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Day 17 Yes

Day 17 Yes

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:What was the last creative impulse you felt? Was it to try a new medium? Attempt a...

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Color & Paper Mixing by Roben-Marie Smith

Color & Paper Mixing by Roben-Marie Smith

MessYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Gather papers by color and collage them into your sketchbook for project inspiration. Bonus Save this file to your computer, print it out, and...

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Day 16 Belonging

Day 16 Belonging

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:"Belonging is being your authentic self and knowing that no matter what happens,...

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Day 15 Flow

Day 15 Flow

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create with as few distractions as possible to achieve a State of Flow. Just....

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Day 13 Home

Day 13 Home

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a collage house with images filled with the comforts of home. Creating art...

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Day 12 Habit

Day 12 Habit

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a habit of seeing possibilities for using recycled materials in your art...

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Day 11 Imperfection

Day 11 Imperfection

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Make a list of five ways to practice and embrace imperfection in your art. If you...

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Day 10 Connection

Day 10 Connection

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a page that connects you to your art process. You can do this by including...

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Grungy Papers by Melanie Theriault

Grungy Papers by Melanie Theriault

MessYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create grungy tissue papers with a gel plate and acrylic paints to use as a quick background. Action Steps Bring your imperfect, messy self, take...

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Day 09 Spark

Day 09 Spark

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Begin to play with a handful of your favorite or forgotten supplies on separate...

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Day 08 Mess

Day 08 Mess

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:MESS: Embrace the big beautiful messiness of life! Take old journal or diary pages...

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Day 06 Freedom

Day 06 Freedom

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Give yourself the freedom to create the NON-perfect handwriting by writing the...

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Day 05 Courage

Day 05 Courage

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:What does COURAGE mean to you? Create an art journal spread with your take on...

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Day 04 Adventure

Day 04 Adventure

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Get outside to gather bits and pieces of nature and create a unique fabric using...

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Day 07 Cultivation

Day 07 Cultivation

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Cultivate your creative voice through experimentation. Create a grid, use limited...

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Day 03 Happy

Day 03 Happy

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Carefree fun. Create with the joyfulness of a child. Don't take your artwork too...

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Mess Inspir-action

Mess Inspir-action

MessFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofmess[instagram-feed type="hashtag" hashtag="#gmseasonofmess" showcaption=false...

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Day 02 Showing up

Day 02 Showing up

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Show up in your journal today, in the easiest way possible. Use a bullet point...

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061 Mess

061 Mess

Mess#gmseasonofmessThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist As the host of Get Messy, it’s assumed that I love messy creating,...

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Day 01 Starting

Day 01 Starting

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May: Start. Either by opening your journal to a new page or by binding a journal just...

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Messy May 2022

Messy May 2022

Welcome to Messy May 2022, you rainbow-infused space unicornHere are three ways to make the most of your month: 1. Bring your messy self - As imperfect as you are and as glorious as you are. Your whole-ass messy self. Remember that "get messy" is an invitation.2. Take...

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Words and Lists by Abbey Sy

Words and Lists by Abbey Sy

OKYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create a journal spread with a list of things that make you feel OK. Start with the phrase "I feel ok when..." and get creative with your...

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Imperfect Face by Iris Fritschi-Cussens

Imperfect Face by Iris Fritschi-Cussens

OKYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Draw and paint an imperfect face with simple raw art journaling techniques Action Steps Bring your imperfect, messy self, take what you need, and know...

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OK Inspir-action

OK Inspir-action

OKFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofok[instagram-feed type="hashtag" hashtag="#gmseasonofok" showcaption=false...

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060 OK

060 OK

OK#gmseasonofOKThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist Okay is my favourite word. There’s just so much freedom in it. Okay is...

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Feelings from Music by Anouk Karssen

Feelings from Music by Anouk Karssen

VulnerabilityYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: While you listen to a song that moves you, that reminds you of a happy memory or simply inspires you. Take a moment to feel what...

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Our Archaeological Dig by Lisa Goddard

Our Archaeological Dig by Lisa Goddard

VulnerabilityYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Work in layers to express different aspects of yourself and your life. Imagine an archaeologist peeling back each layer in 200...

