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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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Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community

March 1, 2014

This past week it was great fun and an honor to be the featured guest for 21 SECRETS LIVE!, hosted by the wonderful Hali Karla.  As introduced here before, this awesome event happening every Wednesday through June, celebrates five years of Dirty Footprints Studio’s 21 SECRETS art journaling- Yay!. Past workshop instructors have been invited to participate in a real time art journaling session with a live online chat audience.

Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community | creativity in motion

Chatting it up with wonderful host Hali Karla!

Each week the featured guest introduces a theme for that evening’s broadcast to focus on.  Themes so far have been a combination of inspiring techniques and prompts to enrich our art journaling experience while hanging out with amazing artists such as Jane Davenport, Aimee Myers Dolich, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and Rachel Whetzel- and more awesomeness coming up!

The theme I chose for my broadcast was dedicated to the intention of community to honor what we receive from and offer to one another when in a group that we feel authentically connected to and a sense of true belonging.

I offered the idea of using our hands to symbolize this outreach within our art journals: one hand to express what we receive from being part of a community and the other hand symbolizing what we offer in our giving.

Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community | creativity in motion

Let the [LIVE!] Art Journaling Begin!

While all working in our art journals together, we chatted about the benefits and value of community in relationship to art-making and creative practice. Helping decrease isolation, increase support, foster accountability, inspire growth, and cultivate connection among individuals with a common passion or interest were some of the topics discussed while we artfully concentrated on the theme.

Here are a few pages from that evening’s broadcast:

Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community | Hali Karla

Hali Karla

Reflections about community as a positive, hopeful, and safe place to give & receive together were explored, as well as the different creative forms community can take, especially online.

Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community | Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

You can read more here about Dale Anne Potter’s reflections on community inspired by this prompt.

Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community | Amanda Knapp

Amanda Knapp

Amanda added orange netting to her pages to represent a safety net- love this element!  Read more here on Amanda’s blog greatliveoak.

My Art Journal Spread- Together

My art journaling during the broadcast included using acrylic paint, collage elements in the form of maps and dictionary words, oil pastels, and some distressed ink, stain, and paint.  As I worked, the image started to become a guide of sorts of what I have re-discovered and learned about the meaning of community in my work, relationships, and art-making.

Many, many thanks to Connie for inviting me to be part of 21 SECRETS LIVE!, Hali for hosting, and the community of participants who attended the broadcast or checked out the post-show recording, and artists who allowed me to share their art here.

It was a very cool experience (and very fitting!) to explore the theme of community in this way!

Registration for 21 SECRETS LIVE! is now closed, but all the broadcast recordings will be available as a self-study bundle this summer. Yes! A new 21 SECRETS online art journaling workshop opens April 1 if you are interested in checking out this inspiring creative community!

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art. speak. heal: Honoring Veteran Stories

January 13, 2014

It is an honor to be helping Ursuline College’s Art Therapy and Counseling Program with this February event:

art. speak.heal: Honoring Veteran StoriesUrsuline College’s Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program, in collaboration with Cuyahoga Community College’s Division of Arts and Sciences, announces its 14th annual arts and healing exhibition at Tri-C Gallery East. This year the exhibition, art. speak. heal: Honoring Veteran Stories will focus on veterans, their families, and the creative arts.  The exhibit is also co-sponsored by the Buckeye Art Therapy Association and Cleveland Foundation.

 Submitting art work for this exhibition is open until January 23 and 24.  More information about entering art can be found here.

I’ve been helping with getting works from the Peace Paper Project for the show and grateful to Drew and Margaret for sending some of the handmade paper made in 2013 Veteran Paper Workshops:

“Veteran Paper Workshop provides veterans with hand papermaking as a vehicle for self-expression and healing. Peace Paper Project facilitates Veteran Paper Workshop in collaboration with Art Therapists and Recreation Therapists to ensure that veterans experience the benefits of hand papermaking in supportive environments. Participants are invited to reconstitute their military uniforms into paper.”

art. speak. heal: Honoring Veteran Stories | creativity in motion

2013 Peace Paper

Also included in this exhibit are the work of two Florida State University art therapy students who helped host the Peace Paper Veteran workshop Drew, Margaret, and I facilitated in 2012 on campus for the FSU Department of Art Education/Art Therapy, FSU College Veteran Association and FSU Veteran’s Center.

