Friday, August 21, 2015


Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for the Mixed Emotions Workshop Seat; whether thru this blog, Facebook or Instagram.  I appreciate you spreading the word and showing interest in the class!

The winner of the giveaway is.....


Congratulations Rachel!!!

If you didn't win, there's still time to register and join us anyway!!!  Class starts on August 31st, so don't delay!  Click here for more info and to register - we'd love to see you there!

Monday, August 17, 2015


Mixed Emotions is a six-week online Art Journaling Workshop taught by Marit Barentsen and me! Lessons start on August 31 and I HAVE ONE SPOT TO GIVE AWAY!
What do you have to do to win a spot in this workshop?
  • Well… for one, leave a comment at this post. But you were already going to, so that is easy, right?

  • Share about this new course and giveaway on your blog
  • Share the message on your Facebook page.
  • Share on Twitter – with @MaritPaperWorld
  • Pin the video trailer to Pinterest
  • Share on Instagram
  • any other way you wish to share
When you share announcement of this online workshop, just come back and let me know in comments below how and where you shared.
ONE WINNER will be selected on Friday, August 21 and announced on my blog (I will notify the winner via email)
If you already registered for this workshop, you can still join the giveaway. If you win, we will refund your money.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Want to go on an Art Journaling Adventure? Mixed Emotions is coming back!!!

Mixed Emotions – Online Art Journaling Workshop

A Six-Week online Art Journaling Workshop taught by Marit Barentsen and Michelle LaPoint-Rydell August 31 – October 8, 2015

Now open for registration!

mixed-emotions-rectangle-badgeArt journaling focuses on putting your personal thoughts and emotions on paper – and you don’t always have to use words to do that! Even if you’re not a writer you can create meaningful art journal pages; because an emotion can be expressed through a photograph, a color, a material or a particular technique.
In this workshop we will explore one specific emotion each lesson; and take that emotion as the basis to create a personal art journal page. (…) You are encouraged to explore your inner world, your perception of your emotions, and turn them into art journal pages. Each lesson also explains a different technique, step-by-step, through photos or an instructional video.
“Mixed Emotions” includes:
  • 12 lessons with assignments in pdf format. Techniques will be clearly shown through photos or demonstrated on video. Both beginners and advanced art journalers will find pleasure in working with the lessons.
  • Access to inspirational videos to inspire you and help your creative juices flow.
  • Extra printable collage sheets with photos, illustrations and quotes to use in your work.
  • Access to a private group discussion forum where you may share, ask questions and interact with the teacher and other class participants.
  • Access to group albums for posting your completed assignments and seeing what others have done.

Mixed Emotions is taught by Marit Barentsen and Michelle LaPoint-Rydell

Price is:  € 40.00  (translates to approx $43.87 US)

For more information and/or to register, click here.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Taking a little Blog Break...

As you may have noticed - I seem to be having a tough time keeping this blog up to date lately.  Aargh!  I love this little blog, but right now I am in over my head with projects, so until I can get back to a regular schedule I'm taking a little break. 

Until I return, you can still catch me on facebook as Shelley Rydellie (link in the sidebar), and on instagram, also as shelleyrydellie.

Have a great summer and see you soon!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Index-Card-a-day: The first week...

Hi friends!  I'm still working on the 100-day Project; but today I wanted to introduce you to a new project I am working on also, called "ICAD 2015."  ICAD stands for Index-card-a-day, and what you do to participate is simply create one index card art piece each day for June and July!  I wasn't going to join in, but I was hearing such good things about it that I didn't want to miss out!  So here I am, in over my head again (HA), but having a blast!

The annual ICAD challenge is run by the talented Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow.  The idea behind it is not to create masterpieces, but to get you creating regularly. She provides optional weekly and daily prompts throughout the challenge.  I decided it would be fun to follow the prompts.  Here is how my first week turned out...

Weekly prompt:  Doodling and drawing.
I mainly used tombow markers and my pitt pens for all the cards.  Additional supplies are noted below each card.

Day one: Chevron...
(used pan pastels to shade around the outside of the sheep)

#2: Carnival...

#3: Draw a map... (I went for a mindmap of the challenge itself)

#4: Mailbox...

#5: Owl...

#6: Taxi...
(added a promo image from the internet, and some typed words)

#7: Periodic Table...

 If you want to check out the ICAD challenge - click here for all the info!

Thanks so much for visiting!  I appreciate you!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Interview for "My Life, My Story..."

I'm excited and honored to be the guest artist at the "My Life, My Story" Facebook Group this month!  "My Life My Story" (or MLMS for short), is a fun and relaxed group for people who share an interest in art and other creative endeavors.  It's run by my sweet and talented friend Leike Michelow. 

Anyhoo, the first thing they do each month is an interview with the artist of the month.  I'm excited to share my interview with you today!

Here it is:


If you are on Facebook, come on over and check out the MLMS group!  Here's a link to get you there...   My Life My Story

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I appreciate you!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

I've got No Excuses!

