Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Vision Board Workshop - February 21, 2016



Sunday, February 21, 2016

11am - 1:30pm 
A
 Work of HeartSan 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 to 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 journal.  This journal is unique in that it holds every wild idea, clue, phone number, map, and 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: $65   Before 2/18/2016: $75



*** Registration Closed ***



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Juicy Soul Alumni Event - September 25, 2016


Sunday, September 16, 2016



A Work of HeartSan Jose, California



We want to encourage you to continue to journal after you attend the Juicy Soul Retreat. 
This Juicy Soul Retreat Alumni Event is an open studio experience designed for previous attendees of the Juicy Soul Retreat.  Alumni are invited to re-ignite their creative spirit by creating in their journals in community.  Come and reconnect with other JSR alumni. Share experiences. Come to practice the techniques you learned and techniques you have developed since the Juicy Soul Retreat. Share your journals and bring your questions for creating a regular creative journaling practice. 

Re-ignite your passion...get painty hands and be happy.


About the Event:

This event is for Juicy Soul Retreat Alumni. If you would like to attend this event but you haven't attended a Juicy Soul Retreat in the past, register for one of our upcoming retreats and signing up for an event date after your Juicy Soul Retreat. 

This is not a structured teaching workshop but an open studio experience for JSR Alumni. We will provide light snacks, music, tea and a variety of art supplies. You are welcome to bring your favorite supplies to inspire your experience. 

Andrea and I will be available for questions and will be working, along with you, in our journals

What to Bring:
  • Your Journal  
  • Previous Art Journals you would like to share with others for their inspiration (optional)
  • Your Favorite Art Supplies and Images (optional)

Registration:
Registration will open in September 2016



Juicy Soul Retreat - October 16, 2016



Sunday, October 16, 2016

11am - 5pm 

A Work of HeartSan 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)

See what it's like to attend?:


     


More Photos:
Juicy Soul Retreat Photos on Flickr 


    Registration:
    Registration: $120 , After 10/11/2016: $125

    Juicy Soul Retreat - March 6, 2016


          Sunday, March 6, 2016

            11am - 5pm 

           A Work of HeartSan 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)

    See what it's like to attend?:


         


    More Photos:

    Registration:
    *** Registration is Closed ***



    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Friday, July 3, 2015

    Juicy Soul Retreat - July 12, 2015



    Juicy Soul Retreat
    Sunday, July 12, 2015
    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)

    See what it's like to attend?:


        


    More Photos:

    Registration:
    Registration: $120 , After 7/5/2015: $125





    Friday, June 5, 2015

    Juicy Soul Alumni Event - June 14, 2015



    Juicy Soul Alumni Event
    Sunday, June 14, 2015
    2pm - 5pm
    A
    Work of Heart, San Jose, California


    We want to encourage you to continue to journal after you attend the Juicy Soul Retreat. 
    This Juicy Soul Retreat Alumni Event is an open studio experience designed for previous attendees of the Juicy Soul Retreat.  Alumni are invited to re-ignite their creative spirit by creating in their journals in community.  Come and reconnect with other JSR alumni. Share experiences. Come to practice the techniques you learned and techniques you have developed since the Juicy Soul Retreat. Share your journals and bring your questions for creating a regular creative journaling practice. 

    Re-ignite your passion...get painty hands and be happy.


       

    About the Event:

    This event is for Juicy Soul Retreat Alumni. If you would like to attend this event but you haven't attended a Juicy Soul Retreat in the past, register for one of our upcoming retreats and signing up for an event date after your Juicy Soul Retreat. 

    This is not a structured teaching workshop but an open studio experience for JSR Alumni. We will provide light snacks, music, tea and a variety of art supplies. You are welcome to bring your favorite supplies to inspire your experience. 

    Andrea and I will be available for questions and will be working, along with you, in our journals

    What to Bring:
    • Your Journal  
    • Previous Art Journals you would like to share with others for their inspiration (optional)
    • Your Favorite Art Supplies and Images (optional)

    Registration:
    Registration: $20 , After 6/13/2015: $25





    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Word of Wisdom: Accountability




    "A man who is not accountable to 
    anybody is a danger to himself" 
    — Iyanla Vanzant 

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    Words of Wisdom: Boundaries




    “When we fail to set boundaries and 
    hold people accountable, 
    we feel used and mistreated. 
    This is why we sometimes attack who they are, 
    which is far more hurtful 
    than addressing a behavior or a choice.” 

