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Baby Got Back-to-Back

This Course Has Been Retired

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 2013. If you were a part of that, it is the same workshop.

Original Release Date: January 2013

"I appreciate the work you put into the instructional videos, Roben-Marie...they're so helpful, really thorough and clear. Fun workshop--thank you!!!" ~Cat


"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!" ~Linda


Workshop Curriculum

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  Part One
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  Part Three
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  Bonus Project
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish and how long do I have access to the course?
This workshop is completely self-paced - you decide when you start and when you finish. All workshop content is available to you when you register. How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Can I watch on my iPad or smartphone and are the videos downloadable?
Videos are not available for download. If everything is up-to-date on your IPAD and/or smart phone, there should be no problem using them.
Can I share my access and can I get a refund?
The tuition is non-refundable once access has been given to registrants. One student per purchase. No splitting/sharing classes, please!

This workshop is not open for enrollment.

Your Instructor

Roben-Marie Smith
Roben-Marie Smith

Roben-Marie provides ideas, inspiration and quality instruction for hobbyists and art entrepreneurs. She teaches artists from beginners to those making a living from their art through her blog and her popular online workshops.

As an artist, blogger, woman of faith and the owner of Paperbag Studios, LLC, her mission is to serve others and help them get the most out of their art as a hobby, or as a business. Her own desire to learn and unquenchable curiosity keeps her fingers messy and her heart happy.

Roben-Marie has been an artist for the last ten years, and is self-taught, so she believes that anyone can cultivate their creative spark. She’s taught mixed media art workshops and retreats across the U.S. and her work has been featured in countless books and industry magazines including: Journal It!, The Artist Unique, Creative Letting Workshop, Art Saves, Exhibition 36, Journal Revolution, A World of Artist Journal Pages, 1000 Artist Journal Pages, "Somerset Studio," "Art Journaling," "Green Craft," "Artist' Cafe," "Artful Blogging," "Legacy," "Somerset Memories," "Somerset Life," "Somerset Apprentice" and "Somerset Gallery."


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 Pen, Bic-Wite Out Pen or something like these.)