Mantra Card Update

I’ve been working on these cards for three months. So far, I have 23 cards- almost a quarter of the way to 100. This project hasn’t been what I thought it would be. I’ve enjoyed it a lot. But it honestly has been more time consuming than I imagined. I think part of this is the size of the card. They are small but I struggle with having enough on there so they don’t feel bare. So, I spend a significant amount of time layering and thinking about the next step and adding and then pushing that back. There is also the give and take of the mantra itself. I want the mantra and the artwork to blend well together. But sometimes I just can’t seem to achieve that. Overall, I am still loving this project and moving forward with it! 

Here are all the cards together. I really can’t wait to see all 100 in one place! 


Upcoming Workshops!

I’m so excited to share with you two workshops I’m teaching in the next several weeks! The first one is called Collage Word Pendant and the second one is Art Journaling Basics. Both classes will take place at Sulfur Studios in Savannah. 
These classes focus on taking a more mindful approach to art. If you’ve been around here for a bit, then you’ve probably noticed that I love color and I love words. And combining the two in a mindful way brings me great joy. In these classes, I will walk you through an exercise of focusing on words to use in your art. Then we will work with various mediums to give them a visual representation. The process of creating art like this has been powerful in my life. It has helped me work through various emotions and situations. As well as providing a creative outlet just for the joy of it. 
I hope that you will consider taking one (or both of these) classes. If you come in with an open mind, I know you can grow and discover more about yourself through this process. 

Here are the nitty gritty details. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions. Also, if you know anyone that would enjoy these classes, please feel free to share this information. 


Collage Pendants 

Thursday, March 29, 2018
6:00 PM  8:00 PM
$45.00 per student
This class will focus on choosing a “guiding word” and creating a pendant and necklace to showcase it. We will cover basic jewelry techniques with an added focus on mixed media methods. Most of the supplies will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring any beads they wish to incorporate in their piece. 


Art Journaling Basics 

Saturday, April 21, 2018
1:00 PM  5:00 PM
$65.00 per student
In this four hour class, we will explore art journaling techniques in an altered book journal. We will start by making our journals from used hardback books and various materials. Then, we will cover the basics of creating backgrounds using paints, inks, stencils, and other materials. We will explore various methods for adding layers and finishing touches. Most of the supplies will be provided, including the book for a journal. 

Current Five Favorite Tools

So I’ve been working on my 365 project for about 2 months. I finally feel like I’m getting in the groove with it. When I sit down to create, I already have a small store of ideas to pull from so I can start creating immediately. Something I have noticed over this time, is I’m reaching for the same tools repeatedly. And sometimes they are tools I don’t use that often. I thought it would be fun to share those with you today! 


UHU Stic-

I’ll be honest- I have a love/hate relationship with this thing. It is so hard to open sometimes. At times it seems to stick really well and other times it doesn’t. However, I’m determined to use up my vast collection of supplies for this project before buying anything new. That means using this glue stick as well. What I have noticed, is the more heavily I apply it, the better it works. Who knew? ;) That has been my approach with it and now I’m loving it a bit more than I’m hating it.




This is another tool that I don’t use that often or at least not how I find myself using it lately. I love this tool for layering paint or with my Gelli Plate. But lately, I’ve been using it to smoosh layers together that have been glued, usually with the UHU stic. I think that is another reason I’m hating that glue stick a little less. To make each card feel hefty enough, I’m gluing a sheet of card stock to back of them. I’m using the glue stick then adhering everything together and giving it a few good rolls before calling it done. None of the cards have started to separate from the backer. 



Alpha Stamps-

I have a variety of alpha stamps that I love using. So far, my favorite are those little wooden ones you get for about $1 at big box craft stores. They are so easy to use and don’t take up too much space. I have about 6 of them but I find myself using the typewriter one the most. There is something nostalgic about it!



Golden Fluid and High Flow Acrylics-

I have always used a variety of paints from cheap craft paint to more expensive brands. With these cards, I’m finding myself reaching for the Golden fluid paints the most. They cover quickly and have great color pigmentation! I also love using them for fine detail and line work. The fluorescent pink color has made an appearance on more than one card already.