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Vulnerability Inspir-action

Vulnerability Inspir-action

VulnerabilityFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofvulnerability[instagram-feed type="hashtag"...

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059 Vulnerability

059 Vulnerability

Vulnerability#gmseasonofvulnerabilityThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist Working in an art journal is...

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Floral Sister Pages by Camila Garcia

Floral Sister Pages by Camila Garcia

EnoughYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create a double-page spread in which one flower is explored in two different ways using the same colour pallet.  Work with your favourite media...

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Shemi Dixon experiments without restraint

Shemi Dixon experiments without restraint

Artist SpotlightWhat is art journaling to you? It helps me to exercise my creative muscles and idea. Art journal for me is more process-driven. I love to create meaningful pages. Art journaling allows me to experiment with my creativity in a way that...

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Inspiring People Sketches by Shemi Dixon

Inspiring People Sketches by Shemi Dixon

EnoughYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create fun, and messy people sketches to honor the inspiring people in your life. Supplies Journal Paper scraps Washi Tape glue tissue paper...

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Enough Inspir-action

Enough Inspir-action

EnoughFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofenough[instagram-feed type="hashtag" hashtag="#gmseasonofenough"...

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058 Enough

058 Enough

Enough#gmseasonofenoughThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist As artists, we’re magpies to shiny new things. We LOVE new...

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Courage Inspir-action

Courage Inspir-action

CourageFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofcourage[instagram-feed type="hashtag" hashtag="#gmseasonofcourage"...

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Week 3 – Twigs + gelli plate + thread

Week 3 – Twigs + gelli plate + thread

CourageThis season we are collaborating with a partner, or being our own cheerleader. Download the Season Sidekick for a list of prompts to work from.  Char and Claudette are choosing three items...

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Week 1 – Tea bags + paint + found words

Week 1 – Tea bags + paint + found words

CourageThis season we are collaborating with a partner, or being our own cheerleader. Download the Season Sidekick for a list of prompts to work from.  Char and Claudette are choosing three items...

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057 Courage

057 Courage

Courage#gmseasonofcourageThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist You're going to explore new creative territory. You're...

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Challenge: Collage Relaxation

Challenge: Collage Relaxation

Promise#gmseasonofpromiseYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Relax with your art and get into flow state with this easy art journaling technique. Repurpose scraps...

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Challenge: Three, Two, One

Challenge: Three, Two, One

Explore ways to create pages with a simple formula of 3 colors, 2 words, and 1 image. This formula opens us up to endless possibilities to create unique layouts.

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Creative Reflections and Intentions: Goal Setting as an Artist

Creative Reflections and Intentions: Goal Setting as an Artist

The end of the year holds so much resolution and finality. It’s the closing of a chapter. But this also implies the newness of the next. It holds so much promise. Rather than focusing on the end or on the beginning, I encourage you to sit right in that feeling of...

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Promise Inspir-action

Promise Inspir-action

Promise#gmseasonofpromiseFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofpromise[instagram-feed...

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Challenge: Daily Chroma

Challenge: Daily Chroma

Look for an inspiring object/s and observe all the colors in it, not simply the main hue, but all the shifts in tone with highlights/shadows, etc.

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The Art of Writing

The Art of Writing

Misty is someone who is comfortable in the messy middle in her art and her writing. She has really good insights into how to talk to yourself in the messy middle.

This conversation is going to feed your soul.

We talk about process, the book she’s writing, why she’s writing, her struggles, how she overcomes them, how she adapts everything to be what she needs it to be in order to maintain the fun.

In the end, it’s all about the fun.

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How to Connect with Your Intuition

How to Connect with Your Intuition

Rachael Helmore is a collage and drawing performance artist. The video is taken from an exhibition and performance.

When creating art while others watch, you really need to be connected to yourself. I asked Rachael to share how she’s able to connect with her intuition, even as other people watch.

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The Art of Book Writing with Misty Granade

The Art of Book Writing with Misty Granade

 When I started art journaling, I started because I wanted to be an artist. But, step one to being an artist is making art. It's the same for writing a book. Step one to writing a book is actually sitting down and writing. The absolute Queen of Process, The Queen of...

