Colour Me Positive – Week 22

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This weeks prompt was chosen by our feature artist today, Dani Choate.  It’s a quote by Neil Gaiman and it’s all about being brave enough to keep moving FORWARD, not letting perfectionism get the better of us and not being afraid to make mistakes especially in our art!

This is an excerpt from Neil Gaiman’s blog:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.”

So let’s all get out there and make some big wonderful mistakes along our journey and see just where it takes us!

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Don’t be afraid to make a mistake on your page!

This weeks inspiration:

I chose this weeks inspiration page as it was one that challenged me. I don’t like my handwriting and I’m always worried that I’ll ruin a page that I otherwise love once I write on it! This page was inspired by an online class with Donna Downey. I took a deep breath and went crazy with my fineline paint applicator and I actually love how it turned out in the end.

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Our Feature Artist – Dani Choate (Pyglet Whispers)

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Tell us a little bit about yourself …

Dani Choate is a mixed media artist and art journaler from Sydney. After studying Graphic Design in the early 90s she spent the next 12 years immersed in the Natural Health and Alternative Therapies industries. When her children were small she was inspired once again to return to art making. These were adventures in soft toy design, zine editions, lino & gocco printing, ATC & ACEOs, book page line art and a hobby turn at children’s fabric design.

Her current work is most often whimsical, feminine and full of colour & pattern. She displays a playful, childlike quality within each of her pieces.

What is your favourite quote?

So many quotes out there…but at the moment the quote speaking most loudly to me is:

“Go and make interesting mistakes. Make amazing mistakes. Make glorious and fantastic mistakes. BREAK RULES. Leave the world more interesting for you being here. MAKE. GOOD. ART.” ~ Neil Gaiman

As a younger person I was encouraged to approach the world from a perfectionist standpoint. I grew up in a family where art and art making was given little importance and doing what you were good at was valued over doing what you loved.

In my experience, this perfectionist standpoint makes it very difficult to ever begin the process of art making. If you begin to create something, with an attachment to a specific outcome, you give no room for error, no room for exploration, no room for mistakes. Yet, as I am beginning to understand, mistakes are important, mistakes are our teachers, mistakes are in fact, vital. Mistakes allow you to observe yourself and your responses and to explore your capabilities. Mistakes give you the gift of being able to discover your new ‘edges’ and have faith that abilities that you didn’t even know yet existed will always be MakeMistakesENOUGH. Embrace the mistakes that you may make within your art. They are the teachers that we can rely upon to guide us along our way.

I will have a video up on YouTube shortly showing my process with this page. It began as a scrap page that had stuck together and torn a hole through to the next page (mistake)…also dropped a bottle of ink on it half way through (mistake) … pretty happy where it ended up 🙂

What inspires you?

Music, art, colour, pattern, numbers … road trips, op-shops, vintage paper, old handwriting … disconnecting from the everyday, anything unusual, eccentric, hidden or extraordinary… my girls.

Where can we find you?

1462844754408Insta – @PYGLETWHISPERS
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pygletwhispers
YouTube: – http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCq2T-XZ-aTUS4x64N5xbbA
SHOP – http://www.society6.com/pygletwhispers
Etsy – http://www.thriftypyg.etsy.com
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breezeWeek 22 Prize Draw:

For this week’s challenge prize Dani has generously donated this A4 edge to edge giclee print of “Breeze” printed with Epson Archival inks using Canson Infinity paper, Epson R800 printer (frame not included).

We will draw a random name on Friday 10th June from those who have uploaded into the Week 22 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!

Wk20_WinnerWinner of Week 20 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 20 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Anne Boorman Spiteri. Congratulations Anne! Here is the page that Anne created about Wonder.

Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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Colour Me Positive – Week 21

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Todays quote is all about ABUNDANCE and how we can live an abundant life by living with gratitude.

Gratitude is the key to our experience of abundance. When we are grateful, we give thanks for what we already have in our lives instead of dwelling on what we don’t have. We celebrate the beauty that exists in our life and appreciate the love and the support that is here for us. If we focus on what good is already present then it will increase and intensify.

I truly believe that being grateful for everything we already have in our lives creates an abundant life in all ways. That gratitude attracts more things to be grateful for. What are you grateful for today?

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Use sheet music somewhere on your page.

This weeks inspiration:

I created this page after watching one of the design team videos on our blog which was created by the lovely Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont who we featured a couple of weeks ago.

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Here is a link to the video so you can try this yourself:

Instead of a feature artist this week I have decided to flood you with alternative inspiration by linking some of my favourite artists on YouTube. There should be enough here to get your creative juices flowing!

Some of my favourite YouTube artists:

Wk21_PrizeWeek 21 Prize:

For this week’s challenge prize we have another lovely collection of books donated by the gorgeous people at www.compendium.com.au. They are the sweetest books and full of inspiration. We will draw a random name on Friday 3rd June from those who have uploaded into the Week 21 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!

Wk19_WinnerWinner of Week 19 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 19 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Elizabeth Naisbitt‎. Congratulations Elizabeth! Here is the page that Elizabeth created about BALANCE.

Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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Art Journal Page with Loren Boyd

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Hi there, this month I have done a very quick and easy art journal spread.  There is nothing more therapeutic than starting a project with no intentions of where you want it to go. Just get messy and keep on adding a different element as you go.  That’s exactly how these art journal pages came about.