Corner Rounder-

This may seem like an odd thing to list as a favorite, but it truly is. The first few cards I made, when I was still feeling my way through the process, I left the corners square. It wasn’t a detail I was giving much thought. Then I decided to round one corner and it seemed to make all the difference! It makes the cards look more finished and polished. The corner rounder I’m using is by Becky Higgins but pretty much any of them will work.


There are my current favorites (in no particular order). I am positive these will change over the course of this project. As they do, I will be sure to share.

In the meantime, what are your favorite tools and supplies? Just for informational purposes not so I can add to my shopping list.

My new kind of crazy project!

I’ve been working on what feels like a really big and powerful project.

It feels big and powerful in the sheer number of elements involved. But it also feels big in a way that means it will change things. Probably just for me, but maybe for others too.


I’m starting what I’m calling 100 Mantra Cards. These little cards will hopefully pack a pretty powerful punch. They are part inspiring, part artistic, and part personal. They’re inspiring because I hope you’ll find something from the message or the artwork that encourages you to pick up your artistic tool or find a way to be brave in your life (or both). It’s artistic because I will paint, collage, doodle, or whatever on these cards. I’m not making any parameters about how they are completed other than sticking with a uniform size, but more on that later. Lastly, they’re personal because the messages on the cards will come from me or have been inspired by something I’ve read or heard. I have a pretty long list  of mantras that can be used on the cards. And I’m sure so many more will come to me as the project continues. That’s actually a large part of the project- listening and being open to what messages are coming at me. Sometimes we hear positive things and sometimes negative. My hope is to filter these through my own beliefs and values then put them on the cards.


So what are the logistics? I am a logical person that mostly needs to think in parameters in order to think beyond them. However, with this project, I’m keeping things pretty simple. I’m starting with a white card that measures 4.5 x 3.25 inches. Truthfully I came to that size because I have a pack of card stock precut that way. From there, I’m not limiting myself to certain techniques or mediums. I can create on that card however I feel lead. At some point, it will get a mantra. Lastly, it will get backed with another piece of card stock for stability and the corners will be rounded. That’s it. All the parameters in one small paragraph. I’m learning to work without so much structure, which is nice.

What am I not doing for this project? I’m not making this a daily project. I love the idea of daily projects, but I put so much pressure on myself that I ultimately fail (or at least in my eyes). I do want one card for every day of the year. But I have time to make that happen. And because it’s not daily, I can make as many or as few in a day as I want. 


What are my hopes for this project? Because what is a project without a good why behind it? I hope to improve my artistic skills and continue to shape my style. I hope to become a better listener to messages around me. I hope to inspire myself and others to create something. I hope to make people feel better with an positive message.

As you can see, this is no little project. But it feels like my project. It feels like the project I’ve been working towards for years. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m overwhelmed (in a good way). I’m hopeful.


Collage Word Pendant

A few weeks ago, I taught a couple of creative workshops with adult women. First of all, I love teaching. I always have -whether it’s to a classroom of stuffed animals or a group of adults. I especially loved this doing this project with women. So much that I had to share it with you!

To get started, I walked the women through a short exercise to identify a word or phrase to use on thier pendant. If you’re up for it, we can do it together now.  

First, take out a sheet of paper. Allow yourself to be unfiltered with this. :)  Then answer the following questions with as many words or phrases that come to mind. 

-What values would you like yo invite into your life? 

-What characteristics do you admire about yourself and others? 

-What characteristics would you like to cultivate in your life? 

Look over your list. Is there a word that really captures what you want? If not, look up your words in a dictionary, thesaurus, books and magazines. You may have some words listed more than once or words that are similar. This is a great place to start. The post from earlier this week is week is a good place for inspiration as well. And remember- you can always do more than one pendant. Once you have your word, you’re ready to get started on the project!


Ultra Thick Embossing Powder

Heat Gun

Basic Jewelry supplies

book text or similar  

Thin wood slice

Collage papers




1) Using old books, find your word and cut it out. You can also use stamps, typewriter, or write out your word.

2) Add a layer of paper to the wood slice using liquid glue. You don’t have to worry about having perfect edges here. Also, mywood slice had a hole in the top. Add one if yours doesn’t.

3) Collage an image or elements related to your word on top of your paper. Since my word is blossom, I chose to create a flower. Thinner paper works better here than card stock. Add your word on top.

4) Cut any access paper from the sides. Seal with a layer of glue.

