Archive of ‘Creativity’ category

Interview on Willowing’s Blog! Tea and Cake with Gracie

 

 

 

Hello friends!  Longtime no hear!  So sorry i have not blogged for what seems like forever.  You may wonder where i have been. Well we moved from the magic cottage to beautiful Sechelt. It had been one of my dreams to move to the Sunshine Coast and now finally we have.  I am totally in love with it here – the nature, peace, slower pace of life, less crime …..i could go on and on. It’s been good for my soul. Mr. G has been busy building shelves, erecting a shed and doing tons of other things (with wood) in our new home!

 

In the meantime i have been making art, putting on a workshop here in Sechelt, making new friends and commuting back and forth to the mainland via a ferry to visit family.

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So what’s new?  I was interviewed by Gracie from Willowing and Friends – my first interview in a while.  If you’d like to read a bit more about what i’ve been up to please go here. 

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I’ve created a special video just for the interview – a how to create a quirky caricature too!  You’ll have a high resolution image of my art to download and the opportunity to enter to win some swag. Please watch the video and enter the contest here.  Thank you so much Gracie for interviewing me and thank you Tamara for having me on your blog. I appreciate it!

I would love to know what you would like to see me blog about – just leave me a comment.  Thank you so much.

Love, Violette

Kathryn Costa’s Mandala Guidebook and a giveaway! Contest Closed we have a winner!

Hello friends!  We have a winner – Sandy Boren!  Please contact me so i can mail you your prizes!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Good Luck!

Love, Violette


Tools and Techniques Contest Giveaway! Contest Closed!

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UPDATE – CONGRATS TO WENDY WATSON WHO WINS A SPOT IN TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES! YAY!  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK THE TIME TO ENTER MY CONTEST XO

 

To find out more about the workshop click here.

Hello friends, As you know I have been art journaling for over 14 years. It’s been a saving grace for me – my journal (pages) have been a place for me to land when I’m going through stuff but also a place to document my joys and loves. It’s also a way for me to use humour to get me through some trying times…….like this one……

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When i was going through a very difficult period in my life.

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Or when i was having difficulties asking for money for a mojo session (just assumed my acquaintance knew what i charged) and ended up getting kale instead of money!

Sometimes I get a bit bored of regular journal pages so it’s fun to kick things up a notch or two by adding new techniques. So I’m pretty thrilled to be able to show you some new techniques – Flip Flop and Fly is the project I am sharing in the 21 Secrets Tools and Techniques online workshop at the beginning of April. Watch the short video trailer below I just created:

I’m excited to be able to give away one spot in the workshop. If you’d like to enter to win a spot please leave me a comment below letting me know what your favourite technique is for your art journaling and mixed media projects. I’ll be drawing a name next Wednesday March 30th at 9 am PST. Good Luck and thanks for entering! Please tell your friends.

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The above image is a sneak peek of the class i’ll be teaching.

To find out how you can sign up for the workshop as well as check out the other teacher’s amazing offerings go here.

Love Violette

21 Secrets Tools and Techniques Workshop – i’m a teacher! Yay!

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I am so excited to be a part of 21 Secrets Tools and Techniques!  Thank you Connie Solera and Hali Kari for inviting me to be a part of this workshop! You’ll find 21 awesome teachers ready to impart some juicy ideas to jazz up your art journal and your mixed media projects.

 Go here to find out more.

As a little early bird thank you be sure to use coupon code:

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to save $10. The sale ends Friday night. Yes, this Friday, February 19th!

21 Secrets Tools and Techniques comes out April 1st. 

My workshop is called Flip, Flop and Fly and is all about tip-ins, fold outs and cutouts.

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I’ll be sharing a few fun techniques that will help enliven your art journal pages and also add depth to them! I’ve had such fun creating my workshop and can’t wait to share it with you. It’s hard for me to keep a secret and finally i can tell you all about it. Woo hoo!  I do hope you’ll join me.

Go here to find out how you can sign up!

Watch a fun intro video here:

See you at the workshop!

Love, Violette xo

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

 

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