What sparks your creativity?

Hi Friends,

I know it’s been awhile, things got a little bit hectic for me these past few weeks.  I am preparing to leave for Kentucky on Thursday morning for a StenciGirl and Friends art retreat where I will be attending some fabulous classes with some of my favorite artists…. MaryBeth Shaw, Traci Bautista, Seth Apter, Pam Carriker and more.  I will also be teaching a pop up demo there myself so, life has been moving at lightening speed for me.  I promise to take lots of pics and if I have time I will post some here in the evenings just to share what’s going on with all of you.

This leads me into today’s post…… What Sparks your creativity?

Knowing the answer to this will help you when you have a creative block.  So now I bet you are asking …well Yeah but how do I figure that out?  Well it just so happens I have some tips to help you figure that out.

If you are like me there is nothing worse than sitting there with that blank sheet of paper in front of you and having absolutely nothing creative come to mind.  And yes I have read all those online posts about throw some paint on to the paper – just start – don’t worry about what you make – yadda yadda yadda, I’ve read them all.

And the truth is none of those things have worked for me.

And I do care what my paper looks like

And throwing paint on a sheet of paper does not spark my creativity.

In fact all those things frustrate me more because when I try them and then don’t work well it’s down right disappointing and again if you are like me you are asking yourself at this point – ok how does this stuff work for everyone else.

Well the truth is maybe it works for some but it doesn’t work for everyone, like I said it doesn’t work for me.

And if you think that because I can put out nice looking art that I don’t get creative block – HA!  WRONG.  I get it, many times.  So here is how I have figured out FINALLY what sparks my creativity.

I pay attention.  Yup it’s that simple.  I pay attention when I am in a creative mood and I notice what kinds of things spark my creativity.  I make notes, I keep a journal, sometimes even take pictures and that allows me too find my way back to my creativity when I have lost it.

Below I share with you things that work for me but again, we are not all alike so what works for one does not always work for everyone, so I encourage you to pay attention to yourself, be mindful and take notes.

One thing that works for me is cleaning things out – not always just my art room but any room in the house, closets, cupboards etc.  Why does something like this help me?  Well although I’m not completely sure I think it is the fact that It helps my mind concentrate on something else.  It’s busy work and allows lots of movement which is a lot different from when I’m sitting and creating.

Another thing I do is take lots of walks – especially during different times of day when I normally wouldn’t and I try to notice the world around me, the sites, the sounds, the smells, the colors.  I try to stimulate my other senses to spark that creativity.  I don’t try to force it I just relax and enjoy myself getting out of my usual environment always makes me feel refreshed and renewed.

And finally this last one may not appeal to everyone but when I’m in a creative rut I love to cook.  Sometimes channeling my creativeness into the kitchen helps me just feel better and refreshed. I love to create new dishes and lots of times just doing something totally different yet creative helps me tremendously.

Share in the comments your ideas, tips or things that help you.  If it helps someone else or gives someone that creative spark again it’s so worth the share!!

Now I’d like to share with all of you what I’ve been up to creatively.  I’ve been working in my art journal and a new watercolor journal. I have decided to take this new watercolor journal and turn it into a true visual journal where I take notes with tips and techniques that I learn along the way in watercolor and I will also be adding personal bits of my learning experiences and things that have gone on each day.

So here I have created my own little mix of colors, I was feeling the need for some deeper fall colors and since I didn’t have quite what I was looking for I just mixed up a little palette.

and well it is getting to be almost pumpkin time here so thought I would do a little watercolor practice on some pumpkins. So above I have the traditional orange and below some fun Teal / Turquoise.  I love to do things like pumpkins because they are a simple easy shape to draw which allows me more time to practice watercolor painting techniques and shading – color blending and layering.

and lastly I want share one of my art journal pages I created.

Thanks so much friends for stopping by and sharing your time with me!  Hope all of you have an amazing rest of the week, I will be back soon with pics from the retreat!!

xoxo – Sherry

 

Who else needs a pick me up?

Hi Friends,

First and foremost thank you to all of you who left me comments, love and support here on my blog and all my social media sites (I’ve yet to get to all the posts and comments it’s been so overwhelming heartwarming thank you from the bottom of my heart!!)  Losing Pebbles has been a hard thing to swallow and it’s definitely going to take me some time to fully heal from this.

That being said I feel like it’s time for a bit of a pick me up – Yes?  During times like this I really try to focus on the good, the positive and upbeat.  Don’t get me wrong it’s hard – I never said it was easy – not one bit.  But surrounding myself with the positive helps take the edge off.

