Emotional Processing When Your Life an Unexpected Hard Turn. . . Part 2

There are times in our lives when we feel ripped out of a situation. Here are some ways to balance your thoughts and get back to you. If you’ve read Part 1 then you know journaling is a great start to sorting out all the feelings inside you as you try to shift your abilityContinue reading “Emotional Processing When Your Life an Unexpected Hard Turn. . . Part 2”

Get Creative with Nausea! Self Care When You aren’t Feeling Well.

I had a “touch” of stomach flu or something last week and being nauseous reminded me of my chemo treatments and stem cell transplant. I found that getting my mind on something else was the key to “forgetting” I was sick. The BEST way I know how to get my mind on something interesting isContinue reading “Get Creative with Nausea! Self Care When You aren’t Feeling Well.”

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.

The Ripples from our Actions

“Having a vested interest in other souls unconditionally creates a ripple effect that produces miracles in the lives of those around us.” ― Molly Friedenfeld, The Book of Simple Human Truths The ripple effect is either positive or negative and you get to choose. That can be very exciting or daunting. Right now our realityContinue reading “The Ripples from our Actions”

When do you know it’s time to alter your collage?

I’ve been passing this page spread since I made it and it still didn’t seem “right” to me. There was something that I just didn’t like so after a month of not liking it, I knew it was time to alter my collage. In a previous blog I wrote about the creative process-how your projectContinue reading “When do you know it’s time to alter your collage?”

Vaseline in Your Altered Book!

I use Vaseline as a resist on my canvases and it works for your altered book pages too!! A resist is something that prevents your paint from sticking to the surface you’re using. Start by collaging some magazine photos on your page. I used the slick pages so the Vaseline will wipe off easily. UseContinue reading “Vaseline in Your Altered Book!”

Secrets to Calming Your Inner Critic

This is how my inner critic makes me feel – tired to the bone & dark, little & dirty. I should say “how it made me feel” after I discovered the secrets to calming my inner critic. Ready? Ok, here it is – get to know it and understand how it was born. The wayContinue reading “Secrets to Calming Your Inner Critic”

Honor all Your Parts in Your Altered Book

As you meditate and start discovering some of your different parts you’ll find there are powerful pieces shoved in a corner. You will probably feel uncomfortable with some parts of you that need your attention. This is a great time to honor all your parts in your altered book. In the Shaman tradition, it’s believedContinue reading “Honor all Your Parts in Your Altered Book”

How Meditation can Help You Talk with Your Parts

Meditation is a very valuable skill that takes practice. You learn a lot by getting quiet. Meditation can help you talk with your parts! When you start to meditate, your brain starts too & it goes in all sorts of weird directions. The more you meditate the calmer your mind gets, but don’t ever expectContinue reading “How Meditation can Help You Talk with Your Parts”