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Birdtober 2022

10-26-22

Well, it’s been an exciting time since I returned from MA this past summer dog and house sitting. I hit the ground running on my return and jumped straight into joining the NOTO Arts Center team as their Administrative Assistant. And I love it! I’m also working to assist a local professional chef with his meal based business a few days a week, so to say I’m busy is a bit of an understatement.

As far as art is concerned, I’m currently participating in Birdtober 2022. I’m posting these works as they are completed on my Instagram account (click the Social Media tab above) so you can see them over there. It’s definitely been an education for me despite working at the Omaha Zoo for several years, I’ve had to research some of the birds to figure them out. Campo Flicker anyone?

I’m working on the last of my private commissions for the year, and then I will be taking quite a long break from commissions for a while (about 6 months) to work on some other goals, priorities and education I would like to complete. I will begin working on my wait list for commissions again in May/June 2023 (I’m already booked through summer of next year!).

I’m excited to tell you that I have thrown my hat in the ring again to participate in Roar and Pour 2023. So stay tuned to find out if I’m selected to be paired up with an animal to create art!

I’ve just submitted two artworks to the Morris Gallery in the NOTO Arts Center for their Holiday Traditions show in November 2022. Both artworks will be available for sale.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season! Best wishes, stay safe, and joyful celebrations to you all. Shine on!

Michaela
xxx

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My last TCW Post

It’s hard to believe, but the end of my two year term as a member of the International Design Team for The Crafter’s Workshop has come to end. Today is my last post over on their blog. Want to read it? Hop on over to their page and check out my last post!

Hero image of the completed Felicia Daisies decorative edged, stenciled journal page.
Felicia Daisy stencil TCW929 was used to create a decorative edged page.
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Wanderlust Journal Page

7-14-22

Check out my latest post today over on The Crafter’s Workshop blog page! This bright and colorful Wanderlust travel and art journal page was created in just a few simple steps. Check out my post for details!

Wanderlust Travel and Art Journal page, 11″ x 7″ on 140 lb watercolor paper.

Don’t have time to read the blog post? No worries. As always, I’ve got you covered with this quick fly-by process video (41 sec) over on my YouTube channel! Click this link to watch the video.

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The Street Dog Coalition

6-17-22

Whew! It was a hot one today (about 98 F!). We spent the afternoon riding around in the ATV servicing some of our homeless pets, in addition to seeing one at the Topeka Rescue Mission, and one at an owner’s home.

Today, I volunteered by filling out the paperwork forms with the pet owners including the rabies certificates. I also took lots of photos and videos to help The Street Dog Coalition on our social media platforms (I’m on their national social media team). I’m now in the process of editing those digital assets then creating videos by turning them into ‘stories from our streets’ so if you follow @The Street Dog Coalition over on Instagram, you’ll get to see some of my photos and videos over there.

Here’s the first video in the series, Scoob’s story (short for Scooby Doo) featuring his very first visit to our monthly pop-up clinic at the Topeka Rescue Mission. (30 sec video).

Happy watching! If you’re not already, but you’d like to follow The Street Dog Coalition, we’re on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and check out our website at The Street Dog Coalition.

Scoob’s story from the streets, 6-17-22 (30 sec)
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Mystery Masterboard Series

5-26-22

Did you see my latest blog post today over on The Crafter’s Workshop blog page? It’s all about how to create 6 card backgrounds in 30 minutes or less! A great efficiency tip for working smarter, not harder. As for the mystery, I guess you’ll have to go and check it out to see what that was all about! Happy reading!

Mixed media card 6″ x 4″ on cardstock

No time to read the step-by-step instructions on the blog post? No worries, I’ve got you covered. Watch this quick fly-by process video over on my YouTube channel:

Fly-by process video for mixed-media Mystery Masterboard Series (41 sec).

Happy creating and happy day! Thanks as always for following me.

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Heat embossing with a stencil

Hi there! Want to learn how to heat emboss using a stencil, embossing liquid, and embossing powder? Then hop on over to my latest blog post over on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog for a step-by-step tutorial with photos!

Don’t have time to read my blog post? No worries, I’ve got you covered as always. Click this video link to watch my fly-by process video on my YouTube channel.

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Be Happy

Check out my latest blog post over on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog today. This written tutorial gives you simple step-by-step instructions to create either a St Patrick’s Day 4 leaf clover card, or you can use the same process to create a floral card.

No time to read at the moment? No worries, as always, I’ve got you covered! Hop on over to my YouTube channel to watch this quick fly-by process video tutorial (1:22 min).

Be Happy Card – Fly by process video tutorial (1:22 mins)

Thanks for watching and wishing you a safe and fun St Patrick’s Day!
Michaela
xoxo

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Watercolor Valentine’s Day Card

Hi there! Do you want to learn how to create a really cool watercolor resist technique? Then hop on over to my latest blog post at The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team blog page.

6″ x 6″ Watercolor Valentine’s Day Card

For those of us who don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, or who don’t have time to make a card between now and then, you can use this same technique to create a really cool background for almost any other work like an art journal page or artwork. Here’s a variation of the same technique using different stamps and colors:

5″ x 7″ watercolor artwork

No time to read an entire blog post with step-by-step instructions? No worries, I’ve got you covered! Simply hop on over to my YouTube channel to view the brief (37 sec) fly-by process video. Don’t forget to subscribe while you’re over there!

Happy creating!

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Floral Background Card

Hello! I have a new post up today over on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog with a pretty floral card and background that I made with our NEW STENCILS! Be sure to check out my post!

Close up image of the hero shot for The Crafter's Workshop Blog post project: Floral Background Card.

To watch a quick fly-by process video (only 35 seconds!) check out my YouTube Channel:

35 second fly-by process video
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Zen Stone Balance

The end of the old year and the beginning of a new year always makes me want to turn inward and spend some quiet, quality time in introspection. I don’t believe in resolutions, yet every year I focus on creating an intention or two to focus on throughout the year. This intention helps me maintain my motivation, inspiration, and to keep on track towards my true north star of following my heart and dreams (goals).

Still in the midst of a global pandemic, I’ve really been feeling the need for more peace, calm, and stillness in my life. Inspired by a generous free art class offering from StudioWorks, I completed a class in painting stones, which was the jumping off point for the meditative process of stenciling each stone with intentions, goals, and focus.

Mother Earth is my greatest inspiration, and so I created these two artworks to pay homage to both earth and sea, with mindfulness, gratitude and great intention for the coming year.

Full image of the completed "Zen Stone Balance" artwork. A balanced pyramid of rocks resting at different angles. The colors are blues, greens, turquoise and browns. Each stone is stenciled with a pattern of intention.
“Zen Stone Balance”, 11″ x 7″ on watercolor paper (unframed).
Image of the fully completed "Mother Nature" artwork in earthy tones of browns, greens, and yellows. This artwork features beautiful rub on transfers from 49 & market in addition to the beautiful ColorSparx deeply pigmented watercolor powders and stenciled leaves.
“Mother Nature”, 11″ x 7″ on watercolor paper (unframed).

Want to learn more about the process of how I went about creating these beautiful artworks? Hop on over the The Crafter’s Workshop Blog and https://www.thecraftersworkshop.com/blog/2022/01/zen-stone-balance/ read my blog post tutorial!

No time to read? No worries, I’ve got you covered. Check out my quick fly-by process video (1:05 min).

Don’t forget to hop on over and follow my most up to date works in progress and art adventures over on my Instagram account!

https://www.instagram.com/aussiegrl154/