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

 

Vlog & New YouTube Series

Hi Friends I thought I would take a few minutes from all the hustle and bustle to have my morning coffee with all of you and share what I have going on. 😊

 

I’m so excited to share my new YouTube series with all of you “Art Journal with Me” .  In this series I will be taking you into my creative space to share a time lapse video with no edits (well I did take out when I used my heat gun to dry in between because honestly – who wants to watch that right?!).  I am excited to share my creative process with all of you!!  This is not a video tutorial with voice over – just me sharing my process with all of you fabulous friends!!  Here is the first episode in this series I do hope you enjoy it!!

Thank you friends for sharing your time with me today.  Hope you have the most wonderful Tuesday!!

xxoo – Sherry

Weekend Happenings

Good Evening friends I just wanted to pop in and say hello.  I hope everyone has had an amazing weekend.  I have been totally cleaning out and over hauling my art studio at home. I have just felt the need to get it organized and more to my liking.  See my video below for my progress 🙂

And this happened this weekend.  For the longest time I have had my trims in bins where I had to dig through bags of them to find what I wanted.  This weekend I took the time to take smaller pieces of my favorite ones and wrap them around a tag so I could put them in of of my favorite wire bins where I an easily find what I want when I’m creating.  This was a HUGE undertaking but now that it’s done I not only have easy access to my favorite trims I totally love how they look on display in my studio.  Yummy colorful inspiration!!

 

Saturday morning Dan and I made our way to the farmer’s market as we often do for fresh fruits and veggies.  Okay they also have the most amazing fried dough so that might get me up out of bed early on a Saturday to go to the market as well, but I’m not telling (lol).  Well this week they had some beautiful Sunflowers and my husband bought me a bouquet of 6 gorgeous sunflowers.  They are my most absolute favorite flower of all time,    and I have painted many sunflower paintings including the one that is available in my shop here

 

I had a little time Friday evening to do some painting.  I have totally fallen in love with the Jane Davenport Watercolors.  Being new to watercolors I do not know a lot about the difference in brands but I can say that her’s are luscious, blend amazing and have a lot of pigment!

Well my friends it’s getting late going on 10pm here so I should wrap it up, I’m going to have a glass of wine and relax with my sweet hubby for awhile before going to bed.  Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter here

So I leave you with one final thought as we approach a new week ahead:

how beautiful a blank page can be as we can start fresh, start over and start a new.  Fear not the blank page but yet Embrace it and the beautiful new week ahead, where you can paint your days any color that you wish.  Have a beautiful evening friends!

xoxo – Sherry

 

Facebook group is open

Good Morning friends,

The Facebook group is now open for those wishing to participate in the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop.  Please be sure to read the first post which tomorrow will be pinned to the top.  Here is the link for you to join:  Empowered Creative Woman Facebook Group

Tomorrow by noon EST I will be posting the first Workshop class – there will be 2 videos an introduction one and then the creating one.  They will all be found on my blog here, so be sure to subscribe via email you don’t miss the posts.

I don’t want to reveal too much but here is a sneak peek at some of the goodies that I used on my art journal spread in tomorrows class.

Alright sweet friends I will see you all tomorrow.  Have a super fabulous day!❤️

Sherry – xxoo

 

Announcing my first Online Workshop

Good Morning my sweet friends and Happy Monday to all of you.  Wow I am super excited to share with all of you today my first Online Workshop that I will be teaching in.

Many of you know how much I just LOVE color so very fitting that I would be teaching in a workshop called Hacking the Color Wheel.  And just look at the amazing lineup of teachers in this FABULOUS set of classes!!

If you are looking at this amazing lineup and are ready to sign up right now to take advantage of the early bird special you can do so right here.  There are also more details on the sign up site. registration opens May 1st at noon EST.

