Life in Technicolor

There’s a new challenge starting today on the Oddball Art Stamps Blog! The theme is: Life in Technicolor. I made a few design team inspiration pages in my art journal.

All of the digistamps used in my art journal pages can be found in the Oddball Art Stamps Etsy shop. Use the code DTSTEPHANIE10 to save 10%

Each page was painted entirely with Brea Reese Glitter and Watercolor Inks. I believe I used all 14 colors in this project! They are so much fun to paint with and mixing the inks gives you an endless amount of colors!

We have monthly challenge on the Oddball Art Stamps Blog and Facebook group. Come join in the fun and enter to win!!

stephanie 🐙

A Little Sparkle

Sprinkle and Sparkle have arrived at Vera Lane Studio this week! They have to be the cutest lil garden fairies I've ever seen!

Sprinkle & Sparkle

I recorded a video this week of the project below. You can see exactly how I painted Sprinkle & Sparkle below in the video here. I used Brea Reese Glitter Inks and Watercolor Markers. Absolutely love how vivid and beautiful their inks are!

The above ATC is for the Vera Lane Studio Facebook groupAdd Some Sparkle Swap. Come join in the fun! We have monthly themed swaps!

Until next week…

stephanie 🐙

Look at all that Sparkle!!!

DIY Brea Reese Color Mixing Chart

I decided to make a very useful tool for watercoloring. It has been very helpful! I made my own Brea Reese Watercolor Ink color mixing chart.

I have links to the PDF files below to download the charts I made.


  • Print chart on Watercolor paper
  • Gather all 14 Brea Reese Inks (glitter or Watercolor)
  • Waterbrush
  • Paper towel for blotting (can later be used in a mixed media piece. No waste!)


  1. Paint the square/rectangle where each color intersects. As shown below.
  2. Next I painted the square next to Pink … pink. Then painted medium magenta on top of it. I found it easier to clean my brush in between each color.
  3. The colors in the left column will ALWAYS be the color that is on the bottom.
  4. The colors listed at the top will be the second color added. Make sense?
  5. DO NOT paint all of the base color at once. The inks need to still be wet to blend properly.
  6. You can watch the time lapse video on my YouTube channel here. Please subscribe & comment if you feel the video is useful 🙂
  7. Be careful to not let the inks from separate boxes touch. That will contaminate your mixing.
  8. FYI the process of creating this chart will take about 2 hours, so set aside some time. It’s definitely worth it. I promise!


Brea Reese Watercolor Inks Chart

Brea Reese Glitter Inks Chart

Hope you enjoyed this post…

stephanie 🐙

Distress Oxide Background |Technique a Week | Oddball Art Stamps

This is my first week doing a technique a week project for Oddball Art Stamps Blog. I chose to show how I create a quick and super easy abstract background with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.

You need:

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks:
(Reinkers or stamp pad)

  • Picked Raspberry
  • Salty Ocean
  • Seedless Preserves

Spray Bottle filled with water
Watercolor Paper: I used Canson
Heat embossing gun
Easy to clean surface to work on

  1. Squeeze a few drops (I used the reinkers) of Salty Ocean on your work surface.
  2. Spritz with water
  3. Place Watercolor paper on top of drops and press down. Lift paper and move around repeatedly.
  4. Dry with heat gun
  5. Repeat process with the two remaining colors.

Ta Da! Abstract Background ready for your artwork to be added to it.

Click here to watch the video of my process on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe if you find this video useful.

I added the Oddball Art Stamps image #205. Use discount code DTSTEPHANIE10 to save 10% off your purchase from the Oddball Etsy shop.

Future video on how I painted Sorry Sally. I had a happy accident with this one. She didn’t start out as a zombie. We all make mistakes and I will show how I recovered from this one.

Hope you enjoyed my technique! I would love to hear what other techniques you’d like to see in the future.

Zombie Kokeshi?!

Over on Vera Lane Studio it's the final week of Blooms. I have a few projects to share. The kokeshi dolls ATCs below feature digistamps from Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop.

I decided to make one of the cute little kokeshi dolls a zombie! Even though she is undead she's still super cute and happy!

I posted a teaser video on my YouTube and Instagram page last week for the lil blue haired cutie above. The background for both pieces are painted with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides and washi tape.

If you'd like to see how I painted the beauties above just click here to watch my YouTube video. Please subscribe and comment are welcome:)


Kokeshi Dolls | Vera Lane Studio| Design Team Inspiration 

The super cute new digistamp release over on Vera Lane Studio is absolutely adorable! 

(Just click the image above to be transported to the VLS Etsy store) I made several projects with these beauties!

The journal page above was my first time using Brea Reese alcohol markers. I accented it with white gel pen and Brea Reese metallic pens. She has been placed on a black and white origami paper.

The page above is in my Dina Wakely mixed Media journal. I used Brea Reese glitter inks to paint the kokeshi dolls. I made the lanterns by punching circles out of origami paper. The purplish background is Daniel Smith watercolor in moonglow. I tore strips of origami paper to trim the bottom of the page.

The lil cutie above is my first altered index card. It is a perfect size to make small art pieces. The background is a piece of origami paper with a few pieces of washi tape added and inked around the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink. The VLS kokeshi doll has been painted with Brea Reese glitter inks. A mars black watercolor pen was used to create the dark shadow around the doll. I then used a Brea Reese fine line pen to frame the image.

Aren’t the atcs I created above adorable?! Brea Reese glitter inks were used to paint the dolls. Each lil doll is on a 3.5×2.5 card of origami paper.

This page is in my dylusions art journal and it is painted entirely with Brea Reese glitter inks and watercolor pen. You will see accents of torn origami paper in the background. Finished the piece with Brea Reese fine line pens. White gel pen was used to add highlights. 

Hope you enjoyed today’s post. Thank you for stopping by. Also don’t forget to come join in the fun over in the Vera Lane Studio Facebook group. We have a fun ATC swap going on now!

stephanie 🐙

No Ordinary Love Story ATC 


I recently made this cute and fun non traditional love ATC. I also filmed a video of the majority of my painting process. You can watch it here on my YouTube channel.

What I used:

  • Brea Reese Glitter Ink
    • pink
    • crimson
    • cadmium yellow
    • lake blue
    • ocean green
    • phthalo green
    • neutral grey
    • raw umber
    • gold
  • Brea Reese Water-based Markers
    • Mars Black
  • Brea Reese Fine Liner Pens
    • Mars Black
  • Vera Lane Studio digistamps (links below)
    • You are Magic
    • Kiss the Frog
  • Laser Printer
    • to print digistamps
  • Canson watercolor paper
    • trimmed to 3.5 x 2.5 inches
  • water brush
  • Uni-ball Signo white gel pen

Click images below to purchase the digistamp sets I used to make the ATC.



Would love to hear what you all think. Thank you for stopping by my blog!