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Challenge: Freedom of Limitations

Challenge: Freedom of Limitations

Create four journal pages, one for each of the following themes: Inspired by a Mess, Out for a Walk, Something Messy Something Clean, and View From my Window. The trick is to make your pages FAST and INTUITIVE! So impose the following time limits: One page should take 5 minutes, one should take 10 minutes, one should take 20 minutes, and one should take 40.

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Routine vs. Spontinaeity with Sarah Gardner

Routine vs. Spontinaeity with Sarah Gardner

Sarah and I chat about the way she sees creativity - a place that has space for both structure and chaos. We talk about the harmony of her left and right brain sides of her brain. Creativity is impossible unless you're willing to embrace uncertainty. You have to widen...

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3. Studio

3. Studio

Transcript So, my own personal rule for artist dates, and for taking along a little travel log, even if it's an everyday travel log, is that I only use found materials. So, I'm going to show you a whole beautiful bunch of examples. Now, I have a lot...

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2. Outside

2. Outside

Transcript I'm currently at a park. It's one of my favorite parks because it comes with a castle. Hello, I'm in Germany, so castles are pretty average around here. And I'm going to take you along with me, and show you kind of the way I take myself on...

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1. Inside

1. Inside

  Transcript Hey there. My name is Caylee Grey, and I'm here to chat to you all about these magical things called artist dates. If you don't know about them yet, get ready for your mind to be blown. Absolutely blown. If you already know about...

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Artist Date

Artist Date

Travel journals are one of my favorite ways to create, but there’s no need to wait for a Parisian or Thai overseas escapade. You can have a small adventure in the now—like, tomorrow-kind-of *now*. All you need are a few of your favorite supplies (that—guess what—you...

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How to Publish a Book with my Fairy Bookmother Jeannine Stein

How to Publish a Book with my Fairy Bookmother Jeannine Stein

 Prepare yourself for a bucket load of fangirling. Jeannine is one of my favourite people in the world - my editor, my Fairy Bookmother, and all-around dream maker. She changed my life, and in this episode, we're sharing insight into the process of publishing a book...

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7 Ways to Feel Less Alone as a Creative (Zoom-Fatigue-Free)

7 Ways to Feel Less Alone as a Creative (Zoom-Fatigue-Free)

The life of a creative can be lonely. And let’s face it: whether we identify as creatives or not, we all know what this pretty rubbish state of being feels like. As humans, we’re hard-wired for connection: we long to be understood by others, we long for relationships...

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Challenge: Collage Lines

Challenge: Collage Lines

Use cut paper lines/shapes to create a sense of motion across two spreads in your journal. Working with lines, colors and imagery will create visually interesting and dimensional art journal pages.

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Being an Artist vs. Just Making Art

Being an Artist vs. Just Making Art

I believe that anyone can make art but not everyone can be an artist. I know that the common narrative is that everyone can be an artist, however, I disagree with that. Well. Slightly. Let me explain... For some, capital A Artist is a stifling term. It renders them...

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Challenge: Movement as a Distraction

Challenge: Movement as a Distraction

We constantly are moving, doing, and staying busy in our daily lives. How can we carve away slivers of time for peace and creating? In this journal we will connect to a moment of calm in the midst of the chaos playing on contrast and complimentary colors to highlight this dichotomy in our lives.

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Let Go of Control and Make Imperfect Art with Kelli Saginak

Let Go of Control and Make Imperfect Art with Kelli Saginak

You guys. This is an episode in which I share the wisdom and kindness of my life coach. This is the one single human who has changed my life the most in the past year - the beautiful Kelli Saginak. Kelli opens up about her history with control and anxiety, we talk...

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Bookcast Series 2: It’s All About the Proposal

Bookcast Series 2: It’s All About the Proposal

The proposal was the first official task to writing my book. It's also what ended up being my compass and my rock. It was a mammoth task, but it was also easy? Why? Because I had already done the work... the year before in a very deep way and also every single year...

