#MiniMoleyMonday

#MiniMoleyMonday is a feature here on my blog wherein I plan to share the images and videos I create for #MiniMoleyDaily. Here is an info page and archive of images for #MiniMoleyDaily, in case you want to get all caught up. This page includes the full YouTube playlist of #MiniMoleyDaily spreads! Yay!

Last Week In #MiniMoleyDaily

I created almost daily this week in MMD, which was awesome, because there was no need to play catch up. I am especially inspired by two things right now: music, and watercolours. Music always plays a role in the videos I create for MMD, but this week I create a two page spread for Friday & Saturday using my new love, watercolours!

Just a quick FYI: This isn’t a challenge. There are no prompts, though some folks are finding and using some that work for them. My intention is to be as free as possible in this practice, so being constrained by prompts or themes isn’t necessarily going to work for me, but I invite you to find what works for you. If you want to hang out with an amazing group of likeminded journal artists, please join us in the Facebook Group.

Here is the playlist on YouTube for these spreads

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Friday Five

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!*

Thing One

I have fallen in love with watercolours, and believe me when I tell you that no one is as surprised as I am. It all started when I logged in to The Creative Revolution classroom and did the first week’s exercises. Watercolours and I sideeyed one another a little bit. There was some batting of eyelashes and some eye rolling and plenty of resistance. Watercolours shuffled over and beckoned with both hands. I shrugged and said “Okay! Why not!”

And then we danced.

What I’m loving so much about these meditations on watercolour is how emotional they are for me. I find myself ‘dancing in’ colours that feel like *I* feel. I’m also loving how portable they are – how I can sit on my couch with a few palettes (my Jane Davenport palettes & a homemade palette made with Qor watercolours and gifted to me by my lovely Muppet) and my favourite brushes (four Escoda rounds that I treated myself to last year), and splash around a bit without any stress or mess or much clean up.

It’s *ease*, and I don’t know about you, but I could use a little more of that in my life right now.

Flora Bowley is definitely one of my top artistic influences, and I always love her classes. I repeat rounds of Bloom True pretty much every year, and even though I’m not a canvas artist, I do find what I learn while playing on canvas makes its way into my art journaling practice. This new class is already inspiring me in much the same way. I’m playing with new techniques, new mediums. I’m feeling free. I’ve liberated myself from feeling completely intimidated by watercolours. I’m SO SQUEE about this!

My sense of squee was increased tenfold this week when Flora used one of my paintings in her newsletter banner and on her blog. You can see it here and here.

See? SQUEE!

Thing Two

My lovely student, Judi of Jujuart by Judi is offering a download of this painting to anyone who tips me. Here’s what she has to say:

“To anyone who feels inspired and encouraged by Effy Wild be it via BOD; Radiant: Journal 52 or #MiniMoleyDaily I am offering a free download of an Effy inspired spread done by me; this spread has had lots of positive feedback including a beautiful request from a Sweet Trash Journal participant to use it in their STJ (Nancy Dale I love you) and also inspired by the true generosity of Effy’s muppet known as Sarah Trumpp who is spreading love on a daily basis. I am not in the position to do what these awesome women to do contribute; but this I can do.

Attached you will find a scan which you are free to download and use for your own personal use; in return I am asking that if possible you tip our Effy (realising that cannot be policed in any way) in an attempt to offset the costs of the recent second hack on Journal 52 and also contribute to the costs to keep the site going; this is where you go to tip Effy: http://tinyurl.com/tipeffy

This is my personal work and I hope you will respect that and not share further; and if you use it please attribute me as the artist (Because thanks to Effy and others I AM AN ARTIST!) Enjoy with all my best wishes.”

Thank you, Judi! You are such a love!

Thing Three

This collection on Ello. I am growing my own awareness of artists who are also people of colour by seeking them out wherever I can find them. Collections like this help enormously. Well done, Ello!

 

Thing Four

Baby Lips. Last year while at a festival, my friend, Shannon handed me a tube because I was suffering from a horrible case of chapped lips, and I became immediately addicted. The medicated version is my favourite, but they also have tinted versions, and since I’m that girl who is usually too tired to care about things like lip gloss, this is a nice option. Frivolous, you say? You obviously don’t live in an three story walk up with RADIANT HEAT that sucks every drop of moisture out of your ever lovin’ body.

From what I can tell from a quick Google search, they are available in Canada and the U.S. wherever stuff like this is sold (department stores, drug stores, etc.)

Thing Five

My friend, Cathy Sylvester is making these astonishingly beautiful journals. She was kind enough to drop in last year with one for me to play with, and promised to update me when she got her ducks in a row in terms of being able to offer these for sale. I admit I had a bit of a sticker shock when I looked at them on Etsy, but when I think about all the love and work that goes into the creation of something like this, I admit I melt a little bit!

And that’s it for me for this week’s edition of Friday Five!

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Journal52 – Week #8

Please note that I’m moving Journal52 to WEDNESDAYS so that I don’t overwhelm you all on Fridays. :)

Journal52 is member supported. Please tip generously! Thank you!

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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ONWARD TO WEEK #8

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. Print at your desired size using your printer settings on your computer. ATC size is 2.5 x 3.5 inches, and these cards were designed to be printed at this size.

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

Stillness
Silence. Quiet. Hush. The absence of motion.

