A Stitched Pocket Notebook

A Stitched Pocket Notebook

WELCOME TO THE SUMMER BLOG HOP WITH A TWIST!  

I'm so glad you found your way here! Today kicks off the Summer Blog Hop with a Twist with Roben-Marie and her Design Team.  We have the usual art inspiration and giveaways, but the twist is that there is also a SALE! More on the giveaway and the sale in a bit.

First let's get started on this fun little stitched pocket journal project. With just a few supplies it's a simple little project that you can stitch up while watching your favorite Netflix show. It makes a great notebook to throw in your purse, pocket, or give as a gift.

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Excited to Announce

Excited to Announce

I am so excited to announce that I am part of the 2018 Roben-Marie Smith Design Team! Roben-Marie has been an inspiration of mine for years and I am truly honored and tickled pink to be a part of her team. I'm still pinching myself to make sure I'm not just dreaming. The wonderful team she has picked has some amazing fun things planned for the new year.  I hope you will join us!

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Junque Art Studio Play - Playing With Color

Junque Art Studio Play - Playing With Color

It's time for another Junque Art Studio Play™ video! (Formerly Fast Forward Art Play™) It's really all about playing, having fun, and discovering new things. I try to make time several times a week to play and explore in my art journal. To get in the "play" state of mind I find it helps when I limit my time to 30 minutes or less. When my time is limited I tend to not over think things and just let things happen. (Most of the time anyway.)

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Altered Book Flower Fun

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You guys know I love creating flowers in my art journals. They are just such a happy subject and put a smile on your face!I am super excited to announce I have a new class at Big Picture Classes and it's all about playing with flowers in an altered book art journal. Come join me in Altered Book Flower Fun as we have fun playing and getting messy with paint, ink, pens and more. It's really all about playing and just having fun! I hope to see you in class!

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Art Journal Tutorial At StencilGirl

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I'm super excited to be sharing an art journal page tutorial over at StencilGirl Talk today! Hop on over to see the details and learn how to create a fun "marbled" background that features one of my favorite quotes.

If you found your way here through StencilGirl, I am so thrilled you stopped by! Please make yourself and home and say hello! I love getting to know new creative peeps!

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Artsy Dori Workshop Sale

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One of the reasons I started this little online creative space was to encourage others to make time for creativity. I truly believe everyone is creative! My first self hosted workshop that went live in November was a great leap towards that goal of inspiring others. Thank you to all the sweet peeps that have purchased my workshop so far and trusted me to lead you in a creative journey. I have been blown away by all the wonderful Artsy Doris you have created! And for a short time (through tomorrow 6/21) the Artsy Dori Workshop is on sale! You can find all the details right here that includes a preview video. Keep creating everyone! It's a beautiful thing!

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Having Fun With Color

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Do you sometimes struggle with getting past the blank page? I know I do. For the longest time I thought it was just me. But I now know all artists struggle with the blank canvas at times.

One way I get past the blank page is to just start adding color. I have multiple techniques that I use to accomplish this but I am super excited to show you a fun and easy way to do this as a contributing teacher to the Just Add Color class at Big Picture Classes! This is a wonderful class taught by Jasmine Jones and Wilna Furstenberg and 15 other talented contributors (and me).

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I had so much fun creating my lesson for Just Add Color. Class starts tomorrow and I can't wait to see all the wonderful color ideas. I hope to see you in class!

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Fast Forward Art Play™ - Celebrate

Fast Forward Art Play™ - Celebrate

It's time for another Fast Forward Art Play™ video and it's time to CELEBRATE spring! During this play time I challenged myself to work with a color I don't normally use...purple. Now my niece loves purple, but I am just not a purple girl.

It was a bit of a challenge to work with the purple at first, but I do love how the page came out combined with a few of my favorite colors. I really LOVE the new stencil I got from Stencil Girl by Maria McGuire. I know I will be using it a lot! I also love the surprise I got when I was collaging some vintage paper on the center of the flower. I was getting ready to use one side and flipped it over to see what the other side looked like and found the word "celebrate" stamped on it. I had stamped the word at some point and the scrap piece ended up in my paper stash. I love little fun surprises like that. So I decided to name the page celebrate in honor of spring!

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You Are Never Too Old To Try Something New

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I posted this on Instagram earlier today with the caption..."Don't listen to that voice that is telling you that you are too old to follow a dream. It's lying to you. Just sayin'."

I'm really glad I didn't believe that voice! I'll be honest I listened to it at first. But if I had continued to listen to that voice I would have never pursued my art. I would have never put myself out there. And I would have never ever released prints of my art!

I am so excited to announce that I am now carrying art prints in my shop! Eeeeek I am doing a happy dance. It is something that I have been thinking about for awhile but #1 was scared (because of that voice) and #2 I had no idea how to do it.

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So finally after kicking that voice out of my head...the one that was saying I was too old to pursue a dream or try something new, and after tons of research and trial and error, I just released my first set of art prints. It was quite the undertaking and learning process.