I'm super excited and honored to be a guest blogger over at the No Excuses Art blog today!  Come on over and say hi!  I'd love to see you there!!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Book of Days - The Mixtape Sessions...

Hi everyone!  The new Book of Days Session has started, and this time the theme is MUSIC!  One of my favorite things in all the world!  Yeayyy!

Each week we are doing a page inspired by a song we love.  The first week my page was inspired by the song "Hello Morning" by Mutlu.  Here's the page...
Michael and I saw Mutlu live a few years back, when he was the warm up at an Amos Lee concert we went to. Now, this song has been playing on my itunes radio station alot and I just love it.

Here are the lyrics:

Hello morning, what you got for me today?
My heart is breaking
Want to spread my wings and fly away

Everybody’s got somewhere to go
They’re knocking on my window
Everybody’s got their place in line
And the coffee’s dark as my dreams last night
I need some of your sweet sunshine

Hello morning, have mercy on me, please
My heart is breaking just give me a chance to breathe
The tears are rolling and it’s getting hard to see
So hello morning, just break it, break it to me gently

Clock alarm rings lazy move my bones and wash my face
A new day dawning
And dreams are made with every step you take

Everybody wants to get away and sail into the sunset
Everybody lives with some regret
You get pulled down by the weight, we’re all slaves anyway
And I can sleep when I’m dead

Hello morning, have mercy on me, please
My heart is breaking just give me a chance to breathe
The tears are rolling and it’s getting hard to see
So hello morning, just break it, break it to me gently

My world may be upside down
But there’s not time to waste right now
I’ve waited for her to come around
I’ve spent a week in bed, I’ve lost my head

Hello morning, have mercy on me, please
My heart is breaking just give me a chance to breathe
The tears are rolling and it’s getting hard to see
So hello morning, just break it, break it to me gently

I'll be back soon with a 100 Day Project Update.  Thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Huge 100 Days of Journaling Project Update...

Oh my goodness, it's been far too long since I've been here!  So sorry about that!  This 100 Day Project has been super time-consuming!  But in a FUN way!

Anyhoo, I have a HUGE update for you today - Pages 8 thru 27 out of 100!  I'll make the descriptions short and sweet since there are so many of them...

Page 8 of 100
(inspired by a Book of Days lesson)
Mixed Media Journal

Page 9 of 100
Altered Book Journal entitled "Play"

Page 10/100
(intuitive page inspired by a Life Book Lesson)
Mixed Media Journal

Page 11 of 100
Intuitive Page in Mixed Media Journal

Page 12 of 100
Collage in my Bullet Journal

Page 13 of 100
Sketchbook Skool Assignment - Make something out of an inkblot
In my Calendar/Watercolor Journal

Page 14 of 100
Part two of the ink blot assignment

Page 15 of 100
April 13 - 19 - No Excuses Journaling

Page 16 of 100
Artfully Inspired Life Assignment - Exploring the word Faith with colored pencil
Calendar/Watercolor journal

Page 17 of 100
No Excuses Card Peeks - Blue Theme

Page 18 of 100
April 20 - 22 - No Excuses Journaling

Page 19 of 100
Collage in my Bullet Journal, using bits from the April Right Brain Planner

Page 20 of 25
Sketchbook Skool Assignment - Collage using your own drawings

 Page 21 of 100
Intuitive Page - trying out the new Dylusions Paints (which are wonderful, by the way)

 Page 22 of 100
April 23 - 26 No Excuses Journaling

 Page 23 of 100
Trying out Dyan Reavelry's Color Blocking Technique

 Page 24 of 100
Sketchbook Skool Assignment - Draw your Dream

 Page 25 of 100
Assignment for Artfully Inspired Life - Faith Quote with Colored Pencil

Page 26 of 100
Sketchbook Skool Assignment - Blind Contour Selfie (drawn without looking at the paper)

 Page 27 of 100
April Calendar - Blue Theme for No Excuses Art

Whew!  That was a lot!  That brings the project up to today.  I'm over 1/4 of the way done!  This is a great way to create - at least for me it is. The daily deadline gives me some needed structure.

I'm changing up my No Excuses Journaling pages a little bit for May.  More on that in an upcoming post.

I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday!  Thanks so much for visiting, and let me know if you have any questions, okay?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The 100-Day Project: One Week In...

Hey there friends!  I just wanted to give you a quick 100-Day Project update...

So far, I'm right on schedule.  I just posted my 7th page on Instagram.  Here's what I've got so far...

Page 1 of 100 (in my mixed media art journal)...

Page 2 of 100 (also in mixed media art journal)...

Page 3 of 100 (Workshop assignment for Artfully Inspired Life - in watercolor journal)...

Page 4 of 100 (in bullet journal)...

Page 5 of 100 (Another Artfully Inspired Life assignment - in watercolor journal)...

Page 6 of 100 (No Excuses weekly calendar in watercolor journal)...

Page 7 of 100 (Assignment from "The Gifts of Imperfection" ecourse - in envelope journal)...

