This week I finally finished this year’s revo’lution book! Yay!
I used another children’s board book as the book’s foundation with a combination of acrylic paint, watercolor, gel pens, stamping ink, and text transfer sheets on each of the pages.
The intentions I chose for this year are Patience, Readiness, Agility, Faith, & Sincerity:
This past week I also enjoyed facilitating a fun evening of revo’lution art-making, where the room was filled with creative manifesting mojo, hot chocolate, and good company! It was bitterly cold outside (brrrrr!), but inside lots of creativity & good intentions warmed the space!
It’s always a pleasure to share & experience this art-making with others who are also interested in inviting new energy & possibility into their life, work, relationships, & more!
I hope that you are also able to work some creative manifesting mojo into your New Year as well! 🙂
As fall gives way to winter and the year begins to finish out its final month, I find myself wanting to slow down while I adjust to colder weather, holiday anticipation, thinking ahead to planning for 2015, and reflecting on the adventures of 2014.
Here are a few things from this past week helping me take time out for some pausing….
I’ve embarked on a hot chocolate challenge 🙂 :
My friend Lori and I have decided to enjoy this list of Top 10 Hot Chocolates in Cleveland by attempting to try each one throughout the winter. It’s a great reason to get together, warm up from the cold, and savor some chocolate. Win, win, win! Our first stop on this hot chocolate tour was Fear’s Confections. I recommend splurging for the gourmet homemade cinnamon marshmallow to accompany the drink- Yum!
I also started prepping the children’s board book I’ve chosen for creating a new revo’lution altered book, one of the creative rituals I enjoy taking time to reflect on as the New Year approaches… 2015 will be year/book #7 in the series…. Yay! If you’re in the NE Ohio area, I’ll be hosting a cozy Ready for Revo’lution art-making gathering (with hot chocolate available!) on January 7 that you can check out here.
Things are also winding down with this year’s 365 project, as my 3×5 art journey moves forward into its last month. Incredible that 11 months and have already gone by, with only one more to go…. It’s an ongoing reminder time and time again to slow down in each creative moment.
Here’s also a few blog posts to help embrace your pausing spirit & manage this time of year:
I’ve slowly been working on the altered book I started for exploring the theme of covenant based care giving. Here are some work in progress photos:
I’ve been using a lot of acrylic paint on the raw surface of the chipboard page that I’ve stripped of its glossy coating and its former life of a children’s board book. Over the dried acrylic paint I’ve also been using some white colored pencil. It’s been a super liberating process.
Each of these beginning pages are forming a visual pledge connected to my professional and creative work… to instill, engage with, and honor.
I’ve spent the first few days of January working on the pages of my 2014 revo’lution book, transformed & altered from a small children’s board book.
My 2014 intentions for this year are Grace, Tranquility, Mercy, Blithe, Soul, and Openness:
[Inward grace calls me here….]
[That tranquility you call peace… lives in my heart]
[Your mercies are new + begin again everyday…]
[Boundless + Free…]
[Listen to + trust the voice of your own soul…]
Revo’lution making for the past 6 years has taught me how important intentions are for new beginnings, change, growth, challenge, and transformation.
I want to share another annual revo’lution making tradition that always inspires me–this year Lani created a Create Happiness Revo’lution and transformed her board book pages into a downloadable PDF that you can find here. I am also excited to read that AJ who was an active participant in my 2011 21 SECRETS revo’lution workshop continues to engage in this creative practice and will be working on her revo’lution book throughout this year. Having just finished my 365 revo’lution and taking time throughout the year to focus on this intention manifesting process, I love that AJ will be spreading out her 2014 revo’lution love this way!
If you’re interested in creating your own revo’lution, check out my ready to revo’lution e-book or consider joining in on this year’s 6 Degrees of Creativity where I’ll be offering an art journaling workshop dedicated to revo’lution making (includes the e-book!) as one of 6 online workshops dedicated to concepts of connecting, collaboration, art-making, and creativity into an engaged community of artists exploring transformation and using art for good. Registration goes on sale in a couple of weeks (stay tuned!) and will be open until July 31.
I just finished up my video tutorials and PDF download for my 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 workshop Creative Goodness with Gluebooks. It was a lot of fun to put all the content together and get it ready for its July 1st debut. This online workshop not only includes an introduction to making gluebooks & gluebook prompts to work on, but also an August paper stash swap and November gluebook page exchange with other workshop participants.
In preparation for this workshop I’ve been collecting even more paper stuff to use as a way of documenting my activities, interests, plans, and inspirations through the concept of gluebooking. I’ve been a lot more mindful of the paper around me (even the most mundane and ordinary scraps, notes, & clippings) and how I can transform these into sharing an experience, memory, feeling,or something special I want to remember through gluebooking.
One of the gluebook spreads I worked on yesterday included a lot of the findings I brought back home from my travels last week such as local maps, a farecard ticket, baggage tags, images from a visitor guide, handmade paper, and more. It was a creative way for me to continue to process the experience, as well as create a meaningful representation through all the various things I saved.
I am so looking forward to seeing what gluebooks & gluebook spreads are created by others involved in this workshop, as well as exchanging some gluebook pages and stuff from our paper stash! Lots of creative goodness!