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    Weekly Art Journal - May 18 - 24


    This week was all about SHINING! I have great opportunities to shine at work and with my art and I need to take advantage of those opportunities as they come. I have so many passions that I am inspired to express and I'm so grateful that I have lots of ways to express them.  

    I've been waking up early each morning to create in my journal. 
    For the past few weeks I've been waking up early in the morning to sit in my studio and journal until the sun comes up. 

    It's my Sadhana

    It's is making all the difference in the world as to how my day unfolds. 
    Each week is an amazing adventure. 

    This week I had a few medical appointments that went really well because I made some conscious decisions earlier in the year.  I didn't like going to my old dentist so I took steps to find a new one this year, it was the best decision ever!  

    When things don't work for me I usually try to work it out through communication...asking for what I want, negotiate something new, bringing awareness to something to bring about change. 

    But sometimes even with all that, things don't change 
    and it's time to move on.

    But to tell you the truth...
    I don't like to move on 
    I like to keep at something until it changes 
    but that leaves me soooo frustrated. 
    and frustration dulls my SHINE.

    So this week I look on doing things that make me SHINE 
    and letting go of things I've been trying to fix or change...
    and move on.
     
     






    Sunday, May 24, 2015

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Weekly Art Journal - May 11 - 17


    This week we spent the week prepping for the Juicy Soul Retreat. I had a lot of fun playing with all my art supplies. I pulled out things I don't usually use. It's really good to use all the supplies in my studio and stop "saving" them.  I pulled out my number stamps and a date stamper. I added phrases and words using my new Dina Wakely stamps from A Work of Heart and magazine cut outs and clear stickers. I even busted out my Gelli Plate to do some mono printing of the background. I sometimes forget how much fun playing with a variety of supplies can be in the creative process. New tools give a new perspective and spark new ideas.

    I challenge you to try some new supplies...you already have in your stash. Try to put them to good use in your journal this week. If you have any favorite tools, please share. I'd love to know.

    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    Count Down to Juicy Soul Retreat




    Our next Juicy Soul Retreat is just around the corner! 
    Join us on Instagram for some creative play during our countdown to the Juicy Soul Retreat. 

    Participation is simple.
    Just post a photo using the count down prompts and add the #countdownJSR to your images for a chance to win some art surprises. We will draw the winner at the end of the Juicy Soul Retreat.

    Monday, May 4, 2015

    Weekly Art Journal : April 27 - May 3


    Living in my journal kept me completely centered during the week. 
    Lots of family interactions and emotions happening.
    It was a joy to return every evening to my journal.
    Sometimes I just added color and other times words. 
    I made shapes and followed with color.

    When I look at this page I think of how much I LOVE my brothers. 
    They are geniuses and they are my inspiration. 
    In some ways I always see my brothers as the little boys 
    that ran around wrestling in the living room and riding BMX bikes
    down the sidewalk. 

    They are men now ...with rich lives and families.
    It's a joy to experience the men they are and 
    to know that no matter where I go in life
    there are always two guys
    that know me better than anyone
    on the planet! 

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    One Word Wednesday - Royal



    For, after all, every one who wishes to gain true knowledge must climb the hill difficulty alone, and since there is no royal road to the summit, I must zigzag it in my own way. I slip back many times, I fall, I stand still, I run against the edge of hidden obstacles, I lose my temper and find it again and keep it better, I trudge on, I gain a little, I feel encouraged, I get more eager and climb higher and begin to see the widening horizon. Every struggle is a victory. One more effort and I reach the luminous cloud, the blue depths of the sky, the uplands of my desire.” 


    I chose " Royal" as our word for One Word Wednesday because I kept seeing it everywhere (or words related to it) when I was in New Orleans.  I had no clue how it would impact my week and today it hit me...there is no royal road to health and well being. It is a day to day, moment to moment set of choices that yield results and set backs along the way.  You just have to stay the course.

    Today I start a 30 Day challenge to explore healthy eating. I've been taking better care of my health for the last two years after I got a huge wake up call when my parents experienced some health challenges. In working with my family to find solutions for my parents, I realized how little I know about my own body and health. I discovered family health histories that I had no idea about and suddenly I needed to monitor in my own health profile with a lot more rigger.  

