Colour Me Positive – Week 4

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Welcome to week 4. Week 4 is all about HOW WE TREAT OTHERS.

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Everyone has something to offer us. We can learn something from everyone, no matter who they are, where they come from, their age, gender, religion, financial status, abilities, disabilities, beliefs, values, marital status, occupation, etc, etc.

We even learn from our children. If you are a parent, how many things have your learnt about yourself due to your children? Do you remember when they start a conversation with ‘Mum, did you know……..’ or ‘Dad, did you know…….’ and you reply may have been ‘No, I didn’t know that…….’.

Life’s journey is different for all of us. We all have had different life experiences and are unique, therefore it makes sense that what we know and what we can offer is different. Don’t right anyone off. Not the homeless person you may pass on your way to work, the cleaning lady in your building, the street workers on the corners late at night, the hoodlums in town, the business men and women hurrying to work, while on their mobile phones, seemingly oblivious to anyone around them, the young pregnant Mum smoking, while waiting for the bus, the rude shop assistant…………the list goes on.

Often the light in others is obvious when you first meet them. It shines through their eyes and can be seen in their smile. Sometimes you may have to dig a little deeper to see this light, but it’s there.

There is something wonderful inside everyone of us and if you did deep enough you may just find it and learn something new.

If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see this challenge develop, please don’t hesitate to let me know either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au.

Extra Challenge:

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List for January. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

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Week 4 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a surprise pack of goodies, for the  lucky winner.

I will draw a random name on Friday 7th February from those who have uploaded into the Week 4 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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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.

Week 2 Prize Draw:

Today’s lucky winner is Carol Noakes. Lovely work Carol. Congratulations. You have won a place in Karen Campbell‘s online course ‘Art Of Play’.

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Lulu Art News:

 

I am back from my annual camping trip with my family and am keen for normality to set in next week when my hubby goes back to work and the kids go back to school, so I can finally get my teeth stuck into Lulu Art and the Colour Me Positive Challenge.

For those of you wondering about the Design Team, I’m yet to finalise the details and contact all the applicants. I wanted to have this done in early January, but have not had the time due to various happenings.

Some New Arrivals

 

 

If you have any suggestions on products that would be a great addition to the store, please let me know, either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au. I’m wanting to slowly expand the variety of stock on the shelves. Thank you so very much.

Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Colour Me Positive – Week 3

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Welcome to week 3. Week 3 is all about NEW BEGINNINGS.

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Often when something ends we focus on our loss and the effects of that loss, when we should be focused on the positive aspects. Sure, spend time grieving the loss, but don’t live in that space. Look for the positive things from this ending. Look for the silver lining. Generally when something ends it leaves room or gives space to something new to appear or begin.  After a loss or ending, leave space and be open to new opportunities, for new beginnings.

If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see this challenge develop, please don’t hesitate to let me know either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au.

Extra Challenge:

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a Daily Journal Prompt List for January. You can find it in the Facebook Group under Files.

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Week 3 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a surprise pack of goodies, for the  lucky winner.

I will draw a random name on Friday 3rd February from those who have uploaded into the Week 3 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.

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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.

Week 1 Prize Draw:

Today’s lucky winner is Agnieszka Matuszkiewicz. Lovely work Agnieszka. Congratulations. You have won a place in my online course, Journal Playground. I will be in touch with the details.

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Lulu Art News:

New products are being added all the time. I just want to have one of everything. I have some awesome products that need to be added to the shop. Keep an eye out for these. I plan to add them to the shop today or tomorrow.

I’m away on our annual camping holiday with my family at the moment, so if you place an order postage will be a little slower than normal. I drove home yesterday to pick and pack orders, which will be posted today, and am now back at our campsite. All other orders wont be posted until we get home in another week. I may get a chance to drive home again next week, but this is not guaranteed.

If you have any suggestions on products that would be a great addition to the store, please let me know, either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au. I’m wanting to slowly expand the variety of stock on the shelves. Thank you so very much.

Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy Creating,

Hugs,

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Colour Me Positive – Week 2

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Week 2 is about DISCIPLINE.

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There are so many things in life that take discipline. From the smallest, right up to colossal life changing actions. Where in your life do you need more discipline? Is it related to eating healthier, exercising more, achieving your goals, creating more, etc.

Whatever aspect of your life that needs you to be more disciplined, try focusing on it this week. Write up a plan of action. Start with actionable goals, think baby steps. You’re more likely to keep up the momentum if your actions are small. For example, if you want to start exercising. Aim for walking for 5 minutes a day. This sounds so small, but you will find that you are more likely to do it, as everyone can fit in 5 minutes, right? You’ll be surprised how those 5 minutes will turn into 10 minutes, then 15 minutes, etc. If you tell yourself I’m going to walk 30 minutes from now on, you may not always have 30 minutes and will put it off until you do. So always aim for 5 minutes and anything over that is a bonus and should be celebrated.  This works. You’ll see.

