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”

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.”

Get Creative Even with a Time Crunch

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 forContinue reading “Get Creative Even with a Time Crunch”

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”

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?”

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”

Art is My Constant

It’s March in Wisconsin – it’s still cold, I’m withdrawn, and I’m stuck with chronic pain from a tumor.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 helpContinue reading “Art is My Constant”

Give Yourself Permission instead of fighting through another resolution.

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 brilliantContinue reading “Give Yourself Permission instead of fighting through another resolution.”

I fall into my art and loose myself. . . .

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 needContinue reading “I fall into my art and loose myself. . . .”

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”