Posts Tagged ‘teens dream journal DVD’

Kathryn Costa’s Mandala Guidebook and a giveaway! Contest Closed we have a winner!

Hello friends!  We have a winner – Sandy Boren!  Please contact me so i can mail you your prizes!

I have been absent for a while – been on an amazing wilderness adventure which I will write about next week.  I was able to do some art journaling on this adventure in the Great Bear Rainforest so I’m happy to share a few pages with you next week.


But for now I’m thrilled to tell you about Kathryn Costa’s book The Mandala Guidebook: How to draw, paint and color expressive mandala art!  I was sent a review copy and absolutely love it.  This guidebook gives you step by steps on how to create free form mandalas but also mandalas using a compass and protractor.  Funnily enough Kathryn mentions some people’s fear or reticence in using those instruments – dating back to their school days where geometry struck fear in their hearts. That would be me :).  I don’t think I’ve owned a compass and protractor for a few decades. If you’d like to download a free chapter you can click here.


As you can see I have incorporated free form decorative mandalas in my art for some time and truly enjoy how they spice up a page.  After reading Kathryn’s book and perusing some of the projects as well as studying her simple step by step instructions I am going to buy a compass set and start making intentional mandalas.

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This was one of my favourite mandalas in Kathryn’s book.

I am especially intrigued to use mandalas to solve problems, let go of my fears and to use in my gratitude practise.  Drawing intentional mandalas will also give you greater clarity and insight on what’s happening in your life. The possibilities are truly endless.

This book is full of prompts, pattern ideas, inspiration and mixed media techniques from using simple pen and paper to more complex mixed media projects.  There truly is something for everyone here.

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In celebration of the release of The Mandala Guidebook I’m having a giveaway.  You can enter to win some of my artful products – journal book, bookmarks, postcard, greeting card, Heidi wood block and Teens Dream Journal DVD.  Simply leave me a comment here – letting me know if you have used mandalas in your mixed media or art journal pages before.  I’ll pick a winner on Saturday May 28th at 9 am PST.


Good Luck!

Love, Violette

Winner of LIFE BOOK 2015 Giveaway!


Holy Mackerole!  We had over 432 entries to this contest giveaway (i had to choose a name from two blogposts as i originally had made a mistake)!  I’ve been having contest giveaways for many years now and this is definitely the most entries I have EVER received!

I read each and every entry – i was so moved by many of your comments. Many of you shared your hopes and dreams and about why you so needed this class to feed your souls.  I truly was blown away and many times even moved to tears.  Each and every one of you deserves a spot however each teacher is allowed to give only one spot away! Just to let you know how incredibly generous Tamara Laporte is……..she gave away 10 spots! WOW!

The winner of my giveaway is Carol Mc!  Here’s what Carol had to say:

I would love to win a seat in Life Book 2015. I have experienced some traumatic changes in my life this year. My husband and my sister both passed away in the beginning of this year. Now I am pretty much a full time caretaker for my mother who is recovering from a rare form of cancer called NETS. I’m trying to adjust to these changes and take stock of the blessings that I do have in my life. I’ve been having difficulty finding purpose and direction in my life now. My husband and I had been making plans together for 25 years; now I have to accept things and make new plans. I think this would be such a great class for some personal introspection that I could certainly use at this time.

Would love to learn from such a fantastic array of teachers; and have these lessons to look forward to every week. Thank you for the chance to win a seat in class.

Congratulations Carol!  

If you know me at all you know that i have difficulty choosing one winner or even three for that matter. When my kids were little and I had backyard “art contests” or “bug finding contests” for the neighbour kids everyone always won a prize. I’d create catergories just so that the child could feel like a winner.  Unfortunately I can’t do that today but I do hope that if you really want a spot in LIFE BOOK 2015 and you can’t afford it that you mention it to family members or friends who might be willing to gift it to you for a Christmas or birthday present. It’s definitely going to be well worth it – an entire year of soul-filled, artsy goodness. So good for your soul! For more information on all of the teachers and the course please click here.

