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The Documented Life Project - Featured Artist

Featured Artist

I'm honored to be this week's featured artist for Art to the 5th's the Documented Life Project 2015.


This weeks challenge is using ephemera: old maps, letters, tickets and more and the prompt is Life…with a history and it goes along perfectly with what's happening in my life this week...we're at the Lincoln Family Reunion! For those of you that don't know me in real life, my maiden name is Lincoln and I share an ancestor with Abraham Lincoln.

Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 2


I created THIS VIDEO of the whole process I used to do these art journal pages:




The main steps I did were...

1. Use spray ink and stencils for the background.

Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 13
Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 13


2. Create my own Abraham Lincoln stencil using my ScanNCut & used it on my page.

Abraham Lincoln Stencil

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3. Glued down some meaningful ephemera.

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4. Journaling

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Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 6

5. Adding finishing touches with Faber-Castell Gelatos® and water soluble crayons.

Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln -1


If you're curious about my previous guest artist post for Art to the 5th check it out HERE.

You can find more info on Art to the 5th at: The Art to the 5th Academy and on Instagram: #documentedlife








Brother Sewing ScanNCut Cutting Machine Draw CM250


Brother ScanNCut Standard Mat 12 x 12 inch


C-Thru Blank Stencil Material pack of 3 (9in x 12in)


DecoArt DASK279 Crafter's Acrylics Home Décor Brights Sample Pack


DecoArt DASK278 Crafter's Acrylics Primary Sample Pack


Designing W/Gelatos Colors Kit-


OHTO Fude 1.5mm Ballpoint Pen, Black (CFR-150FB-Black)


Ranger TCW-TIM-29687 Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash Dye Spray, Red Pepper, 2-Ounce


Tim Holtz -Set 1 - Blossom, Flourish, Lace, Wildflower & Valentine -


Reeves Water Soluble Wax Pastels, Set of 48


Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layered Stencil, 4.125 by 8.5-Inch, Stars


Jenni Bowlin Studio - Bingo Place Cards - Whimsy


Metal File Tabs by Tim Holtz Idea-ology

disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

Other sponsors: Deco Arts, Faber Castell...I receive products from both of these companies and the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the products.

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Summer Daily(ish) Art Journal - Day 1

I've mentioned previously that I wanted to get back into the habit of art journaling daily. So last night I figured now is as good a time as any and grabbed my smaller Dylusions Art Journal and sketched out one of my outside succulents before my Husband and I started talking and planning out some summer stuff.

Summer Art Journal - 5-29-15-Succulant 1So then this morning I knew I wanted to stay in the groove and so I added some watercolor to it.

Summer Art Journal - 5-29-15-Succulant 2Woo-hoo! First day done!

How are YOU keeping art in your summer?

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Be Strong & Courageous! {Art Journaling}

I have been so busy lately that I don't have a lot of solid art journaling time right now (or time to do laundry, wash my car.....) so the other day I pushed aside all the million other things I had to do and had did a little art journaling.  

I SO needed that!

Side note to myself: make time for art!!!!  -I don't know why I allow myself to push off my non-deadline art endeavors off like that since it fuels my soul and gives me a chance to breathe.  

And here's the finished page:
Be Strong and Couragous 3 - Erin Bassett Mixed Media Art Journal

This verse, Joshua 1:9, has been really on my heart a lot lately.  We are just finishing up studying the Life of Moses at Bible Study Fellowship and the week we went over the corresponding verses in Deuteronomy 31 where just before Moses died God commissioned Joshua to follow in Moses' footsteps and take over leading the people.  -Talk about big shoes to fill on the unknown journey into the land that God had promised to Israel so long before.
Be Strong and Couragous 3 - Erin Bassett Mixed Media Art Journal
I feel like I've been on an unknown journey too, and although I can't wait to see how my story will work out I have fears and lack confidence sometimes along the way and being reminded that the Lord is with me wherever I go is comforting since I need Him to guide me as we slowly journey along.



