I am spending some much needed time in my art journal lately. Trying to process. Trying to prettyfy some stuff that happens.
Here is a page I made today (it was already dark, I may take a better picture *or not*):
On the other side of the spread is a sketch of a Nixie, Just a sketch... no shading, no color. And I did not know if I wanted the two pages to be separated or a spread. I still don't know actually.
to be mad
to be sad
to wanna give up sometimes
to feel like today is the worst one in your life
to have big hope and small dreams
to scream at the top of your lungs just to LET it GO
to smile when you feel like breaking down
to join your hands in a prayer to Whoever would just listen to you
to cry and ask for help
It's ok to have and express whatever emotion pass through you
(it just means you're alive)
If I am sharing this page with you, it's only because I feel like I was just the tool for the message. The channel so people could read these words. So people could know it is ok to feel whatever they feel.
I am struggling with my emotions right now. Not understanding them. Not being successful in processing them the way I wish I would. And I guess someone may feel the same somewhere and that this «permission slip» would reach someone who needed it.
As I was saying last year, I don't really like taking resolutions anymore. But I do like have goals to meet when the new year begins.
This is all over the cyberweb, this trand of finding/chosing a word to define your year to come. I see mine as a personal mantra, a line of conduct, sometimes I can turn to when I feel lost and don't really know in which direction to go.
This year, my mantra is a verb. I feel it like someone whispering or yelling it (kinda) at me when needed.
Page in my Art Journal
Expand my horizons. Expand my practice, spiritual and artistic. Expand Inner Worlds even further... and I don't know what yet.
I have this gut feeling that 2012 holds a lot of deep changes. Positive ones. With some waves because without them, the ride would not be as fun, right ? A turning point. Something that will shift the rest of my life, and of my family's.
I am currently working hard on a secret project. Something I've never done before. It has been whispered to me before, suggested by friends and strangers, and was downwright told it very insistently by Angels while my Angel Attunement. It's clear: I can't deny anymore that this is something I have to do and stop being afraid of the what if-s..... Too many coincidences pushing me this way.
This is the first step in following my mantra...
Do you have a word for 2012 ? What is it about ? Tell me all about it ;)
Hello Hello !
How was your week-end ?It may sound weird but usually, I enjoy Mondays. Just because they imply a new week, filled with possibilities.
I am so happy to announce you my workshop title and description for the 21 Secrets playground that will happen in 2012. And I was in awe with all my camarades' workshops: it will be fantabulous. A lot of media, healing and techniques, a pure diversity. It makes me feel even more blessed to be part of it.
Here are all the 21 descriptions:
Aimee Myers Dolich
Unfamiliar places, both emotional and geographic, snap us out of our identities and comfort zones. The unknown sharpens our senses and brings us directly in touch with the moment, pushing us into spaces that are ripe for self-discovery. In this workshop, we'll lose our way (and ﬁnd our way back) through a playful series of journal workouts including maps, lists, brainstorms, stories, and other journeys of the imagination. Now come on -- let's get lost!
CHILD'S PLAY WORKSHOP PART 2
I am delighted to be a part of 21 SECRETS again. We had a blast last year, and this year, we are set for another wonderful learning and creative experience.
In this workshop, we will continue to explore and play with everyday items to create richly textured journal pages and canvases. In this 5 video workshop, I will show you numerous ways to create intricate patterns, one-of-a-kind surface designs, and unique journal pages using various children's toys, recycled materials, basic art supplies and found objects. You do not need expensive art supplies to create art. I have a ton of ideas to share with you to help and inspire you to get experienced student.
Christine Mason Miller
In this workshop I am going to share some of my favorite techniques of incorporating words and text into mixed media creations. I will demonstrate and discuss the way I use rubber stamps, vintage books, and old letters to add poetic, thought-art journal pages and collage pieces on wood.
THE ART OF TEXTURE
Texture is all around us and I can't help but love all that texture has for us to explore. In this workshop I will teach you some of my favorite techniques for creating texture in my art journal.. techniques will include the use of modeling paste, ﬁbers, beads and more!
Stop thinking so much about it!! Our juiciest Art comes when we embrace our mistakes and just go with the ﬂow! In this workshop weʼll paint FEARLESS™, have fun, and stop the exhausting search for our Artistic style/voice---weʼll just go with the ﬂow!
PERSONAL ACTS OF KINDNESS
Dale Anne Potter
The world around us sometimes tries to take us out of our POSITIVE, HAPPY, JOYFUL place. We can succumb to those contrasts OR we can manifest some POSITIVES from them. One way to do that, is to be kinder to ourselves. In this workshop, we will create ART and send ourselves some of those POSITIVES.
We will make 7 postcards that we can mail to ourselves over a week - on a week that we NEED them. Once home, they can be put into a book ( mini - album) that we construct. The book will be made with pockets for you to pull out your postcards to see and a simple accordion binding.
