Friday Five – Nepotism & New Hairs

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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Thing One

This morning, a Facebook friend sent me a poem that reminded her of me, but she didn’t tell me who wrote it. I loved the poem, so I plugged the words into Google and found the poet. Finding the poet led to an on line magazine that I am now complete in love with.

Rabbit holes.

Love them. They happen to me all the time, too, and I think its because I consider myself a co-conspirator with the Universe. We’re in cahoots, the universe and I, and as a result, the coolest things happen. I’m always happy to play Alice to the rabbit hole of the universe.

Like this:

Two weeks or so ago, I had a really intense conversation with someone I love during which I was trying to understand something really important and fundamental. I was reaching for understanding, and just *not getting it*. I am a girl who can’t reach a place of acceptance until I *understand*, so you can imagine how frustrating it is for me when I *can’t*.

The conversation, and the desire for understanding was so intense that it wound its way into my dreamscapes and I had a series of very bad nights full of very bad dreams. On the last in the series of bad nights, I remember waking up multiple times feeling ragey and super frustrated with my subconscious. I said, out loud at 4 a.m., “Please let me have some peace!” It was a kind of prayer, I guess, though that wasn’t my intention. I was just pissed off and frustrated that, even in sleep, I couldn’t escape the sense of frustration.

The next day, exhausted from days of sleep deprivation, I was working on cleaning up the studio, and as usual, I queued up my a podcast. Boom. The answer came through my speakers from an unknown voice. It was like being hit by lightening. And not only was that one niggling question answered, but multiple answers that I hadn’t even formulated the questions for came flying out at me from the speakers. The relief was palpable. I felt a rush of gratitude. I said, out loud, “Ohhhhhhh KAY! NOW I get it!” And I’ve slept like a baby since.

Thanks, universe! You rock.

Thing Two

I’m working on this in my large sized Dylusions journal. It’s about confusion, about being ‘tangled up in blue’. It’s taking forever (that hair is out of my comfort zone), but it feels like a meditation every time I come to the page.

Thing Three

My step-daughter started a YouTube channel called TheNewGirl MUA in which she is going to be sharing make up looks, tricks, & tips. I know, I know…I don’t even really wear make-up, but watching her shade and highlight her face made me think about shading portraits in a new way! She’s also funny as hell, so I thought I’d share her channel with you. Since I ‘know the artist’, I get to make requests, so look for a ‘very, very pared down day face for lazy moms’ coming to her channel very soon. :D

Here’s her bio:

Hey! I am Leah aka TheNewGirl MUA on YouTube! I have been doing make up for about 3 or 4 years, and decided to share what I’ve learned with aspiring make up artists, or people who would like to learn a thing or two about make up! Subscribe for tutorials, tips, tricks, and looks, and of course, fun!  Find my channel here. Find me on instagram here. @thenewgirl_mua

Thing Four

Yesterday morning, I was preparing my Pan Pastels for a live video gathering I’m hosting this coming Sunday. (Get on my e-list for details, loves!) I haven’t *touched* my Pan Pastels since some time back in 2014, so I was checking my inventory, putting together a kit to use during the live gather, and just generally getting them ready. Well, some of my Pan Pastels are screwed together in a stack, and I was opening that up to see what colours I had.

This poor stack of pastels has been through the ringer over the last three years. I’ve moved three times, so it’s been tossed in boxes, and pretty much mistreated. So, you know what’s coming next, right?

Pan Pastel everywhere.

First thing.

Before coffee.

All over my rug.

So, it was morning and I had a list to slay. I brushed up as much of the Pan Pastel as I could and then put a towel over top of the remains (rest in peace, Pan Pastel!) to be dealt with later.

Then this happened:

Whaddya think, mama? Is it my colour?

Look at my pretty hairs!!

So then, this happened. :D

SORRY NOT SORRY MAMA!

Thing Five

Ikea delivers, thank the gods, and this is now on its way to my house.

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

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Journal52 – Week 21 – Soar

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On A Personal Note:

I don’t know if it’s spring springing or what, but there’s a lot stirring in my inner landscape. My dream life is rich – full of powerful emotions, epic moments, vignettes that shake me up and wake me in the middle of the night. I feel like a bubbling cauldron in disguise – so much simmering beneath the surface.

I can be with these states without panicking *because of my journal practice*. I trust that whatever is simmering, however hot it might be, won’t scald me. I trust that it will come to a full boil, but that it will be contained in a way that I can manage.

