Friday, December 31, 2010

Art Journaling to Heal


So many bloggers and artists are talking about their "word" for 2011.  This has made me reflect on 2010 these past few days.  What should my word have been for 2010?  Only one came to mind, HEAL.

The first few months were a struggle, I had a new title at work and was trying to learn while executing.  In May we had a huge audit, and during it this happened:

This was taken a month after surgery.  The tiny circles are my staples.  I broke my ankle in three places.  Having a life changing injury has been the hardest challenge I've faced in my lifetime.  I went back to work a month after my injury and it drained me immensely.  It is so hard to focus while in pain, and after my 8 hour days I was so exhausted all I wanted to do was sleep.

Fast forward five months.  I was still in a lot of pain, every step caused a shooting pain up my leg.  I had another surgery in November to remove my "loose screw", and no, it wasn't brain surgery.  hehe  The very next day I felt so much better.  I still have a long way before I can say I'm fully healed, my muscles and tendons still have to get used to working again, but I can finally say it's almost over.

All that being said, this injury has brought many good things into my life.   While spending that month on the couch I was able to interact with so many amazing artists, as well as focusing on myself and my art.  I have met so many wonderful new friends that I truly believe will last a lifetime.  

Years from now when I look back at 2010 I do not want to remember my injury, I want to remember all the wonderful accomplishments 2010 brought, all the wonderful classes I taught on Ustream, the vids I posted on Youtube, my first class with 21 Secrets, and my first publication in Art Journaling magazine.  More than that, I want to remember it as the year I met so many wonderful ladies.  Here are a few of us on our Buffalo trip.

Buffalo Trip

I also have some new pages to share:

Asian Inspiration





All of these pages were completed on Ustream.  You can check out the recordings whenever you have time.  I also want to let everyone know that I am working on fixing the volume issues.  :)  I will be streaming tonight at 6pm EST if you'd like to join us.  

As for 2011, I have lots of goals, dreams, and aspirations.  I hope you all will join me for an artful 2011.

Thank you so much for all the support, patience, and love you all have sent me this past year.  I love you all!

Much Love xox

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Huge Spoiler, so exciting!

Hi again everyone.  I just wanted to share a quick recorded show that my wonderful friend Melissa did yesterday of the Winter 2011 issue of Art Journaling magazine where I am published.  I've been so anxious to see what art they chose, so Mel was so sweet to show it off for me.

This is a huge spoiler, so don't watch if you want to be surprised!

I'm stalking my postman.  I hope you enjoy!
If you haven't been to my blog in a few days, keep scrolling down... lots of new pages below.

Much Love! xox

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lots of new art journal pages

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful, safe, holidays.  I spent the weekend at home nursing the flu, I feel much better today though.

It's been awhile, but here are just a few of my recent pages for  you to enjoy.  The good news is, almost all of these pages were worked on live over on Ustream.

Games People Play

This is the last two pages in this new journal.  It is a re-purposed composition book that I bought from Samantha Kira.  Now that I have my own Cinch I plan on making my own using watercolor paper.
I did a lot of diecutting for this page.  I used my retro Quickutz alphabet set with my BigKick and cut the title out of mini playing cards, I love how it turned out!  I hand painted the two large dominoes, something that I'm trying to learn to be ore comfortable with.

First Page

These are the first two pages in the same journal.  I absolutely love working with red, white and black.  Lots of ephemera used here, most from a few wonderful ladies that follow me over on Ustream.  You can watch the recording HERE.

First Page close up

In this close up you can see the awesome embossing folder I used, the queen of hearts.  I love how you can see the sheen of the glimmer mist in this picture.


Playing around with hand carved stamps and spray inks, not my usual style, but I like how it turned out.

Letter From Paris

Another Ustream page.  I really enjoyed the layering on this page, as well as the Paris images used.  In the little envelope there is a secret book.  Watch the recording HERE.


I love this picture of me.  I took it a few years ago, and used a special "poster" function on my 5x7 printer gave me this cool effect.  I love how the purples work together.

Me close up

This is a (sideways) close up of the page.  I love the texture.  It was a definite floportunity when the glue started bubbling while I was heating it.  The recording is HERE.

Time Passes

This was a really simple page.  I used spray inks, gesso and stencils.  I love how the swirl stamps tie the page together.


This is my favourite page in this set.  I used mostly Portfolio water soluble oil pastels.  The entire recording is HERE, enjoy!

Butterfly close up

Return Flight

I'm definitely in a circle phase!!  My favourite part of this page is the painted circles with Neocolor II's on top.

Return Flight close up

The close up shows the layers and textures.  The scrapbook paper used was 7 Gypsies.

Please don't forget my live Ustream classes every Wednesday and Saturday nights at 9pm EST.  If you are new to Ustream, it's free and easy to sign up.  All you have to do is create a username and you're in.  You can watch me as a guest, or recordings without signing in, but it's much more fun to sign in and chat with us!
Once signed in, go to my show page here and click on the "join crowd" button on the top of the page.  This will let you see me on your "dashboard".

Much LOVE xox

Friday, December 17, 2010

Youtube Tutorials

Hi all!

I have a much deserved day off from work today.  I have been extremely tired these past few weeks.  I am not sure if it's because my bone is healing, or if I'm spending too much time on my feet at work.  Maybe both.

One of my wonderful art friends put this playlist together for me, all my tutorials in one place!!  Thanks so much Kerri!

Of course you can always go to my channel to subscribe and watch what's new.  :)

Much Love!!
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