Studio Tour: Get Organized to Get Inspired

Studio Tour: Get Organized to Get Inspired

  Hello Wonderful, Creative You: I’m so excited to share my studio tour with you today! Creating a space for your art making is one of the single most important creative self-care habits I teach students at Mindful Art Studio. Even if you think you have no...
Holiday Gift Guide for Art Journaling

Holiday Gift Guide for Art Journaling

Dear Wonderful Creative You: I frequently get questions about what to give creative people and art journalists. Most artists I know get pretty darn excited about supplies, and I like to make it easy for their loved ones to wow them  with inspiring goodies in a little...
Painting Through Grief with Joy Simon

Painting Through Grief with Joy Simon

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Today is the last day in the Creative Self-Care interview series, and in a way, I’ve saved the most powerful story for last. Joy Simon is an artist who I’ve known through the Mindful Art Studio community for a few years now....
Creating Beyond Limitations with Barbara Shelton

Creating Beyond Limitations with Barbara Shelton

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Today’s interview is with Barbara Shelton, an amazing artist who has used art through recovery from a serious injury to her body and soul. I think her relationship with art, the inner critic, and her need to create will resonate...
How to Get Inspired to Create

How to Get Inspired to Create

  Hello Wonderful, Creative You: I recently picked up Big Magic* by Elizabeth Gilbert. (Did you catch her podcast interview with Krista Tippet at On Being?) I was excited to hear her talking about how to get inspired to create, and the connections between her...
Playing with Heart: The Beauty of Imperfection

Playing with Heart: The Beauty of Imperfection

  The Beauty of Imperfection Dear Wonderful, Creative You: In today’s edition of the You Are an Artist Podcast, I’m thrilled to be talking with fiddler, step dancer, singer-songwriter virtuoso: April Verch. We are talking about the beauty of...
Finding Artistic Flow

Finding Artistic Flow

Today I’m psyched to be featured as a guest on Cayleegrey.com. If you aren’t already familiar with Caylee, you should be. In addition to being one of the most sweet, sincere, and organized people I know in the world, she is also one of the founders of...
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 new to...
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...