Looking for a boost of inspiration?

Hi Creative Friends and Happy Friday!

Those who know me and have taken my class in Hacking the ColorWheel Session 1 (which is still available and you can check it out here )know that I just love MOOD BOARDS.  I have a Pinterest board dedicated to just mood boards here , I am not sure why I am so drawn to them but when I start looking at them it’s like I can’t stop.  I guess it’s because they do “create” a mood and feeling that stirs inside of me and it’s almost euphoric!  So In December I shared the first Mood Board that I actually created and you can see that in my post here– it had all the makings of feeling cozy, festive and holiday-ish with a little bit of a romantic feel.  – at least when I was putting it together those are some of the moods / feelings that came up for me.

So today for a bit of inspiration I have created another “mood board” that I want to share with all of you.  But first I would like you to just grab a piece of paper and a pen.  Now when you see the mood board don’t over think it just write down the first things that come to your mind. Itcan be anything from a feeling, to a texture, to a memory – it doesn’t matter anything and everything that you put down is RIGHT!

Okay are you ready?

you sure?

haha just teasing here it is 🙂

Once you have all those thoughts and ideas down on your paper now you can use them to jump start your creativity – to create in your art journal or a piece of art.

Using mood boards is a great way to get out of that “creative rut” – to try on new textures or “moods”, even to experiment with new color combinations.

This mood board gives me lots of ideas and I decided to create a watercolor wreath using the color palette from it.  

I loved the berries in the top photo so incorporated those into my painting.  I also added a quote that I found, as the white roses with the book pages left me with bit of a romantic feel and the birds gave me a feeling of being free.

I would love to have you share anything you might create using this mood board.  If you have a blog then please link back to here.  If you are posting on IG or FB please tag me.

One of the greatest pleasures I get as an artist is when I inspire someone.  Thank you my friends for stopping by and choosing to share some of your time with me today!

Due to the ongoing construction at my house making it impossible to do a voice over for my video I will be sharing the video I have for this month’s free download tomorrow.  I thought I could get it done for today but it’s just not going to happen with all the noise that’s going on.

Here is a sneak peek at this months freebie that will go out in my newsletter, I will also be holding off and sending out my newsletter tomorrow as well.  So if you aren’t signed up for my newsletter you have one more day to do so and still receive this months free download.  You can do that here.   And a little sneak peek below…

 

What’s coming up on my blog in the next few weeks?…

January’s Artist who Inspires me

January Watercolor Wreath tutorial 

My Must have art supplies 

What am I currently crushing on

One last reminder – the BadAss Art journal Workshop starts February 5Th so be sure to grab your spot here .  This workshop is truly amazing!  Just check out some of the stunning artists who have contributed classes, this is one you don’t want to miss.  And the best part is that it’s self paced and you have lifetime access –  Woo Hoo – lets make some BadAss Art together my friends!! xxoo Sherry

How to enjoy the holidays & a Freebie

Hi Friends,

I know I haven’t shared a lot in the past week, to be honest I have been buried in projects that I can’t share at the moment, I’ve just been working away like a busy bee trying to get a jump on things before the holiday season is in full swing.

I really enjoy the holiday season but that was not always the case.  I grew up in a house with a lot of turmoil around the holidays so to be honest the holidays used to be my least favorite time of year.  As a matter of fact I used to tell my husband that I hated Christmas -yeah I know there are many who are saying … WHAT???  How could you hate Christmas.   Then there are those of you who – get it.

Either way that has all changed for me now and I fully embrace the holiday season, and I’d like to share a little bit with all of you how I was able to “flip this Sh*t around” so to speak.

I actually started to look at why I hated the Holidays so much, what was causing me to wish they would just not come this year.  So if you are feeling the same way, I would recommend you make a list and do it now. The sooner you do then the sooner you can change your feelings about the holidays – below is my list and after each one in pink is what I did to change my situation / feeling.

