Wanderlust 2017

Wanderlust 2017

  Hello Wonderful, Creative You: I’ve been holding this exciting news for some time now, so it’s time to tell you: I’m honored to be one of the guest teachers for Wanderlust 2017. I hope you’ll join me, because if you are looking for the...
Painting the Blues

Painting the Blues

  The Blues is a musical form that knows a lot about creative self-care. The blues takes a sad, hopeless, dark feeling, and expresses and transforms it through the music with gusto and style. Today we’re going to be painting the blues, and hopefully,...
What Kids Can Teach Us About Creative Self-Care

What Kids Can Teach Us About Creative Self-Care

  Today I have a the honor of doing a guest post on Tinkerlab about how our kids can teach us creative self-care. Have you been on Tinkerlab with Rachelle Doorley yet? It’s an amazing art education site. Rachelle focuses on art education for kids and...

Using Art to Relax

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: If you’ve hung out here at Mindful Art Studio you know that creative self-care is what I’m about – how to use simple art techniques to express your feelings in a playful, joyful way. As someone who tends toward the more...
My Favorite Art Journaling Supplies

My Favorite Art Journaling Supplies

  Hello Wonderful, Creative You: It’s always fun to know what art journaling supplies other artists are using, isn’t it? Working with new art journaling supplies gives me such a kick of inspiration. Does it work that way for you too? And if you are...
Shared Journal Reveal

Shared Journal Reveal

Hey There Wonderful, Creative You! Today I got my shared journal back from Cait Sherwood and I can’t wait to show you what she’s done! I’ve been taking you along on this journey as much as I can, so I’ve opened this sweet little package on...
This is How I Play in My Art Journal

This is How I Play in My Art Journal

Part of the beauty of art journaling is that its an art form that is interactive – the journal doesn’t come alive until you open the book and turn each page. Including dynamic elements like windows and pop-ups calls you back to the playful books of...
Trusting the Process: A Shared Art Journal Update

Trusting the Process: A Shared Art Journal Update

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my first shared journal experience with Maryland artist, Cait Sherwood. Art journaling is an important part of my creative self-care practice, and collaborating on a journal seemed a wonderful way to keep me going. We each started with a...
How to Push Past Fear in Your Art

How to Push Past Fear in Your Art

  (If the Soundcloud app pops up asking you to download, you can just “X” out of it and continue playing the podcast here.)   You can now access the replay from Art Journaling Freedom. I’ve created a classed called, Freeing the Muse. You...
How Creative Collaboration Can Lead to Creative Freedom

How Creative Collaboration Can Lead to Creative Freedom

Dear Wonderful, Creative You, Recently, a wonderful artist named Cait Sherwood contacted me. She said she’d seen my Instagram feed and felt that our styles were similar.  When she invited me to make a shared journal, of course I agreed. Cait suggested using an...
Art Journaling Inspiration

Art Journaling Inspiration

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: It feels important to sometimes just share my art with you. My hope is that you will find art journaling inspiration in seeing another artist’s work. Perhaps you’ll try new techniques or materials. Just looking at some...
2016: The Year of Creative YES

2016: The Year of Creative YES

This is Your Year of Creative YES. Yes, your year. Yes is such a powerful word. Artists and thinkers of all kinds have written about the power of YES, from SARK, to business leaders, to ABC executive producer and writer, Shonda Rhimes in her book, Year of Yes. When we...

Art Journaling Prompts for Gratitude

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. You don’t need to worry about gifts or extraneous obligations, and all the focus is all on family, food, and all the good things happening in your life. In the United States, it’s also the most widely celebrated holiday...
The Mindful Breath: A Simple Form of Self-Care

The Mindful Breath: A Simple Form of Self-Care

You’ve probably heard that controlling your breathing, and practicing mindfulness are great ways to beat stress. But what does that really mean? How does a mindful breath help you psychologically and biologically? A Simple Breathing Technique The Breath Project,...

Just Keep Creating

  Create Because You Must I want you to believe in your art. No matter what others might say, or how much self-doubt you might feel, you ARE an artist. If you are reading this blog, chances are, whether you indulge this feeling or not, you feel the need to create in...
20 Art Books That Inspire

20 Art Books That Inspire

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Making art consistently takes dedication AND inspiration. Books frequently light my creative fire. They key to gathering inspiration is not not just read, but to let art books spur you into creative action! [bctt...
10 Artists Who Inspire Me to Make More Art

10 Artists Who Inspire Me to Make More Art

  Inspiration is a funny thing, isn’t it?  Sometimes it seems to come running at you full speed, while at others, it’s nowhere to be found. Even when you do feel inspired to write, paint, sew, dance, or make music, sometimes getting started can feel...
12 Ways to Make an Art Studio at Home

12 Ways to Make an Art Studio at Home

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: One of the things that people consistently say gets in the way of making art is not having an art space. I’d like to share some ideas for creating a fun, funky, and functional art space you can really use in your home. [bctt...
Make a Shared Art Journal with Kids

Make a Shared Art Journal with Kids

Over the last few weeks we have been talking about different ways to use your art journal for self-care. (You can find the posts on Simple Drawing Techniques for Anxiety, The DIY Adult Coloring Book, and 10 ways to make your own art journal by clicking the links.)...

The DIY Adult Coloring Book

  DISCLAIMER: This coloring book is a tool you may use as art for self-care. It is not art therapy. If you are experiencing overwhelming emotions, please seek support from a professional in your area. You can find a listing of wonderful art therapists here. [bctt...
10 Handmade Art Journals You’ll Want to Make

10 Handmade Art Journals You’ll Want to Make

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Handmade art journals inspire me. They offer so much creative control and choice. You can determine the shape, size, and density of your art journal, and whether, and how, it is bound. You may use traditional bookbinding...