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Art Journal Summer School starts soon!

 

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Wow – my apologies for being absent for so long!  I do have some exciting news to share with you however.  Marieke Blokland has invited me to teach at her Art Journal Summer School. This is the kind of summer school you’ll love.  There are 11 amazing teachers who will be presenting video tutorials on art journaling techniques you can use while on Summer Vacation.  Check out the teachers who will be sharing during this online class.

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If you are at all like me you tend to bring WAYYYY too many supplies with you while you go on vacation.  Well in this workshop we’ll be teaching you how to only use supplies you can fit into a toiletry or cosmetic bag. How cool is that? More info here.

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You’ll be art journaling in a smallish journal (about 5″ x 8″) so it won’t take up too much space in your suitcase or knapsack. If you’ll be planning a Staycation instead of going away it will still be awesome as you can easily bring these supplies with you to the beach or coffee shop.

Find out more here

Watch this video and be inspired.  I hope you’ll decide to join us so you can have some art journaling fun over the holidays!

Next week I’ll be hosting a giveaway for one spot in Summer school.

In the meantime hop on over the Marieke’s to find out more info.

Love, Violette xo

 

Happy National Craft Month!

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Hi Everyone – i’m back from a month long hiatus!  I feel like i am turning a corner and feel much more hopeful and energized! Thanks for all the good vibes xo

I was asked by the kind folks at Patience Brewster to create a post for National Craft Month.  I have been a huge fan of Patience’s whimsical creations for many years so was delighted to create a post. Do check out her glorious characters and lovely stationary. They will blow your socks off!

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Patience’s daughter Marietta asked me why crafting was important to me.  Well that’s a big questions!  I have pretty much crafted my entire life………i also call drawing crafting as that’s my earliest memory of being creative. When i was little i did plastic mosaics, paint by numbers, crochet as well as a bit of clay work. I loved it all. I found my bliss while drawing though.

As I grew older i spent many happy hours drawing and crafting when i had my children.  Crafting has been a constant in my life bringing me joy and solace as well.  When i suffered from depression (and still do from time to time) i would turn to arts and crafts to lift my spirits.

Although i love drawing and i find it to be a solitary pursuit – i enjoying getting together with friends to art journal and chat about what’s going on in our lives and about the latest supplies. (in the photo above are some of my art journaling friends).

 

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I’ve met many online friends through my art and my first blog which i created over 11 years ago. It was a wonderful way to connect with kindred spirits virtually.  I loved how creatives all gathered on my blog’s forum and how some of us made lasting connections, shared our art, our lives and participated in swaps.

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As time went on i discovered art journaling – something i had been doing but did not have a name for it yet. I shared my journal pages online and found that people actually loved them. So i did some tutorials and even learned how to shoot videos. You can check some of my how to videos on my youtube channel.  So being online and being connected with so many lovely creative spirits truly helped me grow as an artist. I took more risks and grew my skills because i felt people were counting on me. It was easier for me to do new things for others rather than just for myself. As a result of art journaling and sharing my pages with folks online my first book on Art Journaling called Journal Bliss was published.  That was 6 years ago. Wow! Hard to believe.

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I used art journaling to document the joys in my life but also the sorrows. Creating art around depression or something upsetting in life helped me move through grief and sorrow. As i shared these pages i do know they helped others as well.

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I have said it before and will say it again Art really saved my life.  I know it has saved the lives of so many others as well.

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I love how art often has a message for me……….i simply sit down with a pencil and a piece of paper and begin to draw.  Usually if i’m quiet enough the doodle tells me what it wants to be and also the story of the piece is revealed. So i usually get a message that i need to hear like the above Gypsy message “I predict you’ll be as happy as you decide to be”.  Obviously a message my moody self needed to hear on that day!

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The messages i receive often repeat themselves like “Do what you love” “Love what you do”, “be yourself” “love yourself” etc. What’s not to love about that?

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I continue to stretch and grow as i’m inspired by all the wonderfulness that is available online – pinterest and instagram are chalk full of artsy goodness!

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Lately i have been working in a moleskine book – something i had not done for quite a while as i don’t like to commit art to a book. I keep most of my journal pages in a box loosely.  Recently i took up a challenge put out by Suzi Blu  to create art and writing and keep a calendar in a moleskine book.  I began actually liking it………..but sadly i have not been able to keep up with the prompts and am mostly using the book for my art journal pages and little sketches and writing.

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It’s been fun though to have a book that’s gradually getting bigger by the day and poofy that documents my life.  I couldn’t commit to the Documented life project but felt this was a bit more doable.

 

 

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Wow – it’s been a while since I’ve blogged so i am going overboard here. I hope you are still with me. So now i want to circle back to the question Why crafting was important to me. Well it’s pretty much my life.  I use it daily to adorn my Magic Cottage, to make art and to craft a life that’s beautiful, eccentric and that’s worth living. I use it to connect with my little grandchildren who i’m teaching arts and crafts to.

