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The Creative Brain and an Idea Box

I’ve been getting a lot insights into my creative brain lately. Mine goes at light speed with an over abundance of ideas. This morning when I was meditating with my oracle cards (Wisdom of the Oracle by Colette Baron-Reed) I got an insight about… Continue Reading “The Creative Brain and an Idea Box”

Stencils and Tags in an Altered Book

When I rip out the pages of my altered book, I usually end up with a couple pages that don’t rip as close to the seam as I want. What to do with those pages? Add tags in your altered book!      … Continue Reading “Stencils and Tags in an Altered Book”

The Creative Brain

Most of the stuff that makes me happy is in my art and my altered books. If you can identify, then you can proudly claim to be a creative! The only difference between those who call themselves artists (or creatives) and those that don’t… Continue Reading “The Creative Brain”

Understanding and loving our inner critics

I’ve done a few pages and blogs about our inner critic which focus on standing up to the old recordings in my head. Today I want to focus on understanding and loving our inner critics. We all have that voice inside our heads that… Continue Reading “Understanding and loving our inner critics”

Meditating on Love in my Altered Book

I’ve been meditating a lot lately on self care/self love and love in general. I find that those who struggle with loving themselves have deep wounds that act like weeds chocking out our beautiful spirits. These weeds obscure the sunlight of our authentic selves.… Continue Reading “Meditating on Love in my Altered Book”

Adventures in Mask Making

This is one of my favorite collages in my altered book because of the doll with the mask. She’s taken off her mask to reveal a luminescent face underneath. I haven’t written anything (yet) on this page but I know there is more to… Continue Reading “Adventures in Mask Making”

Anatomy of a Page – How I Decide What’s Next

After not having any creative flow due to the “crud” last week I was excited to get back to my altered book. Here’s how I decide what to do next on my page. There are parts I really like and some I don’t –… Continue Reading “Anatomy of a Page – How I Decide What’s Next”

Seeing the lessons you’ve learned

Periodically I get an urge to write down lessons I’ve learned. Yesterday I got to thinking about what I’ve learned from both my sons. I wanted to celebrate what they’ve taught me in a page. We learn all sorts of lessons from those in… Continue Reading “Seeing the lessons you’ve learned”

Sponging and stenciling in our altered books

How about a sponging and stenciling tutorial for our altered book? That’s what I thought this morning. Sponging is really fun and messy. You can use this in your altered book, on your walls, or paint your furniture. The only real “rule” is to… Continue Reading “Sponging and stenciling in our altered books”

Steps toward learning from bat-shit crazy life lessons

“I believe we have two lives,. . . The life we learn with and the life we live after that.” I doodled over who said this but it’s from the book, Something More by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This is the current book I’m altering.… Continue Reading “Steps toward learning from bat-shit crazy life lessons”