About Michelle

What do talcum powder and volcanos have in common? They both erupt into a gorgeous mess and so do I. Anyone who knows me, knows my love for getting messy. I love to dabble with media and experiment with anything in my reach. As a child, I would mix water, food coloring and talcum powder to make eyeshadow. As I grew, I learned to knit, sewed my own clothes and started my own successful catering company before the age of 16. Later, I entered the corporate world and still found time to feed my creative side. I began my current path in 1995 following a trip to Costa Rica. I went to view the Arenal Volcano, only to discover it was hidden by clouds. Returning home, I decided to put my photos in an album and when I realized I didn’t have any pictures of the volcano, I searched the internet to see what I could find. Lo and behold, I stumbled across the world of scrapbooking and rubber stamping. It was my introduction to this new world and I haven’t looked back since! I am a Copic and Ranger Certified Educator. Before owning “Everything Scrapbook & Stamps” in West Palm Beach, Florida, I traveled extensively worldwide and loved to collect unusual items to incorporate into my art. Born and raised in England, I currently reside in Florida with my husband and two rascally parrots.

I finally did it – I made a video

I taught a class in March or April of last year on the Gelli Plate and what we could do with the prints  I came up with this fabulous concept of the Traveling Throw Away Collage Journal.  There was some chatter the next day in the store and someone who did not come to the class asked me too do a video.  Easy enough to promise but difficult to do when you have no idea how to edit videos!!!

Finally I have figured it out:

 

It really is a great concept.  Think about using up your scraps to make your book.  If you don’t have a long reach stapler you can use a 3 hole pamphlet stitch to bind it instead.

I would love to know if you try it

Cutting the page

If you have never tried to cut your art journal pages I highly recommend you trying it.  It makes them more interesting to have windows or shaped pages.

This one required a lot of cutting but was totally worth it.  I gessoed the page with black gesso and then I traced through a Dina Wakley stencil with my white Gel Pen and then cut on the inside of the white line.  I think I may put eyes behind all the openings :)

 

Experimenting with my Gelli Plate

Tried Gelli Plate Printing with  my new Creative Expressions watercolor pallet on black cardstock.  Punched circles and added to my art journal page.

The shimmer on the back paper is unreal!!!

 

Watercolor Powders

We just received some new shimmer watercolor powders in the store and of course I had to try them out.  Loving the subtle shimmer they give me in my moleskine journal.  Adding acrylic paint though a stencil on top of them and the paints takes on  shimmery glow.

An action shot!

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This was one of the “Action” shots that did not make it into the Miami magazine,  It is one of my favorites.  I was so nervous having the photos taken  but this one captured me in a moment of mark making!

I know you don’t see my face but you do see my page!

April Art journal page

I started with a magazine page and scraped gesso across the background using an old credit card. I used lots of different colors and then added some random stenciling to the paper using black and white paints. I punched circles and added them to my book. Now I just have to journal.

A Rolled Art Journal

This journal was designed a little differently. I ripped muslin into four foot strips and then the same with some used underpaper and alternated them, attaching them with staples at one end.

I gessoed both sides of the muslin scraping and pushing it into the fibers.

The journal is meant to be rolled up.

Adding depth to the already started pages

The start of the journaling

This is a fun sized journal to work in and I like the different surfaces.

I used Pebeo Paints, Gesso (of course), Scribble Sticks, Neocolor II, sprays, Stains and paint pens

This is a journal that I designed for a workshop a couple of years ago and I love coming back to it and adding bits n pieces.

Cruise to Alaska Anyone?

I last taught on a Cruise to Alaska in 2015 and am excited to be teaching again this August.  Alaska is such a beautiful place and of course so very different from Florida, lol

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I will be teaching Art Journaling, Mixed Media and a Scrapbook Class. I only teach the classes while we are at sea so that we don’t miss any of the Alaska beauty

Here are all the details:

Day Date Port Arrival Departure
FRI 8/23/19 Seattle, Washington – Embarkation   4:00 PM
SAT 8/24/19 Crafting Day at Sea    
SUN 8/25/19 Alaska Inside Passage (Morning) / Juneau, Alaska 12:00 PM 9:00 PM
MON 8/26/19 Skagway, Alaska 7:00 AM 8:30 PM
TUE 8/27/19 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
WED 8/28/19 Crafting Day at Sea
THUR 8/29/19 Victoria, British Columbia 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
FRI 8/30/19 Seattle, Washington – Disembarkation 6:00 AM  

and if you want information about prices or to sign up you can click here:


Cruise to Alaska

 

Hope you can join us