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Art Journaling with Faces

face1Hello 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!

imagetransfer_ladies2Here 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.

JB_class4_heartgirl1You 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


Happy May to you and may the force be with you.

Happy May 5th – Cinco de Mayo!


On my walk the other day I kept thinking of the song “This little light of mine…..” so instantly this image appeared in my mind. It was a bit more time consuming to create than the other cartoons but i like how it turned out in the end! These cartoons for for my 60 cartoons in 60 days challenge.


I posted this image on Facebook yesterday and titled it “May the 4th be with you” – a play on words of “May the Force be with you” (a Star wars phrase).  But because i wanted this cartoon to be evergreen as it will appear in my 60 in 60 book I didn’t want to date it!

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Here’s a compilation of some cartoons i have created – it looks like I am behind a couple of cartoons.  I know I got very busy due to two parties – one of my own and one I attended.

Free Visual Journal Workshop!

There is a free Visual Journal Fodder workshop by the Journal Fodder Junkies – David R. Modler and Eric Scott going on at the Strathmore Website.  How wonderful is that? So click here to sign up for this free class. If you are an art journaler I’m sure you’ll love this workshop series.

See you all on Wednesday!

Love, Violette xo

21 Secrets LIVE spreecast today!

Happy Wednesday everyone!


Today is the 21 Secrets LIVE spreecast and I’m the guest artist for this week.  Hooray!spreecast

One of my challenges is technology. The thing is everything is changing so quickly in the world that it’s hard to keep up.  I think it’s easier for young people to keep up but it certainly is not impossible for more mature people – *ahem to get the hang of things.

So here i am in the above photo this morning with a goofy pair of headsets on trying to get the sound and lighting down right before the show this afternoon.  You see the window lets too much light in so I had to  put up a sarong on the window – too much light means washed out face.  I have a fear of messing up so hope all goes well.  I had Mr. G help me last night with the headset and he was having difficulty connecting the speakers and getting the sound right.  He was pretty frustrated which made me worried since he’s a techie guy Smile

I think we got it right……… fingers crossed! 

I’m assembling all of my supplies and books so they can be accessed easily during the spreecast – I’m upstairs and my supplies are downstairs so it’s a bit of a schlepp if i forget something.

Because I have difficulty talking and drawing I’ll be sketching out some ideas so i can ink them in on camera.

There is so much stuff, ideas and life stories that i want to share – I’m sure I won’t get to all of them! 

I thought I would share my story here to demonstrate that it’s good to “feel the fear and do it anyway” in life.  You stay stuck if you let things like technology or not knowing how to do something prevent you from accessing your dreams!

See you later alligator!

Love, Violette xo

50 Ways to Promote your Crafts


You know how much i love coming up with ideas for everything?  Well i came up with 50 ways to Promote your Crafts and made it into an e-book.  I’m giving it away totally FREE to my newsletter subscribers (I’m sending the newsletter out late tonight).  If you would like to have a copy then please sign up for my newsletter here. I hope you like it – I had fun coming up with the ideas!  Popcorn head – just call me popcorn head Smile.

The Whole Enchilada Contest

If you haven’t already done so please enter to win a prize in my Whole Enchilada – 7 Year Blogiversary Contest. There are 7 prizes, one for each year blogging to be given away to some lucky winners!

Wonderful Online Classes!

My fellow teacher Andrea Schroeder at 21 Secrets Art Journaling Playground is facilitating a new e-Course called Creative Magic: Give Your Inner Critic a New Job.  Check it out!  Judging from some of the responses from my question yesterday – your biggest creative challenge – one of them is dealing with a Nasty Inner Critic. 

Classes offered by two of the Sketchbook Challenge Artists

Diana Trout has a Rescue Book Journals Online Class starting tomorrow!  My friend took Diana’s class at Journalfest last year and really LOVED it – she said Diana is a wonderful teacher. There is nothing like recycling but also creating a book to journal in from scratch.  It’s very gratifying!

Carla Sonheim has a Junk Mail artist’s Book online Class starting on Nov. 28 and boy – does it ever sound like fun!  Carla was a very popular teacher last year at Journalfest. Here’s your chance to experience Carla’s magic while still in your jammies at home Smile.

Oh and after clicking on the Sketchbook Challenge link do check out Carla’s November Challenge – Imaginary Animals!  Too much fun – can’t wait to get to work on that one!

