Dear Diary – I feel clear when I write it out.

The best thing about having a diary is to process all the stuff that goes on in my head. If you are a creative, you have a lot of ideas and those ideas get cluttered if they stay in your head. I do feel clear when I write out the ideas I have. There areContinue reading “Dear Diary – I feel clear when I write it out.”

The Healing Ability of a Creative Practice – Getting Creative with Cancer

During the month of October I will have my mixed media paintings at Con Amici 126 3rd St in Baraboo Wisconsin (my home town). Here’s the article from the local paper. I am very excited about having my paintings out in the public! This is the first year that I have created paintings for bothContinue reading “The Healing Ability of a Creative Practice – Getting Creative with Cancer”

A Musical Art Journal Page

What’s the Music in Your Movie? For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness. -Reba McEntire Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen throughContinue reading “A Musical Art Journal Page”

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 andContinue 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 paintContinue reading “What I’ve learned about drawing through doodles”

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 thisContinue reading “Playing with the mood in your colors”

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.

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 toContinue reading “Why Making Art is Important to “Finding Yourself””

Celebrating Favorite Things in My Art Journal

I use my art to celebrate all the things I love. I save pictures and quotes from my favorite magazines so I’m always ready to collage. I pulled out the picture of Brian Froud’s fairie art and wanted to do a page around that. This page turned into celebrating favorite things. I am reading ArtContinue reading “Celebrating Favorite Things in My Art Journal”

My inner dialog does not have to be my future nor is it the truth

As I completed the “What haunts me” page, I noticed that I felt trapped at times and that I had to wear my “good girl” mask to feel safe. My inner dialog can be shaming and negative so I looked it straight in the face with this page. My inner dialog does not have toContinue reading “My inner dialog does not have to be my future nor is it the truth”