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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!

Peace Begins with Me: Creating Peacemakers through Creativity

June 4, 2013

Coming up next month (July 9-12) is my annual summer trip to Michigan for The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC)’s- Childhood Trauma Practitioners Assembly.

2013 National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children Assembly

I am looking forward to obtaining more trauma informed knowledge & training to help strengthen my practice with women and youth impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and loss- as well as spending time with other trauma specialists and practitioners who will be there.  I’m signed up to attend workshops about developing a trauma informed community, acceptance and commitment therapy, trauma group work with youth, therapeutic writing, responding to the aftermath of the Chardon school shooting, and the effects of secondary wounding on trauma recovery.  I hope to report back here on what I experienced and learned!

I am also grateful to be included in this year’s Assembly program again. I am presenting a morning workshop on the Assembly’s last day: Peace Begins with Me: Creating Peacemakers through Creativity.  This workshop will feature my art therapy work with youth exposed to domestic violence, bullying, and relational aggression who have been introduced to peacemaking concepts through art and the creative process.  The role of art in peacemaking, conflict resolution, and bullying prevention will be explored.  Art interventions, sensory based approaches, therapeutic books, and group work around this topic will also be presented and an art experiential for the group setting introduced.

Peace Begins with Me

Registration to attend is still open, if you’re interested in also attending!

Linking Up More Creative Blog Love: Round Up #2

April 15, 2013

It’s time for my second round up of Link Love …. a blog sharing love fest started over @ Daisy Yellow….

Share the :Love!

I share the below blogs with lots of love, appreciation, & admiration. Check out their creative goodness:

Link Love Round Up #2

Link Love for April 15

  • artsyville-  There is always loads & loads of colorful inspiration to discover over at Aimee Myers Dolich’s Artsyville!  There’s a little something for everyone: A doodle shop,  creative experiments, artful sightings, and home of my favorite weekly cut & paste happening, Glue It Tuesday;
  • the altered page- For a good dose of all things mixed media, altered, and distressed, check out the work of Seth Apter on his very cool blog The Altered Page.  Here you’ll find lots of Seth’s current projects, ideas, happenings, and more- including the Art Blog Directory, which is the ultimate expression of Link Love with 400+ links to a big chunk of the creative blogosphere!
  • bebe butler- Bebe’s art journaling and reflections are sooo good for my revo’lution making soul.
  • jamie ridler studios- So much awesome creative living is always happening over at Jamie Ridler Studios!

Stay connected for two more link love round ups this month (April 22 and 29) where I’ll feature 5 more blogs that inspire me! If you missed last week’s round up, check it out here.

Pocket Size Creative Goodness: Creating Change through Small Creative Acts

December 30, 2012

I’m super excited to be collaborating with Hannah Klaus Hunter and Beth Rommel on a new art adventure that’s being announced today and hosted by 6 Degrees of Creativity called Pocket Change.

Pocket Change: Artist Trading Card Exchange

A 6 Degrees of Creativity Artist Trading Card Exchange

Pocket Change’s intention is to focus on the concept of creating change through making something small (in the form of artist trading cards) to exchange with one another, as well as to encourage simple acts of creative kindness with others.

During our project brainstorming, I remembered fondly my artmaking for Operation Random Acts of Creative Kindness during Lani Gerity‘s 6 Easy Lessons for a Happy’s Artist’s Life 6 Degrees eWorkshop where she encouraged practicing acts of kindness for others and the health benefits behind altruism.  It was so much fun to create a series of artist trading cards to release out into the universe with good vibes and wishes for others.  P.S.- You can learn more about the benefits of participating in online art exchanges in this great article [free PDF download available!] written by Lani, Gioia Chilton, Maria LaVorgna-Smith, and Huyen MacMichael.

Another example is the community kind over matter, which was also created on the same foundation and has grown with awesomeness from the idea of kind acts of love and intention.  I recently shared KoM’s free printables and ideas on this blog as a great resource for the #26acts movement in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Pocket Change is inspired by the same spirit and intention:

Pocket Change is all about how simple and small acts can create and instill kindness, gratitude, and change.  Think about the power of your mini artworks as a means to express and share a positive image, message, or intention with others (and the world!) that can make a difference, bring hope, or inspiration.

Please join us for some pocket size creative goodness and kindness to share with one another and others!  The deadline to sign up for the ATC exchange is January 15.  Learn more about the exchange details and how to get involved on the 6 Degrees of Creativity blog.