Synonyms
Calmness, serenity, lull, tranquility, peace, placidity, quiet.

Prompt
How are you in stillness? Journal about that. Create a spread that feels ‘still’, or ‘quiet’, or ‘tranquil’.

Oracle
Are you avoiding stillness? Do you need some stillness? What might you learn in the stillness? How does tranquility feel in your body?

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!

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#MiniMoleyMonday

#MiniMoleyMonday is a new feature here on my blog wherein I plan to share the images and videos I create for #MiniMoleyDaily. Here is an info page and archive of images for #MiniMoleyDaily, in case you want to get all caught up. This page includes the full YouTube playlist of #MiniMoleyDaily spreads! Yay!

Last Week In #MiniMoleyDaily

Last in MiniMoleyDaily was an exercise in playing catch up. My life is always pretty busy, but I’ve added a romance to the pot, and while it is delicious and creates all sorts of lovely journal fodder, it is also requiring of me that I make time and space. I’ll rally, I promise, but for now, I’m struggling a bit to maintain all the practices I want to practice.

The MiniMoley has given me all sorts of space for the real stuff that’s happening in my life. It’s a place to play that doesn’t ask anything of me except that I show up. Technique, supplies, appropriateness for public viewing – none of that matters. I just show up, smash myself into the pages, and get on with my day.

The Mini’s have been getting created in spurts of creation, usually midweek and on the weekend, but I am working on finding a sweet spot – a golden hour each day, and I’m starting to think that might happen just before bed. It feels like a good time to think about the day, what happened, what I felt & experienced, and then create spreads that reflect that. I’ll let you know how my practice evolves over time.

Just a quick FYI: This isn’t a challenge. There are no prompts, though some folks are finding and using some that work for them. My intention is to be as free as possible in this practice, so being constrained by prompts or themes isn’t necessarily going to work for me, but I invite you to find what works for you. If you want to hang out with an amazing group of likeminded journal artists, please join us in the Facebook Group.

Here is the playlist on YouTube for these spreads

Gallery Of #MiniMoleyDailies

Get #MiniMoleyMonday in your inbox! Get ALL my posts (including Journal52, Friday Five, and my blog posts!) in your inbox.

Find my classes hereFind my tip jar here.

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Friday Five

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!*

Let’s proceed!

I’m finding it difficult to choose from all the gorgeousness that’s happened this week, but I’m going to do my level best.

Thing One
I’m dating someone. He’s pretty special. I like him a lot, and he likes me back. This is a delicious, delicious thing. I’m keeping him to myself for a while because there are littles involved, and also because I it’s just that sweet. A secret, delicious sweet lovely thing that’s all for me, for now. I’ll share him with you when I’m ready, ok?

He makes me smile like this, all soft and goopy. Also, that wrap slung over my shoulder? It was his prezzie to me on our second date. Special guest appearance by one of my very favourite mugs, made by Allegonde of Artesian Goddess.

I’m doing things like setting my coffee table up for romantic dinners for two. I love setting the scene like this, and I’m grateful to have a reason to do it.

Thing Two
This group is ROCKING MY LIFE. They just happened to be featured on As It Happens on CBC Radio while Crow and I we were on our way out to Caledonia for Indian Tacos at The Oasis Talk about perfect timing, eh? My life is so often like that this divine kind of timing no longer surprises me!

While I am working on boring things like gluing down teensy tiny pieces of paper, this is my current go-to soundtrack. Believe me when I tell you that listening to this means I am not just getting boring, tedious bits of work done, but I am also getting my cardio, because I can’t stay still! They have an artist station on Spotify, too, which is super handy! Give them a listen and just try to stay still. I bet you can’t!

Thing Three
My BOD folks know this, but I have a new-to-me tarot deck called The Wild Unknown. It doesn’t just talk to me, mind you. It SINGS to me. Every time I draw a card, I feel like the universe is giving me a great big hug and making me a cup of soothing tea.

The illustrations are beautiful. The guidebook is perfect and includes easy to eye-scan key words. The size is perfect for my hands (unlike other decks I love but can’t shuffle without sending the entire deck flying all over the room! I’m looking at you, Druidcraft Tarot!).

I’ve been using it in my weekly tarot pulls in BOD and everyone agrees that it’s not just gorgeous, but really spiritually active, by which I mean that we are getting some seriously deep & accurate pulls.

Thing Four
My kid has been posting a lot of live video on his Facebook timeline. Dudes. I am so proud of him. Here are two from the last few days. If you love his music as much as I do, you can find more on his bandcamp here, and on his Soundcloud here.

Thing Five
The wait is finally over!

My lesson in “Ever After 2016” is now available as a stand alone workshop!

This class includes unlimited, indefinite access and is comprised of video instruction as well as a step-by-step PDF walkthrough, an in depth interview on the subject of style development, and the Ultimate Notebook Tutorial. All lessons are instant access the moment you register for the course.

You will receive a complete supplies list as well as suggestions for substitutions. Your teacher will be accessible via email, and you are welcome to post your questions, comments, and images in the classroom.

Join me as we explore ‘The Ugly Duckling’ as told by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and create this beautiful Klimt inspired mixed media swan! It’s only $29, and includes a discount link for Facing Forward II worth $20!

That’s it for me today, my loves. As always, you can find my classes here, Journal52 here, MiniMoleyDaily here, and my tip jar here.

xo
Effy

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