Together we will create a playful art journal project using my step-by step method layering paint, ink, stencils, doodles, stamps and more. THEN we will turn that layered yummy goodness into a stitched and bound dos-à-dos (back to back) style mini album perfect for yourself or gifting. You will find yourself returning "back" to these techniques again and again in your creative play. Crank up the music and join me for Baby Got Back-to-Back!

 PLEASE NOTE:  This workshop was part of the New 21 Secrets Workshop 2013.

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  • Linda
    I can't wait to make this! So excited. I can see me having this in my purse for jotting down memos, notes & phone numbers!
  • Cat
    I appreciate the work you put into the instructional videos, Roben-Marie...they're so helpful, really thorough and clear. Fun workshop--thank you!

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Roben-Marie's mission is claiming happiness for herself and others through her rule-breaking combination of colors.

Artist, blogger, designer, instructor and owner of Paperbag Studios, LLC, Roben-Marie is often either geeking out behind her Mac or painting in her Florida home studio. As a woman of faith, she believes that serving others through inspiration, encouragement and instruction is a priority. A desire to learn and an unquenchable curiosity keeps her fingers messy and her heart happy.

Roben-Marie's work can be found in industry publications, art journaling books, her shop and on her blog. 

Her unique blending of color, elements and design makes her pieces unmistakably recognizable. Her style has been translated to canvas, journals, fabric, stamps, artist papers and most notably, mail art and Art Pops™ artist cards and accessories.

With a following that regularly demands the next workshop and product line, Roben-Marie shares her joy of mixed media and inspires the artist inside every heart wondering if they have the courage to claim it.

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Journal page: 9 x 12
Consider using a piece of multi-media paper. I like Bristol 400 by Strathmore but use what you have.  I will be using a page from my Canson spiral bound journal.
Small hole punch
A few stencils
A few colors of spray inks
A few colors of acrylic paints
Gelli Arts Gel Plate (Optional)
A page from an old phone book
Black doodle pen and a brown or black colored pencil
Assorted rubber stamps
Black dye ink pad (I use India Ink)
Assorted washi tape - my favorite place for washi tape is Pretty Tape on Etsy.
Collage papers
White acrylic paint
Cheap chip paint brush
Glue stick

Assorted rubber stamps: I have a line called Mixed Media Essentials that offers a nice variety.

Sewing machine
Buttons - five
Twine (about 4 inches)
Strip of cotton muslin - about 1” x 36”
Piece of burlap or other fabric for decoration - 4” x 2/12” and 1” x 4”
Old book papers, etc.
Small piece of burlap
Piece of duck cloth - about  4 1/2” x 41/4”
Piece of cardboard - 5 1/4” x 8”
Kraft gift bag - 10” x 8” (I got mine at Michaels)
Gel medium
Wax linen thread - 24”
Bookbinding needle
Book awl/paper piercer
Card stock for pages. I use Bristol 400 by Strathmore but use what you have - 1 piece that is 13 1/2” x 6 1/2” and 6 that are 6” x 8 1/2” Also, for the bonus project: 3 pieces at 4 1/2” x 7 3/4”
White pen (Molotow Signal White Pen, Sharpie Poster Paint PenBic-Wite Out Pen or something like these.)