Rachel Mims, a FSU art therapy graduate student and US Army Veteran contributed Peace Paper she made from her military uniforms and then overlayed with pulp printing of images from her training and deployment:

Rachel Mims (2012) Peace Paper: 2003 Deployment

Rachel Mims (2012) Peace Paper: 2003 Deployment

Rachel also submitted her very first art journal, a space that she used to cope with and manage her emotions and experiences related to her Medical Discharge from the Army and coping with life changing injuries she sustained during her service:

I used this art journal to help me get through all the difficult emotions that arose when I realized that my injury was not healing and I would be disabled for the rest of my life; this was the same time that my medical discharge from the Army began. I was supposed to lead by example but being injured meant I could not do most of what was required of me; this was very difficult for me mentally and emotionally – instead of being a great leader I was suddenly worthless (in the eyes of the Army at least!). The journal was my way of dealing with the difficult days and encouraging myself to keep going!”

Rachel Mims Art Journal Pages (2011)

Rachel Mims Art Journal Pages (2011)

Now in her Art Therapy Internship at FSU, Rachel, alongside with a music therapist will be providing student veterans with free music and art therapy as part of a project she’s helped create called The Veteran Creative Arts Therapy Initiative.

Meredith McMackin, a doctoral student in FSU’s Art Therapy Program, also submitted an image for the Ursuline/Tri-C Exhibit that she created during Peace Paper’s FSU workshop that honored her son who was killed in Iraq in 2007. Her handmade paper was made from the cloth of the dress she bought for his memorial service.

Titled Release, Meredith openly shares this in the piece’s powerful statement:

“…Cutting the dress into small squares, I released them into a vessel of water, which fed into a machine that slowly ground the fibers down to pulp.  I felt a sense of ease and peace watching the fibers dissolve the tightness of painful memories and float freely in the cleansing water…. The finished piece symbolizes my son’s release into spirit as well as my own transformation inspired by his self-less gift of life.”

You can read more about Meredith and her commitment to providing workshops at the FSU Veteran’s Center, as well as serving as a trained Peer Mentor for the Tragedies Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) in these two links. Meredith and Rachel are also presenting a workshop on Paper Making as Trauma Intervention for PTSD with Veterans at the 2014 Florida Art Therapy Association in early February.  It is inspiring to see the work of Peace Paper continue in the art therapy community!

Much gratitude to Drew & Margaret of Peace Paper, Rachel, and Meredith for contributing art for this exhibition, as well as sharing the personal stories and inspiring work behind the images that will be on display.  If you are in the NE Ohio area, the exhibit will be open through March 6 at Tri-C’s Gallery on the Eastern Campus. The Massillon Museum, The National Museum of Veterans Art, the Louis Stokes VA Medical Hospital, and more will also be part of this year’s exhibit.

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In addition to the art exhibition opening on February 13, there will be a free community lecture that evening by David Peacock, Therapeutic Director of Valor Home in Akron, Ohio and on the following day, a panel about the value and availability of arts and healing programs for veterans and families will be offered, as well as expressive therapies workshops.

I’m also honored to be part of the panel discussion to speak more about The Peace Paper Project, as well as offer a creative workshop with Art Therapist Laurel Larson, MPS, ATR who works for Volunteers of America in collaboration with the Cleveland VA providing art therapy services at the Veteran’s Domiciliary in Wade Park.

Our workshop on February 14, In Honor, Service, and Mission: Artist Challenge Coins (ACCs) is inspired by the tradition of Challenge Coins, commonly used in the military and within service organizations. A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion symbolizing achievement, membership, or recognition, as well as given to increase morale and community among belonging members.  In the spirit of Challenge Coins, workshop participants will create and exchange mixed media ACCs as tokens of affirmation, service, strength, gratitude, and encouragement.

art. speak. heal: Honoring Veteran Stories | creativity in motion

My Artist Challenge Coins (ACCs)

There will also be additional expressive therapies workshops to choose from focused on drama, creative writing,  storytelling, and healing facilitated by Expressive Therapist Dr. Lisa Peacock of the Women Warrior Project and Vet Art Ohio, as well as Dr. Shianne Eagelheart, LIC, Founder of The Redbird Center for Healing.  If you are a professional looking for continuing education, CEUs will be available.  To register, download the workshop form here.

I hope if you are in the NE Ohio area, you will join us to attend this special event on February 13 & 14 or visit the exhibit while it is on display.

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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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3×5 365 Begins

January 1, 2014

New Year, New 365! Woo hoo!

I’m upsizing from last year’s 1 x 2.5 inch card to an index card and beginning a 3×5 365 adventure today….

