Coming full circle :: Putting creativity on hold

Coming full circle :: Putting creativity on hold

I put making books on pause BUT that did not stop the creativity juices from bubbling up. Y'all ever had something like that happen to you? How to let go and still do what you want/need to do.  

and the giveaway winner is.....

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it's been a whirlwind first week of the shop re-open.  thank you, thank you all! there are so many more ideas and designs for journals rolling around in my noggin and all will eventually be revealed but i gotta tell you, i like the beautiful simplicity of my new booklet journals.

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of course they are perfect for bullet journaling...the booklet i'm using has dot grid paper { you can request to have your booklet stitched with dot grid paper }.  my blank paper booklet i use for visual journaling paper. and even stands up to all my visual journaling.  my son said to me yesterday that he loves the idea of all of the different covered booklets and has chosen the one he wants already.

now on to the giveaway winner.  congratulations....

SHELLEY R.!!!

a whole bunch of goodies including this original piece of artwork below, the mini booklet and cool flower postcards i found, are on their way to you girl!  thank you for participating!

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i've had fun this past week and looking forward to many more days of making journals for you to write your heartwords in.

toodles.

G

and the SPECTRUM giveaway winner is...

i've had so much fun again offering this 2nd giveaway so we will wait no more.the SPECTRUM giveaway winner of a FREE spot in the workshop and a mini "grace journal" is

drumroll please......

KRYSTE HERRING!
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congrats kryste!  if you haven't already, please send me your snail mail address so i can mail you your new mini sketchbook.

thank you...

to all of you who entered the giveaway.  i adore you and very much appreciate you visiting my blog and being a part of the JOY love tribe.  in fact i adore all JLT members { just spreading some JOY...and love to y'all }.

there's soooo much happening behind the scenes here at redbarn studios and i can't wait to reveal them to you but you gotta wait a lil teeny bit longer.  i will be sharing sneak peaks over on instagram { so go follow me } but just know, there's good things to come!

y'all know i'm a bookbinder, a journaler and a mixed media artist.  so i have a question for you.  

what would you like to see me work on for YOU?  what are your interests and needs that i can help you with ...create a course?  design a printable to help you in your daily life?  create a particular type of journal to house your heartwords?  leave a comment below or shoot me an email { use the link above } to let me know.

anyway, that's it for now.  SPECTRUM starts May 2nd.  if you haven't already signed up click this link to join us here. i'd love to see you in class.

toodles,

G

it's the 100 days of art :: january recap y'all!

i did it!  i've truly started and so far so good.  back in january i posted about my 100 days of art { read that post here }.  i am so excited about this challenge that i'll be carrying straight thru the whole year of 2016.

yay me right!!!

my original plan was to do a weekly recap { whoa girl..pull up on them britches a bit! }.  don't think that's feasible so instead i'll be doing a monthly recap.  you'll see all the artwork i've worked on during the month but not all of them will count towards my 100 pieces, some of them are works that i started before the challenge and pulled out to work on them some more or, in some cases, finish them.

{ if you follow me on instagram, which you are doing right???, you'll see me countdown the numbered pieces that are part this challenge }

and here goes...

playing with alcohol inks & white signo pen doodling. { you can purchase a print of this bad boy here }Doodle on Alcohol Ink-100 days of art

last year decided to wanted to work in the round...ehh, not enamored with this one, she thinked too much on this one In the Round-100 days of art

playing with alcohol ink again, research work for a class on alcohol ink i'm developing for later this year { sign up here to get email notice when this class goes LIVEAlcohol Ink Play-100 days of art

when i created this one i was feeling sick most of day but needed to be creative so a quick jaunt to my artspace and then back in bed for me { completing this just about wasted me. ha! }Experience Life-100 days of art

more alcohol ink play... flipping heck i love this medium!!!!!detail-100 days of art

inking it up again!!!  whoop whoop! Vase of Alcohol Ink-100 days of art

ok i did tell you that i'm experimenting with alcohol ink right? heehee.  this one i worked up on a previously painted page in my art journal Flowers in Her Wake-100 days of art

have been having this love affair with watercolours for the past few months.  girl cannot get enough of watching the colours move and pool across the paper. Watercolour Feather-100 days of art

"green girl"  she's one from before....love her!!!! Green Girl-100 days of art

okay that's it folks.  february's artwork will be coming up rather soon.  gonna try for posting these monthly recaps toward the end of the month rather than in the middle of the following month.  so.....

what creative artplay did you get up to?   

share whatcha been doing over on instagram using the hashtag #ARTPLAYeveryday.  let's keep these creative juices flowing people!

toodles y'all, G

15 minutes of colour explosion { #99of 100}

when we moved to portland the only space for my studio was in the corner of our bedroom.  so the walk to work takes all of 3 steps { heehee }.  the other day feeling totally yucky but, knowing i had work to do, i gathered my computer, a notebook, my fave coleto pen and snuggled under the covers.somehow i knew i'd be working in small bursts cause as the tired 'n yucky and can-do-no-more-or-my-head-will-burst feeling arose all i would have to do is push everything away and rest.  that was my day.