Paper House Making at SIUE’s Fall Art Therapy Conference

October 2, 2012

This past week-end I enjoyed spending time with art therapy graduate students and faculty at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as part of their 2012 Fall Conference.  It was a great couple of days featuring two of my passions in art therapy:  an evening presentation about my interest in community organizing  through social media and online art collaborations, as well as an all day workshop about my clinical work with youth survivors of domestic violence.

Saturday’s workshop included art-making time focused on creating paper houses as a way to explore and introduce themes related to finding safety through art.  It was exciting to see the different houses, environments, and additions students made from the variety of awesome materials provided.

Even more exciting was when we brought our individual houses together to create our own safe village full of creative and vibrant energy (!) :

Houses come together to create a vibrant & creative village!

If you’re interested in learning more about this art intervention and the steps involved to make your own paper house (or village!), my download on SlideShare about Paper House Making with Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence can be accessed here:

Thank you to SIUE’s Student Art Therapy Association and faculty for a great conference and visit!

Gluebookers Unite: Let the Paper Stash Swapping Begin!

August 4, 2012

The Paper Stash Swap for my e-workshop Creative Goodness with Gluebooks as part of 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 just officially started. Let the paper swapping fun begin across the US, to Canada, Australia, Brazil, England, and Italy!

This paper stash swap will give each of the individuals who signed up a quart/liter sized Ziploc bag full of creative goodness to use in their gluebooking throughout the rest of the workshop or for other creative means.  I can’t wait to hear and see more about what people swap, send, and receive!

In preparation for this exchange, I’ve started on a scavenger hunt in my art-making space to put together lots of creative goodness for Bailey Earith, of Bailey Fiber Arts Studio, who I will be mailing a paper stash to soon.  I have lots of different types of textured and colored paper, as well as lots of magazine photo collage images, postcards, and other ephemera that I need to sort through for this swap!

A great resource I’ve been recommending to participants in this workshop is Cindy Shepard’s book Stash and Smash to help inspire and cultivate stuff for our gluebooking that comes from our everyday surroundings, daily activities, and current happenings to visually document our day, week, month, occasion or to explore a special theme.  I think it’s a great book with lots and lots of paper stash ideas!

My intention with the stash I receive from this swap is to incorporate this fresh new creative goodness into a gluebook I am going to make about 6 Degrees of Creativity 2. I can’t wait to get started!

Instant Inspiration Monday: SMASH + Gluebooks

April 16, 2012

Today is Instant Inspiration Monday, being led by Nicole Levesque over at her blog Inner Expressions Art Therapy.   I love this collaborative concept she has created promoting creativity, the use of social media, and the fun of collaboration!  Every Monday Nicole invites the blogosphere to “share an image  of something that sparked your creativity or a project you are currently working on”.   You can blog about it, upload a photo with Instagram, or share your inspiration through other photo sharing sites such as Photobucket or Flickr.  Wonderful!

My contribution to Instant Inspiration Monday is my growing love of anything SMASH related.   My SMASH inspiration started with a few stickies and a SMASH pen (one end pen + one end glue stick = brilliant!), but this week-end I added a SMASH mini-book,  pad, and stamp to my growing collection for creative fun.

Learn more about SMASH here:

My snapshot for Instant Inspiration Monday is a page from my SMASH book, where I’ve been putting down my ideas and excitement about my Gluebook workshop for 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 starting this summer:

My combined interests in collage, creating portable art through artist trading cards, collecting paper, and making handmade altered books for art journaling led me to learn more about the idea of gluebooks.  I am excited to add SMASH to this mix too!  I am inspired by the concept of gluebooks to creatively share experiences, memories, and ideas through the daily collection of paper related discoveries that can then be transformed into art!

Inspired!  :)

Caine’s Arcade: Cardboard Boxes, Creativity & Crowdsourcing Inspiration

April 11, 2012

Checking out my Twitter feed this morning, I came across multiple status updates from tweeters raving about Caine’s Arcade- a short film about a 9 year old boy who created his own handmade arcade using his imagination, determination, and cardboard boxes from his dad’s used auto parts store in East LA during his summer vacation.  The film created by Interconnected’s Nirvan Mullick, is definitely a must watch and share!  I want to visit and get a fun pass!

You can learn more about the film at cainesarcade.com, including ways to follow, donate to Caine’s College Fund, operating hours of Caine’s Arcade, and information on future screenings.

It’s so awesome to see the power of social media and crowdsourcing being used to share and celebrate Caine’s amazing creativity! Keep the good vibes spreading!

Playing Some Creative Blog Tag

April 7, 2012

AJ over at one of my favorite art journaling blogs, recently chose me and Creativity in Motion to play in a game of blog tag with a series of creative and fun questions to answer!  Thank you AJ!

