art journaling

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.  

Visual Journaling #4

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choose 1-3 photos you've recently taken and imagine the story you want to tell about it.  grab your journal, a few pieces of cardstock or pages from a magazine, some paint, a glue stick, you imagination and have at it.  enjoy the process.

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close-ups.....

 

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Visual Journaling #4

 

toodles,

G

 


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Visual Journal #3

here's a short and fun visual journal video about a special day our family had last weekend.  we got keys to our new apt and even before we moved the all our furniture in we brought our dining room table "home" and invited friends over for a curry nite.  nice way to christen our home and welcome in the good vibes with family and friends.

toodles,

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

living in the light

living in the light

one of the things i know for sure is......i always have to be true to my voice, my truth and stand in my light.

i am a journaler, and my journals are where i hold space for the words and the art and the ideas that matter to me so that i'm always living in the light rather than hiding in the dark.

i have a few journals where i create art { my art journals }, a couple of journals where i write my heart-words { to work thru issues and record my gratefuls } and then there's this virtual space, my blog, my public journal where i journal about creativity and business and laughter and everyday life,  a space where i choose time and time again to shine my light { altho hard this might sometimes be }, a place i get to share ME with YOU.

i started blogging years ago, { btw, this link is a hoot } at first because i wanted to share my work.  at that time i was an art quilter and loved the audience i built.  over the years i have made some wonderful cyber & in-person friends who are brilliant textile artists { susankarenwho are 2 very cool peeps } and, even tho i'm a mixed media artist now, this space has remained true to who i am as an artist and as a person whose touchstones remain....

light,   truth    &     JOY

yesterday i wrote a post about the new workshopthat i'll be teaching in ... SPECTRUM and......i have to tell you, i am blown away by the beautiful and heartfelt comments old and new friends are leaving and also by the release of control i'm hearing in these words to finding one's path to creative spirituality and development.  you guys have made my heart smile ...WIDE.

breath.

i am now working on the content for SPECTRUM workshopand knowing that what i'm create for YOU to enrich your creative spirit and that you are ready to embrace it all makes working on this so much more satisfying and brings much JOY to this heart of mine.

T H A N K   Y O U.

G.

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...to read about and enter the giveaway go here.

....to sign up for this beautiful workshop go here.

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#livinginthelight    #holdingspace     #JOYworkcircle

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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working in the round art journal

what type of art journal do you like to use? for some reason recently i've been called to work in the round.  what is that you might ask?

for me it means working within the confined parameters of a circle, my favourite symbol and one that finds itself in showing up in my artwork time and time again.

Art Journaling in the Round

this week i began with this watercolours from my new grumbacher transparent pan set { santa must have thought i was real nice last christmas, huh }, a recommendation from this book.  the green around the edges you see is masking fluid i applied so that the watercolours stayed within the boundary of the circle.

WIP Watercolour Round Art Journal

still struggling with using watercolours in abstract { which is usually how i like to work in acrylics } i then went to my regulars and added torn paper and a birds-on-a-wire stamp.

I Will Shine My Light

i worked it a bit more, covered up my initial beginnings, got to this place  ...i will shine my light...  and stopped there.  not my fave piece by far and truth be told,at one point i even wanted to throw it away.  i didn't.  but i think i'll be reworking this so i can include it in my round art journal and, i definitely will work in the round again.

still......i got to work on some art today.  my aim is to do this much, much more often this year of 2016.

toodles y'all, G

p.s.  are you guys a part of JAM2016?  you should be.  tiare smith runs the embrace your art challenge and this year it's all about creating a "journal about me" { JAM for short } and i'm a guest artist this year.  how flipping cool right!  so look for more JAM/journaling-in-the-round journal pages from me this year and check out and sign up for the challenge. 

 

#creativeeveryday   #watercolour   #artjournal

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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journaling :: the essence of thought

 
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journaling has always been about capturing those minute moments in a day that adds up to the life we live
— Grace

i love watching him do his homework.  he came into my room last night asking to hang with mum while he did his homework.

my bed soon filled with all his schoolwork stuff spread all over my bed.  he was concentrating so much on writing that he didn't see me sneak this shot.  

he had only to write a short paragraph & ended up filling the whole page with the essence of his thoughts.

he says ... "sometimes i think i'm gonna stop and then i have more to say"

love the silence of these moments with him, each of us doing our own thing, being with each other. no words necessary except the occasional line from a song he doesn't realize he's singing out loud.  oh, the smile in my heart.  it's in these moments that life is the absolute sweetest.

question:  how do you capture the essence of thoughts?   leave a comment telling us how you take the time to journal your day OR use the hashtag #journaltheeveryday over on Instagram.

do you journal regularly? you should...here's why.

my journaling tools

i am not a scrapbooker.  i generally don't buy or collect items to do memory keeping.  at heart, i am a writer or better still, a journaler, one who chooses to record her life in two ways......with a pen and/or with a camera.

i'm lucky.  i remember things in pictures in my mind.  if you ask me where something is a picture of the item pops into my mind of where i saw it last and, usually, i can direct you straight to it.  

i remember details of all sorts of events and conversations { much to the chagrin of my kids, lol } but the feelings of any given moment surrounding those happenings are fleeting and that's the bit that's important to me. journaling my thoughts about these happenings is why I journal.  

and for me, the bonus is rereading the recordings of my life from the past, whether it be last week's musings or the writing I did a year or 5 years ago.

i am also a visual artist { mixed media in particular } and combining these two aspects, journaling and visual artistry, i get to do something called art journaling.  

now by no means is this a new thing...far from it....but for me it is a fairy new way to journal....in words AND in pictures with a little bit of colour thrown in.  haPPy place!

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SLPC front

since discovering the sheer joy of art journaling and since i make books

....i'm also a bookbinder

....i've combined the two and am now making my own art journals to practice my art in with while also getting to add my writings in them as well.

i've enjoyed it so much i've turned one the journals into a class.  check it out here.

art journaling is the symbiosis of images and words ~ olga siedlecka

i believe you need to practice giving time back to yourself.  a perfect way to do that is to journal the everyday.  begin your journaling habit* now to record all those bits of your life.  

journaling regularly helps you reach far into your soul to not only find the answers you seek but the tap into the wholeness of you.  now go do some writing.

toodles, Grace

p.s. new shop update coming soon but if you can't wait, email me so we can begin discussing how to get your own CUSTOM handmade journal created { last day to order in time for Christmas delivery is November 10th }