...till about 5pm when the push and pull got to me and i needed a change of pace.  that's when, 2 feet away, my muse began calling to me.

you ever have a conversation in your head where 1 side says "DO IT!" and the other side says "nahhhh, let's not...no really.....don't."?  i was fighting and urging myself at the same time.

my muse won with 1 compromise.  she got 15 minutes max then back to bed cause i could feel  my body still wans't feeling all that good but my mind needed the distraction.

i began with a swath of watercolour across a page in my art journal that had already had the papers glued down.

it needed bold strokes.  i felt the muse direct me next to a big flower stamp.  most of the rubber stamps in my collection are much smaller, less bold.  when i bought this { and another one like it } oh so long ago i did wonder what the heck i would do with them.  last time i think i used either of them was at least 3 yrs ago, but today, i was just doing as i was bid.

i stamped them twice.  at first, this unnerved me because  i usually don't use stamps in this way but then, was called to stamp a few more all over the page instead of my usual of smaller stamp used for detail work and sprinkled throughout but, as this was just supposed to be 15 minutes i didn't argue with my muse.

wanting to add more colour but not knowing where to head next i rummaged thru my art cabinet and came upon my cray-pas oil pastels.  because i love colour sooo darn much i pulled out 6 - orange, green, blue, pink, red, yellow - and coloured each flower in.  the thought popped into my head "where the heck was i going with this?".  yet i stayed the course.

there seemed to be a competition between the watercolour background and the oil pastel flowers.  you know who won out don't you?  watered down gesso came next to tone down the background a bit.  and then in a move that made no sense { since i had just muted things } i sprinkled colorburst watercolour powders all over the page in just warm colours at first { see video of them coming alive with water }.

looks a total mess right? and yet still, i stayed the course.  i came upon a quote to use but ended up using something different in the end, not wanting to add too many words.  i wrote using the white oil pastel to act as a resist to the colourburst powders.

 

as the watercolours powders dried the colours receded a bit.  i like where i left it but i think there's more to be done and will revisit this page another time.  for now.....my muse was satisfied and let me lie down again.

G

#99of100    #ARTPLAYeveryday    #redbarnstudiosart

100 days project :: a new twist

for my 100 days, you know i have to twist things up right?  one cannot be like everyone else after all. i tell ya......i gotta be me, the only me there is.

so here goes.  i've talked before about the "art every day month" { #aedm2015 } challenge i joined in november last year.  that was a total blast!  no pressure to create.  no committing to pushing out one type of artwork.  nothing but having fun sitting in my creativity pool, dabbling, getting serious, taking 5 mins art breaks or sometimes getting lost in my art.  whatever me and my muse wanted to get up to, we did.

ahhhhh...it felt so damn good.

after the month finished i knew i wanted to recreate that feeling about art,  that air of laissaez-faire* that i had somehow lost whenever i approached my art before.

*lais·sez-faire { ˌlesā ˈfer/ } noun
   - a policy or attitude of letting things take their own course, without interfering.

the #aedm2015 instagram challenge brought it all home to me.  it let me know that it was okay to take a break for art just for the sake of art.  i mean really?  is it that hard to get to my studio { a mere 2 ft away i might add, ha! } and create?  no, not at all.  but apparently i must have rescinded permission to play.  doing any art was either for classes or for work.

so what's a girl to do after feeling that good?  step into it more often of course!  over the last 2 months i thought and thought about how i could incorporate that feeling into my everyday without feeling the pressure to commit.  and that's how the "counting backwards 100 days of art" began to take shape in my mind.

my twist on the 100 days project

i knew i couldn't do 100 straight days in a row.  i'd drive myself bonkers after day 3, knowing i had 93 more to go.  ha!  but 100 sounds like such a good and solid number to strive for.  the other thing for me was i didn't want to arrive at #57 and find i was totally bored, fed up and quit right then and there, forever left that i didn't attain my goal { that's cappy brain thinking for sure }.

that's how i came up with 100 days in 366 / 2016 and counting backwards was the twist i put on it.  i get the high numbers  out of the way and end with the biggie....Number 1.  if i get 15 finished in one month and only 3 in the next that's all right by me...it'll all leads to 100 completed works.

