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”

Not Creative? Think Personal Art not Fine Art!

  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 groupContinue reading “Not Creative? Think Personal Art not Fine Art!”

My Pages that I’m Working On in January

Happy cold January everyone! I don’t mind the cold because I stay in and do art and I feel very blessed that I am able to do that. Here are my pages that I’m working on: I used the self-care wheel for the 8 areas of my life that I need to nurture for theContinue reading “My Pages that I’m Working On in January”

Art & the Over Thinker

Sometimes when I look inside I sense a whirl of different thoughts, projects, and what if’s colliding with my desire for inner peace. This is when I turn to my art. I see the creative process as an active meditation which is why art is great for the over thinker. One aspect of seeing theContinue reading “Art & the Over Thinker”

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It’s March in Wisconsin – it’s still cold, I’m withdrawn, and I’m stuck with chronic pain from a tumor.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

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”

The Artful Process – down the wonderful rabbit hole

I can never predict how a necklace or painting will turn out when I start. The artful process to me feels like I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole in a really good way. Sometimes it is full of experimenting and then changing directions until it feel right. When I create I follow my gut andContinue reading “The Artful Process – down the wonderful rabbit hole”

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”