I’ve been pretty silent here on the blog and in other venues. I’ve been dealing with some ongoing health issues, and it’s been challenging to blog through this time. As I’ve taken this time out to rest and heal, one thing has kept some of my spark alive and that is playing with art. Art has sustained me, kept my spirits up, and given me many moments of pure pleasure. Now that I’m beginning to feel more myself again, I thought I’d share with you some of the wonderful offerings out there by women I love who have inspired and sustained me (in case you are also in need of some healing, some pleasure, some arty play).
- If you’ve read other of my blog posts (check them out here and here), you know how much I adore Chris Zydel and her workshops, retreats, classes – anything really. Working with her has opened me up to art and to myself in a deep and powerful way, so much so that next month I’m embarking on a year-long expressive arts teacher training with her! Take a little tour of her website where there’s all sorts of great retreats on offer (Oaxaca in December!). Her online course Painting with Fire begins on October 3rd, so check it out – you will be blown away!
2. I have been part of this year-long art journaling course The Journey Within, and have had so much fun playing with new ideas and techniques. I have made my first art journals and expanded my skills (and art supplies!) so much! Kiala Givehand is a wonderful teacher and she really helps you give yourself permission to try new things, mess up, and have fun! You can still sign up for the year-long class and get all of the videos, or take this last quarter only. It’s really worth it!! Check it out here. Below is a flip through of one of the art journals she created in the class.
3. In my last blog post I mentioned Jessica Brogan‘s International Card Deck Swap. I loved it so much, I signed up immediately for the next one. It was so interesting to create a whole deck of cards, trying out new techniques (Jessica provides a series of video tutorials to make it easy and enjoyable). The next theme is travel, and I’ve found it a super fun challenge to create these cards. If you want to get in on it, you need to hurry (click here) – cards are due October 15th! Here’s a preview of some of my travel cards:
4. My last artsy recommendation is a free doodle-along with my friend Lisa DeYoung of Mountain Mermaid Studios. Her doodle days musings adventure is a month-long doodle journey with her Daily Musings Journal (I have the undated version, it’s so fun!). You get a printout of the pages for October, plus emails for inspiration on your adventure. What I love about the Daily Musings Journal is that you have a small space to pop in some words and little drawings to document your day, a completely different take on journaling that is creative, easy, and fun! The doodle days musings adventure runs in the month of October, so click here to sign up soon! Take a look at the video below for a flip through of Lisa’s 2015 journal and you can see some of the fun and inspiring ways she uses it.
I hope you find something fun and inspiring from these wonderful offerings. I really do believe that getting messy and playing with art heals the mind, body and soul.
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