 

I have put together a little video about this amazing opportunity to learn more about color and using it in your art and there is also the details on how to WIN a spot in this wonderful class on my my video so check it out below

A little bit about my class and what you can expect – Demystifying Color to Create Depth and Mood

I will teach you how to create several mood / color cards and put them into a mini book (no sewing I promise 🙂 – these will serve as inspiration for the art journal pages and tag we will create, where you will learn how to use color to create depth in your projects. As a bonus we will put our pages we create into a mini art journal. You will leave this class feeling confident on making your own color combo choices, how to come up with new ones for inspiration when you are feeling stuck and learn my tips and tricks on creating depth in your work that I have not shared with anyone.  To Sign up now and take advantage of the early bird discount use this link here

Soooo now for some exciting news, I will be selecting one person to get a free spot in this class, this is for Session 1.  How can you enter to win this – well it’s going to be very simple –

1.  Subscribe to my Youtube Channel if you have not already

2.  Leave me a comment on my Video where I announce the class  telling me why you would like to win a spot in this class.

– See Super Simple.

I want to say a huge thank you and shout out to Kiala Givehand for inviting me to participate in this beautiful class and also to share with you a link to all of her online classes as well as “Hacking the Color Wheel” which I encourage you to check out here .

I encourage you to share this post and my video as well as the link to the class  with all of your friends who you think would love to learn more about color or enjoy this online class.

Okay friends if you have any questions about the class or giveaway – all the details are given in the description on my Youtube video so good luck to all and have a fabulous week filled with love and happiness.

xxoo – 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

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

 

 

 

 

Stencil Crush Tuesday 2-28

Good Morning Friends and thank you so much for being here with me today for another Stencil Crush Tuesday Video.  This week’s video is a shorty, but I think it really packs a punch.  I am always inspired by other artists who create quite a bit different than myself.  This week’s video is inspired by Dina Wakley.  Over the summer I had challenged myself while working in my art journal to leave some “white space”.  For some reason this concept continues to elude me.  You will see in this video I actually had to “think” about leaving white space, I know it sounds so crazy!  But I challenge any of you out there who are like me and just LOVE TO COVER THE PAGE, to give it a try.  Feel free to leave me a link here to your blog and be sure to link your blog post back to this post as well 🙂 I would love to see your work!!

In the details of my video on my YouTube Channel I reference the video by Dina Wakley that inspired this art journal page and her technique.  This challenge also reminded me that even when you create what seems “Quick and Simple ” it can have a profound impact and also this is a wonderful way to create when you don’t have lots of time to make a long elaborate page.  I am using some of my absolute favorite stencils today by Artist Mary C. Nasser as well as a newer stencil by Marybeth Shaw and a fun texture stencil by Pam Carriker.  So as they say….. on with the show (or video lol 🙂

Mary C. Nasser:  Go Your Own Way Mini Stencil, Around Here Arrows Mini Stencil

MaryBeth Shaw:  Planner Geo 6

Pam Carriker: Journal Texture #1 Stencil

As always thanks so much for sharing some of your precious time with me today and thank you to everyone who takes the time to leave me such kind and loving comments as they mean the world to me.  Wishing everyone a beautiful and peaceful Tuesday!!

xxoo Sherry

Stencil Crush Tuesday 2/21

Hi friends and welcome to another fun week of Stencil Crush Tuesday.

This week I have a fun mixed media tutorial for all of you that I hope you will enjoy.  I am using lots and lots of Stencil Girl Stencils and below is the list of ones I am using as well as a link to find them :).  I am also using the Jane Davenport Face Stamps and some of her new paint markers and I have to say that I really do like them, well worth the price!

So grab a cup of coffee or your drink of choice and sit back and enjoy the tutorial for this week 🙂

Stencils Used in this weeks episode are:

By Gwen Lafleur:  Decorative Curvy Ornament , Decorative 6 Petal Flower, Decorative Filigree Repeating corner

Marybeth Shaw:  The Mini From the January 2017 Private Collection 17.1

Andrew Borloz: Heart home drop 6

Maria McGuire: Seeds, Live Your Beautiful Life