Embrace your own handwriting +Video+Freebie

Hello beautiful friends,

I hope you all have had an amazing week.  I have had a bit of a crazy one to be honest.  I have been up to my eyeballs in paperwork – putting together everything for our taxes (so so much fun haha) . I am happy to say I am DONE! Wooo Hooo!!

I also had a beautiful meeting with my spiritual mentor yesterday – Im not going to lie it was hard and emotional but all in all it was amazing.  You know how you feel when you talk to that one person who “gets” yes that is one huge thing that my mentor does for me. She is also always so full of positive inspiring talk for me, about me that it makes all this “hard stuff” seem even more worth it.  Right now I’m still processing all that went on and things that happened so hopefully when I have more of a “clear” vision and way to explain things I will be back to share some of what came up for me in this meeting.  I will share with you this – I found out what Bunny was trying to tell me and will share with you all later 🙂

Embracing your own handwriting

But that’s not why I”m here today, today I’m here to share a video that shows you how to enhance your art journals with your own handwriting.  If you are like me for a long time I seriously did not want people to see my handwriting, but I just loved to look of it in others work and that inspired me to keep pushing myself to make things that had my writing on them. Here are some examples of me using my own handwriting in my art.

Believe it or not I used to have really beautiful handwriting – I mean I learned old school cursive and I used to love it.  But as time went on and we got computers to do so much of our writing, my writing has turned into a bit of a hodgepodge style haha.  Some cursive and some print.   So I am learning to embrace my style and let go of the need for perfection – I mean after all it’s an art journal right?!

In This video I share with you how I add my own writing to the background and then create over it.  I love this style and plan to do some more with this idea.

Weekly Recap

If you missed last weeks video on how to Enhance your art journals you can view it here

This week I shared with all of you my new and exciting Endeavor that’s on the horizon… you can read about it here

If your heart and soul are craving more out of a social media or facebook group – please check out my group The Empowered Creative Woman .  We have been engaging in Healing Circles, sharing soul cards, we have a weekly creative Prompt / Inspiration – to keep those creative juices flowing.  We do oracle draws a few times a week.  It is a beautiful group of uplifting women and if this sounds like something your heart is craving I encourage you to join us – we would love to have you join our tribe!!

Here is a peek at one of this week’s oracle draws that happened in

the Empowered Creative Woman Group – this deck is called the Moon Deck

Last month for those who are signed up for my email list I offered a free Mini downloadable Art Journal Kit.  I am offering one of the pages here for you free for those that missed it as a thank you for all your beautiful love and support to me on my blog it really means a lot to me💕.  The full kit will be available in my Etsy shop starting next week if you are interested in getting the whole kit.  You will be able to purchase just the pages you want.

 

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter because that is where you get to snag all the freebies, discounts and goodies that come out each month.  Sign up here 

Wishing you all a wonderful and peaceful weekend!

xxoo – Sherry

New Endeavors on the Horizon

Hi Beautiful Friends,

The past week has been a whirlwind of ups and downs for me.  The meditation / vision and enlightenment that happened earlier in the week was very powerful and full of intense feelings/emotions and healing.  But I didn’t truly get in enough self care for myself after that and so it left me feeling drained and a bit off and irritable as the week went on.  As we still have remodeling construction going on in our house it’s so very hard for me to get that “quite” time that I really need to just decompress.

Friday I had the house to myself to in the  morning I took some time to just “be”.  I drank my tea, sat on the couch with Luna snuggled in next to me and the pugs in their “spots” by me.  I lit a candle, dabbed on some of my favorite essential oils (of course Luna has to have some too because she loves the oils lol), put on some soft “Healing Harp” music, flicked on a little mood – lighting ( little lights I have next to the couch).  I allowed myself to just shut my eyes, breathe, let my thoughts wander, relax and enjoy the quite, the peacefulness of the morning.  I sipped my tea and watched the squirrels outside my window running about the trees.  The rain was just coming down every so gently and what should have been a gloomy rainy day was a day of peace and tranquility for me.  It was exactly what I needed to rejuvenate from the week.

We always talk about “doing the work” to heal, the process you go through, the steps that one needs to take, but we all but forget to talk about the self care that is so very much needed when doing this work.  We forget that just like when engaging in physical work we need to rest – with emotional work we need to rest and be gentle with ourselves as well.

I have learned for myself that if I do not get the time to do this self care and for me a lot of it really is just about having quiet time – peaceful time – time to reflect and just be, then I get very anxious, overwhelmed feeling, and a bit stressed out.