sweet right?

no medium or type of artwork is off limits.  i might go thru a period of time working with just one medium...but then again, i might not.  no limits.  no parameters. no deadlines each month.

with that said, here's #100of100

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i have a class coming up { one BADASS art journal - starting Feb 1st } using alcohol inks { AI } and wanted to explore it some more went ape sh*t crazy playing with them.  i made a few others but now, from these #artplay session with AI, i came up with a series that i'll turn into a class later in the year.  oh.em.gee. how i love serendipitous moments, don't you?

ok. now that i've let you in, it's back to work for me.

toodles,

G

WHAT NEW THINGS WILL YOU BE WORKING ON THIS YEAR?  

How will you bring forth your creative spirit and let it shine?   Tell me in the comments section below.

#ARTPLAYeveryday    #creativeflow    #100DaysofArt

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p.s.  there's still a chance to enter the giveaway for 1 FREE spot in the SPECTRUM holistic creative workshop.  find out more about the teachers and their offerings here.

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SPECTRUM give-away!

can i just say oh.em.gee.  late last year i was asked to be a guest teacher in this... a beautiful, awe-inspiring, 22 week long workshop.  i jumped at the opportunity but had to keep it under wraps for a bit while hali set everything up.  well now it's time to broadcast it to the world.  woohoo!  

Spectrum Blog Hop GIVEAWAY & Newsletter Sign Up

about the workshop

SPECTRUM, an online holistic-creative workshop organized by hali karla of hali karla arts is going on its third year!  there are 20 NEW featured teachers in SPECTRUM 2016  { including moi! } and more than 20 returning contributors offering a variety of workshops, inspiration and invitations { see list below }.

this spectacular workshop is intended to empower, nurture & celebrate your innate creative expression, start you on a healing journey if needed and move to enhance your personal development.  each participating teacher, bringing her perspective to this offering, will use one of the following themes:

Forgiveness  |  Shifting Perspective  |  Navigating Uncertainty  |  Integration  | Alchemy   Connecting with Nature  |  Honoring Body  |  Trusting Joy  |  Expressing One’s Truth

pre-registration for SPECTRUM 2016 officially opens on February 1, 2016, with the workshop beginning May 2.

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~ to learn more details about SPECTRUM, including all of the contributors and workshop offerings for this course click here ~   

Spectrum Blog Hop GIVEAWAY & Newsletter Sign Up

now to the giveaway!

i have one spot to give-away to a lucky winner for the january blog-hop.  to enter this GIVEAWAY do the following:

  1. sign up below to begin receiving my newsletter { bonus....you get my FREE journaling pdf }
  2. share this link  http://bit.ly/SPECTRUM2016-gh on your favourite social media to let everyone know about this fantastic workshop!  { feel free to tag me! @kgracehowes }
  3. leave a comment below to let me know where you shared it and why you want to win
 { note: this giveaway is now closed but you can still use the link to sign up. look for a 2nd giveaway happening in April! }

remember to bookmark this page { or this link } so that you can check back to see if you've won my give-away or to sign up just as soon as it goes on sale.  i will announce the winner  here on February 1, 2016

{ note:  as a contributing artist, by using my affiliate link to purchase the workshop i will receive a portion of the registration fee as compensation for the workshop so please let your friends know to use my link provided here.  thanks!  }

below is a list of the other teachers for the Spectrum 2016 blog-hop with the dates their give-away goes live.  you can visit their website to enter their giveaways as well.  enjoy the blog-hop, good luck on the give-aways, and  see you in may for SPECTRUM 2016!

toodles, G

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Spectrum Teachers { links are clickable }

13 January: Hali Karla http://www.halikarla.com/blog/

14 January: Andrea Schroeder http://www.creativedreamincubator.com/blog Angelique Arroyo http://schoolformedicinewomyn.com/

