Thursday, June 30, 2011

Artful Tourist Tenants of Creativity

Background from Designer Digitals, image from Deviant Scrap.
 By releasing the cumbersome burden of my old web site I am inspired to create new projects and pages. Today I took an extra hour of my Thursday morning scheduled renewal time (yes, I schedule renewal) to create imagery for my Tenants of Creativity. These nine tenants represent my personal philosophy of creativity. I made an art journal page in May that I've wanted to express digitally for weeks. I'm so refreshed by this process.

The art journal spread that inspired the Tenants of Creativity

Explore your own tenants of creativity the next time you visit your studio space or consider an Artful Tourist workshop to guide you in this process.

Look for individual tenants of creativity to be posted on the Artful Tourist Facebook page in the coming days. You are welcome to tag them or print them for your personal use and inspiration.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Launched Renewed Web Site today-------

This is so exciting for me--I've redesigned my web site to reflect my current focus and priorities. Check it out at

The journals, the artful spirit, and the recycled projects are now prominently featured on the home page and the site.

Now that the basics are published I will go back in and flush out more of the topics and links. I've been working on this for almost a month and I just couldn't keep it under wraps any longer.

Release and Receive
In my personal life and career, I have been practicing this affirmation for almost two years now. I simplified my studio and my goals. The whole process is cathartic and so nourishing. Last month I realized that my efforts to apply this to my whole life means I must also fine tune and scale down the web site. Before I started this process I'm not even sure I realized how the old site was weighing me down. Ah, the glory of simplicity.

Consulting & Teaching
After three years of "amateur status" I am available again as a professional artist, instructor, and consultant. Check out the HIRE ME page on the site as well as the Artful Spirit section for new programs and ideas that are more aligned with my current life goals. You will see even more information in the weeks to come. Thank you so much for your support and interest over the last ten years with my web site--I'm looking forward to bringing you wonderful new ideas and projects.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The StowAway Book Returns with Paper Temptress

The StowAway book is one of my favorite projects to make and teach. This month I decided to try one with Paper Temptress card stock and the results were fabulous for me. You can check it out in all it's glory here:
StowAway Book on Paper Temptress Blog

The Tim Holtz Tribute StowAway Book Opened

Tips for creating StowAway book:
  • Have a theme and color scheme laid out
  • Use papers with lots of texture since everything on the project is "touch-able"
  • Fiber is your friend :-)
  • Include a gift card for a special delivery present
  • Use the FREE class tutorial I posted on PT blog

Tim Holtz tribute StowAway closed

Samples of other StowAway Books--One is a Florida theme and the other is Women