5) Apply a few layers of Ultra Thick Embossing Powder to give it a hard, shiny, water-resistant finish. If you don’t have the powder, you can seal with acrylic medium. Be sure to keep the hole open when using the powder. Add a jump ring and attach to a necklace or key ring. You can take this an extra step by creating a beaded necklace for your pendant.


I guess now the only question left to ask: 


Creative Intention Cards




These are just three words in my deck of creative intention cards. This deck serves as a way to center me and give me a focus for my creative time. Sometimes I don’t feel the need to pull a card. Sometimes I already have an idea or the motivation to start. But other times, I can feel myself getting in my own way. I can feel myself closing up at the thought of staring at a blank page or canvas. These are the times when this deck proves so helpful. The cards are there when I need a reminder or suggestion for how to approach my creative time.

Luckily, they are super easy to make! Cut a piece of card stock into cards 2.5 inches by 3 inches. Paint each card individually and write an intention on it. I chose to stick with one word mantras, but you could expand on them. Do these however it feels natural to you!



DIY Paper Mache Pumpkin

I’ll be honest. Fall isn’t favorite season. But I can get on board with candy, costumes, and pumpkin decorating! This year I decided not to go the traditional carved pumpkin route. Instead I wanted to make a pumpkin I didn’t have to worry about rotting from the inside out on the front porch. 

I considered a foam pumpkin that claims to be carvable, but it just seemed so generic. So I decided to make a pumpkin. Like from scratch. I knew with a little trail and error I could figure out how to construct a pumpkin. And I did! That’s what I’m sharing with you today. How to literally make a pumpkin.


Here are the supplies you’ll need:

Several sheets of newspaper
Yarn or string
Celluclay (about a 1/4 cup depending on the size of the pumpkin)
Toilet Paper tube
Paint and brushes
Collage papers
Acrylic Medium (Mod Podge, Tacky Glue, or Elmer’s will work too)

So here’s how to make this fabulous pumpkin!

  1. Create a ball using a sheet of newspaper. Continue to wrap more sheets around the ball until it’s the desired size of your pumpkin. It will expand on its own but you want to focus on the size of it when it’s squished together. 
  2. Wrap with yarn to create the rib indents that mimic a pumpkin. I made six indents for 7 sections. You’ll want to tie the string pretty tight. That helps make the puffy part between the strings. You can use this time to shape your pumpkin a bit, too. Smoosh it against the table, squish it tighter with strings, whatever helps you get the pumpkin shape you’re wanting. Also, keep in mind, some pumpkins are tall and skinnier, some are fat and squat, and some are anything in between. Have fun with creating your pumpkin shape!
  3. Cover the whole pumpkin with Celluclay. This is an instant paper mache product that can be found at most big box craft stores and online. You can use traditional paper mache if you like, but this product makes it fast to cover and leaves a bit more texture. 
  4. Wait for the clay to dry. This is the hardest part. It takes about 24 hours to dry. If you’re in a more humid climate or it was a humid day, give it another several hours to really set. 
  5. Once your pumpkin is dry, you can paint and decorate it anyway you want. I painted mine all black. Then added collage papers in triangle shapes. I added additional painted details once the collage was dry. The “Boo” was hand cut and layered from papers. I also added a stem using a coiled piece of toilet paper tube. You could add the stem before covering with Celluclay, if you want it to have the same texture as the pumpkin. 

Sounds pretty easy, right? I can’t wait to see your pumpkin!  

PS- the papers I used for the collage is a free digital download here

Digital Paper Freebie!

Who doesn't love to start the week on a good note?

Well I have some free digital papers for you today! Just my way of saying “thank you” for being here! These papers are hand-painted in a black and white color combo. 
You can download them by clicking on the links below. 
Painted Plaid
Also, stayed tuned for Thursday. I've got a project using these papers!
Happy Monday everyone!


Hidden Journaling

I recently changed jobs. I had been working for there for over three years and really felt at home in many ways. I truly had mixed emotions about leaving. It's funny how you can be so excited about new opportunities and still be a bit sad about it all. I think all new beginnings are like that to some degree.

