1. Fun Location – we hosted our mini retreat at the Magic Cottage. You can plan your retreat in your home, at a cabin, in a tent in your backyard, in a room at a community center or wherever it’s okay to get a bit messy!
2. Artsy friends! Invite a few artsy friends. A couple of the girls were unable to make it (one is off on a Bolivian adventure ). It doesn’t matter how many girls come as long as you have a love of art! Here Nicci and Jenny are enjoying drawing in the studio. I sent out a “Shape of the Day” e-mail to all of the girls ahead of time to make sure they were all for it and they were!
3. Swag: Plan on sharing/swapping moo cards, prints of your art, zines, buttons. Here we shared a zine from Jenny, button from Nicci, whimsical cards (jenny), my print and thank you card.
4. Show and Tell: Show your art off, books, comics and zines that influence you and that you love!
On the table you can check out Nicci’s washi tapes and also a few zines/comics that Nicci brought along to show. The girls were fascinated by my extensive collection of art books so as you can see there is a pile next to Nicci that they were perusing. On top of the book pile is Jenny Doh’s book ART SAVES and beneath it is Traci Bautista’s Doodles Unleashed. We shared our journals and drawings before starting to draw. Everyone brought their own supplies however i did have extra supplies on hand.
5. Yummy food – serve yummy potluck food! I made a quinoa salad, Nicci brought homemade guacamole and Jenny brought strawberries and chocolate for desert! I had tea and coffee on hand as well. It was a gorgeous day so we ate in the backyard and lingered while talking about our art adventures.
Jenny’s magical drawing
6. Make Art – It doesn’t matter what kind of art you make – you can decide ahead of time if you would all like to work on one project – in that case the person who is doing the demo would have to send out a supply list ahead of time via e-mail or snail mail. We decided to do our own thing and share ideas/techniques. I’m glad we did!
This is Jenny’s adorable doodle all drawn with her non-dominant hand. Doesn’t that look like a magic cottage in the corner? Unfortunately i don’t have a picture of Nicci’s Girl she worked on but i’m sure she’ll have it up on her blog soon. She was a Steampunk inspired girl – very cool – complete with “cog” iris’. Nicci chose to use a combination of paints and dry media, Jenny did a pen and ink drawing and i created two art journal pages with pen and added colour with water colour pencil crayons.
Jenny’s whimsical drawings influenced me – that’s one of the side benefits of drawing together – you influence each other. Jenny had a drawing of a simple person with a tiny house on their head. It reminded me i want to move to the Sunshine Coast but lack of funds and also the scary thought of leaving the Magic Cottage behind has prevented that dream from happening.
There’s a magic cottage on my head !
pulling a magic cottage on a wagon!
So based on being inspired by Jenny’s drawing i created the illustrations which I’m sure will evolve into more later on! What you focus on you manifest right?
I know that just being together and chatting about our process and questions such as “What’s the meaning of the house on the person’s head? What comes first the words or the art?” will get things moving, shifting and changing for us all!
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