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Answers or Questions + Amsterdam/Paris Trip…

Hi All!  Happy New Year to everyone.  As we come to the close of the first month of the year I have a tendency to evaluate the start of this, new cycle.

A number of years ago I read a  Zora Neal Hurston novel, where she proclaimed “There are years that ask questions and other years that answer” I found it profound and immediately adopted that introspective approach to evaluating my year at its beginning, and amazingly I discovered that I could determine the energetic direction of my year by asking that one question.

So I ask you…Is this a year that is asking you questions or one that is answering?


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At the end of 2018 I traveled to Amsterdam and Paris (with my daughters)! Visiting lots of Art Galleries, Flea Markets and of course incredible eating places.


In Amsterdam, I had the great pleasure to connect with Tessa Maagdenberg and visit her studio.


Tessa generously showed us around Amsterdam and The Hague.  Such a gracious hostess and an incredible artist!

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Journaling on the train from Amsterdam to Paris.

We also, were fortunate to spend the afternoon at the Louis Vuitton Foundation Museum, in Paris, viewing the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

One word sums up this incredible exhibition…Brilliant!

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What a perfect door color for this knocker in Paris.


Notre Dame, Paris.


What a great time!  Travel always inspires me and informs my art……

And as always…Happy Creating!



What I’ve Been Working On…

Life is definitely all about the journey…the destination is only a by-product!

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Hi there!  Just sharing a few images of what I have been working on during my morning art journaling time.  What have you been working on in your studio?

If you are enjoying the way I photograph my artwork take a look at “How to Create Flatlay Photos for Instagram” as my gift to you!

I would like to invite you to hang out with us in the “Clarity Thru Color” Facebook Group.  It is a private group of supportive creatives where I offer podcasts on techniques and Q & A’s.


Happy creating!



ArtMythos: Look At What We’ve Been Up To…

I’m so excited to share what the members of my ArtMythos Online Course have been up to. We spend a lot of time over in our secret Facebook group sharing and talking about all things art. Here are some snippets of those conversations.


Some gorgeous examples of what some of our members created these past few months!

Artwork by Celia Fulton Walden

“Still loving those ink blots. I am starting to think that these inked papers and the organic ink blots are helping me make a bridge between how I work sculpturally. Fingers crossed! At least I’m having fun.” – Celia Fulton Walden


Artwork by Lynda Fish

“I used to paint doors, walls and windows with encaustic (wax) paints… experimented in my journal with gelli prints instead. Writing on walls! Plus some other experiments using torn paper ensos and ink blots.” – Lynda Fish


Artwork by Tammy Swafford

“I found some envelopes to Gelli print on and created an envelope book. Here’s some pics!” – Tammy Swafford

(This technique was shown to my students in one of our”studio video series” inside of our ArtMythos: classroom!)


Artwork by Lisa Rene Aguilera

“Here are some reverse/resist inkblots I made while experimenting with resist fluid. I used a photocopy of a black & white napkin design, put some marks down with the clear fluid, folded the paper in half to make my inkblot, waited for it to dry, then went over the entire paper with distress stains. Lots of love to you all!”

I’ve been sharing my love of inkblots with the ArtMythos: members and they are doing some incredible experimentations and beautiful techniques of their own!


Artwork by Vicki Louise Neil Ross

“Really beautiful. Such a soothing palette.” – Celia Fulton Walden


Artwork by Celia Fulton Walden

“Today’s pages and Sumi-e paper and ink experiments.” – Celia Fulton Walden


Artwork by Tammy Swafford

“Finished the Clean-Up Journal. I would like you (Robyn Mcclendon) to know that I really appreciate you telling your story in today’s video. Your prompts always make me think and approach my art in new ways. I did a few prints today, and I really like what’s going on in the paper from the hardware store. I have also included pictures from my finished journal.” – Tammy Swafford


Artwork by Maryse Perdriat

“My first prints with Gelli plate on deli paper, craft paper and copy paper. What great fun!!!” – Maryse Perdriat

Even my members who are new to Gelli printing are doing beautiful and organic prints using my techniques that make experimenting with this monoprinting process equally rewarding.


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“Hi there! I have been working on a few different projects, and finally got one finished! I wanted to share here in a flip-thru.” – Lisa Rene Aguilera

“Awesome. You have really inspired me! Thanks for sharing.” – MaryJo Dahl


Artwork by Helen Buiskool

“A few of my recent pages. Just playing…” – Helen Buiskool


Artwork by Lynda Fish

“Some playful explorations in my journal… mixing in old watercolors, acrylics, feathers etc with Gelli printing because I love the old wall effect.” – Lynda Fish

“These are gorgeous, Lynda! Such rich color.” – Lisa Rene Aguilera


Artwork by Vicki Louise Neil Ross

“Great play day with art group! Did four journal pages! BTW, the Zen Pen is great!” – Vicki Louise Neil Ross


Artwork by Dawn Nowacki

“Hi, all! This is a short video flip through of my Robyn-inspired journal.  Thank you for all the inspiration, gang. I’ve been appreciating everybody’s posts. And thank you, Robyn, for the class! Hugs, Dawn.” – Dawn Nowacki

“Love!!! The one on left. Reminds me if East Indian batik prints!” – Vicki Louise Neil Ross


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To learn more about the ArtMythos Online Course click the link.

