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 thoughts … Continue reading Be Kind to Your Art, Be Kind to Yourself
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 are … Continue reading Dear Diary – I feel clear when I write it out.
Even when you don't have a whole afternoon for diving into your altered book, you can get creative even with a time crunch. By doing your pages in stages you can slowly build your altered book. We have a whole year to play so calm yourself when you feel the pressure of producing (that's for … Continue reading Get Creative Even with a Time Crunch
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 sewn … Continue reading Basic Altered Book Directions
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 and … Continue reading What Happens When You Feel Dried Up?
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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdvCrLtAwq4 Wordless Wednesday - makes you want to get paint out doesn't it?
It's March in Wisconsin - it's still cold, I'm withdrawn, and I'm stuck with chronic pain from a tumor. The last 8 months I've had depression slip in and grow. I'm not who I was and want to be. Why am I sharing this? To let you know what's helping me so I can help … Continue reading Art is My Constant
Tonight another year closes and the promise of a new year is on the horizon. What will it bring? Probably more of the same unless I give myself permission instead of fighting a losing battle with another resolution. I got this idea from a blog written by Allison Marie under GloryBegin. She is a brilliant … Continue reading Give Yourself Permission instead of fighting through another resolution.
There are times that I fall into my art and loose myself in the color and lines. Hours can go by as I listen to music or a book on CD. I go there because it makes me feel whole-some. It is the prescription that I need at that point in time. If I need … Continue reading I fall into my art and loose myself. . . .