I find it so helpful to write about all the conflicting and confusing thoughts running through my head. Even though I don’t keep a journal just for my written thoughts, I infuse a lot of that into my art journal pages. I find I can work through my thoughts and emotions more fully with words and color and shapes. Sometimes when I do a lot of writing, I don’t like for it to visible in the end. One of my favorite ways to do this is to use a water soluble pen. I write everything I want to say. Then I go over it with a wet brush and it becomes part of the background. It’s a really cool effect! On this page I also added lots of paint splatters so it could blend in with writing.


Here are some other fun ways to cover your text:
-Use a water-soluble medium to write your thoughts like I did here. There are many options to chose from- crayons, colored pencils, paint pens, etc.
-Paint over it with opaque or semi-opaque acrylic paint.
-Collage over it.
-Write on a separate sheet. Then tear it up and use that for collaging.
-Make a pocket to hide your thoughts in.

Do you use your art journal to work through stuff?

The mantra I can't stop repeating

Everything is as it should be.

I find it so easy to blame myself for not doing enough, for saying too much, and for playing it too safe. This is the case in my life and my business/artistic goals. A few weeks ago, I came across this mantra while doing this yoga video. Once the video was over, I wrote it on a post-it and stuck it to my bathroom mirror. Whenever I find myself in the mind loop of berating myself for everything I think I’ve done wrong, I stop, take a deep breath, and repeat this mantra. It’s helped me to take things at face value. I’ve started to see my path, my struggles, and my successes in a better light.

Recently, I started a new art journal. It seemed fitting to make this mantra the first spread. Here are a few details about it. The background is layers of teal tissue paper adhered with matte medium. The letters were stamped and white embossed. I added payne’s gray paint to the edges and splatters in white paint and dark purple acrylic ink.

It was an easy spread that allows the words to be the focus.

Painted Succulent Pots

Have I ever mentioned I have a black thumb? I think it explains why I’m so drawn to floral patterns and prints. You can’t kill a painting of a flower. In the past several months, I’ve been able to keep an African Violet alive and she is beautiful by the way. But I can’t seem to keep succulents alive. I thought they were supposed to be hardly and strong in the face of the not-so-savy-gardener. I guess not so much. As I was setting up my art studio, I knew I wanted some type of plant life. I decided it didn’t have to be living plant life, so I went on a search for real-looking-fake plants. I found the cutest selection of succulents at Michaels. And because most succulents look a little fake, these actually look real. I purchased three little pots, which on sale cost me a whomping 99 cents each. I knew they would need a little sprucing up to fit into my space. That didn’t worry me one bit. I’m always up for a project.


Here’s how I decorated the pots:
First, I paint them all with two coats of bronze metallic paint. This paint happens to be the Blick Matte Acrylic paint. The metallic colors have a bit of a satin finish which I really like. You could also chose to paint the base whatever color you want. I just liked how the bronze added simmer while being close to the original color of the pots.
Once the base layers were dry, I used a small paintbrush to add some details. I kept these simple since the pots were so small. There are several ways you can add details here- stencils, stamps, rub-ons, collage papers. I chose to paint them because it was quicker and easier for me in the moment. Once the details were painted and dried, I was ready to display them on my little shelves! (By the way, these shelves are actually a Heidi Swapp marquee letter “I” turned on it’s side. I found them on clearance and couldn’t pass them up!)

Since I’m a better painter than a gardener, I thought I would share a few tips for painting on these pots.
1- Practice on paper first. This can help you determine exactly how you want your design to look, how big or small, and you will get used to the brush.
2- Use a fine tip brush for the details. Most details will come out a little thicker than the brush tip because of the pressure you use. If possible go a little smaller than you think you’ll need. You can always make the lines a little thicker, but it’s more difficult to make them smaller.
3- Don’t be afraid to use your paint. Keep your brush fully loaded so you have enough paint to make marks. You don’t want to have a glob of paint on your brush, but you want to make sure it’s covered. This will take some trial and error to figure out how much works for you. However, keep adding paint to the brush so you don’t run out and get half painted lines. Those can be hard to fix.

Do you have any other tips for painting details? I would love to hear them.

And if you’re in the Savannah area (or willing to travel), don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to be the first to hear about my upcoming workshops! All classes will take place in my new studio! It’s going to be awesome!

Is in person learning better for you?

In the world of online classes and Youtube, it’s easy to get distracted by all the opportunities to learn something new. More than once (or twice), I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of Youtube videos. I really only wanted to watch one video to see how to use my new Distress Crayons. But then hours later, I resurface feeling a little dazed from all the information and even a little unmotivated. I hope I’m not alone in that (but I’m guessing I’m not). So what’s the solution? Well you could set a timer and practice self-control….