I invite you to come hang out with us!

Much Love and Happy Journaling!


ArtMythos: Join Me For Summer Fun!

ArtMythos” is Live and filled with Inspiration!


We are already having so much fun. What are your art plans?

Here’s what our members are saying about the Studio Classes!


“I‘m thinking about the weekly challenges a lot and it is so nourishing and inspiring to see all of your artwork here … I feel so blessed to be in this art family … ‘out beyond ideas of right or wrong, there is a place I meet you there…‘ (Rumi ) … I feel , this is the place where we meet …” M. Fritz

“This week’s message is so perfectly timed. I am surrounded by books that hold wisdom, and yet I know, I know the answer … for me at least. Giving permission to pursue that knowing is where I get stuck. Thank you Robyn I have a task ahead!”

C. Walden

“My journal pages have become more visual and more interesting to me. I love being playful with it. Thanks for mentioning the playful importance Robyn. I’m having FUN!” L. Fish 



To find out more click here.

Happy Creating!


ArtMythos: Studio Diaries Membership Class!

Hi All…I wanted to share with you my upcoming Art Journaling Membership Class!

Please check out this Vlog for all the details…I hope you’ll join it’s only $25…

Here’s the link for more information

Love and Peace

OnionSkin Paper Packs From My Personal Stash!

Hi All…

So So Many of you have asked “Where do you find onionskin papers?”…

And so I’ve answered…I’ve put some packs together from my personal stash, as well as I have found a few sources but you guys were right…It’s hard to find!

Or when you do the prices are ridiculous…a dollar a sheet???

No worries I still have a few tricks and I was able to have enough to put 20 packs together at $35.00 each, with 50 sheets of vintage onionskin (assorted sizes and textures) and 40+ office ephemera some vintage that I use to Gelli print and can be seen in my various YouTube videos.

The below video will give you an idea of what’s in the pack…but if you know you want one click the link here to purchase because these will go very quickly, I’ve already had pre-sale orders….

Happy Art Making!


Puchinella ~ Back by Popular Demand❣️

I was able to source another bit of Punchinella enough to offer 10 feet of 5 different hole sizes and/or configurations!  Yaayyyyy!!!

So many of you have continued over the months to request this product from me so hopefully you’ll be able to pop over and snag a pack 😊 Punchinella
Enjoy Gelli Printing!


Moleskine, My Go To Travel/Art Journal And Why….


As many of you already know I journal everywhere I go. It is a wonderful way for me to stay engaged with my art and studio time while documenting my trip in a fun, interesting and stress free way.

I generally decide before i leave home the style and method I’ll use to journal. Over the years I’ve used many different style journals to work in, with experience I’ve learn that small journals, with some kind of closure like sting or elastic is best. It needs to be small enough to fit in the purse I’ve selected to travel with and I also like to take an accompanying pencil case that will hold the various pens and pencils I want to use along with small paint tubes of primarily matt acrylic paints, on this journal I used black. watercolor brush (which I use With my watercolor pencils) and my trusty glue stick.


I do love the Moleskine journals for a number of reasons…They are easy to find even during travels most places carry them in the event I’ve left home without one or have more to document than one book will accommodate. The paper is of a good quality so that paints work just fine on the pages, ( I don’t recommend working with too much water but the pages can handle minimal saturation). Most versions come with an inside back pocket so when I’m traveling around and come across things that I want to put into the journal this pocket is a great place to store things until I sit down to work. And the most endearing feature is the elastic strap that keeps the journal closed. This becomes increasingly more important as your trip wears on and your journal begins to expand from all of the wonderful keepsakes that are documenting your vacation.

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I generally reach for the 3.5 X 5.5 size, it’s a perfect size to work in and document. I’ll use larger books when I plan to do artwork along with keeping a travel journal, but I find if I want to primarily document the trip while working with my pens and paints this passport size Moleskine is perfect!


For this journal I decided that I wanted to work primarily in white ink on black paint, and to my surprise the printed literature of so many Australian business is highly graphic and in black and white! Who knew right? Much of what I documented worked beautiful into my Journal and consequently my little white pen got lots of use.


Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen

Black Matt Acrylic Paint


Uhu Glue Sticks 12 pack

I’ve placed a link for the 12 pack because honestly I purchase them by the dozen because I go through them so fast that to buy one or two at a time is just not sufficient for me, and its far more economical, but certainly if you just want to try just 1 then by all means follow this link here!

Enjoy your own Journaling time!

Love and Peace


Taking Control of Your Art Business…

Here’s an Interview that I did on Cory Huff’s podcast a few months ago, thought you might like to view it if you haven’t already….Enjoy!


A Peek Into My Australian Art Diary!

As I travel around this incredible country from the big cities of Sydney and Melbourne to the coastal towns of Geelong and Lorne to name a few….

You guys know how I’m the ambassador of daily art journaling , “365 days in the life of a journal”😊 

I’ll be introducing an “Art Journaling” membership group to inspire + encourage + teach you my techniques… coming up in January 2018.  I’ll keep you posted!  

Until then enjoy your Holidays ❣️

Love and Peace