Colour Me Positive – Week 35

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Today’s quote is all about GENEROSITY. You will find being generous not only provides joy and comfort to those you bestow it on but it can also lift your own spirits.

Never underestimate the impact that you can have on another. Being generous doesn’t have to mean showering someone with money or gifts but often the most generous thing you can do is give someone a smile or a kind word. You can’t even imagine the impact that might have on a stranger for example. Everyone is going through their own challenges and a small kindness could go a very long way. Be kind and generous whenever you can. Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud today!

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Put a rainbow somewhere on your page.

Let’s make a difference!

kiva_121x64Today I wanted to chat to you once again about an organisation that I have been involved with for many years now. I have spoken about them before but I’d love to talk to you again about this amazing organisation. They are called Kiva. Through Kiva you can make a small loan to a developing world entrepreneur who is looking to support their family and send their kids to school. You get to choose who you loan the money to and they repay the money over a period of time. When it’s paid back you can either lend it out to someone else or withdraw it back to yourself.

I love this system! You are helping someone to help themselves which is so much more valuable than donating to an aid organisation where a large proportion gets eaten up in admin fees. With Kiva the whole amount goes to the recipient and you know exactly what it is being used for.

We have set up a “Colour Me Positive” team page on Kiva.org and would love you to join us make a difference in some peoples lives! Click here to go to our team page.  Together we are making a big difference in peoples lives. Come join us!

It is a way of feeling like you’re making a difference and doing so in a way that encourages economic activity which ultimately will provide more employment to support the economy. It’s a very small investment which will be repaid, then it can be used to loan out to another entrepreneur. Make sure you check it out and join our team. Let’s see what sort of difference we can make together!!

Week 35 Challenge Prize:

This weeks prize is another set of beautiful inspirational books and notepads that were kindly donated to us by the wonderful people at www.compendium.com.au – you really should check out all the wonderful inspiring things they have on their website!

We will draw a random name on Friday 9th September from those who have uploaded into the Week 35 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.

Wk33_WinnerWeek 33 Prize Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 33 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is … Katie Walker. Congratulations Katie. This is the page that Katie created using the Week 33 quote by Audrey Hepburn.

GiftBox_smlA Discount for my Australian Customers

All 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

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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Mixed Media Art Journal Page with Loren Boyd

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Hi there, this month I am sharing one of my favourite quotes with you. “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans”. I am sure this will resonate with a lot of you. We have already hit August, where has the year gone!!!

Hope you enjoy this mixed media art journal page that I have put together for you all. Watch the video to see how it all came together.

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You can watch the process video here:

Supplies I have used:

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 34

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This week I’m super excited to introduce you to our feature artist, Marjie Kemper. Make sure you scroll down to read all about Marjie and her colourful and creative artwork.

Today’s quote is all about being the BEST version of yourself, whatever that might mean to you. Let’s not go about our lives just plodding along passing time. Whatever we are doing we should do it with all our heart and to the best of our abilities. Whatever it is, whatever you’re doing .. be a good one!

 

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

If you had one superpower .. what would it be?

This weeks inspiration:

For this weeks quote Marjie has created a fabulous Art Journal page for us using Dylusions Ink Sprays.  Look at those luscious colours!  Marjie has posted a tutorial on her blog on how she created this page! You can find it here .. https://marjiekemper.com/art-journal-tutorial-with-dylusions

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Our feature artist – Marjie Kemper

I’m so happy to introduce you to the lovely Marjie Kemper. I’ve been following Marjie online for a good while now and always feel inspired by her creatively colourful work.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself …

I’m a mixed media artist who lives an hour outside of New York City with my husband of 22 years. We have two teenage sons… one in high school and one in college.

I teach art classes nationwide and online, and it’s my pleasure to be teaching three workshops at the Art Is You Mixed Media Art Retreat for the third year in a row this Fall.