Thank you soooo much to all of you for taking the time to enter and for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it!

Just to let you know I am also going to give away one of my Teens Dream Journal DVD’s to a woman who teaches Tweens art…….I just have to search and find her name again!

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!


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.


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

April Contest Giveaway!

Happy Friday everyone!

I can’t believe it’s the end of the week already!  Guess what?  Great news – it’s Contest time!  This time I’ll be giving away these sweet goodies:


I’m so excited about the April Giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a Teens Dream Journal DVD (how to create a healing art journal) as well as The Get your Mojo Going: Embrace your Passion Workbook.  I created the workbook along with my friend Susan Keeping for the Mojo Workshop we held back in January. You can read a bit more about the Workshop/workbook here. The workbook is full of creative goodness – lots of ideas to mind map, draw and journal about your dreams and passions.

The contest starts today and ends next Friday May 2 at 8 am PST.  Please leave me a message in the Comments section here letting me know “what gets YOUR mojo going” in order to enter to win!  Thank you and GOOD LUCK!

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I had fun creating this collage of some of my 60 in 60 cartoons!


This is my day 10 cartoon – I am one day behind……i better get my Mojo going and get back on track Smile

I can’t believe it – it’s been 5 Years since my book Journal Bliss was published!  Five years!  Yowser! You can still buy my book on Amazon.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Love, Violette xo

Violette’s Promo book

Woo hoo!  I had a promo book created in Shutterfly a short while ago and I’m thrilled with the results!shutterfly_cover

This is the cover.


Inside pages……you can add art and photos!


I think this is a wonderful way to showcase your work for when you attend a networking event or any place that you’ll be meeting new people.  I am often asked “What do you do?” and i most often draw a blank.  Of course i do have an elevator speech which doesn’t really give a good idea of what i do in it’s entirety.  Having a slim book like this which shows my work and the publications i have been featured in, along with my brief bio is very helpful. I find it even difficult to describe what kind of art i do Smile. A picture tells a thousand words.


Here is a page that features some of the publications my work has been featured in – including my own book Journal Bliss. If you are a curious George (like me) you might want to check out those magazine publications that i posted to see my work – well don’t – because i can’t remember which issues my art has been featured in with the exception of “Create with me” Smile. I have a kajillion magazines and am not about to go through them all searching for my work. 

Shutterfly has a few different options in creating your books – you can create from scratch or choose premade templates which i did.  Having ADD (attention deficit disorder) too many choices paralyses me so it’s better to have fewer choices than too many. That’s why I’m glad I’m a vegetarian AND gluten free – when i go to restaurants I only have a few options!

If you are like me and you constantly forget what you’re about a little book like this is a touchstone to remind you of all of the amazing things you have indeed done and created!  Seriously – on my down days when i think i have not succeeded with anything i can turn to this book and be reminded of my accomplishments.  It’s like having a warm and fuzzy in book form Smile.

Because this book limits the amount of text you add you can’t really create a resume with lots of words.  I didn’t add all of the galleries my art has appeared in as that’s not important to me and it’s not the direction I’m going in so that was omitted.  I did mention my workshops, publications, showed journal pages, Teens Dream Journal DVD and mentioned my Creative Catalyst sessions.  Of course everything has juicy visuals to drive a message home! 

Consider gifting yourself one of these books (it’s not super expensive or anything) to showcase your work and what you have accomplished.  Document the things you are most proud of!  (by the way there are many companies that create these books – I just happened to stumble upon Shutterfly).

The next time someone asks you “what do you do?” – you can proudly give them your book and say “Here – this is just some of what i do and am passionate about!”

How is your Holiday shopping coming along?  I’m still not finished – can you believe it?  I hope you are enjoying the many holiday celebrations!

Love, Violette xo

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