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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

 

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

 

 

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