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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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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Watercolor Play

I've continued to play around with my watercolors without really having an end goal, but since I was using stamps on these I think I'll turn them into cards or something.  These aren't finished cards yet, but you get the idea.  ;)

Watercolor Birthday Card 1

And like many of you I struggle to do masculine cards, so here's my go at one...I'm liking the gold embossing powder on here, but this just kinda of boring...maybe I'll add some washi tape or other embellishment under the sentiment to jazz it up some.

Masculine Watercolor Birthday Card 1

A tip for you


When creating a background wash of watercolors tape down your paper with low-tack adhesive (ie: washi tape) so your paper will stay put until it dries. Bonus, you get a nice frame around your page!


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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Truth Scrap...THIS Saturday 1/31/15


Have you been:

  • wanting to learn more about Bible journaling, faith-based art journaling, and spirit-filled scrapooking, mixed media, and more?
  • longing to grow closer to God?
  • needing to learn how to share your art AND your art more boldly?
  • desiring a more colorful faith walk?
  • aching to be bolder in your self-expression, eliminating doubt and fear from your art?

 Then we would LOVE to have you at our online event this Saturday... TRUTH SCRAP.


Truth Scrap blends the best of live events with online education. With tons of opportunity to connect, learn, and grow, there is NO BETTER way to spend Saturday, January 31.


Without leaving the comfort of your home, you'll be treated to seven hours of faith-based classes by seven amazing, talented instructors and produced by Lain Ehmann:


  • Stephanie Ackerman, “Hope Notes: Creating and Sharing Messages of Faith”
  • Erin Bassett (that's me!), “Faithbooking: How (and Why) to Share Your Faith in Your Scrapbook”
  • Andrea Chebeleu, “Words to Live By: A Handmade Art Journal”
  • Heather Greenwood, “#ARTWORSHIP: Art Journaling in Response to Jesus”
  • Liz Hicks, “The Art of Being HUMAN: A Creative Exploration of Our Basic Being and Purpose”
  • Shanna Noel, “Illuminated Manuscripts: Illustrating Your Journaling Bible”
  • Donna Salazar, “Cross-ology: Art and Heart for the Home”


You'll watch these classes in our state-of-the-art webroom, interacting with the students and teachers, learning and laughing.


Not only will you leave with inspiration to last throughout the year, you'll get some valuable parting gifts:

  • FULL REPLAYS of all classes are included in your registration! You'll be able to watch again and again, as many times as you like.
  • PRIZES, PRIZES! We have a variety of drool-worthy prizes you can win.
  • BONUSES! Each instructor has created an exclusive handout (think cut files, Bible verses, and more!).
  • 10 percent of your registration fee goes to a faith-based non-profit!


Because our goal is to share this event with as many crafters and artists as possible, we are rolling back the price on Truth Scrap for 36 hours ONLY. Until Noon on Monday, January 26, you can save $40 off your registration fee with coupon code “MIRACLE” at checkout!


Head over to the registration page HERE and learn more about this one-of-a-kind event! You have until Noon on Monday to join over 300 other scrapbookers, artists, crafters, and seekers at the first ever Truth Scrap. We can't wait to meet you!



TruthScrap - Celebrating the Intersection of Faith and Art

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Yay, I'm really excited to share with your that I'm going to be teaching at TruthScrap in January! I really hope you will be able to join us for this event!  TruthScrap is the ONLY online, live virtual art and crafting event focused on celebrating the intersection of faith and art. With inspiration brought right to your desktop, there’s no need to change out of your PJs because you’re logging on, right from home!

If you want to learn more about the HOW and WHY of infusing your creativity with your faith, Truth Scrap is the event for you. Learn new skills while getting a new take on old favorites! And with seven energizing, talented instructors, you’re sure to be inspired.


The class I'm teaching is on Faithbooking...which is a way to scrapbook your faith. I will be sharing ideas on how you can do that and why you should! I can’t wait for you to join us! Click here for more info!

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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 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.

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And a touch of lace transparency.
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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?  


Update Your Doormat For Fall!

Yay, after a super hot summer it finally feels like FALL in SoCal!

While I don't do a ton of decorating for this season, I do like to add some autumn touches to our front porch to welcome visitors. This project is simple but packs a punch of fall right at your feet.



Supplies needed:

  • ScanNCut machine and accessories

  • USB flash drive (see the compatible ones HERE)

  • Doormat

  • Clear shelf liner paper

  • Paint

  • Paint brush

  • Download the free cut files HERE and HERE!


Watch the how-to video below:





Step 1 – Create or download the cut files you are planning on using onto your USB flash drive, or use the designs that are already pre-installed onto the machine.

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Step 2 – Cut the shelf liner paper to 12” x 12”. I like to use shelf liner for this type of stencil because it's easier than vinyl to transfer from the backing to the doormat without using transfer paper, and it's sticky so it keeps your stencil from wiggling around...especially those inner bits, like the letters “a” has.



Step 3 – Apply the shelf liner paper to the mat.



Step 4 – Plug your USB flash drive into you ScanNCut and then retrieve the cut file off of the flash drive by click on “patterns”:



Then click on “saved data”:



Then click on the USB flash drive icon and scroll through to find your file:



Step 5 – Cut out your design. I set my blade to around 3, and my pressure to 0, but you may need to adjust yours differently.



Step 6 – Remove the cut design from the mat and keep the negative part, separating it from the backing. Apply cut shelf paper to the mat using a ruler to make sure it's placed on the mat straight.


Step 7 – Be sure to save those inner pieces to the letters that have them and place those onto the rug too.


Step 8 – Gently paint the stencil using a small amount of paint so that it doesn't seep under the stencil. It's best to start your paintbrush on the stencil and brush onto the mat. 


Once you're finished painting remove the stencil and allow to dry.




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. 






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.

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

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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.