Monthly Archives: October 2012

Highlights of Week 42

Welcome back to another collection of weekly highlights from the Art Journal Caravan.  It’s been a really great week, lots of new stuff in the Art Journal Caravan Gallery, take a moment to check it out, you won’t be disappointed.  It’s so fun to see so many people still active this late in the year!  There’s lots of support and lots of chatter going on in the forums, so if you’re still thinking about joining up, you’ve still got until the 3oth to climb on board.  Go HERE to get started.  Ready to see my picks for the week?  Here we go…

Need More Prayer by Billizetti

Very inspiring piece here.  A really great reminder.


Fire in My Heart by Karen Bowers

I flipped when I found out this was made from torn bits of magazine!  Now I want to make one.


Listograph 42 by wanderer

There is a really touching story in the gallery that goes with this piece.  A whole lot of emotion captured here!  Check it out.


Itinerary #14: Dreams by snowdropz

I like all the ink and paint here.  The fun thing about this being all digital?  No mess!


AJC 2012 – #42 It is Impossible by Artgirl

I thought this was really neat, seeing the page from the subject’s perspective.


October challenge – my tree of life by rarou47

I really like the colors and the hand made feel of this, it doesn’t look digital to me at all



Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights.  Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration.  Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.





“I Don’t Know What To Journal” Myth-Buster Prompt #13!

Welcome to our I Don’t Have Anything to Journal About” Myth-Buster Prompt #13 by Tangie!

Prompt: If you could have one superpower, which would it be?

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.


by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

Telepathy, telekinesis, enhanced intelligence, super strength, super speed, flight, teleportation, invisibility, shape-shifting – these are just a few of the most commonly imagined superpowers.   Which one appeals to you most? Why? Or do you long for a different type of power?

Our art journalers below chose some unique powers.

  • Rain would have the loving gift of healing power.
  • Heather dreams of house-keeping superpowers.
  • Your every thought would be known by Deb.
  • And I would be able to befriend anyone with my hypnotic charm as the strongest of my powers of persuasion.




Inspiration from the Studio Tangie Creative Team for Prompt #13


Journaling: If I could have one superpower, it would be absolute healing power, at the touch of my hand or wand or thought form, all illness would leave, transformed into light.

CREDITS:  By Tangie Baxter-
Compendium of Dreams
Seaside Art Dolls
SJD Caravan
Other: Wand and Key: Mr. Whiskers: Lordlings, Miss Behaving at Deviant Scrap



Journaling: The only woman who doesn’t dream of house keeping superpowers is the one who has already hired help.

CREDITS – By Tangie Baxter:
Queen of Cakes collab; Greatest Curiosity; Journal Anthology series; and Gypsy Rhapsody.


Deb aka pennyshilling

Journaling reads as follows……..
There are numerous
that I would love
to draw upon in
my day to day
Right now having the ABILITY TO READ OTHERS MINDS would be most HELPFUL
Certainly not in a prying or devious way, but in a manner which would
It is so hard for some to SHARE OR EXPRESS their inner thoughts and feelings WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH
and I can’t help but thinking
“If only I could read your mind love…..”

Credits- By Tangie Baxter
Tangie_Midnight Dreams

Tangie_Gypsy Diaries
_Collage Sheet

Other: Tumble Fish Studio_Odd Magic


Julie Ann

Journaling: Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world. Thomas Carlyle

Credits: By Tangie Baxter -
Star vintage stamp: Steampunk Spooktacular
Hearts: Journal Anthology 9
Lighting: Luminescence
Glitter splash: By Magic Sampler
Word Art/Abracadabra, Stars, Burst, Splatter: By Magic
Paper note: AJC12 Parcel 7
Strip: Tangible Plans 19
Strong: Tangible Plans 20
Background: Collage Fodder Backgrounds
Fonts: Tangie Art Journaling Font bandersnatch, Franklin Gothic Medium
Other: Couple, Overlay: Couples Therapy Sherrie JD


Now it’s your turn! Let’s see your superpower pages!!!

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

You might also enjoy:

“I Don’t Have Anything To Journal About” Myth-Buster Prompts Archive

Hot off the press: The Bestiary of Beetlies, Grab Bags unpacked and AJC Provisions {Parcel 43}

The weekend is here, and I’ve got lots and lots to show you.
Be warned, this is a heavy image-post!

