Waiting for Winter
Donna Downey 2015 Artist Gang #8

I live in Florida. But I grew up in the Mid-Atlantic, where we were known to have White Christmases, and we sat around blazing fireplaces drinking steaming mugs of hot chocolate in December. So when Christmas time rolls around and it’s still 90 degrees outside, I find...

Deconstructed Stencil
Donna Downey 2015 Artist Gang #7

Here is a very simple technique to spice up your stenciling. I’m going to show you how to use a single Donna Downey signature stencil on multiple surfaces to create a fun new image, then finish it off with words from another one of Donna’s signature designs. (This is...

I Grew it Myself
Donna Downey 2015 Artist Gang #6

In 1987, I meet my wife with what I thought was the best pick-up line ever. Unfortunately, it was based on a lie (which she immediately discerned), and it took me over 28 years to make good on that line. Watch how I redeem myself in this instructional video. Final...

Searching for Your Shadow
Donna Downey 2015 Artist Gang #5

Today we are going to ask our shadow to come out and play. We all have a shadow side. The parts of us that are insecure, afraid or hidden from ourselves and the world. But if we can acknowledge them, then they won’t control us. So I am going to ask you to be...

Print Your Story
Donna Downey 2015 Artist Gang #4

We all have a story to tell – one that incorporates important elements of our past, mindfulness of our present, and our hopes or dreams for the future.  This project introduces you to a multi-layered printing process using a Gelli plate to bring elements of your past,...

Cup of Inspiration
Donna Downey 2015 Artist Gang #3

I love waking up my creativity by using some “old friend” art supplies in new ways. This easy, fun project was one of my Donna Downey Artist Gang offerings (June 2, 2015). I explored making a mask and creating background, midground and foreground texture with...

Outside the Lines
Donna Downey 2015 Artist Gang #2

Coloring is not just for kids – millions of adults are turning to coloring books to relieve stress and have an analog experience in a digital world.  In fact, two coloring books for adults were leading Amazon’s bestseller list in April 2015. But coloring books are...

Marked Card Journal
Donna Downey 2015 Artist Gang #1

In my first submission for Donna Downey’s Artist Gang Tuesday initiative, I demonstrated how to build a mini accordion-folded journal out of playing cards. When the deck seems stacked against you, you might be glad to have these “marked cards” handy for a little...

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