Saturday, December 23, 2006

Art With Heart's Chill & Spill art journal

Here's a link that came from exploring today's Artella's Link Latte, daily links for artists and writers.

Chill & Spill is a therapeutic guided journal designed to help the user (ages 10+) articulate and transform difficult issues they are dealing with. It offers a combination of 20 creative writing and artistic expression activities with enough blank pages to explore both head and heart and to talk, yell, cry, boast, dream and evolve.

Co-written by Oodles of Doodles author, Steffanie Lorig and Art Therapist and Life Coach, Jeanean Jacobs, MA, ATR-BC, CPAT, CPC, this book helps those who are in need of additional emotional support because of:
Anxiety / Depression • Grief / Loss • Illness • Self-Esteem / Social Development Issues • School Crisis • Self-Harm • Family Difficulties • Eating Disorders • Suicidal Tendencies • Anger Management • PTSD, etc.

They also have a Therapist's Companion. Here are some of the sample pages and they generously show you a sample page from each artist. Do have alook:

Inside front cover: quotes to inspire

Bridges: figuring out where you are, where you want to go and how to get there

Our Heroes

Thursday, December 21, 2006

A story for winter solstice.

A friend got a Christmas card from someone who would be turning 70 in the spring. She had put an image of herself as a child on the front of the card and inside she told a story about how she was evaluating her life, looking in the corners for anything left undone or any wishes left unmade. She said her Christmas and New Years wish was that my would find any unfulfilled dream, fulfill it, and then tell her about it as a birthday present in the spring. Now isn't that a lovely idea?

Happy Longest Night of the Year!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Google's Book Search

I discovered something fun. Google has a book search and they have photographic copies of some of the pages of the books they list, so it you click here you will find Creativity and the Dissociative Patient or at least quite a bit of it. Between the pages they give you and the pages gives you, you can get quite a bit of this book, for free.

Not bad!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

More Splendid Gifts

Here are a few more Splendid Gifts!!
Hope you enjoy unwrapping things slowly!

These collages were made with scans of Citrisolve and National Geographics. The
Citrisolve slides the color all over the place, very exciting. If you go to Sally T's website you can read the instructions there. Scroll down to Turp Papers. She used turpentine with wonderful effects.

Then I added some collage elements from Now there's an interesting website, full of wonderful digital stuff, downloadable and affordable. I got these snowflake Photoshop brushes there to make this festive collage.

For something a little different, go to Keri Smith's blog for some lovely gifts, a portable Christmas tree, instant snow, and an Artist's Survival Kit, all free downloads, bless her.

Art-E-Zine has some wonderful pages of vintage images and ephemera for collages and digital art. This page is full of links. Be warned.

So here's my last collage, using the citrisolve paper at the top of this blog, some ephemera and brushes from, some advice from Keri Smith's survival kit, and some ephemera from Art-E-Zine.

Commit yourself to a stress free holiday. Join the 14 Secrets Yahoo Group and learn about making yourself and others happy with art, mail art, art swaps and round robins.

Give yourself an eWorkshop, the Artist's Happiness Challenge at Artella and as soon as you sign up you will have access to loads of articles on positive psychology, positive human emotion, stress reduction and spirituality, and starting the beginning of January, you will receive 12 weeks of artistic challenges, guaranteed to lift the spirits and release endorphins.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Splendid Gifts

This collage was inspired by jaihn's links to Wilson A. Bentley's snow flake photography and her great link to light images at Image Savant - SPORE
So let this collage be a little seasonal gift. And here's another; a link for a new little zine of encouragement here for you from me. You can download it, print it and fold it so that it makes a little zine. With the folding instructions you can create more zines of your own.

There are more seasonal gifts and stories to follow in this blog because people are sending me the most amazing links and ideas which need to be shared as I read on an amazing link from Juba, an art therapy student in Nelson, BC.
The central goal in Native American child-rearing is to the teach the importance of being generous and unselfish. In The Education of Little Tree, Forrest Carter shares the advice of his grandmother, "When you come on something good, first thing to do is share it with whoever you can find; that way, the good spreads out where no telling it will go." In helping others, youth create their own proof of worthiness: they make a positive contribution to another human life.

