Changes ahead – Holiday Inspiration & a giveaway

Changing – Growing – Inspiring

Hi Friends,

Lately I have been feeling so overwhelmed with deadlines – commitments – trying to keep on all the sites that I have and just feeling like time is getting away from me – then I came across an article the other day in Happinez Magazine that spoke about the Hindu way and how they believe life is like a circle and never ends.   So in reality there is never “not enough time”.  They think of time as space  – not an hour or minute or day, and so they just take the space that they are in and try to be a better person and create a better life as much as they can while they are in this space.

It really got me thinking about changing the way that I think.

But even more so, it got me moving more towards where I feel I “need” to be and maybe where I don’t need to be.  Making “space” for things that matter and letting some of the other stuff go.

Almost like an omen I came across Monica Garcia’s latest blog post – all about change and letting go – such a beautiful and inspiring post and you can read it here .

So this morning using my butterfly Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue I shuffled the deck asking the question if what I was about to change was right for me.  And this is the card I selected

 One of the big changes that I am making this next year is letting go of Facebook – my business page – my group and my personal page.  Although this is where I got my start – which is why it has been tugging at me to decided to keep it or not.  I know that there are some who have started with me on FB and are not on Instagram – but I will still have my blog and website  and Youtube channel so we can connect in all those places.  There have been many things that have been pushing me to give up Facebook and I think now it’s time.  Change can be hard but to allow space for new exciting and important things it’s what needs to happen.

I want to be able to connect with people in a deeper more meaningful way.

I want to inspire people – touch peoples lives in a positive way

I will also be focusing more of my time on commissioned art – creating more online classes and for the first time in almost 3 years I will be starting in person classes and /or retreats.

I have a beautiful heartfelt retreat that I am currently working on for 2018 and as soon as I can share details with all of you I will.

If you want to be sure you don’t miss out on announcements and inspiration – follow my blog via email – you can find that on the right hand side of my blog.  Also sign up for my email list / newsletter you will receive monthly tidbits with inspiration – details and first to get discounts on all classes as well as a free monthly artsy download. You can sign up here

On to some Holiday Artsy Inspiration

I have a few things to share with you for a creative holiday .  Below is my latest video creating a holiday watercolor wreath.  You could do this for a holiday card or gift.

If you haven’t seen Andrea Gamoll’s Artsy Advent then you need to check it out she does a video a day and I love her style.

I love Alisa Burke’s Simple watercolor tags tutorial – very simple and cute!!

Astrid’s Artistic Efforts is a fabulous blog for Bullet Journaling, holiday cards and more.

If you missed my latest watercolor art journal pages

One more thing….

If you haven’t heard I am a guest Artist – Instructor in The One Badass Art Journal Workshop this year and Tiare Smith is having the most amazing giveaway that I don’t want you to miss out on so here is the link to enter  Below is a pic of the amazing prize pack.

Registration for One Badass Art Journal 2018 opens December 13th and you can sign up starting that day here.

Okay I’m off to walk this little baby even though it’s freezing outside lol

Just a note:  December’s newsletter will be going out by Sunday – we are doing work at our house so I have been some days with on internet access which has made it hard to get things done.  Sorry for the delay my friends.

Hope you all have an amazing day!!

xoxo – Sherry

An Inspiring Artist Who Inspires me…

“I’ve always liked quiet people:  you never know if they’re dancing in a daydream or if they’re carrying the weight of the world”

-John Green

Good Morning friends,

Today I have a Special Guest Artist with me.  

I would like to introduce you to Jenni Zmuda.  

I met Jenni as we were both on the Roben-Marie Smith Design Team together.  I selected the quote above to start out this post as it reminded me of Jenni.  Of all the team members she was the quietest – she just went about doing her thing and sharing her art in her own unique way.  I would watch her Instagram stories enjoying the mix of home life – her adorable pets and her art making.  Maybe it’s just me but I’m drawn to those who are not all “flash and dash” but just real hometown feel good kinda peeps – and that is what I felt when I watched Jenni’s IG stories.  I felt drawn to her, by what seemed to be a simplistic yet very cozy everyday living of life with simple pleasures such as cooking for her family,  because that is also how I am, and so the connection began.  I was thrilled when Jenni said yes to be interviewed for my blog.  I am so very excited too share this inspiring artist chat with all of you.  So grab that coffee or tea and enjoy ❤️

Jenni Please tell us a little about yourself:

I grew up in rural Michigan, still live there. I loved to make things and create from a very young age. Unfortunately, I lived in a dysfunctional home where any vulnerability could be used against me at any time, so I didn’t do much creating. What little I did do I hid away. Not until I was in my mid 30’s did I start working more on my art and actually showing it in a public forum.  Being an artist can be a very vulnerable thing. Sharing that part of me was not easy, but I’m so glad that I have.

