A Few New Favorite things and the Winner of the 21 Secrets workshop

art bookI indulged in a few new art treats. “Printmaking Unleashed” by Traci Bautista is a great book about mark making and will teach you how to leap out of the box with what you use to create your pages.  Some art books are heavy on imagery but short on tips and techniques. This one is loaded with tips!

One of them was how to create stamps with hot glue! Aaah! I fell in love. You just make hot glue patterns on parchment paper, making sure to connect the lines.  Once they’re dry, you peel them off. She offers a few ways to use them. Once the leaf was dry, I painted the flat bottom side, placed it on the painted journal page and rolled a rubber brayer across the top.


 For the background of the page, I marked off some of the areas of the journal page with painter’s tape and had a  bloomin’ good time creating marks with the hot glue leaf stamp and a couple new stencils. The stencils are part of the Tim Holtz collection…burlap and dots …you can find them at Michael’s.  I went a little crazy with the art treats but they’re worth it. I’m loving them.



finally…a little fun with texture using wood icing. You just place the stencils on the page, tape them in place, put some wood icing on a spatula, and spread it evenly across the stencils to create the texture. You can also mix paint into the icing.


And last but not least, I’m sitting here with a bowl in my lap that has the names of all the people who entered to win a free spot to the 21 Secrets online art journaling workshop. I loved reading your favorite breakfasts and got inspired by your color combos. I wish everyone could win.


I’m now going to close my eyes, rustle my fingers around and pick …and the winner is Xylia! Congratulations Xylia. I’ll send an email and move forward with the details.

Have a beautiful week everyone!

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SoulFood for Your Monday

With all the wild stuff going on in the world, I felt like writing a soulful Monday post with a spiritual talk & meditation, an inspiring song and a book I stumbled on that has been life changing. The song is a new one by Alicia Keys that I’m loving, “We are Here” .

As for the book, how do I say it in a nutshell? Buy it if you want to heal on every level! I wanted to buy this for every person I know. In fact, you won’t see a book in one of my posts unless I feel it’s life changing.


It’s called “The Healing Code” but its’s not just for healing illness. It’s for getting past blocks that keep us from healthy relationships and letting go of the ways we sabotage our success. The author talks about how there is 1 cause for disease and that is cellular memories trapped in the body. The book is packed with research on quantum physics, cellular memories, and energy healing.

But it’s not just a philosophy. It’s a technique to release traumas.  He talks about how these traumas get triggered by life events and put our body repeatedly into a fight or flight mode on a regular basis. So while the body should be detoxifying, absorbing nutrients and fighting pathogens, it’s not. It’s too busy preparing for a perceived emergency so the immune system and critical body defenses get put on hold.

I went ahead and tried the technique on a childhood memory that I’ve tried everything on…eft, hypnosis, meditation, etc etc etc…I’ve been meditating for 17 years and though I feel so much better, I have always known there are just blocks that are hard to get past and a recent experience within the last year triggered that “old pain”. Not surprisingly, I went through all sort of health problems.

When I tried the code, I wasn’t expecting anything major. But I experienced a release like  never before. After doing the code, it literally felt like these winds of pain that had been trapped inside blew up through the heart, through the throat and out of the body. I know that sounds bizarre and it was. I’ve never had a dramatic release like that. It was visceral and my physical symptoms are continuing to reduce.

The co author, Ben Johnson, was featured in “The Secret”  and cured his Lou Gerrigs’s (sp?) disease completely by doing the healing codes. It also works for addictions, emotional blocks etc. All the details are in the book. Alex Lloyd, the author, is God oriented which doesn’t bother me but the good news is the healing code works regardless of your faith. I know you don’t have hours today, so I won’t ramble on. But this technique is powerful. If you click on the book, it will take you to amazon. What have you got to lose? You most likely have alot more to gain. And no, no one is paying me to post this. I’ve done alot of healing techniques for “stuck emotions”but this is the most powerful so far. My deep wish is that this helps and heals you…who on the planet doesn’t need a little healing right now?

….and last but not least, my other favorite soulfood…a spiritual talk by Mike George called “Immune System for the Soul”  and a meditation called “Rest for the Soul”…Have a beautiful week!


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Free 21 Secrets Art Journaling Workshop Giveaway!

The 21 Secrets online art journaling workshop starts October 1. And the wonderful thing is I get to give a free space away!

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So if you’d like to leap into the online series for free, reply to this post with your favorite breakfast as well as your favorite color combo.  On September 19th, I’ll put all the names in a bowl, close my eyes and pick the winner.

You’ll get the treat of watching videos by 21 art journalers who’ll be sharing their mixed media secrets. Each video will also come with a written instruction packet which often includes graphic treats.


My favorite breakfast is dosas with tomato chutney (yum!) & a new color combo I’m loving is lavender and mustard yellow.


…this week’s journal exploration. I’ve been in a women’s spirituality circle and it’s been empowering and really inspiring. It’s reminded me of a favorite quote by Lily Tomlin, “We’re in this together and alone.”  So true.. we’re there for each other but there are parts of our journey that are personal and don’t translate into conversations.

“Sisterhood…Together and Alone.”