So right now is a PERFECT time to get working on your 30 days of Empowerment cards.  I have completed days 1-6, and I wanted to share those with you.  Info on the Empowerment cards Here .

My goal for these was to infuse 5-15 minutes of Positive Creativity into my daily life.  So lets make these simple – doable – fun – uplifting.

I have been inspired by the flowers that are still around me even though fall is coming fast, there is still a lot of beautiful color out there.

What I did first was create a fun, very quick and easy background to create my cards on. And I created this short video to share with all of you on how I did it:

Next I took my steel ruler to use as a straight edge and ripped my color blocks into cards. I did not measure these (they are not all the same size or shape) and I’m okay with that.  Sometimes not being so buttoned up and squared off is nice.

As you can see from my video, I’m still very much into my watercolor obsession lol

The next thing I did was come up with a positive affirmation or a quote that I looked up on Pinterest to coincide with my prompt for the day.

So here are days 1-6 prompts that I used for my cards

  1. Passionate

  2. Strength

  3. Worthy

  4. Purposeful

  5. Brilliance

  6. Peaceful

Here are my 6 completed cards drawing some inspiration from flowers and their beautiful colors.

Need some ideas to get started?

  1.  Do a bunch of backgrounds using a brayer and only a couple colors of paint
  2. Use an old store card to scrap paint onto a large sheet of paper – rip your paper into cards the size you like to work on
  3. Use 2 or 3 bold colors of paint to create some intense backgrounds – dry or set aside to dry then apply a light layer of white with a brayer to mute them down so you can write or draw on them
  4. Use and old magazine and add a layer of white gesso – let it dry then add some spritz of color with your spray inks – no spray inks water down some arylic paint and splatter it on with an old tooth brush or your paint brush.
  5. Use an old piece of cardboard to create a textured background on some paper – paint it on the cardboard with a foam brush and then press the cardboard onto your paper in a random pattern using a couple of colors for more added fun and pizzazz.

Don’t forget to share your creations in our Facebook group, as well as on social media using hash tag #empowerment-cards.

Hope you all have a positive and uplifting day!!

xoxo – Sherry

Let’s stay inspired together

Hi Friends I just wanted to pop in to share with you the fun creativity we have going on here at Canino’s Artistic Cafe.  So grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat for a bit.

Sending a huge heartfelt thank you to all of who joined us for the Empowered Creative Woman Online workshop.  We had over 100 fabulous women join us and I feel honored that you choose to spend your time with me!

So whats next?

Well I have some classes in the creative works as well as some collaborative classes I’ve been invited to teach in but I can’t share much on those at the moment.  But what I can share is what is going on right now.

My first monthly newsletter went out today – super excited about that!!  Its filled to the brim with artsy goodness!!

For those who maybe haven’t signed up yet or are wondering what’s in for me if I sign up?  Well besides lots of inspiration and exclusive creativity right to your inbox – you will receive a free monthly download.  This will only be available through my newsletter.

This month I announced a Challenge that I have going on – We will be creating 30 days of Empowerment Cards based on the list of prompts that I have supplied. – How do you get that list of prompts and all the details?  Its all in my newsletter and you can Sign up for it  here.

I am opening up our Facebook group for this challenge as well and the link to that will also be in the newsletter.

Just a little more on the empowerment cards – I plan to keep mine fairly simple since I will be creating one each day for 30 days I want to be sure that I have time to create them and don’t get overwhelmed with the challenge.  Honestly I expect to spend between 5 – 15 min max each day on my card.

Creative ideas for your cards as well as some for those on a limited budget:

  1. Create on old store tags
  2. Cut up junk mail or a cardboard box from your recycle bin into cards to create on
  3. Use one or more large sheets of paper to cut into cards
  4. use tags from the office supply store
  5. use any old packaging you might have in your recycle bin

Time saving tips: paint all your backgrounds at once and use 2-3 colors that blend well together so you don’t make mud.  Cut out a bunch of quotes from an old magazine or newspaper and put in a baggie or bowl that you can easily reach to have on hand as you work along on each days card. – Any media goes so use what you have ! ❤️

Don’t forget to share your cards in our Facebook group and on social media use hashtag   #empowerment-cards

This should get you all started and I will be back in a couple days with some more tips and inspiration.