What’s your favorite thing about art – What drives you to be creative? 

My favorite part of art is probably being able to make a mess. lol  Life is so structured and full of rules. What you should do, what you shouldn’t do.  Art, the kind of art I do, is very freeing. I can do what I want and how I want to do it which I love.  I have pretty significant anxiety and creating keeps me sane.  It quiets my mind when it wont stop worrying.

Do you ever have times when you get creative block?  If yes what do you do to get inspired or find your creativity again? 

Oh yes, I get creative blocks often. When this happens I try to continue to create one way or another.  Either by creating ugly art or by working in my gluebook.  Still being involved in art, either through Instagram or Pinterest or magazines.  Anything just to keep that spark lit no matter how dimly.

Where can people find your work and connect with you socially?

The main place I post my work is Instagram – @artgirlcreations78. This is mostly dedicated to art, though there are a few posts about my beloved pets.
I also have a YouTube Channel – ArtGirl Creations here I share time lapse and how to videos creating art.  I love to share my art process with others.
I have an Esty Shop where I sell my artwork, prints, collage sheets created from my art as well as mini art journals, and collage packs.

What’s one thing that people probably don’t know about you?

I’m actually a pretty private person. It really takes a lot for me to be able to share this part of my life.   But the response has been overall positive and I’m always glad that I decided to put myself out there and flattered that people are actually interested.

Please Share 2 pieces of your favorite artwork with us and share a little about them

Oh, that’s a toughy. It’s like choosing my favorite child. It feels so wrong. lol  If I really had to choose I’d say my favorite is a double paged spread I call Tell Me Why.

This was the first couple pages in a new journal and for some reason  that makes me nervous. These pages set the tone for the whole journal and if I mess up, then I might end up messing up the whole journal. Which is silly, of course. I’m not afraid to tear out pages I don’t like. But these two pages were just a disaster. Everything I did looked horrid! Finally I just painted a layer of white paint over everything and went to bed. The next morning it was like a mini-miracle happened. The layers of paint came through the white layer on top and all the layers made for some amazing texture. From there everything just came together and it is by far one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever created.

The second favorite is a mini-art journal page named Heal. I create these from leftover file folders. I call these mini file folders  ‘mental health’ art journals because they usually hold some sort of positive message or affirmation. I started by layering on white acrylic paint. Then, without much thought, I layered on some washi tape, an Art Pops card by Roben-Marie Smith, typewritten words and finally a photo I took of the beach. It came together so quickly and easily and I love it and the message it sends.

Do you have some final inspiring words you would like to share?

I think a lot of people think they don’t have the talent to create. This is a lie. I can’t draw a stick person, yet I find great enjoyment in pushing paint around on paper. No rhyme, no rhythm, not much thought – Just doing.  So, yes, you can do it – and you should.  We can get so caught up in the day to day and forget to carve out time for our own well being.  I don’t know where I’d be without art, it’s such an important and positive part of my life.

Thank you so very much Jenni for sharing heart with all of us and inspiring us with your Art!!

Be sure to check out Jenni’s Thankfulness Journals here – the last set sold out in just a couple days so be sure to grab one from this new batch before they are gone!

If you haven’t already signed up for my monthly newsletter be sure to do so here so you don’t miss December’s newsletter with your free download it is going on on Friday morning (December 8th).  For those who are not familiar with my monthly newsletter they are always packed with juicy bits of artful inspiration and a free download that can be used in your art!

 

 

Create a Joy Journal + My Current Read

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are”

-Marianne Williamson

Hi Friends,

For me it seems that durning Holiday time I become more mindful of all the blessings and happiness that has been bestowed upon me, but during the year it sometimes get a bit lost in the bustle of life.  I am sure I’m not the originator of this little book I’m about to share with you, but it has become a bit of my personal go to in life and helps to remind me when things are tough that I have a lot of “Joy” in my life.  At the end of the day I use it to write down all the things that have brought me joy that day, or anything good that has happened.  Just a bit of reflective time that I can have to reference in the future when things get a bit rough and I am feeling as if I have lost my Joy.  This would make a beautiful gift for a friend or a great stocking stuffer for a loved one!

