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Getting My Craft Fair On in Hollywood!


Banner by moi!

I am all fired up for tomorrow’s craft fair in HOLLYWOOD! My old stomping grounds! Five years ago I lived & loved there, me, my Mister, and our rambunctious little boy.. We were just starting our family and I was just starting my journey as an artist. I never thought it’d become my reality. But it is! I’m an artist. A thriving, surviving artist!

Tomorrow, I’ll be selling some of my new works…


Like “4 Square Stitch” mounted on wood


“be you” on wood


“Green Lotus”, also mounted

I’m also selling some gicleé prints for “PAY WHAT YOU CAN” pricing, my way of connecting more. I was deeply moved and inspired by Amanda Palmer and her book: The Art of Asking. We all have a story to share:

{ I am a thriving artist who wants to share her work! }

What’s your story? In exchange for the pay-what-you-can prices on prints, I ask that you tell me about you. Where or how will you use my art? Is it a gift? Are you an artist yourself? Are you connected to the art journaling world? Share your story with me, and pay what you can.


Masks We Wear


Lady of the Lake


Foster Your Truth

Village Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair: The Village Green, 2700 N. Beachwood Drive, Hollywood, CA, from 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (The flyer says until 6:00 p.m., but as the sun going down, we’ll be heading out.) Beside shopping all the local, independent vendors, there’s fun craft tables and entertainment, too!


Beachwood Canyon Craft Fair

See you there!

They’re Second Prints! (not just rub-offs)




This is a second print — okay, really, it’s just what I rubbed off from this fantastic graffiti-like stencil I got this summer from Stencil Girl. I was in Houston at the scrapbooking convention. Not much for scrapbooking, I signed up instead for a full day of classes with Mary Beth from Stencil Girl, Dina Wakly, Julie Balzer, and Natalie Kalbach. We were not only generously given loads of freebies, but also tons of information and techniques!


This is another second print from a flower stencil. I put sprays and textures down before I rubbed through the paint. Love the rainy, washed-out effect.


This piece was finished with another second print from the same Mary Beth stencil (from the first photo). It’s called the “MB Makes Marker Stencil“. See the graffiti-like black marks and lines? That’s not me. That’s just my rubbing-off some of Stencil Girl’s goodness.

I Wish.


emily-cline-art“Every time I think of climbing trees 
I think of always looking toward the sky
 and I never even imagine
 the possibility of falling.”


“Who knows?”

Staying the same, getting comfortable, being content freaks the hell outta me.

I wish I could relax more. I wish I could stay in the moment. I wish I could be comfortable.

I wish. I wish. I wish.



Reserve your space now! with Nixie Sparrow for this weekend’s “Branching Out” workshop! You’ll stretch out of your comfort zone and allow yourself to grow!

Come Play with Me ~ Branch Out!


Branch Out with me!

I’m teaching at the adorable creative space, Nixie Sparrow, in Beacon, NY, Saturday, May 9; 12:00 noon. It’s going to be a whopping good time — creative, community, and art stuff!

In this 2-3 hour workshop, we’ll use art materials to explore how we are “Branching Out” in our lives — whether we are budding out in spring fever, nesting with little ones, or pruning off what no longer serves us.


First, I’ll guide you through simple journal prompts. Then, you’ll create abstract backgrounds,  layering on paint and paper, images, colors, marks, and descriptive words.

No experience necessary! Mistakes are encouraged!

You’ll love creating your pages, learn basic elements of collage, and find easy, take-home techniques!

DATE: SATURDAY, May 9, 2015

TIME: 12:00 PM (approx. 2-3 hours)

LOCATION: Nixie Sparrow, 291 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508; phone: (845) 202-7011

COST: $45 per person

RSVP recommended:

phone: (845) 202-7011

email: nixiesparrow@gmail.com

*Please call in advance to be sure class is not full if walking in
*Must cancel within 48 hours of class in order to receive refund

$5 BEER / $ 6 WINE / $6 MIMOSAS / $3 DRINK MORE GOOD SODAS available

(Must be 21+ to consume alcohol)


All materials — beside journal — provided. You will leave this fun afternoon with at least 2 expressive art journal pages (i.e. at least one double page spread), plus several easy-to-remember art journaling techniques you can take home to explore!

