ATC Coins w/ recycled backgrounds

Hello all,

Do you keep your extra background papers and projects gone bad?  I do!  I throw them into a box just in case I can dream up another use for them later.  So today, when I wanted to give ATC coins a try, I pulled out a selection of these unused/rejected papers to see if they would work.

background for reuse

In the end, I picked out a background that I had previously made for an Art Journal page (that ended up not working out that day).  It was made using acrylic paint, a TCW Stencil with texture paste as well as some Glass Bead Texture gel.  The great thing is…this rejected Art Journal background worked out great for these ATC coins!

ATC Coins recyled backgrounds 6.30.18

I simply added a few stamped images over the top (stamped on tissue paper and then adhered with matte medium) and then added some shading with Pitt pens.   Tada! Instant ATC coins.


So, keep your rejected stuff!  You never know when it will work out for a future project.  It’s a great way to reuse, recyle and reward your pocket book.

Happy day!


PS.  Check out my upcoming Art Journal Classes in Salt Lake City

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The class is now only $20 a session!

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Art Journaling with DecoArt, Post 1

Hello all,

I am so excited to be bringing to you a four-part blog series introducing you to Art Journaling with DecoArt products.  A variety of paints, mediums, and stencils will be featured throughout four blog posts over this next month.  So, check back each Friday for some new inspiration!


Today’s journal pages features the following DecoArt products:

  • Americana Premium Gesso, White
  • Dazzling Metallics Acrylic Paint, Ice Blue
  • Americana Premium Acrylic Paint, Raw Umber
  • Americana Premium Texture Medium
  • DuraClear Matte and Satin Varnish
  • Americana Stencil, Pixelated
  • Personally Yours Stencil, Spirited
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Free as a Bird – 4th of July 2018

Key techniques for this projects:

  • Using Texture Paste over a stencil
  • How to apply paint to create an artistic drips
  • Dab and Smudge paint application with baby wipe


  1. Start with treating your substrate with a coat of Gesso.  I am using a heavy weighted water-color cardstock for this 6″x 6″ journal page.  Allow Gesso to dry or heat set.
  2. Place the Pixilated stencil down over the page; using a pallette knife,  apply texture paint over the stencil.  Gently lift the stencil up and allow to dry or heat set.  Texture paste (1)
  3. Place a dollop on Metallic Paint down on your craft matte and give it a few spray of water to loosen it up a bit.  Take your brush and apply paint to top of the journal page.  Spray the paint with water…allow to drip.  Blot the drips, as you like, until you reach your desired effect.  Repeat as needed. Allow to dry or heat set.
  4. Next, place dollop on Raw Umber Acrylic paint down on your craft matte and give it a few spray of water to loosen it up a bit. Apply page with paint brush and then blot and smudge with baby wipe until you are happy with the result.  Allow to dry or heat set.
  5. Place stencil with the “free as a bird” saying over the journal page and apply paint over stencil with a stencil brush.  Allow to dry or heat set. Texture paste (11)
  6. Apply paint splatters to page with Ice Blue Metallic as well as with White Gesso. Allow to dry or heat set.
  7. Cover the entire page with Matte Varnish.
  8. Stamp focal image on tissue paper.  Trim around image with scissors and then adhere to journal page with Matte Varnish.


  9. Stamp the Cityscape stamp across the bottom of the journal page with Black Archival Ink.Stamp Cityscape
  10. Apply another coat of Matte Varnish.  Allow to dry or heat set.
  11. Color stamped images with Artist Pitt pens.
  12.  Shade edges with Artist Pitt Pens.
  13. Cover entire page with DuraClear Satin Varnish
  14. Embellish with adhesive stars.
  15. Done!

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Other Products used:

  • Lost Coast Designs – Cityscape stamp
  • Sizzix Stamps – Fireworks & Sparklers
  • Faber-Castelle Artist Pitt Pens
  • Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black
  • Ms. Sparkle & Co – Star Pearls

I hope you enjoyed this initial project in this series featuring DecoArt products in Art Journaling.  The steps that I outlined here today are the basics; each week I will try to build on your skills with different products and techniques.

Are you interested in a specific DecoArt product?  If so, leave me a comment and I will do my best to feature it in a future post.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Day!


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Textured Dreams & Designer News

Hello all,

On my 6 hour drive back home today I kept thinking about an idea for a painting.  It was one of those great ideas that you hope you won’t forget.  Usually, I try to sketch an idea out while I am thinking of it however, that is hard to do while you are driving!

So, right when I get home I dump all my stuff on the floor and go right to my craft desk.  Correction, I first let little Tigger out to do his duty first (I am a responsible dog owner after all).  Meet Tigger:tigger

Anyhow, I then spent then next few hours working on this 9″ Round Stretched Canvas Painting that I am calling “Textured Dreams”.  You know how I love texture!

Mixed Media 9 round Textured Dreams 6.18.18

Now that I have the painting all finished, I had better go put all my stuff away and think about what I am going to cook for dinner.

I hope that you all have a great week!   Oh, and by the way, I am now on the design team for The Robin’s Nest.  I am very excited to be working with this wonderful group of designers!  Starting in July, be on the look out for my projects featuring Dew Drops and other products by The Robin’s Nest.