  • I disliked having to go to my extended family on the holidays just to be critiqued or have my little family critiqued – Quite frankly Just stopped going, I didn’t want to hurt peoples feelings so I would make up little white lies but once I didn’t have to go anymore my anxiety level went way down.  Because lets face it you have a whole year to do what everyone else wants you to do if that’s what you choose, it doesn’t have to be around the holidays.  
  • I disliked that at the last minute I was the one wrapping all the gifts and my husband always wanted to shop at the last minute for more things that I ended up wrapping (sorry but he’s so slow at this task lol) – I set him a deadline and when we start to go out shopping – he will always say oh we don’t need to get that now and now I say yes we are getting the shopping done and out of the way if you want to get it for (fill in the name) then let’s get it now.  At first he bucked at this a bit but I’m a tough lady (sometimes you just have to be lol) and I pushed and you know what? he’s pretty much used to it now.

  • I hated that my husband would always shop for me the day before Christmas which meant that instead of spending time together he was out shopping again another deadline for him lol, but you know what we talk about it way in advance so that this doesn’t happen and for the most part it has worked out.  He knows that it’s more important to me that he and I to spend time together than it is for me to have a bunch of gifts.
  • I disliked feeling like there was so much to do and to get ready but I was the only one that was doing  –  leaving me no time to actually enjoy the holiday season we talk about things ahead of time and see who is going to do what task, and what we plan to do together ( and both my husband and son help out a lot!).  Then we MAKE time to do fun holiday things.  Every year our local park has a 3 mile lights on the lake that you can go to and before it officially opens they have a night where you can walk through them in the evening.  It’s a tradition now that we go.   We head to Starbucks early grab a peppermint mocha and then head out for the 3 mile walk.  We have a lot of other things that we do as well, such as a near by Village has what they call a Dickens Christmas. We spend a day there walking through the village shops, sipping hot coffee or cocoa and then having a late afternoon lunch as this beautiful restaurant on the lake.  

So the moral of my story (and yeah it was a long one lol) is that the Holidays are Beautiful and Magical and wonderful to me now because I choose to let them be.  I let go of all the other “stuff” that was not important and made the holidays about spending time with those I love.  And I hope that my sharing all of this helps at least one person out there that might be feeling the same way. That maybe this can help you start to enjoy the holiday season!❤️

Okay moving on to some art!

I have been unable to get my hands on the new Jane Davenport collection and finally yesterday I was able to get the aquapastels and a package of the confetissue pieces.  So here I share a little info- video of my take on them. Someone asked if they were like gelatos and I would have to say no.  Once they are dry they are pretty set – they don’t continue to move but if you added more water they might- they seem more like a watercolor to me but definitely  not as creamy as a watercolor crayon.

A little peek at things I have been working on

I wanted to let you in on a little secret – Saturday the Stencilgirl team is having a magnificent Holiday hop so be sure to stop back in for some amazing inspiration and start your holiday crafty season on the right foot!

Now I can’t spoil what’s in store but I can share a little sneak peek with you – below and let you know that my project has a bit of Old World Holiday – Vintage Flair to it.

November here in the States

is known as the month of giving thanks.  Many of you have already begun the Gratitude Junk Journal online workshop with us.  For those who want to still want to sign up you can click here to join we are only on day 2 so not much to catch up on.  Also for those who might not know this is a “go at your own pace class” which makes it all that more amazing and you don’t have to worry about finishing each part right away or even in sequence.

Now a little something for all of you

to show my thanks for all your continued support!  I will probably be saying it over an over especially this month but I want you to all know that you are truly appreciated.  Throughout the year you share my posts, you leave me love and comments on all of the different socials media sites and here, You have bought my products, you have joined my workshops and you have shown me love and kindness that just cannot be thanked enough.

So throughout the month I will be giving back to all of you.  Today I have a beautiful free collage sheet for you to download, just signup below and your collage sheet will be immediately emailed to you.

