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    Books I Love

    For the next few days I’m going to share books I love and am currently reading. Why? Because it’s a great time of year to be inspired. By reading about other artists and creative entrepreneurs, we gather ideas and inspiration. I always think that with each person we meet we change just a little bit. Same goes for the books we read. I’m on a non-fiction binge right now, but fiction is equally inspirational. Let me know if you like the books I share AND share some of your favorite books that inspire you in the comments or on Facebook or Instagram. Today’s book is The Creative Habit: Learn It…

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    Day 9: Making Mandalas

    I was re-introduced to mandalas during a free online course Kathryn Costa offered in December. She also has a great book, The Mandala Guidebook: How to draw, paint and color expressive mandala art that I was lucky enough to get over the holidays. I’m in love! Over the last few weeks, I’ve been following the book and making at least one mandala a day. Each time I create one I think it’s my favorite…and then I do the next one, which becomes my favorite. The grid mandalas made with a compass and protractor are my current favorites. Creating the patterns appeals to my inner techie while adding the details and…

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    Day 7: Beautiful YOU!

    As women we are shown at an early age what the standard of beauty is for our generation. This standard shifts slightly within each generation, but in my opinion it’s rarely the true meaning of beauty. The things my friends and I did as young women to attain our given standard of “beauty” were sometimes extreme and rarely healthy. We didn’t see until much later that we were surrounded by the strong, beautiful women who were our mothers, teachers, grandmothers and professors who were guiding us through the world. Today let’s celebrate the beauty of an important woman. The beauty of you! There are many ways to do this. Take…

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    Day 4: Everything Hearts

    Who doesn’t love hearts? In the mood for fluffy, frilly and pink? That’s what I originally thought when I started scavenging for supplies for this piece. I had visions of the pink card stock and lacy doilies from years gone by. That’s not what began to emerge as I sat down for today’s prompt. Hearts for sure, but not the frilly kind. I was inspired by a technique using layers of tissue paper and gel medium (matte) to encase the hearts. I love how the tissue paper becomes sturdier while looking more fragile. How appropriate for hearts!

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    Day 3: Inspired by Nature

    Did you ever have one of those days that just doesn’t start right? That’s me – overslept, missed a deadline, and was greeted by cat barf on the kitchen floor. Not the best way to get going. Sometimes when a day starts like this I put my head down and think, “What else can go wrong?”  Well, not today. Today I was reminded of an article I recently read. Whichever inspirational figure I was reading about mentioned that when things go wrong we shouldn’t expect things to get worse. Instead we should acknowledge what was bad, put it behind us and move on toward greatness.  I did just that and…

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    Day 2: Favorite Colors

    Tami’s prompt was fun today! Three of my favorite colors: Pink, purple and blue! It’s easy to see when you thumb through my altered art journal, and of course….there’s the purple hair. It’s kind of a “tell.” They’ve traded places on the hierarchy until I realized there didn’t need to be an order. Freedom! I look forward to seeing your favorite colors.

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    My Word for 2019

    I am not a person who likes to be pinned down. I generally don’t like doing something unless it makes sense to me. I can stick to a schedule, but I push against it the whole time. (In my head; rarely out loud.) I’ll get done what has to be done during the day or a specified time period, but I’ll do it on my own time and in my own way. In Gretchen Ruben’s The Four Tendencies, that means I’m a rebel with questioning tendencies or a questioner with rebel tendencies.  The fact that I’m choosing a word is slightly surprising and yet the idea appeals to me this year.…

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    The gift of time

    I’ve had two recent instances of people sharing or giving me the gift of time. Yesterday a group of artist friends (Tami at Choose Joy Studio and PJ from PJsArtFun) met virtually and we followed the prompts facilitated by Eleni for a blissful hour. Sometimes we talked, shared or just quietly worked with the sounds of rustling paper as our companion. When we were finished, I found myself lingering in the studio. To-do lists forgotten, the daily appointments and arguments gently parked to the side while I sat with my art and doodled, painted, wrote and reflected. I realized with a start that I hadn’t had that much time to…

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    Tuesday Art Tip – Laugh!

    Today is about playing and remembering to have fun and laugh at yourself just a little bit. My altered art journal entries are full of whimsical, downright silly birds. They make me smile and I’m having fun painting drawing and adding them into my journal. They are my reminder to myself that it’s important to have a little fun mixed in with all the seriousness of life. Take time for a good belly laugh today!

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    Creativity Tip for Tuesday

    Today’s tip is a little outside the box, which is the point! I’m taking my own advice and making a small change to something I do often. Of course I didn’t come up with the idea, but it’s worth sharing. I’m reading a lot about habits and creativity and getting things done. Much of the ideas end up in my altered art journal and the habits I’m creating in my studio. If you try this, let me know what you change and if it was a jump-start to your creativity!