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Open Heart Creating, Connecting & Community

January 20, 2012

In a couple of weeks, the 6 Degrees of Creativity Artist Trading Card (ATC) exchange will be underway and I’ve just finished creating a batch of ATCs to include as an extra ATC for each participant.  As the facilitator of this ATC workshop and organizer of the exchange, I wanted to make an ATC for each individual participating in the swap:

When creating my ATCs I reflected on the 6 Degrees of Creativity community as a whole, from each of the wonderful workshops being offered and instructors, the inspiring photos of art, comments, discussions, and overall community, connection, and spirit of creativity.

I chose a series of words to describe this experience and included six dots on each ATC to represent the concept of 6 Degrees and how we are all connected through our creativity, as well as having the opportunity to spread this energy and inspiration among ourselves and to others in our personal and professional lives. The words highlighted on each of my ATC cards express my collective response I’ve witnessed.

I recently re-read the post Creating with an Open Heart, Creating a Movement on one of my favorite creativity blogs, A Big Creative Yes which reminded me about my intention behind bringing together 6 Degrees of Creativity.  Dan Goodwin writes about the experience, importance, and sharing of creating with “an open heart” and how this practice inspires others to also create:

“By your example of creating, they then muster enough courage to try it for themselves. Then maybe this same thing happens with a couple of other people over a few months, and they too come out in public with their journals, their camera, their sketchbooks, because of your example. Maybe then each of these people you’ve directly inspired are then seen by three others, and they are encouraged to create more.  In a short space of time, your act of creating with an open heart has lead to nine others doing the same. A month or two later, each of them are seen, and inspire three others, meaning now 27 people are openly creating, all as a direct result of your initial courage to do so… By creating with an open heart, you’ve created a movement.”

It’s been a pleasure to actively engage with so many excited about creating, sharing, and experiencing this joy within this creative community. Creating with an open heart happens at 6 Degrees of Creativity everyday and that is awesome.  Lots and lots of creative goodness spreading everywhere… to our friends, colleagues, family, clients and more….And very soon, the sending out  of our ATC mail art exchange will create a little more- I can’t wait!

I look forward to sharing how the ATC exchange went in a couple of weeks so stay connected for more!

Postcard Exchange Re-visited: One Year Later

October 16, 2011

This week-end I spent time putting together my presentation about Art Therapy Without Borders’ International Postcard Exchange for the Canadian Art Therapy Association and Ontario Art Therapy Association joint conference coming up during the first week of November.   I am really looking forward to presenting this paper focusing on the project, its impact, and the role of art and social networking to connect the art therapy community worldwide.

As I began to organize presentation content to highlight and include, I started to go through half of the postcards received over 6 months on behalf of ATWB from art therapists and art therapy students from all around the world.  I re-visited each one in my careful piles: where the postcard arrived from, the art created, media used, as well as the experiences/stories shared on the back about the individual’s work, studies, or interests related to art therapy.

I also remembered it was this time last year when the exchange started, mailing lists I organized from those who signed up were just sent out to over 300 participants, and the first postcards for the exchange were already starting to come in.  Last October, I could have never imagined the overall impact, enthusiasm, and outreach that launching this exchange of mail art would have on facilitating connection, building community, and empowering the international art therapy community.

Collectively re-visiting the postcards in one sitting and no longer in “organizing” mode gave me a new and simplified appreciation for the project and to reflect on what inspired me to organize the exchange in the first place.  Introduce a fun, creative way for art therapists and art therapy students to learn more about each other and use the power of social media and art-making to network, connect, and create/receive art.

I was inspired to do a different kind of and much-needed type of “organizing” that included finally finding a good solution to display and store the postcards I’ve had since the exchange closed April. Many times, I have attempted different options, with no success and struggled with frustration on how to bring everything together in a way that made sense.  Finally the idea to use 12×12 plastic sleeves (so both sides of the postcard could be viewed), some clear adhesive dots, and a scrapbooking album, came to mind as something that might actually work (duh).  After a trip to the craft aisle and a few hours later, an entire album was filled edge to edge with 26 pages of beautiful postcard art.

To view the postcards I received together in this way was amazing and creating this album helped me honor as well as process my own experience with the project as a participant, recipient, and organizer.   Thank you again to everyone who participated and contributed to this exchange.

To view all the postcard art from the exchange, you can check them all out here via Art Therapy Without Border’s Web Album on Google.

