Be Kind to Your Art, Be Kind to Yourself

Personal Art is stuff you make for yourself, be it an altered book, art journal, a quilt, a knitted sweater, collaging a treasure box, or anything else. You are making yourself a gift and you can practice compassion throughout the process. Here’s how to practice self-compassion while making personal art: Practice laying down your thoughtsContinue reading “Be Kind to Your Art, Be Kind to Yourself”

Not Creative? Think Personal Art not Fine Art!

  If I had a dime each time someone has told me, “I’m not creative” I would be a billionaire!! When I hear this it sounds like a challenge to me. I would love to help everyone who says they aren’t creative, see that they are. It is my greatest joy to lead a groupContinue reading “Not Creative? Think Personal Art not Fine Art!”

The Ripples from our Actions

“Having a vested interest in other souls unconditionally creates a ripple effect that produces miracles in the lives of those around us.” ― Molly Friedenfeld, The Book of Simple Human Truths The ripple effect is either positive or negative and you get to choose. That can be very exciting or daunting. Right now our realityContinue reading “The Ripples from our Actions”

Unsettled, Anxious, Angry? Get Clear and Release.

2017 has started out with a collective angst that is hard to shake. Social media is ripe with fear, anger, and speculation so where do we find emotional peace? In the silence of our own space. It has never been more critical to practice mindfulness and focusing on the moment you are in. What areContinue reading “Unsettled, Anxious, Angry? Get Clear and Release.”

Changes

Changes are always coming into our lives. Sometimes we know something brewing and other times we are knocked off our feet.  There have been several times that I have been blindsided and devastated in my life. It’s at these times we have to step back and take a breath. It feels like we will neverContinue reading “Changes”

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!           I chose to glue two tags together with theContinue reading “Stencils and Tags in an 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 learn when I take off my mask. I have been playingContinue 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 – that will happen on most of your pages. That’s just howContinue reading “Anatomy of a Page – How I Decide What’s Next”