heART Journaling has a new Coloring Book

So guess what? There is a new coloring book available and I am thrilled to announce....

... that I am featured in this new heART Journal Magazine's first Colorbook Issue! It is a busy happy edition with 25 different Artists collaborating!  This book is packed with 40 beautiful Colorbook pages just waiting to be filled to overflowing with color of all kinds!

And to celebrate, is giving away three issues to THREE LUCKY WINNERS. Simply leave a comment below WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS and I will choose the winners on October 10th! Should you not win, the coloring book is still available to you, and at a awesome price. heART Journal Magazine is currently offering the colorbook for only$2.99!  
That is 50% off the regular price of 5.99 -  this sale ends Oct 15.
This Colorbook issue is available on iTunes , Google Play  or heART Journal Magazine's cart for a pdf version.

For help with accessing the Colorbook please email heartjournalmag@gmail.com  This Sale is good until Oct 15th 2015.  Enjoy!

LifeBook 2016 Now Open for Registration

Hello Everyone! Today is the day! Life Book 2016 is now open for registration! I am so excited to be part of this amazing year long course and I can't wait to share my lessons with you! I know many of you already know what Life Book is all about, so if you can't wait to sign up, make sure to click here to get your seat! If you want to find out a bit more about Life Book 2016 keep on reading!

“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised byTamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. 

Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a LifeBook)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! Life Book is all about making you and the world happier. Through creating art, through creating a deeper understanding of ourselves, through connecting with each other. It's all there, in one big affordable package! It has served thousands of people from all over the world over the past 4 years. It's been wildly popular!

I hope that many of you will join us on this fabulous journey (over 8700+ people have joined Life Book since its inception, amazing!). Imagine a year of weekly art lessons, inspiration, encouragement and a safe group of like minded artsy people and YOU all together making art, growing and developing your skills and soul while being guided by some of the most talented artists out there! Registration opens TODAY, October 5, 2015 and classes begin on January 1, 2016. So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2016 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join NOW by clicking here !

Thanks everyone and I hope to see you there! 

Sign Up to Life book 2016 & Find out More Here!

Deli Paper Love

Deli Paper is really something I can't live without in the studio.

It is such a versatile paper and you can do so much with it. I always have a sheet or two near my work space to mop up all the extra paint and ink that I use. I repeat this process several times, creating awesome layers and great texture. My other favorite thing to do with deli paper is use it to pick up all the ghost prints from my Gelli Plate. Because this paper virtually "disappears" when you adhere it in your journal it is the perfect way to add elements without building too much bulk. 

TIP: Looking for a super easy way to get a colorful background in your journal quickly? Adhere a full sheet of painted or inked deli paper onto your page! Now you are ready to start adding layers! 

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15 minutes of mixed media©

I have to start off by saying with this- those of you that have been reading for awhile now know that I am freak about lighting. I can never have enough and it has to be perfect. I struggle with this and have alarms set all over to capture the best lighting for photos and videos so that you all can have a better viewing experience. With that said- this week I had two issues with that. One- I was leaving for the first of two trips and so I had a short window to create this for you, (aka film it at 7 am) or skip it, and I didn't want to skip it. Two- We were experiencing the weirdest storm early this morning. I had complete and perfect sunshine on the front side of the studio and complete darkness, rain and wind on the back side. That's Florida for you. Some parts of the video were just too dark, so I clipped them out. So, long story short, I apologize for the less than perfect lighting during this exercise. Annnnnnd, now you know one more freaky thing about me.

I like starting with a background of color. Usually, like this week, it is just a random mix of leftover paint swatches from another day of playing around in my journal. Because of my time constraints this week I also chose just a few supplies to work with and the page came together fairly quickly and without too much trouble. The clock ticking always stresses me little, but, after all, that is the point of this exercise- to just create and NOT think about it. Have fun this week!

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seven things - my week at a glance



Sometimes we need time just for us.

I for one need to shut down completely from everything once in a while. If I don't I find that I begin to feel overwhelmed and underproductive. Most of the time I have to get to the point of "what the hek am I doing anyway" before I realize I need some time to de-stress, and I am working on that. I want to be able to schedule time for "me" so that I don't get to that "breaking point."



It is still one of my favorite projects. 

No matter how many times I drag out the supplies to create this way, I never tire of the process. And no matter how many "things" I dye, no two are ever alike. No recipe or formula ever gives me the exact results and I love that. With my colorful ways deeply rooted in the primitive craft of dyeing- I began with cushing dyes & wool- I have a deep respect for our ancestors & their arts.


What an amazing & exciting journey.

My trip to Nebraska, where I co-taught  with my talented friend Lorraine Bell at Handmade U was unbelievable!  You guys! You have to see this retreat destination! I am so excited! The renovated barn is breathtaking and the entire setting is perfect. If you haven't already- pop over and take a peek at what Rachel has done! You will want to join in on this one next time! 


This guy never slows down.

 I mean this in the best possible way. Well on his way to over three hundred volunteer hours he is always finding a way to join in and stay involved with our community. Today it was a carwash. When he heard his Junior Class lost their dream prom venue due to financial restrictions, he recruited his Key Club members to help out. He is a true leader and I am so proud of him!



And turning it into something beautiful. 

