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I didn't pick up a word for the year... Normally I do but this year I didn't yet.

When I was playing around in my art journal I was also thinking that it is ok to not have a word... maybe I want to be a little extra and give myself permission to pick up a whole bunch of words or phrases that works for me this year. So I decided to share a bit of my process with you and gave you a freebie if you feel 'wordless' like me.

Pick up a phrase or two or three that resonates with you.

Try your hand at a mixed media collage page with a bit of watercolor paint. In this video, I will show you how to make a page in your art journal. Using collage techniques.


Template to Trace Pencil

Permanent Pen

Mixed Media or Watercolor Art Journal (paper is important)

Watercolor Paper (Extra piece)

Round Brushes

Watercolor Paint

Cup of Water Towel

Craft knife (optional to cut out words)


Elmer's White Glue or Mod Podge

Scrape Tool

Download Template:

pick up a word
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Video Here:

Moths are so pretty. I like to paint them. In this video, I will show you how to paint a silk moth in watercolor in my brand new journal with tan pages. I am liking the different look so much.


Watch how I changed my mind about using gouache even though I wanted to and prepared it.

Also I do apologize for the many times I said the word 'cute'. I guess I felt cute and made a cute moth. LOL

Find the template here:

silk moth
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Updated: Dec 15, 2023

Try your hand at watercolor stenciling. In this video, I will show you how to paint a stencil background to form an ornament in watercolor paint. Watch how I struggle to say Hershey Kisses LOL! And how I didn't keep track of the way I painted the first one... Oh well, it's fun and easy, try it.

The link to my reusable stencils:


Template to Trace




Round Brush

Watercolor Paint

Cup of Water



Bone Folder



Hole Punch


Two sizes of Ornaments Template:

watercolor ornament template
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