Because this little “joy journal” is so special to me I wanted to share with all of you a creative and easy way to create your own.  So if you haven’t already stop on over to Tiare Smith Designs Blog, and let me know what you think! 🙂

Before I leave you all for today I wanted to share my current read with all of you.  I just love books and I’m a seasonal book reader as well.  Meaning I love to read winter themed books in the winter and summer themed ones in the summer  – you get it.  So this year while at Barnes and Noble I spotted this adorable book.  Well I’m sure that you can all guess why I had to have it.  I didn’t even read what it was about I just bought it well – 2 actually lol.  One for me and one for a pug loving friend.  I am almost all the way through this book and it’s wonderful!  It’s not just about a pug and it’s a beautiful, funny and touching read.  I highly recommend it!

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

xo – Sherry

Holiday Tags – Mini Journals & Freebie

Hello Dear Friends,

I realize it’s been a few days since we connected (ok maybe more than a few), I wanted to do a Thanksgiving day post but honestly didn’t want it to get lost in the shuffle, as Holidays I know for some are very busy and it’s important to be present with the ones you love so didn’t want to be a distraction.

I also (very impromptu) decided to just take these 4 days off – no blogging, no FB posts, no Instagram posts, no videos, no work –  just being present with the ones that are here with me and taking a bit of time for me.  Which I hadn’t realized that I really needed.

Today I feel Refreshed – Renewed and ready to tackle the week & busy month ahead.

But I did want to share with all of you what’s in my heart.  I know this month I have been doing a lot of “thankful posts” but I feel like I can’t ever express enough the gratefulness  I feel for all of you here, for those in my daily life and for all the things that I have been blessed with.

Since starting my art business many things have changed and even where I work – as now most of the time I work from home.  Connecting with all of you means so much because I am not able to see you all in person, although that sure would be a dream come true!  You all are a very important part of my day and my daily life.  So when I say to you that you Matter and you are Important to me, I truly mean that from the bottom of my heart!

Thank you for spending countless days and nights with me.  For popping in to leave a comment – for watching my videos and leaving me heartfelt messages.  They all truly mean so much to me.  THANK YOU for being there with me through my ups and downs – sending me virtual hugs during those tough times and cheering me on and celebrating with me during the good times.  All of you out there are my family and I love you and am thankful and grateful for each of you!!! –

Be sure to read to the bottom for one more free gift from myself to all of you!

All of you know that I am a bit addicted to tags and at this time of year when we are doing so much gift giving I created a set of 6 tags that can be used as a special gift tag on your gifts or in your art journals – planners – in your art – you name it the possibilities are endless.  I have also added the choice of choosing an instant download or for those of you who would prefer to get the physical item – I have 2 options to choose from:

printed on beautiful white 75lb cover stock paper or high quality white sticker paper. 

You can check our all your options here

And since it is cyber Monday I wanted to share a shop that I truly love Jenni Zmuda has some amazing items in her shop like these adorable handmade mini journals  that  would make the most beautiful gift or stocking stuffer you can grab them right here 

Quantities are limited so don’t wait till they are all gone grab one for yourself and a friend today!

One more thing before I head out in the blustery cold to take my puppy to go potty lol.

I have one more gift for all of you this month during the month of giving.  I created a “visual texture” collage sheet that includes 4 different elements to use in your art journals or artwork.

Friends thank you for sharing your time with me today and always.  Have a wonderful Monday!! Hope you all stay snuggly warmas a puppy on this cold winter day!

xoxo - Sherry

Out of the box holiday gift ideas

Hi Friends,

We are just a few short days away from Thanksgiving and then the mad rush of the Holiday season really starts with gift buying madness as I call it :).  With this in mind I thought that I would share some “out of the box” gift giving ideas and also some ideas of giving back.

When I was young one of my most favorite things to do at Holiday time with my mom was to select names off the “Giving Tree” either at our church or at the mall (the Salvation Army here puts names on trees in our mall of people and kids of all ages who are in need).  My mom would always let me select about 4, we would go shopping and by things like gloves, hats, scarves etc.  We would take them home, wrap them up and bring them back the next week.  I have continued that tradition and I still find so much joy in doing it, knowing I’m providing someone who otherwise might not have a gift.