Once I was feeling more like myself I sat down at my table and decided to draw an oracle card from a new deck that I have been totally crushing on,  it’s called Earth Warriors Oracle by Alana Fairchild.

Rarely when I use my oracle cards or tarot cards to I ask a specific question, I almost always ask what message do you have for me today?  As I’m shuffling my deck, I think in my head:  allow me to draw a card that I need today, be the guidance and show me what I need to work on or whatever message that I might need to know.

So this was the card I draw:  Anka – Kin of the Red Hawk Tribe

Instantly upon seeing this card I thought WOW this is a powerful card.  The colors, the imagery, that hawk staring right at you.  I have not worked with this deck enough to know what the message was, and intuitively I just knew it was a powerful message but was not sure what it was going to entail.  So I went to the guide book to read the message this card had for me.

It totally blew me away as it was right inline with the things I have been putting into motion these past couple of days.  I have been going over in my head a vision I have had for probably over a year now.  Asking the Universe to help me bring it to fruition.

My Vision…

I have been envisioning leading a gathering of women – coming together for more than just art – but for the community, for the support, for the healing that a gathering can provide.  So one of the steps that I recently took to move forward with this vision is signing up for a certification class called the “Art of Circle” this will guide me on how to hold Soul Women Circle Groups here locally.

And so a new endeavor is born…

I am planning to hold my first “Circle” sometime in May.  My Circle Gatherings will encompass art and rituals that you will then be able to use again on your own, there will art journaling, connecting with ourselves and each other.  We will support and uplift each other, we will learn how to connect again to our true-selves and use the 4 elements Earth, Wind, Water and Fire to heal and strengthen us on our journeys.  When our circle is complete you leave feeling full of life, love and support.  You will feel grounded and whole.  If this sounds like something your soul has been craving then fill out the form below to be notified when I launch my first Circle Event.

These gatherings will be small, intimate and open to a  limited number of participants.  To have exclusive access to join fill out the form above and you will be notified before my event goes live on my blog and social media.

And so I created a soul card for my new Endeavor – She is holding a sword and above her   the question Fear or Courage – as she looks below her with sword in hand the words purple power are there.  This week in the Empowered Creative Woman group   our Weekly Challenge was to create a piece of art using the color that you see yourself as.  I see myself as the color of a purplish – indigo and so created this card using those colors to express my new endeavor and these colors.  What I am undertaking is powerful – important – challenging and yet I feel so strongly that this is not only what I need but what the world needs right now, that I am choosing to use my “purple power” to move forward with courage.  I choose courage and I encourage you all to choose courage as well,  if you feel drawn to step out of your comfort zone, to connect and learn to live a more full life, come with me in this circle journey and embrace your life’s journey with me.

Here you can see what I glued on the back of my soul card

I would love to hear what you all feel is “your color” leave me a comment below and tell me.  Have an amazing day my friends!

xxoo – Sherry

Is your soul seeking change? -Vlog

Hi Friends,

What a beautiful day we have been having here in NY.  The sun is finally shining – it’s still damn cold but that sun makes it so much more bearable!!  It’s days like these that I just am in total love with my art room – I have 5 windows across the front that just lets the sun beam in and it makes me feel so alive and happy!

So today I come to you with a Vlog instead of a long blog post.  The Vlog talks about the changes I am making to our Facebook Group The Empowered Creative Woman .  If you haven’t joined yet and you want to just click on the group name and it will take you to the FB group.  So grab a cup of coffee or tea and come chat with me for a few minutes 🙂

Below is the video I created on how to make vintage scrolls and I talk about this in my Vlog above for our first challenge and creating our love alter / sacred space.

Sharing an Oracle Card reading with all of you:

I want to share with you 2 cards that I drew today.  These come from the Sacred Vision Oracle Card deck.  I love the art on these cards as well as the deep meanings that they share.

The first card I drew today was power.  The card says:  You are a spirit warrior who sings your song line – your agreement to live.  From the moment of your birth into the restrictive physical world, you must call upon the mysterious language of intuition to remember the world from which you came – the world of your dreams and spiritual relationships.  It is from here that you feel true power. – (click on the photo to read the second paragraph on the card) –    How True it is that when we are unrestricted and allowed to be the people we want to be, when we are allowed to feel deeply as women, cry hard and laugh hard that is when we feel the most powerful and whole.  If this is how you want to feel then I recommend you join my Facebook group because this my dear friends is what my group is all about.  Join Here

The second card I drew is Worthiness:  All water birds are medicine:  if followed, they lead you to water – the essence of life.  The kingfisher, in particular represents healing.  One would wish any wound, physical or psychological, would med as quickly as the water’s surface after a kingfisher’s dive. – click on the photo to read the second para on the card.   –   wow another very powerful deep meaning card that truly resonates with me and all the healing I have been working on.

