Yesterday i attended the Valley Women’s Network luncheon and had a table with my wares………
I had my Teens Dream Journal DVD and my book Journal Bliss as well as my pendants for sale (thank you Loretta for taking this photo!). Even though networking is not my thing i do realize that it’s important to get yourself out there as much as you can to promote your art, products and workshops. The group of women who attend the luncheon are really nice. Attending the luncheon is a wonderful opportunity to find out what other women in my community are up to and to support them in their endeavours.
Today is International Women’s Day – what better way to honour one of your friends, mother or sister with an inspirational pendant?
Whenever i wear one of my pendants with inspirational sayings on the back i feel energized! Follow your Bliss, Dream it Real, Love who you are sits over my heart and imbues me with the message!
Today there’s a teen’s art journal jam at the Portal in Ladner – 4755 – 51 Street from 3 – 5 pm. It’s free – bring your journal and some favourite pens and jam with me!
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
Love, Violette xo
I have another Teen’s Art Journal Jam in Ladner this Friday at 3 pm if you know of any tweens or teens who might like to attend.
You don’t need much to art journal – just some favourite pens, some cardstock or a journal book and you’re good to go. This time I will bring along my twinkling H2O’s so some of the kids can try them out.
I’m off soon to visit a friend who is in hospice with a brain tumour. It’s very difficult to see a dear friend who not too long ago was climbing trees, kayaking, swimming and hiking –( in case you’re thinking she’s a kid she’s not – she’s 61 years old but has the heart and spirit of a child) rapidly declining. When you think of what my friend is going through it certainly puts all of our petty grievances and worries into perspective. Being in the moment and enjoying the little things like the birds feeding at the feeder, the green sprouts pushing up through the dirt and a hot cup of herbal tea are truly where the joy resides.
I feel a journal page coming on – not sure how it will show up.
I apologize for not blogging on Monday – my schedule was thrown off as i had a super early morning Speech to deliver at Toastmasters and my day got away with me and i completely forgot to blog. Sorry about that.
See you on Friday!
Love, Violette xo
I had quite a few people say they wished they lived closer so they could attend the art journal Jam’s that I was hosting. I decided to create an article on how to host your own Jam. Often when you have an idea to do something it’s difficult to get going as you don’t know all of the pieces you need to get there. Here is a bit of my journey.
When you want to meet other creative spirits and share your love of art journaling and you don’t know where to start what do you do? Well you host an art journaling jam that’s what you do! People have expressed an interest in attending an Art Journal Jam but there wasn’t any in their area – so I told folks to simply start one. Here are a few ways to go about this.
- Decide where you would like to have the jam. In the beginning you’d most likely want it to be in a neutral environment like a café, a community center or library. Later as you get to know some of the participants you might want to host it in your home – it’s up to you. When you’ve decided on a venue speak to the owner/manager and see if they are open to you hosting this event. First of all what I did was scope out the café’s in my area that have an artsy vibe and seem to promote community events like Music jams. Most places will want you to host a jam as that will bring in new clients. Obviously the participants need to buy a beverage if the jam is in a cafe. Talk up your idea – I put feelers out to my friends and even had one good friend suggest I host a Journal Jam for teens in her Metaphysical shop.
- Create a poster (like I did here) and begin posting it at the café/library and community center. You can also post your event flyer on bulletin boards around town. If you’re feeling rather creative use a few guerrilla tactics by printing off small leaflets and leaving them on coffee shop tables or inserting them inside library books that are artsy. Make sure you have your contact info on the flyer should the artist want more information.
- You can create a Meetup group, post a notice on Craigslist, mention it on your blog/facebook or on twitter. Ask folks to share your Journal Jam with anyone who might be interested. If you have a newsletter send it out to your peeps.
- See if you can receive some press or post a mention in the Happenings Column in your local paper. If it’s a free event then usually the paper is happy to mention your gathering. Make sure you have enough lead time for the event. I called a local reporter to see if he’d be interested in writing an article about the Teen’s Art Journal Jam. The reporter was interested as the papers are always on the lookout for positive stories that engage teens.