Here are the rules I’ve received to play:

  • You must post the rules
  • Answer 11 questions the tagger posted for you
  • Create 11 questions to ask the people you tag
  • Tag 11 people
  • Let them know you’ve tagged them
These are AJ’s questions and my answers:
  1. Which artist (dead or alive) would you most like to have a 1 to 1 with?  David Lynch.
  2. How do you silence your inner critic?  I remind myself to just do the best job that I am able to do.  I remember my parents told me the same thing when I was younger, so this is probably where this comes from!
  3. If you could only use three colours which would you choose?  Right now: Black, blue, orange.
  4. If you could own any one piece of art in the world (money no object) what would it be?  Jackson Pollock’s One: Number 31, 1950.  I stood in front of this painting breathless for what seemed like hours.
  5. What is your most treasured inanimate possession?   My iPhone.
  6. Given the choice of fruit or chocolate which would you pick?   Definitely chocolate.
  7. Where in the world would you most like to visit?   Tokyo, Japan.
  8.  Is your art room tidy or messy?   On the tidy side.
  9. What gets you up in the morning?   Ideas. 
  10. What makes you laugh out loud?  KK.
  11. If you could time travel which period or event in history would you like to experience?   1977 music scene in NYC and the UK.

I’m tagging these art therapist blogs that I follow for inspiring creative reflections and ideas:

And here are my “Creativity in Motion-esque” questions for each of my “tagees”:

  1. What is your most favorite art material or media to use in your personal art-making?
  2. Favorite source for creative inspiration?
  3. Any tips for making the time to focus on your creative practice?
  4. What artsy project are you working on right now?
  5. Is there a particular art material, technique, or process you would like to learn more about or spend more time with?
  6. Biggest creative challenge you’ve experienced?
  7. What does creativity mean to you?
  8. Favorite art related book you’ve read or would like to read?
  9. Do you prefer to create alone or with others?
  10. What role has social media and networking played in your creative practice?
  11. Finish this sentence:  “To create is to _____________________.’

I’ll use the same disclaimer AJ gave me for those I have tagged: There is no obligation to play along, so please don’t feel pressured because I tagged you!   I just love your blogs so I wanted other to see them too!  :)

6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Now On Sale!

April 1, 2012

Today’s the day that 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 goes on sale!

Check out the awesome group of workshops that will be offered during this round of 6 Degrees of Creativity, beginning July 1 through December 2012:

Stitch Therapy – Fiber Art Painting: This workshop explores using fiber art as a method for personal awareness and healing. Let me show you my process and techniques for creating a fiber art painting using new and recycled materials to create order from chaos and put together scraps and bits of everyday life. This workshop will explore themes of repairing & layering – slowing down, enjoying to relax and engaging in a meditative process to feel the materials and hear them as you pierce the fabric with a needle and pull thread through. Through this process you will be invited to take time, listen, and feel.

Instructor: Kelly Darke attended Parsons School of Design after high school where she completed the first year core classes before deciding to move back to Michigan and attend Wayne State University where she graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts with concentrations in painting and metals. Kelly later returned to Wayne State University to complete a masters degree in Art Education for Art Therapy as well receiving a K-12 art education certificate. Kelly now works as a Registered Art Therapist in Westland, Michigan as well as a professional artist, combining her passion for fine art and art therapy into her current work. Kelly also works in collaboration with her brother / artist Colin Darke on group projects that have most recently been shown at LaFontsee Gallery during Art Prize 2010, as well as regularly showing her work in galleries. For more about Kelly’s work, please visit herwebsite and blog.

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The Altered Image: Hands-On Photo Manipulation: This fun and inspiring workshop will show you how to change the surface of a photo by hand, rather than with technology.  Steal yourself away from your computer and come home to your art table! Through a guided process you will learn how to use simple art materials to alter a photo by changing the content of the image. This technique has lots of potential and can be applied to photos that are used within paintings, drawings and visual journals. It’s a great process for personal reflection, as well as for use in therapeutic settings.

Instructor: Fiona Fitzpatrick has worked as a registered Art Psychotherapist for the past 12 years in Sydney, Australia. She is passionate about the power of art therapy to help people explore and work through issues of concern.  Her particular interest is in working with cancer patients and their families.  Alongside her clinical work, Fiona also teaches popular one day courses in both Art Therapy and Visual Journaling through Sydney University.  She has used image making and writing within a journal format for many years.   Fiona is really looking forward to bringing a sense of fun, encouragement and possibility to the 6 Degrees of Creativity community.