TAMING THE CRITIC
Scary? Not. My techniques for getting in touch with your critic are pretty amiable. Heʼs not going anywhere so letʼs get to know him! Iʼll encourage you to move quickly, outrunning your critical left brain.
Think storms of words, lines, papers and color and a comfort in imperfect (gasp!) journal pages. Games and prompts will help you locate that critic-free space within. That power gives you the strength to begin a communication.
INTUITIVE PAINTED LAYERS
The only way to get a layered look is to do the layering work. With this workshop, I will show you how to paint intuitive layers. Intuitive layers come when you free yourself from any concept of a ﬁnished product. You start painting, then you step back and observe. You listen. You let the journal tell you what to do next. We will start our pages with abstracts--painted pages full of color, shapes, movement, and energy. Then we'll examine the abstracts and let them speak to us. We'll spot images in our layers and discover hidden meanings and messages. We'll add even more layers and techniques to let those images come alive! By the end of the process, you'll have dozens of layers on your pages, and you will have participated in a creative process that will free your soul to new ideas. Take a deep breath, and see what happens when you create intuitively!
The word “Mandala” is a Sanskrit word meaning “Circle”, they are an iconic part of human culture well known for their calming effect on the mind and body. The creative process of making mandalas is an ancient form of meditation and healing that is deeply calming and insightful. In “Wisdom Circles”, we use myth and legend to infuse the art of creating mandalas within the pages of our journals. Through visualization, reﬂection and instruction we create aour own beautiful, deeply personal, and symbolic mandalas.
15 MINUTES TO SANITY
Gina Rossi Armfield
Give me 15 mins a day and a few supplies and I will have you ﬁlling your journals. Ever sit down and think - Where do I begin? Well, lets put an end to that! Do you take photos of everything and not know what to do with them? Do you collect magazines? Are you an eye candy junkie? I will show you what to do with all of those images to create a journaling technique that ﬁts your own voice and style!
FROLICAHOLIC (aka DRAW HAPPY 2)
Turn "I donʼt know what to draw" into " I need a bigger journal!". Drawing is a great tool for untangling and expressing every emotion from the heaviest burden to ﬂoating-way-above-cloud-nine. But you have to get that infernal inner-critic behind bars, to allow your natural drawing talent the security and conﬁdence to roam freely. In Frolicaholic we learn to love our lines!
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
I love watercolor! Itʼs inexpensive, easy to clean up, and enormously versatile. Iʼll be sharing ﬁve different ways to use watercolor in your art journal: shadowing, stamping, stencil printing, and two techniques for creating backgrounds. These are easy techniques that I use constantly. I hope theyʼll become a part of your artistic repertoire too!
THE ART-BODY JOURNAL
Using your body as inspiration, we will redeﬁne the art journal to create a healing process that will help transform and deepen your relationship with your body. Whether it's a trauma, an illness, or a discomfort with some physical characteristic of oneself, most everyone has some challenge in the relationship they have with their one lifetime companion - their own body. A division within keeps us from attaining our full potential. This journaling process will encourage a shifting of old perceptions and limitations trapped within the boundaries of ﬂesh to unite body and spirit as one.
LET'S GET INTO SHAPE -- COLLAGE LIKE THE DIVA, THE COLLAGE DIVA
I 'm excited to share with you my favorite medium, collage. I'm often asked "How do you assemble a collage so the random objects look like they were meant to be together?" We will pull out scissors, glue sticks, and magazines and our play will focus on one design element, shape. I'll share some key principles that will get you piecing together new works of art. In this workshop, you'll get a dozen prompts to choose from as you experiment with your collages. Are you ready to get into shape?
CHANNEL IT GIRL
channeling our stories we will
throw them down by ﬂinging
some paint, creating a colorful
piece, containing a bit of ourself.
it is simply about using our
inner self to allow the creative
a creative spread.
using a quick simple way to get
your thoughts out and a creative
flow going. using a book spread
or just a simple sheet of water
color paper. to make a page
the beauty of this is that
later new pages can be added
as your stories come later.
channeling it girl is all about getting
those juices moving and opening
up the flow, allowing yourself to play.
THE SHORT ATTENTION SPAN ART JOURNAL
Wow, art journaling sounds great, but you're a creative bumble bee. You buzz about your life, zipping from one thing to another. You like to dabble in this and dabble in that. One day you feel like painting. One day you feel like writing. One day you feel like working on seven kinds of paper. One day you feel like you might have ADD.
A blog could be just the thing you need to bring all your lovely distractions together in one place.
Learn how to use Tumblr, or any blogging service for that matter, to create your very own short
attention span art journal, the kind you can add to a little at a time for as long as your attention
CREDIT CARD FLOWERS
In this fun class we will use cut-up credit cards to create ﬂowers! My husband tells me to feel free to cut up any credit card in my wallet— but, of course, any credit car or key card will work! (I donʼt advise you to use your active ones!) I will show you how I cut mine into several shapes to create ﬂowers, leaves and stems. We will also discuss brieﬂy one of the most important concepts in any painting… value. I wonʼt bog you down with a value study but we certainly donʼt want any hokey paintings and a painting without light, medium and dark values will certainly ﬁt into the hokey category. So, get ready to create fun ﬂowers in your journal, on a stretched canvas and for just about anything else you can think of. All from a little credit card.