One of the practices I use most often in times like these is Mood Journaling. It is pure magic, because it lets me make a holy mess without worrying about how a spread *looks*, a mess whose creation has allowed me to discharge high energy emotional states safely, and then with a few unifying moves, I can calm it all down and transform it into something affirming.

I did a lesson on this in BOD a few weeks ago, and when I shared the image that came out of the lesson, I got requests to release it as standalone mini-workshop!

Your wish is my commend. Click through for details!

P.S. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you get access to my VIP resources page which includes this class with a discount.

ONWARD TO WEEK #21

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In sharing your responses to these prompts on line, I ask that you use the following format:

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Thank you.

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Soar
To fly upward. To glide along at height. To rise, ascend, or aspire.

Synonyms
Fly, ascend, rise, sail, arise, glide.

Prompt
Create a spread explores what can be perceived from ‘above’ a situation. Play with bird or flight imagery in your journal.

Oracle
What can be seen from ‘on high’ about the situation you are presenting in? What do you need to rise above? What do you aspire to?

Have a Great Week!

As always, do whatever you feel inspired to do! Use what you have! Create in anyway you are inspired to create!

Friday Five – Micki Wilde, Mood Journaling, and my WOOSAHMEESAHSOOKIE

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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Thing One

Look at this face. Just LOOK AT IT! She is my very favourite person in all the world, and I am hopelessly devoted to her for life. My relationship with her has been the most solid, the most consistent, the most healing relationship I’ve ever had.

She has many names, including Sookie (her ‘official’ name), Sook, Sookaroo, MeesahSookie, Meesah, and lately WOOSAHMEESAHSOOKIE. She answers to all of them.

This is a video featuring my lovely friends, Sarah & Jamey (manflesh of Sarah love bombing Sookie.

You’re welcome. :)

Thing Two

One of the things I struggle with in my journaling practice is making faces *that don’t take two or three hours* to complete. What this means is that when I just want to be in my journal for a little bit, and I want to express something that would best be expressed with a face, I end up frustrated. I just can’t do a ‘quick face’.

In an effort to change that a bit, I’ve been taking classes with Micki Wilde. Her faces are *quick* and adorable, and I love her teaching style.

One of my favourite ways to take classes is to sit down with a notebook, read the PDF content, watch the videos, take notes, and then art on my own. This allows me to integrate what I’ve learned in a way that lets my own style shine through.

Here’s an example of what happens when I do classes this way:

I did this after watching a few of the videos in A Love Of Nature, and a few in Paint It Out.

While you can definitely see Micki’s influence in this face, you can also see *my own voice*

What I loved about creating this little face was that it took me about a half an hour (instead of two hours or more). It was *fun*. I didn’t stress while creating it. I loved the quirkiness and imperfection of it. I love how much her face *says* to me as I gaze at it.

Micki’s teaching style is lovely, too. She does an intro, and a includes some basic face painting walk throughs, and then the instructional videos are *captioned* so you can turn off the sound altogether and listen to your own tunes (or as in my case, listen to an audiobook or podcast while working). I love this because I’m visual learner. Audio instruction is great, but I tend to get bored very easily if I’m focusing on one thing. With Micki’s classes, I can turn the audio off altogether, watch and take notes while listening to something else, and get a lot out of the learning experience.

Micki is wonderful. You can find her classes listed here on Etsy. You won’t regret it.

Thing Three

This mini-collab is coming soon! It’s three weird girls, music + art journaling and will open with the creation of a journal pamphlet to go along with a pre-recorded tutorial in how to create a large traveler’s notebook style art journal pamphlet binder I call The Effydori. Once we’ve created or chosen our journals, we will spend EIGHT GLORIOUS WEEKS exploring art journaling with music as our inspiration and portal. There will be six Effy lessons, one Cristin lesson and one Sarah lesson with the inevitable bonuses.

 

The Effydori Journal Pamphlet Binder

A brand new elastic bound journal pamphlet for Mixed Tape II

Registration will open SOON so if you’re not already subscribed to my newsletter, you might want to get on that so you can get notified! Hint: Subscribers also get discounts, so duuuuuuuuuuuude. Sign up today!

