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You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more.
— Oprah Winfrey
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Bloom where you are planted

I have always loved and appreciated this saying. While I feel I don’t like to be planted really, I do believe that we should be grateful for where we are right now, and for what we have. Wanderlust has been in my soul for as long as I can remember and so I have so many periods of restlessness. I have been in a state of restlessness for a few months now. It’s not an easy place to be, and people who don’t feel it, don’t really understand. The best way I can describe it, would be similar to having RLS Restless Leg Syndrome. Are you familiar? RLS often comes on when you are trying to sleep, and you get this ache in your legs that is almost unbearable, and nearly painful and all you want to do is cry out and you have the urge to move about, walk. You believe any movement at all, will save you from the uncomfortable pain of staying in that one spot you’re in.

So for me, I feel an ache, and a longing to be anywhere but where I am, and I crave to have a view that’s new, beauty around me, smell new smells, see new people, feel new things, get out of the mundane. And yes, sometimes I want to cry because the ache hurts. So to bloom where I am planted has taken practice, and I have gotten very good at actually taking one day at a time. It’s helped with my anxiety too. It makes it easier to see that tomorrow is another day and I can start again.

And as she fell apart, her shattered pieces began to bloom-blossoming until she became herself, exactly as she was meant to be.
— Becca Leee

Ahh, blossoming! Now this is what I love. I feel that I am finally becoming exactly who I was meant to be. Yet I feel like it is still happening, I am still becoming, and that excites me for what is to come!

I also love to see others blossom. In life, and in their art and creative journeys! It brings me so much joy!

Just this week I had someone message me through Instagram and she wanted to have coffee. She had news to share. I don’t know her well but she has followed me for several years and I have met her in person a handful of times. She wanted to share that she is retiring early, and pursuing, well basically, her JOY. There is something so transformative about taking this leap, I should know, I have done it!

I want to share a bit about four components that I think contribute to successfully blossoming into the person you were always meant to be. For me, these four components stay top of mind, and continue to be a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly practice, because really nothing worth anything substantial comes too easily right?

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Tell me, what are your thoughts on blooming, about blossoming into yourself? First do the worksheet below, and share in the group! I can’t wait to read what you have to share!

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Every Flower is a Soul blossoming in nature - Gerard de Nerval

When a person blossoms, they develop good, attractive, or successful qualities. Allow yourself to bloom.

Creativity Warm up and practice

I want you to get yourself an old hardcover book from the used store, any book will do.

In the coming months, we are going to practice in our book, playing, choosing color combinations just to see what we like. This is not going to be a masterpiece so please don’t expect it to be. This is just a book, a place where we are going to play and experiment, decide what colors we like together, what shapes we like to paint, and we will eventually do some collage and practice some basics for art journaling.

In this first video I am going to show you some of the pages I have painted, and I use painted lightly because it’s just playing really, with shapes and color. Some I like, and some I don’t and that’s ok! This is something you can do in 10 minutes or do more pages and play as long as you want. Sometimes I will gesso some page as night so they are ready for me in the coming days.

You will need:

  • an old hardcover book

  • clips to hold your pages back

  • a paint brush or two

  • gesso

  • markers

  • sponge brush

  • expired gift card

  • hair dryer (optional if you don’t want to wait for your pages to dry!)

That’s it for now. Later in the month we will do a bit more, but so far that’s it!

I start by applying a light layer of gesso on my pages. This does not have to be thick, I like to see the print behind what I am doing. The gesso acts as a primer and allows us to get the pages wet.

I like to practice with shapes and colors to see if I like the combinations of color or not. Sometimes I love them and sometimes I think they are yuck. But I look forward to filling the book and looking back at it! You will see, if you continue on with the practice, how you change and evolve, and the book will be proof of that! Its also a great way to practice with different paint brushes and making marks with them. As we go on, I will show you many ways to “make marks, or mark-making”. You will see in the video, I am using the corner of a sponge brush to create triangles and a credit card to make some lines.

Watch the video below, and practice in your book. Please share your pages in the Facebook group so we can see and celebrate!

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My May Color Palette

If you are looking to practice with a different color palette, feel free to use this as your inspiration! Please note that color names can vary dependant on brand so I am just placing the color here for reference only and no name attached to it.

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Using Magazines as Inspiration

Sometimes I like to flip through my magazines and pull out images that inspire me with color. I like that I can keep this on hand, that they are something I can hold in my hand, instead of pulling out my phone to look at a Pinterest board or a saved photo. Somehow it just feels different, and I like it! I have always been a magazine ripper outer though.

Below you will see a video (approximately 15 minutes long) in which I use a magazine photo as color inspiration and then use that color palette in my old book. Take a view and then give it a try. I would love if you share a photo of the page from the magazine as well as the completed painted page in your old book.

In the second video, I am using my left over paint to create a style of page I really enjoy, it also makes a good art journal page background.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • your old book, or your mixed media book if you have decided against a book

  • magazines

  • a fine tip black marker or paint pen

  • a small and medium flat brush

  • gesso

  • painters tape or masking tape (even washi tape works)

  • paint in assorted colors

  • a 4x6 piece of mixed media or water color paper. (cut up a few in whatever size you like that you can use for future projects

  • sponge brush

  • used gift card for mark making

  • dryer to dry pages


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A fun way to use leftover paint…

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Remember…

You have this one precious life to live, and we each have such beautiful gifts that are unique to each and every one of us. Let those gifts be something we nurture, and give away out into the universe!

Give yourself the time to creative play, even little bits at a time, and see the benefit from that gift you give yourself.

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The human spirit lives on creativity and dies in conformity and routine.
— Author Vilayat Inayat Khan