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

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

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

 

Tiare Smith Designs Creative Team

Good Morning Friends today I have my first post for the Tiare Smith Designs Creative Team over on Tiare Smith Designs Blog.  I’m excited to share this will all of you and hope you have a few minutes to stop over there to see my tutorial and show me some love.  It would truly mean so much to me!! ❤️

Check out some of the products by Tiare Smith Designs that were used in creating these tags here

Thanks so much friends for sharing your time with me today!!

xoxo – Sherry

Ghostly Art Tags

We are but a week away from Halloween so let’s create something spooky together.

 

Hi Friends, I can’t help it I might be grown but I just LOVE Halloween.  Last weekend Dan, my son & (his girlfriend ) and I all went to a place called Demons Acres.  There they had a haunted house – a haunted maze called Jail Break, an Insane Asylum and a Haunted hayride.

Well we did them all except the haunted house and they were all so much fun.  The best being the haunted hayride which they are known for.

The pics are dark and not that great but I wanted to share anyways – there really was not much lighting out there!!  Very spooky ambiance for sure!!

This bottom one is me getting strapped into the Insane Asylum chair – super crazy scary!!

A couple pics from the Haunted Hay Ride

I Have to say that we all had a blast and it was worth the almost hour drive to get to this place out in the middle of no where lol.

So today I have a Halloween tutorial for you all – I am using mostly products by Tim Holtz to make these 2 tags.  I really had a blast making them, I hope you will join in and create a couple with me – just use what you have don’t worry if you don’t have all the exact same elements as I do.  All the products used are listed in the description of my Youtube video.

Come on lets have a little Halloween fun together !!

A reminder that we are only a little over a week away from starting the Gratitude Junk Journal online class.  The Facebook group has already opened and so many have already signed up and will be joining us in this amazing class.  Won’t you join us for 30 days of Gratitude Starting November 1st lets make this a fabulous start to a beautiful Holiday season.  Sign up today :  Gratitude Junk Journal    

Just look at the amazing line yup of artists in this beautiful class

Don’t forget to share in the comments some of the fun things that you do for Halloween fun, I’d love to hear from you!

Have an amazing day friends!

xoxo Sherry

My 5 Fall Favs

Another Beautiful Fall weekend

My idea of fall is more like weather in the 70s where it’s cool enough to wear a long sleeved shirt but you can still be in a pair of shorts.  Not Ideal for everyone I’m sure but since I’m always cold that’s my ideal.  This weekend was just that.  

Each season brings with it so much beauty and inspiration.  So I thought that I would share with you my 5 favs for fall.

  1.  Taking a walk through the leaves on a warm fall day

Yesterday was a perfect day for this – we live right near a beautiful park with gorgeous walking trails along the water.

2.  Picking up leaves – no I still haven’t out grown this

When we were walking there was plenty of leaves to choose from but I found my self drawn to the red ones – so bright and vibrant I couldn’t help put pick up 3 or 4 to bring home with me.

3.  A hot cup of coffee out on the deck in the cool fall air

there is just something magical about drinking something steaming hot in the cool crisp air that just gives you such a cozy feeling

4.  Reading a good book

I love nothing more than on a cool rainy fall day than to hunker down with a book – I especially like to re-read books that I have already read but love – the feel of the worn soft pages is like nothing else – just so familiar and comforting

5. Fresh baked bread and pastries

I truly enjoy baking in the fall and love the smell of warm apple bread fresh from the oven – but when I don’t have time to bake there is a little pastry shop not far from us with delicious pastries that my husband and I enjoy warmed up with a hot cup of coffee of course.

Looking over my 5 favs for fall I can see the “art” inspiration in each one. – Texture, colors, layers all just waiting to be added to my art journal with little bits and details written in.

If you haven’t seen my latest Autumn Themed art journal spread have a peek here it is full of autumn goodness.

Share your fall favs in the comments below I would love to hear what everyone else enjoys this time of year!!

xoxo – Sherry

An Artist I admire

Friends I’m excited to share with you all that I am a guest Artist in an online class with one of my most admired Artists – Traci Bautista.

We are both Guest Artists – along with several other amazing artists – teaching in Hacking the color wheel session 2

I had the great fortune to meet Traci at the September Retreat that I went to in Kentucky – photo below.

So it seems pretty surreal now teaching in the same online workshop with her.

  Hacking the Color Wheel Session 2

I urge you to check out the link here for all the details.   I am most excited about is the fact that Traci is Teaching a live session.  Since I taught in session 1 and have been to the live sessions I can tell you that it’s the next best thing to being right there in person.  You get to interact with the teacher and the other students and other teachers that attend,  and you can bet that I will certainly be there!

In my class we will be learning how to layer watercolors to create depth, below is a little sneak peek of my class 

You will walk away with a set of cards that will provide you will new color palettes to use, as well as a better understanding on how to layer, what colors give you the best depths and the difference between layering and mixing.

Here is a look at the other amazing artists and you can still sign up for Session 1 here  so you can see what we did in the first round of classes.

 

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend my friends !!

xoxo – Sherry

Autumn Themed Art Journal Tutorial

Hi Friends,

I have an exciting tutorial to share with all of you today.  Many of you received my Autumn Themed printable sheet free in my newsletter.  I wanted to share with all of you and art journal page that I created using some elements from that sheet as well as one of my new Digital Stamps that is now available in my Etsy Shop.

For those of you who missed out on this months free collage sheet you can purchase it here 

I will have a new free printable each month with my newsletter so be sure to sign up for it under the tab that says Artsy News at the top.

Now lets to get on with the creating shall we?

I do hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial and I really appreciate you sharing your time with me on this fabulous day!

xoxo – Sherry