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”

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 using an Idea Box. This is not a new concept butContinue 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!           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”

When do you know it’s time to alter your collage?

I’ve been passing this page spread since I made it and it still didn’t seem “right” to me. There was something that I just didn’t like so after a month of not liking it, I knew it was time to alter my collage. In a previous blog I wrote about the creative process-how your projectContinue reading “When do you know it’s time to alter your collage?”

Secrets to Calming Your Inner Critic

This is how my inner critic makes me feel – tired to the bone & dark, little & dirty. I should say “how it made me feel” after I discovered the secrets to calming my inner critic. Ready? Ok, here it is – get to know it and understand how it was born. The wayContinue reading “Secrets to Calming Your Inner Critic”

Honor all Your Parts in Your Altered Book

As you meditate and start discovering some of your different parts you’ll find there are powerful pieces shoved in a corner. You will probably feel uncomfortable with some parts of you that need your attention. This is a great time to honor all your parts in your altered book. In the Shaman tradition, it’s believedContinue reading “Honor all Your Parts in Your Altered Book”

How Meditation can Help You Talk with Your Parts

Meditation is a very valuable skill that takes practice. You learn a lot by getting quiet. Meditation can help you talk with your parts! When you start to meditate, your brain starts too & it goes in all sorts of weird directions. The more you meditate the calmer your mind gets, but don’t ever expectContinue reading “How Meditation can Help You Talk with Your Parts”

Doodling Your Way – That’s the “Right” Way

There are a lot of “how to” doodle books out there right now and they are great help to get you started. One thing to ALWAYS remember is to not compare your doodles with anyone else’s. Remind yourself that this is your time and your expression of the creative song in your heart. Doodling YOURContinue reading “Doodling Your Way – That’s the “Right” Way”