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Violette Clark intro video

Violette introduction Video

Hello everyone!  I finally did it – i finally created an intro video introducing myself.  It’s something i should have created a very long time ago – it’s much more difficult to do than creating an art video which is about the art and not you so much. I hung on to the video for 3 weeks before releasing it into the world as my inner critic was having a heyday!  It was pretty vicious saying such things as:

“your smile is crooked – you talk out of the corner of your mouth!”

“you’re old….give it up!”

“your teeth are crooked”

“you blather on too much – who’s going to care what you have to say?”

“check out the porridge you left out on the stove….idiot!”

and the critic went on and on until i was metaphorically huddled in a corner in the fetal position.

So I went out and bought this t-shirt on special which allows me to be “perfectly imperfect”.

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I figure better done than not done at all right? So i released the video into the world.  And i received some lovely and kind feedback on Facebook which was awesome!  Thank you dear sweet souls!

For those of you who are not on Facebook I have shared a bit about my health journey – my health was pretty terrible last year…..culminating in a diverticulosis diagnois (as well as a number of other things).  I had a big attack which almost landed me in the ER so i decided to make a few lifestyle changes. The changes included walking every day, adding meditation and cutting down on my wine consumption as well as monitoring my food choices. As a result i feel more peaceful, have lost 5 pounds which i had wanted to lose for some time and have not had the terrible pain i had been experiencing.

So it’s onward and upwards for me.  What are you adding/taking out of your life to live the life your truly want?

Love, Violette xo

 

Happy National Craft Month!

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Hi Everyone – i’m back from a month long hiatus!  I feel like i am turning a corner and feel much more hopeful and energized! Thanks for all the good vibes xo

I was asked by the kind folks at Patience Brewster to create a post for National Craft Month.  I have been a huge fan of Patience’s whimsical creations for many years so was delighted to create a post. Do check out her glorious characters and lovely stationary. They will blow your socks off!

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Patience’s daughter Marietta asked me why crafting was important to me.  Well that’s a big questions!  I have pretty much crafted my entire life………i also call drawing crafting as that’s my earliest memory of being creative. When i was little i did plastic mosaics, paint by numbers, crochet as well as a bit of clay work. I loved it all. I found my bliss while drawing though.

As I grew older i spent many happy hours drawing and crafting when i had my children.  Crafting has been a constant in my life bringing me joy and solace as well.  When i suffered from depression (and still do from time to time) i would turn to arts and crafts to lift my spirits.

Although i love drawing and i find it to be a solitary pursuit – i enjoying getting together with friends to art journal and chat about what’s going on in our lives and about the latest supplies. (in the photo above are some of my art journaling friends).

 

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I’ve met many online friends through my art and my first blog which i created over 11 years ago. It was a wonderful way to connect with kindred spirits virtually.  I loved how creatives all gathered on my blog’s forum and how some of us made lasting connections, shared our art, our lives and participated in swaps.

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As time went on i discovered art journaling – something i had been doing but did not have a name for it yet. I shared my journal pages online and found that people actually loved them. So i did some tutorials and even learned how to shoot videos. You can check some of my how to videos on my youtube channel.  So being online and being connected with so many lovely creative spirits truly helped me grow as an artist. I took more risks and grew my skills because i felt people were counting on me. It was easier for me to do new things for others rather than just for myself. As a result of art journaling and sharing my pages with folks online my first book on Art Journaling called Journal Bliss was published.  That was 6 years ago. Wow! Hard to believe.

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I used art journaling to document the joys in my life but also the sorrows. Creating art around depression or something upsetting in life helped me move through grief and sorrow. As i shared these pages i do know they helped others as well.

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I have said it before and will say it again Art really saved my life.  I know it has saved the lives of so many others as well.

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I love how art often has a message for me……….i simply sit down with a pencil and a piece of paper and begin to draw.  Usually if i’m quiet enough the doodle tells me what it wants to be and also the story of the piece is revealed. So i usually get a message that i need to hear like the above Gypsy message “I predict you’ll be as happy as you decide to be”.  Obviously a message my moody self needed to hear on that day!

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The messages i receive often repeat themselves like “Do what you love” “Love what you do”, “be yourself” “love yourself” etc. What’s not to love about that?

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I continue to stretch and grow as i’m inspired by all the wonderfulness that is available online – pinterest and instagram are chalk full of artsy goodness!

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Lately i have been working in a moleskine book – something i had not done for quite a while as i don’t like to commit art to a book. I keep most of my journal pages in a box loosely.  Recently i took up a challenge put out by Suzi Blu  to create art and writing and keep a calendar in a moleskine book.  I began actually liking it………..but sadly i have not been able to keep up with the prompts and am mostly using the book for my art journal pages and little sketches and writing.

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It’s been fun though to have a book that’s gradually getting bigger by the day and poofy that documents my life.  I couldn’t commit to the Documented life project but felt this was a bit more doable.

 

 

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Wow – it’s been a while since I’ve blogged so i am going overboard here. I hope you are still with me. So now i want to circle back to the question Why crafting was important to me. Well it’s pretty much my life.  I use it daily to adorn my Magic Cottage, to make art and to craft a life that’s beautiful, eccentric and that’s worth living. I use it to connect with my little grandchildren who i’m teaching arts and crafts to.

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Little Toby feeling very proud with his Christmas Shadow box!

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Sam colouring Easter eggs and decorating them.

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Arts and Crafts have totally enriched my life.  I hope they have yours too!

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month?

Love, Violette xo

 

 

Art Journaling with Faces

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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!

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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!

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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 4th of July to my American friends!

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

Art Journal inspiration!

Hooray!  It’s hump day today!

Yesterday the winner of my March Contest – Skye came over with her teenage daughter Autumn to pick up her winnings. She was interested in showing her daughter my art journals and journal pages so i put them out on my table for them to take a look!  In the green box i keep all of my loose pages which is the way I tend to like journaling best. We had tea, coffee and juice and a nice long visit.

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The Big green box used to hold tea and it’s the perfect container to house all of those loose pages of mine.  If there ever was a house fire i would take my green box, these journals and my computer hard drive…….oh – and a couple of photo albums too! What would you take?

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Looking for old journals and taking them out for Skye and Autumn to view brought back memories. The above image – Joy Boy – was created about 12 years ago.  The boy is jumping into the “net” – a real tulle net – he’s taking a risk and jumping.  Back then my pages were telling me what to do next. This page flips out of the book – on the backside of the page it says “The Abyss”.  I love this page.

I can’t believe how far Art Journaling has come since then – back then i could only find things on Creative Journaling – no art journaling.

I took the opportunity to give both Skye and Autumn lots of art journal prompts and technique ideas. Later Skye came back over and purchased my book Journal Bliss. Wasn’t that sweet?

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Skye took a photo of her swag and posted it on Facebook!

People interested in mixed media and art journaling tend to be the nicest folks! And speaking of getting together with nice folks – next Tuesday March 25th at 3:30 pm is our Free Art Journal Jam at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe!  Everyone is welcome.  Just buy a beverage, bring your art journal and favourite pens and journal away with us!

Love, Violette xo

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