I also have an online class with Craftsy called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects that covers Distress Inks, Distress Stains, Dylusions Ink Sprays, and much more. Craftsy is a wonderful online educational platform with over 1,000 classes. You can watch the classes as many times as you like, whenever and wherever you like, and they offer lifetime access and a money-back guarantee on all their courses, so you can’t go wrong. Sign up for my newsletter and you’ll automatically receive a discount if you’d like to try it out.

I love art journaling, working on canvases, collage, assemblage and scrapbooking.

I maintain an active blog and my website hosts hundreds of tutorials. I’m also active on social media and addicted to Pinterest, so please find me on the platforms of your choice.

Later this year I’ll be launching new online class content for small business owners (especially artists and teachers) that I’m very excited about. I’ll continue with my art and with this new endeavor I’ll be making the ‘behind-the-scenes’ aspects of it more transparent, hopefully helping others by sharing what I’ve learned since I started my business in 2011. Please sign up for my newsletter to find out when the new content is available.

What is your favourite quote?

My favourite quote is “Whatever you are, be a good one.”

 

Where can we find you?

Website: https://www.marjiekemper.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marjiekemperdesigns

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/marjiekemper

Instagram: http://instagram.com/marjiekemper

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MarjieKemperCM

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Mkemper09/videos

Giveaway - Breathe Bookmark - Marjie KemperWeek 34 Prize Draw:

Marjie has donated this gorgeous handmade bookmark. What a fabulous prize!

We will draw a random name on Friday 2nd September from those who have uploaded into the Week 34 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!

Wk32_WinnerWinner of Week 32 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 32 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Ellie Todd. Congratulations Ellie! Here is the page that Ellie created.

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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Hold on to your Ghost by Laurie Caradonna

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Ghost Hunter, Ghost Hunter what have you found
Another lost soul just floating around

You’re a natural spirit stalker, a supernatural talker
Hold on to that Ghost till he’s eternally bound

Press play to view the making of a curious girl and her even curiouser Ghost ~ it is very dark but intriguing all at once..

It will haunt you…

Mixed Media Supplies Used:

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© My Little Creatures Studio
I see creatures in everything & everyone…
https://instagram.com/mylittlecreatures.xo
http://mylittlecreatures.com.au/

 

Colour Me Positive – Week 33

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Today is a brief post. Life has been very busy lately but full of wonderful people and experiences. I am very blessed and grateful for my life. I’m also excited about the possibilities that each new day can bring.

Anthony Robbins once said “What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”  Those beliefs are often based on what society sees as normal or conventional. But why do we need to be part of the masses?

Let’s be brave and move away from the expectations of normal and allow ourselves to be extraordinary instead. Start dreaming but learn and take action, stretch your comfort zones, embrace opportunities, have authentic loving relationships with those around you, and live with passion, enthusiasm and gratitude. Be extraordinary.

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This week’s draw is a mystery prize donated by me. I will be donating an item which will find the perfect home with someone who needs it. It’s funny how almost every time I have written to that weeks lucky draw winner they have said how special it was that they won because they had had a particularly challenging week. The universe is awesome like that!

We will draw a random name on Friday 26th August from those who have uploaded into the Week 33 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!


Wk31_WinnerWinner of Week 31 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 31 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Jo Mackriell. Congratulations Jo! Here is the page that Jo created.

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 32

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This week I’m excited to introduce you to our feature artist, Ro Bruhn. Make sure you scroll down to read all about Ro and her amazing artwork.

Ro shared this beautiful quote with me (below). Rumi had it so right. There are a lot of people living but they are not really ALIVE.
To me living means to follow our heart, soul & spirit and doing what makes us feel good. It means telling everyone you love just how much they mean to you. It means laughing with no inhibition. It means to love unconditionally. It means to be free. To be a spirit on this earth responding to every call your heart and soul ask of you.
Sometimes we get lost though, we forget what it means to live and laugh and love. To TRULY live and laugh and love. We forget that life isn’t about being ruled by time, or schedules or societal norms which we never should have accepted in the first place.
This week your goal is to just live a beautiful life. A life you’re proud of. With your favourite things and favourite people. Focus on the beautiful free things of life.
Open up your heart. Come ALIVE.