I have done it all. Including drinking my paint water and dipping my brush in my coffee. All seemed super terrible at the time. That was until yesterday when I dropped an open bottle of Funky Fuchsia Dylusions Ink. Yep. Everywhere. Like a big purple geyser. After most of it was mopped up (& I had a good cry), I used my brush to pick up the rest and splattered it in my journal. So. Much. Purple.


Because I know they won't last forever. 

I was working so hard to get some things done and she wanted, just as badly, to help me. For all of you mothers and grandmothers out there you know this means getting half as much done in twice the amount of time. BUT. But pretty soon she won't sit on my lap anymore. And so I let her sit. And help. And my reward was her falling asleep in my arms. So perfect.


And reminding them their best is enough. 

Swim teams are competitive. And suddenly your kids are clamoring to get to the top, spending extra hours working toward that goal. Draining themselves & you in the process. So I sat them down. Do your best, I said. And be okay with your best. Even if you don't get to the top you are making your way, and in the process becoming a  better you. The top is just what you make it.

storyboard using art & photos

Telling a story can be so much fun when you create it visually. Storyboards make fun templates for things like this week's challenge and prompt. A week in the life... I took a photo each day for a week and layered them on top of art images that I created this week. Super easy and fun!

1. Download my free circular storyboard above. Use it as a cutting template  or open in your photo editing software and drop some artwork in. Print & cut. *** TIP: RIGHT CLICK ON ARTWORK AND "SEND TO BACK" IF YOU WANT THE BLACK STORY RINGS TO PRINT
2. Layer your journal page with kraft paper
3. Align your circles and adhere to the page creating a funky "storyboard"
4. Print small images depicting your week

5. Cut your week in the life... images into a shape. Layer & glue on artwork storyboard circles.
6. Fill in the background of storyboard with white paint. Before paint dries wipe off with a baby wipe to create a washed look. Scribble the edges of the page.
7. Begin building your background with doodles.
8. Fill in around doodles with lots of detail marks.

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Life Book 2016 Blog Hop & Give Away!


I have some wonderful & exciting news!

I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2016 next year! I am honored and thrilled to be part of such an amazing project and can not wait to share, learn and experience art with all of you! 

And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this amazing year long art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Life Book 2016  and if you want to find out how you can win a spot! 

First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven't heard about it yet!“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. 

Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! 

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 8700 people in the past!) by clicking HERE. I am so excited to share my own style of creating with you, much like you see in the painting above, as well as learn alongside of each of you during this year long artistic journey

Registration opens on October 5th 2015 and the class begins on January 1st 2016. So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2016 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens!  Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale!  

 I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2016 to 1 lucky winner, yay!  And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winner a space by entering all the other give-aways also! 

   *for extra chances to win, leave a comment letting me know you completed each chance*

1. Share this give-away on Facebook or twitter and LINK BACK TO MY BLOG

2. Sign up to my newsletter in the left sidebar of my blog home page. (I promise I won't bombard you with emails, just when I have something fun and creative to share! )

3. Leave a comment below letting me know why you would love to join Life Book 2016

I will announce the winner on September 28th.

*I always like to point out that I appreciate your support. I do receive a small affiliate fee for each person that signs up through my link. If you don't win a spot and still would like to join in on the fun I would love for you to click through my link. I appreciate each and every one of you and as a thank you will be sharing some freebies in the upcoming weeks!*

7 Sept 2015 Tamara Laporte http://www.willowing.org/
8 Sept 2015 Annie Hamman http://anniehamman.com/
9 Sept 2015 Kristin Dudish http://kristindudish.com/
10 Sept 2015 Effy Wild http://effywild.com/
11 Sept 2015 Faith Evans-Sills http://harmonyandfaith.blogspot.com/
12 Sept 2015 Gillian Lee Smith http://www.gillianleesmithartist.com/
13 Sept 2015 Ivy Newport http://ivynewport.com/
14 Sept 2015 Jane Davenport http://janedavenport.com/
15 Sept 2015 Jenny Grant http://www.flowbyjenny.com/
16 Sept 2015 Angela Kennedy (Pennystamper) http://pennystamper.blogspot.com
17 Sept 2015 Lisa Viger http://www.lisaviger.com/
18 Sept 2015 Martha Lever http://marthalever.blogspot.co.uk/
19 Sept 2015 Mary Beth Shaw http://www.mbshaw.com/
20 Sept 2015 Melody Ross http://bravegirlsclub.com/
21 Sept 2015 Pam Carriker http://pamcarriker.com/
22 Sept 2015 Pauline Agnew http://www.paulineagnew.com/blog/
23 Sept 2015 Rae Missigman http://rae-missigman.squarespace.com/
24 Sept 2015 Renata Loree http://renataloree.com/
25 Sept 2015 Roben-Marie Smith http://www.robenmarie.com/
26 Sept 2015 Roxanne Coble http://bybun.com/
27 Sept 2015 Shiloh Sophia McCloud http://www.shilohsophiastudios.com/blog
28 Sept 2015 Donna Downey http://donnadowney.typepad.com
29 Sept 2015 Tracy Verdugo http://artoftracyverdugo.blogspot.co.uk/
30 Sept 2015 Wyanne Thompson http://www.wyanne.com