Or you could change your approach to learning the techniques you really want to learn. I still think Youtube and online classes are a valid place to learn, but it’s not right for every person and every skill. That’s way I suggest in person workshops for learning the techniques you are really excited to learn.

Here are five benefits to taking an in person art class:


You can learn and practice skills in real time.

When you learn something during an in person class, you will try it on the spot. Instead of what typically happens: You buy an online art class. Binge watch all the videos and ooh and ahh at your creative ideas. Then say you’re tired from watching hours of videos and you’ll pull out the supplies tomorrow to give it a try. Only tomorrow comes and you don’t really remember all those amazing ideas and you feel too intimidated to try at all. In a class in real life, you learn something and immediately try it. You also get ideas from watching how others do the same techniques.

You’ll get instant feedback.

Not only can you get instant feedback from an instructor during an in person class, you can also get feedback from the other students. I’ve never taught a class where the only constructive feedback came from me. Every student comes with varying levels of education and expertise. Therefore, they are able to offer suggestions and thoughts on how to get you through your struggles.

You’ll take the guesswork out of buying supplies

My workshops provide all the supplies you’ll need to create the project (and a take home goodie bag with extras!). I do this so you don’t have to worry about getting the right supplies or buying something you may not use again. When you come to class, you’ll have access to the tools you need to make the project and plenty of materials to make it your own. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions about supplies you may want or need. Then, you’ll know exactly what you want to use your Michael's coupon to buy. And get to creating with it even quicker!

You can try your hand at something new.

Maybe you’re not sure if you’re really an art journaler. But taking a three hour workshop about art journaling techniques can give you a pretty good idea if you are. I think this is one of my favorite things about in person workshops. It can be so scary to try something new, especially if all you have is a few thousand Youtube videos to go on. In person workshops give you the chance to try your hand at it without a huge time or money investment. Then you can decide if it’s for you from there.

Make new friends and meet like minded people

When you go to an art class, you’re surrounded by people that are interested in the same thing as you. And not just art in general, but that type of art done in a certain way. Chances are you have other things in common too.  Did I mention these are friends in real life and not just a small thumbnail picture in a chat room?

Ready to take an in person art workshop? Check out the websites of your favorites artists and local art stores. If you’re around Savannah, GA or fancy a trip, be sure to check out my lineup of classes!

What’s your main reason for wanting to take an online class?


DIY Pocket Tee and Fashion Tips

I've always loved fashion! There was even a time in college when I considered changing my major to Fashion Merchandising. I think my love for fashion comes from the delight of mixing colors and patterns and textures and being able to show it off. Of all the creative avenues, fashion is one that we can easily communicate to others without even opening our mouths. We can explore different styles from one day to the next. We can even convey a mood or emotion through our clothing choices. Who doesn't love wearing all black when in a bad mood?

Over the years, I've developed my own guidelines for dressing creatively. I thought it would be fun to share them with you here. I’m also sharing a fun project to help you add an extra punch to a basic t-shirt.

1) Embrace color.

I lived in NYC for about a year. While there, my wardrobe quickly turned black and grey. I'm really not sure how it happened. When I left, I realized what happened and immediately started infusing color. Now, I live by the motto, "the more color the better". I typically wear 2-3 colors and love mixing bright colors with more subdue colors.

2) Embrace pattern.

Colors are great, but pattern is usually more exciting. I love pairing solid pieces with bold, high contrast patterns (think black and white). I'm not usually seen wearing more than one pattern at a time, unless one is simple and the other is just a small dose. Patterns add a level of detail that is hard to achieve with just solid colored pieces.

3) Embrace accessories.

A bold necklace or multi-colored earrings can really punch up a simple outfit. And simple accessories, like a skinny belt, can streamline bolder outfits. It’s all about finding the balance between the bold and simple.

4) Embrace a neutral piece.

I bet you didn’t expect something like this on the list. But it really is a guideline I follow. Just like in artwork, your eye needs some resting space. That’s what a neutral piece does. Anything from jeans, to a white top, to a black cardigan can do this. It makes it so your brain can process all the other interesting things in your outfit.

5) Embrace your style.

