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Giving Your Dream Wings through Creative Practice

April 7, 2014

“…Those with imagination have wings…”

It’s an honor to be part of Andrea Schroder’s special Blog Hop launching this week…..

Give Your Dreams Wings | creativity in motion

The Give Your Dream Wings Blog Hop is a peek inside the process of how inspiring people make the magic happen. We’ve got some of the internet’s most inspiring bloggers sharing how they give their dreams wings – what they do that supports, nurtures and encourages their tender dreams to come to life. This is happening in celebration of the new e-course of the same name by Andrea of the Creative Dream Incubator.

The Give Your Dream Wings e-course shows you how to nurture and grow YOUR dream, for free, in only 10 minutes a day. You do not have to wait until you have more time or money! Click here to find out about the free e-course, and to read the other (super inspiring!) posts in this Blog Hop.

For me, creating art in the form of visioning collages, revo’lution making, or spending dedicated time on my 365 project has helped bring clarity, energy, and inspiration to those intentions & dreams I want to collectively manifest/receive/return in my life, work, and relationships.

3x5 365

3×5 365

As this year’s 3×5 365 project heads towards Day 100 this week, I am excited about this milestone (all over again)!

Give Your Dream Wings | creativity in motion

3×5 365 :: Day 75

Tending to this creative process everyday- whether it is 10 minutes, 30, or whatever amount of time I have- is important to me… and worth it for overall well-being, growth, and understanding.

Give Your Dream Wings | creativity in motion

3×5 365 :: Day 94

I continue to enjoy witnessing these artful, soulful messages surface for reflection and as a guide for my dream-filled adventures!

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The Joy of Art Abandonment

April 3, 2014

I was very excited to finally receive the new book, The Art Abandonment Project : Create and Share Random Acts of Art by Michael deMeng and Andrea Matus deMeng this week after promptly pre-ordering it back in February as soon as I read about it via this 14 Secrets Challenge.   (Thanks Lani!)

Wow! So much creative goodness fills this book’s pages!

The Abandonment Art Project

The Abandonment Art Project

Art Abandonment has a simple concept (but is so much more!) : to make art and leave these art expressions or creative happenings behind in various public spaces & places for others (to hopefully) discover and find.  Often these random acts of art share (but not limited to) visual and written messages of kindness, encouragement, and hope.  Art made for abandonment serves as a creative offering that extends beyond our individual artist self, but instead serves others, strangers, communities, and the universe.

This book is an inspiring how to guide about the wonderful purposes behind art abandonment, what it means to become an art abandoneer, ideas & examples of  art abandonment projects & challenges, helpful material and location considerations, as well as the meaningful and joyful impact art abandonment can have on those who stumble upon its gift.  Colorful photos of abandonment art and lovely testimonials from project participants and recipients also add to the book’s contents.  If you are interested in joining the Art Abandonment movement and meeting other Art Abandoneers, learn more about Michael deMeng’s Facebook group.

I’m looking forward to introducing & recommending this book’s creative goodness to participants involved in 6 Degrees of Creativity’s Random Acts of Art Adventure, as well as The Creative Deed Project.  It is a perfect companion for enhancing our creative fun and art journeys.  I hope keep sharing more inspired by this book!

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Everyday Courage: Artist Challenge Coins

March 27, 2014

This week’s 14 Secrets Challenge from Lani Gerity inspired the theme of my Artist Challenge Coins (ACC) for an upcoming 6 Degrees of Creativity workshop swap.

Lani’s challenge encouraged readers to create a medal for others and I thought Courage ACCs would be great to make for this prompt:

Courage Artist Challenge Coins | creativity in motion

Courage ACCs

On my wooden circle shapes above I used a combination of watercolor, glitter glue, dictionary words, ink, and metallic paint pens.

I also came across these epoxy clear domes at the craft store a couple of week-ends ago and they fit perfectly on top of the round 1 inch surface.  Each dome is also adhesive, so it was super easy to attach.  I can’t wait to exchange these five ACCs with members from the Creative Mail Art Collabs and Challenges workshop this spring!

While focusing on this theme for my ACCs, I also kept thinking about a favorite children’s book I enjoy reading in art therapy when also exploring this theme: Courage by Bernard Waber.

Waber reminds us:

There are many kinds of courage.

Awesome kinds.

And everyday kinds.

Still, courage is courage whatever kind.

Back in 2011 when I took Lani’s 6 Easy Lessons for a Happy Artist’s Life workshop during the first round of 6 Degrees of Creativity, I remember using Waber’s reminder on the below art journaling spread.  It was part of Lani’s second lesson: Showing gratitude to our strengths!