How about a little pug love for all of you before I go 🙂

Happy Friday my friends and thank you for sharing your precious time with me!!❤️

xxoo – Sherry

How to dye beautiful ribbon

 

Hi Friends,

Have you ever drooled over beautiful ribbon you see used on artist’s projects?(haha yeah me too!!) Or those gorgeous posts on Instagram of hand dyed fabrics and thought wow I’d love to give that a try, but where do I start?  Well I’m here to show you how simple and easy that can be in my video below.  Before you know it you will be dying everything you can get your hands on.  So friends grab your coffee and let’s get started!

Thank you so much friends for sharing your time with me today be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter as the first one is set to go out September 1st – yup that’s tomorrow!

Have a fabulous day friends and don’t forget to share this video with all your friends and tag me if you create some of your own – I would love to see !!

Oh one last thing, I almost forgot – be sure to stop back tomorrow as I have some fun and exciting art journal inspiration to share with all of you that you won’t want to miss!

xoxo – Sherry

 

 

 

How I used my art journal for healing

Hi Friends,

How are you?  Long time no chat, I’ve missed you all terribly – I wish I could have brought you all along with me to view the amazing sites we saw on our trip.  I have taken many photos and I will share a couple at the end but first I want to get into what I’m sharing with you today.

I have a Vlog that I did and on it I am sharing some of our trip, as well as a journal flip through and a very meaningful art journal page.  Below you can see a photo of this art journal page and in my Vlog I will share with you my very emotional story behind this page and how creating this page helped me to heal.

 

Thank you so very much dear friends for letting me share this Vlog and my heart with all  of you today.  I also have some exciting news that I can’t share yet about an online collaborative class that I will be teaching it the details will be announced in October but I can tell you that if you like the idea of using your art journal to express your Art and your Heart you are going to love this new class I’m teaching in to keep your eyes peeled for sneak peeks here and on social media along the way!!❤️

Here are some of the links that I mentioned in my blog that I wanted to share with all of you:

The Validation Breakthrough by Naomi Feil

My latest project and video tutorial for the Roben-Marie Smith Design Team

Click here to watch the video

If you missed my little video on Instagram using this months StencilGirl Club stencils you can check that out below and here is a link to StencilGirl Club

Love handmade tags but no time to make them? How about a last minute tag for the bottle of wine you are bringing to a dinner party?  My Mermaid tags are just what you need.  They can be printed whenever you need them or ahead of time to have on hand, add some pretty ribbon or twine, or maybe a charm and they are ready to go.

Be sure you get them before they are gone, there are only a few left, and once they are gone they’re gone.  You have them for life to download them as many times as you want, so you will always have that special tag whenever you need it.

The other day I printed them out on some sticker paper that I had that is meant to be used for the Cricut (it’s a die cutting machine for those who might not know).  I just wanted to see what would happen if I printed them on this clear sticker paper and wow the result was amazing.  I stuck them to some mixed media paper, cut them out in a rectangle, used my corner rounder on all the corners.  Punched holes and added some natural hemp cord and some charms and pearls.  Wow the result was just gorgeous!!  Below I just wanted to show you a quick video of them.  Here is the link if you want to purchase:  Mermaids

I’m happy to be back here with all of you and I’m thankful to each and everyone of you in my life.  Have an amazing evening friends !!

xoxo – Sherry

StencilGirl & ColourCraft Blog Hop

Good Morning Friends,

Welcome to day 2 of the StencilGirl and ColourCraft Blog Hop.

ColourCraft was generous enough to share some luscious products with us for this hop.  So in my project I am using Brushos in these beautiful colors:  Rose Red, Turquoise, Lime Green and White.  I am also using some Acrylic Mist Sprays in Violet and Lemon Yellow.

The stencils I am using in today’s project are by June Pfaff Daley:

Flamingo

Tropical Twist

I have a short video tutorial to share with all of you showcasing how amazing these products work together.

 

Be sure to stop by all the other blogs and check out some more amazing inspiration and artwork.  Be sure to leave a comment below and on the other blogs to be entered in the giveaway – All the details are below

August 16
Mary C. Nasser

Louise Nelson

Sarah Allan

Terri Koszler


August 17
Janet Joehlin

Sherry Canino (you are here)

Ewelina Gryglak

Katie Lamb


GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Colourcraft!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, August 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page and Colourcraft’s Facebook page

on Monday, August 21st.

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me this week friends.  Be sure to check out my Tutorials and Inspiration page as well as my YouTube Channel for my latest video series Art Journal with me.