15 January: Bebe Butler http://www.bebebutler.com/ Beth Morey http://www.sheofthewild.com/

16 January: Briana Goetzen http://www.orangespiralarts.com/ Carissa Paige http://carissapaige.blogspot.com/

17 January: Cat Caracelo http://catcaracelo.com/ Catherine Anderson http://catherineandersonstudio.blogspot.com/

18 January: Chris Zydel http://creativejuicesarts.com/ Effy Wild http://effybird.com/

19 January: Elloa Atkinson http://www.elloaatkinson.com/ Grace Howes    http://www.redbarn-studios.com/

20 January: Gretchen Miller http://www.gretchenmiller.wordpress.com/ Kara LC Jones http://motherhenna.blogspot.com/

21 January: Kelly Johnson http://www.wingswormsandwonder.com/ Kitty Oppegard http://handoverheartstudios.blogspot.com/

22 January: Kristal Norton http://kristalnorton.com/ Lisa Hofmann http://dandelionseedsanddreams.blogspot.com/

23 January: Lisa Wilson http://www.beingbreath.com/ Lucy Pearce http://dreamingaloud.net/

24 January: Malini Parkehttp://www.maliniparker.com/ Meghan Genge http://www.meghangenge.com/

25 January: Melissa Harris http://www.melissaharris.com/ Michelle Turbide http://michelleturbidestudios.com/

26 January: Petrea Hansen-Adamidis http://www.arttherapist.ca/blog Rachael Rice http://rachaelrice.com/

27 January: Robin Hallett http://www.robinhallett.com/ Shelley Klammer http://intuitivecreativity.typepad.com/

28 January: Suki Ciappara Ka'Pinao http://sukihealingarts.com/ Tara Leaver http://taraleaver.com/

 

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the jig is up...time for some BADASS art!

what do the numbers 16, 14, 12 and 1 have in common?  it's all about the new class i'm teaching in!

all brought to you by our amazing mixed media artist and host, tiare smith.  this girl knows her art journaling stuff!  to learn more about each artist instructor tiare set up a blog hog and today is my turn at the helm!  i finally get to share a sneak peek of my lesson. whoop, whoop!

intrigued are you?  mmmmmmh......veddy veddy good. lol.

in this cool class, each instructor will WOW you with their creativity, ignite your passion for art and take you along on one BADASS journey through their world of art by teaching you one cool art journaling technique.

the bonus for you?  each of us gets to give away 1 { one } FREE spot in the class, so you now have 14 chances to winby visiting each of our blogs on our assigned day and following the instructions.

how can you win my FREE giveaway spot?  do at least one* { or preferably all  } of the following.....

  • leave a comment below telling me about 1 mixed media technique you'd still love to learn about or what your favourite mixed media technique is
  •  click the LIKEbutton on my facebook page{ you can share your technique there }
  • share this link  ~ http://bit.ly/BAJclassGraceH ~  on your fave social media { twitter/ instagram/pinterest/etc }

*each task is equal to 1 entry, max 3 per person.  winner will be chosen by random draw and announced Jan 5th, one week from today on my facebook page.

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what if you already know you're ready to sign up? click here!

one badass art journal :: one cool blog hop

today starts the "one BADASS art journal" bog hop!  Woohoo!  tiare smith has gathered some cool art journalers for this new class.  each day for the next 2 weeks you'll meet one of the 14 instructors for this BADASS Journal class { see list below }.  of course meeting them is only half the fun .....signing up for the class is what you really need to do. One Bad Ass Collage with Wordsand do you know the best part about the blog hop starting now?  for the next 2 days* you get to take advantage of a sweet holiday discount.  use  the code IMBAD15  for 15% off the set price. click here to find out more and to sign up.

{ note: the link provided is an affiliate link. please be sure to sign up for the class by clicking thru my link to help me get credit for the class, thanks y'all! }

toodles, G

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Here's the lineup for the blog hop  { links are clickable }:

12/26 – Andrea Gomoll 

12/27 – Robin Mead

12/28 – PanArt – Cristin Stevenson

12/29 – Me .....{ Grace }

12/30 – Jeanette Montero

12/31 – Keri Sallee

1/1 – Soul Whispers Art

1/2 – Susanne Rose

1/3 – Amanda Trought 

1/4 – Ayala Art

1/5 – Kiala Givehand

1/6 – Nicci Battilana

1/7 – Tracy Scott

1/8 – Tiare Smith 

 

*( discount expires december 27th }

the chunkiness of new journals...oh my!

chunky journals_Livia_Chiara these beauties will be spirited off to their new owners today. so stinking excited.  they are for some young girls whose interests varies soooo much. one loves monkey, the other is gaga for anything ocean themed.  had the best time gathering supplies for each   one.

cannot get over the absolute chunkiness of them { YES! } with all that yummy paper flowing throughout ...it is flipping delightful to behold { can ya guess that i kinda get gaga myself when i see all that paper ).   and boy can I pack in the goodness!    took a boat load of pics to document them  and will post more detailed pics after i edit them, but for now....they're DONE!  Woohoo!