But, What if you want to give back but don’t have extra money to spend?  Being a single mom for many years and working 3 jobs to stay afloat  – that was totally my situation most Christmases.  I did not always have extra money to purchase gifts.  So I had to find creative ways to give back.  For those of you who feel like they want to do something but don’t have the extra funds here are some of my….

“creative – out of the box” ideas I’ve come up with:

  1.  Volunteer some time at a soup kitchen – there are so many places that would love to have someone stop in and help cook a meal or bake some cookies – don’t just think of Rescue Missions or Salvation Army – There is the Ronald McDonald house, we have one of those that is for adults called the Sarah House, there are hospice homes, disabled veteran homes – elderly shut-ins – do a search you will be surprised at what you will find locally in your area
  2. Volunteer some time at an animal rescue or humane association
  3. Have old towels and washcloths?  Animal rescues are always looking for these things.
  4. Have used but still good coats – boots and outerwear? – Donate them to a church or school – there are so many out there that would love something that you or your kids don’t fit anymore 
  5. Volunteer some time at your church… if they have a day care during service or youth group or after school group that might need some extra help
  6. Love to bake cookies or breads ?  How about dropping some off at a Hospital or hospice home especially for the over night shifts – even nursing homes.
  7. Knit or crochet?  How about a blanket or 2 for a nursing home resident
  8. Have holiday music on a CD or MP3 player?  Copy some on to some CDs (they are so cheap now a days) and drop off at nursing homes – respite houses – disabled homes VA hospitals etc
  9. How about a box of instant hot cocoa and a bag of marshmallows to a low income after school program or day care

For out of the box – low cost ideas for loved ones and friends:

  1.  Offer a friend with kids a free night of kid sitting so they can have the night off
  2. Offer to walk or sit a friends pet – especially during holiday time it’s hard sometimes to get things done like shopping if you have to keep stopping home to let a pet out
  3. Help a loved one who doesn’t write well do the addresses on their holiday cards – I used to print up for my mom – mailing addresses of our family so that when she would send cards for any occasion she wouldn’t have to write these out as she has bad arthritis in her hands.
  4. Offer to help a friend or loved one wrap their holiday gifts
  5. If you can foods and have extra – put together a little “gift box” of some of your delicious canned goods – I know for myself I love things made by hand and with love!
  6. Again if you knit or crochet – think about scarves, coffee cozies, gloves, hats, socks or a lap blanket for a loved one or friend. 
  7. Have a friend or loved one who reads?  How about hitting a used book store or thrift store and picking up a few new reads – wrap them with a few new tea bags for a special night of reading and tea  
  8. Have a friend who loves coffee?  Look for a pretty mug (places like Marshalls or TJ Maxx, even the thrift store sell some beautiful inexpensive mugs) – grab a couple sample bags of some flavored coffees and wrap them all up with a couple candy canes for stir sticks. 
  9. How about a little handmade journal this could even be for a young girl.
  10. Put together a little art set – put together according to age but you can find fairly inexpensive mini paint sets or small watercolor paint sets at Michaels – even check out your local dollar store you’d be surprised what you can find in there.  Pick up a pretty journal – or make one add to it a couple pretty pens again you can find gel pens for fairly inexpensive – you don’t have to buy a huge set just a couple.  Wrap it up with a few pieces of pretty ribbon you have in your stash kids & adults love little kits of pretty creative things!

I hope that this helps some of you out there looking for some unique ideas for giving or giving back.  There are really so many creative ideas and you may have some of your own that would be unique to your loved one, these are more of a “General one size fits all ideas” just to help you get those creative juices flowing with ideas!!

I hope to have time to share a few gift giving ideas that are handmade with all of you in the next few weeks for those of you who would like to give something handmade.

If you missed my video posted on Saturday you can watch it by clicking here I show you how to create your own tag kit for holiday time – this could also be made and given to a friend or loved one or change the colors – paper etc to something neutral and not holiday and give as a gift to be used for any occasion throughout the year.

This year for the Holidays I am committing to not buying more crafty stuff but I am going to use what I have and make some pretty handmade gifts and kits (because lets face it most of us have a lot of “stuff” we can use).  It feels so good to use things I bought and loved but have been holding on to for the “right time to use it”. Well NOW is the right time.

