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”

Visual DIARY for Mixed Media Expression

Start a visual diary for your personal art. Lay down your expectations and express yourself in a safe place – your diary.

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It’s March in Wisconsin – it’s still cold, I’m withdrawn, and I’m stuck with chronic pain from a tumor.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”

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 Unexpected Bumps Along the Creative Path

So this morning I found myself scraping off the water color painting I had glued onto my acrylic background painting. This is not fun but it is one of the unexpected bumps along the creative path. You never know just how your creative “baby” is going to act or respond to your style or materials.Continue reading “The Unexpected Bumps Along the Creative Path”

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”

The meaning of color in the paint section

The emotional side of color just hit the Gidden paint company and the meanings of colors are now in the paint section. These are new paint chips I found in the paint section and I quickly grabbed them all. Of course the information on the back relates more to how to coordinate the paint colorContinue reading “The meaning of color in the paint section”

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.

I’m burnt out and for the first time, I’m not resisting it

I’m burnt out and for the first time, I’m not resisting it. I’m looking at it. I’m so tired that nothing sounds fun and it’s hard to do anything artistic. But I still have that nagging voice – how could you be burnt out, you aren’t doing anything. That negative voice makes sweeping and vagueContinue reading “I’m burnt out and for the first time, I’m not resisting it”

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”