I met Liesel about two years ago when I attended the Play Retreat in Port Townsend (a great place to meet great people, hint, hint). When you are around Liesel you are just happier… she is a bright, energetic and super talented person… and she blew all of us away with her multi-layered mixed media journal pages and joyful color palette.

She agreed to be a featured artist in Drawing Lab, which includes an interview and the journal page, above. My favorite Liesel nugget:  “I say, ‘Who cares what it looks like?’ Just have fun and twirl that pen in your hand. You are the magician — see what comes out!”

She also provided the artwork for Lab 33, Doodling on Steroids, and Lab 36, Flower Tutorial (which is a step-by-step sequence to get the flower, above).

Liesel is also giving away a copy of Drawing Lab, so head on over to her blog and leave a comment! She will pick the winner July 30th. Thanks, Liesel!