IMG_4770 IMG_4768..Have a beautiful weekend and if you know someone who could use a free art journaling workshop, tell them to reply below (with their fav breakfast & color combo).

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Quiet Time, Creation time & an Art Journal Workshop

art jouranl webiste Tis the season of forms and figures…I’ve been exploring the human form in the art journal this year and enjoying the adventure.  I’ve also been loving flipping through mags and papers in search of words that “grab” me. Somehow, the words always lead me in directions I never would have traveled in without them.

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These journal pages celebrate the sacred art of listening and becoming still. As artists of life, music, art, whatever… dedicating time to clean the mind and be a blank space for the Divine Muses to write on is as important as dedicating daily time to cultivate our art.  For me, that time opens me to “receiving” & infuses the heart with inspiration. It also reminds me I’m not alone but in orchestration with beautiful forces that have something bigger in mind than my own eyes can see.

And amen! I just finished and turned in my workshop video for 21 Secrets. I got the chance to peek at some of the other videos of the artists and I can’t wait to watch them all. I think the early bird sale is on now and it officially starts on October 1.  This is my very first time doing a teaching video so I’m learning lots along the way and really enjoying the chance.

21 secretsThe video is a workshop on how to create the page below and is an invite to play, reflect, and go wild with paint using credit cards, spray bottles, make up sponges, stencils, forms and pastels.

IMG_4758Have a beautiful week!

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Soul Treats from Anthony Strano! (classes & meditations)

One of my favorite people on the planet left his body a couple weeks ago. He was really more of an angel than a person and someone I looked up to as a living example of what a spiritual life looks like. He wasn’t dogmatic or judgmental but had a deep acceptance and love for people and life. He created several books and meditation cds and many a one liner from his classes still sings inside me today.

His name was Anthony Strano. I was helping him create illustrations for a book he was working on. In one email, we finalized a plan for the paintings and the next day, I got a call that he had left the body and had a heart attack.

Do you know the last words someone whispered to him before he left? He was conducting a retreat and a lady who spoke another language was moved by his classes and wanted someone to translate a message to him for her. The message was, “You’re an angel.” Those were the last words he heard. I wanted to share with you a few of his creations and honor the beauty of his life.

Two wonderful classes to treat yourself to: “Transforming Challenges into Opportunities” and “Mindfulness & Heartfulness”….luv luv luv! I feel a big thank you for this soul’s presence in my life… as many do.

(my favorite meditation cd!)


both are available on Amazon…you may also be able to find on youtube.


His last article, “To Doodle or Google” on Huffington Post inspired this art journal creation. I truly believe the path of the inspiration is a yin and yang thing, knowing I need to be active in creating pure energy and cultivating the gifts of the soul daily but I also need to learn the art of doing nothing to allow the magic of the muses and divine inspiration to trickle in. It’s essential for true creativity. Anyhow, thank you for letting me share his life. I hope you enjoy his creations!

IMG_4721Peaceful Trails!


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A Profound Spiritual Tip From a Friend

A friend of mine shared a profound spiritual tip with me the other week and I wanted to share it with you. We were talking about the importance of taking care of the body not just with supplements and exercise but with a spiritual respect for it as a living breathing, life machine that has feedback for us. My body has had some odd symptoms for a year or so.

So before I ramble on too much, I’ll share with you the tip.

a) Ask your body if it’s happy with you. Be still and listen for a response, a feeling, an image, whatever comes to you.

b) Then ask if there’s something you can do to help it heal and thrive. Listen for any answers that are coming to you.

I told this to my friend at work and he looked at me like I sprouted feathers but he then went and secretly did it while his dog was playing in the park and he was idling on a bench.

I was amazed at how clear the response was. My body asked for three things and those three things are making a huge difference in the way I feel.  I felt the body wanted more sacred community & connection, more movement and dance, and more breathing.Try it! You don’t have to go public or tell anyone you’re talking to yourself. It’s powerful.

…I ended up stumbling across a beautiful sacred women’s circle that meets ever Monday night and have been enjoying it thoroughly…That Sweet Communion is what seeded this  journal page…sisterhood is a powerful thang…


….then the movement part. I’m not sure if you’ve read much about chi gong but it’s my new love (in addition to miso)-. According to Dr. Oz…if you want to be healthy and live for 100 years, do chi gong. It opens up the energy flow and just centers you more in the heart and in a feeling of well being. My favorite style is Sheng Zhen from a teacher that moves like water. It’s inspired by Lao Tzu so how could it be anything but lovely.

Anyhow, I hope you’ll try this and enjoy listening and acting on the responses as much as I did. Cheerio and have a grand week!


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A Video Flip Journal & a Magazine Looking for Art Journalers!

HeART journal magazine asked if I could post a tutorial and a flip video of journal pages. There’s no $ involved but I get 6 months free of the magazine which comes with all sorts of videos and articles…and publicity can never be a bad thing just in case it’s really possible to have a full time career doing art journaling & mixed media.  Wouldn’t that be lovely?! Anyhow, if you’re interested in publishing your work, it’s a great way to share tutorials, tips and inspirations…a way to get out of your art studio and into creative hearts! Check on the link above. They seem to be looking for art journalers! Below is a video I just worked on this morn…hope you enjoy!

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