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
If I had a dime each time someone has told me, "I'm not creative" I would be a billionaire!! When I hear this it sounds like a challenge to me. I would love to help everyone who says they aren't creative, see that they are. It is my greatest joy to lead a group … Continue reading Not Creative? Think Personal Art not Fine Art!
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. Use … Continue reading Vaseline in Your Altered Book!
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 way … Continue reading Secrets to Calming Your Inner Critic
I am not minimizing the agonizing diagnosis of schizophrenia but I am saying is that no one tell you about all the voices in our head and which ones to listen to. Essentially we all have a society built case of schizophrenia. We are taught to turn our backs on those authentic parts of us … Continue reading What No One Tells You – We’re all Schizophrenic-ish
Do we really take the time to understand why it's important to rest and listen to our bodies? Do you know just how stress & "doing" will effect your body? It took a pretty big health issue to really understand that being a perfectionist & a doer wasn't something to be so proud of. Our … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Rest, Relax, & Rejuvenate
Here's the start of my altered book so I can explain what I did & why. Most of the why is because I felt like it. I do a lot of my art by the way I feel instead of thinking out the process too much. I'm not a planner I just do stuff. This … Continue reading The Start of My Altered Book – Explained
This is the first mixed media painting I did used thick textures in acrylic and then adding cut out elements from a watercolor painting I did. I really liked how it turned out but I know I'm still a beginner at mixing the two mediums. I'm a beginner when it comes to knowing how to … Continue reading I’m a Beginner
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 perfect … Continue reading Where to Start with a Healing Journal?
We all are afraid of making mistakes in life and in our creativity - but the truth is we will. Why does making a mistake impact us so much, well, it starts in school, most likely, even earlier. We make a mistake and the answer we've said out loud is wrong, the other students scoff … Continue reading Mistakes & Perfection in Life & Creativity