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Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:

Tell us what excites your spirit.

This weeks inspiration:

This is a piece of art created by Ro which is full of colour and fun. Don’t the beautiful bright colours just make your heart sing?

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Our feature artist – Ro Bruhn

So excited to introduce you to this weeks feature artist, the wonderfully creative Ro Bruhn. I have been lucky enough to do one of Ro’s fabulous classes when she was teaching up in our area and I had a great time and learnt so much.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself …

 

I’m a graphic designer but gave up full time work six years age to concentrate on my art and teaching. I’ve been an artist, in one form or another, all of my life. I remember as a child in the UK squirrelling away any left over fabric and wool from my mother’s creations, begging her to teach me how to knit and sew. My first efforts were very lacy but before long I was knitting my own jumpers.

When we came to Australia I was nine. My dad and uncle built our house and I took great delight searching through the building rubble for wood offcuts and nails, I was well on the way to my recycling career. Things snow balled from there, I drew nearly every day, mum made me glue from flour and water for creating what I now know as collage, from her old magazines, chocolate wrappers and cards. Painting, making jewellery and textiles all evolved from then on.

My passion now is still working with fabrics, papers, jewellery and painting in acrylic and pastels. Recycling provides many of the materials that I use in my journals and jewellery. I frequent the Charity shops almost as much as the Art shops.

I exhibit my work regularly in exhibitions and also sell my work on-line. My artworks are in Australian and International collections, one of my paintings was acquired by a local government body and now hangs in an information centre in a prominent public garden.

I’ve had my work published in America’s Belle Amoire Jewellery Magazine, Australian Get Creative magazine, Australian Beader magazine, American magazine Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts, one of my journals was featured in the American magazine Cloth Paper Scissors in the July/August 2011 edition. My art has been published in the books, Plaster Studio, The Mixed Media Artist, A World of Artist Journal Pages, Storytelling with Collage and last year I was honoured to be one of six artists featured in Maggie Grey’s book Approaches to Stitch.

I teach workshops on a regular basis from my home and at other venues and have taught with overseas tutors at retreats here in Australia and overseas. I taught at an International Art is You retreat in Melbourne and also taught an Altered Book workshop for the Victorian Calligraphy Society of Victoria. I ran workshops for the Berry NSW Quilting Retreat and the Bright Spring Festival. I taught again in Berry last year in March, for Fibre Arts Australia in Ballarat and for the Australian Quilting Convention in April. I was quest artist at the WA Art and Craft Fair and taught in Perth. I also ran workshops in Noosa and Gympie. I taught at AQC again this year as well as Berry in May. I’ve just returned from teaching at the Embroidery Conference in Auckland NZ. I’ve also taught at many local venues in Victoria. In August I’m off to teach jewellery making and a collage workshop for the Berry Quilting Retreat in NSW.

I love what I do, it’s a great way of life and I thank everyone who’s helped make it possible.

What is your favourite quote?

My favourite quotes are by Rumi ‘Respond to every call that excites your spirit’ also ‘Let the beauty we love be what we do’.

What inspires you?

Colour plays a vital role in my work, it’s influence can be seen across all forms of my art.

My love of colour has been influenced over the years by Kaffe Fassett the master of colour and the amazing work of Hundertwasser. I attended one of Kaffe’s workshops many years ago and have worked with lots of colour ever since, his catch cry about colour is ‘if in doubt add twenty more’.

Where can we find you?

http://robruhn.blogspot.com

http://www.etsy.com/shop/robruhn

https://www.facebook.com/robruhnart

bag prizeWeek 32 Prize Draw:

Ro has donated this gorgeous handmade Sari Silk Bag for our prize draw this week. What a fabulous prize!

We will draw a random name on Friday 19th August from those who have uploaded into the Week 32 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!

Wk30_WinnerWinner of Week 30 Draw:

Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 30 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Susan Arkley. Congratulations Susan! Here is the page that Susan created.

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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