Who else is in?  All you have to do is use something you already have in your stash instead of buying something new.  Share that you are using your holiday stash and tag me on social media – if you share on your blog please link back here so I can see what you are making and creating!  Get creative and use up some of the delicious holiday stash you have collected!

I will have a new Holiday tutorial on Friday, 11/24 on my Youtube channel.  Many times my tutorials get posted there before I can share them on my blog so be sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss any of my free tutorials.  You can do that here .

I leave you all with a little pug and frenchie love on this chilly day here 🙂

Have an amazing Monday my friends!!

xxoo – Sherry

Art Journaling Video & Meet Luna

Hi Friends,

I know as the holidays get closer and there are more things that need to be done it becomes more difficult to find time to be creative.  

I for one am the first to forget to take pics at an event or outing because I am just enjoying myself and living in the moment.  I also think that it’s important sometimes to do just that – enjoy the moment and not worry about documenting it.  But if you are feeling that you want take a few minutes to document your gratitude or write down a memory then the video I have created below will give you inspiration to do just that.  It didn’t take me hours to create these pages, I added a lot of writing as I have been finding that writing things I’m grateful for is so much more powerful than just thinking them.  For a little color and pizazz I have thrown in a little watercolor and of course some glitter.

In keeping with the theme for this month which is Gratitude –

In this video I share with you my process of documenting everyday things in which I am thankful.  I also include some of the bigger things in my life which I am grateful for – such as my husband and son.  I am using some of the tags from the free monthly download that went out in my November newsletter.  (This month’s download was all about tags) If you missed out on this month’s download you can purchase it here .  I will have a link at the bottom to sign up for my newsletter or go to the section on my website called Artsy News.  I also used a quote on my page from the free download you can get on my blog post here .

Now for some really big news that was quite unexpected to us.

Since losing my Pebbles Labor Day weekend I have been telling my husband I’m not getting any more dogs.  But all the while missing my Pebbles my world has had a hole in it.    A few days ago a friend contacted me said that they had a friend who just got a puppy and they were being evicted and they needed to find it a home.  I was like NO WAY!  Of course that was not the end of the conversation it went on and I got off the phone saying I’ll think about it but probably not.  So after Dan and I talked about it we agreed to meet the puppy and see what she was like.  The story seemed all too familiar to Budha’s who we rescued when she was 6 (she passed last December at the age of 17) and I was thinking maybe this puppy needs me as much as I need her.  Dan of course was like “look if you want to get her then we will”.

So of course it was love at first site and I knew that I just couldn’t leave her to end up in whatever home they could find because they didn’t have time to properly find a home.  So Sunday afternoon we had a new family member.  Meet Little Luna.  She is a French Bulldog (not a pug I know).  But just look at that face and those ears lol

She’s just a wee 6lbs and only 12 weeks old. And we are so blessed to have her now a part of our family.

So creating has been taking a bit of a back burner as puppy training is not all that easy lol.  But I managed to get in a little bit here and there when she sleeps lol.

I have started some holiday creating already – here I created this watercolor wreath.

I will have a fun holiday tutorial for you on my Youtube Channel this Friday 11/17.  Be sure to subscribe to my channel here so you don’t miss any of my new tutorials.  Also for all of you who have subscribed thank you so much I just hit 1000 subscribers and I can’t believe it.  To many it probably seems like – well that’s not many – but it’s huge to me and means so very much!  All of your support and comments means the world to me!!

I mentioned above that I would have a link to sign up for my monthly newsletter you can do that here .

Thank you so much friends for sharing your time with me today.  Sending lots of love, peace and happiness your way!!

xoxo – Sherry

What’s in your heart?

Hi Friends what’s in your heart today?

Be sure to read to the bottom where you can snag another Freebie 

As the days of November quickly go by, I can’t help but think that I have so very many things to be grateful for and so I just wanted to share a few things that are in my heart and on my mind today.

Recently I created an art journal page for the Gratitude Junk Journal and the prompt that was provided – prompted me to create a page being thankful for coffee.  Seems so trivial I know.  But when I sat and thought about the simplicity of a cup of coffee I realized that this simple drink has so much more meaning to me that what it is on the surface. (below a photo of this layout)

I mean  – Don’t get me wrong I love my coffee – steaming hot & fresh out of the pot first thing in the morning – waking me up – providing me with the promise of a new day – a fresh start – a do over of sorts.