 

Mermaids, Update and Design Team

Hello Dear Friends,

I know I’ve been away for a few days.  As I mentioned in one of my Vlogs we are have planned a little time away the hubby and I and it’s much needed.  So this week we have been working a ton to get things wrapped up to be able to enjoy our get away.  I was hoping to have time to do a little Vlog but as time just has been speeding away from me I couldn’t get it done.

So I wanted to just catch you all up to speed on whats going on and things to look for in the next couple weeks.

First and foremost we have our last week for the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop this week.  The workshop will stay open for 2 additional weeks for those who have signed up to have a chance to complete the workshop.  So it will stay open through August 24, 2017.  If you want to check it out you can see the post about it on my welcome/ home page that will take you to the blog post with all the details.

So if you follow me on Instagram, then you saw that I was dying Mermaid Ribbon, just love that teal – blue – green color it’s sooo deep and luscious!  We I decided to dye a few other colors as well and you can see my final product below all wound on tags and ready for use!


So what was all that Mermaid ribbon for???

Well I had a custom order for some Mermaid Tags and here you can see them all completed with their ribbons ready to go to their new home.

Here are few close ups

They were so popular that I decided to make them a digital download in my Etsy Shop.  There is a limited quantity of them so if you want them, you better grab them quick before they are gone.  You can purchase them Here

Today is my turn up on the Roben-Marie Smith Blog for a Design Team tutorial that you should definitely check out here is the link and a sneak peek below of the inspiration journal we will be creating in the tutorial.

Hope all of you have an amazing weekend and week, I will be taking a much needed break next week.  You can find some pics probably on Instagram of our little get away but for the most part I will be offline.

One of my fabulous followers and friends on here asked for a pic of me with my husband so here are a couple pics of us and who I will be sharing my downtime with this next week.  The first pic is of us earlier this year at Belhurst Castle in the Fingerlakes, we stayed there for a little get away this spring it’s pretty close to us about 45 min to an hour away.  The second pic was this summer at a near by winery and bistro they have a beautiful out door sitting area and it’s a beautiful place to have lunch in the summer.

Talk to you all soon !!

xxoo- Sherry

Iced Mochas, Pugs & Art Journaling

Good Morning beautiful souls,

What a gorgeous morning we have today!  Lots of sunshine even though the air is a bit crisp for me.  I’m a summer girl and I love it HOT!  Yup the kinda hot that makes you feel like you can’t breath (lol).  I never said I wasn’t crazy haha!

I hope all of you had a nice weekend.  I allowed myself some much needed down time and spent some time outside in the sun with my husband and our 3 pugs.  Things have been moving just way too fast for me lately that I felt I really needed a pause.  It seems like in the creative world it goes in waves during those busy times I can easily spend entire days and evenings in my art studio without even realizing it.  This can be the downside of working at home.  So I try to stay present and in the moment and remember to take a break and to enjoy life and all the things around me.  So this weekend that’s just what I did.

We enjoy having our morning coffee on our back deck and I have to say that the pugs love it too.  As you can see here they are spoiled with blankets and beds and are quite comfortable as you can see 🙂

I mentioned last week how much I love to go to our local Farmer’s Market.  And one of my great loves is cooking.  As much as cooking is work it clears my mind, relaxes me and just makes me feel good!  I especially love to make things from scratch and this weekend after purchasing some juicy peaches from the Market, I made this peach pie from scratch.

While making this pie it brought back a bittersweet memory of past years when I would bake peach pies with peaches I bought from the Market.  I would always bake 2, one for us and one for my parents.  I would stop over unannounced to my mom and dad’s house and bring the fresh pie and sometimes a small thing of vanilla ice-cream.  Every time my dad would say “a peach pie, I haven’t had one of those in years”, so happy to have the fresh baked pie (my mom had dementia and wasn’t cooking anymore at this point).  Even though I had just made one for them the year before lol, I think it was his way of keeping me coming back each year with one :).  It’s been just a little over a year since I lost my dad and those memories creep up quite often into my mind, and I know he’s smiling down wishing he had could have a piece of that peach pie.

