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 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……
When i was diagnosed with hearing loss…..or this….
When i was going through a very difficult period in my life.
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.
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.
As a little early bird thank you be sure to use coupon code:
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.
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.
Hello everyone! I finally did it – i finally created an intro video introducing myself. It’s something i should have created a very long time ago – it’s much more difficult to do than creating an art video which is about the art and not you so much. I hung on to the video for 3 weeks before releasing it into the world as my inner critic was having a heyday! It was pretty vicious saying such things as:
“your smile is crooked – you talk out of the corner of your mouth!”
“you’re old….give it up!”
“your teeth are crooked”
“you blather on too much – who’s going to care what you have to say?”
“check out the porridge you left out on the stove….idiot!”
and the critic went on and on until i was metaphorically huddled in a corner in the fetal position.
So I went out and bought this t-shirt on special which allows me to be “perfectly imperfect”.
I figure better done than not done at all right? So i released the video into the world. And i received some lovely and kind feedback on Facebook which was awesome! Thank you dear sweet souls!
For those of you who are not on Facebook I have shared a bit about my health journey – my health was pretty terrible last year…..culminating in a diverticulosis diagnois (as well as a number of other things). I had a big attack which almost landed me in the ER so i decided to make a few lifestyle changes. The changes included walking every day, adding meditation and cutting down on my wine consumption as well as monitoring my food choices. As a result i feel more peaceful, have lost 5 pounds which i had wanted to lose for some time and have not had the terrible pain i had been experiencing.
So it’s onward and upwards for me. What are you adding/taking out of your life to live the life your truly want?
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!