You are free to be who you want Sunday Inspiration

this original is available HERE

I had a lot of fun playing with this one, the movement of the paint and the variety of colors and stencils reminds me of freedom.

The message in this piece is that you are free to be who you want to be. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. There will always be someone on your journey, that as you begin to venture out and try new thing and work hard toward your goals, that will tell you that you can’t do it. That you’re not worthy, smart enough or strong enough, but you must hush those voice and KEEP GOING! You can do it.

No one understand your journey and as I created this piece this quote from Theodore Roosevelt came to mind. Brene Brown quotes in her book “Daring Greatly”

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” 
― Theodore Roosevelt

Enjoy the video

Supplies Used: 12×18 mdf board, old palette paper and paper towel, collage paper, fluid acrylics, glazing medium,

Stencils Used: Scribbles circles, scribbles squares, scribbles doodle, geometric flowers, geometric web, geometric leaves

See all the new stencils in the shop below!

Scribble squares, scribbles flowers, scribbles flowers 2, scribbles doodles 1, scribble doodles 2, scribble circles, geometric leaf, geometric flowers, geometric squares, geometric triangles, geometric web, paint pour, european lines, cracked

Be Inspired, Create and know that you are loved!

stop and smell the flowers crash the stash

This week I needed a reminder to rest and take care of myself. To stop and find joy in things that would help me heal and get well. I had been working so hard over the Holidays and launching the new workshop that I had run myself ragged. You think I could learn this lesson. So this week I’ve been laying low and finding the joy in just being.

When I pulled these papers they were literally the first ones I came to…and I had no idea what I would do….  These messages always show up when I need them.

Enjoy the video


Supplies Used: Canson 9×12 mixed media journal, course modeling paste, fluid acrylics and craft paints, scrap paper from the stash, Stabilo All Pencil – Black, general charcoal pencil, black gel pen.

Stencils used: flower garden and old type text

Mixed media abstract with creative team member Beth Uhe

Mixed Media Abstract with Beth Uhe

 Nature is my #1 source of inspiration for my art.  In this painting, I’ve combined beautiful natural elements from Shawn Petite collage sheets, with a really fun and vibrant abstract background.  The unexpected juxtaposition of the two make a bold and beautiful painting.

Products used:

16 x 20” canvas

Shawn Petite collage packs:  Sunday Inspiration 4/23/17 and 4/9/17

Shawn Petite stencils:  Swirls
        Background #1
        Backgrounds 2

Acrylic Paint: 

Phthalo blue
Permanent Rose
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Chrome Oxide Green
Naples yellow
Brilliant Blue
Titanium white
Light Green (blue shad)
Quinacridone Magenta
Green Gold

Black Pitt pen
Charcoal pencil
Blending stump

You can see more from Beth on instagram at

Be Inspired, create and know that you are loved!

Poetry of the Earth mixed media Series Donna Downey Brand Ambassador

Today… we’re continue on the journey of creating a series….

Part 2, creating the focal point and using fiber paste.  I love using fiber paste and like to prepare it as I show you in the video so that I can have it on hand for any project! Fiber paste creates great texture and accepts color beautifully!

Just as a reminder…. I’m giving away one of the originals to one lucky winner!

To win…… Like and share on Instagram and Facebook for each post for this series, for the next 4 weeks (links below), starting today, …and each time you do… you will be entered to win.

So you could have an opportunity to enter 4 times each week!! I will also have intructions on instagram and facebook when I post for the curators post.

Instagram – Donna Downey Studios @donnadowneystudios …. Shawn’s @artgirl38

Facebook – Donna – …. Shawn –

The winner will be notified by January 29th – and announced here on the blog

All right let’s get creating!  Enjoy the video



Supplies Used for all 4 pieces and each week:

8×8 wood panels

Vintage papers, scrap paper

Daler and Rowney acrylic Ink ( magenta, sepia, lemon yellow, cyan, scarlet)

Golden matte medium and gel medium

Golden Gloss medium

Golden Fluid Acrylic ( vermillion, quinacridone magenta, cobalt teal, prussion blue hue,

paynes grey, permanent violet dark, pyrole red, titanium white)

Golden glazing medium

Golden Fiber paste

Fineline applicator (with airbrush medium and carbon black paint)

Charcoal pencil

Mark making tools (bubble wrap, drywall tape, latch hook rug, needle point canvas)

Stencils Used:

Donna’s stencils: Tangled Pattern, DD Mini Numbers, Blooming Floral,

Shawn’s stencils: Flower Drawing, Lace, Numbers

I hope you enjoyed the video and have fun creating…… See you next week as we

continue creating this series