So I will leave you with these thoughts my dear friends.  

I would love to have you join me in community in our facebook group, to join in a supportive, loving and uplifting environment unlike any others.  Let’s grow a wonderful Empowered sisterhood together.        The Empowered Creative Woman Facebook Group

 

Thank you my friends for spending your time with me today, I cherish each and everyone of you!  Have an amazing day!!

xxoo – Sherry

Where the hell have I been? +New Video

Hi Friends,

I know I have been away from all of you for awhile now.  After getting sick in January things have been a bit hectic but even more so I have felt it really time for me to take sometime to myself.  During this time a lot has happened to me.  It has really been an intense time of grieving and healing for me.  I do still have a long way to go but many things have healed for me which has made me feel a bit lighter and happier.  I know that grieving is a process and I am trying to allow myself kindness, patience and love while I go through this process.

I am currently working on finding my animal spirit guides to help me though this process and to have beside me in my life.  I have taken on a Spiritual Mentor which has been such an eye opening experience and so very helpful to me on this journey.  My heart has called for me to take this journey to heal, not just current wounds but many from the past as well.  And while doing all of this “internal” work is not glorious and beautiful the end result has been a happier more peaceful life.

The swan is one of my spirit animals.  On a chilly afternoon walking at the park with Luna I saw one of the swans that I usually only see in the fall, out there swimming in the lake

I have also had such a strong pull to create.  I have been creating from my heart and what it desires and craves.  I realized that although I enjoyed my time on various creative teams it was not allowing me to create for me, to create because my heart and soul are yearning for it, create for none other than the pleasure or to get my feelings & emotions down on paper.  This year I have choose not to re-sign up for the teams that I was on or to try out for any new teams.  This year I will be strictly creating what comes from my heart.

I created a bunch of these soul cards made with magazine snippets and a bit of watercolor and ink

I was thinking of creating a youtube video on how I created my soul cards – let me know in the comments if this is something that you would be interested in seeing a tutorial on. 🙂

Some of my art work created during my spiritual journey:  Earth Goddess, Feather, Spirit Owl and Spirit Deer.  The owl and the Goddess came from a class with Micki Wilde, although if you go back and look at her samples mine are quite different as I like to create my own take on my paintings even if it’s coming from a class.

Along with Animal Spirit Guides I have been learning to work with the Goddesses as well.  Below I created this art tag of Kali – it was inspired by a Goddess Deck that I own.  She is the destroyer of all things that are no longer serving you.  She is strong and bad ass and doesn’t take any crap from anyone.  She is someone I need in my corner as I’m not all that great at times at standing up for myself.  She has been walking with me on this journey and given me strength when I feel weak.

Below meet the Goddess of Darkness.  She is my latest work and right now the one I am most in love with and drawn to.  It took me a couple weeks to finish her.  She appeared to me in a dream.  At the time I started to create her I was not sure who she was, as she slowly unfolded and I finished her I then realized that She was the Goddess of Darkness.  She is a healer of the darkness inside of you.  She will be your strength when you feel that the darkness may swallow you up.  It is so amazing to me that when you open  yourself up to this intuitive nature and allow the light in that there are so many ways the universe has to offer you strength and guidance.

There was a period of time in the middle of last year that I thought the darkness might swallow me up.  I felt it slowly creeping up inside of me consuming me a little bit at at time. The Goddess of Darkness has come to pull me out of the darkness and has shined her light on my heart and is helping me restore myself back to the loving person I have always been.  For that I am forever grateful!

I realize this was quite a deep post but one thing I have to always be is honest to myself and to all of you.  My art comes from my heart and I may not always be on the same journey year after year but one thing with remain constant with me and that is my integrity and honesty and my belief that art heals and brings people into your life that you need.

I do have a video I created for some fun inspiration that I wanted to share with all of you.  This video will show you how I used some ephemera in my stash from Tiare Smith Designs to create this 2 page art journal spread.

Hope you all enjoy and thank you dear friends for sharing you time with me today!! xxoo – Sherry

 

What’s In your heart?

Hi Friends,

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s in my heart.  It’s been awhile since I did a post on what’s in your heart and I think with the New Year underway it’s time.  I have been pondering how we put so much emphasis on the New Year and not only do we feel it’s a fresh start but we feel that just because we have changed the calendar that it will actually change our lives.

Well yes in fact our lives are constantly changing – as a matter of fact your life will have changed from the time you started reading this post to the end, but that is inevitable – The Change that just naturally takes place.  But what about change that takes place because we take action???  Now that’s something to ponder.

