Studio Play – January

Studio play is such a joy for me because I can create with an end goal or specific Ifinish line. I literally just allow myself to play and experiment with whatever is on hand. I never know what is going to come of it. Some I love, some….not so much. Some I keep, some I do not. Some I completely paint over with gesso and start over, because I can.  I allow myself that freedom, and it really provides a nourishing nest, so to speak, for the creative juices to swirl and gather.

One thing I’ve learned through this studio play time is that if you show up, with your brushes up, the creative gods will rain down upon you and shower you with lots of ideas, nudges, and whispers….but you gotta be ready to receive.

In this recent session, I created these 5 piece, using new colors, trying new things. I don’t loooooove all of them, but I love the time I spent making them.  So, here’s to more and more studio play time….where I will show up….with brushes up… and await for creativity to rain down upon me.





Cute Butterfly Journal Tutorial


 In this tutorial I am sharing how to take a plain ole journal and Jazz it Up a bit!


Hi guys n gals! As many of you know, I love butterflies.  It’s one of God’s magical creations.  I made this little butterfly journal the other days and I thought I’d show you how I did it!


I started off with this small journal I picked up on the clearance rack at BAM. I think I paid $3 for it.  It was boring, but just the right size for my purse, so I grabbed it and thought ‘I’ll just jazz it up later’. It sat around my studio for a while, but I finally got around to it.

First step was to select a color scheme. I went through my paper stash and picked some papers I liked, then selected some paints to compliment the papers.

DownloadsNext, I put decoupage glue all over the canvas.  I like to use the deco glue because it dries quickly, and seals at the same time.IMG_20130906_165924_080

Then I just started adding the papers, tearing and placing them where it felt right, and glued them down with the deco glue.


After the paper is glued down and dry, I added some paint to the back cover, and around the edges of the paper. I smeared it on the edges to give it a bit of a blend. Next, I added some texture using recycled materials as stencils, just to give some interest, and then put the butterflies on with the deco glue.

After the main elements were in place, I added some shadowing, and ink to give a bit of an aged look, and used the white paint pen for highlights.


The final steps were to add some tape embellishments, stamps, and rub-ons until I was happy with the layered look I was going for.  Then, I sealed the whole thing with the deco glue.  I love it!



Front view

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Now I have a cute place to keep my notes and sketches!  Next time you see a plain ole journal on the clearance table, snatch it up, take it home…and Jazz it Up!  Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoyed this post.

Loves n Hugs, Danita

A New Place and Space….

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit my webite/blog!

As many of you know, I have been working as an artist for some time now, trying to build my brand, get my name out there.  Now, I think it is time for a website.  A home base, of sorts, where I can create a space for my art, meet friends, get to know you all, and share my thoughts.  A place where we can visit, and get to know one another and I am so pleased you are here.

I’d like this to be a place to communicate and network with each other. A community where we can inspire and uplift one another.  I will be sharing ideas of other artists, things that inspire me, and tutorials from time to time, and of course, my own artwork.

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It means so much to me that you have taken a few moments out of your day to check out my website.  I am really really happy that you are here.  No…..really, I am.  Poke around, check it out… tell me what you think.

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Because of your kindness, I will be having a Grand Give-Away in honor of the Grand Opening of my new website, and my new Etsy store, Danita Lyn Art Gallery.

I’m giving away a FREE signed art print of your choice, matted and ready to frame! 

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The winner will get your choice from the prints listed in my Etsy shop.  The print will be a signed 8×10 high quality Giclee print, in an 11×14 mat.  To view them, you can also click on the Shop tab at the top of this page.  I will be adding more this week, so the winner will have plenty to choose from.

What do I have to do to win?

 All you have to do to register to win is this……just leave me a comment on this post, or comment on the Grand Opening Announcement on my Facebook page Danita Lyn .   I will draw a winner from all the peeps who do either of these.  For those that do both, your name will go in the drawing twice!

 I will announce the winner here next Sunday!!

Hopefully….it will be YOU!

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St. Pete Art Mash

St. Pete Art Mash

I was able to show some of my work at the St. Pete Art Mash last night.  It was great to meet some other artists, and share ideas.

Hidden Truths

This is one of my newest pieces. It is called Hidden Truths. I painted it when I was going through a difficult time in my life. She can’t open the book of Truth because she’s can’t move and she can’t get out of the cage, she’s stuck. So, she has closed her eyes to the reality of it all.

Art Mash

It was great fun to do the show with my son Milo Rossi. He’s a fantastic artist too! Those are his pieces on the right, next to a few  of mine, on the left.

Milo's Owl

This owl is another one of Milo’s. I’m a proud Mom, what can I say!

Playing in the Paint

I have been working on some pretty intense paintings for a while now, requiring a lot of my attention.  But, for the last two days, I decided to take a break from all that and play in the paint for a bit.

I love to do mixed media work, playing with materials, and seeing what develops.  The painting just seems to grow on its own.  I had a lot of fun with the ideas, and all the bright colors….and created some new fun pieces.