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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…