This post is not sponsored by Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), but they are a fantastic organization that helps people around the study God's Word daily and know Jesus in all His fullness.  If you'd like more information about BSF or how to join one of the many interdenominational classes around the world, click HERE.

The next study is on the book of Revelation!  I'm so excited to study it since I haven't ever personally studied it out verse by verse.



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Artsy Book Reviews

I love a good book, especially art books!  Here's some great ones that I've had the pleasure of reading through recently. 

Just Add WatercolorJust Add Watercolor

by Helen Birch

This book is only around 5" x 7", but don't let it's cute small size fool you, this book is packed full of inspiration & painting techniques from contemporary artists. It covers everything from traditional watercolor, gouache, digital, mixed media, other water-based media, and non-paper media and contains material needed, tips, instructions, and a super handy visual index that I've used to find paintings I was interested in when first reading through it.

The author, Helen Birch is a prolific artist based in the UK.  She is also the author of the highly popular blog drawdrawdraw.  Her previous book is Freehand:Sketching Tips and Tricks Drawn from Art. Birch teaches courses in art and design, fine art, and illustration at Bradford School of Arts and Media.



Daily Painting - Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Succesful Artist by Carol MarineDaily Painting - Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Succesful Artist

by Carol Marine

Confession: this book came at the perfect time for me. I have been stuck in a creative rut, only making time for the creative work that I have to do and not doing any of the ones that I really want to do & that feed my creative soul.  I'm working on applying a lot that I've read in this book, so stay tuned for an upcoming article on that.  (<--- HERE'S my article)

Author Carol Marine, who blogs at Painting a Day (or Almost)  was herself suffering from painter's block - until she discovered the now wildly popular method of "daily painting." The idea is simple: do art (usually small) often (how often is up to the individual). It's such a great discipline to establish for yourself!

In the book she offers a unique system for jump-starting artistic creativity, encouraging experimentation and growth, and increasing productivity for artists of all levels. In addition to some basic lessons on composition, color, and supplies, Marine provides advice on the benefits of having a daily painting practice and offers tips on setting up a routine, taking the pressure off & the ego out of creating art, fitting art into a busy life, ways to combat artist's block, learning the rules and then breaking them.



Sketch - The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life

Sketch - The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life

by France Belleville-Van Stone

Urban sketching, the process of sketching on the go as a regular practice, is a hot trend! Author, France Belleville-Van Stone, a self-taught French artist who now lives and teaches in New Jersey, encourages readers to craft a sketching ritual of their own and devote more time to art, even if it's just 10 minutes a day. She offers motivation to move beyond the comfort zone, as well as instruction on turning rough sketches into finished work. 

Besides all the great illustrations and techniques, the author includes a list of daily sketch prompts, tips , ideas on how to draw when time & resources are limited, and going digital with your work. By sharing her own creative process, Belleville-Van Stone inspires you to rethink your daily practice and to sketch for the pure joy of it and to document your life and the world around you.


So, if you're in a place in your life like I am where you need to find new ways to relight the creative flame or get practical advice on how to apply skills then these books are worth looking into!  All of them are available at Amazon and other fine book sellers.




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Using Stickers for Art Journaling in Your Bible

One of the things I wanted to do while art journaling in my Illustrated Faith Bible is to try different techniques than what I normally do. Now as a former scrapbooker I have a ton of letter stickers and other scrapbook embellishments so I thought, gee, I should really use some of those instead of always doing mixed media.  So here's my first, albeit rusty, attempt.  

Lately the theme of God's steadfast love keeps poping up all over the place for me, so while I love the theme of this one, the outcome is just...how shall I say it...boring?!

God's love endures forever 4 - Erin Bassett

 These stickers I picked up at the craft store and I just cut them up to fit my needs. 

God's love endures forever 2 - Erin Bassett
God's love endures forever 2 - Erin Bassett

 Once I had the word stickers in place I added some other leftover stickers.