But but then I realized all the times I turn to coffee…

  • A call to a friend – do you want to meet for coffee and chat?

  • A text to my husband – it’s been a long day want to go for coffee after work?

  • A visit to my mom at the nursing home – mom look I brought you coffee with lots of sugar just how you love it.

  • A call from my son – you need help with something? – Let’s go grab a coffee and talk about it

As I sat and pondered all these things more continued to pop in my head –

  • all the times I visited someone in the hospital and for a bit of respite went down for a cup of coffee 

  • My son as a teenager going through a rough patch – Dan and I going for coffee to talk about how we will get through these days / months / years ahead

  • At an event or a retreat – hey you love coffee too – OMG me too – instant friends headed off to get coffee each day

The list goes on and on but you get the point.  Sometimes these simplest things in our lives are really the deep meaningful ones that happen while we are just living.  This month I’m choosing to be more mindful and pay attention to the little things that matter in my life.  To look at all those “little things” I’m blessed with on a daily basis.

Which brings me to the Freebie I have for all of you today

I want to remind each an everyone of you that I am so grateful for you!  I appreciate you stopping by – leaving me comments and sharing my posts.  So today I have another gratitude gift for you.  I have selected some of my favorite quotes and put them together here in a download that you can print off and use in your art or journals.

 Wishing all of you a wonderful and amazing weekend full of peace love and happiness!
xoxo- Sherry

For the first time ever I am selling a few of my beloved tags and hand made art journals at a steal – This is happening over on Instagram Each one is a one of a kind and the quantities are limited so when they are gone they’re gone.  The first one sold at lightening speed so be sure to turn on post notifications (that’s under those 3 little dots up at the top of my page).

Upcoming things to look for

11/11 – New YouTube Art Journaling Video – subscribe here so you don’t miss any of my videos

11/17 – Next Email freebie

11/20 – New Holiday Youtube Video

11/20 – Holiday Madness week starts here

11/23 – Tiare Smith Designs Team Post

I still have some really huge news that I’m dying to share and If you follow me on Instagram you are seeing sneak peeks on my Instagram Stories of something I’m working on (but you probably don’t realize it’s “This Big Thing” – To get sneak peeks behind the scenes give me a follow on Instagram here (watch my stories by clicking on my profile pic)

Meet an Artist who inspires me

Introducing an Artist who Inspires me – Series

Hi friends,

I’m excited to introduce you all today an artist who has inspired me for quite some time.  Her eye for color and design just are amazing and her style infectious!

I’m honored to introduce  – Artist, Robin Mead

I have asked Robin to answer a few questions to help us all get to know her together and she graciously accepted. :).  So grab your coffee because this is gonna be good!!!

Robin tell us a little bit about yourself – your background where you come from….

So I grew up on Long Island NY in Bayville which was right on the Long Island sound, across from Connecticut. It was just my Mom and I, and we lived on the beach in a summer bungalow. There were about 20 of these on our street and some of the people came just for the summer, but most of us lived there all year round. Each day I awoke to the waves, the beach and the sunrises and sunsets, along with the flower gardens that adorned each bungalow. This formed my earliest visions of color and beauty. 

I began creating very early, and it was one of the fun things that I did with my Mother. An artist herself, she would draw little scenes for me and I’d color them in. On my own I would use pencil to do sketches of my favorite actors or mucisians.  My first one was Peter Cetera from the band Chicago, and my second was Barry Gibb from the BeeGees. For years I created these portraits but never thought I was an artist because it didn’t come easy for me. It took me weeks to complete one and I had it in my mind that if I were an artist I could do a face sketch in a short time. 

I was always crafty and wanting to make things, and I did very well In art class, but it would be years, when I was about twenty two..that I would draw portraits again. At that time I drew friends and family, only in pencil though.

After going to school for business, and eventually getting my masters in social work, I still had a desire to create, paint, and just make stuff..so after getting married and having my children I went back to school for art, that was in 2003, and I’ve been painting ever since. 

Share with us 3 things you love about art…

What I love most about art is Color, Line and it’s therapeutic, meditative effects that it has.  Color and line because it is my favorite way to express what I see, and therapeutically because when Im creating it takes me to a zone of complete focus, joy, and satisfaction.

