• Art,  Art Journaling,  Creative,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Nature,  The Homestead,  Thoughts

    Using Recyclables In Your Art

    The below art journaling page is made from scraps and some paint. I am always picking up things off the ground that have rusty goodness or a look of old to them. I’m always keeping an eye out for things that have had a prior life or purpose and using them in art. I make sure I clean my hands and the item after collecting it, but recycling, or ‘upcycling’ is something can be fun and make your pages unique. I’m thinking more art journal here, but below are some items you could upcycle; Some things I’ve collected along the way and used include; Metal pieces that are rusty (can…

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    So-Cal Free-For-All Art Museum Day

    Saturday, February 2 – Sunday, February 3 will mark the 14th annual ‘So-Cal Museums Free-For-All’ Day. If you’re a local here in Southern California, you won’t want to miss. Art, Science, Botanical . . . this lovely offering is for you. Participating museums offer free admission. As a couple, family, for a fun date or even just ‘me’ time, there’s something for all to enjoy on this weekend. To find out which museums offer free admission, when and where, check out more HERE.

  • Life,  Sketching,  Uncategorized

    Inserting Art (or your passion) Into Your Career

    I’ve always had a desire to create and from a young age and enjoyed participating in art contests and creative events. I even had an opportunity to draw/create a logo for my softball team in Elementary School. As I matured, I always kept an art element in my life. I never had any formal art training but I would paint, create, teach, sell some of my artwork, collaborate and write as well. Another passion of mine . . . from a young age was the desire to serve my community and to enter into a law enforcement career which I did for most of my life. Throughout my law enforcement…

  • Artsy Adventures (Outings, Flea Marketing and More),  Life,  Sketching,  Uncategorized

    Art and Summer Days

    Some schools are already out for Summer break and others are wrapping up the academic year. Summer is here. I have the blessing of living in the beautiful O.C. 15 minutes from Laguna Beach and other cities that have an abundance of art galleries and artists. Each year I enjoy attending the Pageant of the Masters or the Sawdust Festival. The free trolleys around Laguna Beach allow you to get from one end of the beach city to the other end easily. Looking for Summer activities surrounding art? Looking for a date night or activity with the kids that aren’t going to cost you an arm and a leg? While the…

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    Every Day Creativity

    The last blog post I shared, I talked about taking a risk and sharing your art with others. I love that my planner is just that . . . a planner that helps me stay organized but that also provides a bit of space to be creative each day. The benefits of being creative each day are amazing. Here are just a few: Self-Expression – helps you express yourself sometimes when words can’t Releases Endorphins – the happy hormone Studies have shown it helps reduce stress Increases our steps toward bravery and promotes a feel of accomplishment Allows thinking outside the box; improves problem solving Helps you improve relationships by…

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    Encouragement to Take a Risk with your Art

    When you share you’re art, you’re sharing a piece of yourself. I think so often we are critical of ourselves and our art and that might hinder from moving forward with promoting our work. When I’ve submitted my work to a magazine company which I do regularly, there have been times that they chose to publish pages from my art journal that I most likely wouldn’t have. That old saying, ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ rings true. With that being said, I want to encourage you to share your art, don’t listen to naysayers, and move forward in spreading color and your beauty in this world. Be…

  • Artsy Adventures (Outings, Flea Marketing and More),  Life,  Uncategorized

    IKEA Inspiration

    As a family, we like to take a trip from time to time to IKEA.  Our daughter leaves to head off to Montana State University for college in just a couple of days.  IKEA has great dorm and design ideas.  We enjoyed our time as we strolled through the showcase floors and even purchased a couple of items for her dorm.  I’m going to miss our time together but it’s time for our baby bird to ‘fly.’ I’m always inspired when we go to IKEA and I thought I’d share a few photos that may inspire you as well! Enjoy!

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    How About it? Are You Joining this Amazing Journey?

    Are you signed up for this amazing faith filled artistic adventure? Will you be joining us for this incredible online journey learning new things, discussing faith and getting to know one another? Amazing artists will inspire and teach you. If you sign up for God, Glory, Art before Sunday you will be entered to win this amazing prize pack with some awesome stamps designed for Prima by Jamie Severtson Dougherty as well as these awesome art supplies. Check out HERE

  • Art Journaling,  Mixed Media,  Uncategorized

    Throwback Thursday – Window of the Soul Art Journal Tags Tour

    It’s Throwback Thursday of a different kind.  I’m adding content I previously lost . . . of some oldies (videos, tutorials, projects).   ADD PHOTOS OF TAGS This one here . . . several years ago I taught a different kind of book club class.  We would read a chapter or two of this awesome book by Ken Gire called Windows on the Soul, convene together, talk about what we learned, I’d teach a technique on a tag and then we’d each create an art journal page with portions of the book that spoke to us.  This is a little tour of the tags I created for the class/techniques I…