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Still Point in a Changing World: Creating a Mindful Studio Practice: Many of us long for regular studio time…but find our lives too frantic to create it. Words like compassion, kindness, gratitude and awe can sound theoretical at best. This workshop will focus on creating a daily art-making practice:

• Connect and commit to your true artist self
• Identify your personal strengths and strategies
• Create a flexible working plan

Through a combination of themes and prompts, we’ll embark on a 21-day commitment, cultivate a feeling of positive and playful engagement and create an art-making practice within the safe community of 6 Degrees of Creativity.

Instructor: Hannah Klaus Hunter, art therapist for the UC Davis Children’s Hospital, holds a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Iowa, an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy from UC Berkeley. She specializes in children and young adults impacted by chronic illness, grief and loss, drawing inspiration and regeneration from her studio practice in watercolor, quilting and collage. Hannah shares her reflections on art making in and out of the studio on her blog here.

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Journey Shoes: We have walked in many shoes, witnessed others on many paths, and have wished for paths to form for ourselves, loved ones, and social and global issues.  This project encourages exploration of a journey or two of choice, either imagined or experienced. Through altering one’s own shoes, or used shoes from a Salvation Army-type store, participants will weave, cut, paint, plaster, and glue symbols and expressions of these journeys onto and with these shoes.

Instructor: Magdalena Karlick graduated from New York University with a BA in Community Learning and Development and received her Masters in Art Therapy at Southwestern College. Magdalena is an Art Therapist in Santa Fe, New Mexico working with families, children, and teens, many of whom are court ordered. At Southwestern College Magdalena has multiple roles; she is the assistant to Southwestern’s Art Therapy Director, an adjunct faculty member teaching Current Trends in Art Therapy, and created and moderates SWC’s online Art Gallery blog.  Magdalena is also co-creator of Spaces & Places: Where We Create, an art therapy community photo documentary project.  An active and dynamic visual artist as well, Magdalena creates works ranging from deeply layered multi-media paintings, jewelry, to sand tray figurines. She really enjoys black ink pen the best though, using an unconscious journey with her hand, pen and paper, always leading to interesting messages shown through animals and imaginal landscapes.

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Creative Goodness with Gluebooks: This workshop invites participants to learn about the creative goodness of gluebooks! Gluebooks combine art journaling and collage: all you need is a book/journal, some glue, and stuff to glue. Participants will be introduced to simple, yet unique ways that gluebooks can be created with repurposed materials. This workshop also includes an exchange organized by Gretchen of gluebook pages created by participants of the 6 Degrees of Creativity community, a paper stash swap, collage sheets to download/print for gluing inspiration, and fun ways to develop, collect, and use your paper stash!

Instructor: Gretchen Miller is a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist and who practices in Cleveland, Ohio specializing in youth, women, and families impacted by trauma, domestic violence, and grief & loss. Gretchen is a community organizer forThe Art Therapy Alliance and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Art Therapy Without Borders. In her own art and creative process, Gretchen enjoys finding inspiration, creating energy, and discovering transformation through working with mixed media, painting, collage, altered art, creating handmade books, organizing art exchanges, and collaborations. Her blog Creativity in Motion frequently highlights her art, interests, and creative activity.

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Feeling Your Art-Exploring Texture and Process:  When was the last time you gave yourself complete permission to simply play with art materials and get lost in the exploration process? Textural art naturally entices viewers and artists alike and invites interaction and spontaneity. In this workshop you will be introduced to a variety of techniques for creating texture in your art using acrylic mediums, modeling pastes, gels, and palette knives. You will create textural ‘playgrounds’ for your paint to travel through with the layering of textures, colors, found objects, and any other materials that inspire you. The experimentation process with texture will be framed by suggested ideas and directives that are designed to delight and inspire the eternal child within you. In this workshop, the process and play drive the work of art.

Instructor: Sara Roizen is an artist and art therapist living and working in New York City. She holds a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. Most recently, Sara has focused her art therapy work with adults living with HIV/AIDS, substance use, and mental health issues. Sara’s personal artwork draws inspiration from the natural world and the organic process of art-making. Her current mediums of choice are acrylics, watercolor, ink, modeling pastes, and found objects. Sara shares her insights on art therapy, personal art making, mental health, mindfulness, and spirituality on her blogwww.ArtTherapySpot.com and some of her current art work can be seen atwww.sararoizen.com.

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I’m very excited to be working with this amazing line up of instructors!

6 Degrees of Creativity 2 is on sale now until June 30, 2012.  Learn more about what 6 Degrees of Creativity is all about here.  All 6 workshops are only $49.00 (USD).   Join us!!!

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