Inner Voices
13Jan/140

My first Mermaid Nixie: Marina

I love Mermaids. And as I am not one who believes in coincidences, my daughter Koala talking a lot about Mermaids, I started to see them absolutely everywhere.

I wish I could make them as beautifully as my Sister Mindy, who creates some really gorgeous ones.

I think it is tricky to make a Mermaid painting because it can be weird to have a floating character on the painting, if you see what I mean…

I had a great amount of joy playing with my supplies. Papers, embossing powders, oil pastels (the ones I talked recently about in the products I currently love), doily, glitters, gel medium, alcohol inks and shimmery Lindy Stamp Gang products. If I’m happy with the products I am using, then I know I will stay in that happy state of mind when creating.

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I believe in Atlantis. I’ve dreamt of it. Giant golden pyramids and Mermaids swimming around. Bells, Drums. Simple joy shared.

Meet Marina, she is one of these Atlantis’ mermaid.

Her message: She makes bold wishes under the Moon.

►►► Print is available in the shop (click for details).

10Jan/140

Gratitude Friday 2014/01/10, Thank you friends

«Thank You» Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.

Hello beautiful Souls !

I hope that 2014 is off to a beautiful start for you *and if not, just make the most of it. You can do it.*.
Is it me or there is a change in the general Energy right now ? Maybe it's just me, but I don't think so... I am feeling like something shifted inside, a deep trust that no matter how hard it may be on the moment, everything will eventually turn up ok. That I can do it.

This week, I am thankful for:

  • Unexpected random acts of kindness from some of my DearSisters. just wow. thank you.
  • Getting the girls ready on time every single morning for the schoolbus.
  • New routines that are working well for us. The organizationfreakbecauseimaVirgo in me is pleased.
  • I booked Mom’s plane tickets, she will be there in less than two months :D And Koala will have her grandma here for her 7th birthday (big deal).
  • Finally trying the Loom thingy with Grenouille (I got it to her for Christmas). Thanks to the women and kids who upload their tutorial on Youtube.
  • Being in the Studio every single day this week. Getting the paintings for the calendar done (3 completed, 2 in progress, 7 more to go).
  • Walking every morning we don’t have rain (this week, 3 mornings out of 5). Tracking it with my FitBit Flex (thanks Chéridoo for the gift).
  • Feeling like I am becoming my best Self.
  • Sketching, art journaling, dreaming in color.

I feel my cup is so full and it pulls me to pay it forward. Sending «I love you» notes, small care packages. I feel it is more important than ever to show people I care, it does not take much.

If you wrote your Gratitude Friday on your blog, don't forget to enter your NAME and URL below so I'm notified and can come to read you (you can also join by commenting this post):

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    9Jan/141

    Currently. My favorite supplies to play with.

    You know I am an art supply junkie. Just earlier this week, I was playing in the Studio with my two daughters on a big canvas, and then Koala turned around, and said «Mom, you really have a looooooot of things in here !» (pointing to the entire room). To which her sister answered «It is not that much, this is a creative space. So it’s meant to be filled with supplies… and stuff». Ahah !

    I can’t help it… I love new babies to explore with. (secret confession: I am trying to sort everything and put aside what I know I won’t use at all. and… I need *really need* to use all the papers and paints and other things I already have before buying anything else. Not sure I can’t do it though).

    So for the first episode of this series in which I share with you the products I currently use over and over, here are they:

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    1) NeoPastels | Oil pastels from Caran D’Ache

    You may know I love the Neocolor II-s which are watersoluble crayons. Amazing. I really wanted to try their oil pastels (my favorite until now where the Senellier ones, which I still really enjoy don’t worry). These pastels are soft and oh so vibrant ! The pigmentation is simply out of this world. I use them for mark making and for shading.
    --> (Click to see the NeoPastels on Blick's site)

    2) Matte acrylic paints | Dick Blick

    I love my Golden fluid acrylics, but they are glossy and sometimes this is not I want (and using in my art journal, it tends to make my pages stick together, which sucks big time). Plus, Blick came with amazing colors. Another very positive thing is their low price point: $1.99 for a 2oz jar.
    I even discover color I would have never thought I would appreciate using (over and over). Right now, my new favorites are: orange light, aqua, beige (I use it on my Nixies’ face a lot) and blue light.
    --> (Click here to go to Blick's page for these paints)

    3) Embossing powders | Lindy Stamp Gang

    Lindy Stamp Gang is amazing at creating unique two-tone products. The embossing powders do not disappoint. The colors are vibrant (some are softer and more translucent though). And the combo of pigments and shimmer is just gorgeous.
    I love using them with stencils in my backgrounds. They add this different touch that I simply can't do without right now. I use them on everything.
    --> (Check the Embossing Powders on Lindy's website)

    4) Super Heavy Gesso | Liquitex

    You probably know by now that texture is a huge part of my creative process. This is what makes me utterly happy and the place I go for when I feel stuck.
    This specific gesso holds very well, I use it on its own or through stencils (wash them thoroughly afterwards). It is titanium white and can be tinted (but it will affect the color and make it more pastely)
    --> (Check it on Dick Blick)

    What supply are you currently using the most ?

    6Jan/140

    My wishes for this space in 2014

    I am wondering if I love the beginning of a new year because I am a listmakerjunkie ;)

    Sharing my intentions with you publicly allows me to kind of feel accountable, because I also want to share my progresses along the way. However, I refuse to beat myself up if it does not end up as planned.

    Here are my intentions for this space that my blog is:

    • To redo the entire website. I bought a special wordpress template, which I love but need more time than expected to understand it all. I hope to have this ready in the first quarter of 2014.
    • Publish a blogpost at least three times a week. I hope you like seeing «in progress» pictures, and you’re eager to know more about my Behind The Scenes. Because I want to stop overthinking and simply share.
    • Publish in French more (for those who don’t know, I am French and it’s my mother tongue). I have a francophone version of this space that needs more attention…
    • Continue my {In Motion} videos, once a week. And start vlogging.
    • Be true to myself and who I am in my blogposts. Share my stories. The ups but also the downs.
    • Go back to creating and sharing Truth-isms on a more regular basis.
    • Find a way to have people participate in my weekly ritual, Gratitude Friday (and spread the word).
    • Grow the communication between you and me (don’t be shy to leave me a comment, I will try harder to answer personally. I need to check if you are notified when I reply to your comment on the blog… or maybe you already know ?).

    I think this is good to start this year with these specific intentions. I hope you will join me in this adventure that Life is <3

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    1Jan/142

    And the winner is…

    … I apologize for posting the result of the draw a few days late. But I used random.org to select a winner for a spot in Soul Food (it’s not too late to join, and we have a payment plan available if you need it, there’s nothing to be ashamed about needed it).

    I want to thank all of you for entering and especially for sharing these wonderful recipes with me. Can’t wait to try.

    Without letting you wait any longer, here is the result:

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    Congratulations Carol !

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    I will send your info to Heather who will grant you access into the classroom.

    I wish you all a wonderful new year <3

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