Thank you my friends for all you do throughout the year!

xoxo – Sherry

Upcoming things to look for:

11/4 – Holiday Blog hop with StencilGirl Creative Team

11/6 – Monday will be the first post of a new blog series and you won’t want to miss this!

11/6 -November’s Newsletter will be going out 11/6 with the free monthly download -Be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter here – this month’s download is all about tags so don’t miss out!

I also have another “BIG” secret that I can’t say much about yet other than I have something amazing planned for 2018 and I’m dying to share with all of you. I am hoping that by the beginning of December I will be able to!  So be on the look out for sneak peeks here and there on my different social media sites! ❤️

 

An Art Retreat to Remember

Good Morning my dear friends, how is everyone?  I’m hoping you are all doing amazing. As you all know I was away last Thursday through Monday for the StencilGirl and Friends Art Retreat an Art Journal Affair.  It’s been a busy week since I’ve returned but I wanted to take the time to share with all of you some special moments from this retreat.

When I signed up for this retreat I think it was at the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017 (it was so long ago that I honestly can’t even remember when it was, but I know it was long ago enough to think that by the time it came around that my life would have calmed down and I’d be more than ready to go)

Most of you know that Labor Day weekend I lost my dear pug Pebbles which has really knocked me off my feet and as if that wasn’t enough less than a week before I was to leave for the retreat I received some upsetting news about my mom that hit me once again to the point where I almost didn’t go.  I said several times to my husband that I just can’t go and put on a happy face for 5 days, I can’t my heart is not in it.  I have spent most of my life just hiding my true feelings and being the strong one for everyone around me appearing to be this pillar of strength, but the events that have seemed to continually occur for the past year and half have left me tired and weary.   My husband kept saying it would be good for me to get away and so I heeded his advice and last Thursday morning I took off on a plane by myself with a pain in my heart and a lump in my throat headed for Paducah, Kentucky.

I arrived at the Chicago airport with 3 hours layover and a text from my hubby saying how much he already missed me…. the feeling was mutual and I was close to tears just feeling alone.  I texted Lisa Dobry who I knew was going to be on the same flight, we had been friends online for quite sometime but never met in person.  When she arrived we hugged and the loneliness melted away.

Sherry & Lisa

We met Elaine Huffman as well as Seth Apter at the gate.  I asked the lady sitting next to me if she would mind switching seats with Lisa so we could sit together and she was happy to do so.

Lisa and I sat and chatted the whole way as if we had been friends in person forever.  We never missed a beat, we laughed, we cried, we hugged, we shared, we were together after so long of the online friendship we were together and the question of whether I should have come or not slipped away as I felt loved among friends.

The first morning was Nancy Curry’s class  called Transformation (and well who knew that meal service was not like that in NY and much slower lol) – so we were a few min late for class – sorry Nancy!! Here is the link to her website so you can check her out.

Well this really started the artfully fun weekend for me – we learned a lot and Nancy was fabulous, fun and an absolute joy to be around.  We ended up sitting next to each other in classes the rest of the weekend and I so enjoyed getting to know her!!   What an amazing lady!!

Sherry & Nancy

The next few days was a flurry of conversation, making art and sharing our hearts with like minded friends.  To say it was amazing is really not even close to expressing how special this weekend was to me.

Day 1 was Pam Carriker and MaryBeth Shaw and all I can say is that these amazing ladies touched my heart with their classes and teaching.  It was a bit overwhelming to have so much greatness  and talent in one room.

Pam Carriker’s Class:

MaryBeth Shaw’s Class:

My fav technique from MaryBeth’s Class was this thing with whiteout, the technique was so simple but yet added so much – if you ever have the opportunity to take a class with anyone in my blog post all I can say is go for it.  You won’t regret it as everyone of them was soooo amazing!!

In person with the Stencil Queen herself what an amazing experience !!!❤️

Traci Bautist’s class:

Seth Apter’s Class:

I didn’t quite finish any of my projects from the day but it’s ok because I enjoyed the techniques and now I can work on them at my leisure.