God's love endures forever 3 - Erin Bassett

And a touch of lace transparency.
God's love endures forever 3 - Erin Bassett

And here's the finished result.  I'm not in love with the look of it, since it doesn't really feel like "me," but I will admit that it was MUCH faster!!
God's love endures forever 3 - Erin Bassett

Here's another page I did recently.  I doodled the sheep in the margin and found another one of those word stickers to use.
God's love endures forever 3 - Erin Bassett

I ended up painting a bit before I actually stuck it down.
God's love endures forever 3 - Erin Bassett

And here's the finished page.  I'm liking this one a bit more even if it's not my usual abstract look.
God's love endures forever 3 - Erin Bassett
So, what techniques are you trying that are stretching your creative side?  


Illustrated Faith: Art Journaling in a Bible

So the other night I posted on social media that I finally joined in on the #IllustratedFaith #ScriptureDoodling bandwagon and there was quite a reaction.  Thank you everyone for your love!!! It was very encouraging!  Hopefully this blog post will answer all the questions that I've gotten. 

Bible Journaling Psalm

Truth be told, I had resisted this whole "art journaling in your Bible" movement at first since I already do a lot of Bible studying and I didn't want to take time away from that in order to "play". BUT, the seed was planted. Just about every time I cracked open my Bible I could see how I could incorporate this into my life by keeping it simple and recording what I was already learning.


Buying a new Bible

So first things first, I knew that for me, I needed another Bible to work in.  After much, much searching I finally narrowed it down to the Hardcover ESV Single column Journaling Bible...if you're a KJV or NIV reader there are Journaling Bibles and Notetaker's Bibles for you too. And of course they come with a variety of covers, I went with the black hardcover so I can do something "arty" to it in the future.

After my new Bible arrived it just sat on my desk. I didn't know where to start or what art journaling method to try first...especially since the pages are thin (not as thin as in my regular Bible, but still pretty thin). I was really, really worried that the bleeding through would bother me & considered using clear gesso on my pages first...the only draw back to that would be that the pages might crinkle and would be heavier then the non-illustrated pages, both of which might make me nuts.  Then I read Stephanie's hash tag she posted on one of her photos: #itdoesbleedbutsodidHE. So true! So with that I decided to just go for it! Like my other art journals I plan to just go with the flow, incorporating spilled paint, crinkled pages, and whatever else may happen into my new pages.  My regular artwork has plenty of "mistakes", why should this be any different?

Bible Journaling Supplies

Products used

For this first page I used the following supplies:


My process

I plan on using a lot of different techniques on my pages, but since I got soooooo many questions on my first page I thought I'd break down what I did.

  • Prayed about where to start and started reading over my more recent notes until something jumped back out at me as something I'd want to record in this Bible.
  • Next I read over the verses and noticed the word "heart" being used & marked those with a pink heart.
  • I knew I wanted to mask off one of the words I would use so I broke out some Thickers that were loosing their stickiness (all of my Thickers fall into this category, they just won't stay sticky!) and figured out what word I'd use and where to place it. 
  • I then did a sketch of my words in pencil onto the page.
  • I considered using water colors, but decided on spray inks. I started with the Perfect Pearls Mist because it's a light color that really just adds some shimmer and light color to the page.  I used my heat gun to dry the page, and yes it did curl and crinkle some.
  • Next I took my Mini Mister and added 4 drops of Adirondack Color Wash & filled the rest up with water.  Then I spritzed the lower half of the page with the diluted wash, blotted, and dried with my heat gun.
  • I then went over my sketched words with my Micron pen.
  • And lastly I added some shading to all of the letters with my PITT Pen and a bit of charcoal pencil on the masked off letters.

Bible Journaling Psalm - CloseUp


And to answer all of you who are dying to know if it bled through to the other side....yes it did, and I am ok with it!

Bible Journaling Psalm - Bleed throughPlease let me know if you have any other questions!




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How to create stencils & a fun mini art journal!

