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.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Love, Violette xo
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.
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!
I hope you are having a productive day!
Love, Violette xo
This is an art journal piece i created a little while ago called good vibes – read about it below.
Happy Wednesday everyone!
Have you had the chance yet to read my book review of the fabulous creative book called Hop, Skip, Jump by Marney Makridakis yet? If not you can hop on over and check it out. I do highly recommend the book – it’s great if you like to learn things in bite size chunks (like i do!). Like i mention in the book review – Marney is full of amazing ideas that she generously shares in her latest book!
In a bit of a funk
I have been in a bit of a funky lately and have been having trouble getting out of it. Not too much excites me these days. I must say though i had lots of fun pulling out my felt pens to experiment with the ideas in Marney’s book. That’s pretty telling isn’t it – if you get happy or engaged doing something creative?
While in my funk i listlessly surfed pinterest to see if anything peaked my interest. Lately I have been excited about folk art and visionary art. I used to call myself a Visionary or folk artist years ago. In fact my website was violettesfolkart.com. So because of my recent interest I decided to make a piece of folkart. I enlisted Mr. G to cut out a couple of shapes from wood which i will turn into wall plaques or dolls. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll post my progress for you!
I forgot to post this art journal page on my blog. I had posted it on Facebook but forgot to post here. So here it is – I call it “good vibes” because basically that’s what i needed to get, “good vibes” :). I feel we are surrounded by helpers in the unseen world. When we feel all alone sometimes it’s good to pray or meditate to make the connection again.
I just love how my art speaks to me and saves me over and over again. Having this creative outlet makes me feel incredibly grateful.
Do you have a creative practice that saves you? What might it be? Please comment below – i’d love to hear what saves you too!
Hope you are having a great week!
Love, Violette xo
Hola! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We enjoyed Thanksgiving here in Canada – a long weekend of eating, giving thanks and spending time with family and friends.
Over the long weekend Mr. G and i have been switching WordPress themes so that my website/blog is easier to navigate. I hope we have accomplished that. I’ll be adding to the store page too as I’ll soon be selling my postcards as well as inspiration cards based on the ^60in60 series of cartoons. I know this website is probably not the most creative site around but for now I think it will work out okay. We are still getting some of the kinks out – need to add a “search” button and “newsletter” button etc. I’ll be posting more workshop buttons on the lefthand sidebar as I create them.
How to Art Journal
Check out a video interview that Kiala Givehand has with my friend Susan Miller here as she shares tips, techniques and the joys of art journaling. Kiala has created a website called How to Art Journal. Do check it out for art journaling inspiration!
See you tomorrow.
Love, Violette xo
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……..
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.
“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