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Wednesday, January 4

Year in Review: Donna Downey Workshop

Yesterday I mentioned I took a three day workshop with Donna Downey during the summer (my birthday weekend -- it was a perfect gift to myself). When I signed up I didn't realize it was going to be all Art Journaling -- but it was fantastic! The first night she gave us all one of her hand-made fabric journals and we got started right away. 

I really enjoyed the way she ran the workshop -- creative prompts and exercises that we only had a few minutes to work on. We could start a new page or continue working on the one we were using. My friends and I (the two Beattie Chicks whom are awesome) stayed in Portland one night and enjoyed dinner out with Donna - it was great fun and just what I needed to get journaling again. 

The prompt for this one was to first create something with either tape or lines - can't remember -- and then to add numbers. Of course since it was my birthday I chose 45. 

When I got home I didn't let the momentum stop -- I continued to create in the journal she gave us. This was a quick little piece on one of the "inclusions" in the journal. 



When my friend Leslie from Beattie Chicks started doing Art Journaling workshops at her studio -- I discovered a whole new side to my art that I never knew existed. I don't think I have ever created something as cool as this in an art journal before. This is one of my all-time favorite pages -- second only to the page I shared yesterday. 



I created this one on my own -- experimenting with some new white ink for my dip pen -- that I totally love by the way! I love the way that art journaling feeds my creativity and helps me work out personal problems. No one needs to see my journal unless I want them too -- so if I create something ugly I just go with it and finish up the best I can. Sometimes I can turn it around -- and other times I can't. Doesn't matter though, I'm happy just to create -- just for ME! 

Thanks for stopping by -- have a wonderful day!

9 comments:

  1. catherine, love your art journal and you are one lucky lady to take donna's class good for you what a great gift to yourself...love your art.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Very thoughtful!

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  3. The Creative Jumpstart video is my introduction to you and your work. LOVELY!! What you said, the simple and direct way you told it, somehow resonated with me. I think this year is going to see a lot of pink and orange in my art journal!! THANKS!!

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  4. That is lovely!
    And great of you to share your story of fear in todays jumpstart 2012.
    I love your idea of journaling. I'll consider making a book for start!
    Thanks a lot!
    Happy New nofear Year 2012!!!
    xoxo
    Elin

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  5. Great contribution to the Jump Start for 2012 am looking forrward to seeing your new selection for My Creative Classroom as well.

    As a New England gal who has travelled far from home, it is always a delight to visit your blog space.

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  6. Absolutely fantastic art journalling Catherine. And the Jump Start video was excellent - sharing your fears has made me feel normal! So direct and meaningful.

    I really am loving the work you are creating.

    Jennie

    PS Just heard Donna Downey is coming to the UK in March !!! If only ........

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  7. I wanted to personally say a huge thank you for your video in the Creative Jump Start...it really struck a cord with me! I have since gone out a bought a new art journal, poured my heart out on 2 pages, & then painted over it! & it feels BRILLIANT!!! Thank you!

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  8. Thank you so much for your video on Jump Start, it was sooo inspiring and helpful. That white page is a creative blocker for me. I could stare at it for an hour and then walk away.
    Thank you so much for sharing this and your personal thoughts/journals with us. I have been playing today and enjoying it while ignoring that negative voice in my head.
    I wrote over a page and painted over it and love this and will keep doing it to help keep that FEAR away.

    Your artwork is AMAZING!! I would never have thought you had a fear inside holding you back. Such gorgeous art you have, and I agree about the sharing it with others and it's so much better then shopping.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your art. Have a great weekend!

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