As a mixed media artist I love stencils...and I really love to create my own! They are great to use in art journals and on other crafty projects too. Today I'm going to share how I created one of the stencils I used on this mini art journal.


Follow along with each of the steps in this short video:


Supplies Needed:

  • ScanNCut machine and accessories
  • USB flash drive (see the compatible ones HERE)
  • Stencil material
  • 11" x 15" watercolor paper
  • acrylic paint
  • markers and pens
  • letter stamps
  • old book paper
  • patterned paper
  • sewing machine and thread
  • any other embellishments you want to use
  • Download the FREE cut file for this stencil HERE.


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Step 1 - Create your own artwork. This can be hand drawn like I used for this project or you can use computer generated.

BLOG create_artwork BLOG artwork for stencils

Step 2 - Scan the artwork into the ScanNCut using the "Scan To Cut Data" option.

BLOG scan artwork

Step 3 - Cut out the stencil. (Download the FREE cut file for this stencil HERE.)

Cut stencil

Step 4 - Paint the water color paper using the stencils you created.

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BLOG paint

Step 5 - To fold and assemble the art journal, fold the paper as shown below.



Next, fold it in half and cut only on the red dash line.


Refold longwise. Holding each end, push to the middle to open up where you made the cut.


Continue to push it all the way together and then fold the left edge over to create the cover. Use adhesive to glue together the individual pages.



Step 6 - Embellish.  I jazzed up my book with bits of old book paper, bold patterned paper, some messy stitching with my sewing machine, and of course a good deal of doodling.


 I added some of my favorite art quotes to the journal to finish it off.


Sponsor: Brother International

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 


What if we treated people like our favorite pet?

I'm way behind on sharing the art journal swap pages I've been doing...but let's just forget that and jump right in to the most recent one I did. :)

The person who's journal I had is a cat person. I'm a cat and dog person so that worked for me! Here's the page I came up with from a paraphrase of a great quote I found not too long ago by Martin Delany, the original quote is:

"If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr."

I love the compassion in that quote!

Mixed media cat


I started off by putting some washi tape around the boarder of the pages and then gessoing the them. Next I did some imperfect image transfers using magazine pages and Americana Decoupage
Mixed media cat

After that was dry I used some water soluble wax pastels to make marks on the page.
Mixed media cat


I then did an image transfer of the cat and the pages using Americana Acrylic Paint. I hand cut a few hearts out of patterned paper scraps I had and used a charcoals pencil on them and around the cat
Mixed media cat


And then it was time to stamp...meow.
Mixed media cat

Mixed media cat



Sponsor: DecoArt


Art Journaling: Together In Life

I'm waaaaaayyyy behind on posting my art journal pages here on my blog, so instead of going back to the older ones, here's one I did the other day...

Art Journal - Together1 - Erin Bassett

Sometimes life is hard...living life with people gets complicated! Boy, I could totally relate the other night to the "spinster" in the book I had been reading who lives a simple life way out in the boondocks since at that moment in time I thought about how nice it would be to be her and not have to compromise on decisions with my Husband or have to deal with all the stuff I have on my plate right now. But that's not real life for me. In real life I choose to deal with it and live in a family in good times and bad.

After dealing with all that STUFF and getting a chance to talk with my Husband, I decided to clear a path on my workbench so I could art a little bit. Art is therapy! And this is the page I came up with.

Here's some close-ups...
Art Journal - Together1 - Erin Bassett
Art Journal - Together1 - Erin Bassett
Art Journal - Together1 - Erin BassettI used Stencil Girl stencils from May's kit on it along with my favorite DecoArts Americana paint colors (Desert Turquoise, Ice Blue, Hauser Dark Green, Houser Medium Green, Houser Light Green, Golden Straw, Pumpkin, Melon, Black), a bunch of scrap papers and even map pages from an old Thomas Guide map book. All the black outlines were done with a charcoal pencil and smudged out with water.


Sponsor: DecoArt