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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Shading, Sacred Seussing & Creating the 21 Secrets Video

IMG_4671The other week, I stumbled onto an art journaler who was taking a class in shading and I got inspired as I often do when peering in on the creative adventures of fellow artists…sooooo… I  did a few journal pages using various shades of golden teal, mixing in white and black to lighten or darken the hue.

IMG_4670Then…a little play with forms.  I cut out a magazine figure, resized her on my copier, outlined each figure on the page, reinvented it, and made a traveling scene…not sure where she’s going, but she’s closer.

IMG_4667 And finally…The 21 secrets art journaling series is coming up and I just created the journal spread below and videotaped the process for the workshop. Woohoo! Now all I have to do is edit and tweak the video, record the steps and deliver it to the 21 Secrets Fairies. If you’d like to sign up, the button is on the sidebar. There will be 21 art journalers sharing their secrets of how they create their pages…

IMG_4681Inevitably life finds its way onto the page. We’re touring with a summer show based on Dr. Seuss’s story of the Lorax and the gal on the left started to go “Seussish” on me. It happened before I could intervene. However, I like a little silly in my sacred so it suits me fine.

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Guitars, Yogis and the Soul Food of Inspiration

wow…July has been a sneaky devil slipping beneath my heels. I didn’t realize how long it had been since I posted until I almost forgot my log in name. That could also be brain fry.

Hope you’re all well and thriving. I’ve been playing around with forms in the art journal and even dabbled with hands and guitars…fun fun

IMG_4616We’ve been busy touring our summer show so I slipped a sketch pad into our touring van so I can doodle between destinations. Otherwise, the rust sets in.

IMG_4660 I’m also including a lovely class by a soul named Ken O’ Donnell. It’s about overcoming spiritual inertia and moving into inspiration. I found it fantabulous. Hope you’ll enjoy…happy trails.

..tried to embed the interview but it’s not working so here is the link

From Inertia to Inspiration

…and a meditation to go with it…

Have a blessed and beautiful weekend!

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An Art Journal page inspired by a grand book by Mike George


I’ve been reading a book by Mike George called “Free Yourself by Being Yourself” and am savoring “aha’s” about how to move into the real self and out ego. He talks about truth as the experience of the real self rather than a theory, religion or philosophy. But most importantly, he shares how to observe the ego in order to loosen its grip.

I’ve been  thinking less, talking less and thinking more without words or bodily images and scenes of the world.

Yes, I’m out there… but it’s a peaceful place to be when it works. This art journal page was inspired by the read. It would take pages to give you the update but below are some of the  big differences between the real self and the Ego that he covers…it’s worth a read…very freeing emotionally

The True Self

1) Pure vibration…just a radiant feeling of peace, well-being, joy… naturally generous

2) It has no identity and seeks no identity. It exists beyond stories and roles as the trees, lakes, mountains, etc

3) When one is in the real self, the soul wants nothing else but to be in that vibration. It is the feeling of fullness.

4) The real self passes through the scenes of life and the “dramas” but is undefined by them and even at the highest stage, unaltered emotionally…eternally in truth as the scenes of life whirl about.

The big Ole Ego.

He talks about how he feels it’s the main cause of suffering in the world and chalks it up to mistaken identity, a forgetfulness of our real and true nature

1) Ego always has an image of itself, an identity it seeks to preserve in order to feel valuable

2) Ego always wants something more because the experience of the true self is missing. No matter what one has physically or even in terms of achievement, there will be a empty spot that only the real self can fill.

3) The ego entangles itself in the stories and dramas and feels defined, uplifted and taken down by those dramas. It has forgotten there is a backstage of life where one can exist beyond the stories and scenes.

Anyhow, I’m enjoying moving through the world with a cleaner mind…and a few new practices. We got the book early because he’s coming for a visit to our meditation center. It should be out on amazon soon. Hope your week is a lovely one…

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The Play of Peeled Paint

This journal page is called “The Muse” and was inspired by the wow, wow talk by Elizabeth Gilbert.   I always feel guilty when I waste paint so I’ve been  loving this technique. It works great with non stick palettes or those palette papers that come in a booklet.

blog picOnce the paint globs onto the palette or palette paper thickly enough, you can let it dry. Then peel it up and incorporate it into your art or journal page.

close up blog picThen you can use it to make hairdos, borders, horizon lines, flowers, you name it…

close up blog pic 2Hope you’ll give it a whirl and have fun!

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Hope and Oxygen

IMG_4569“Hope”… this week’s art journal adventure. It began with an odd clown who looked slightly stoned. But the page eventually revealed its meaning to me as I painted on.  The image to the left above is a b&w photocopy of a painting I’ve been working on. I copied it, glued it to the page and painted a portion. Fun!

I’ve been in a mood to try new things and explore, explore, explore. The other thing I’m reveling in this week is taking those palette papers with paint all over them, cutting out pieces and weaving them onto the journal page….  Experimenting both in art and in meditation oxygenates the creative spirit and our life.  It also tempts the muses. Ruts are comfortable but rarely inspiring. I think we’re born to outgrow our skin a thousand times. What new things are you exploring?

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Elizabeth Gilbert and a wow, wow, talk for the modern artist

So I listened to this a couple years ago and revisited it because I’m developing a workshop on creativity and spirituality.  It’s about dismantling the burdensome ego of the artist and opening the self to collaborative, mystical creativity. You know those people in church who sing out hallelujah every time the minister speaks? This is what I felt like when listening to this.  Luv! Luv! Luv! Grab a cup of coffee and if art is your thing, treat yourself.


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