Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Five! Five things that are rocking my poptarts! Good things. Moving things. Things that restore my faith in humanity, or my faith in myself. Artsy things! Nerdy things! ALL THE LOVELY THINGS!* If you’d like to get my blog in your inbox, click here. If you’d rather just get my weekly newsletter (with a round up of my blog posts included in link form + subscriber perks, including discounts), click here.
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Last Friday, I went to Toronto with my friend, Sal, to catch Whitney Freya at her “Rise Above” workshop, and it was fabulous. Whitney is a very charismatic teacher who articulates her vision very, very clearly. She is *fabulous* in person, and I’m really glad I went. Her book, Rise Above, is available for pre-order here. I’ve already pre-ordered mine, so I got a soft copy in PDF form, and wow. It’s gorgeous. Check it out!
You can also watch the 45 minute talk Whitney gave live in Toronto at Shecosystem here. In it, she talks about art as a deeply spiritual practice that allows us to raise our vibration & work in cohoots with the Universe to create the life we’re meant to have.
You can also watch it right here. You’re welcome! xo
Earlier in the year you may remember me going on about a HUGE MAJOR SUPER AMAZING SECRET project that I was TERRIFIED AND ALSO EXCITED about. Well, it’s no longer a secret!
The ever gorgeous Tamara Laporte* of Life Book has written Create Your Life Book (the book!), and I am a guest contributor!
Here’s the blurb on Amazon:
Based on much-loved mixed-media artist Tamara Laporte’s popular, multi-year series of online classes, Create Your Life Book offers mixed-media drawing and painting projects that can raise your awareness of and help you work through personal challenges and other obstacles to creating art and achieving self-fulfillment.
Each themed chapter presents 4 or 5 two-part projects: The first part of each project explores a common issue that hampers creativity and/or positive self-worth, and includes a worksheet or list of questions to be answered; the second part is a step-by-step mixed-media art project that provides a way for artists at all skill levels to contemplate and work through that issue. Also included are projects contributed by some of Tamara’s Life Book guest teachers–Roxane Coble, Andrea Gomoll, Alena Hennessy, Mystele Kirkeeng, Ivy Newport, and (ME!) Effy Wild–who are noted mixed-media artists in their own right. Along the way, Tamara shares inspirational photos and uplifting and encouraging affirmations. The final chapter presents a simple binding method for creating a keepsake book of your Life Book projects.
Look for a blog hop to come soooooon!
You may remember last week I showed you a spread in progress on my painty table. Here it is again in case you missed it:
Well, last Sunday I got together in a live video session with my tribe and finished it up.
This little face makes me incredibly happy. It was an experiment with Pan Pastels on gesso, and it worked beautifully. I also used some stencils + gesso + Pan Pastels in the right hand side of the spread, and that thrilled me, too.
We had a great live class that lasted about 2 hours. We played with Pan Pastels on gesso, and then experimented with Versamark + Pan Pastels with varying degrees of success.
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I wrote this on my Facebook Timeline this week, but I wanted to share it here.
This month in Book Of Days, our key word is “Nuture”, and we’re exploring (through written & art journaling) the difference between the stuff that ‘just happens’ vs. the stuff that needs our tending in order that it may happen. Some of the journaling prompts center around balance between self-nurture and other nurture.
It’s always an interesting focus for me because pre-single, I found it extremely difficult to nurture myself. The past three years have been an exploration of self-nurture – of learning to cook beautiful food for myself, of making a space for myself that feels like a nest for all my tender baby dreams, of creating a life in which I am my own North Star.
It’s not easy to come out of orbit around an entire family and put oneself firmly in the center of your own life, but sometimes, this is where we find ourselves. Here, in the center. Burning brightly. Our own.
As your own North Star, you get to choose what you tend, what you discard, what you focus on, what you opt out of. Does being single suck sometimes? Yeah. It does, but untangling myself from all the ‘othering’ has been a huge path of growth for me.
P.S. If you want to dive deep in a safe & brave community of women who are walking the walk around creative practice, you can! Not ready for a deep dive? Maybe next year. :)
In the meantime, you are welcome to save this to your desktop and print it out if you like!
These little faces in my #MiniMoleyDaily are helping me catch up after a month long tumble off the wagon of minimoley practice.
And that’s it for this week’s edition of Friday Five! I hope you enjoyed this peek into what’s delighting & inspiring me this week. Have a beautiful weekend and I’ll see you back here soon. <3
P.S. If you’re a subscriber to my newsletter, you might want to check out the VIP page today! (Check the latest newsletter I sent out for the login if you’ve forgotten it!). I added VIP pricing on the Soul Friend Angel workshop, just for you.
Regularly $27, VIPs get this tender mixed media exploration for $20.