When it’s all said and done, you need to ask if you are comfortable in your clothing. Your style is an extension of you and what you put out into the world. If what you are wearing doesn’t send the message you want to send, then consider changing things up. You may only like to wear solid colors, so go for it! Find what you like and embrace it. Your style will probably change many times throughout your life, so I encourage you to be open to that as well.

Now on to the project!

I’m adding extra pizzaz to a simple tee by adding a pocket in bright print. There are so many ways you can do this project to fit your style.

To download the pocket pattern, click here and get access to the downloads library. You’ll be emailed a password and link.

Be creative with how you use the pocket pattern! Instead of a t-shirt, you could add pockets to a cardigan, skirt, or even a handbag. I can’t wait to see what you create!

But I’m dying to know- What fashion guideline to do you always follow?


Questions I ask while Creating

I’m not sure about you but I sometimes struggle with “being in my head” too much. I do this with art, but really with just about anything in my life. When in comes to overthinking my creative process, I’ve learned to direct it more. Today, I’m sharing the common questions I ask myself when I’m creating. 

How can you push this farther?

This question is all about pushing the boundaries of my work. Sometimes I feel that I'm holding back. Asking myself this gives me broad possibilities for the next step. It also means I'm pushing myself out of my comfort zone which is usually heavily influenced by outside sources. 

What is working?

I use this question a lot! Anytime I'm unsure of the next step, I take a hard look at the piece and ask what is working. Sometimes I phrase it as "what am I liking here?"or "what isn't working?". It helps me to hone in on techniques and colors that I really like or don't like. 
Side note: I also ask this when looking at others people work. 

Is there a technique or supply I haven't used in while that could work here?

This is a great question for when I feel tired of my supplies or stuck in the process. Sometimes simply adding one thing differently can change an entire piece around. This is also the fun of mixed media- anything is truly fair game!
Side note: It's also helpful to keep a catalog of techniques to browse through for this question. 

What color would I like more of?

It's easy to get into a certain color story and use those colors repeatedly. It's not a bad thing. It actually makes for work that has a sense of personal style. However, sometimes you need something different. So just like when asking about different techniques, asking myself about different colors is extremely helpful. And sometimes I ask what color I want to see less. This gives me the opportunity to let go of something to invite something else in. 

Is this finished?

Of course the never ending debate about "finished art". When I find myself questioning this it usually means two things. One it is finished and I have to be courageous enough to stop. Or its really close to being finished and I need to consider some finishing touches. Sometimes deciding those finishing touches involves asking the questions above. 

As you can probably see, there is a lot of thought and intention behind my creative process. But I also make a point to find my flow and work mindlessly. Each piece is usually a combination of both very little thinking and a lot of thinking. 

Do you have questions that you ask when creating? 

My new favorite color of paint and some other loves

First of all, I'll start by saying pink has pretty much always been my least favorite color. However, I have fallen in love with neon pink! This little bottle of neon pink paint packs such a punch. (Say that three times fast ha!) I love how when it mixes with other colors it makes them vibrant too. I also love it on it's own. If you've been following my Daily Sketchbook project on Instagram, you have probably noticed how much I've been using it.


Next to color, I've always loved texture. A couple of months ago, I found these texture tools from Prima. You drag them through wet paint to create patterns. They are so much fun!


I recently discovered the Art for Your Ear podcast. It's hosted by Danielle Krysa from the Jealous Curator. If you like hearing about artists' lives and their inspiration, then I highly recommend this podcast. Danielle does a great job pulling quirky stories out of the artists. It's light hearted but interesting and I catch myself laughing throughout the episodes. You should check it out.

This isn't too art related, but I love my African Violet! It's blooming right now and has the prettiest purple flowers. It sits on my desk and adds so much life.


Last but not least, I love the feeling of finishing a bottle of paint. There is something so satisfying about knowing I've painted so much that I used a whole bottle. :) 

What are some things you're loving this week?

Tips for Setting Creative Goals

The start of the year always brings out the goal setting in people, me included. About this time each year, I spend some time reflecting on the past year and think about what I want to accomplish in the coming year. I usually set a word for the year to be an overarching theme, but I also set a few small goals. My goals typically span from creative to personal to financial. But today, I want to talk about creative goals. I want to share my tips for setting creative goals and my goals for the coming year (2017). 