    I had to stop relying on "experts" to tell me what I should do to take care of my body. I had to get interested in how the human body works. I had to work with my doctors to create a healthier body!  

    For the first time, I'm learning how my body reacts to specific foods and supplements. 
    The result is that I am experiencing more vitality than ever before. I'm sleeping better and I have more clarity in the day. My body clock wakes me up earlier.
    Taking better care of myself has created  more quality time ...for my family and for my creativity.


    What lessons have you learned on the winding road of life?




    This week's word is Communication. 
    Allow this word to inspire you in your journal.
    Have fun with hand lettering
    Photograph the word or its meaning this week.
    Post your discoveries on Instagram with
    #onewordwednesday

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    NAEA 2015: "Make it Work!" with Tim Gunn







    I'm an a big project runway fan, so when I learned that we would hear Tim Gunn speak at the National Art Educators Association, I was over the moon with excitement. 

    We listened, on the edge of our seats, as he shared story after colorful story about his days as a student at the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, DC  We laughed as he told more stories of how he transformed the Parsons School of Design  against resistance from faculty and students. He offered insights as to how his roll on Project Runway was never really meant to be and happened almost by accident.

    I was inspired and uplifted by his words and his authentic approach to life:
    Among the many lessons learned...

    1) Do what you love -Through out Tim's discussion I could hear the love he has for art and design. I could hear his passion for teaching and guiding others to be fully expressed in their creativity. There was a deep passion and love there that was electric and beautiful!

    2) Trusting talented individuals - There were many times along his journey where he encountered great artists and designers who took an interest in him. They challenged him to go beyond his comfort zone and try new things. He was scared and they didn't let him off the hook. He would die or get over the fear but he was encouraged to move forward and deal with the result. I could see how that approach would build certainty and confidence over time...and allow for more risk taking. 

    3)  Don't take yourself too seriously. It's not brain surgery. - He is incredibly funny. We laughed so hard we were crying.  He found humor in the happy parts AND the not so happy parts of his life. He didn't let things get to him (at least not for long). That was truly inspiring.

    So I will take those lessons in to the weeks that follow.
    and see what new pathways open for creative expression.

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    Weekly Art Journal - March 22 - 28


    My weekly journal page spread landed on an old page 
    where I was testing a Christmas stamp in December. 

    So this week will be about covering and working around the stamp 
    and adding relevant images for the week.

    Monday, March 23, 2015

    Weekly Art Journal - March 15 -21



    I returned to something I love...creating mini stories from old book pages. It's fun to pull a random page from an old book and piece together words to create a new story. I find that the story may not make sense at the time but as the week unfolds I discover their meaning.


    My brother is doing such a great job of looking after my parents. This mini story reminded me of how much I appreciate what he's doing for our parents and the family. He is such a loving and generous spirit. Words can not express how much I truly love and appreciate him.

    This week one of my dearest friends and her family will be moving to Southern California. Our friendship has grown over the years and I've made even more friends through her network of friends. We have grown from friends to a group of friends to family in only a few short years. 

    I met with a group from a seminar I took this year. The seminar is over but we had so much fun together we committed to meeting each month for dinner to catch up, show up, tell the truth and inspire each other. This month we met for Chinese food at a local restaurant.

    "Self Expression is that thing that let's you know
    that people have experienced you.
    It's not so much that "I did it my way". 
    It's that you've been experienced by other people. 
    You've touched them and they have touched you. "

    ~ Warner Erhard



    Here is the starting point for my weekly journal this week. 
    I start with an existing page then add just enough color and texture to inspire me. 
    The butterfly wing was there already from an image transfer demonstration 

    Next I add the Month, Date and Days of the week.

    I found "March" in W magazine table of contents.
    (Magazines and old calendars are great places to find month and days)

    I also add the dates and 
    let the inspiration, color and creativity flow
    during the week.

    Happy Journaling!

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    One Word Wednesday - Love



    “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” 

    Allow this word to inspire you in your journal.
    Have fun with hand lettering
    Photograph the word or its meaning this week.

    Post your discoveries on Instagram with
    #onewordwednesday