So the first story is from Kent Nerburn's Small Graces; The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life. In it he describes the kindergarten class room of a friend of his.

There were hugs, small animals, baskets full of clothes and costumes; colors, shapes, signs that meant nothing at all. Put them on, march around, crawl on the floor. Speak in a language that no one else knows. Draw a picture of something that no one has ever seen.
What's your name today? Why don't we all talk backwards? What would a starfish say to a star?...
'What is the secret?' I ask her...
'Corners,' she said. 'All children need corners.'
I looked around the classroom. Small piles of stones in shoeboxes. Little worlds constructed in cubicles and cubbies. Corners.
She showed me a hidden place behind a bookshelf where one boy had strung a complex web of string and yarn, and filled it with climbing plastic men.
We walked to the center of the room. A circle had been taped to the floor. 'This is where we meet together,' she said. 'It is good for them to know that we are all part of a whole. But there,' she continued, pointing to the corners, boxes, the cubbies, 'is where they go to dream.'

That's exactly what we need, circles to know we are part of something greater than ourselves and we need corners, too, where we can dream and make art.

The next story came from CharityFocus a newsletter with little inspiring stories and challenges. So this story was about John McCarthy', a 29-year-old British journalist who was ambushed in Beirut and imprisoned in a tiny cell for 5 years. His companion in captivity was Irishman Brian Keenan. In Keenan's words, at the heart of their shared ordeal there lay an implicit paradox: that "in the most inhuman of circumstances men grow and deepen in humanity." An inspiring interview with John McCarthy follows here all about simplicity and kindness. Very good read!

Then Lore sent me this story about a humpback whale that was freed by divers from a tangle of crab trap lines, so imbedded in her skin that it took 3 divers about an hour to untangle and free the whale who responded by "swimming around in circles, according to the rescuers. Moskito said it swam to each diver, nuzzled him and then swam to the next one."
To read the whole story, click here.

Here's the end of Lore's email, which I'll pass on to you:

May you, and all those you love,
be so blessed and fortunate ....
to be surrounded by people
who will help you get untangled
from the things that are binding you.

And, may you always know the joy
of giving and receiving gratitude.

And remember for great suggestions for simplicity and joy during the holidays visit

Hope you are having a lovely, stress-free, joyful, creative, and simple holiday season.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Just for fun, what Tarot card would you be?

You are Strength

Courage, strength, fortitude. Power not arrested in the act of judgement, but passing on to further action, sometimes obstinacy.

This is a card of courage and energy. It represents both the Lion's hot, roaring energy, and the Maiden's steadfast will. The innocent Maiden is unafraid, undaunted, and indomitable. In some cards she opens the lion's mouth, in others she shuts it. Either way, she proves that inner strength is more powerful than raw physical strength. That forces can be controlled and used to score a victory is very close to the message of the Chariot, which might be why, in some decks, it is Justice that is card 8 instead of Strength. With strength you can control not only the situation, but yourself. It is a card about anger and impulse management, about creative answers, leadership and maintaining one's personal honor. It can also stand for a steadfast friend.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Playing with unknown materials...

This is a little workshop for encouragement to follow your passion for play with new materials; ... or what to do when you think you have ordered, via the internet, copper foil (as in metal) and you discover what you actually have is a filmy plastic shiny coppery colored stuff that you have no idea how to use properly.

So I thought why not play with the stuff. Cut off a strip and run it through the little xyron machine, then maybe it could be used it in a collage.

Well here's where it gets interesting. The xyron put a layer of glue onto the back of this "foil" and when I went to peal away the white backing I discovered that what I had was a very interesting faux gilding type material if I peeled very carefully.

Peeling it very carefully.

Here it is on watercolor paper.

And in my collages.

I could add a touch of this copper gold stuff to paper, collages and even metal. Now it's appearing on my collage Christmas gifts, my art journals, and if the Bergamasco boys aren't careful they will be next. What do you think, a little gold in the dread locks?

Holiday inspiration

Are you looking for some holiday inspiration that won't add more debt and pressure to your life? Here are some wonderful ideas for you.

For alternative multi media artists Sally Jean's website is full of amazing ideas, and she's got a book with even more ideas so get inspired here.

Katie Kendrick and Sally Turlington have some amazing inspiration. I'm going to try the Turp paper right away. If you check their links you will be lost for days.