Now Open: 6 Degrees of Creativity

October 10, 2011

It’s finally open!  Check out this blog post on The Art Therapy Alliance’s posterous about the official launching of 6 Degrees of Creativity.  Yay!

It’s been an exciting, energizing, and inspiring time on my end getting members set up on the site and welcoming them to this new community full of opportunities for creative goodness, connection, and collaboration through art making and social networking.  Love!  Much, much gratitude and love to 6 Degrees of Creativity instructors Kristina, Lani, Cathy, Jen, and Kat for their workshop contributions, energy, hard work, and participation to help support my vision for this.

I am really looking forward to what this experience will bring over the next 6 months.  Stay tuned for more as I post my own art and creative reflections from all the workshops- and of course share some of the happenings within my Artist Trading Card workshop and exchange. Lots to enjoy, create, and have fun with now until March!

Revolution (Art) Making : Live Life Fearlessly

September 27, 2011

I love, love, love this art journal page posted a few days ago in my ready for revolution class by Janette Gregson in the UK who just started her revolution book making experience in 21 SECRETS.  I love the image of the woman on the tightrope, included Alan Alda quote, and overall message!  Thanks to Janette for sharing this and letting me re-post here on Creativity in Motion… Check out Janette’s art journaling blog to view some more of her work and read about her experiences.  Nice!

Throughout the last six months in ready for revolution, I am always excited to see what each individual creates, their intention, how this is expressed visually, and reflections posted within our group.  As I’ve posted here before, it’s awesome to see the revolution pages and the entire books (wow!) being created and shared.  After the last few years of annually creating my own revolution book and sharing it with others sorta on my own through this blog, social media, and video,  it’s so powerful to see the hopeful, empowering, and inspiring revolutions shared by others and this group of support, encouragement, and community.

Here’s to much more revolution (art) making!!  Yay!

21 SECRETS Art Journaling Playground: Last Call

September 26, 2011

October is quickly approaching… and wow– this means that registration for 21 SECRETS will soon be closing.  I can’t believe it has already been six months since Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio opened the 21 SECRETS’ doors! With over 800 participants and now 22 workshops and instructors all dedicated to art journaling, I am so enjoying what this experience has had to offer.  I have met loads and loads of creative and inspiring art journalers from around the world, including the amazing group of teachers I am working with, participants in my class ready for revolution and colleagues from the art therapy community who are participating, as well as many other creatives from all around the 21 SECRETS playground!  The content of techniques, concepts, and approaches to art journaling have been so much fun to learn more about, experiment with, create, see posted in the 21 SECRETS community, and share.

Sooo….if you haven’t registered for 21 SECRETS yet and been thinking about joining us, you still have time this week to sign up and play until January 1, 2012.  And…just announced today, Dirty Footprints Studio is discounting 21 SECRETS to $49.99!

Last call!  Registration closes for good on 11:59 pm PST, Friday, September 30th.  Learn more and how to register here.

Celebrating Creative Goodness with Artist Trading Card Fun @ 6 Degrees of Creativity

September 21, 2011

My Artist Trading Card (ATC) Workshop for 6 Degrees of Creativity is all ready to go!  I can’t wait!   I am super excited to create more community and connection with lots of ATC making throughout the next six months and everything culminating with a global exchange of our art from this workshop in February 2012.  I hope you’ll consider joining me:

What are your 6 Degrees of Creative Goodness?

And… don’t forget, 6 Degrees of Creativity also includes five other workshops– chock full of offerings that will inspire and empower your art making and creative practice with themes of positive psychology, gratitude, transformation, social contemplation, and more!  Registration is open now until December 1.  The 6 Degrees of Creativity fun starts October 10!

Special 21 SECRETS Reveal Coming June 1

May 22, 2011

I continue to enjoy, be inspired, and loving the art, creativity, and community happening over at 21 SECRETS!  Wow!  If you haven’t already joined this global playground of online workshops dedicated to art journaling, registration continues to be open and…there’s a special 21 SECRETS reveal coming June 1 that I am gearing up to share with much excitement- I can’t wait!

21 art journaling workshops for only $59!

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 this group of 21 artists. Learn more about each workshop and how to register here.

