Welcome, I’m Elaine.
I’m an artist and arts writer. I make assemblage sculpture about how much I hate housework and also Medals that You Wouldn’t Want to Earn. Find out more about me.
Recently someone I met at a conference wrote to me and said, look I've started drawing again. I encouraged her to keep it up and also to try art journaling. Then a couple of days later, I recommended to an artist in a group that she start art journaling. She said that...read more
One of the downsides of social media is that one's voice is diluted and divided. In my earlier days of blogging, that was my only platform, so everything went there. Now, I might have conversations about art on twitter, share my photo series on Instagram, and lose...read more
In early 2018, I gave a speech at an academic art conference called Studio Rules! (it was a good speech) about how to use limits, constraints and boundaries to help you create art consistently. I was quoted in Professional Artist Magazine in June of 2018 in an article...read more
You may already know Stephanie Rohr from her lively Instagram account, or her activism during the DMC design contest, that offered no monetary prize, until Rohr, and others drew attention to the issue. The book, out this month, includes 40 patterns and some basic...read more
Two lovely essays, "Craft is Not Trivial," by Felicia of The Craft Sessions, and "Craft as a Manifestation of Love and Loss," also by Felicia. I've also made grief art, and I always enjoy reading about others doing the same, especially when they write about it so...read more
Artist Nicole Havekost, whose work I saw at Woman Made Gallery and I interviewed here, is teaching a workshop in November 2019 called the Doll as Storyteller, at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Read all about the class here. And know that if cost is a barrier,...read more
A Big Important Art Book (Now with Women) by Danielle Krysa Profiles of Unstoppable Female Artists -- and Projects to Help You Become One Like me, the author had the experience in a college art history class of looking through her textbook and wondering, "where are...read more
Do you know UPPERCASE magazine? It's a physical, paper magazine out of Canada that's for "the creative and the curious, if you're into art, design and collecting odd things or learning about the fonts created by looking at words written in the bricks of smokestacks,...read more
Love traveling light? Love to check things off your list with an actual pen and not do everything on your phone? There's a website I just found that has fabulous printables to help you do just that. More in a sec. A while ago I was listening to a podcast and the guest...read more
The summer's just beginning, but here's a peak at the epic road trip I'm just back from. We visited 5 national parks and many, many states! It was so long and varied that it's difficult to sum up. It was a lovely trip with family, a terrific reset button on life and...read more