August’s Art Journal Page

So here is a little peek at a page in progress for the August’s class – An Adventure in Art Journaling.

Michelle McCosh Art Journal


In the background we used Dye-na-flow dyes, a gel medium resist along with a Stampendous stamp.  I can’t quite make up my mind yet, if I am going to add seaweed for her hair or if I am going to use some buildings for her hair, so for now she is unfinished. . . . .

Mini Gelli Arts Printing Plate

Gelli Arts recently came out with two smaller sizes of printing plates.  I grabbed one of the smaller ones out of our first shipment but sadly a customer wanted it and I had to give it up,

So the second shipment came in and I quickly added paint to it so that I could keep it, lol

It is the size of an index card and so I quickly pulled out a stack of cards, my Dina Wakley paints and started printing.

Michelle  McCosh Gelli Prints


when I was done, I made this little mini book which I will fill with quotes.

Michelle McCosh Gelli Printing

The Q was an old red metal letter I found in my stash and I used black acrylic paint on the Gelli Plate to add the print to the front.

Michelle McCosh Gelli Printing

This was a quick and easy project to make but so much fun.


July’s Art Journal Page

I teach a class called An Adventure in Art Journaling once a month at Everything Scrapbook & Stamps.  This was July’s page.

Michelle McCosh Art Journal


I used Dylusions White linen mixed with London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise, and Fresh Lime, I also used Dylusions stamps for my stamped images.

This page was to remind me to focus, sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all the things that need to be done and I need to focus on one task at a time.

Street Tools

Everybody uses recycled materials to make marks in art, it is a lot of fun figuring out ways to reuse what was once considered garbage.

I keep a lot of these items in a plastic candy bucket which I pull out for classes and although I kinda like saying “Don’t forget to use some of my garbage on your pages” I decided that it was time for a more trendy word,  So I am now going to use the term Street Tools.



I will start using the hashtag #streettools in social media.  So remember when it becomes a very popular term, you heard it from me first, lol


What is in a Title or a Name ?

On the shuttle bus going to the Airport in Utah last week, there was a flight attendant and myself.  (apparently flights at midnight are not popular in Utah)



We struck up a conversation and she asked me if I was an Artist.

I don’t know what made her ask me, maybe it was the paint on my arm or my artisan crafted bag (love this bag, it is a razor bag made in Nepal) that gave it away. anyway,  I answered her with a “NO” and I wondered why I did that.

It made me think .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  when I think of the word “Artist”  I think of fine artists who paint sweeping scenery or stunning realistic portraits and I don’t do that.

Am I a Crafter ?  Well the answer is both Yes and No.  Do I do Art?  Again the answer is both Yes and No so I decided to come up with a term that describes how I think of myself



and I came up with Craftist.  I am both a Crafter and an Artist combined.  So next time someone answers me I will be able to answer them.  I am a Craftist!!


and for those of you interested here is a photo of my lovely bag. The bags are made in Nepal by skilled women who work with community based Fair Trade organizations.


michelle mccosh bag