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Challenge: Repurposed Florals

Challenge: Repurposed Florals

Create loose, abstract florals with paint, markers, crayons and the magic ingredient – acrylic skins. By repurposing (rather than simply throwing away) old palettes and dried acrylic paint, we’ll add some texture and surprising pops of colour to your art journal.

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Continue Exploring

Continue Exploring

This class has given you tools for your arsenal in the journey that is your Unfolding. Now, it is up to you to continue exploring, connecting, and deepening.Resources to continue meditating and support your practice: Meditation Apps Calm Headspace Insight Timer 10%...

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Tools Over Rules with Laurel Greenfield

Tools Over Rules with Laurel Greenfield

I have a massive girlcrush on Laurel. If you've ever struggled to create art that looks like the art going on in your head, then you're going to discover your newest girlcrush too. If you're a food person, same thing. Hell, if you are a living, breathing, creative,...

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Challenge: Staircase Dreamings

Challenge: Staircase Dreamings

Draw a staircase and think about your biggest dream. Draw it at the top of the staircase and then fill each step with the “steps” you’d have to take to make your biggest dream a reality.

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06 My Story

06 My Story

Your handwriting. The way you walk. Which china pattern you choose. It’s all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand.  Everything is a self-portrait. A diary. Your whole drug history’s in a strand of your hair. Your fingernails. The forensic details. The...

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How to Fill a Travel Journal

How to Fill a Travel Journal

Whether you're exploring a new country or your own backyard, here are practical tips on how to travel like an artist rather than a tourist. Podcast Show Notes We discuss: how to fill up a travel journal - whether you're away from home or just around the neighbourhood...

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Challenge: Artist Affirmations

Challenge: Artist Affirmations

I love to incorporate artist affirmations into my art journal practice. Let’s create a beautiful and meaningful art journal spread to silence our inner critics.

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How to Write an Art Book in a Pandemic with Kellee Conrad

How to Write an Art Book in a Pandemic with Kellee Conrad

Last year, Kellee went through an intense creative burnout. I've been through many of those myself. This episode is about what's waiting on the other side. Kellee and I have loads in common, including writing a book with the same publisher and even the same superhero...

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04 My Truth

04 My Truth

At the core of who you are is your truth. We often need to remind ourselves of this truth. The world likes to try to get us to forget. Journaling.Meditating.Heartstorming.Creating. All of these are great ways to remind us of our truth. For MIND, meditate on the...

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Bookcast Series #1: The Beginning – I Wrote a Book!

Bookcast Series #1: The Beginning – I Wrote a Book!

Life is experienced in moments. Some of these moments hold more weight. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can feel the weight of some moments. There are certain moments in my life that I knew while they were happening that they would change everything. Bookcast...

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Challenge: The Sticky-Note

Challenge: The Sticky-Note

Get creative using sticky-notes (post-its) in your journal pages. The humble sticky-note is often overlooked as an art material, but there are lots of fun ways of using them. We’ll share a few of our suggestions and we’re sure you’ll have lots more ideas of your own.

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03 Creation

03 Creation

To prepare for the creating in the next three lessons, connect with what each of the three areas mean to you. Create a mood board, curate a kit of supplies that soothe you, and bring you back towards yourself. Grab a slice of cake...Download the mood board templates...

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02 Heartstorming

02 Heartstorming

This is how we see heartstorming:Read the original text by Father Paul Keenan.Transcript Oh, yes. Heartstorming. Through this experience, Caylee and I, rely on Father Paul Keenan and his definition and view of heartstorming, which you can also read in his book,...

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01 Meditation

01 Meditation

The term meditation means in Latin, “to ponder.” Simply, meditation is a mindful practice of becoming aware, deepening, expanding, and contemplating or pondering our awareness. Meditation is personal. It’s uniquely individual and we invite you to make it your own. A...

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Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to Unfold. This course is all about the art of meditative journaling and the self-nurturing practice of using meditation combined with art journaling as a path to a deeper understanding and connection with yourself. The course is intentionally designed with...

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Unfold

Unfold

Foundations of meditation in artDeep Connection through art

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Challenge: Wild Abandon

Challenge: Wild Abandon

Moments#gmseasonofmomentsYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create with wild abandon. Let go of perfection and expectations and gather things that you love. Art...

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