The Bestiary of Beetlies

A collection of moralized fables, especially as written in the Middle Ages,
about actual or mythical animals.

Second in the Bestiary series, this kit is an adventure waiting to happen as you delve deep into the world of these beetlies and discover some hidden truths in your own life.

Tiny peek of what’s included, there is much much MUCH more.
Check the product in the store to see everything!

And some coordinating packs

Gesso Messy! Episode No. 13 {Beetlies}

Get Beetlies messy with Gesso Messy!

Splatter Graffiti [Borders] Beetlies

4 Splatter Graffiti

The Bestiary of Beetlies {Vintage Glass Glitter Lace}

18 Glass Glitter Lace (9 lace in 2 colors each)

Creative Team Inspiration

And if you can’t get enough of the Misty Ink Overlays….

Misty Ink Overlays #7

Looks like alcohol spray inks!
Contains four 12×12 overlays

And the Grab Bags have been unpacked!
Here’s what you missed, all available as separate products.

Journal Anthology 9

Quirkalicious! Journalific! Whimtastical!

Journal Anthology 9 is perfect for the budding altered artist in you!
(It’s also just fun!)

Included are 54 elements and 10 fantabulous papers

Quidoodles #01

Hand drawn and digitally mastered these are a QUICK way to add DOODLES.

Comes in .png and .abr files

Mixed-Media Cupcake Liners

8 fun mixed-media cupcake liners!

Articulates #01

Word Art cut from ephemera

Stitchy Stackers #01

These are perfect to match with Splatter Graffiti and Gesso Messy!

Both packs contain 4 pre-shadowed stitchy clusters EXACTLY as shown in the preview!

Stitchy Stackers #02

Misty Ink Overlays #3

Looks like alcohol spray inks!
All packs contain four 12×12 overlays

Misty Ink Overlays #4

Misty Ink Overlays #5

Misty Ink Overlays #6

Impressionaries #01

Dictionary Pages with vintage inked impressions!

Both packs contains six 12×12 backgrounds

Impressionaries #02

Gesso Messy! Episode No. 12 {Ribbon}

Get messy with Gesso Messy!

This “messy episode” comes with 4 ribbon clusters.

Confabulations #01

Confabulations are hand written and digitally mastered brushes
and .pngs perfect for art journaling!

Confabulations #02

And for this week’s Parcel

Art Journal Caravan 2012 {Parcel 43}

10 ephemera pieced background papers,
5 of which have crazy black stitches

Have a great weekend!

Highlights of Week 41

Welcome to another week of Art Journal Caravan inspiration.  I don’t know about you, but when I’m in a slump I love to turn to the galleries for inspiration.  And if you’re like me and not a “natural” at this Art Journaling then that can come frequently LOL.  So… if you need a little nudge look no further, I’m here to give you one.  Enjoy the show.

they come out at night…… by thimbleberrie
This is adorable!!!


~Celebrating DOD~ by pennyshilling
Who can resist a Day of the Dead piece?


Best of Life by anniesmom
What a great mixed media piece!


Shining Bright by redowl
Look at all those cut out bits and raised texts, looks real right?


Gossamer by Billizetti
I’ll leave you with something beautiful and dreamy…


Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights.  Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration.  Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.


Art Journaling 102: Technique Feature – Photo Masks + Paint + Bling

Art Journaling 102:

Technique Feature -

Photo Masks + Paint + Bling

I’m very pleased to share with you today an Art Journaling Technique Feature demonstrating Studio Tangie products. Tangie, Rain, Ms. Mauk, and myself have created art journal pages using photo masks + paint + bling. You can find Tangie’s photo masks products here: Super Saver Bundle: Splatter Graffiti Photo Masks

Let’s get right to it!


Here are simple instructions for using Photo Masks in PSE, from my former tutorial blog, (now closed.)

Step 1. Open your photo (or in art journaling you may use paper or glitter instead of a photo) in PSE.
Step 2. Select the photo mask you wish to use, and open it in PSE.
Step 3. Drag the photo onto the photo mask so that it is the layer above the photo mask.
Step 4. Select ctrl+g to clip it together.
Step 5. To use it in a layout, select Layer–> Merge Visible.
Step 6. Drag the photo onto your layout.