Check out the workshop that I will be offering at 6 Degrees of Creativity this summer: Creative Goodness with Gluebooks!
This workshop invites participants to learn all about the creative goodness of gluebooks! The foundation is pretty simple: 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, fun, and unique ways that gluebooks can be created with repurposed and everyday materials. This workshop also includes an exchange I will be organizing 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! Fun, fun, fun!
21 SECRETS is an ONLINE, self guided, art journaling workshop where participants will receive the opportunity to learn different techniques, methods, and approaches to art journaling from a group of 21 artists through July 31, 2011.
My workshop ready for revo’lution will empower you to use art journaling to explore concepts of transformation, creating change, and invite intentions of new possibilities through the power of collage, mixed media, journaling prompts & more. Embrace your revo’lutionary spirit to imagine, create or reclaim your ideas into action!
Introducing my 2011 revo’lution made visible! As a re-cap for first time Creativity in Motion readers, for the last few years I have been practicing a year end tradition of creating my “revo’lution”, a process where I identify intentions that I want to focus more on and strengthen throughout the upcoming year. I then create images in response to these concepts and make an annual revo’lution book as a visual reminder.
This year’s intentions include: Truth, Choice, Nurture, Imagine, Inspire, Change, Freedom, and Passion. Below are images from this year’s altered board book I created to contain these eight concepts. Book spreads were created with a combination of magazine photo collage, stamping, vintage dictionary pages, distressed ink, and Tim Holtz’s idea-ology embellishments.
Something new that I experimented with was taking all the image photos on my iPhone using the Urbian Inc.’s Retro Camera app to feature in the gallery above and in the short film below:
Many of the intentions I chose this year focus attention on concepts related to continued growth, authenticity, and of course, creating. I believe 2010 revo’lution lessons and periods of letting go, reclamation, and transitioning have built a strong foundation for 2011 opportunities, exciting projects, meaningful relationships, and partnerships. In my professional life this year, I am looking forward to having more energy, space, and imagining for new ideas related to what I am passionate about and creating ways to share these experiences with others through my work as an art therapist and trauma consultant, as well as my community organizing for The Art Therapy Alliance.
So what does your revolution look like? What are intentions you would like to focus on and develop/sustain/strengthen throughout your 2011 life? It’s a great time to gather your revo’lutionary ideas and thoughts as this new year approaches and do some visioning through art!
Stay tuned here as my 2011 revo’lution in motion unfolds throughout the year!
For the last few years I have been practicing a year end tradition of creating my “revo’lution”, a process where I identify concepts that I want to focus on more and bring into my life during the upcoming year. I then create images in response to these concepts and make an annual revo’lution book as a visual reminder of these intentions. As 2010 starts to come to a close, it is time for me to reflect on my revo’lution I crafted for this year, as well as start to think about what I want my 2011 revo’lution to look like.
Below are pages from this year’s altered board book and what I wanted to bring into/focus on during my 2010 life:
Here’s a brief summary of my revolutionary actions during 2010:
Create: My hopes for this intention was for much energy, vision, and meaning for creating, making, and doing in 2010 in the form of art-making, writing, through technology, and opportunities for connecting and collaborating with others. This year brought much to be enjoyed related to this effort! Whether this included organizing an Artist Trading Card (ATC) Exchange with Art Therapy Alliance members, participating in my first Fatbook project with local area art therapists, creating a life changing book from handmade paper of transformed pulp, making more mini films, creating issues of FUSION, or continuing to engage the art therapy community through my love of social media and technology, there has been a lot of new ideas, great energy, and creative activity this year.
Dare: Having the courage and strength to be true to myself and what I find to have meaning, truth, and purpose in my day to day life, relationships, and work often required difficult, but necessary choices throughout this year. These challenges have ultimately helped bring a calmness, happiness, and liberation I am grateful for and hope to continue in 2011.
Balance: This intention is always my biggest need. Choices I put into motion towards the end of 2009 did provide an authentic grounding for 2010. On-going lessons of letting go, detachment, and being mindful of what/who/where I wanted to invest my energy, time, and focus proved to be important decisions throughout this year.
Encourage, Learn, Wonder: When I created the images for these intentions I wasn’t too sure about how or why the appearance of birds ended up as part of my revo’lution. I think the repeated theme of letting go surfaced many times over throughout this year to help me explore the power (and freedom) of new ideas, possibilities, and move forward/fly free in my own professional and personal growth, which was at an important crossroads. I am thankful for this process and important friends that supported and mentored me to make these discoveries and embrace these lessons throughout the year.
Sustain and Transition: These two intentions had a significant impact throughout my 2010, as I started to make future decisions related to balance, moving on, and to zero in on ideas, causes, and efforts I believe in to create change, hope, and positive energy. I look forward to this focus enhancing my community building with The Art Therapy Alliance and Art Therapy Without Borders, as well as my clinical work as an art therapist with youth who have experienced trauma and loss.
As I re-look at the above reflection, I am struck at the power of decision, action, and choice in much of my 2010 revo’lution and how this has influenced (for the better) my year, present life, work, and relationships. The results of this are an excellent way to begin 2011!
Creating is already underway for my 2011 revo’lution- More to come on this soon…