ATTENDEES – PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING : Sketchbook, art journal, notebook, or old book to repurpose. Any photographs, photocopies, magazine images, text, or ephemera they want (not necessary, but it can be fun to include personal items).

It’s a Big Deal


I like a good challenge. I really do. It keeps me feeling awake and alive. Last week, the insanely talented Marianne Morris challenged me to share my art journaling on Facebook for 5 days, I thought “No Big Deal! I share all the time.” But I decided to really step up and challenge myself: no picking and choosing my prettiest or coolest pieces. Just share what’s happening right now. No Big Deal.

So I shared my daily art journaling. For four days, I showed my day-to-day boringness and my works in progress that probably won’t ever get past some pretty awkward stages.

Then I got hung up on something. Emotionally. And I knew I had to journal about it. And then I had to share it. It came from this little blurb I read in TheSkimm January 29:

Sexual assaults on college campuses. Again. Yesterday, a former Stanford University student and swimmer was charged with raping an unconscious woman. The attack allegedly occurred outside and on campus grounds earlier this month. Two bikers riding by reportedly saw what was happening, stopped the student – a 19-year-old male – and restrained him until police arrived. Meanwhile, in other news you wish didn’t exist, earlier this week two former Vanderbilt University football players were convicted of raping an unconscious woman in 2013. Even though the victim has no memory of the attack, Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg were convicted thanks to photos and video Vandenburg had on his phone. Two other suspects, also former football players at the school, are facing similar charges.”

I just kept thinking, “That’s not okay. That’s not okay.”

The horrific violation of sexually assaulting someone is NOT OKAY.

I’m not a great writer or researcher. I’m not well versed in the statistics that tell appalling numbers. But I will say, I have my own stories, my own horrible experiences. I wish they didn’t happen. But they did. And it wasn’t okay.

I won’t share the gory details here. No names. I will simply say, bad things happened to me. And to the thousands and thousands of people who have their own terrible memories of being sexually assaulted and/or raped, I am so sorry. If you want to have a conversation, we can; I will. Because secrets steal power and make nightmares and fester disease, depression, and horrible self-hatred. Talking empowers and heals.

It’s a Big Deal.


This is the left half.


This is the right half.

I can share my art journaling. I can stand up to the challenge. I can have the conversation. It’s a Big Deal.

I’ve Been Away from Myself



I’ve been away from myself. Tending to others. Felt good to be needed. But I needed myself too.

Asian YellowSometimes when I come back, I’m flying. It’s like all these colors and shapes have been crashing around inside me and they come tumbling out.


And then, once they’re out, I can breathe again.


We All Need a Night Out!


Wayfinding Journals x 3

Not everyone loves art journaling as much as I do — I get it! But we all love and need a night out:  we all need to vent, hang, laugh with others.


October marked our first Ladies Night!{Ladies only} monthly art class at the Plaster Palace, 2005 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont.

So come play! {Ladies only} Art Class every month at Plaster Palace Pottery, 2005 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont.


A Wayfinding Journals’ beginning.

We’ll create our own Wayfinding Journals — journals that help us mark our lives as we go along the way. They’re super simple booklets that hold photos (that we actually print out!), movie stubs, greeting cards, pictures from magazines, even some kids’ art. Each month we’ll go a little further, making pages more personal, more meaningful.


Remembering to breathe

The next one is Thursday, November 6, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Just $10 at the door includes art supplies and M&M’s. Spread the word! Bring your friends, your tea, or a bottle of wine.

But remember to reserve your space with me ‘cuz space is limited — and I know you need that night out!

“Yes!” to Dina Wakley



emilyclineartDina Wakely, artist, author, {teacher (on-line) and (in person)}, and paint, stencil, stamp and brush designer makes art journaling look so effortless! This past weekend at The Ink Pad’s sponsored workshops, I got to play in “Dinaland”, learn about “The Gospel According to Dina”, and meet a whole buncha fabulous beautiful new friends!