Inspiration from the Studio Tangie Creative Team


Credits: Journal Anthology 8, Splatter Graffiti Rhapsody, Gesso Messy 8, Je t’Adore, My Midnight Dreams Danced Among the Stars, Super Saver Bundle Masks



Credits – All Tangie Baxter:
AJC2012 Parcel#29
Journal Anthology 8
AJC bling
Jungle Salvage
SJD Caravan


ms. mauk
Tangie Baxter, Splatter Graffiti Masks 7
Tangie Baxter, Splatter Graffiti [Skinnies] Indifference
Tangie Baxter, Paper Ink
Tangie Baxter, AJC12 Parcel 3
Tangie Baxter, AJC12 Parcel 21
Tangie Baxter, AJC12 Parcel 7
Tangie Baxter, Gesso Messy 5
Tangie Baxter, Paperworn Art Styles & Bonus Action
Tangie Baxter, Watercolor Styles 1
Tangie Baxter, Gesso Layer Styles
tbsk, Glitter Festival Freebie Styles
Font: AJC11 Parcel 28 Font Tiger-Lily


Julie Ann

Credits: all by Tangie Baxter
Word Art (used as layer mask): AJC12 Parcel 36
Doilies: Eerie Shadows Doilies
Bling: Splatter Graffiti Eerie Shadows
Papers: Eerie Shadows, 31 Halloween Art Journal Workshop Add-On 2012


Now it’s your turn! Let’s see your photo masks + paint + bling pages!

Upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up (copy and paste the url) in the comments of this blog post.

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling Techniques Archive


Hot off the press: Photoshop for Mixed Media and Art Journaling Workshops, and AJC Provisions {Parcel 42}


Classes with an in-depth look at how to use
Photoshop for Mixed-Media and Art Journaling.

All workshops include:

• Video Tutorials with lifetime access
• All images & fonts used in the tutorials
• Digital .PDF workbook for you can print to take notes on
• $15 Coupon for a future Studio Tangie Purchase
• Invitation only access to BETA TESTING of a new classroom site (optional)

See the product pages for all detailed info!

Photoshop For Mixed-Media & Art Journaling
{BEGINNERS} Workshop

Do you want to learn to use Photoshop but don’t have a clue where to start,
or you’ve been playing with Photoshop for a little while,
but feel like you are lost & missing so much of what the program can do?

This beginners class is for you!
We will be starting from the ground up–building a solid foundation for you
to get started in digital collage, art journaling and mixed-media projects.

We will be covering the Photoshop interface, personal workspace,
learning the best tools for basic Photoshop projects, layering
and SO MUCH more (please see table of contents).
We will also cover the basics of images such as file types,
image resolution, zip and archived folders.
Even advanced users will probably learn something new!


Photoshop For Mixed-Media & Art Journaling

Do you have an idea what Photoshop can do for you,
but not sure how to apply it to your mixed-media projects
or would you like to become a better digital artist?

You’ve come to the right place!
We will be learning composition and how to create digital collages
using some of Photoshop’s most amazing (and often overlooked) features.

We will thoroughly cover layers and how to use them to their fullest potential,
groups, layer masks, clipping masks, cloning, duplicating documents,
basic adjustment layers, using brushes, basic shadowing, basic typography and more.
You will watch Tangie create a digital collage and have all the same images in your materials
to build the same one over and over again until you have mastered the skills to create your own!


Photoshop For Mixed-Media & Art Journaling
{ADVANCED} Workshop

This is for people who KNOW what Photoshop has to offer
the mixed-media artist but want to take their skills to the next level!

We will be covering the really marvelous techniques in this class!

Building a complex collage from scratch,  Tangie will teach you how to use the following
Photoshop features; custom shadows, warp and puppet tools, how to make your
OWN layer effects and brushes (and save them for later use), advanced blending modes,
advanced typography and “art journal style” writing, lighting effects, using .png overlays,
basic/intermediate extractions, tips & tricks like “digital gesso” and so much more.


Photoshop For Mixed-Media & Art Journaling
{BUNDLE} Workshop

Can’t chose and want it all?

This includes all THREE Photoshop for Mixed-Media & Art Journaling Workshops,
Tangie’s recommendation even for advanced users!

Though the workshops are designed to be able to stand alone,
they build on the knowledge learned in the workshops before them.

And for this week’s Parcel

Art Journal Caravan 2012 {Parcel 42}

6 Black Inked Overlays

For a limited time get a SURPRISE BONUS with a value of $3!

Enjoy the weekend, see you next time!