What Seems to us as bitter trials are often Blessings in disguise – Oscar Wilde

Because I do love to cook I tend to come up with my own little recipes for special things that I make for my husband and myself.  One of my favorites is my homemade Iced Mochas.  Being a huge coffee lover I came up with my version to make at home.  I will share my simple recipe with you as you might love coffee as much as I do and therefore would need this recipe. 🙂

This recipe makes a serving for 2 or 2 -16 ounce drinks (so could be for 4 if you split into 8 ounce cups each)

  •  2 Starbucks Via Instant coffee packets in the dark Italian roast (you can use another brand or different roast – this is what I drink at home so I have it on hand
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened dark cocoa powder -I get mine from the Farmers Market
  • 5 teaspoons German Rock Sugar – I get mine at Teavana you can use what you have on hand
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Then you want to boil some water in a pot or tea kettle – I usually add about 1-1/2 cups of boiling water to the above ingredients.  Stir and be sure that the sugar is all dissolved before moving on to the next step.

I use 2 glasses that hold 16 ounces of liquid each and to them I add ice and about 1/2 cup liquid non dairy creamer (I use Cremora) you could use milk or almond or rice milk.

Now add half of your hot mix to each of the cups – stir and enjoy!

These are delicious treat on a warm summer day and I have to say that my husband loves them!! 🙂

Saturday evening it started to rain and was a bit cool outside so I settled in my studio with my art journal and my music playing to do a little creating.  As the music played a song came on that caused me to stop what I was doing and just listen.  Not because it was a new song or something I didn’t know but because it had been a song that I have listened to many times this year and thought on so many occasions that this is my Mantra this year.  The song is called Catch My Breath by Kelly Clarkson and I will share a link to the song here.  The words just speak to me on so many levels and so when I finished working on the girl in my art journal I decided to add some of the lyrics to my page from this song.

The song talks about her finally loving herself for who she is (addicted to the love I found).  She goes on to talk about how she won’t live her life how others expect her to but that she will do things her own way …. there is probably more meaning to it than that but that’s my condensed version.  It is just such a powerful and empowering song to me!

which brings me to remind all of you that we still have the Empowered Creative Woman free online class going on.  My 2 classes have already been posted and you can find them starting here on my blog.

Leslie Ackman’s class for last week has already posted and you can find that here.  This is also where you will find this weeks class that will be posted on Thursday 8/10/17.

Before I go I have something that I came across awhile back and wanted to share with all of you.  This video speaks for itself, it’s only like 2 minutes long so I ask all of you to just watch it.  If you are a creative like me it will speak to you I promise it’s worth the watch!!

 

Thanks so much friends for sharing your time with me this week, may you have a fabulous week full of peace and happiness!! xxoo – Sherry

Welcoming in the New …..

Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens –  Leanne Womack 

Good Morning Dear Friends,

As I sit here writing to you all today I am filled with so many emotions.

Today marks a big day for me in my “creative career”.  Today is my last tutorial for the Jessica Sporn Design Team.  WOW – when this Journey started last year it felt like I had so much time.  So much time to be able to create tons of projects to showcase Jessica’s beautiful stamps and stencils and to be a part of her amazing team with all of the other amazing artists.  As I sit here typing today I can’t believe it’s over.  One year gone in a flash.  I guess that is how life goes, but wow!

Reflecting on the past year has (well to be honest brought tears to my eyes).  Being offered a spot on Jessica’s team has opened so many doors for me but more than that it has allowed me to create friendships.  One in particular that I will forever be grateful for and that’s the friendship of my sweet friend Karen Gaunt.  She has been there for me so many times through this past year and all I can say is that personally it’s been a rough year for me (sheesh this going on 2 in a row lol).  But seriously had Jessica not given me the chance, believed in me I’m not sure where I would be right now.  So I am sending out a HUGE heartfelt thank you to Jessica, please be sure to stop by and check out her site here .

Here is a link to one of my favorite tutorials that I created for one of the blog hops while I was on the team.

So very ironic that I also have some NEW exciting news to share on this same day…..

I have been selected to be a part of the Tiare Smith Designs Creative Team.  If you don’t know Tiare Smith here is a link to her website so you can check her out.  I know that you are all going to love her as much as I do.  Her work is beautiful first and foremost, but beyond her amazing artistic talent she is fun, and funny and REAL!  I met her in the online collaborative class that we both are teaching in:  Hacking the Colorwheel .

It’s an honor to be a part of her new team and I’m excited for this new adventure and journey that I’m about to embark on, with her and the other Team Members!

And one more very important thing before I go.  I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU and SHOUT OUT to all of you as well.  If it wasn’t for all of you amazing beautiful souls I would not be where I am today.  You all lift me up and push me forward with your loving comments, your encouragement, and by taking the time to connect with me.  Each one of you is in my heart and I am so glad that you have chose to share your time with me and join me in this journey of life!

Have an amazing day my dear friends xxoo – Sherry

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