Inspiration Ripple


I am going to be make this a regular part of my blog: Inspiration Ripple and have it once or twice a month. I love when I come across good things other people share so I want to pass it on too. My first thing to share is the black marker that wrote on the piece above.

Sharpie Professional – I picked this up at Home Depot, but what caught my eye was the package. It is blurry above as I forgot to take a photo of it before taking it out of the package. It says it marks on oily or wet surfaces. I am so impatient when it comes to writing on paint. I have ruined so many pens and markers that way. Well, I can tell you this one writes on wet paint! Yay! It wrote on that top piece when the paint was slightly wet still. I tried using it over oil pastels and it wrote, but not as well as it did on wet surfaces.  It isn’t a fine point, but it is easy to write with on rough surfaces as I had texture to the paint.  I am going to have to buy a few more as I see myself going through them quickly.  I can’t remember the price on them, but I believe it was under $2 which is nice in comparison to some of the Sharpie brand markers.  I have always wanted to try their Paint markers, but they range from $3 to $5 each.  This is a nice alternative for now.



Art of Everyday Photography – A book by Susan Tuttle. Susan takes amazing photographs and is a great teacher. I have a photograph in it so I am especially excited about this book by Susan.


wish list: inhale love exhale peace necklace from Liz Lamoreux



Fall Intensive Class – Kathie has always been my go to guide (read expert) on Homespun Seasonal Living. I took Kathie’s summer class and it was so inspiring and informative. Kathie is knowledgeable and open in teaching people to connect with the seasons. I am not really what I would call an outdoorsy person, but I do like to connect to nature and the cycles of each season so Kathie’s class was perfect for me as she taught me more ways to infuse the summer season into my daily life. I believe all levels of knowledge and interest would find Kathie’s seasonal intensive classes encouraging as well as useful in connecting with the season and making it a daily lifestyle.

Music:  U2’s new album that they released for free on iTunes.


Love One Another



Michael’s job has him traveling often.  I am lucky  that I  get to tag along.   I am trying to keep in the habit of creating as when I don’t create, I feel like pieces of me are missing.  I have a small travel art kit to create works in an art journal away from home and my studio.  My normal travel kit has a journal, oil pastels, 2 glue stick, scissors, a little pack of ephemera, some washi tape, white paint in a squeeze bottle,  3 little homemade spray paints, an old credit card, and a handful of sharpies and pens.  When we are going to be on the road longer then 3 days, I will sometimes add to that travel kit.

The one I took to Minnesota had a few more things added as I was gone for a month.  It had some bubble wrap for making prints with it, sand paper to rough edges, a couple rubber stamps to use with my white paint, a few different sized circle stencils and a little bit more ephemera then usual.

We will be traveling to California at the end of this month so I am already thinking about what supplies I will want to take out or add.  I am thinking of adding some watercolors as I have used those before in my travel kit and enjoyed having them.

Love One Another piece was done with my traveling kit in Minnesota.  The background of this piece is oil pastels that I scribble on to the paper. I then take a soft cloth or paper towel to smear them across the paper.  The words love one another were from a Chipolte  take out bag that we picked up on Saturday for lunch while in Minnesota.  I asked my Mom not to throw it as I wanted to cut it up and use it.  The hand  from an art history book on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.  I then doodled with a black pen.


Gather Your Supplies


Today’s art supplies are a sketch book,  a little journal to write poetry and not pictured a pen. We are on the road so just brought a handful of supplies with me.  I can write poetry or doodle in my sketch book.

Often I do travel with a bigger kit that includes:  a journal, oil pastels, 2 glue stick, scissors, a little pack of ephemera, some washi tape, white paint in a tube,  3 little homemade spray paints, an old credit card, and a handful of sharpies and pens.