    Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some creative time with some of my dearest friends. It was impromptu and the special time we had priceless. When we get together sometimes I enjoy challenging or teaching them a mixed media or art journaling technique new to them. I had packed three erasers and some stamp carving tools. Each of them created the cutest stamp individual to them and which shared their personality. Tanya carved a bird, Sylvia a paintbrush and Mary a cool abstract shape.  I wanted to remember our mini class, the laughs and the blessing of these lovely ladies. These times are so good for the soul! Thus,…

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    My Favorite Things Stencils ~ A Review and some Thoughts

    A while ago I was asked to review stencils from MFT Stamps. As you know, I love stencils . . . what mixed media gal wouldn’t.  So here are some honest thoughts about My Favorite Things stencils. Here are some images where I used the stencils.  Please see below the photos some tips and a review.   I found some fun patterns and had difficulty choosing just five.  Find them here.  One of my favorites I was sent was ‘Jumbled Letters’.  There are some great patterns to choose from. While I love the variety, I think it would be fun to see some randomness in the stencils.  Ie. Crooked hearts, not…