Thank You Very Much – made easier


i am a super thankful person. i really am. i really appreciate when folks take the time to come celebrate birthdays with my boys and bring them sweet gifts. i used to be so on top of all my thank-you-related correspondence. But this year, the universe and Murphy’s law conspired against me and created a cluster of drama and distraction that knocked me off my game.  And i am embarrassed to say i still owe (or my kids still owe) thank you cards from a birthday party we had in AUGUST!

Yikes. NOT proud of myself.

The boys actually wrote out about half the cards….then i MIGHT have misplaced them…..but that’s another story we won’t dwell on.

SO!! if any of this is familiar (please tell me i’m not the only one). And if any of YOU GUYS need to get back on track like me,  then these little cards i made are perfect for you. They are an update/upgrade on some other fill-in thank you cards i made way, way back. I’ve got them all set up to print in 2 different sizes; your choice.


You’ll never be out of Thank You Notes again…and they couldn’t be easier for your littles to fill out. You can snag your download below.

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Hope you enjoy!



Creating with Kids; It’s about much more than the art


i make art with kids a lot. it’s fun and silly and inspiring. i kind of love it.

But i also sometimes come across kids who lack confidence in their creativity.
i get that.
Sometimes it’s hard for kids to realize that there is a subject where you “can”t get it wrong!”
But here’s the powerful part… takes barely 5-10 minutes of encouragement …sitting right by them and really “seeing” their art, asking them about it, being impressed by their unique choices in color, or creative back-story or whatever….to build them up sky-high. It’s crazy. It’s beautiful. It’s magic.
It’s the one-on-one….the idea that another person doesn’t see their work as right or wrong….but sees the bits of THEMSELVES that they put into it – and are blown away.
This is why i make art books……not to create an idle activity, or to show kids ONE way to do something…..but to help them express themselves and take pride in the fact that THEIR work is not like anyone else’s….and that is AWESOME.
i’d love you guys to buy my books…not just bc it helps feed my kiddos, who are bottomless pits…..but because the books are tools. And some people really can use a little boost and a little prompt to get the creativity flowing. Use any book, or Pinterest post, or DIY video. It’s all good!! But just sit with your kids as they create, or sit with them to hear about what they’ve just created on their own….i swear you will see a change in them…for the better.
You can link to any of my books here. But honestly, it’s not about me. Use any tool you like to work your magic, and ignite that spark of confidence in your kids. -xo

Paint Lab for Kids – My Newest Book!


December 15 is the official release date for this book that i’ve been waiting for a whole year!

But i have advance copies, signed if you’d like, available in my etsy shop if you want to get yours extra early!

Guys, i am so excited for this book to go out into the world. If you are a parent, teacher, scout leader….anyone who wants to introduce painting and creativity to kids, i think you will find something for you in this book. i’ve tried my best to choose fun subject matter that kids will WANT to paint for each lesson. i’ve kept real life in mind by giving my honest opinion on what supplies you need to start and ways to improvise. i’ve tried to share adaptations for every lesson so that you can ramp it up or simplify it down for all ages. i really poured my heart into it. There are 52 lessons in all, divided into sections titled:

Learning How | Technique Based Labs

Wild Imagination | Idea Based Labs

Palette Play | Color Based Labs

Experimentation Station | Mixed Media Labs

Express Yourself | Inspirational Labs

ALSO!! Every project features a little added bonus. i share a project-related piece from a working artist with the kids. i do this for a few reasons; to add some pretty amazing eye candy to each page and get their wheels turning on how to make each project their own, to show them the many many ways that they can put their creativity into the world FROM FOLKS WHO ARE DOING IT, and to expand their curiosity by having them explore the work of many talented artists from around the globe.

i hope you will enjoy this book. i hope your kids will use it, and gain confidence in their own creative vision. And i really hope it can become a mainstay resource that lives on your bookshelf for many years.

If you would like to share this book on your blog or social media, i would so welcome your support, and would be happy to talk to you if you need me for anything! THANKS! A sneak peek inside is available here.

xo, stephanie

Making Things with Art

i love art on my walls. But after a while, the walls are full and some practical applications for pretty artwork are much appreciated. Here are a few things i made this past week featuring my art ….made useful : )

Hand-painted pillow i stitched up.