This example above works for a variety of situations. Haven’t got enough time for creating. Try this 5 minutes a day method above. Good luck.

Upload your work to the CMP Week 2 Facebook Photo album here. 

Extra Challenge

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I have prepared a list for January here: cmp-daily-challenge-list-2017 Each month I will share a list of daily prompts for the whole month. Just like the CMP challenge itself, everything is optional.

You can also find the document in the Facebook group.

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Week 2 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a place in the online course, Art of Play, by artist Karen Campbell, where I am one of the guest artists. You can watch a promo of the course below. Karen will be our first Artist interview of 2017 and has kindly donated a place in this fab course, so keep an eye out for that.

I will draw a random name on Friday 27th January from those who have uploaded into the Week 2 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.

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Week 53 Prize Draw:

Today’s lucky winner is Frieda Oxenham. What a beautifully vibrant Journal spread. Congratulations Frieda.

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Lulu Art News:

Thank you to all the lovely members who have made purchases from Lulu Art since it’s opening. I am truly grateful. If you place an order today, it will get shipped today, however for the next two weeks my family and I are off on our annual pre-planned family holiday, so there will be a slight delay in shipping. I do plan to come back mid way through our holidays to ship items and then go back to holidaying for the last week.

If you have any suggestions on products that would be a great addition to the store, please let me know, either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au. I’m wanting to slowly expand the variety of stock on the shelves. Thank you so very much.

Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy 2017,

Hugs,

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Colour Me Positive – Week 1

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Welcome to the first Art Journal Challenge prompt for 2017.

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This week’s challenge is all about your POWER.

Have you ever noticed, how changing how you respond to someone or a situation can change how the other person reacts or change your feelings or your mood? If you find yourself in a reoccurring situation, particularly with another person, I challenge you to think about how your response can alter the outcome.

In times of great stress, make a conscious effort to change how you respond to things. It really does make a difference.

If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see this challenge develop, please don’t hesitate to let me know either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au.

Extra Challenge

For those of you who would like daily or alternative prompts, I am preparing something for you. Each month I will share a list of daily prompts for the whole month. Just like the CMP challenge itself, everything is optional. January’s prompts will be posted on Monday 9th AEST, both here and in the Facebook group.

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Week 1 Challenge Prize: 

This weeks prize is a place in my online course, Journal Playground, for the  lucky winner.

I will draw a random name on Friday 20th January from those who have uploaded into the Week 1 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.

Week 52 Prize Draw:

Today’s lucky winner is Michelle March. I love how you used the calendar as your base. It goes to show, you can create art on anything. Congratulations Michelle.

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Lulu Art News:

Yay! The store is finally open. Better late than never. Phew!

If you have any suggestions on products that would be a great addition to the store, please let me know, either by commenting on this post or emailing me at admin@luluart.com.au. I’m wanting to slowly expand the variety of stock on the shelves. Thank you so very much.

Shopping from outside of Australia.

If you are outside of Australia you can order through Lulu Art store. Once you place an order I will calculate the cheapest possible shipping rate for you. You are under no obligation to complete your order, if postage cost is undesirable.

Please PM or email me at admin@luluart.com.au if you have an urgent questions.

Happy 2017,

Hugs,

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Colour Me Positive 2017 Introduction

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Welcome to the Colour Me Positive 2017 art journal challenge.

How will the challenge work?

It’s simple really. On Friday of each week I will post the new weeks challenge on the blog here. If you are signed up to the Lulu Art mailing list, you will also receive an email to let you know it’s live. A link to the current weeks blog post will also be pinned to the top of our Facebook page each week so you can find it quickly.

My post will include a positive quote for the week for inspiration. It will also include an extra/optional challenge prompt. Time permitting, myself or a Design Team member will put up an examples of pages we have done with the quote as inspiration, some of which will also incorporate the extra challenge. These pages are purely to show you what we have done and how we have interpreted the challenge in our own journals. What you create is entirely up to you. You can take a word from the quote, a feeling, a colour, the extra prompt, all of the above or nothing at all. I repeat, it is entirely up to you what format it takes, what mediums you use and what direction you go in. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

I recommend using an art journal, either hand made or bought, so that all your CMP work is in the one place and doesn’t risk getting lost, however the choice is ultimately yours. Lulu Art Store stock a huge range of art journals or you can learn to make various journals in my online course, Journal Playground. Whatever you decided to do is fine. Don’t forget to share photos!

I won’t be offended if you don’t use the challenge prompt at all and totally do your own thing. We’ll just be excited that maybe we inspired you to take action in your journal. That is our aim, to keep you inspired and moving with your creativity, and hopefully to keep you positive with the words/quote I share.

Please don’t feel overwhelmed or intimidated if you see someone post a photo of their amazing artwork. Just remember, you are amazing too, we are all just at different levels of our own journey.  Don’t let it ever stop you posting. You just don’t know who you might inspire in the process.