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Little Toby feeling very proud with his Christmas Shadow box!

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Sam colouring Easter eggs and decorating them.

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Arts and Crafts have totally enriched my life.  I hope they have yours too!

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month?

Love, Violette xo

 

 

Art journaling in my Moleskine

Hello friends!  I am so sorry i have been missing in action for so long. I’ve been somewhat depressed and tired from lack of sleep (i know that makes everything worse) that i haven’t felt like blogging. You may have seen me on Facebook or Instagram  by the way i’d love it if you followed me! It’s easier for me to post quick little photos with a blurb rather than doing a full blogpost.

So I’ve decided to post some of the pieces i have been working on – mostly been working in my moleskine grid book – inspired by Suzi Blu and her Paint Chronicles.  The first spread was inspired by Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow. If you haven’t already done so do check out Tammy’s blog – she’s full of inspiration and colourful art prompts to get your juices going.moleskin_sketches1 moleskine_sketches1sketch_paintswipe

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I have been making tons of doodles for years which end up either getting tossed in the garbage or getting lost in my masses of notebooks (as i don’t like keeping a journal) but since i’ve been working a bit in the Moleskine book i have found a place for my little sketches and drawings to live.  At least i can look back and see my process. You can see the little running princess and how i started off with sketches which i glued in my book?

The “Oh my soul” little piece came about because i was trying to paint a rock to replace the lovely painted found rocks and it wasn’t working so i swiped the loaded paint brushed on a piece of grid paper. I looked at it and thought “hey – there could be a face in there” so i began doodling and this is what i came up with.

Basically if i just begin then the drawing tells me what it wants next!

This has been a fun experiment (which i highly recommend) if you don’t want to feel like your journal page has to be perfect.  Just sketch away and then glue the doodle in an art journal book or a notebook.  You can add stickers like i have done here and use washi tape too.  I’ve added some images and words from magazines that spoke to me too!

Oh – yes – there’s an art journal jam today at the Good Day sunshine cafe! Hope to see you there at 3!

Well that’s it for today.

I hope you are all well and happy.

Love, Violette xo

Been a bit absent lately!

I am so sorry for being absent from my blog for so long.  I have been kind of depressed and have had difficulty getting back into the swing of things. Life is quite busy at my age and i have difficulty focusing on too many things at once. Life is different when you have grandkids and elderly parents and your hopes and dreams shift and change with each new age.

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Overwhelm is a common theme for me as i’m sure it is for so many of you. With social media, blogging, and real life it’s difficult to find time for everything!  I have also taken up the Ukulele as some of you know.  One thing i have been keeping up is Suzi Blu’s Paint and Chronicles which is like a daily planner/gratitude journal/art journal all rolled into one. I know that there are many planner classes out there but this one seems to suit me just fine.

The above image was created yesterday at our Art Journal Jam.  It reminded me of back in the day when i was about 20 years old and i had taken up Fashion Illustration.  I really enjoyed it. During my teens I spent many happy hours drawing and coming up with different fashion designs.

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Here are a couple of pages from my planner – the prompt was “Shine”.  I like the fact that it doesn’t have to be perfect at all.

 

 

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Queen of the Bees……….she sprung up while i was waiting for Mr. G at his work. I started drawing a face inspired from a woman’s face in a magazine. She morphed into the Queen of the Bees :)

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Here’s a small piece of a heartfelt page – i was pouring my heart out – but first i drew my mood in the middle.

Well that’s it for today – Wednesday – hope you are all doing well. For those of you on the East Coast of Canada and the States – stay safe and Warm!

Love, Violette xo

All in one Day Planner

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Now it’s back to reality again. Like many people I have difficulty transitioning from the magic of Christmas to the mundane New Year.  It’s always good to focus on what you are grateful for rather than on what you no longer have or what’s in the past.  A planner or notebook is a good way to write down what you are grateful for.  Every year I buy a new planner and every year after one or two months of writing in it i abandon it. So this year I’m trying something different.

Suzi Blu started a group (it’s closed now i believe) on Facebook called “Paint and Chronicle” which is a place where you can follow along with her as she creates a unique all in one planner – Suzi style. It’s got the month and the days in it but it also encompasses gratitude and journaling, art and more.  I think I’ve been looking for something like this to keep me honest.

moleskin_cover1I’ve got lists, ideas, gratitude etc. written in a number of different places and am continually losing them and buying new books and starting anew.  So i’m pretty excited to begin this one as a catch all for all the important stuff.  The above book is created in a moleskin grid book.  I collaged a front cover and protected it with a layer of packing tape.  I wanted to make sure it was pretty enough for me to want to use it :).

I think if i allow myself to be real, messy and not worry about creating perfect art then this is something i can keep up with.

What kind of planner journal do you use for the important stuff throughout the year?

Love Violette xo

 

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