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Painting the Sanctuary!

July14

Hi all – hope you had a wonderful weekend!  It’s been hot hot hot here in B.C. – over 30 degrees centigrade!  We don’t have air conditioning at the magic cottage so it can get pretty toasty inside!

This weekend we finally decided to revamp the room off of the kitchen which i used to call the sanctuary which actually was a storage room for everything. When you live in a small space every room counts so I’ve decided to clear out the room, get rid of things (difficult for me) and redecorate it.

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As you can see the room was a dark burgundy – I’m going more for a peaceful restful look so I’ll be painting it a lilac/mauve colour. 

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Over the window are the words (To Thine Ownself be True). They were drawn on there by a sign painter about 18 years ago – i plan on painting around the letters since i love the saying so much!

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It was so hot i felt like painting naked Smile – but i donned on my painters overalls instead. You just never know who might come around to the backyard and peep in the window!

Because the room was painted such a dark colour i have to first prime the entire room before adding the colour i want.  It’s a pretty daunting process as there’s all the furniture in the middle of the small room and working around it is challenging. 

The room will be used as a guest room/a zen meditation/yoga room and also for me to place my laptop in.  It’s the only room i can i have a nice view of the backyard while i work – that’s going to be such a treat. The image I have is what keeps me motivated on such a project!

Today I’ll be attending an extended art journal jam in Birch Bay – Joanne – one of the Journal jam attendees has organized a gathering at her place.  We’ll have food, art and lots of laughter for sure! What better way to spend the day!

I’ll be reporting back on Wednesday about the Journal Jam!

Love, Violette xo

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    No Blog due to summer fun!

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    Sorry – there is no blog today due to summer fun with my grandson Cillian, daughter Jessica, Mom and Stepdad visiting.

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    They came over today to have a visit in the backyard of the magic cottage.  Little Cillian thought it was like a water park since i had a little pool and a special sprinkler for him to play with.  In the above photo is my Mom and Cillian.

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    Cillian spent close to three hours playing in the pool and with the sprinkler – eating snacks here and there. Little kids are so fascinated with water aren’t they?

    Now after spending so much time running around in the sun after my grandson I’m all pooped out! Smile

    Hope you are enjoying your day too!

    See you on Monday!

    Love, Violette xo

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      Tie dyeing with toddlers and Gratitude

      July9

      Tie Dyeing Adventures

      Last Friday I had a craft day with my grandson’s Toby 2 and Sam 4 years old. I decided to do tie dyeing with them. Perhaps they were a wee bit too young for that craft. We had fun nonetheless. We used Tulip’s tie dye set – it’s a one step dye process which i like – the easier the better.  You just mix water in the squeeze bottle (dye powder is already in it), shake and apply the dye.  little Toby who is a natural born crafter didn’t even wait for me to finish the demo on how to do it.  He grabbed one of the squeeze bottles and proceeded to squeeze dye on the t-shirt and all over my hands Smile. When i get photos of my grandkids and daughter-in-law wearing their t-shirts I’ll post them here.

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      Here i am posing in my fairly-lame-attempt-at-tie-dyeing-t-shirt – i don’t think Duncan paints would hire me to demonstrate their dyeing techniques.  The instructions said to apply the dye to a dry t-shirt however online it says to do it to a damp shirt. I just might reapply the dye to a wet t-shirt.  Here i am at my happiest in my Hippie dippy outfit.

      Gratitude Journals

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      A couple of days ago I bought these composition books so Mr. G and I could have our own gratitude journals.  You have probably heard of this practise before?  You write down three things you are grateful for that happened that day.  Oprah is a big proponent of gratitude journals as well as numerous other self-help gurus.

      At first Mr. G was resistant as he said he didn’t have time to do it before going to bed to read for over an hour Smile.  HELLO???  So after i glared at him for a while he quickly wrote down 3 things he was grateful for.  The more you are aware of what you are grateful for the more good things will show up in your life! We both have been complaining a lot about things and I felt it was time to shift the energy.

      Here’s something else to be grateful for – yesterday i was interviewed by Susan Miller of Light Path Coaching.  It was a video interview – the first in a series where she features creatives on her show.  I can’t wait for the video to go live so i can share it with you here on my blog and on Facebook!

      See you on Friday!

      Love, Violette xo

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        Faces Art Journal page

        July7

        Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!

        Mr. G and i went to Harrison Hotsprings to celebrate his grandson Leium’s 7th birthday with his son. They were camping at a lovely Provincial campground.  But since Mr. G has a bad back and has difficulty climbing out of a tent we decided to stay at a small local motel. It was cloudy and rained part of the time but we still managed to have fun taking advantage of a local pool fed by the Hot springs.

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        I brought along some drawing supplies – pad of paper, pens and pencils. While sitting on the edge of the bed in our motel room i began to draw some faces…..just because.  I think drawing brings back happy memories of camping with my family and teaching my little sister Linda how to draw cartoons. Back then I was teaching her in our large 9 x 12 canvas tent which we loved! Our inspiration back then was mostly Archie Comic books.