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It was... and still is scary because my art truly does come from my heart. I create for me and when you create from your heart it does have personal meaning attached. But I truly feel as an artist you have to create for yourself first and no one else. That's the only way the true you is going to shine through.

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Some of you may remember me creating this Believe In Your Own Magic piece on periscope. (You can still watch me create this in my classroom for FREE.) Creating this piece live in front of people really was a turning point for me. I realized I needed to listen to my own advice and believe in myself. I'm great at giving advice and supporting (just ask my teenagers) but sometimes I'm not so great at following my own advice.

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I am so thrilled to be sharing my art with you! I'm so glad I kicked the uninvited voice to the curb. I have learned so much about this process over the last few months. I'm kinda geeky like that with all the techy stuff.

I hope you will visit my SHOP and have fun browsing all the prints. You can read more details there about how I make the prints. They are truly beautiful in person and represent my original pieces so well. (Oh and I threw some art stickers in there just for fun too! Because who doesn't love stickers?)

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I hope you find something that you connect with and just makes you smile. Making you smile would truly mean the world to me! And if you do find something you can't live without please use the coupon FRIENDS20 at checkout to enjoy 20% off your entire order. (coupon good through 3/31/16) It's just my thank you to you for supporting me and cheering me on to make art. And because you are awesome! I'll be adding new prints to the shop periodically so be sure and check in often.

Please remember you are never too old to follow a dream! Never!

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Inspired By Nature

Where do you get your creative inspiration? Are you inspired by other artists? A trip to the fabric store? Pinterest? The list can be endless and we all get inspiration from different places. I find myself being inspired by nature a lot!

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Come join me for my March lesson next week in The Journey Within. I am so excited about the upcoming lesson! The Journey Within is a year long workshop hosted by Kiala Givehand that includes some amazing artists which I'm still pinching myself that I'm rubbing elbows with them.

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It's a lesson on Taking Cues From Nature. It's a lesson that comes from my heart and I talk about how nature inspired me to create this art journal page and how I work intuitively in my art journal.

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This is a video lesson and I  show you multiple techniques that I use on a regular basis to create my art journal pages. It's not to late to join The Journey Within. You have plenty of time to be inspired by all the wonderful lessons.

I hope you will come and join the fun!

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An Amazing Art Journaling Journey Starting Soon!

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It's almost here and I can't wait! I am so excited and honored to be a core artist in The Journey Within - A Year of Handmade Art Journals with Kiala Givehand. Just look at this lineup of artists! What? That's what I said to myself when Kiala invited me to join this group of beyond amazing women! BEYOND AMAZING! I'm still pinching myself!

I'm honored to be among this group of truly beautiful creative women!

1. Lisa DeYoung 2. Virginia Simpson-Magruder 3. Julie Baker 4. Barb Owen 5. Sadelle Wiltshire 6. Andrea Gomoll

7. Kiala Givehand 8. Tori Weyers 9. Hali Karla 10. Tiare Smith 11. Yuko Miki 12. Lisa McLoughlin 13. Vivienne McMaster (an Exclusive Interview)

14. Mimi Bondi 15. Kelly Johnson 16. Nicole Piar 17. Cindy Gilstrap (That's Me! Still pinching myself!) 18. Amanda Trought 19. iHanna

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I hope you will consider joining me on this amazing journey in 2016 where we will learn how to make 12 different handmade art journals, learn mixed media art techniques, explore our creative hearts, and more! Believe me these talented women have some amazing things in store for 2016.

I can't wait to learn from all these wonderful artists. The class is going to be jam packed with so much inspiration each month.

And if you bring a friend along on the journey there is agenerous friend discount! How cool is that? And it's always more fun to go on a journey with a friend! It starts in just a few weeks, so I hope to see you there!

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P.S. I'm still pinching myself!

Are You Ready to Create?

Artsy Dori™ Workshop

Are you ready to get your days planned out with a flexible and unique fauxdori notebook? Do you just need a way to organize your thoughts, doodles, or sketches? Are you looking for a fun and creative way to contain your written journals or art journals? Do you want to make a unique gift for the holidays? Or do you just need an excuse to make time to be creative? Then Artsy Dori™ is for you. In this self-paced mixed media class you will have a blast making a creative and unique midori style traveler’s notebook Junque Art style.

The class is open! To get all the details head over to my new classroom, Junque Art Studio, and check it out.

I can't wait to see you there!

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What Inspires You To Create?

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Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. But to me just the act of creating is true beauty no matter what the outcome. Over the last few weeks I have been working on an exciting project (more on that soon). But I have also been making time to work in my art journal. Grace-JunqueArtOne of the fun ways I get inspired to work in my art journal is by using the great prompts for the Documented Life Project at Art To The 5th. The super talented ladies over there are so full of inspiration. Any time I need a little push I know I can head over there and get a quick creative push.

HelloBeautiful-JunqueArtThese are two recent pages that I've created using the Documented Life Project prompts.

How do you get inspired when you need a little creative push? I'd love to know in the comments.

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