The challenge is really flexible. You can pop in and out whenever you like. There is no commitment. We only ask that you be kind to one another in the Facebook group, support each other and most of all – relax and have some fun!!!

A note about sharing photos on our Facebook page – I will set up an album for each weeks challenge. Please add your photo to the relevant weeks album. It will be so much easier to keep them all organised and for when we are doing weekly prize draws (you’ll read about those further down the page!). Make sure you title your work with the appropriate week so members viewing your work know exactly which prompt/week your work is based on.

Only images that go into the album will be eligible to enter the giveaway, as it is too time consuming for me to go through everyone’s upload and place it in the album myself.

Let us know if you’re not sure how to share to an album and we’ll give you a hand. Also please remember to upload from your files rather than sharing from another FB page. Sharing from another FB page doesn’t always work properly so remember to upload direct from your files instead.

What will you need?

My best advice is to just start where you are, with what you have. You really don’t need every supply out there (of course we want them haha but we don’t need them). Don’t despair if you only have a few things or you have a limited budget. If you only have a few pencils, do your challenge with those. If you have a few old acrylic paints, break them out and use those. You might be a scrapbooker, so break out your pretty paper scraps to make some collage backgrounds. You don’t have to use the same products we use, get inventive and use up your stash. You’d be amazed at the beautiful work you can create with limited supplies, even just a ball point pen.

For those of you who are new to art journaling and are wondering where to start, here is a list of  supplies that would be good choices for a basic art journaling kit. Lulu Art Store will have journaling kits available soon.

Here are some of my favourite art journaling items:

  • A good sturdy journal – if you intend to use any paints or sprays then you want a journal that can take the pressure! I recommend any of the Strathmore mixed media journals, the Dylusions journals or even working on seperate sheets of watercolour paper and binding it together at the end of the year.  There are lots of options. I always have several journals on the go, at the same time, but will try my hardest to dedicate a journal just for CMP entries.
  • Some cheap acrylic paints – these are great for creating backgrounds for your journal pages. My favourite is Ceramcoat. These acrylics are highly pigmented. Some cheap brands of paint are low pigmented and very translucent,which means you end up using more paint to create a nice opaque area.
  • Stencils and Stamps – Are easy to use and can create an instant arty effects without having to have any drawing/painting skills.
  • Old magazines – great for chopping out pictures and words to collage on to your pages.
  • Journaling pens – I personally love the Sharpie Paint pens as they will write over most surfaces. Anything waterproof is best.

You may have noticed we are an Australian online Art store. So if any of our Australian ladies are looking for anything in particular we are most happy to help. When the store re-opens there will be different Art Journaling Packs to get you started. If there is ever anything you would like to see me stock, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I love to hear about new products and experiment in my art journal.

Feature Artists & The Lulu Art Design Team

The Lulu Art Design team is about to be chosen . The team will alternate in showing you new techniques, playing with ‘must have scrummy’ products from our store and inspiring you to create your own fabulous artwork. I also have a line up of artists who I will be interviewing throughout the year. Some of them are offering fantastic prizes for our weekly prize draw. Look out for that as they are brilliant prizes.

Prize Giveaways

As mentioned above, this year I’ve have had some wonderful donations from several of our feature artists and we also have a few goodies up our sleeve as well. Every week there will be a giveaway. A name will be drawn randomly from those lovely people who participate by loading up a photo in that weeks album on Facebook.

This is not a game of skill. We know that you are all at different levels in your art. The draw will be totally random using a random number generator and counting from the first photo loaded.

We know sometimes life happens and we don’t always get a chance to work in our journals every week. Therefore we will draw the winner of the prize draw two weeks after each blog post .. so for example, Week 1 blog post goes up on 6th January, you have two weeks to get a journal page completed and loaded up in the Week 1 folder, a name will be drawn on Friday 20th January.

Extra Challenges & Swaps

I will be posting a list of daily journal prompts each month, for those of you who journal daily and want more of a challenge.

Throughout the year I am hoping to organise a few ‘Art swaps’, but will notify you well in advance for these.

Social Media Sharing

Feel free to share photos of your work. Any photos shared on the Facebook group remain private and only seen by those who are members as it is a closed group. Please respect the privacy of your fellow members by not sharing any of their photos on social media (e.g. Pinterest, facebook, instagram, twitter, etc).  If we share elsewhere then it will only be with the permission of those involved.

If you choose to share your own photos of your own work then you are most welcome to share them wherever you like. Please use #colourmepositive whenever you share your work, so that members can easily find and follow you on your social media sites. This is also a great way to promote the challenge and inspire others.

Time Zones

I will be posting here on the blog at approximately 9am on a Friday mornings here in Victoria, Australia. This is approximately 2pm Thursday in Los Angeles, U.S. and 10pm Thursday in London, U.K.

I look forward to getting to know you throughout the year. Here’s to a fun-filled creative 2017.

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