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Happy Day!



Lost Coast Designs – Challenge #55

Hello all,

It’s time to go “Round and Round” with the 55th Challenge over of the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity.


For my contribution to this challenge, I created a card with background full of circles.

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  1. Start with a 5″ x 7″ piece of water-color paper and (using acrylic paint) apply a wash of color as the base layer for this background.  Paint, dab, and blot until you are happy with the effect. Allow to dry or heat set.
  2. Hand paint circles in white, blue and green around the card.  Allow to dry or heat set.
  3. Apply paint splatters with white paint.  Set aside to dry.
  4. On tissue paper, stamp the dragonfly, script stamp, and harmony saying (you will need multiple images of the script stamp) with archival ink.
  5. Use Circle dies to cut out sayings.  You can be creative with placement and cut on edge of the words to leave blank spaces etc…  See card for ideas.
  6. Trim the dragonfly and Harmony saying out with scissors, you don’t have to get fussy with this.  Just cut around the image leaving an edge.  The edge will disappear once adhered to the page.
  7. Arrange the die cut circles, dragonfly, and Harmony saying where you want them on the card.  See card for placement.
  8. Use a matte varnish to adhere the tissue stamped images:
    • Apply matte varnish directly to card where you will want the image to go.
    • Gently lay down the tissue stamped image.  Carefully!  You don’t have a lot of room to play here as the tissue will tear if you try to pull it up and place again.
    • Cover the tissue with another coat of matte varnish.
    • Allow to dry or heat set.
    • Repeat these steps will all images.
  9. Apply a coat of matte varnish over the entire panel.  Allow to dry or heat set.
  10. Darken the edges of the panel with Artist Pitt Pens.
  11. Add twine around the bottom portion of the card.
  12. Apply pearls to bottom right corner.
  13. Adhere panel to card base with mounting foam tape.

Lost Coast Designs Stamps used:

  • More Bugz – Dragonfly
  • Harmony – saying
  • Broken Letters – script

Other Materials:

  • DecoArt, Americana Acrylic Paint
  • DecoArt, DuraClear matte varnish
  • Faber-Castelle, Artist Pitt Pens
  • Kaisercraft Basics,  Adhesive pearls
  • We R Memory Keepers, Nesting Circle Dies
  • Twine
  • Mounting foam tape

I hope you enjoyed this project!   I would love to see your “Round and Round” work as well so, please join in on this challenge by clicking on the link below.


Happy day!



Announcement: June 13th Mixed Media Art Journal Workshop changed to Open House

Hello all,

For this date only; the Mixed Media Art Journal Workshop has been cancelled due to lack of attendees.  😞

However, I will still be there with some light refreshments!!  I figured that I would go ahead and host an open house at this time.  Free of charge!  So, come on down to the Art Hub to check out the venue and see some class examples.

If you like what you see, you can sign up for the next workshop date right then.

Hope to see you there!


Mixed Media Art Journal Open House
Where: SLC Art Hub
663 West 100 South
Salt Lake City, 84104

Date: June 13th

Time: 5:30 to 7:30

Lori Warren

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Lost Coast Designs Challenge “Mini Me”

Hello all,

It’s time for another challenge over on the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity blcdminime.jpglog and this week it’s all about the Mini!  No, not Lulu my Mini Cooper!  Mini as in project…anything smaller than a card.

Click on the link below to find out more about this challenge as well as the details about this Mini-page I created in my 4″ x 4″ Art Journal.

We would also love to see your Mini-work(s) of art!  So, be sure to “Link” up your Mini project(s) on the Portal for a chance to win a great prize!  The more you post, the better the prize!

Click Here

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Happy Day!





Steampunk Hand Saw & news

Hello all,

So, last weekend I picked an old hand saw and my local vintage/second hand shop (Needfull Things) with the idea of altering it and a Steampunky fashion.  Well… here it is.

altered art Steampunk Saw 6.8.18

I used found items, car parts, gears, light bulbs, and fuses (to name just a few) on this piece and had a terrific time putting it all together.  The components were treated with Rust Effect Paste prior to adhering to the saw.  When finished, I coated then entire piece with Matte Varnish.

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  I will be down at the Urban Flea Market in Downtown SLC on Sunday.  I will have this piece, and many others, for sale in my booth located in Building B (just to the right as you enter.  Hope to see you there.

UFW June 2018

Also, you still have time to sign up for the Art Journal Workshops starting on June 13th, located at the Art Hub in downtown SLC.  CLICK HERE to register.  Would love to share some creative time with you!

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Happy day!




MM Steampunk Patina & Texture

Hello all,

Just a quick post tonight to share with you the Mixed Media piece I made on a 11″ x 14″ flat panel canvas.  I used lots of texture and patina paste for this one and I am really liking how it turned out.

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I have worked on this way into the wee hours of the morning…it is almost 3 a.m. here!  So, it’s off to bed for me.  Hope you all have a great weekend!  I will try to post materials used and key elements tomorrow.

I am also entering this project into the June Challenge on SanDee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenges Blog.  Pop over to their blog to see the awesome items that others have posted.

Happy Day!