Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Music that Moves Me: Loreena McKennitt


























I love music and its always apart of my creative art journaling practice. Thank goodness for music sites like Pandora where I can create a variety of personalized music stations and discover new artists in the process. I have over 50 stations so far and each one sets me in a particular mood. 


My newest love is Loreena McKennitt Radio where they often play music from John Doyle. There is something really dreamy about Celtic music. It puts me right in the mood to write or design. I imagine my trips to Glastonbury many years ago, the cobble stone pathways and sharing stories in a local small pub. It's very romantic and etherial.




Journaling Everyday in December


 
I'm starting something new.
Something completely fun.
I'm going to journal everyday in December.
There's lots to be grateful for in December

The holidays are here.
The year is coming to a close.
There is much to acknowledge and reflect upon.
There is much to enjoy in the present moment.
This is the beginning of it all.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Art Journal Images: Great Android Apps for Image Editing






















I'm always on the look out for great images to use in my art journal. I take my camera almost everywhere with me and I can take 100+ photos in a week (the joy of digital photography). I snap photos all the time with
my camera or my phone. 

I've been known to collect  300+ images, sit down on a weekend, choose the best ones to use and edit them in  photoshop or illustrator. Over time this has become a lengthy and time consuming process.

Like all creative processes, this process was due for a change. Recently I found a photo editing applications that I could use right from my android phone or with my home computer.  This really cuts down on my post-processing time and it lets me focus on how I will use the images in my journal.

Here are the best one's I've found so far:

befunky
This one has lots of filters and frames. I used the free version with my phone and my home computer. I combined a few of the filters to create the image of my dog dexter above,

Paper Camera
 This is an application for your android phone. It makes images look like comic strips..love this!

Pixlr
This is just like photoshop but its online. This has been great for some advanced editing.

  
 


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Juicy Soul Retreat - July 28, 2013




Juicy Soul Retreat
Sunday, July 28 2013
11am - 5pm
A
Work of Heart, San Jose, California

We want to encourage you to make a date with yourself to nurture your creative spirit. The Juicy Soul Retreat is an afternoon of pure creative bliss. We will be showing you techniques that will inspire you to create in your journals and express yourself creatively on every glorious page.  You can begin a new journal or you can continue to build in one of your existing journals. The choice is yours. Our intention is that you spend time in your journal, get inspired to create on a regular basis and explore  techniques that will bring out your unique creative expression. 
This retreat is for beginners and savvy journal artists.


Retreat Schedule:

Juicy Journaling Techniques

Big tables, tons of art supplies...What could be more fun! You will learn some amazing techniques to turn flat blank journals in to juicy journals for your words, poetry, collage, photos, lists, mantras, ideas, songs, prayers, intentions, stories, notes, and dreams.


Living in Your Journals:
Spilling open and celebrating your life through journaling

In this part of the retreat you will discover the wonderful world of fonts, journal page frames, images and story windows. You will be guided through the journaling process to begin to design a focus for your journal. You will explore the variety of tools available to you to support you in journaling your ideas, dreams, victories, stories, experiences when the creative muse appears in your path. We will explore the variety of fonts, letters and methods of capturing words on a page. We will also give you a chance to  journal with the assistance of journaling prompts and ideas for topics to explore in your pages.


Juicy Journaling Studio
Self Guided time to experiment and play

In this part of the retreat you will have all the basic techniques and you will be ready to combine and layer techniques to express yourself creatively. We will act as muses for your creative process by supporting you in your process. You'll spend time in community continuing to turn your flat blank journals in to juicy journals for your words, poetry, collage, photos, lists, mantras, ideas, songs, prayers, intentions, stories, notes, and dreams. This is your time to use all the techniques you've learned to create your journal, experiment with colors and try different supplies.
What to Bring:
  • Journal  
  • Lunch
  • Favorite Art Supplies and Images (optional)

Registration:
Registration is now closed





Monday, November 5, 2012

Juicy Soul Retreat - May 19, 2013




Juicy Soul Retreat
Sunday, May 19 2013

11am - 5pm
A Work of Heart, San Jose, California

We want to encourage you to make a date with yourself to nurture your creative spirit. The Juicy Soul Retreat is an afternoon of pure creative bliss. We will be showing you techniques that will inspire you to create in your journals and express yourself creatively on every glorious page.  You can begin a new journal or you can continue to build in one of your existing journals. The choice is yours. Our intention is that you spend time in your journal, get inspired to create on a regular basis and explore  techniques that will bring out your unique creative expression. 
This retreat is for beginners and savvy journal artists.


Retreat Schedule:

Juicy Journaling Techniques

Big tables, tons of art supplies...What could be more fun! You will learn some amazing techniques to turn flat blank journals in to juicy journals for your words, poetry, collage, photos, lists, mantras, ideas, songs, prayers, intentions, stories, notes, and dreams.


