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.
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.
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!