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Art to Adore: Lifebook 2016 Students

Hi there! Happy Thursday! It's always a fun day for me because it's Studio Day with my art buddy, Robin Laws. We are going to be watching Katie Kendrick videos from her new online class and painting away!

So far, 2016 has been a whirlwind with many new classes that I am both taking and teaching for. One of which is Lifebook. This amazing class has over 2900 students all actively creating beautiful work. You should see my Facebook feed! While it is hard to keep up with, I am absolutely in love with all the art that flows through it from such talented students.

My bonus lesson for Lifebook aired on Jan. 4th and it was called "Patch it up, Make it Shine". The thought behind the tutorial was to write down limiting or negative beliefs and thoughts that we want to leave behind in 2015 and then collage and paint over these words with gorgeous metallics, powerful intentions and more illuminated imagery to light our path into 2016. I have been absolutely blown away by the pieces that have come from this project.

I have gathered a few of the ones that truly touched me with their beauty....enjoy....

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Suzanne Marie Kelly

Alissa Millsap

Alissa Millsap

Catherine Randall

Catherine Randall

Sanela Sinikovic

Sanela Sinikovic

Maggie Johnson

Maggie Johnson

Victoria Engholm

Victoria Engholm

Aren't they just gorgeous? Such unique styles with shimmering details and personal meaning. I feel so lucky to be a teacher!

What intentions are you setting to light up your 2016?

xo,

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FREE LIFEBOOK lesson!

Hello sweet readers! How are you? It's a rainy Monday here in Portland and the leaves are falling but what a great time to cozy up and get down to some serious art making!

Many of you know, I will be a teacher in next year's Lifebook and I couldn't be more thrilled! This amazing class is a year of gorgeous art lessons with a focus on self-healing and self-reflection! Talk about a fabulous way to kick off 2016 right?!

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As a very special treat - the incredibly generous Tamara Laporte has offered up a completely FREE lesson for you to get a taste of what Lifebook has to offer!

Go here to watch the FREE in-depth lesson! It's a good one with 4 videos plus a PDF file! It will only be up for a limited time so go check it out! It goes through Tam's entire process of collage and then painting over collage to create a beautiful and whimsical piece.

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If you love it and I really think you will...then come on back and sign yourself up for this life-changing course!

You can find more info about the workshop here.

Hope you guys enjoy this free class!

xo,

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FREE Mixed Media Art Journaling Video

Hello my creative friends! How's the week treating you so far? I meant to get this to you yesterday but I'm afraid I got a little tied up wrapping the videos for the Paint & Pixels Online Workshop! I'm SO excited for class to begin! Not too much longer now...Sept 14th! If you haven't checked out the info on this Mixed Media & iPad Art class yet...go here for more info.

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So anyways...today is my birthday and in the theme of celebration, I wanted to give you a special treat! I've made a lovely FREE  Mixed Media Art Journaling Video for you - documenting my creation of the spread below. It's full of teaching and tips to get you creating in your art journal too! Plus, my little studio kitten, Leo makes an appearance. He is quite the art admirer. ;)

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I've been exploring Art journaling recently and it's been so enjoyable. What a wonderful way to explore, experiment and play all within my beautiful vintage ledger.

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To go watch to the video go here.

Please do share your creations too! I would love to see what you guys make! Feel free to join my student group on Facebook and start connecting with other creative souls!

Hope you enjoy the video!

xo,

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Art Journals to Adore

Hello there. I'm so excited I can hardly sit still. I just signed up to attend this retreat in May 2014! Eeek! I'm scared and incredibly happy at the same time - which I know is a good sign I'm doing something that I truly want to do. A long weekend, on Bainbridge Island creating art with 10 other women - it's gonna be total bliss! Plus, I'm going to actually meet one of my favorite online art teachers - Jeanne Oliver! Feeling very blessed. Anyways, I've been working more frequently in my art journal. Picking it up casually and sketching or jotting down a thought. It's becoming a little addictive. I was on Pinterest gathering jouranling inspiration and I thought I would show you some of my favorites. Just gorgeous...

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So inspiring right? I just got this book to help me get more creative with hand lettering too. Love it.

I'm off to go work in mine.

Have a beautiful Friday and a lovely weekend.

xo,

Ivy

Art Journaling : Brené Brown Class

Hi there! How's life? Things have been going well here and I've been diligently working on my Brené Brown art journal homework from the Oprah life class. Following along with the book has been truly life changing. The messages within have been resonating deeply with me as I become aware of my own issues with perfection, shame and self-worth - pretty heavy, I know. BUT so inspiring and refreshing at the same time! I've had several "ah-ha" moments that made me smile while other pages brought on the tears. One huge epiphany I experienced, was when I realized the cause of my recent creativity block. It wasn't because my creative juices ran dry or I ran out of inspiration...it was because I was focusing on attaining approval rather than just being authentic. I wasn't creating for me. I was creating for others and seeking praise. All of sudden, the likes on Facebook didn't make me feel good anymore, the hearts on Instagram didn't mean anything. I felt numb. So I stopped making art. Joy was replaced with doubt.  Understanding why this happened has brought me great clarity.

Working in my very first art journal has renewed my creativity and given me the chance to further digest the information in the book. I had promised to share some of the pages with you...so here they are...

I thought that the first assignment was very appropriate. That scary first white page was dedicated to giving yourself permission.

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Next, we had to take pictures of ourselves with our "Pledge" written on our hand - "I'm imperfect and I'm ENOUGH!" Love that.

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The class went on to explore the word - COURAGE and it's original meaning: to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. Then we listed the people in our lives that we trust and share our story with. We placed this list in the center of our heart. I wrote the word "Thank You" on my list to remind myself to be eternally grateful to these special people.

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Then we were assigned to find a photo that captures our "true self" and write about who we see, what makes this person light up and how we need to treat her. Loved how this exercise made me feel.

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This last collage kinda just happened...the inside of the journal cover needed some art! :)

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As I mentioned, I've never art journaled before and I'm really loving it! I'm getting a little braver with my materials and exploring new ways to blend words and images.

Have you ever kept an art journal? If you do, I would love to hear how you like to use it.

Hope your week is full of inspiration.

xo,

Ivy