Picking Your Altered Book

Picking your altered book is exciting and the best part is there are no rules except your own! Creating an altered book or art journal is your time to express yourself fully and without any fear. This is YOUR spot, YOUR truth, and YOUR story.  You can close this book from the world or openContinue reading “Picking Your Altered Book”

Basic Altered Book Directions

Here are some basic altered book directions to get your book ready.   You can use any book you’d like and any size that interests you. It’s best if you use a hard cover  book that has a sewn binding. In the picture on the left the last, C, is an example of a sewnContinue reading “Basic Altered Book Directions”

Why Journal and what is a Visual Journal?

Why journal and what is an art journal or visual journal? Any type of personal journaling helps you to craft the questions that you need to answer for yourself. The first step in deeper self awareness is asking yourself the right questions. If we don’t have a question, how can we dig deep and uncoverContinue reading “Why Journal and what is a Visual Journal?”

Organize & Simplify to Help with Your Creative Flow.

Which painting is easier for you to look at? Do you know why? The painting on the left doesn’t have defined white space or an organized plan to it. There’s no place to rest your eyes or mind when looking at it. The painting on the right has more organization to it. You might evenContinue reading “Organize & Simplify to Help with Your Creative Flow.”

Where’s My Bliss?

We’ve all heard, “Follow your bliss” but do you know what your bliss even is? Sometimes I ask myself, “where’s my bliss?” I have found that to find my bliss I have to slow down and check in with how I feel. Pay attention to what you are doing and how it makes you feel.Continue reading “Where’s My Bliss?”

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”

I’m a Beginner

This is the first mixed media painting I did used thick textures in acrylic and then adding cut out elements from a watercolor painting I did. I really liked how it turned out but I know I’m still a beginner at mixing the two mediums. I’m a beginner when it comes to knowing how toContinue reading “I’m a Beginner”

What Happens When You Feel Dried Up?

I have thought about blogging every day and have had really good ideas. Then I think about actually going to my computer and . . . . no energy even to turn it on. What happens when you feel dried up? I’ve been doing art and focusing on my other biz Creating Your Path andContinue reading “What Happens When You Feel Dried Up?”

Art & the Over Thinker

Sometimes when I look inside I sense a whirl of different thoughts, projects, and what if’s colliding with my desire for inner peace. This is when I turn to my art. I see the creative process as an active meditation which is why art is great for the over thinker. One aspect of seeing theContinue reading “Art & the Over Thinker”

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 tooContinue reading “Use Your Stash of the Cool Stuff”