I was asked by MaryBeth Shaw to teach a mini demo on Saturday night which was a lot of fun.  Thank you to Lisa and Trena for getting me everything I forgot to bring to the demo table you ladies are the best!! ❤️

This was the tag that we made using beautiful StencilGirl Stencils of course

I have a bunch of photos of friends that I would also like to share with all of you it was hard to get a photo with everyone.

This is Mary Nasser and I she is even cuter in person and what a total sweetheart!!❤️❤️

The welcome reception was just amazing and it was so much fun to stencil our own aprons.

Thank you to StencilGirl and all the artists who were beyond generous with all of the artsy gifts that they gave us.

Here is Carol Baxter and I.  I love this lady she was so much fun!!  Yup I’m a kisser just deal with it lol ❤️  She works with the StencilGirl team for those who might not know so her and I have talked many times on the phone but this was our first in person visit.  Hopefully first of many.  Again it was like old friends it usually happens that I call for a quick question and 45 min later we are like well we better get back to work haha.

Saturday night by the fire with friends what a fabulous evening we had with stories and sharing and just beautiful friendships.  Thank you ladies!! all of you.

Pictured here is Patty, Lisa and Myself and the top left is Dee, Patty, Lisa and myself.

From top left we have Debi Adams (stencil girl teammate), Patty (we met through Lisa Dobry – StencilClub) Kiala Givehand (stencil girl teammate), Dee we met through stencilclub and have been friends online for quite sometime and of Course You all know the amazing Carolyn Dube (and yes she is super amazing in person and a total BLAST to be around – she will make you laugh so hard your stomach will hurt!! ❤️)

It was so much fun to meet some of my other teammates and to meet friends that I have known online in person!!

My Roommate, Elaine and I went into town on Friday for awhile and we found Curls and Cream and some amazing views / scenery

The videos aren’t the greatest lol, but I wanted to share a little bit of what we saw there with all of you.  They also had an awesome handmade soap shop in there little town which I bought some yummy soaps there to bring home.  They smell amazing !

Thank you to my wonderful roommate for taking care of so many things so that I didn’t have to, it means more to me than you will ever know!!

Thank you to all of you who made amazing goodie bags and to those who made me special goodie bags I can’t express how this event has filled my heart and made me feel so special.  To those who I didn’t get a photo with I’m sorry but you are still in my heart and my thoughts.   This event was such a blessing and it was all the people who were there that made it what it was, it will forever be etched in my heart.

The moral of this story is that I didn’t have to put on a “happy’ face because these were my people and they loved and embraced me for who I am, and they didn’t need to be someone I’m not.  They love me for who I am and I had a real happy face because of this.  When people talk about finding your tribe I know that I am blessed to have found mine but even more than that I found my “family”.

I am headed into this weekend with a full heart and special memories with good friends on my mind.

Wishing you all a relaxing and heartfelt weekend !!

xxoo Sherry❤️

 

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

 

Stencil Crush Tuesday – Texture w/ gesso

Hi Friends,

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine we have had these past couple of days.  Sure does make you just feel better overall when the sun is out that’s for sure!!

Today’s tutorial is a short one but still lots of fun.  I am using a beautiful stencil today called Art Deco Wallpaper by Nathalie Kalbach.  I am in total love with this stencil !!

So grab those stencils and paints and lets get creating friends!!

With some personal things that have been going on in my life lately this art journal page came from an expression within.  And I absolutely love the quote that came with the stamp set that I used.  I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial.  I am always thankful that you share your precious time with me each week.  I do hope that everyone has an amazing week full of love and peace!!

xxoo – Sherry

Stencil Crush Tuesday & Giveaway

Hi Friends and thanks for joining me for another Stencil Crush Tuesday.  Hope that everyone had a beautiful holiday this past week or weekend if you celebrate.  I certainly enjoyed the lovely weather we had for the most part and YEAH my Autumn Cherry Trees and Weeping Cherry have started to blossom so excited.  Especially because the crazy weather we had last year where it warmed way up way too early and then we had several frosts and snow my trees last year didn’t get any blooms :(.  So I was thrilled to see the blossoming this weekend for sure!!

