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Art Journaling Workshop for teachers

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Here i am doing teachy things!

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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

 

Art Journaling Workshop preparation

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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.

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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.

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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

Hooray! Life Book 2015 Registration is open today!

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Click here to register for Life Book 2015

Yay!  It’s finally open – registration is now open for Life Book 2015!  Can you imagine a year full of self-discovery, art, joy and bliss?  Well that’s what’s in store for you when you take Life Book 2015.  I’m so thrilled to be in such good company – check out some of your amazing teachers……..

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This is going to be a sparkly year – a mixed media art journaling extravaganza where you’ll connect with like-minded spirits.  You’ve heard me mention many times that art saves lives – art has saved my life!  What a wonderful opportunity to get your mojo going while healing yourself and positively impacting those around you.  Your sparkly vibes will be felt all around you while you honour your creative spirit by making heart inspired art!

I’ll be teaching two classes.  “Magical Mystery Tour” – a tour of the magic cottage (video) and dialogue about how it evolved and had included the community. You’ll be guided to create your own magic cottage on the page using fast motion video.

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“Glorious Childhood tales!” We will be remembering the cool things we loved as a child and honouring them by doodling them using a variety of mixed media techniques – we’ll be joyfully assembling the doodles into a lively joyful page using collage.  A whimsical child will be drawn to connect all of the wonderful joyful memories.  An audio visualization to connect to our small child will be provided.

Click here to register for Life Book 2015

Hope to see you all there!

Love, Violette xoxo

 

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Happy Friday my creative friends!

After all of that worrying about technology the 21 Secrets LIVE spreecast went off without a hitch!  I was worried that i would have too much time on the 1 1/2 hour spreecast and not enough art work to share……as it turned out I had to quickly glue down some of the elements at the end of the show as we were swiftly running out of time!

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This is what i came up with – Random art journal piece!  I ended up adding the words and shading later on as there wasn’t enough time to get to the details. 

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I wanted to show how you you could add dimension to characters by using pencil crayons.

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I don’t know about you but i have difficulty talking and drawing at the same time so i had to have some rough sketches done up ahead of time to ink in while Connie was interviewing me.

A workshop and help for Aspiring Authors!

Connie is a brilliant teacher and facilitator – i just wanted to give you the heads up about her newest class – Painting the Feminine

Marney Makridakis has done it again – she’s partnered with Marc Allen to help aspiring authors – Do you have a book inside you? Check out this free video about writing a book proposal, by two creative publishing leaders – take a look here! Just to let you know that i am affiliate of Marney’s programs so will receive a fee if you decide to buy this program. I only recommend programs that I believe in.

Hope you have an amazing weekend!

Love, Violette ox

21 Secrets LIVE spreecast today!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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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………..so 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

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