Expectations in my creative process

One of my art supplies I splurge on is Tim Holz Distress Stains. They are so quick to use for a great background in my art journals. I just blot and scribble with them. I got the blue to splatter here.   I’ve been thinking about expectations in my creative process lately and with thisContinue reading “Expectations in my creative process”

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”

Challenge Your Negative Self Talk and Unpack Your Baggage

I dipped into some dark territory with my last page spread and now I remind myself that the hauntings from my past do not mean they are my future. My inner dialog is not my future. I can choose what I listen to and focus on. There will always be some negative self talk, butContinue reading “Challenge Your Negative Self Talk and Unpack Your Baggage”

Let a found word poem reflect your wisdom.

I have just started doing found word poems and it’s fast becoming a favorite process (ok, everything creative is a favorite process of mine). Using random words that speak to you as you scan the page of a book can birth an interesting poem. This is particularly helpful if you don’t know much about writingContinue reading “Let a found word poem reflect your wisdom.”

Where to Start with a Healing Journal?

As I’ve been in meditation for the healing journal workbook I’m creating with my biz partner Jen, “Where do I start?” Has popped into my head more than once. Of course the right answer is. . . anywhere – just freaking pick something. I can get so lost in trying to get to the perfectContinue reading “Where to Start with a Healing Journal?”

The Healing Journal and The Stomach Bug

The day after I decide to do a series about a healing journal I get a nasty stomach bug thing – interesting huh? There is a cycle for everything and healing starts with a crisis of our body, mind, emotions, or spirit. Then resting and rebuilding. A stomach bug is a pretty simple crisis thatContinue reading “The Healing Journal and The Stomach Bug”

Healing Journals – An idea that’s just starting to bud

I have an undergrad degree in art therapy and was in my junior year when I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer. Needless to say my assignments turned into powerful healing tools. I even had a stem cell transplant on Christmas break a few years ago. Going back to school in my 40’s I alreadyContinue reading “Healing Journals – An idea that’s just starting to bud”

30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Artful Experiements that helped me grow

Today is the last day of the create every day challenge. Time has flown by and I have a lot of artful experiments that helped me to grow as an artist. I have not considered myself too good at drawing, but I forced myself past my own mental blocks to explore. The mental blocks IContinue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Artful Experiements that helped me grow”

30 Day Create Every Day Challange – Making My Sketchbook Friendly

I’ve decided to use my sketchbook instead of just keeping for those “special” times I want to draw. In the last few days of the challenge I have decided to make my sketchbook friendly. It’s so easy to save our supplies for that “special” project or the sketchbook for the time we’re better at drawing.Continue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challange – Making My Sketchbook Friendly”