Highlights of Week 40

Happy Monday everyone.  I’m running behind, I’m SO sorry.  Say you’ll forgive me?  I hope that I can make it up to you with all these great layouts I have for you.  Ready?  Enjoy!

Discombobulate by tam65


Playing Games by lmgdonahue


Itinerary #39 & #40 – Wordographies by nettasaura


Gossamer Wings by dianepsmith


Letting-Go by ArmyGrl


Obstacles by redowl


Week 11 Kismet by Veleda


Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights.  Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration.  Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.



October’s “My Vision for 2012″ Prompt: Motivation

October’s Prompt Page by Heather aka sparklyduck75

{October’s Theme} My Vision for 2012: MOTIVATION

Prompt: What motivates you? Pick from this list.

Fun and excitement
New experiences

Create an art journal page answering this question, include a paragraph of journaling.

Link up your page here (copy and paste the url) in the comments section of this post. Join our fun, lots of members are jumping in!

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

About October’s Prompt : Pleasure or Pain?

I’m not talking about 50 Shades of Grey here. I’m talking about the fact that sometimes it kind of boils down to whether you are motivated by pleasure or pain, doesn’t it? Are you excited about the sunny weather, or depressed and cranky about the cold rain?

When you are motivated by pleasure, such as allowing yourself to be cheered up by the sunny weather, you go about your day with a smile and joyful attitude that ends up being contagious to everyone you meet.  Thus, your cheerfulness multiplies.

When you are motivated by pain, such as allowing yourself to be depressed and cranky about the cold rain or change in seasons, you focus on how awful the day compared to other days before it. Perhaps you feel aches and pains more readily, or they become intensified, because your mood is lowered. (Not counting the rain-induced migraines that people, such as myself, often get that can’t be helped due to the change in pressure in the atmosphere.)

Instead of finding motivation in pleasure or pain, successful people find motivation from their goal and values. This allows them to focus day in and day out, despite whatever they feel – pleasure or pain. They do not allow for such distractions to deter them from their plan to achieve what they have their heart set on.

We are human, after all, and we might have the occasional setback. For instance, I surprised myself when my answer to this month’s prompt was that my motivation was pain. That very morning, I was forced out of bed earlier than I usually get up by actual pain in my lower back and hip. I just couldn’t stand it any longer laying in bed. So I honestly created my art journal page answering that I am motivated at this time by pain.

I’m sure many people with chronic pain can relate. If  you feel you want to take on the prompt from this angle, feel free to do so.

Must Read:

Recognition or Money?

Another angle is to consider is what motivates you: Fame or Gain? aka Recognition or Money?

According to brad at,the three best motivating factors for individuals are:

  • Autonomy – are you in charge of your destiny?
  • Mastery – how can you get better at a skill?
  • Purpose – what does your work create?

Did you notice that money is not listed?”

Would you rather be applauded or would you rather be compensated? These days, in this economy, that’s a tough question. Compensation would seem the common sense answer, yet recognition for a job well-done could lead to  more respect, more trust, perhaps a promotion that comes with a pay-raise.

I can say at this time in my life, autonomy comes before money. Being in charge of my own destiny is important, the ability to be self-directed instead of being told what to do. I like having flexibility in my schedule, and being able to control it myself. I really like having a lot of me time. I suppose this all falls into the “Fun and Excitement” category.

You really MUST watch this AMAZING video “Drive” about what motivates us. I am unable to embed it into wordpress so just click on the link to pinterest and then click through again to the video.


Must Read:


Motivation Quotes:

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.
Bo Bennett


You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

Storms make oaks take roots.

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do.
Orison Swett Marden


“Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence.” – Lisa M. Amos


“A successful person is one who can lay a solid foundation from the bricks others have thrown at them.”
David Brinkley

“If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do” –

“True nobility is not about being better than anyone else its about being better than you used to be.” –
Dr. Wayne Dyer