For those of us that are starting or thinking about creating an art business could you share a bit about what you found the most challenging you when you first started…

 I still find it challenging to do art as a business, mainly because of all that has to be done on  the technical and business end takes a really long time.  I still am working on my presence and have found many tutorials and wonderful mentors that can help. But really I just want to create stuff. I’m in the process of redoing my website and learning SEO.which is Search Engine Optimization. I started doing that in 2010 and gave up but now I am sticking to it with the help of my friend who is doing the same.

I asked Robin for to share her website and social media where we can all connect with her and find her gorgeous art…

My new website  below is a work in progress    http://www.robinmeaddesigns.com   –                                                                          Here you will be able to find my originals, prints, blog, tutorials, journals, crochet afghans, and my new found love, weaving. I also have classes, coloring books, and my new fabric line that will be out this fall, called Euphoria by P & B Textiles.

I am licensed by Dianoche Designs – you can find all of the products here https://www.dianochedesigns.com/shopbyartist/robin-mead   –                           They have Leggings , Canvas Totes, Duvet Covers, Shower Curtains, and many more gorgeous high quality products.

Can you share with us a couple pieces of your art and a little bit about them….

Below are two of my newest pieces that I love..                                                               I do have many but these are two that are current and they will be in the 2017 Handmade a Holiday Auction here:    https://www.facebook.com/events/176537172920618/                                                     I chose these two because I just love the colors in them and it represents myself trying some new techniques and styles, and exploring new ways to find joy in color

“Orange You Glad” 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas

 

“Jazmin” 20 x 24 acrylic on canvas

 

What’s one thing people probably don’t know about you…

I drove a limousine in NYC on and off for many years, and a taxi too on Long Island, both in between jobs and as second jobs too. It was fun and exciting..and great tips.  I definitely couldn’t do it now though. Lol

Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers…

Stick with whatever you love to do.  Don’t give up because it doesn’t go your way, or because you might not be financially supported by it. Make time to fit it in wherever you can, practice, practice practice, and always be looking for new ways to learn, grow and integrate it more into your daily life. You will never know the satisfaction of achieving it if you don’t continue pursuing it.

Thank you so very much Robin for taking the time to share with me and my readers a little more about you and your art.  Although I have been a fan, admirer and follower for quite awhile you shared some really special things about yourself with all of us here and for that I’m truly honored!

Friends be sure to check out Robin on Instagram, and Facebook

Have an amazing day everyone!!

xoxo – Sherry

StencilGirl Holiday Blog Hop

Hi Friends welcome to the StencilGirl Creative Team blog hop

The creative team has put together over 12 amazing and inspiring creative holiday tutorials to start off your holiday season in the merriest way!.

I hope you will join me in creating some vintage style tags using distress inks and some Holiday StencilGirl Stencils.

Products used in todays video listed below and most of them can be found for an amazing price here:

  • Distress Inks:  Stormy Sky, peeled paint, forest moss , Pine needles, fired brick, walnut stain
  • Distress tags #8
  • Stazon inks in Gothic purple and Hawaii blue
  • golden heavy gel matte medium
  • ribbon vintage book pages, music sheet and map paper
  • Derivan Matisse fluid Matte white wash by paint Pam Carriker
  • StencilGirl Stencils used: Christmas Poinsettias by Gwen LaFleur,  Snowflake mask 1 by Cathy Nichols,  Christmas 1 by June Pfaff Daley,  Kristie Taylor Crystaled 12 pt mandala all of these can be found at www.stencilgirlproducts.com

Don’t forget to sign up for my newletter to receive a free monthly download.  November’s newsletter will go out 11/6 so be sure to sign up right here 

Be sure to take a moment to leave a comment on my blog and on each blog below to be entered to win a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate!  

Here are links to all the fantastic, magic, merry, holiday projects:
Sherry Canino  You are here.

Karen Gaunt

Tina Walker 

Torrie Gass

Cindy Gilstrap

Sandee Setliff

Kiala Givehand 

Janet Joehlin

Belen Sotelo

Louise Nelson

Debi Adams 

Carol Baxter

Giveaway details:
Comment by midnight CST in the USA on November 8th and we’ll randomly choose a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate winner. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook Page on November 9th.
Please feel free to share the hop with your friends and Happy Holidays my friends !!
xoxo – Sherry