Tomorrow I’ll post a bunch of photos from the photo-shoot i had a couple of weeks ago – it was a fun shoot and I’m very happy with the results.


How to Choose an Online Class



Tamara Willowing has a new Class out soon which I’m sure is going to be AWESOME!  Tam is wonderful – very giving, kind and talented.

Are you overwhelmed as to how to begin to choose an online class? I know I often am since today we are inundated with an array of wonderful classes to pick from. First of all I think it’s important to sit down and write out what you are in fact looking for. Are you looking for creative business workshops? Are you looking for techniques? Are you searching for inspiration more than technique to get your creative mojo back? Is finding a creative community on the list of your desires – that’s why you want to join a particular workshop? When you establish what your top needs are then you can fine tune your search. You might want to learn how to create a book from start to finish – then you might sign up for Mary Ann Moss’ very popular “Remains of the Day” or my “Bohemian Bliss” class (both totally different classes). You might like to learn photography techniques so you would search for photography online classes. Ask your blog readers for recommendations (that’s if you have a blog of course!). You can do the same on twitter and facebook – it’s a great way to receive targeted feedback.


Know yourself and what your needs are

Are you into whimsy or serious type art? Are you a visual learner? It’s important to know your learning style – do you prefer reading the lessons as you would on an online blog or PDF file or are you a visual learner and need to view videos in order to understand the project and ideas? I’m a bit of a combo learner so I really appreciate videos, PDF files and also the occasional audio clip thrown in for fun! If you are community minded and want feedback then make sure you sign up for a class that has a site (like where you can post your progress and receive feedback from the instructor and your peers.

Are you very specific about what you want to learn? There is even a class on How to Paint an Owl! It looks like such a fun class!

Sharon Tomlinson has a DVD you can buy on how to paint faces! She also has online classes!  I am often asked about how to paint faces. I do show a bit of face painting in my Bohemian Bliss class.


Mary Ann Moss’ Remains of the Day

I’m part of the 21 Secrets Art Journaling Playground. I believe taking a class like this where you have the incredible opportunity to sample 21 different artist’s workshops is a great way to find a teacher your resonate with. Many of the 21 Secrets instructors have online classes.

A great way to sample whether or not the artist resonates with you is to watch their promo videos – many online classes have a promo video where you can sample the class and see what the instructor is like before committing to purchasing.

Traci Bautista has many classes to choose from including a Creative Business type class called Discovering YOU (i took this class and really enjoyed it)

Leonie Allan (goddess Leonie) Creative Business.  Leonie has such a heartfelt way (and whimsical too!) of imparting her secrets and help move you closer to your dreams.

ARTrepreneur : the art of turning creative dreams into reality– April Bowles Creative Business (lots and lots of goodies here!)

Kelly Rae Roberts Flying Lessons: Tips and tricks to help your creative business soar. Not actually a class anymore but a downloadable e-book with lots of links and helpful ideas.

Sharon Tomlinson – painting faces

Tamara Laporte – digital, faces, collaging and more….

Mary Ann Moss – Remains of the Day

Suzi Blu La Petit Academy fun and wacky – lots of great techniques.  Suzi was one of the first people to create online classes – many folks followed after her.

Pam Carriker – great artist and  teacher – had a series of workshops with Strathmore.  Now she has an Art Journaling DVD out with Interweave.

Paula Phillips (aka Journal Artista) has a DVD coming out with Interweave as well – even though that’s not an online class it’s sort of like it only you can keep the lessons forever and watch them over and over. Paula also has a live stream weekly of  art journaling demos– she is very generous with her expertise! I love Paula!

Alisa Burke – fabulous artist – very versatile– offers a number of different classes

Crafty Chica – Even the effervescent Crafty Chica – Kathy has an online class Called “Kamikaze PR for Indie Artists” Doesn’t it sound like fun?

Brave Girls Club “Soul Restoration Workshop Creating the life you want to live.

This is by no means a comprehensive list at all – if you search the Scrapbooking sites I’m sure you will come up with many more online classes……oh one more i heard about was Claudine Hellmuth’s Composition for Collage online workshop.

Taking an online class from one of your favourite artists will also help you decide if you would like to take a LIVE class with them at one of the Art Retreats. We resonate with different people – be sure to sign up with someone who speaks to you on different levels.

I hope this helps you a bit in your search for an appropriate online class.  Have fun and learn something new today without having to get out of your jammies!  Yay! 

Don’t forget to sign up for my birthday giveaway here!

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