Courage

Courage :: circa 2011 6 Degrees of Creativity

Everyday Courage ACC

Everyday Courage ACC

Nice to re-visit this theme again and create more courage related creative goodness!  Many thanks Lani for the inspiration this week… :)

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Creating a Self Regulation Comfort Kit >> Relaxation Bottle

March 17, 2014

Over the last few months, I’ve been researching and collecting different sensory based activities and ideas (mostly on Pinterest) to support self-regulation and creative ways to foster relaxation in children & adolescents.  My long term goal is to create some kind of comfort kit that includes a variety of these hands on tools that I can use in my group work with school age youth impacted by trauma.

For more information about self-regulation, trauma, and children, check out these posts:

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I’ve started to move from the “collecting ideas phase” to the “making & experimentation phase”, embarking on trying out these ideas myself to see how they might work.

My first self-regulation comfort kit accessory I’ve started to work on and play with is a Relaxation Bottle. I became inspired by this idea through discovering this helpful post. I thought this type of relaxation bottle could be a soothing and fun way for group members to calm their minds and bodies, as well as help bring their attention to the here and now through focusing on the inside of the bottle.

I gathered these simple supplies: A plastic bottle, extra fine glitter, glitter glue, and clear tacky glue.

Creating a Self Regulation Comfort Kit >> Relaxation Bottle | creativity in motion

Then I followed these steps to make my prototype:

  • Fill the plastic bottle 3/4 full with hot tap water
  • Add glitter glue, loose extra fine glitter, and about half a bottle of clear tacky glue

The combination of the glitter glue and clear tacky glue creates a sparkly solution for the fine loose glitter to gently dance in. It is important the water you use to fill the bottle with is hot, as this will melt the glitter glue and will prevent clumping inside the bottle.

Group members could first release some physical energy through helping shake the bottle and then watch the glitter slowly settle to the bottom of the bottle. Discussing the impact of this activity in relationship to the youth’s body and awareness of sensations they experienced would also be interesting to learn more about (and express through art!).

 A helpful final touch will include making sure the bottle’s cap is permanently attached with some kind of superglue to keep the solution from getting out!

Creating a Self Regulation Comfort Kit >> Relaxation Bottle | creativity in motion

Having done this first test run, I think my next attempt will try a slightly smaller plastic bottle (it would be cool to have individual bottles for each group member to use), as well as include more glitter glue to make the solution inside a little thicker (I used a smaller sized bottle), but overall… the relaxation bottle idea was fun to make and I think will make a great addition to the toolkit I’m creating.

I will keep you posted on other self-regulation comfort kit accessories I try out as this experimentation phase continues!

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Creative Planning: Mind Mapping

February 26, 2014

Below is my valuable mind mapping guide I’ve been using for creating this round of 6 Degrees of Creativity online workshops.

6 Degrees of Creativity Mind Mapping | creativity in motion

Creative Planning: Mind Mapping

Over the last year, I’ve started to use this visual technique to organize ideas and thoughts and have found it super helpful for projects, meetings or presentations, and things I need help in better understanding or making sense of. Simply said in this article from LifeHacker, “a mind map is basically a diagram that connects information around a central subject.”

The article’s author Melanie Pinola describes mind mapping is way more than “just note-taking” and “can help you become more creative, remember more, and solve problems more effectively.”  She recommends that mind mapping can be used for an endless amount of thought related, learning, or planning activities.

One of the benefits she highlights is that creating this type of visual tool combining images and words can “be more memorable and enjoyable to create and review“.  Pinola also points out the value of the Picture Superiority Effect: “the combination of words and pictures is six times better for remembering information than words alone“:

For my 6 Degrees of Creativity mind mapping fun above, the 6 workshops surround and reach out from the center with all their different parts….ranging from idea content, art making prompts, intention, PDF and video resources, as well as ways for participants to engage this workshop community.

Creating this in visual form was fun to organize everything (to focus on in pieces, as well as a whole) and provided clarity on the purpose of each workshop space.

It’s nice to see what is on paper now ready in virtual form.  Lots more creative goodness begins here this week to artfully enjoy together during the rest of the year– Yay!

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Resources:

How to Use Mind Maps to Unleash Your Brain’s Creativity and Potential

Mind Mapping for Positive Health

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Things I Remembered: Looking Back with Some Creative Clarity

February 23, 2014

Throughout this month I’ve been reflecting on some of my past art journaling and creative work from the last couple or so years…

Things I Remembered: creativity in motion

#thingsiremembered: circa 2012 revo’lution making

That’s one of the awesome things about art expression, it is a tangible & visual record that the artist can look back on at any moment in time. Often the process of looking back on a series of creative work can reveal new discoveries or provide clarity that can now be seen in a different light or perspective.

In this tinybudda post about [writing] journaling tips for growing, healing, and thriving (which I think I’ve posted here before!), author Loran Hills shares:

“Reading back through my journals has helped me reflect on where I used to be and where I am now in my life. It’s a method of allowing the light of understanding and compassion to shine on my past.”

