The Real Voyage Begins When You Take your Hands off the Wheel &…


add582_fcadc3cceb5b4c61a13e139d5dc82ec6.jpg_srz_p_300_233_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzI have been loving the 21 secrets workshop for a few reasons…I  made much needed money having a grand time and got free access to wonderful videos by 20 artists. One artist named France Papillon is fantastic!  The piece to the left is her creation. She knows her materials, is a superstar of texture and explains things clearly and simply…..Take a peek at her website.  This was her first online teaching workshop and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for more.

  Since her workshop, I’ve been dabbling alot in crackle paste and texture mediums. IMG_4859 I often don’t give myself time to formulate the words on the journal page fully. So on separate paper, I free-wrote about what each image said to me and didn’t stop writing until words popped up that clicked….a good reminder to me to take time with everything.

 “The Real voyage begins when you take your hands off the wheel and steer with your center”

IMG_4853I think I went a wee bit thick with the crackle paste on the one below but found this video by ?? to crack the codes of crackle. Happy Creations and peaceful trails!

(And if you see a workshop from France Papillon, you can be sure it’ll be a good one!)

IMG_4849“Be real and you’ll come out of cracks to kiss the sky”

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Art on the side of Pirate Ghosts

Just dawdling, doodling, and enjoying some art journal & reflection time after a long week of shows.  I work for a family theater and we’re touring with a show that’s based on an old southern ghost story from Lousisiana.


    So on the side of terrifying children, I thought I’d dabble in paint. It’s actually not that bad…the boy outwits the ghost in the end with a bit of creativity and bravado….but there have been a few puddles left in the room as the pirate ghost rises from the swampy mists…tis a daily adventure. I love my work and the peeps I work with…will enjoy it for as long as it lasts.

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Limits Can Be Lovely

IMG_4823I’m enjoying watching all the videos from 21 Secrets. The last few days I’ve been watching Dion Dior’s videos on how to create sketches for the journal. I was practicing my roses on these ladies’ heads. Then I started painting them a bit on the sketch paper and had an uncontrollable urge to cut them out and paste them on a painted background.

IMG_4827Unfortunately, I left my art journal at work that day and had no hardy paper in the house! What to do?!  So I started scouring my house for painting substrates and remembered that I had actually saved a box that came with a bar of vegetable soap. It was so hardy and cute that even I, the chronic tosser, could not throw it out.

IMG_4825Anyhow, I painted it, glued the sketches down, and added a few collage elements….nothing extraordinary…just lots of fun. I would have never gone in that direction if I’d had everything I needed that night. I love the way limits can lead you to wider places and the way less can lead you to more.

Happy Sunday…may it be a restful and serene one. It’s gorgeous here in Florida …fresh and cool…windows are open and we’re not melting!


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“Creating a Mottled Background” …an art journal tutorial


IMG_4814HeART Journal Magazine asked me to create a short tutorial so I finally finished the video and thought I would post it here for any art journal/mixed media enthusiasts.

It’s about creating mottled mixed media backgrounds using stencils, stamps, spray paint, spray bottles, credit cards, clothing tags, acrylics, & inks….a motley crue of materials for a mottled background.


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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!

21 secrets

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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