I was lucky enough to get into all four classes:  Beyond the Ink Pad, Conquering Color, Layering and Listening, and Delightful Painted Deli Paper. I loved them all mainly because Dina makes you feel right at home — except there’s no whining, no (over)thinking, and you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do! “It’s play!”, she says. “Listen to me. I’ll walk you through it. Make mistakes!” And the answer to anything and everything? “YES!”


It’s hard for me to trust the white space — I want to fill the whole page!

In any workshop, I do my best to follow the teacher and just try, for the day, their way. I’m always surprised!

Dina (Deeeena, not Dīna, Waaake-ly, not Wack-ly) usually has about 5 journal pages going at a time; we worked 2 pages at a time, allowing for drying and cross-pollination of ideas, marks, and collage elements. The below pictures are a few of the 25 layers we did Sunday.


Just the beginning — about 4 or 5 layers in.


Added Jessica Sporn’s hamsa stencil.


Next big yellow circles that we scribbled in.


Big loopy letters — barely seen here, but they showed up really well later on.


Painted around a bird mask.


Added doodles and dots and itty bitty pen lines.

I didn’t think we could do it, but we did — 25 LAYERS! — in about 1/2 hour! Then we cut the page into circles and layered it on another quickly dialed up background. Threw in a lil’ journaling, and a stamped focal element, and voila!


End of day happy!


Me and Dina. One of the worst pictures ever — Complete with finger over the lens!

Dina’s so open and personal with her self and her creativity — you feel like you’re besties. I think I’ll have to get her yummy paints (buttery rich with pigment!), bristly brushes, stencils and fun, easy stamps, and maybe even her on-line face class! “YES!”

***P.S. Special shout to Anna and The Ink Pad gang for 16 years of fabulous, NYC store-dom! Bravo! We love you!***

***Come visit me at the Larchmont Arts Festival this Saturday here in Larchmont, NY, 1:00 – 5:00. (Raindate is Sunday.) Along with 60+ artists, I will be selling original art pieces, prints, and leather cuffs. ***

***Art Journaling for ‘Tweens starts next week, September 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Plaster Palace Potter, Palmer Avenue, Larchmont. $25/2 hour class; $20 if you bring a sibling! Must be 10-15 years old. No experience needed! More info here. Email me to reserve a spot!***

Still Working. Still Diving.


Diving in

My kid is out of school and we’ve been traveling a lot, having a fun summer, making memories. With all the rushing here and there, my husband introduced me to a Pandora station called “Meditation music” so we’d all slow down a bit. It worked. I slowed down.

Then I decided to art with Deepak Chopra’s Pandora Meditation station (… er, that sounds kinda funny, doesn’t it) and have been surprised by how much I like hearing his lilting Indian accent pop in between songs, reminding me to take deep breaths, that my soul is equal to everyone else’s, to set my intentions — nothing new. But holy-powerful-mama when I put it together with my art.


More Layers! — from Cover to Cover


I’ve mentioned Seth Apter and his blog The Altered Page before. I don’t mean to go on about him, but I took his Cover to Cover day-long workshop through The Ink Pad in March, at the Westbeth Center in NYC (I used to do theatre at Westbeth!) — and I had the best time! I scored tons of new ideas and ways to use different tools, and got great product info. Beside being a distinct and prolific artist, a kind, patient teacher, Seth is also a unique stencil designer, so I picked up a few — you can too, here, or at The Ink Pad.

Our task for the day was to take the seven (7) recycled, hard-bound book covers and convert them into pieces of art in book form. The book is simply bound — with a ribbon secured through a small slit on the front page — so I can change the order, add, or subtract pages when I want.

Emily-Cline-ArtSeth introduced us to fiber paste which I worked in the piece above. It took a while to dry (as we blew out half the room with our hair dryers!) but it had such a great, rough texture when it cured.


The above piece was a play with inks and washi tape (can you see it?).


Stencil play with flowers, above. The one below was done with a ton of molding paste spread haphazardly with a palette knife.


DSCN2004The page below was created with a zebra-print stencil and molding paste. I spread the paste through the stencil with a palette knife, let it dry, then added color!

DSCN2005 The biggest thing he taught us was to layerlayerlayer! There are no mistakes — if you don’t like what came out? More layers! From cover to cover.


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