I agree!

You can learn more about the benefits of looking back (and going forward!) here.

On a “things I forgot” (related) note: In a moment of material sorting and organizing this week-end, I also discovered some art that had been lost & forgotten- buried underneath a stash of art stuff I threw in the closet of my creative space probably about a year ago.

The piece was a little crumpled and disheveled, but it was a super nice discovery to be re-united with it again. With care, I took it to my Smashbook and taped it to one of the pages. Ahhhh…. a safe home. Finally where it belongs. How refreshing to look at it now with fresh eyes and some breathing space… What was lost is now found.

Things I Remembered: Looking Back with Some Creative Clarity

Lost & Found

How have you used looking back on your creative expression as a way to grow?

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February Warm Up With Winter Fatigue Art

February 9, 2014

This month continues to be an active winter of lingering subzero coldness and a big dose of snowfall here this past week.

Despite feeling a little (or a lot on some days!) of winter fatigue, making my own art  (and a cup of hot chocolate or two) has been a great way for me to warm up the frozen day to day landscape surrounding me,  as well as inspire wishful thinking about warmer days ahead (40 degrees would be nice!).

February Warm Up With Winter Fatigue Art | creativity in motion

February Winter

So here’s some of my winter weather fatigue art:

I’ve been working on my visual planning for February using pages from this 2014 Planner and some special extras I received this week in the mail from Theresa (thank you)….

February Warm Up With Winter Fatigue Art | creativity in motion

February rpbing

….as well as just finished the first week of February’s 3x5s

3x5 365 | creativity in motion

February Warm Up With Winter Fatigue Art | creativity in motion

February 3×5 Beginnings

I’ve also been material shopping & prepping for the Artist Challenge Coin workshop I’ll be co-facilitating this week at Cuyahoga Community College. It’s been fun to bring together some of my favorite mixed media materials for making these special tokens….

February Warm Up With Winter Fatigue Art | creativity in motion

Artist Challenge Coin Media Prep

I’ve also had Inchie Art on the brain this past week- starting the process to create more 1×1 inch love, as well as finishing the Inchie book that I started last week for an upcoming 6 Degrees of Creativity workshop featuring this teeny tiny creative goodness…

February Warm Up With Winter Fatigue Art | creativity in motion

WIP: Inchie Art

February Warm Up With Winter Fatigue Art | creativity in motion

My lil’ book of Inchie Treasure for 6 Degrees of Creativity

And finally, an inspiring artful happening to this week was art journaling along with Artsyville’s Aimee Myers Dolich‘s during 21 SECRETS LIVE!. We played with watercolors, old ink pads, and collage.  It was so much fun to virtually see Aimee in her creative space LIVE! and hear/see/learn more about the techniques she uses for art journaling, gluebooking, doodling, and more.

February Warm Up With Winter Fatigue Art | creativity in motion

21 SECRETS LIVE! with AImee Myers Dolich

I’m super looking forward to my 21 SECRETS LIVE! experience happening at the end of this month with host Hali Karla and doing some art journaling with everyone. It’s getting close….So exciting!

What art happenings and activity have you been (or will be!) up to this month?

Here’s to warmer days ahead that continue to be art filled and full of creative goodness!

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3×5 365: 10+10=20 [ICAD]

January 20, 2014

A little bit of inspiration in words + images from the past week and then some… 10 more days of 3×5 365… 10+10=20:

3x5 365 10=10=20

3×5 365 10=10=20

“I now see how gifts like courage, compassion, and connection only work when they are exercised. Every day.” ― Brene Brown

 

3 x5 365 | creativity in motion
day 11: the joys of meandering

“The artistic image is not intended to represent the thing itself, but, rather, the reality of the force the thing contains.”― James Baldwin

 

day 12

day 12: measuring

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path…” ― Winston Churchill

 

day 13

day 13: my happy place

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”― C. JoyBell C.

 

day 16

day 16: love [reclaimed space]

“You must reclaim what you never lost…” -Gnarls Barkley

 

day 19

day 19: responsibility

 [on being] faithful to [external] responsibility + [inner] authenticity

 

3x5 365 on the flipside

3×5 365 on the flipside

“Only in the darkness are able to see the stars.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

day 20: see the light

day 20: see the light

It is exciting to be approaching the completion of month #1 with this new project! The connection and new flow for this ICAD practice is starting to gradually emerge, which continues to be an interesting process. Stay tuned for more 3×5 365 progress at the end of this month!