I'm really loving this process.  Knowing that I have to completely finish a page in one of my journals, photograph and upload it to instagram every day, has really helped me develop discipline, and is bringing a rhythm to my creative process that feels really healthy.  I'm surprised at how much I have felt like jumping around from journal to journal.  Also, it's not as hard to decide what I feel like working on, cuz I know that whatever I don't do today, I can always do for tomorrow's project.  I find that somehow comforting.  :)

I didn't do alot of explaining about these pages, so please feel free to leave questions in the comments if you have them.  I will do my best to answer them in the next post.

Are you doing the 100-Day Project?  If you want to leave your instagram name and project hashtag in the comments, I will cheer you on! Mine is #100daysofjournalingforshelley.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The 100-day Project...

Hey there everyone!  Last night I signed up for something on a whim, and I'm really excited about it.  It's called the "100-day Project."  It's for anyone (not just artists), and the point is to commit to doing an activity of your choosing, every day for 100 days; and share proof on instagram.

If you go to the site and click through to see what some of the projects from past years look like, it's pretty inspiring.

Anyhoo, I've been in a creative rut with my mixed media art journal.  I haven't completed a page in it since March 18th. I thought this would be a great opportunity to get back on track!  Sooooo, I signed up to (you guessed it), make and post an art journal page every day for 100 days.  I'm so excited! 

The guidelines I'm making for myself are:
1. The page can be in any of my journals, any style, any size.
2. It doesn't have to be pretty - just done.
3. I'm going to aim for 50% workshop assignments, and 50% freeform pages.  This is because not only am I behind on my workshop lessons, but I also want to make time for my own creative ideas.

The project starts tomorrow (April 6, 2015) and goes through July 14th.  I am using the hashtag #100daysofjournalingforshelley, along with the #the100dayproject that everyone is using on instagram, so come on over and cheer me on!

I will also be posting my journal pages here on the blog, but  I may post them in bundles, rather than every day.

Want to play along?  Click here for all the rules and info, and to sign up!

EEEK!  I'm so excited!  I better get to work setting things up!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Loosening Up with Journaling by 5's...

Hey there friends!  Happy April!  How goes it in your neck of the woods?  As we speak I am watching the most beautiful lavender mourning dove perched on the edge of the birdbath in our yard. He is holding on for dear life, cuz it's incredibly windy here today.  So windy in fact, that I had to go out and fetch our gutters that blew right off the house!  But the sun is shining and it's warm so I am happy!

Anyhoo, I have something fun to share with you today - I recently discovered a new thing called "Journaling by 5s;" a system created by Shannon Green, with the idea of making art journaling more casual, fun and quick.  It's like a game, where you race against the clock, and end up with 20 finished art journal pages when you are done!

I decided to give it a try, and want to share my results so far with you!

To get the whole scoop, visit Shannon's blog, or youtube channel; but here's the general guidelines:

Journaling by 5’s

5 sessions--all in one day or just one a week...your choice.
10 prompts--2 per session, feel free to make substitutions.
15 minutes per session--that gives you 45 seconds per page so don't mess around!
20 pages--just one side of a sheet of paper, not both sides.

These are the recommended prompts for each session. You may make substitutions to fit what you have on hand:

Session 1-Background: Paint, Ink
Session 2-Texture: Collage, Recycle
Session 3-
Pattern: Stamps, Stencils
Session 4-
Focal Point: Words, Images
Session 5-
Details: Pen, Pencil

So far I have done sessions one and two.

I decided to use this journal, which I created years ago, and never did anything with...

 It's a 5"x8" altered book, and I thought the title "play" fit just perfect, right?

It also had just the right number of pages.  Here they are, all laid out on my work table, along with a few bottles of paint, two brushes, a credit card and my water container.  Most of the pages are from the actual book, but there is also one scrapbook page, and one orange envelope in the mix.  A few pages already had a swipe of paint on them, but I plan to add more...

I set the timer to 15 minutes and began. Here's what I ended up with at the end of the 15 minute session.  It was fun!  and not hard at all to get all 20 pages done within the time limit...

I knew this one would be more difficult.  I set this session up at my computer desk...

I grabbed a bunch of papers from my "paper bits" box, and made one pile of neutral colored scraps to the right of my work area...

put my stack of pages in the middle...

and a pile of colored scraps to the left...

set the timer on my ipad to 15 minutes, and began...

when the timer went off this is what my work area looked like.  The small stack in the upper right corner are pages that I never got to.  LOL. 

Here is the unfinished pile up close.  There are seven pages left.  I will have to make up for their lack of collage in the later steps...

Here's how they all look after session two was complete...
I actually took the time to cut a heart on the first one.  What was I thinking?

I think I also spent too much time worrying about which colors would look best on the page.  HA. Live and learn!  :)

But I must say I had tons of fun, and I'm really happy with how they turned out...

even if the last seven are sans collage...

I can't thank Shannon enough for coming up with this idea!  The first two steps have been sooo much fun!  I will be doing the next three steps soon, and I will keep you updated!

Wanna try it?  Here's the link to Shannon's blog and youtube channel again.  Let me know what you think!  I hope you have fun!

Thanks so much for visiting!