- Invite all of your friends and their friends to your art journal jam.
- Make sure you specify in your flyer that the participants bring dry media – most café’s won’t want you to bring messy supplies.
- On the day of the gathering have some business cards ready to exchange with others. Arrive at the venue a half an hour early so you can set up your supplies and save a few tables. I created little “Art Journal Jam” cards and placed them on easels and put them on a few tables.
- Greet everyone who comes in and make them feel welcome. Begin by showing them your art journals or your favourite art journaling books. You might want to share a few techniques or ideas and in turn have the participant share what they are doing. It’s all about sharing, drawing and collaging in the company of fellow art journalers (or people who are curious about it).
- You might want to take a few photos to commemorate the event and also to post on your blog the next day – that’s a great way to create a buzz. Photos were taken at my jams and even a quick little video you can watch here. Have an e-mail signup sheet so you can contact interested participants about your next art journal jam!
- Rinse and repeat! Have fun sharing your love and joy of Art Journaling!
Pink Shirt day today!
It’s Pink shirt day today – it’s the day to raise awareness about bullying. I’ll be wearing my shirt today will you? Read more about how pink shirt day by clicking on this link.
Love, Violette xox
On Friday i facilitated a Teen’s Art Journal Jam – about 8 teens started out Jamming with my friend and Teen Coach Susi.
While chatting with the teens i worked on some art journal stickers i plan on printing and using in my journal pages. One of the young teens – a boy gave me suggestions on the facial expressions. He’s a big fan of comics so he had some great ideas.
The kids were great! I think they had fun. The setting – the Portal in Ladner used to be a Dentist’s office so the rooms are tiny. We had to split up into two groups – we could hear each other through the walls which was pretty comical. Thankfully my friend Susi dropped by to help out so she went in one room and i went in another.
Something magical happens when you begin to draw with others. Everyone opens up and shares personal stories. We spoke about bullying, comics, Comic-con and not being able to draw certain things. There are many teachable moments when you are expressing yourself creatively in a group. One of the young tweens (11 years old) said she could not draw faces. As i looked through her sketchbook i could see all of her “girls” were faceless. So i mentioned that there is a trick to drawing faces and that not to worry about the eyes being perfect. I did a quick sketch of how to divide up a face and then sketch it out.
The next thing you know the girl had carefully and slowly drawn a beautiful face! She was so pleased with herself. I’ll bet if i looked in her journal today i would see that her drawing has shifted slightly.
Many thanks to Vivienne and the Portal for Hosting the Teens Art Journal Jam!
I’m off to practise a Speech for Toastmaster’s tonight – it sure would be nice to not freak out every time I have to deliver a speech .
Love, Violette xo
Just wanted to give you the heads up about the Teens art journal Jam in Ladner at the Portal at 3 pm today – it’s free – it’s a chance to check out art journaling and draw with your friends and maybe test out some of my favourite art supplies! Today will be a test to see if there is any interest in having Journal Jams for Teens.
I’m not feeling too wordy today as I’m having problems sleeping – a combination of Menopause and Attention Deficit disorder. It’s difficult to be on your game when you only get a few hours sleep!
The Right Brainers in Business Video Summit is coming soon – you might want to sign up for it! Jennifer Lee always has wonderful guests lined up – Kelly Rae Roberts, Beth Nichols, Dan Pink and Jill Badonsky are just a few of the featured guests . A couple of years ago i was fortunate enough to have my right brained business plan baby board book (above) featured in Jennifer’s The Right Brain Business Plan book.
This morning I’ll be making Valentines with my little grandson Sam – should be fun!
It’s a long weekend here in B.C. – Monday is Family Day so I most likely won’t be blogging – but I will see you on Wednesday.
Hope you have an amazingly creative weekend!
Love, Violette xo