Be realistic.
     I suggest by looking back on what you have accomplished in the past year creativity. Do you think you can do more, less, or about the same? I tend to have so many goals that it's impossible to accomplish any of them. This year, I'm being realistic with myself about the time and energy I will have to accomplish my goals. Therefore, I'm setting three goals. They are pretty broad. However it feels more realistic for me considering some of the goals I have for other areas of my life.

Be courageous.
     Last year my word for the year was “courageous”. And while I didn’t really approach my creative goals with a ton of courage, it taught me so much about being courageous and having grace for myself. In the past, I’ve been scared to set daily art goals. However this year, that is one of my main goals over all. Let yourself dream big and bold. Set a goal that may seem unattainable, but approach it with passion and curiosity. Then when things get tough, focus on progress and not perfection. Rest when you need to, but don’t quit. 

Be flexible. 
     Like a mentioned above, my goals this year are broad. Most goal setting experts would frown on this. However, I have found when I have the flexibility to let my goals morph and change over time, I am open to better things happening for me. 

Be creative.
     These are your goals and your chance to make plans for what you want to invite into your creative life. So be creative. You don’t have to make goals like other people or do the same goals year after year. You have the choice to structure your goals however it makes sense for you. Use the creative mind that you have in your goal setting as well.

My goals for this year:

1) Daily Sketchbook Project: create a sketchbook page each day using different mediums. Some days I may spend hours creating something. But other days may be quick sketches to keep my creativity flowing. This may be all a create some days. I'm going to keep track of this through Instagram and by dating my pages.

2) Complete a 100 Day Project: I have lots of ideas floating through my head of what this may be. I’ve tentatively set a date in mid-February to start. That’s about all I have figured out. :)

3) Share my work regularly: through this blog, on Instagram, and in person. I feel I do an okay job sharing my art online, but I know there is room for improvement. In addition, I want to learn to be more open about my work in a personal way. So technically, this is a personal/creative goal, but one that is going to take courage. This one may be a little harder to keep track of, but I basically know when I'm holding back on sharing and when I'm not. And some of this will be accomplished through the first goal. 

Have you set your creative goals for this year? I would love to hear about them!

Carefree Painting Music

Recently, I discovered Spotify. Now, I'm obsessed with creating playlists for my creative sessions. When I'm creating, I usually like to listen to music that makes me feel a certain way or has similar sounds or a certain beat. I've decided to start sharing some of these playlists with you all. I hope they can fuel some creative sessions for you like they do for me!

Today's playlist is called: Carefree Painting Tunes. These are breezy songs with a little beat to help you get into a carefree creative flow. January can be exciting, but also a bit daunting as we plan all the changes we want to make in our lives. For me, creativity helps me center my soul and focus on what is important. This playlist is all about finding a flow and creating with it. 

I hope you enjoy!
What are some of your go to songs to create to?

Daily Sketchbook Project 2017

Have you seen those posts on Instagram of people keeping a daily sketchbook? They seem to be all over mine, especially this time of year. I've admired them for a while wanting so badly to have one but afraid I wouldn't be able to keep it up. So in December, I ran a little test for myself. I created a page in my sketchbook everyday for about three weeks. It turns out that it wasn't difficult to keep up! I really loved experimenting a little every day and thought about how was going to complete my page throughout the day. When the new year came around, I knew I wanted to make this my year long project. 

I'm doing my pages in a Canson Drawing notebook. The pages are little thicker than a regular sketchbook. I need that because I like to use paint on my pages. Wet mediums like paint and matte medium do cause the pages to wrinkle a bit, but that doesn't really bother me. The notebook measures 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches. It really is the perfect size for me. I'll only be able to fit 2-3 months in one journal. When I run out of space, I can start a new notebook like this or maybe change things up a bit. I'll figure that out when I get there. I don't really have any guidelines or rules for this project. The main idea is to create something everyday. Even when I'm really busy, I can find 10-15 minutes to draw or paint something. 

I'm planning to share something from this project every Saturday. Sometimes it may be a roundup of all the pages and sometimes it may be something more. Today, I have a quick time lapse video from my most recent page. You can see the rest of the pages from this week on my Instagram account or using the hashtag #dailysketchbookbycasey2017. 

I hope you enjoy seeing this project this year! If you have a year long project, I would love to hear about it!