I find this to be the best way to create something when you have lost your “mojo”  and you just need to get back into it.  Unfortunately my time does not always allow for as much creating as I would like (how dare life get in the way of creating lol) and I find if I have a break for too long this is exactly where I end up.

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You can watch the video here:

Supplies I have used are:

Thanks for watching!

Loren 🙂

You can also find me at:

http://mulberrypinkart.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/mulberrypinkart

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Colour Me Positive – Week 20

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Today’s quote is all about WONDER. I chose this weeks quote as it reminds me of our feature artist this week, Tracy Verdugo. Make sure you read all about Tracy and her gorgeous art below.

The most meaningful journeys are the ones that spark within us a deep sense of awe, gratitude and wonder!

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Use bubbles somewhere on your page.

If you need a reminder how the challenge works go have another look at the Intro page.

This weeks inspiration:

I love this quote and love to look at life with eyes of wonder.  I used a lot of layering on this page as well as a little stamping to break things up.

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Our Feature Artist – Tracy Verdugo

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Tell us a little bit about yourself …

If  Tracy Verdugo was given the opportunity to coin a term for a new art movement based around what she teaches  she  might call it “Curiosity and Wonderism”or  maybe “Loosen-upism” or “Endless possibilitism”.

When she is not hanging out with her family in their artsy adobe home in a small village on the shores of Jervis Bay, Australia, or throwing paint around in her little purple studio in their backyard, you may find her wrangling with two large suitcases attempting to board the BART in San Francisco en route to teach at an art retreat or sitting in a circle on St Pete Beach Florida listening intently as women share their stories of creative longing.

Tracy is an inspiration instigator, prolific painter, singer/songwriter and lover of the written word, smitten traveller and soaker up of all that is beauty-full.  She teaches her Paint Mojo and other creative workshops all over this amazing planet and reminds her students of the wonder that already resides within them.

Her works are vibrant and filled with joy, inspired both by family travels in Mexico and the beauty of everyday life. Since 2000 Tracy has held 14 successful solo exhibitions and her works are held in collections both in Australia and overseas.
Mostly though she is mama bear to two gorgeous, zest-filled daughters, Santana and Sienna, and co-adventurer  in life with her amor of 30 years, the talented and brilliant Marco.

The World in her Hands - a work inspired by Tracey's favourite quote.

The World in her Hands – a work inspired by Tracey’s favourite quote.

What is your favourite quote?

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!” ~ Lewis Carroll “Alice in Wonderland”

What inspires you?

Tracy is inspired by morning sea breezes and butterflies flitting by, salty air and the smell of coffee, colours and cultures and everything in between, humanity, compassion, simplicity, love.

Where can we find you?

Website : http://tracyverdugo.com
Blog: http://artoftracyverdugo.blogspot.com
Instagram: TRACYVERDUGO
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TracyVerdugoArt
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tracy_verdugo/

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Week 20 Prize Draw:

For this week’s challenge prize we are giving away a lovely collection of books donated by www.compendium.com.au. They are the sweetest books and full of inspiration.

We will draw a random name on Friday 27th May from those who have uploaded into the Week 20 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!

Wk18_WinnerWeek 18 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 18 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Carrie Lynn Cordero. Congratulations Carrie! Here is the page that Carrie created about art healing.

Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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Colour Me Positive – Week 19

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This week is all about having BALANCE is in your life.

To me balanced living is when you can always offset any negative events in your life with positive ones. Also when you are happy working and playing equally. Finding balance in my life between work and play is a constant challenge for me (think workaholic) and I’m still working on achieving it!  It’s an ongoing project 😀 

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Use a feather somewhere on your page.

If you need a reminder how the challenge works go have another look at the Intro page.

This weeks inspiration:

My journal page about balance.

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Our Feature Artist – Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont

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Tell us a little bit about yourself …

I am an Artist and a Mixed Media Art Teacher. I love anything and everything creative and shiny 😊

The purpose of art for me? It is to fill my soul with peace and happiness. To give myself a gift every day – “here we go Monika, here is a dolly girl for you, or a green kitty cat 😊  or glitter!” And if I can share it with you too, it will make my day ❤

What is your favourite quote?

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

What inspires you?

I am inspired by nature and European folk art: paintings, sculptures, embroidery, artistic paper cutting. All that vibrant colours, patterns, flowers are making me happy.

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Where can we find you?

You can find me at http://www.greenkitten.com.au or http://www.facebook.com/Greenkittenart

I teach monthly art journaling classes and canvas classes at Lulu Art in Doonan, Qld. http://www.luluart.com.auArt is You Educator thumb

I am also so excited to be teaching a class at the amazing Australian Mixed Media Roadshow when it is in Sydney in July this year. Make sure you check out my class and what else this fun retreat has in store!

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Week 19 Prize:

For this week’s challenge prize Monika has donated a really sweet 6×6 sized canvas. We will draw a random name on Friday 20th May from those who have uploaded into the Week 19 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!

Wk17_WinnerWinner of Week 17 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 17 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Karyn Niin Kitigade‎. Congratulations Karyn! Here is the page that Karyn created about FRIENDSHIP and finding your tribe.

Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.

GiftBox_smlAll you lovely Australians that are participating in the challenge are entitled to a 5% discount whenever you make a purchase from our Lulu Art store anytime throughout the year. All you need to do is enter in the following coupon code in when you check out – CMP2016 and your discount will be applied.

Please remember:

It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!

Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.

Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.

Have fun, be happy and support one another!

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