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One of the questions I get asked frequently is about how I’ve managed to develop my own signature style.  I tend to chuckle a little at that.  Funny, I can "see" the style of others, but am so unsure of my own.
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Having a style that’s “yours” can be an empowering thing. It can make you feel like a more established and authentic artist. It can also help other people recognize your work in an instant - which is really helpful if you’re hoping to build a business from your creative efforts.
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I’m talking about this on my blog today. Link in profile or go here: http://bit.ly/FYCStyle
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How would you describe your creative style? 😊️





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Five Things:
[1] I do the laundry and he does the grocery shopping...that is the way we do it here!
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[2] The need to always have lip balm on me is my well known quirk.
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[3] I am dependable.
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[4] My new essential oil diffuser, Anthropologie mug and my Bose mini speaker are three items that are on my desk at this very moment!
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[5] When I want to spoil myself I have to get a facial. 😊
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Receiving handmade gifts makes my heart so happy and have a mood board filled with bunches of lovely cards, tags and trinkets gifted to me by students and friends.
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My friend @dianekirtley made this amazing fabric journal for me and I adore the little brooch on the front with my initials on it.
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Have you received a lovely handmade gift from a friend that holds special meaning to you? 😊
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A few of my favorite writing and sketching tools:
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[1] Pitt Pens in four tip sizes perfect for sketching, scribbles and marks!
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[2] Faber-Castell Grip Pencil - I love me some pencils and there is just something cool about the raised dots on these beauties.
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[3] The Cahiers Moleskine Journal - I adore these journals. They open flat, have a pocket in the back, the perfect weight of ruled paper and the covers are ready to paint or collage!😊
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A recent printmaking session with the Gelli Plate, complete with art buddies, laughter and snacks like hummus…I love me some hummus…led to a stash of papers I knew would look amazing blended in Photoshop with other digital elements.
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Here is a peek at one of the papers after I worked some layering magic!
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I’ve already test printed this one with a full-bleed (that means color all over with no white edges) and they look great! 😉
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More to come and can’t wait to share these in the shop.
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What are you working on today?😊️
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Stores like Hallmark make my heart beat a little faster with their seemingly endless rows of cards, gift wrap, bags and tags...all the beautiful things. I have a small stock of these items “just in case I need” them one day. But truthfully, I can’t part with them. I confess, I am a paper goods hoarder.
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I also like to make my own and with so many supplies at hand in my studio, it is easy to whip up pretty bags, tags and even gift tag holders for gift cards.
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Design Team member, Sherry Canino not only considers the gift to be special, but the lovely packaging as well. Don’t miss her Artsy Gift Tag Holders tutorial as she guides you in how she created hers.
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Art by @caninosartisticcafe - Her video tutorial here: http://bit.ly/arttag 😊
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I’ve been talking about ways to be consistent in the creative process. Here are my final two ideas to inspire you:
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4 - STAY INSPIRED.
Think of your art as something that uses up inspiration. In order to keep creating, you need to keep refueling that source. Instagram and Pinterest are both gold mines of ideas, but I’d encourage you to take it offline.
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Go to a flower show, or a gallery, or a museum. Visit new landscapes. Try new foods. Read books. Soak in something new, then channel that back into your creative practice.
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5 - SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE.
As creatives, most of us tend to be quite sensitive. That means we need to spend time with those who support, and encourage, and uplift us. I’ve mentioned the importance of consistency in creativity before, and that remains true.
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The lesson here is that you can decide to create consistently, but you’re the only one who can make it happen.
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What do you say? Are you ready to choose creativity?
Sending love your way today!😊
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I’ve been talking about ways to be consistent in the creative process. Here are two more ideas to inspire you:
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2 - MAKE SPACE.
I mean this both literally and metaphorically. Start by making sure you have an easily accessible space for creative play. Not everyone is blessed enough to have a home studio, but you could take over the kitchen table or a corner of the den.  I started out that way.
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Next, I want you to think about how you can make time to create regularly. You could start with something super manageable - like two hours each Sunday, or the 45 minutes you spend waiting for your kid to get out of practice. Identify the time slots you want to set aside to nurture your creativity, and schedule them into your calendar. This will make your plan feel real.
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3 - PICK YOUR PROJECT.
When you start becoming really intentional about your creative process, I’d recommend choosing one area of focus.
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This could be anything from art journaling to embroidery, to watercolor abstracts. Just pick a path and follow it. If you get distracted by a new technique or idea along the way, follow that muse. It happens to me all the time.
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Sometimes, I have to reign myself in because I am a person who "chases shiny objects" all the way down the rabbit hole.
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Just go with it and see what happens. For a supercharged combo of motivation and accountability, consider taking part in an online challenge.
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How do you make space for your art?😊
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Showing up to create on a regular basis is what has helped me build my creative muscle over the years. It’s what has helped me develop a signature style that people recognize in an instant. It’s what has helped me develop a whole roster of creative workshops.
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It’s all about sitting down and doing the work - then coming back and doing the work again. The potential to be an artist is there in each of us - consistent creation is what helps unleash all that possibility.
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Whenever I say something along these lines, I feel like people are poised to push back by saying things like “I just can’t," or “it’s so easy for you.” Neither of those things is true.
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I have trained myself to be consistent in my creative process, and you can too. Over the next several days I will share some of my tips:
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Decide that you want to train your creative brain to be present, and practice the skills you’ve always wanted to develop. This sounds silly, but try saying it out loud. Tell yourself that creativity is a gift you’re going to give yourself.
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Double tap if you declare creating a priority!😊
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I feel a sense of peace and calm in my spirit when I am at the ocean.
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One of my favorite hymns is “Have You Seen Jesus My Lord” and this verse comes to mind:
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Have you ever stood at the ocean
with the white foam at your feet,
Felt the endless thundering motion?
Then I say…
You’ve seen Jesus my Lord.🌊
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For me, creative blocks come in two forms -- no ideas are flowing or there are too many and I can't focus and get anything done.
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It goes something like this -- I sit at my art table and rearrange pens and brushes and get easily distracted while I channel surf, waiting for a brilliant idea to suddenly appear out of nowhere.
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Or, I move about the house doing mundane things to distract me because my mind is ready to burst with ideas and I can't focus for the overwhelm.
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I am sure you can relate, right? You are not alone.
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A few things that help me include: listening to podcasts, changing my surroundings or watching a good movie. The best one…change of scenery. It is not revolutionary by any means, but it truly works.
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How do you overcome a creative block?😊
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One of my favorite quotes is “Comparison is a thief of joy,” by Theodore Roosevelt. Realizing that each voice is unique and valuable is key to fighting the negative thoughts that bombard you as you put yourself out into the public arena.
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Art, as with story, is meant to be shared — to encourage and inspire others. There is a reciprocal relationship that strengthens both the artist and the audience which makes facing down those fears worthwhile.
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It can be intimidating at first to put yourself out there but I have found it very rewarding.
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I encourage every person with a desire for art in any form to start, just jump in, no delays. Be bold and just DO.
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How do you face down your fears?😊
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It's no secret that I LOVE technology and back in my college days, I won't say how long ago (Apple was just hitting the scene -- hint hint!) I was a programming major.  I know, right!?
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I’ve been sharing my creativity online for a while now and I often get asked about the tech tools I use to record.
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It is so rewarding to merge my love of art and tech in my creative life and business and I especially find joy in teaching others the techie side of things.
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I’m sharing a round-up of the tech tools that make recording high-quality videos EASY and a Free digital copy of my Complete Business Toolkit. Click the link in my profile or go here:  http://bit.ly/CBTKVideo to find out all the juicy details!😊
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While I work with the Gelli Plate, I like to keep a stack of various different paper types next to me. My favorites include newsprint, card stock, newspaper, shipping tags, deli paper, watercolor paper, Anthropologie catalogs, text paper from various books and other random papers I’ve collected in my studio.
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I enjoy cutting my “not so favorite” pieces down into smaller sizes so I have the perfect stash to draw from while I work in my journal or other projects.
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What is your favorite substrate to use with the Gelli Plate?😊️
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"She’s in the craft hut.”
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At summer camp, that was the answer to the question, “Where is Roben-Marie?” I am not big on the heat or getting eaten my mosquitos, but I loved camp for the friendships and, especially the craft hut.
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We had the best projects and the ones I liked best involved recycling everyday items.  I was most proud of the sunflower seed necklace and earrings I made my mom.  Funny, she still has them today.
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When was the last time you looked around the house, in the recycling bin or stopped yourself from tossing something that could be used in your art or craft projects?
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Enter...the bottle cap!
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Design Team member, Karen Gaunt got her “creative on” by upcyling some bottle caps for her latest Design Team project.
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Now, fish those caps out of the bin, follow along and create your own magnets to adorn your fridge or gift to someone special.
Art by @karengaunt - Her video tutorial here: http://bit.ly/foundmagnets😊
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Want to see what it looks like behind the scenes when I create class kits for in-person teaching? I promise, it isn’t that glamorous! You’ll find me in baggy shorts and a t-shirt (actually that is me most days), no makeup and a dining room full of boxes and a table piled high with all the goodies. The key is to plan ahead so you have all your pieces ready.
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I like to make my class kits special, just like gifts so I take time to ensure that my students feel “gifted” when they open their kits.
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Have you ever attended a class and received a thoughtfully put together kit from the instructor? What did you love best about it?😊
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I found some old journals the other day that I kept when I was a teenager.  I had such a passion back then to write and write some more!
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I wrote about a lot of things, but mostly the difficult things in my life, which isn't so surprising when one considers how difficult the teenage years can be.
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As I read the entries, I realized that I felt things so deeply and wasn't afraid to express the way I felt. I cherish these journals.  I realized that no matter how difficult things were for me, I came through it.
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Writing down my thoughts helped me to put things into perspective. I find this to be true today as I create art in my journals.
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I know one day I will look back on these journals and see progress and growth.
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Double tap if art journaling is a meaningful part of your life and leave a comment and share with me why you art journal!😊
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What does your dream week look like? I have been focused on that since Monday... pondering and considering how my week could take on a different flow, a different vibe. I am overall quite satisfied with my week as it looks different each day, which I love!
But, if I could have one full day of random, no planning art creation while binging on the entire Twilight series (which I have on dvd), that would be dreamy.

At some point, there would be a knock on the door and I would find a Starbucks barista standing at my door with a Venti, iced caramel macchiato and he tells me that while it taste “just like” the real deal, it has zero grams of sugar and no calories. And, he’s right! It tastes divine!

And, look the mail man has delivered a lovely piece of mail art from a happy student. How can my day get any better?

How about you? What does your dream week look like? 😊
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