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A buddy for the hand-painted pillow; this watercolor girlie i printed onto fabric with my inkjet, then sewed into a huggie.

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Finally, this batch of hand-painted mini canvas ornaments, just in time for Christmas : )

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What do you like to make with YOUR art?




Painting on Periscope

FlowerBundleGirl-Color-WMTrying new things is scary. And that is especially true when the new thing is broadcasting your artwork in progress on Periscope. Have you all tried Periscope? It’s a new app that you can use to show live footage of anything you are doing or seeing. You can walk down the street and take folks “with” you. You can share footage of something cool or funny happening around you. Or, if you like, you can share things about yourself, and your business, and do live painting and sketching demos. Guess which i picked?

So last week and this week i’ve been sharing little glimpses into my process, my favorite art supplies and some rambly, chattering away about whatever i’m demonstrating. The image above is the result of my past few short periscope broadcasts. First i showed how i sketch using a photo reference. Then i showed how i use a lightbox to paint without outlines. Finally today, i showed how i add final touches with pencil and gel pen.  i always post the finished art on my Facebook and Instagram feeds.

But here is the kicker. You have to watch LIVE, or view the replay within 24 hours. After that, it’s gone like the wind…evaporated into thin air. i sort of like that part best – its fleeting. Some folks use or other capture apps to save their videos, but i don’t think i will. i like it just how it is.

Now, because its the internet, Periscope has its share of mean, nasty and BORED/BORING trolls who like to throw awful, irrelevant comments into the feed and ruin your day. i had a bad experience last week, so i’ve changed my settings to only allow folks i follow to comment. So sorry if that means any of you may not be able to join the convo – but i find it much less stressful this way.

As a consolation prize to anyone whose lovely comments are being unceremoniously blocked due to my troll force field; i offer you this printable coloring page so you can make your own girlie with a massive bundle of flowers. Just click the image to download.
xo, s



Kids ARt Gallery Wall


A couple years ago, my husband and i had a whacko Christmas Eve where our younger selves hosted a big family get together, cleaned up, got the kids to bed LATE, then made “ready” for Christmas morning. After that, we transformed part of the kids’ playroom in the basement into a little art room. We had pre-assembled a bunch of IKEA furniture that would hold art supplies and finished art. We got a large round table and chairs, tabletop easels and paints. And we painted this back wall with chalkboard paint, then hung the cables with clips (also from IKEA) to display art.

But we never got to chalking up that big ol’ wall. What can i say? We needed sleep.  What a coupla Bah-Humbugs. … 

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Be Brave • Be Kind


i doodled this little painting in my sketchbook last night. It is no more than 4×6, a teeny little frame with words. But the words have been repeating in my head since i put them down. i was talking to my oldest son about being brave in his choices and about being kind and compassionate. He noted to me that sometimes you “kinda have to BE brave to be kind.”

Yeah. He’s in 4th grade. It’s an interesting year of transition for the kids so i hear. We have noticed a bit of exclusion beginning to rear it’s head. It’s not all happy sunshine all of a sudden. i mean, it’s not AWFUL. But you can feel the shift. I think i will make a nicer, neater, LARGER version of this one and hang it on the wall by the front door. A good reminder to start each day.

Saving for Baby


At the beginning of this year, my family and began our adoption journey. My health issues sort of got in the way for a few months there, but now we are back on track. It has been in our master plan forever, and feels almost surreal now that it is on the horizon. It also feels a bit daunting financially. … 

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i went MIA – here’s why


Hey Gang! See my first new piece of art in a long time above? i named it Circus Peanut. It just reminds me of one. : )

i know. i’ve been away for a while. It seems impossible that it’s been 3 months, but it’s true! 84 days since my last blog post and a bit longer that all this drama began.

i use the term, “drama” lightly, because, while there were many times i was scared to death for my health, in the end i think i will be fine – sometime soon i hope!

Here’s what happened;… 

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