Wow – I can’t believe it – soon Christmas will be upon us. I’m not quite ready yet – I have several gifts to get. How about you? A good friend gave me this lovely Christmas arrangement which i thought looked smashing on my painted coffee table! I took a photo and posted it on Instagram. Which reminds me – if you are on instragram come and follow me. If you are following me and i haven’t followed you back (because i’m still trying to figure out how it works) please let me know!
LIFEBOOK 2015 Starts in 2 weeks!
This Christmas I am not wanting for too much apart from books (which i love) – artsy, spiritual and personal growth books are always on my list! What is most important to me are experiences……….especially creative experiences. I’m asking for Ukulele lessons (you may recall I tried a couple of years ago to learn how to play and ended up quitting but this time i’d like to be serious about it. My Uke sits in a basket staring at me and imploring me to learn to play!). I also like the gift of online courses. At my age – 60 – there is not too much I need as I’ve amassed so much – as I’m sure you have as well.Taking classes and learning from other creatives always gets my mojo going!
And speaking of which – there are just 2 weeks left before LIFEBOOK 2015 starts up! It’s going to be an Art Journaling extravaganza! What better gift to give to yourself or to a loved one – the gift of creativity!! I can’t think of anything better. LIFEBOOK 2015 is going to be awesome! With more than 2 dozen artists teaching a couple of classes each (i’m one of them! Yay!) your year will be full of joyful creativity and self-discovery.
I can’t wait to begin – in fact I’ll be shooting my first class this week so I’m super duper excited! So if you or your loved one are stumped for what to ask for consider the gift of this amazing year long workshop series. At the end of it all you’ll have a fab book of your adventures.
People are talking about the community that forms around LIFEBOOK and how encouraging the teachers and participants are. For many people this is the cherry on top! I hope you’ll join us!
Love, Violette xo
Good morning everyone! I apologize for not blogging on Friday. I have been suffering from insomnia and if i have to get out the door for anything in the morning it’s difficult for me to blog and get my act together.
Mr. G and I finally decorated the house for Christmas yesterday. Here’s our little tree all decorated! I did pick some greens from the garden to put in a basket along with some pine cones to add a Christmasy smell to the house.
Christmas Comfort and Joy wooden sign
Mr. G and i also spent a few hours creating this sign in the midst of decorating. It’s a wooden sign with the words “comfort and joy” handpainted on it. Mr. G drilled some holes and fixed some small Christmas lights to the back.
I antiqued the edges with stain and smeared some glitter on it! I shot some video of how we made the sign and will post the tutorial in a couple of days.
Christmas Shadow box Craft
On Friday I visited my little grandsons. I had planned out a Christmas Shadow box craft. Armed with some dollar-store ornaments and boxes I visited their home on craft day!
Oh what fun we had. Here’s Toby (2 1/2) pulling funny faces next to his Shadow box. He was very proud of it. He had fun painting his background and making snow dots with the end of a pencil. My daughter-in-law put the shadowboxes on a shelf to create a cute Holiday display.
Here is Sam with his cute Shadowbox Snowman.He chose two baubles for his creation.
Tomorrow is our Art Journal Jam Christmas gathering here at the Magic Cottage. If you are not on Facebook and don’t get the updates you can e-mail me. If you like we are doing a gift exchange so bring a wrapped gift – an appropriate artsy gift might be a set of ATC’s , a print or two of your work, a set of cards of your art, an ornament you made etc.
Well that’s it for today. I’ll be posting the video on Wednesday morning.
Love, Violette xo
Happy Monday everyone! I hope my American friends had a good Thanksgiving Holiday – you might be still celebrating too!
I have to go to the doctors for a bunch of issues and rather than go to see the Doctor for one issue at a time I decided that many of them might be related and the best way for me to demonstrate that would be to do a quick drawing of my symptoms (i left a few out which i will add later). I think if you go into the Doctor’s office and have less than 5 minutes to talk about your problems it’s good to be prepared.
I was not aiming for a pretty drawing or anything – just something which could be self-explanatory. You could probably do something like this in your art journal and make it much more elaborate on a mixed media background to document where you are now and then another page “where you are later”.
Over the weekend I was feeling rather listless and unmotivated. A little voice told me to draw a Unicorn so I decided to go for it. I felt a bit guilty since there was no rhyme or reason for it and i could have spent that time cleaning up.
In any case i had fun – I think i’ll incorporate it into a future journal page.
Lifebook 2015 starts in one months time! If you’d like to sign up to get access to many of your favourite teachers and transformative projects check this out! I’m really happy to be one of the teachers this year around!
See you later!
Love, Violette xo
P.S. I can’t believe we are already into December!
On Tuesday a nice group of ladies showed up for our Art Journal Jam at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe! The co-owner of the cafe Jessie makes the most artistic fancy drinks for us! I love how she imbues artistry into everything she does!
Here Satira is thumbing through a beautiful journal book created by one of the members – JoAnn!
The ladies chatting, drawing and having a lovely visit.
We could not ask for a more wonderful group of sharing and caring ladies!
I know so many of you say you wished you lived in our area so you could attend but you can always create such a group in your area. You’ll meet up with so many fabulous people and learn lots of new art techniques!
I’m sure many of my American friends are still eating their way through some yummy Thanksgiving food and enjoying good times with family…….or you might be off trying to bag some bargains on Black Friday. I’m not much of a shopper but if you are I hope you have fun!
Love Violette xo
Yesterday I taught a workshop for teachers in Surrey at the Surrey Nature Park. This is one of the Journal pages i created as a demo.
Here are some handouts – everyone received a bookmark too!
Everyone received a package of art which i created to inspire and help the teachers with their creations. I only had 40 minutes to teach art journaling AND talk about my blogging journey of 10 years. So needless to say the time just zipped by! There was a young teacher teaching knitting in the same room – it was a room bursting with creativity!
Since I had not taught a workshop like this for several months it took me 1 1/2 days to prepare for it………and 40 minutes to teach! Funny eh? Each of the teachers received a blank book with one of my art designs on the front.
Here i am doing teachy things!
It was very gratifying to hear a young teachers comments. She had attended my journal class several months ago and was probably a bit apprehensive because she said she couldn’t draw. And like i usually do I said “of course you can! Just practice and try different things”. Even though 40 minutes is not much time it’s enough time to be inspired. This student loved the journal samples i brought and books as well as the ideas i gave her not to mention the plethora of supplies brought along for the students to use.
After the class she rushed out and bought a whole slew of supplies and hasn’t stopped creating. She showed me one of her drawings – I almost cried when i saw it – it was so beautiful. She’s a true testament to my belief that everyone is creative. You just have to practice, have fun and try different things. This student became an inspiration to another student who also said “I can’t draw”. She piped up and said “I thought I couldn’t either and now i can!” Oh my gosh……..i was so thrilled.
Karen Kilbride the organizer of the event (she’s also a teacher) did a fabulous job of creating a wonderful healing and creative environment for the teachers. She offered Yoga, Art Journaling, Shiatsu and knitting to the teachers. Karen and her team of helpers know how healing and therapeutic the creative arts are so wanted to create a Wellness Event for the teachers.. After the class there was a Greek dinner. All in all it was a pretty fun time for all.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Love, Violette xo