JOURNALING OUR (HE)ART OUT
In Journaling our (HE)art out, we will be using the symbol of the heart, this shape we know since weʼre little kids, and make it tell what is actually inside ours. Put it out on paper. The fears, the shames, the doubts. And make it something beautiful we can look at afterwards if we want as a reminder that we can always shift the negative thoughts into something awesome that would help us heal.
THE PRACTICE OF SELF-AWARENESS THROUGH VISUAL JOURNALING
People are so used to the daily grind, of trying to get everything done, just getting from one day to the next, that they frequently function on auto-pilot. Because of this, they are fairly out of touch with their feelings and with themselves--not thinking about how they feel, just going where life takes them and then wondering later how they got there. Itʼs time to stop. Itʼs time to look within and gain some self-awareness.
No matter if you are new to visual journaling or a seasoned pro, this workshop will help you to broaden your self-awareness and to become more in-tune with yourself through working in your journal. Iʼll guide you with some inner journaling tactics that have helped me gain better understanding of myself. Through the magic of video, you can watch me create a journal page from start to ﬁnish using these same exercises and techniques. Although I feel the process of
working in the journal is more important than the ﬁnished journal page, Iʼll also show you some of the mixed-media techniques that I used to create the visual layers and textures of my journal pages.
This class is for everyone. No writing or art experience necessary--Just a willingness to be open
to creative and personal exploration!
Do you dare step into an artistic adventure of the heart?
Do you dream of discovering whatʼs hidden within?
During JournalQuest™, youʼll encounter exotic creatures, ancient artifacts, meaningful symbols and lore . . . the stuff of legend! It was there all the time, buried deep and waiting to excavated by you. Join the journey.
Have you ever fantasized about living another life? We donʼt have to be unhappy in our lives to wonder what it would be like to have a different one. We all have sides to ourselves that we havenʼt lived out. Did you want to be a famous singer? An athlete? Live in the time of the pharaohs? You can explore any life you can imagine in your art journal -- without leaving behind the one you already have. To do this, I will introduce writing prompts to get us imagining. Then we will use various collage, painting and drawing techniques to enter and explore our alternative life.
To learn more about the Artists teaching at 21 SECRETS go HERE.
The third annual 21 SECRETS
will go on sale Monday, January 2nd & officially open on Sunday, April 1st!
Still at the super low price of $59.
All 21 workshops will be available and open 24 hours a day from April 1, 2012- January 1, 2013.
I have being dying to finally announce it to you: I will be one of the teachers in the next 21 Secrets workshop. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY !
21 Secrets is a bunch of workshops focusing around Art Journaling, created and hosted by Connie (from DirtyFootprints Studio).
«Art Journal Playground» sums it up very well. Because we have fun, we learn, we experiment, we meet new people from all over the world
I can't believe I will be teaching among amazing artists and women. I will talk about my secret in a while, I am still working hard on it. But it will be very very good ;-)
The playground registrations will be open on January 2nd 2012, it will officially open in April, until January 2013.
We will be 21 teachers, each of us sharing a secret about our Art Journaling process. For only $59. Yes, you read it right: 21 workshops gathered in the same place for that price.
Here is the list of the teachers:
Aimee Dolich http://www.artsyville.com
Alma Stoller http://www.almastoller.blogspot.com
Christine Mason Miller http://christinemasonmiller.com/
Christy Tomilson http://christytomlinson.typepad.com/
Connie Hozvicka http://www.DirtyFootprints-Studio.com
Dale Ann Potter http://daleannepotter.com/
Diana Trout http://dianatrout.typepad.com/blog/
Dina Wakley http://dinastamps.typepad.com/
Dion Dior http://diondior.blogspot.com/
Gina Rossi Armfield http://sweetsistergina.typepad.com/
Jenica McKenzie http://www.jenicamckenzie.com/
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/
Karin Bartimole http://aviewbeyondwords.blogspot.com/
Kathryn Antyr http://www.truenortharts.com
Kelly Barton http://kellybarton.com/
Ken Robert mildlycreative.com
Martha Lever http://marthalever.blogspot.com/
Nolwenn Petitbois http://inner-voices.net
Traci Bunkers http://www.TraciBunkers.com
Tracie Hanson http://www.mybloominglife.com
Zom Osborne http://pinchmetoseeifyouaredreaming.blogspot.com/
See, I was not lying. You can't miss it, this will be amazing. And the community that gathers in the playground is fantastic (I have taken the previous 21Secrets and it is why I know this will be an fantastic adventure).
(sorry, I am just pretty much excited by all this. And intimidated. And scared because it will be my first online class ever.)
Will I see you there ?