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!
Are you ready for a creative stay-cation next week(6/18 - 6/25)? I will be hosting a free Facebook Live event using an altered book and the Hero's Journey every day at noon central time. As I teach at a summer art program here in Madison, I will be going live after class to bring … Continue reading Altered Book Stay-cation
Start a visual diary for your personal art. Lay down your expectations and express yourself in a safe place - your diary.
Why start a diary? I propose that it is to find the "why" in yourself. Why do I feel_________?, Why do I react like this_________? Why do I keep finding the same person to love? Why do keep hearing the same thing repeat itself in my head? and even the big one: Why am I … Continue reading Dear Diary – Why?
2017 has started out with a collective angst that is hard to shake. Social media is ripe with fear, anger, and speculation so where do we find emotional peace? In the silence of our own space. It has never been more critical to practice mindfulness and focusing on the moment you are in. What are … Continue reading Unsettled, Anxious, Angry? Get Clear and Release.
I've had a road block with writing my book for several months. At first the section of "self discovery through the creative process" was blank in my mind. About a month ago I had an idea start to form around that section will focus on story. The story we repeat to ourselves may have been … Continue reading Road Blocks with Your Project
It's time for me to follow my own advice. I'm totally out of energy and have been for awhile. I'm burnt out but there is so much I "should" do so I bypass my needs to get things done. This habit of mine is a hard one to break because it stems from my big … Continue reading I’m Burnt Out but there’s so much I “should” do
When I rip out the pages of my altered book, I usually end up with a couple pages that don't rip as close to the seam as I want. What to do with those pages? Add tags in your altered book! I chose to glue two tags together with the … Continue reading Stencils and Tags in an Altered Book
I've done a few pages and blogs about our inner critic which focus on standing up to the old recordings in my head. Today I want to focus on understanding and loving our inner critics. We all have that voice inside our heads that tell us how crappy our work is or that we aren't … Continue reading Understanding and loving our inner critics