Here's an excellent blog if you are interested in health & happiness:

The Ririan Project is about creating a brand new life full of maximum achievement and inner peace, a life that has balance in all it’s areas. Start today, read Ririan's blog and work toward a more joyous life!

Ririan is a student in Bucharest, Romania, who reads A LOT about productivity, personal development, health, & nutrition. His blog is full of information to help you make steps towards creating a better life, day by day. And he's got some good ideas about the holidays in there.

Oh, and Lore says don't forget the Beads at Beads for Life. Take a look especially for those working on the 14 Secrets prayer bead swap.

And finally New Dream has a Holiday Survival Tip email gift for you. You can look at the archives and ask them for to survive the holidays. They also have free downloads on simplifying the holidays and other great ideas. Check them out and be encouraged.

More soon!

Community Building in Prospect

Mary Ellen Duggan with daughter Annina (1895 to 1972) and son Howard (dates unknown) and two twins whose names are not known.

We went to the unveiling of the NEW Prospect Village website on Friday night. What a wonderful turnout, lots of good desserts, coffee, tea, and soooo much to see. Nat and Barry had a slide show of all the improvements on the website as well as old and new photos of Prospect and its inhabitants. What an enjoyable time, hearing old stories about various ancestors and characters form the past but still very much a part of the history of Prospect.

If you are thinking about joining us for the First Annual Lost Sisters Reunion and Art Retreat here in Prospect Village, you might want to take a tour of our history and view the landscape!

Another thing that's been happening in the community building front is Puppet-making workshops with a final story creation next Friday. I can't wait to hear what kind of story we will come up with, but it should be wonderful with all the amazing characters we have so far. We will be performing the story for the Prospect Children's Party on Sunday the 10th of December in the Church Hall. Hope you can join us!!!

Here are SOME of the characters you may meet. Santa, an old elf, a dancer, the dancer's mom, the dancer's mom's husband, the Grinch, a cool dude and wrestler, two little mice, and lots of finger puppets.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

May we all be happy

I've been thinking about this holiday season and working on the idea of creating a visual prayer or wish to accompany these words:

May we all be happy and create happiness for others.
May we all be free from suffering and from causing others to suffer.
May we all dwell in peace and ease without too much attachment and too much aversion.

Here are some lovely links, but be warned, they may cause happiness, peace and freedom from suffering.

Beaded Prayers Project has wonderful instructions for creating little beaded prayer amulets along with the history of the amulets.

The Bauer Studio has stunning photography, especially beautiful are the hands holding gifts. Here's what Penny K. Bauer says about these hands and gifts:
For several years I have been asking others, "Who is the wisest person that you know?" My vision for this project is a circle of elders from different cultures whose hands offer gifts of support as we pursue our dreams. It has been my great pleasure to collaborate with these wise men and women in the creation of the gifts now being offered to you.

These elders are wise in the most profound sense. With courage, they have pursued their lives with great passion. They have not gone into greater fear and despair as the years passed, but have remained curious about life and increasingly generous. They know about true beauty and that the health of communities depends on the generous sharing of resources with all. Some of them speak eloquently to us about gifts that come through loss. They are mentors and know how to bless. They are here to encourage each of us to step into the talents and gifts which we have been given and to share them. They remind us that we are never alone.

You are invited to spend time with each image and ask, "What is the gift that I am being offered at this time in my life?" Stories that accompany each image can be found in the photo info section.

From Adela, I got this link:
Art Start started in the spring of 1991, with a handful of artists who got together to make art with homeless kids in New York City. Over the next ten years Art Start became an award-winning, nationally recognized model for using the arts to save lives.

Here's what they have to say(click on it to actually read):

Denise & Monsta by Loretta, age 10, during a puppet-making workshop, 1997.

From jaihn's blog I discovered David Byrne's radio playlist for December. It is full of Gospel and the sounds that I have grown so fond of. He also has an on line journal in which he writes about Film, Music, & Religion.
In writing about Fernando Trueba’s documentary El Milagro de Candeal he says "... singing together. What does this have to do with the rebirth of a neighborhood? Maybe everything."

Lovely! So I would add this to my prayer/intention/wish:
May we all sing together in our neighborhoods.