 

What if this year instead of just hoping that the change of the calendar will make things better or more the way that we want – what if we were do put things into action that will cause change – change that we want for your life.

That’s exactly what I have been doing.  At the end of last year I thought back about the year and all of the things that I “did”.  And I did A LOT.  But is that what life is really about?  All the doing?  Is all the doing really living?  These are questions only you can answer for yourself and what you feel in your heart.

For me, all the doing was fine, but it was more of a coping mechanism that I used to channel the energy that I had from hurt and pain into something productive.  Not because I had to but because I needed to.  It was a means to and end and for the time being it worked and it got me through.  But if I’m being honest with myself I really don’t care to live that way.  I much prefer to select projects that have heartfelt meaning to me pour more of myself into them and simply do more of less.  I know I talked about this earlier on but I have been – taking action on these things.  So the first thing I decided to do for me was take an online class called Pull Pen Paint.  I saw this class advertised last year and because I already had so much “doing” going on I couldn’t spare the time to take it.  This year I vowed to make the time for myself to take some classes that Inspire me and allow me to grow as a person and an artist.  This class is based around Oracle and Tarot cards and is very intuitive.  It’s not about learning art techniques or even how to paint, draw or do art in a specific form it’s more about growing your inner self and intuition as well as using art and journaling along the way to express yourself using the Oracle and Tarot Cards.  I already have learned so much about myself and I know I will continue to learn more – and I am proud of putting my needs out there and jumping in feet first into something I needed.

Below are a couple photos of some art journal pages that I created during my working with the tarot and oracle cards in this class.

This art journal page came about when studying my shadow card which is the Tower.  You can read the quote that I have written on this page on my instagram post here

This spread is about the Star card which is my card for the year.  You can read more on this here

I have been also working on a special project that is near and dear to my heart and hope to be able to share in the next couple of weeks.  I am hoping to have it ready for release in the next week or so – I thought I would have it sooner but I continue to add little bits and tweak it.  I want it to be just right I know that you will all love it.

So now I bring the question to all of you my friends – what’s in your heart for the New Year?  What do you feel you need more of?  What do you feel you need less of?  And what actions will take to create the change you are looking for?

Thank you my friends for sharing your time with me today!  I am a bit late in getting out January’s newsletter it will be going out later this week with your free monthly download.

Don’t forget there is still time to sign up for the BadAss Art Journal Workshop we start on February 5th so be sure to check out all the details and get signed up here .

Have an amazing evening my friends !!

A little Luna Puppy love for all of you!!! xxoo – 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

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

The Empowered Creative Woman Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of the Empowered Creative Woman Workshop

Hi Friends, I’m Sherry Canino and I will be your Artist Guide for this week’s class.  If you were with us last week welcome back, if you are new to the class welcome I’m so happy to have you here!!

I want to send out a HUGE Thank you to all of you who joined us for week one and for all of those who have shared their art, commented and left uplifting feedback for others as well as myself in the group.  You all fill my heart up with so much love, it’s overwhelming and I can’t thank you all enough!  I adore each and everyone of you and appreciate that you share your time with me!!

Here are a list of this weeks prompts:

  • Peaceful

  • Free or Be Free

  • Using your voice

  • Emotional Freedom

  • Freedom

  • Being heard

  • Letting go

The prompts are only to give you some guided inspiration in your journey and for your creative process.  Feel free to incorporate one, several, all or none into your art.  The choice is yours again there is no right or wrong – only what feels right and good to you.

This week I chose to use some butterflies in my art journal page, although to many they represent change, to me they have always represented being free and this can mean being free in any sense that you want for me its kinda like freedom from emotional baggage or emotional overload.  This to me is key into being able to find my voice, being able to be heard and being free to just be ME!

So without further ado here are this weeks videos.  The first one is just a short intro and because I wanted to pop in and say hi to all of you lovelies!! 🙂

Intro Video

Creative Video 1

Creative Video 2

Here is a list of products used in this weeks video:

Jane Davenport watercolors, white gesso, matte acrylic paints (Folk Arts and Blick Arts), heavy gel matte medium, charcoal pencils – black and white, black gel pen, black Identi pen, Wendy Vecchi script stamp, Carabelle Studio life is good stamp, brown archival stamp pad, ephemera

Again thank you so much for sharing your time with me and all of us this week.  I will see you all over in the Facebook group.  If you want to share your projects online feel free to do so tag me if you’d like, and be sure to use the hashtag:  #theempoweredcreativewoman

Be Free and Empowered Beautiful Friends

xxoo – Sherry