Pinterest: Collecting & Organizing Happiness

May 17, 2011

21 SECRETS colleague and mixed media artist Debra Cooper recently introduced me the wonderful world of Pinterest, a social catalog site and community of virtual bulletin boards where you can organize and “pin” digital images of places, objects, people, and things you love and have interest in.  You can also follow boards and collections created by others who have styles and interests you like, as well “re-pin” images posted by community members on your own boards.  I’m already addicted!

Some of my boards

My first board was for a collection of Words.  I gathered quotes, phrases, and images through the site’s keyword search, as well as checked out what the Pinterest community and people I was following had pinned and re-pinned on some of their boards.  I also added the “Pin It” grabber to my toolbar to make it easy to get images anywhere on-line that I also wanted to collect.

As I began to create more boards, I started to notice how many of the images and objects I was pinning and curating into collections were associated with people, places, memories, and activities that make me really happy.  Lots of good stuff, good times, and good vibes. Containing all these things together in one place started to spark some kind of visual happiness.

I have also enjoyed the joyful curiousity and inspiration from looking at others’ boards and pins.  It’s been so much fun to follow Lani Gerity‘s pins and the cool finds she is collecting: art, portraits, dolls, places, and lots of chocolate!  I’ve also been keeping an eye on Debra’s boards which are full of color, design, artsy ideas, and textures.  Check them out!

Lani’s Board: Art Love

Debra’s Board: For Painted Papers

At this time, to join Pinterest you need to receive an invite. You can go to the Pinterest site to request an invite, but I am not sure if this involves some kind of wait list or what the turnaround time is to receive one. Pinterest community members can also send out a limited number of  invites as well.  If anyone is interested in receiving one of my invites (while supplies last!),  feel free to let me know in the comment/reply section of this post.

Creating a Dialogue & Resource for Domestic Violence: Trauma Network Blogging

May 15, 2011

It’s official! I’ll be blogging as a core contributor for The Trauma Network,  a growing community of therapists coming together to learn new ways to advance their clinical practice, exchange resources, interventions, and find support related to trauma informed work.

My posts for the network will focus on considerations, strategies, best practices, and ideas for  therapists working with children, adolescents, families, and women impacted by domestic violence, including the benefits of using art and creative interventions with this population.

I hope my blogging will start a dialogue and create a trauma informed resource within this community connected to domestic violence and offer practical information useful for this area of work.  

To learn more about The Trauma Network and how to join (free!), please visit

Revolution Making Begins @ 21 SECRETS

April 9, 2011

Last week Dirty Footprints Studio’s 21 SECRETS opened with lots of interest and creative energy! Throughout the last seven days, it has been a lot of fun to see the 21 SECRETS community building, members joining, and many starting to take in what this art journal playground has to offer.

My 21 SECRETS class ready for revolution has started to have some activity with art journalers beginning to create their own revolutions with words, intentions, and images that they want to invite and attract into their life. Witnessing participants’ processes, shared reflections, comments, and art journal pages has been very inspiring!

Below are some revolutions created this week @ 21 SECRETS:

Jeniffer Hutchins-Light

Jeniffer Hutchins (Fayetteville, North Carolina) created her revolution to focus around the intention LIGHT and included one of her favorite quotes by Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love.  Jeniffer is also an instructor for 21 SECRETS teaching the class Emotional Evolution, where she encourages your art journaling as a space to “turn fear into opportunity, doubt into joy, and frustration into anticipation”.

Eva Miller's Revolution Cover

Eva Miller (Raleigh, North Carolina) picked up a children’s board book at a local Goodwill this week to deconstruct it for making her revolution book. Great!  Stripping board books is something I looove to do as part of my own revolution making process. In the class, I make mention of this as an altered book technique idea for participants to experiment with as an art journal. Above is Eva’s finished book cover ready for more revolution making inside!

Janet McLeod- Hope

Janet McLeod (Auckland, New Zealand) is finishing her post graduate studies in art therapy and dedicated her first revolution page to the intention HOPE as a means to invite and add more positive emotion into her life.

I thank Jeniffer, Eva, and Janet for allowing me share their awesome revolution making here- I look forward to seeing the many other intentions and images that develop from this community of art journalers ready for some revolution!  The creativity, ideas, and and connection happening all around 21 SECRETS is something I am proud and excited to be a part of. Thank you again to Dirty Footprints Studio’s Connie Hozvicka for inviting me to be part of this experience!

If you are interested in joining us, you can still check out 21 SECRETS and learn how to register here:

Registration is open until May 31

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