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Julia Ostara and the March 2017 art prompts

Julia Ostara is our guest artist for March in the free year-long art journaling journey 2017.¬† It’s going strong and March has sneaked up faster than I could imagine. It’s not too late to join in the fun. You can sign up HERE for the email prompts. All the months’ prompts will be available all year.

Julia Ostara
Julia Ostara

I’ve followed Julia’s progress as an artist over the years and it has been interesting to see her art expression deepening over time. I think she has lived many lifetimes in this one life. ūüôā

This from her website:  Artist, Author, Brave Heart, Explorer, Farm Girl, Grateful Guide, Mystic, Mountain Momma, Playful Painter, Reverent, Sweet Sunshine, Thrivivalist, Wild Wonder-full Weaver…  Exploring and falling in love with life through art and wonder in memory of my mom to carry on her legacy of love for self, others, nature, and life. Opening my hands, head, and heart… my being, to the wonder of creation, the art of living and loving. Offering creative courses, unique gifts, and art from my heart to yours.

Julia Ostara
Julia Ostara’s art

I love her colorful art and also her view on life and how everything hangs together.

She hopes to inspire and encourage others to beat to their own drums, live their dreams, choose joy, respect others and nature, love more than fear, put our brave boots on, celebrate the variety and sweet in life, dance with the wild mystery, and thrive in harmony.

I share her views on life and being an artist.¬† As an artist I’m visible, and with that I can hope to inspire others to step into their creativity whatever it is and become “more” of who they are. It can feel scary and uncertain for sure, but when you keep exploring the depths of who you are, it gets easier to face the unknown and to embrace the mystery.¬† Revelations can be so inspiring and exhilarating!

Julia Ostara
Julia Ostara

More from her website: Art has been such a graceful¬†and wonderful, healing, playful, spiritual joy for me. I consider myself a ‚Äėborn again artist‚Äô because I lost touch with the artist within for too long.¬†Now, I‚Äôm delighted¬†to be guiding others to experience the magic possible when playfully creating by hosting¬†online creative gatherings, courses, art playdates, and retreats¬†to explore the wonder and nurture a playful creative¬†community. Many of them are available as¬†Pay What You Can/Pay What It‚Äôs Worth¬†options! So, YES, you can afford¬†to participate!

Approaching creativity from a place of play has really helped me open up, enjoy the process and get in the flow.

Julia has all sorts of offerings on her website, so check them out.

Julia’s courses and offerings.

She is also offering a quarterly e-zine titled Thrive True.  If you sign up for her email list on her WEBSITE, you will receive her e-zines.

Julia OstaraI interviewed her in a video yesterday and we laughed so much it was hard to get through the questions.¬† If you want to get more of a feel for her and her art, please watch the VIDEO on YouTube. ūüôā

I wish you a wonderful creative month.

xo

Maria

 

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2017 free intuitive art exploration

2017-art-journalingBeginning on January 1, 2017, and then once a month,  I will post suggestions for my year long intuitive art journal journey. When you join this FREE art journaling exploration  you will receive prompts to delve deeply into yourself to release any blocks or stale emotions that hold your creativity back. Look at it as a journey of self discovery and fun!

I will send out PDFs  of inspirational thoughts and items that you can print, color, and add to your artwork.

I will offer one live webinar a month where I answer questions and give you suggestions for progress.

It will help you to create a strong habit of creativity. This will inspire you and help as you use creativity to solve any problems in life.

Through art journaling you can  charter depths that offer new insights and aha moments. You can also use the journal to map out your goals month to month. Your intuition KNOWS what your most authentic activities are and as you excavate and remove blocks you can find more clarity and more motivation to create a life that is more aligned with your inner core.

There is no pressure to perform. You can join or leave any time, but if you stick with the process you will create a new art habit that will enrich your life forever.

I would love to see your art work so please join Art Exploration with Maria Greene, my Facebook group. There will be plenty of support and you can ask questions as well.

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Supply list:

Use what you have but these are helpful:

Old sturdy book to alter OR an art journaling book.

Acrylic paints or watercolors

brushes

markers of all kinds, permanent ink is best

collage materials as in old magazines and junk mail (fabric scraps.)

glue or media like Mod Podge.

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What you will learn:

Every month I will prompt some questions about where you are and what you’d like to experience (or feel next.) Your intuition will show you how¬† to proceed and through art you can gain more clarity and depth.¬† You will receive a journaling question or two and suggestions for materials to use, but you can choose which tools you want to use. My purpose is to help you bust through any blocks and find more joy in your art journaling practice.

Do not get hung up on the “pretty” aspect of art! You are an explorer.¬† As you work intuitively you may feel prompted to pick certain colors or objects that appear in your mind. They are all symbols for what is going on within.¬† So you will learn to read your symbols as you get more comfortable with the process.¬† You can’t do it wrong!

If you feel confused about the basics of art journaling you can find tons of helpful videos on YouTube to get started. But it’s not necessary to learn any techniques per se. Just cover the page with some paint to get started and then let your intuition guide you.

You will learn how to center yourself, let go, and let intuition lead you. The inner critic will be shown the door and told to never come back! ūüôā Unfortunately, the critic always comes back but I have a way to deal with that. It’s all about allowing more good and self love!