#createeveryday  #JOYwork  #customJournals

i'm at it again. oh my.

i've been making an effort these last couple of weeks to practice with watercolours, taking note of how it reacts with certain amounts of water and salt and other things.  well here's an "other thing" i recently tried , lol. tcv poppy frangments stencil

on a recent girl's day trip to an awesome store, called collage, here in portland { Liz McNabb you would love it! }  I picked up this stencil { among many, many other things....heehee }.  it's a crafter's workshop stencil called "poppy fragments".  and it sat on my new artspace table staring at me as I worked.  my immediate thought was, how could I use the stencil without spraying thru it which i really didn't want to do { i'm using watercolours people! }.

what i decided to do was spray the backside with adhesive so that as I painted, the juicy watercolour wouldn't seep underneath.  welllll......the only problem with that plan was who knows where my spray adhesive is?  remember i still have at least 65% of my studio supplies in our storage units downstairs.  ugh.  big UGH.

what I did instead was to rub a glue stick on the backside, stick that puppy down and use a fine brush to paint inside the stencil.  this way i don't have to have spray over the outside edges of the stencil thereby controling  where the colour ends up.  and.......

IT WORKED!

Fleur Watercolour

isn't she the loveliest lil thing?  totally doing this again { ahem! } ....once I find the other gazillion and one stencils I own.  storage here I come again.

toodles y'all, G

watercolour-y ....is that even a word?

the number 5

my muse these days is watercolor. once upon a time I would shy completely away from using this medium but today I love the watercolour-y effects I can get with it.

plus have ya seen the rainbow of colour I can use all in one piece? oh my! my mind is racing with all the cool things I can come up with. for now tho i'm enjoying the this playtime.

for this one I drew my fave number in pencil then went to town adding the splashes of vibrant colour { I tend to go for bold not subdued pastel-y colours even with watercolours ha! }.

I wanted the five to be in black but in brush stroke like it was written with a large sumi brush in Japanese script. it didn't turn out that way and the bold black looked a bit stark against all that colour so I added the line work in white with a signo pen { my new fave writing tool }.

loved how this turned out. the experimenting continues.

toodles, G

festive soul food :: book of days

today my festive SOUL food lesson airs on community thrive.  yay!!! we had to create a lesson based around a holiday or festival from our hometown.   most of you know that i'm from the bahamas and what better festival to celebrate than the big one that happens at the end of every year.....

JUNKANOO!

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for Junkanoo teams members create fantastical brightly coloured costumes to parade the streets of downtown, dancing and playing music for the crowds gathered.   my lesson is based on this concept of celebration.......and you know it had to have loads of colour, and be something you can journal in right?  of course you say!

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o access my lesson and all the other wonderful, creative lessons offered by the other festive SOUL food sous chefs for the month of september use this link:

http://bit.ly/FestiveSoulFoodSignup { NOTE: this workshop is no longer available through community thrive but will soon be available in my classroom site.  yay! }

of course there's still time to sign up.  plus, by purchasing now the lesson will be available to you 'till december so you can work on each one at your leisure.

i'll be sharing, in the next few weeks, a few of the journaling pages i've created so far for the month of september but here's video of a quick sneak peak at one of them.

toodles y'all, G

p.s.  for more information about the Bahamian Festival I talked about above check here: http://bit.ly/BookofDaysJunkanooExplained

 

what type of soul food creative are you?

festive soul food teachers

well they've done it again!

this time you're in for a treat with festive SOUL food coming to you for the month of september.  you'll get 3 head chefs { mystele, heather & jeannette }, 9 way cool sous chefs  { see them above including this girl too } and 1 celebrity chef { danita of danita art }.

register and sign up for some fun creativity using this link: http://communitythrive.com/festive-soul-food

{ NOTE: this workshop is no longer available through community thrive but will soon be available in my classroom site.  yay! }

want a sneak peek? mystele has created a free bonus lesson to get us started.  this girl is good...whoa!   click video to open in youtube and access links for bonus lessons below the video.

so c'mon along and join us.  it's gonna be good.

festive soul food is coming!

guess what? i'm hosting a giveaway!!!

why?  because you deserve it of course but there's another reason. i am one 9 sous chefs chosen to teach in.......

YAY!!

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to find our more info on the festive soul food and see who the other sous chefs check are and what they're about, check things out here { psst.....they're all a cool bunch of artists, you'll see! }

Registration begins August 1st

our head chefs also asked each sous chef to record a video to introduce ourselves.  you can watch mine here: https://vimeo.com/redbarnstudios/gracehowesinterview

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Good Luck and See You in Class!

so here's the BIG plus, i get to offer one (1) spot in the class and all you have to do to win it is to enter the giveaway below and share this post on facebooktwitter or instagram and with your friends { whilst you're there go ahead and follow me }. Be sure to leave a comment below to let me know where you shared.

giveaway ends July 15th when the winner will be announced here on the blog { NOTE: I only have one spot to offer so there will only one winner for the giveaway }.

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