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March 16, 2013

Some of the individual ATC collections shared by Pocket Changers… and lots of creative goodness from the Pocket Change ATC collection… 🙂

6 Degrees of Creativity

As posted last month, all the Artist Trading Cards created for the Pocket Change Exchange were received, swapped out and mailed to their new homes!  This post features some of the individual collections posted by some Pocket Changers when getting their new ATCs in the mail:

ATCs receive:  Art Heals Austin

@ ArtHealsAustin: “It really is exciting to create, and share, and receive handmade art. I’m so glad I stumbled across the project in time to participate. These little acts of creative kindness are unique, and inspiring, and fun, and motivating. Before I had even opened the envelope, I was smiling.” ~Brittany Sweeden


ArtsyLetters: Connections and Combinations

@ Artsyletters: Connections and Combinations“Today I’m thankful not only to have been a creator but a recipient in the Pocket Change  Artist Trading Card project.” ~Robyn Hood Black



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Surrounded by Creative Goodness

February 23, 2013

I’ve spent the last week exchanging and just yesterday started to mail out artist trading cards for the Pocket Change swap-Fun!

Pocket Change Mail

Some of the Pocket Change ATCs received on my end for exchanging

 Read more about my reflections and a collection of some of the blogging inspired by this project via 6 Degrees of Creativity’s blog.

Pocket Change ATCs

Pocket Change ATCs received by Kristin, Janie, Eliza, & Lisa

It was a sincere pleasure and an honor to be surrounded by, hold in my hands, and pass on these mini works of art infused with creative goodness, hopefulness, and positive energy created by a third of the Pocket Changers participating. Gratitude!


Surrounded by creative goodness

It’s exciting that the next step of receiving starts to unfold in this process, as exchanged ATCs go out from not only here in Ohio, but another third in Georgia with Beth and in California with Hannah.  Thank you to everyone who contributed! I’m also curious and super eager to learn more about Pocket Change reflections and stories.  They will be shared through an eZine publication along with the ATCs received for the project so we can share and spread the good vibes and inspiration with everyone!  Yes!!

Pocket Change Power & The Art of Kindness

January 30, 2013

Pocket Change Artist Trading Card Swap

Today’s the mailing deadline for Pocket Change!  Below are my artist trading card contributions for this swap, inspired by the important intention Kindness is a Choice.  I used some of my assorted ATC stock, as well as a couple of playing cards for the cards’ foundations…then collage bits & pieces, words from an old dictionary, some distressed ink and stain, and a gold paint pen for edging:

Pocket Change Creative Goodness

Kindness is a Choice

As a summary from my previous post about this project, this ATC swap aims to create good vibes in the spirit of transformation & giving through making small pieces of art for one another, as well as an invitation to keep spreading acts of creative kindness to others in our lives and community.

Just think about the awesome power & positive Pocket Change energy coming in from around the world and its potential impact…Here are some thoughts by Wayne Dyer:

Research has shown that a simple act of kindness directed toward another improves the functioning of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness. Even more amazing is that persons observing the act of kindness have similar beneficial results. Imagine this! Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved! 

Wonderful results!

Now that Pocket Changers have collectively made & extended their acts of kindness in the form of hundreds of ATCs, stayed tuned for more on the receiving and observing benefits as Hannah, Beth, and I begin to exchange and post the affirming mini works of art and stories sent in for this project… Lots of creative goodness to be shared and to be continued soon…  🙂

Create It Forward

January 12, 2013

Last month I joined the #26acts movement to help honor victims of the Sandy Hook shooting with creating 26 Paper Hearts and then incorporating each one into works of art for others as an act of creative kindness.


I’m not completely done with all 26 acts yet, but about half of the tags, envelopes, and cards have already been mailed to friends, given to co-workers, or left randomly around the city. I’ll be finishing up the rest of the paper heart art for this project over the week-end and will thoughtfully send out the remaining hearts into the world with the intention of remembrance, gratitude, and honor.

I also got in on some 2013 Creative Pay-it Forward fun this week (thank you Kit & Lani!) and look forward (ha!) to this adventure throughout the year.  It was really neat to see these Creative Pay-it Forward requests spread with re-postings and eager interest to give & receive.

I’m inspired to also extend this fun here to Creativity in Motion as well: The first 5 people to comment on this blog posting will receive sometime in 2013 an artful surprise from me.  It might be a paper stash collection, artist trading card goodies, or maybe a sock monkey!  There will likely be no warning & it will happen whenever the mood strikes me over the next 12 months.  The catch? Those 5 people must make the same offer on their blog to pay forward the creative goodness…

Create It Forward | Creativity in Motion

Also on my create it forward list this month is starting to work on artist trading cards for Pocket Change: Creating Change through Small Creative Acts, which will be cultivating the same spirit and concept through making, exchanging, and mobilizing art for good among its participants and others in need of some creative goodness.  There’s still time to sign up for this ATC exchange (by January 15) if you are interested in joining us!

Let’s see how we can keep creating it forward all year long!

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.

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