Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Links and Inspiration

Collage by Lani

Now here's an idea, a place on the internet where people put their favorite links and books and images. It's called squidoo and the people who have spots in this space are lens masters. Lens master and art journaler Zura Ledbetter sent out a heads up on this.
(If you are interested in art journaling, Zura is giving a free teleclass on Creative Jouranling on May 4th at 7 pm central time. If you'd like to find out more about the class, or sign up, please go to Artella Artella and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find out about Zura's FREE class.)

I thought, hey, let me try this. So I'm a lens master of Art and Happiness! To visit my little corner of the squidoo world (which is just developing of course) you can click here.

Another good thing about this squidoo world is that it's closely linked to Cafe Press where you can have pdf files turned into hard copy books and booklets, on-demand publishing. And of course Cafe Press is not the only one to do this, AND there are folks out there who do color. I hope to work on this and make all the zines available in hard copy on demand.

Some other interesting links I've stumbled across in the last little while:
The Touchstone Center for Children, a nonprofit educational organization founded in New York City, was established in the belief that all people have natural creative, imaginative and artistic capacities, which of course they encouraged and find ways to allow for development.

Do you know The FlyLady? She has an amazing FREE program to get your stuff organized. One of the downsides of being a part of such a materialistic culture is we tend to collect too much STUFF. Let the FlyLady help.

After you've organized your stuff then find comfort and nurture with Jennifer Louden's mood changer. You will find essays on feelings, instant soothing suggestions, bibliotherapy, and comfort crafts. This last one is a wonderful list of craft ideas for every artist, art therapist, and art educator! Wonderful stuff here! Dream pillows, Magic Wish Box, Healing Blanket, and so many more!

Have fun, go wander, make some art and tell me what you think.

Umbrellas won't stop the rain, but they will keep you dry and if they are pretty they might bring a smile to someone's face.

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