3x5 365 | creativity in motion

3×5 365

There’s lots o’ inspiration out there for index card art journaling to help and guide me in this new journey, including the amazing Tammy Garcia’s ICAD (Index Card a Day) Challenge and Daily Paper Prompts on her site Daisy Yellow.  Tammy’s an ICAD inspiration and pioneer to so many involved in this art journaling movement!  Thank you Tammy!

To begin (creating a safe space!), I’ve purchased a simple expandable plastic file, a little similar to this to hold and organize the cards I’ll be making.  This kind of card containing system also makes it very easy for me to take the project on the go, an important consideration for how I like to work and for following through with this daily creative practice.

I’m looking forward to creating within a larger space, incorporating more writing (on the flipside), as well as experimenting with more materials, techniques, and prompts in my 2014 creative life!  Look for 3×5 365 art to be posted here weekly. Yay!

How are you launching or nurturing your creative daily practice in 2014?

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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!

Artful Adventure Treasures from New York

November 13, 2013

I just spent a few days in New York City where I attended some of the 4th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit.

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Expressive Therapies Summit

This year‘s program included over 200 faculty and 130 sessions over 4 days across New York City. There was a lot going on!

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Creative Meet Ups & Connecting

One of my favorite things to do is to connect with and meet up with art therapists, students, and virtual friends I have met, collaborated with or follow online, which this conference allowed plenty of opportunity for, including a Networking Meet Up at The New School on the first day of the Summit! It was great to meet many in person from the Art Therapy Alliance and 6 Degrees of Creativity communities who were also attending the Summit.

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Thich Nhat Hahn Exhibit

One of the meet-up opportunities for the Art Therapy Alliance community included visiting the US debut of “Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh” currently on display at abc carpet and home.  The display , works of calligraphy, and their inspiring messages were beautiful.  I am grateful I was able to see it and take it in with other art therapists!

On the last day of the Summit, I offered my workshop focusing on art journaling & trauma intervention with women survivors of domestic violence, as well as using art journaling for professional self care. It was a very nice way to end the Summit: a room full of brown paper bag journal making that provided the time & space to explore and honor self-care in relationship to trauma work.  Many thanks to everyone who attended!

SummitWorkshop

Art Journaling as a Visual Voice for Trauma Intervention Workshop

Some themes and prompts I introduced for consideration in relationship to professional self care were inspired by these topics and inspiring work:

Self-Care Proclamation/Mantra: Christine Arylo
Anchoring/Safe Place: Kathleen Adams
Gratitude: Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
Affirmations, Strengths: Martin Seligman
Relaxation Inspiration: Lani Gerity
Vulnerability: Brené  Brown
Mind Mapping / Cluster Writing
Relational Enrichment: Bruce Perry’s 3 P’s

You can also learn more about these themes in relationship to art therapy & professional self-care from my past posts about Self Care through Creative Practice and Intention.

Much gratitude to the Expressive Therapies Summit and its team for an inspiring time and bringing us all together!

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Creative Pay It Forward Adventures

October 10, 2013

Back in January, I answered Lani Gerity’s invite to play Creative Pay It Forward.  Part of this fun included not only receiving an awesome paper stash surprise from Lani, but also keeping my commitment to spread the creative goodness to at least 5 other people throughout 2013.  So here’s an update on this adventure…

10 people answered an invite through this blog and on Facebook to also join in on the fun- Yes!  Since January I have been mailing out art to one of the individuals on my Creative Pay It Forward list.  At the beginning of each month I would randomly select someone from this list to send art to: Sarah (January), Emery (February), Erin (March), Julie (April), Rachel (May), Peg (June), Susan (July), Janet (August), Claudia (September), Bailey (October). Art goodies that I made and sent included a slide mount accordion mini book, an altered domino, a sock monkey, artist trading cards, paper stashes, an altered index collage card, and a mini canvas painting. This Creative Pay It Forward effort reached 8 different US states and 2 countries. I hope the creative giving just kept on (and keeps) going from there!

Creative Pay It Forward | creativity in motion

2013 Creative Pay It Forward

All of these art gifts were a joy to create and send throughout this year!  The paper stash of collage and magazine photos I received from Lani earlier in the year I still regularly use with gratitude in my 365 revo’lution making and smashbooking.

Many thanks to everyone who played Creative It Forward with me throughout the last ten months… I look forward to more creative adventures inspired by kindness and eudomonic happiness… Stay tuned for more!

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