You will also receive one guided audio meditation every month.

Take part in this adventure! It is guaranteed to enrich your life.

To sign up for the emails  click HERE.

Paper shrines

Paper shrines are easy to make.  I use them in art journal spreads, and if the paper is sturdy enough, they can stand up and be used as a table shrine.

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Paper shrine
paper shrine
closed paper shrine

The above shrine was made with heavy-duty watercolor paper. I added the doors and altered the paper. Lots of gold! It doesn’t show well in the picture. As an icon I used a picture from a guide book of the Louvre. He’s some Egyptian scribe. It doesn’t have to be a religious icon. Whatever you want to celebrate. You can make a shrine with your goals or passions / dreams, or an ode to Nature.

The possibilities are endless.

Here is another shrine I made from card stock.  Won;t make the art journal spread bulky when added.

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shrine

I used a digital picture of Mary in this one, added a frame and gold paint. As bling I used some gilded and colorful border segments.

I made a video of the process and you can watch it HERE.

Have fun making your own shrine. ūüôā

Creating is living well…

Maria

Make your own art journals, easy tutorials

There is a special feeling of satisfaction after you make your own art journals using your unique style. Art journaling will be less intimidating when you’re not faced with a book from the store filled with glaring white pages.

When you make your own, it becomes ‚Äúfriendly,‚ÄĚ something you have gotten to know during the creative process and that you enjoy working in afterwards.

shabby chic art journal
shabby chic art journal

 

ledger art journal
ledger style art journal

 

altered books
altered books art journal

If you have questions about materials and procedure, I can help you.  In this e-course you will learn how to:

  • use fabric in your art journal
  • paint and dye fabric without fabric dyes
  • age paper
  • add fun details to your journal
  • use old books to alter using your own style
  • make mini journals that will fit in your purse
  • use tips and tricks to add your own touches
  • be creative with the materials you already have
  • inspire your creative process in general

To participate in this e-course you don’t need any particular artistic skills other than your hands and some art supplies. If you don’t have all on the list, use what you have.

We will make a shabby chic cloth-bound journal, a ledger style journal, and alter two picture books with unique pockets.

You will receive three detailed videos and a PDF for parts that I could not film.

To find out more GO HERE.

I would love for you to come and explore art journaling with me!

xo

Maria

Giveaway!

I have a giveaway on my blog today.¬† It’s Day 29 of the 30 day blogging challenge and I have made it through so far. I’m celebrating by giving away this FUN ink blot art journal I made from a manila folder and some ink blot art. I made it today and figured it would be fun to give away. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind journal!

Here are some pictures and the video on how I made the journal. You can enter the giveaway or you can make your own journal. ūüôā

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handmade art journal
ink blot art journal
the back of the art journal
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ink blot page

 

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ink blot page giveaway
ink blot page
more ink blots

An idea for you how the pages look. I added a bunch of blank card stock pages as well to fill out the journal. Here is the video how-to.

The winner was Jean Marmo. Congratulations!!! ūüôā

Art journal made from a manila folder.

I have a fun tutorial to share today on how to make an art journal with a manila folder cover.

The pictures are not the greatest, but I had only artificial light when I took them.  I wanted to show the step by step process.

Now for the tutorial…

 

old manila folder
I started with a used manila folder and blacked out the text on the tab.  I used a liberal amount of Mod-Podge to glue the folder together, being careful that the edges stuck well.  I still ended up with some air bubbles once it dried.  Grrr.
I used a strip of washi tape over the uneven edges and glued down some white cardboard to reinforce the tab.  I made sure to lay down a strip of glue to hold down the washi tape forever, lol.
I folded the manila folder in half, using a bone folder to really press down the crease hard once the Mod-Podge had dried.¬† This was before the washi tape obviously…
I cut the white cardboard to the shape of the tab and now had a very sturdy tab.
I now laid the folder flat on my table and spread out a layer of paint…
I spread some paint on the back of the folder.  I like the shabby uneven look.
I used several layers of paint, mostly spread with an old gift card.  Both sides are similar, just a slight difference in the colors.
I painted the tab purple and wrote the words “Good Dreams” on it.¬† I stamped the front cover with the word Imagine, and there is plenty of space for embellishment.¬† The back cover has only paint on it, so there is plenty of room for creativity.
I cut out some paper stars to cover the air bubbles on the inside cover and stamped some inspirational words.

 

I used card stock paper for the signature.¬† There are 24 empty pages to embellish when all is said and done. They are a bit narrow, but that’s the shape of the folder. Card stock is not as durable as watercolor paper, but you can certainly use wet medium and paints on it. I used card stock in various colors.

 

I tried to get a picture of the various papers, but it didn’t turn out great.¬† There are two sheets of green, two yellow, and two manila colored.¬† I thought it was fun to add varied colors.

 

The inside front cover adjoins a green paper…

 

And another close up of the back inside cover.  The picture is pinkish, and I blame my camera for that.
What do you think? I really enjoyed the project and I can’t wait to embellish the pages.¬† It’s a good size for traveling too.
What are you working on now?
xo
Maria
P.S. I have some journals for sale in my etsy shop. CLICK HERE.