Hello friends! I have been absent for a while – been on an amazing wilderness adventure which I will write about next week. I was able to do some art journaling on this adventure in the Great Bear Rainforest so I’m happy to share a few pages with you next week.
But for now I’m thrilled to tell you about Kathryn Costa’s book The Mandala Guidebook: How to draw, paint and color expressive mandala art! I was sent a review copy and absolutely love it. This guidebook gives you step by steps on how to create free form mandalas but also mandalas using a compass and protractor. Funnily enough Kathryn mentions some people’s fear or reticence in using those instruments – dating back to their school days where geometry struck fear in their hearts. That would be me :). I don’t think I’ve owned a compass and protractor for a few decades. If you’d like to download a free chapter you can click here.
As you can see I have incorporated free form decorative mandalas in my art for some time and truly enjoy how they spice up a page. After reading Kathryn’s book and perusing some of the projects as well as studying her simple step by step instructions I am going to buy a compass set and start making intentional mandalas.
This was one of my favourite mandalas in Kathryn’s book.
I am especially intrigued to use mandalas to solve problems, let go of my fears and to use in my gratitude practise. Drawing intentional mandalas will also give you greater clarity and insight on what’s happening in your life. The possibilities are truly endless.
This book is full of prompts, pattern ideas, inspiration and mixed media techniques from using simple pen and paper to more complex mixed media projects. There truly is something for everyone here.
In celebration of the release of The Mandala Guidebook I’m having a giveaway. You can enter to win some of my artful products – journal book, bookmarks, postcard, greeting card, Heidi wood block and Teens Dream Journal DVD. Simply leave me a comment here – letting me know if you have used mandalas in your mixed media or art journal pages before. I’ll pick a winner on Saturday May 28th at 9 am PST.
Hello my friends!
CONTEST CLOSED! THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO ENTERED. WE HAVE A WINNER – TERESA – CONGRATULATIONS. I WILL BE CONTACTING YOU TO SEND YOU YOUR GOODIES. TERESA’S QUOTE WAS:
“When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance”
Just to let you know i use the random number generator to choose a number – i wish i could give you all a prize.
I am 61 today and in celebration of living 61 years and to thank you for your support and love over the years I am having a contest giveaway! Yay! You might be wondering why i am showing you my ear? Well my wonderful son and daughter-in-law gifted me with hearing aids – you can’t see them can you? They are so skookum. Now i can hear layers of things i could never hear before, can hear conversations going on in the cubicles at the bank and don’t have to keep saying WHAT???? It’s so cool – and to think i was so reticent to get them and admit i have a hearing loss.
I’ll be giving away an original illustration (i made inspiration cards with these) – Believe, A “love who you are” dog tag necklace, a set of 10 postcards and admittance to my online workshop Journal Bliss! The workshop is on art journaling and is full of techniques, tips and tricks.
In order to enter the contest please let me know in the comment section of my blog on this post what your favourite quote is. I’ll be drawing one lucky winner Wednesday June 24 at 9 am PST. Good Luck!
Art Journal Summer School
If you want to have some summer art journaling fun which you’re on holidays please join me for Art Journal Summer School – it’s happening soon………in two weeks!
See you soon!
Love, Violette xo
Happy Saturday everyone! I know i have been rather erratic in posting. One post a week seems to be the best i can do these days!
I know that folks are not spending as much time on blogs these days as they are on Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. I’ve been spending more time there myself and especially on Instagram .
So today i thought i would try something different and have a contest giveaway on Instagram instead of my blog. So please go to my feed @violetteclark and enter to win some wonderful goodies. If you are not already signed up on Instagram it’s easy to do so. Being artists you’ll love it – it’s like visual micro blogging.
Here’s what you can win: Jennifer Lee’s lovely book Building your Business the Right Brain way, 3 bookmarks, 3 greeting cards, 10 postcards, one inspirational dog tag necklace (Love who you are).
Good Luck everyone!
I have been working away on my moleskine book and added this painted page called “go for the joy”. Opposite the page is a lovely print by artist Nicole rae. Quite the contrast no?
Here’s a view of the page before i glued and taped it into my book.
This page was lots of fun – i used alcohol inks for the first time in a longtime and did not remember how incredibly vibrant they were! I squirted green on and then the magenta colour which was way to dark! I kept trying a variety of different things to push back the intensity. I ended up using torn masking tape……..
and sponge painted white over top. Some of the magenta bled through but it still allowed me to write on top my message/quote from Buddha. I washi taped the quirky face on and then wrote a message about spectacular mistakes i have made in my life underneath the head.
I freaked out at first because i wasn’t thrilled with how the page was unfolding. In the end it was okay!
What have you been working on lately?
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Love, Violette xo
We have a winner! Congratulations to Penny D!! Thanks everyone for entering my contest.
Hooray! I can’t believe that I have been blogging for 10 years! In celebration of that feat and to thank you so much for visiting my blog and supporting me I’m having a blog giveaway. I’ll be giving away a set of Inspiration Cards based on my #60in60 cartoons.
There are 60 inspiration cards to inspire you daily. If you’d like to enter to win please leave a comment down below letting me know what you do with your inspiration cards (if you have some) and how you use them. If you don’t own a set of inspiration cards (and i mean angel cards, You can Heal your life cards etc.) I’ll be using some of your ideas in a video promoting the cards and how to use them in the very near future!
I’ll be drawing a name on Monday November 3 at 8 am PST.
Good luck to you!
P.S. If you would like to reserve a set of cards for yourself (they will be 15 dollars plus shipping) please shoot me an e-mail and i’ll keep your name on the list.
Love, Violette xo
Holy Mackerole! We had over 432 entries to this contest giveaway (i had to choose a name from two blogposts as i originally had made a mistake)! I’ve been having contest giveaways for many years now and this is definitely the most entries I have EVER received!
I read each and every entry – i was so moved by many of your comments. Many of you shared your hopes and dreams and about why you so needed this class to feed your souls. I truly was blown away and many times even moved to tears. Each and every one of you deserves a spot however each teacher is allowed to give only one spot away! Just to let you know how incredibly generous Tamara Laporte is……..she gave away 10 spots! WOW!
The winner of my giveaway is Carol Mc! Here’s what Carol had to say:
I would love to win a seat in Life Book 2015. I have experienced some traumatic changes in my life this year. My husband and my sister both passed away in the beginning of this year. Now I am pretty much a full time caretaker for my mother who is recovering from a rare form of cancer called NETS. I’m trying to adjust to these changes and take stock of the blessings that I do have in my life. I’ve been having difficulty finding purpose and direction in my life now. My husband and I had been making plans together for 25 years; now I have to accept things and make new plans. I think this would be such a great class for some personal introspection that I could certainly use at this time.
Would love to learn from such a fantastic array of teachers; and have these lessons to look forward to every week. Thank you for the chance to win a seat in class.
If you know me at all you know that i have difficulty choosing one winner or even three for that matter. When my kids were little and I had backyard “art contests” or “bug finding contests” for the neighbour kids everyone always won a prize. I’d create catergories just so that the child could feel like a winner. Unfortunately I can’t do that today but I do hope that if you really want a spot in LIFE BOOK 2015 and you can’t afford it that you mention it to family members or friends who might be willing to gift it to you for a Christmas or birthday present. It’s definitely going to be well worth it – an entire year of soul-filled, artsy goodness. So good for your soul! For more information on all of the teachers and the course please click here.
Thank you soooo much to all of you for taking the time to enter and for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it!
Just to let you know I am also going to give away one of my Teens Dream Journal DVD’s to a woman who teaches Tweens art…….I just have to search and find her name again!
Love, Violette xo