Motivation from Pinterest






October Prompt : My Vision for 2012: Motivation -Studio Tangie

Creative Team Inspiration


What motivates me? Honoring relationships by being on time, whether it is cooking gluten-free meals for friends/patients, driving to appts., or simply being present when our 15 yr. old doggie wakes and wants to go out or find the water bowl. Timelines, deadlines, the motivation behind getting up earlier to tend the garden or bake, before it’s hot and plants are water stressed, get photos taken, compress and zip, sent to German company for brochure, meet the deadline, but first pick the ripe, juicy raspberries, take the call from my stepdaughter and listen with all my being between the lines, finish the 80th birthday photobook gift and send it off, make the sheep cheese…the Chinese puzzle of time and life, motivated by love, by the season, by keeping appointments with myself for art, and mandolin, and Qi Gong practice, while still getting the basil harvested and the pesto made. Living the renaissance life of integration, knowing it requires the courage to say no, say yes, say not today because I’m committed to holding Gary’s hand, watching the change of light over the mountains, the hummingbirds at the feeders, the bees, and the wet grass against my bare feet. What motivates me? Love.
Drink it in, wallow in it, eat the glory, rest in the arms of God. Love. Everywhere in the little tasks and details. Everywhere.

CREDITS: All Tangie Baxter:
Foil Collection 3
Field Notes
A Door Opened
SJD Caravan


Julie Ann

CREDITS: by Tangie Baxter
Kit: The Bestiary of Beasties available at DeviantScrap



Heather aka sparklyduck75

Without even realizing it, I’m motivated lately by progress. New house, new cat, new church, new friends, new opportunities for service, new classes, new boundaries on relationships. I want our lives to be more meaningful, doing more of what we were created to do instead of watching the world go by or being choked by other people’s toxins. The trick is to keep the new activity balanced with the introverted, mellow pace the three of us crave. I hadn’t realized how much change we’re in the midst of, till I sat down with this layout, but now I’m sort of amazed. It’s not always comfortable–in fact, some of it is way out of my comfort zone–but it’s all positive and I’m excited about where we’re headed together.

Keep moving forward: even the smallest step is closer than yesterday.

CREDITS:By Tangie Baxter:

AJC 2011 Parcels 3, 6, 7, and 19
AJC 2012 Starter kit
Parcel 6

Now it’s Your Turn! Let’s see your pages about your vision for motivation.

Link up your page here (copy and paste the url) in the comments section of this post. Join our fun, lots of members are jumping in!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

If you liked this post, you’ll also love:

My Vision for 2012 Prompts Archive

Hot off the press: Día de los Muertos {Cuatro}, Grab Bags, and AJC Provisions {Parcel 41}

Get ready, lots to show off what’s new at Studio Tangie.

DíA De Los Muertos {Cuatro}

Wikipedia – “The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls’ Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Celebrated on November 2nd, traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.” It might sound a little morbid, if you aren’t familiar with the holiday, but it’s a major cause of celebration in the Southwest.

And it’s here!

The fourth DíA De Los Muertos in the series, and this one more awesome than ever.

Teeny tiny peek of what’s included!
(see the product page for all that’s included)

Coordinating with DíA De Los Muertos {Cuatro}

DíA De Los Muertos {Cuatro} Glitter Lace

18 Glitter Lace


Grab the Grab Bags!

Tangie is celebrating 5 years designing!
Get both these Grab Bags at a HUGE discount with some
NEW PRODUCT LINES that have never been released before!

5th Anniversary Celebration {Bag #1}

Articulates #01
Confabulations #01
Gesso Messy #12
Impressionaries #01
Mistly Ink Overlays #3
Misty Ink Overlays #5
Stitchy Stackers #01
“Mystery Kit” Part 1
(“Mystery Kit” Part 2 can be found in Grab Bag #2 at Deviant Scrap)

Don’t forget to pick up Grab Bag #2 at DeviantScrap, Tangie’s Guest Spot for October!

5th Anniversary Celebration {Bag #2}

Confabulations #01
Mixed-Mesia Cupcake Liners
Impressionaries #02
Mistly Ink Overlays #4
Misty Ink Overlays #6
Stitchy Stackers #02
“Mystery Kit” Part 2
(“Mystery Kit” Part 1 can be found in Grab Bag #2 at ScrapbookGraphics)

And for this week’s Parcel

Art Journal Caravan 2012 {Parcel 41}

40 word art cut from vintage Photochrome postcards

Have a great weekend!

5th Anniversary Grab Bag #2 Reveal

Have you been checking out the 55555 sale…it’s changing frequently and there might just be some free stuff in there the next few days :)! Also I’m pleased to do the second Grab Bag reveal! This Grab Bag is available in my Guest Shop for the month @ Deviant Scrap!

Here is what you will find inside!


Thank you so much to each and everyone of you that support my Studio and the Blog! YOU are amazing and I appreciate you! Hugs!


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