Thing Four

In Book Of Days this week, I taught my peeps how to begin a spread with all your feels, throwing paint and other mediums at the page in an effort to ‘discharge’ whatever is overwhelming you, and then calm it down with a series of glazes that unifies the hot, holy messes we make in our journals. One of my favourite journaling techniques, “Mood Journaling” starts out looking like this:

And ends up looking like this:

The interesting thing about this process for me is how often the symbols I find myself impulsively adding to the resulting spreads (in this case, the flowering wands you see on the right hand side) have relevance to my present state of mind. I work with tarot quite extensively, so when I looked at these five flowering wands, I knew I was dealing with the Five of Wands – Hassles, petty annoyances, the tyranny of details, trivialities, and irritations.

The spread started with an outpouring of frustration at having too much to do and not enough time to do it. The appearance of the wands was like a medicine for me – eyes front, Effy. Look *past* all of the trivialities. Do the work. Keep your eye on the prize. The next step is the Six of Wands, which is a card of victory. The only way out here is *through*.

We do stuff like this a lot in BOD – work with our deeper voices, our inner wisdom. Meet ourselves on the page, and then listen to what the page has to tell us about where we’re at. I love this part of the work I do *so so* much, and I love how well these practices serve me and my peeps.

BOD is still open for registration if you’d like to join us. You can have the entire year of journaling inspiration and instruction for $99 if you use this link.

Thing Five

Spot the studio dog!

My babies. Need I say more?

These faces!

Need I say more?? <3

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 Frida

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Journal 52 – Week 20 – Connect

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Every week in 2017, you will receive a new prompt card from Effy Wild. Designed to jump start your next art journal spread, these cards are printable for your future use as well, so you can expect to collect 52 cards by the end of the year!

Each card comes with a word, definition, synonyms, art prompt, and ‘oracle prompt’. You can copy/paste this information for your own records, and use it & the card in meditation, or in written or art journaling as you see fit!

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Before We Dive In!

I’ve got two amazeballs classes coming up that you’re going to want to get in on!

The first is Art Journal Summer School 2017, which is available with early bird pricing until May 31st, and the second is Ever After 2017, which is available with early bird pricing if you use coupon code MAGIC2017.

Check out these teacher line ups!

Ever After 2017

I hope to see you in one or the other or BOTH!

ONWARD TO WEEK #20

Feel free to save this image, and print it for your own personal use as an art journal prompt card OR as an oracle/meditation card.

In sharing your responses to these prompts on line, I ask that you use the following format:

“This week I’m working with the prompt “word” from Effy Wild’s Journal52 <linked to http://journal52.com>. You can find the prompt and art card here. <permalink to the post for that week.>.

Please don’t lift the cards or written prompts from my website to share in your own spaces. Direct folks to the original post at journal52.com so they can find it themselves.

Thank you.

Feel free to copy/paste this information for your own records:

Connect
To fasten together. To establish communication between. To associate mentally emotionally.

Synonyms
Associate, join, attach, relate, ally, bridge, unite.

Prompt
Create a spread that features elements that are connected to one another. Explore your connections.

Oracle
Where are you connected? Where are you disconnected? What is wanting to be united?

Have a Great Week!

As always, do whatever you feel inspired to do! Use what you have! Create in anyway you are inspired to create!

Ever After Winner Announced + A Live Journal Party + Summer School!

As you may have heard if we’re connected on social media, I will be teaching again in Ever After this year! YAHOOO! I held a giveaway on my blog last week, and I’m here to announce the winner, but first:

Here’s a course description!

Ever After” is a mixed media art & style development course with a fairytale theme hosted by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. I will be joining Tam and 11 mixed media art teachers on this class. Together we will share beautiful fairy-tale inspired lessons with you and we will also share our hints and tips on how each one of us developed, or are in the process of developing our own style and how you too can find your own unique voice as an artist!

I will be working with the fairy tale “BabaYaga” and together we will explore our inner lights and shadows through a mixed media painting that will include two portraits in one.

AND THE WINNER IS!

Joelene has already been notified by email!

Registration opens TOMORROW MAY 17th, 2017 and class begins July 1st!

In Other News

I’m going to be hanging out with Andrea Schroeder live today at 2 p.m. EST for a *free*, live Journal Party!

To join in the fun, click here to register! There will be a recording available if you can’t make it live!

And finally for today!

Art Journal Summer School 2017 is on sale until May 31st! Get early bird pricing, and join me along with a fantastic line up of teachers who will be offering summer themed art journaling tutorials all summer long!

It’s the partyingest ‘school’ ever! I hope to see you there. <3