Living in Your Journals:
Spilling open and celebrating your life through journaling

In this part of the retreat you will discover the wonderful world of fonts, journal page frames, images and story windows. You will be guided through the journaling process to begin to design a focus for your journal. You will explore the variety of tools available to you to support you in journaling your ideas, dreams, victories, stories, experiences when the creative muse appears in your path. We will explore the variety of fonts, letters and methods of capturing words on a page. We will also give you a chance to  journal with the assistance of journaling prompts and ideas for topics to explore in your pages.


Juicy Journaling Studio
Self Guided time to experiment and play

In this part of the retreat you will have all the basic techniques and you will be ready to combine and layer techniques to express yourself creatively. We will act as muses for your creative process by supporting you in your process. You'll spend time in community continuing to turn your flat blank journals in to juicy journals for your words, poetry, collage, photos, lists, mantras, ideas, songs, prayers, intentions, stories, notes, and dreams. This is your time to use all the techniques you've learned to create your journal, experiment with colors and try different supplies.
What to Bring:
  • Journal  
  • Lunch
  • Favorite Art Supplies and Images (optional)

Registration:
Registration is now closed





Sunday, November 4, 2012

Juicy Soul Retreat - February 24, 2013




Juicy Soul Retreat
Sunday, February 24 2013
11am - 5pm
A
Work of Heart, San Jose, California
 

We want to encourage you to make a date with yourself to nurture your creative spirit. The Juicy Soul Retreat is an afternoon of pure creative bliss. We will be showing you techniques that will inspire you to create in your journals and express yourself creatively on every glorious page.  You can begin a new journal or you can continue to build in one of your existing journals. The choice is yours. Our intention is that you spend time in your journal, get inspired to create on a regular basis and explore  techniques that will bring out your unique creative expression. 
This retreat is for beginners and savvy journal artists.


Retreat Schedule:

Juicy Journaling Techniques

Big tables, tons of art supplies...What could be more fun! You will learn some amazing techniques to turn flat blank journals in to juicy journals for your words, poetry, collage, photos, lists, mantras, ideas, songs, prayers, intentions, stories, notes, and dreams.


Living in Your Journals:
Spilling open and celebrating your life through journaling

In this part of the retreat you will discover the wonderful world of fonts, journal page frames, images and story windows. You will be guided through the journaling process to begin to design a focus for your journal. You will explore the variety of tools available to you to support you in journaling your ideas, dreams, victories, stories, experiences when the creative muse appears in your path. We will explore the variety of fonts, letters and methods of capturing words on a page. We will also give you a chance to  journal with the assistance of journaling prompts and ideas for topics to explore in your pages.


Juicy Journaling Studio
Self Guided time to experiment and play

In this part of the retreat you will have all the basic techniques and you will be ready to combine and layer techniques to express yourself creatively. We will act as muses for your creative process by supporting you in your process. You'll spend time in community continuing to turn your flat blank journals in to juicy journals for your words, poetry, collage, photos, lists, mantras, ideas, songs, prayers, intentions, stories, notes, and dreams. This is your time to use all the techniques you've learned to create your journal, experiment with colors and try different supplies.
What to Bring:
  • Journal  
  • Lunch
  • Favorite Art Supplies and Images (optional)

Registration:
Registration is closed






Friday, November 2, 2012

Vision Boards - January 20, 2013




Vision Boards
Sunday, January 20, 2013

11am - 1:30pm
A
Work of Heart, San Jose, California
 

This workshop will provide a peaceful space to create your vision board for the year We will explore the role of vision boards in goal setting and discuss how journaling can support you in the process! I will guide you through a series of steps that I have learned over years of creating vision boards of my own.  You will be given time select images and create a vision board of your own.
I will also give you the opportunity to practice a valuable journaling process to help you capture any inspired ideas that might lead you to your goal. I call this process "Idea catching" and I will share with you the process of capturing your inspired actions in an "Idea Cather" or Idea journal.  This journal is unique in that it holds every wild idea, clue, phone number, map, quote that will lead you to your goal. These journals have been extremely powerful in capturing inspired actions that result from focusing on my vision boards and has lead me to solutions and surprising results.
With your Vision Board and Idea Catcher, you will have everything you need to creative fabulous year!


Workshop Schedule:

Choosing Images for your Vision Board
In this portion of the workshop we will look at the best ways to collect and use images for your vision board. You will have time to pull images that inspire you. Feel free to bring images you have collected before the workshop. The goal will be to find images that represent the essence of what you want to experience this year.

Arranging Images  on your Board
Over the years I've noticed that there are several ways to arrange images on your board to inspire maximum inspiration. We will explore some ways to arrange your images on your vision board based on your fundamental desires.

Keeping your vision board active
Keeping the visions on the vision board active and present for you will help you to make key choices to bring them to fruition. 



What to Bring:
  • Image of you or something that represents you
  • Images that inspire you (optional)
  • Magazines (optional)

Registration:
Registration is closed