Yesterday and the day before I had fun creating this mixed media page for an upcoming live workshop….
I had been spending so much time working on marketing, reading and networking that I had gotten away from simply drawing and painting. You wouldn’t believe how much fun I had!
This is what i came up with! The workshop “Get your mojo going: Embrace your Passion in 2014” will be happening at the end of January at a White Rock location. I’ll be co-facilitating the all day workshop with my talented friend Susan Keeping. She has numerous years under her belt facilitating women’s personal growth workshops. This is going to be a blast!
Rather than write the words directly on the piece i drew them separately so i could use the Journal Page for multiple uses. I added the words to the page in Photoshop. The page will be used as a front cover of the workbook all of the participants will be receiving. Of course the workshop will be interactive with pens, pencils, mind mapping, collaging etc. Should be a blast!
A question I often hear is how do i find out what my passion is or how do i embrace my passion? This workshop will be about that and through fun creative exercises we will be excavating your passion along with coming up with the next steps to embracing it! How fun is that?
On Friday I’ll be having another contest – i hope you’ll come back and enter to win some fun goodies! See you then!
Love, Violette xo
My friend Nicci told me about Free Art Friday where participating artist’s are to flood the streets with Art on Black Friday. Rather than be greedy and buy buy buy all of the sales on Black Friday the idea is to GIVE away art to whomever finds it on the streets! I love that idea. Scott Wong came up with it! If you click on Nicci’s name above you can see what she’s giving away.
I started this little drawing at the Art Journal Jam on Tuesday. As you know i LOVE drawing quirky characters. This little person doesn’t look too happy does she? But still she IS a bright and shining light! I’m going to ask my daughter Jessica to drop this package off in Vancouver…..
I’ll be giving away this original drawing, a postcard and a laminated card about making lemonade out of lemons. You just never know – a person who needs a little boost might find this cellophaned package today.
I am guessing my American friends are still making merry and celebrating Thanksgiving so you might not see this! In any case have a wonderful weekend full of joy and celebration to you and everyone else who reads my blog. I’m very thankful that you keep coming back to see what is going on in my little corner of the world.
Wow – another successful art journal jam at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe yesterday!
We had tons of folks attend as well as Nicci’s cute son Duran!
One of the ladies – Joanne Swiss was sculpting some cute sculpey Elf faces. Maybe we could turn the art journal jam into a Creative Jam ! I thought the elf face would look awesome on the front cover of an art journal. You’d just have to cut the back of the head off so it fit snuggly on the cover.
My apologies for not blogging on Monday and for being very late today. Mr. G and I are switching things around here at the magic cottage – moving the bedroom downstairs so we can be closer to the washroom . We moved the office upstairs – my desktop computer was disabled so i was offline for a few days. The office upstairs is still in a bit of chaos and I’m disorientated as i keep forgetting things downstairs and have to trek up and down the stairs! Hopefully things will be all hunky dory soon!
A very happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends living in the U.S. and abroad! Enjoy celebrating with your family and friends!
Love, Violette xo
Hello there! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mr. G and i enjoyed a quiet weekend for a change which was much needed!
I bought myself the Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde and devoured it in two days! It’s awesome!
If you are like me and enjoy taking visual notes or if when you’re on the phone you doodle while having a conversation then this book is for you! The book shows you how to take practical notes in a step by step format – it’s not about art but about capturing ideas so that you’ll remember the key elements of a talk. I believe this is a very powerful tool for all of us.
The Sketchnote Handbook also comes in a video format which sounds pretty awesome. Click here to watch the video intro. I’m thinking of buying the video format as well as it shows you behind the scenes of the making of the book which in my mind is beyond cool!
Here is a grocery list i made yesterday and doodled small icons just for fun! Sketching is a part of my life!
A Hat Rack sketch i made yesterday
I wanted Mr. G to make me a hat rack so that we could easily find our hats rather than have them all piled on top of each other in our tiny entry coat closet. I drew this sketch and measured some of our favourite hats so he’d know how big to make the hat rack.
So this is what he came up with – one extra peg than i had expected! Mr. G really loves working with wood and seems to be happiest when he is creating anything out of wood. I also think he enjoys the “problem solving” aspect of it too! I’m only happy to comply and supply Mr. G with plenty of woodworking projects . After all – i love to sketch and come up with ideas and he loves to play with wood. A match made in heaven wouldn’t you say?
Love, Violette xo
Hooray! We have a winner for a spot in Samie aka Journal Girl’s Gelli Print Junk Journal online class! The winner is Suzanne Eaton! Congratulations Suzanne!
I just know Suzanne will have a great time taking this class and learning oodles of new techniques! Thanks to everyone who entered this contest. You still have a chance to win one of nine prizes for my nine year blogiversary contest – go here if you haven’t entered yet!
Yesterday we had another fun art journal jam and I think about 13 ladies turned out for it – a few folks were missing in this photo. Thanks again to the Good Day Sunshine Cafe for hosting!
This time we played a game that our friend Satira suggested. Usually we chat and often don’t get lots of art journaling done (we do share ideas and look at each other’s pages and ooh and ahhh). This time Satira suggested we each do a round robin of passing a piece of paper around and working on each others pages for about 7 minutes or less. It was great fun and truly got our creativity up and running!
There was lots of laughter and sharing of supplies! We almost commandeered the entire cafe! If you’ve ever wanted to create something like this in your town I really encourage you to do so! If you are interested in learning more just put “art journal jam” in the search bar at the top of my blog and you’ll come up with many blogposts on it. One of the posts is about How to host an Art Journal jam!
Nicci took lots of pictures and posted them on her blog if you’d like to see some fun photos of our creations! Thanks Nicci for attending and for taking such fab photos! xo
Check out my Pez Dispensers – I’m collecting them now. It all started rather innocently. I’m revamping my other website www.purplejuice.ca and while i was thinking about what i do best – come up with a ton of creative ideas – I thought that i was like a “Pez Dispenser of Creative Ideas”. You know……here’s a good idea……here’s another one…….and another one etc. So while coming up with the copy for the site I thought that quote was appropriate!
Wouldn’t you know it – while clearing out the Casbah I found several Pez dispensers that managed to escape Mr. G’s throwing things away frenzy. I was able to rescue them! I bought 3 more and my friend JoAnn from yesterday’s art journal Jam brought me three more she originally had for her grandchildren! Bonus!
Okay – that’s all the excitement for today!
See you on Friday!
Love, Violette xo
Yesterday we had a great showing for our art journal jam at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe! There were lots of giggles, mucho sharing and a wee bit of drawing too!
Thankfully Joanne (in front holding my book) brought her camera and i was able to shoot this photo of the merry band of art journalers. I like the sound of that – has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? There were a few new faces in the group – one of the ladies Joyelle Brandt will be teaching at Nicci’s Into the heART retreat! It’s always great to meet a few new people and see what they are up to creatively. Everyone’s journal and process is so different – there’s so much to learn from everyone! Thank you ladies for coming out!
If you want to learn how to host an art journal jam in your city check out this blogpost.
Because I host the Art Journal Jams I usually greet people and check out their journal pages and see what they are up to. Needless to say I don’t get lots of drawing done while there’s talking, visiting and introducing. I did manage to eek out this little drawing which I’m calling my “messy art daily” lady #messyartdaily .
Just a couple of days left to enter to win “a book, postcards and artsy luggage tag”! Hop on over here and enter your name okay?
See you on Friday!
Love, Violette xo