If you are looking for a space to exchange inspiration, strengthen, or begin a creative practice, one of my online workshops in this year’s 6 Degrees of Creativity, Everyday Creativity is dedicated to sustaining (or starting) this kind of adventure with ideas, resources, and a supportive space to keep encouraging your artsy spirit throughout this year. Whether it is a 365 project, weekly, or monthly art happening!  I am super looking forward to bringing this kind of creative energy to 6 Degrees of Creativity.

Everyday Creativity

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2014 Creative Planning

January 6, 2014

As I start to transition back into the work week after a restful holiday break, I thought it was great timing to play with my new 2014 Planner I just purchased and received from Teresa Robinson (aka @stargardner) last week via rightbrainplanner.com.  Right brain planning combines art journaling and creative planning into one practice and Teresa’s 2014 Planner includes templates, ideas, monthly prompts, and tons of inspiration to get started!

Imagination is the beginning of creation.  You imagine what you desire.  You will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. ~George Bernard Shaw

2014 Creative Planning | creativity in motion

Teresa’s 2014 Planner and all its elements can be used in so many different ways!  I’ve decided to use an old, unused watercolor sketchbook for my monthly planning pages.  This sketchbook provides plenty of extra room for art journaling and its pages are super thick.  I also see myself using the Planner’s elements in my ongoing smashbooking, 3×5 365, gluebooking, and in my art therapy work with clients.  Thank you Teresa for all these creative possibilities!

You can also check out more art journaling inspiration from Teresa at the The Art Journaler.

2014 Creative Planning | creativity in motion

Making space for that [something] will reveal what is truly vital for you. ~@stargardner

I also finished my 2014 revo’lution art journal this week-end (hooray!), which I’ll be sharing here soon. It’s a really nice feeling to start the new year grounded in intention and to have this direction guided and supported by my creative practice.

Intention… is where we begin…

The time I’ve had off has really been like a little mini creative sabbatical!  I’m grateful I’ve had more time to do art, check out art, prepare projects, and get ready for the abundance that this year holds in opportunity, connection, and creativity.

[Today is Day One]… Beginning New & Inspired By…

I’m excited to share a look at my next few months ahead: art therapy happenings & creative stuff I’m up to in twenty14. I hope we’ll meet up or connect at some of these events or offerings!

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2014 Art Journaling Creative Goodness: 21 SECRETS LIVE!

December 21, 2013

As December begins to wind down and 2014 approaches, one of the awesome art journaling happenings I am really looking forward to and super excited, honored to be involved with is 21 SECRETS LIVE!  I announced this a few months ago and was even able to give away a couple of free spots on this blog last month, but along with 2014, 21 SECRETS LIVE! is almost here now!  Yay!

Here’s a re-cap of the creative goodness we’ll be up to during the upcoming year: Beginning January 15 (through June!) co-hosts Connie Hozvicka, Lisa Wilson, and Hali Karla along with a past 21 SECRETS teacher will be meeting every Wednesday at 6pm EST for a LIVE! video broadcast where you’ll be able to art journal along in real time, ask us questions through a chat format, and feel like we’re right there with you in your studio LIVE!

My LIVE! broadcast hosted by Hali, is scheduled for February and I can’t wait to hang out with you to chat about & do some art journaling together through Spreecast.

21 SECRETS LIVE! Instructors

21 SECRETS LIVE! Instructors

Also joining in on the fun are these past (and amazing!) 21 SECRETS Instructors: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dion Dior, Jane Davenport, Andrea Schroeder, Aimee Myers Dolich, Alma Stoller, Carissa Paige, Dale Anne Potter, Violette Clark, Roben-Marie Smith, Rachel Whetzel, Natasha Reilly, Rae Missigman, Diana Trout, Rachel Awes, Traci Bunkers, Kate Crane, Tracy Verdugo, and Kelly Barton.

I recently got to view a Spreecast art journaling session in action with Connie, Lisa, and Hali and it looked like so much fun!  I’m looking forward to some pre-21 SECRETS LIVE! spreecasting fun with the inspiring Hali as we get ready for my broadcast on February 26.

21 SECRETS LIVE!

Spreecast is a social video platform that connects people together through live broadcasting, photo sharing, and online chatting. According to the Spreecast’s mission, they “believe people obtain a deeper understanding of each other and a more emotional connection when they interact face-to-face.” The site is also a great way to meet others who share your interests (like art journaling!) and discover new ones!

Can’t make the LIVE! broadcasts? No worries– Each 21 SECRETS LIVE! broadcast is recorded and available for members to save, keep, watch on your own schedule, and time!  Members of 21 SECRETS LIVE! will also have access to a private Facebook group and Flickr gallery–for sharing your work, giving/receiving feedback, and staying connected to the inspiring 21 SECRETS LIVE! community!

There’s still time to join us (here)!  I hope you will!  What a nice way to start off 2014 and keep dedicating weekly time, energy, and inspiration to your art journaling practice!

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