Use Your Stash of the Cool Stuff

My business partner has the coolest day calendar/organizer and the best part is that she made it herself! That's what I did today and a thought popped into my head, "Use your stash of the cool stuff!" I tend to collect great stickers and smash book accessories but do use them because they feel too … Continue reading Use Your Stash of the Cool Stuff

The Artful Process – down the wonderful rabbit hole

I can never predict how a necklace or painting will turn out when I start. The artful process to me feels like I've fallen down the rabbit hole in a really good way. Sometimes it is full of experimenting and then changing directions until it feel right. When I create I follow my gut and … Continue reading The Artful Process – down the wonderful rabbit hole

What I’ve learned about drawing through doodles

Practice and experimenting - what I've learned about drawing through doodles is the same stuff I'd learn drawing realistic stuff. Drawing: a picture or diagram made with a pencil, pen, or crayon rather than paint. a graphic representation by lines of an object or idea. So drawing is making marks and lines without using paint … Continue reading What I’ve learned about drawing through doodles

Drawing – is it really necessary to the creative process?

When I tell someone I'm a creative coach the majority of replies is about not being able to draw. So I am asking, drawing - is it really necessary to the creative process? My creative style and authentic voice is all about colors and textures. I don't do realism if I can help it. I … Continue reading Drawing – is it really necessary to the creative process?

Playing with the mood in your colors

We're going to be playing with color and mood in this post. There are warm colors and cool colors on the color wheel. When you were experimenting with your color palette did you lean more toward warm or cool?Start thinking about the mood you are in and the colors you use. We'll be exploring this … Continue reading Playing with the mood in your colors

The meaning of color in the paint section

The emotional side of color just hit the Gidden paint company and the meanings of colors are now in the paint section. These are new paint chips I found in the paint section and I quickly grabbed them all. Of course the information on the back relates more to how to coordinate the paint color … Continue reading The meaning of color in the paint section

Finding Time for Your “art” self

We all know how important it is to find time for ourselves. The worst thing we can do is loose ourselves in the busy-ness of life. I have fallen into the mind trap of, "I don't have the time to relax - there's too much on my plate already". Sound familiar? If you have trouble … Continue reading Finding Time for Your “art” self

Let’s Start with Color!!!

Finding your creative style has a lot to do with your color palette so let's start with color. Finding and owning your color palette will help you no matter what art supplies you're using. As you can see from this color wheel there are warm colors and cool colors. Are you drawn to a certain … Continue reading Let’s Start with Color!!!

What Exactly is an Art Journal or Visual Journal?

Put simply - an art journal is a visual diary. It is a safe place. It's an experimental laboratory. It combines written words (journaling) and art making so you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself. It's a space for questions you might have that don't necessarily have neat and tidy answers. It's a place … Continue reading What Exactly is an Art Journal or Visual Journal?

Why Making Art is Important to “Finding Yourself”

Society: Be Yourself Society: Not That Way So how do we find a way to express ourselves that is safe, nurturing, and authentic? I propose it's through an art journal. Creative expression comes from a place within you that may know you better than you know yourself. This is why making art is important to … Continue reading Why Making Art is Important to “Finding Yourself”