So to catch you all up on a few happenings in my life, March and the beginning of April have been very hard for me it is this time last year that my dad fell terminally ill (which we found out in March and lost him just 5 weeks later) that in turn spiraled things for me with my mom having dementia and having to find her a home.  So for the past few weeks I have honestly been in a funk.  I know….. you wouldn’t know it from my social media feeds as I don’t typically talk about things that are bothering me as I tend to really keep to myself and withdraw when times like this happen for me and I just need my quite space I guess with my family.  So if I have not been commenting or chatting etc lately as much on FB and IG well now you know where I’ve been.

So on with some happier news ….. well I have several creative things in the works that I have also have had my head buried in and will for a few more weeks that I am just bursting at the seams to share with you but can’t quite yet!  But soon I promise!!

So on to today’s video and giveaway ……what giveaway ???? yup you read that right all the details will be in the video details so be sure to check it out on my Youtube Channel and below is a photo of the prize!!

And of course without further ado today’s video 🙂

Stencil used in today’s video:  MB Makes Marks Pipette by MaryBeth Shaw

 

PRIZE GIVEAWAY :

 

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me today and for always showing so much love and support with all your amazing comments.  Be sure to enter the giveaway on my channel all the details are on my channel under this video’s details.  Have an amazing and peaceful week friends !!

xxoo Sherry

 

Stencil Crush Tuesday 3-28

Hi friends I am a bit late getting things posted today after a long weekend at the Art Retreat I was at.  Hoping to get a post in later this week about that but for now I have todays video where we are creating some cute ATC’s using some beautiful StencilGirl Stencils and yummy magicals by Lindy’s Stamp Gang.

So with out further ado let’s get creating

Stencils Used in this weeks video:

basket by Daniella Woolf

Large Diamonds 6

Butterfly Journeys by Carolyn Dube

Thanks so much for joining me this week and sharing your time with me and a huge thank you  for all the loving comments you always leave me, they truly mean so very much!! Wishing everyone an amazing fun filled day!!

xxoo – Sherry

Stencil Crush Tuesday 3-21

Hi Friends hope everyone faired that snowstorm we got last week it was pretty yucky!!

Today I have an art journal page using more texture and Jane Davenports New Mermaid Markers and of course some yummy StencilGirl Stencils.  So grab your coffee and your art journal and let’s get playing.

Stencils used in this weeks video:

by Michelle Ward:  x Rows Stencil

By MaryBeth Shaw:  Flower Tiles Stencil

By Carolyn Dube:  Vintage Typewriter alphabet, Rectangular Patterns for Play, Butterfly Journeys

Thanks so much friends for joining me today, I adore all the comments that you have been leaving me on my video they all mean so very much to me so thank you again and thank you for sharing your time with me.  Have a beautiful and peaceful week!!

xxoo Sherry

Art Journaling on a budget – Video

Hi friends,

You all have expressed how you loved the Art Journal Pages on a budget video I created so I decided to turn this into a series of videos for all of you.  Come along with me as I show you how I created this art journal page with very limited and inexpensive supplies.  Remember that although we all LOVE art supplies you can make absolutely beautiful pages without all the name brands and have a fabulous time doing it as well.  Art is not about the “stuff” its about creating from you heart!  I have included a couple little craft hacks in this one as well.

Grab the cup of coffee and lets get making some art !! 🙂

Hope you all enjoyed today’s video and thanks so much for sharing your time with me, it truly means so much.

In case you missed it, I was featured last week on StencilGirl Talk (StencilGirl Products blog) talking a little bit about the “other side” of me.  Hope you take a minute to check it out here.  Have a beautiful day my friends.  See you Tuesday for another Stencil Crush Tuesday blog post and video xxoo – Sherry