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        I didn’t know where i was going with the faces but after a bit I received an image in my head of multiple faces on a page together. Last night while watching TV I continued on with my face project.

        This morning while cutting the faces out and gluing them to a grey background they began speaking to me and telling stories. So i wrote down what the people were thinking. Of course my inner critic began chiming in telling me some of the sayings were stupid. I persisted however and ended up putting down what the faces were telling me. Smile

        Pathfinder Motel

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        Here is yours truly at the front of the motel with a giant elk statue that caught my attention.

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        I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a fully functioning telephone booth by the Motel sign. I had to wade my way through spider webs to get to the phone though Smile.

        Well that’s it for today.  Hope you are having a lovely day!

        Love, Violette xo

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          Happy 4th of July to my American friends!

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          Happy 4th of July to my American friends. I hope you are having fun celebrating your country’s independence!

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          Here’s another shot of the magic cottage – i never seem to get tired of taking photos of it at different times of the year!  I love the Shasta daisies which just began to bloom a few days ago so i ducked down to take this shot.

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          You’ve probably seen this photo taken last winter during a snowy day (it’s a selfie).  I thought the cottage looked pretty especially with the dragonfly all laden with snow!

          A Testimonial!

          It’s been five years since my book Journal Bliss has been out and I’m so thrilled that folks are still using it to learn more about art journaling for themselves or to inspire teens.  I love this testimonial from Kathy Clark (no relations Smile):

          I love Violette’s whimsical and creative style, perfect to teach art journaling to young girls. I bought this book in 2010, when I was just starting to make art journals. Since then I’ve collected dozens of other books and journals, and I also have amassed a large supply of art supplies. I find Violette’s book very helpful in teaching art journaling to young teenage girls, and the accompanying DVD is a gem!
          With a trip to the art supply store becoming more and more expensive, I find her supply list easy on any budget. Look around at what you have already and get started journaling.

          Thanks so much Kathy! Just to let you know the DVD that Kathy mentions is the Teens Dream Journal DVD (it doesn’t come with the book – Kathy bought it separately from me and had forgotten.) I still have a few copies of the Teens Dream journal if you are interested in buying one.

          Well I’m off to tie dye some t-shirts with my little grandson – should be fun! I have been wanting to do this for some time now!

          Enjoy the weekend!

          Love, Violette xo

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            Anatomy of an Art Journal page

            July2

            A belated Happy Canada Day to all of my Canadian Friends! Yesterday we celebrated Canada Day in a quiet way.  We invited my Mom and Stepdad over for lunch in the backyard.

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            Here is Mr. G giving my Mom a wee bit of wine.

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            Yours truly with Mom and Ron – of course i had to wear my Dr. Seuss-ish Canada Hat to celebrate.

            Anatomy of an art journal page

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            After my folks left I pulled out some sketches i had made this past weekend and proceeded to put together an art journal page in the backyard – it was such a glorious day!

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            I really enjoyed drawing and painting in the backyard while listening to the birds.

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            On Sunday Mr. G and i were at a function (I’ll tell you about it later) where we had to be available for 10 hours. so needless to say we had tons of sitting down and waiting time. During this time i decided to sketch some elements for a possible journal page – all of the images you see (with the exception of the kale) were created during this period in pencil on a separate sheet of cardstock. Yesterday I cut the elements out, coloured them and adhered them to a painted background.

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            You might be thinking that this is an unusual journal page. I wanted to explain to myself the events of a rather unfortunate incident which culminated in me having a “pity party”.  I won’t get into specifics here (will do so on a later blogpost) but the entire mess happened because i don’t like having the “money talk” with people. So because of my lack of clarity and guts I get to work things out on a journal page. Lucky me!

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            After said incident I received a moment of clarity which made me laugh out loud (first the pity party though)!  All kinds of visuals and images were coming to me. I decided to draw them so that doing so could help me move forward but also to have a visual reminder of what happens when you avoid the uncomfortable conversations that need to occur.

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            The Cosmic 2 x 4 comes out and whacks you on the side of the head when you refuse to work on your stuff!  This is a lesson I have learned in the past repeatedly.  The money lesson and the lesson of being worthy enough are ones I believe I’m finally getting Smile. Thankfully!

            The reason why the journal page is in individual elements is because i kept hearing, “will work for kale”, Done, Baked, confused around the edges etc.  It came to me that there was a sequence which could be best illustrated by arrows going from one thing to the next. The cosmic 2×4 came at the last minute as i kept hearing “you forgot the cosmic 2×4”. As you can see it’s a bit of an intuitive process.

            Supplies used:  micron pens, pencil, acrylics, watercolour pencils, copic markers and Stabillo pencil.

            See you on Friday!

            Love, Violette xo

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