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
Happy Humpday everyone!
Today I’m busy getting ready for a workshop for the Surrey Teachers Wellness Event tomorrow. I’m looking for inspiration on “Music themed” journal pages to present. I only have about an hour – an hour and a half so I’m kind of limited to what i can do. We will mostly be using dry media with the exception of water colour pencil crayons.
I think this Event is a great way for teachers to practise self-care, to learn how to destress and have fun at the same time. Art Journaling is a great way to destress and as many of you already know is a path to self-discovery.
Because I have problems getting organized the only way to get everything done without becoming overwhelmed is to create a schedule like the one above. I’ll be doing that as soon as i post this blogpost! I’m curious to know how you get organized when a project has many steps? I could use all the help i can get!
Today is my lovely daughter-in-law Kathryn’s birthday! Happy Birthday Kathryn – we are so blessed to have you in our lives!
I hope you are having a productive day!
Love, Violette xo
This is an art journal piece i created a little while ago called good vibes – read about it below.
Happy Wednesday everyone!
Have you had the chance yet to read my book review of the fabulous creative book called Hop, Skip, Jump by Marney Makridakis yet? If not you can hop on over and check it out. I do highly recommend the book – it’s great if you like to learn things in bite size chunks (like i do!). Like i mention in the book review – Marney is full of amazing ideas that she generously shares in her latest book!
In a bit of a funk
I have been in a bit of a funky lately and have been having trouble getting out of it. Not too much excites me these days. I must say though i had lots of fun pulling out my felt pens to experiment with the ideas in Marney’s book. That’s pretty telling isn’t it – if you get happy or engaged doing something creative?
While in my funk i listlessly surfed pinterest to see if anything peaked my interest. Lately I have been excited about folk art and visionary art. I used to call myself a Visionary or folk artist years ago. In fact my website was violettesfolkart.com. So because of my recent interest I decided to make a piece of folkart. I enlisted Mr. G to cut out a couple of shapes from wood which i will turn into wall plaques or dolls. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll post my progress for you!
I forgot to post this art journal page on my blog. I had posted it on Facebook but forgot to post here. So here it is – I call it “good vibes” because basically that’s what i needed to get, “good vibes” :). I feel we are surrounded by helpers in the unseen world. When we feel all alone sometimes it’s good to pray or meditate to make the connection again.
I just love how my art speaks to me and saves me over and over again. Having this creative outlet makes me feel incredibly grateful.
Do you have a creative practice that saves you? What might it be? Please comment below – i’d love to hear what saves you too!
Hope you are having a great week!
Love, Violette xo
Wishing you all a wonderful Halloween. Here’s a cute photo of my grandkids Toby, Sam and Cillian all dressed up for a Halloween party. My daughter-in-law Kathryn made these cute ghost bananas for the toddlers to eat and they were a big hit. Cillian said he liked the ghost bananas the best of all even though they were scary. He said to his mom “They’re just bananas”. Cute eh?
I’ll be answering the door all dressed up again to hand out candy to the little ones (and not so little ones!). This is such a fun time of year! I hope you are doing something fun to celebrate! Tomorrow we’ll be attending a Halloween party at a friend’s home.
You’ve most likely seen some illustrated calendars around the net. I decided to create one of my own for a week and this is what i came up with. It’s not finished yet as i need to add more colour to the days of the week…….also I’ll be adding more “to-do’s to the calendar.
Here’s a little detail of the calendar. I was having way too much fun drawing and I needed to get things done so had to stop. Have you ever illustrated your calendar? Check out Pinterest for other illustrated calendars – you’ll get inspired and most likely lost for hours!
10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway
You’ve only got a few days left to enter to win my 10 year blog anniversary contest! If you haven’t already done so go here! Good luck and Happy Weekend!
Love, Violette xo
Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a chance to look around my new virtual home!
Many years ago – maybe 7 or 8 I had a challenge on my blog called “Long necked ladies” (or something to that effect). So many of my readers were challenged when it came to drawing faces so i decided to create a simple face – like the one above which appeared in my book Journal Bliss I asked people to download the image and then to colour, collage or do whatever they liked to it to make it look like theirs. I was amazed at all of the wonderfully diverse images my readers created! From that point on I believe many of them had the courage to veer off and experiment on their own creating their own signature look!
Here are a couple more long necked ladies that appear in my book.
Now you see a number of art journalers who have come up with stencils you can buy to create your own faces. It’s easy enough to create your own template though of a simple face like my long necked lady and then by using a piece of graphite paper transfer it onto your own journal page. By varying the media you use, the hair you put on you can come up with radically different designs!
In this image i am adding dimension to the face using pencil crayon over top of Twinkling H2O’s. It’s a design from my Journal Bliss workshop. You can make your girl as detailed or as simple as you like. And of course like anything the more you practice the better you’ll get at it.
You can then create a page around your drawing or like i did here cut out the face and glue it to a painted background. The possibilities are endless.
I do hope you’ll experiment with drawing faces!
Love, Violette xo