Doodle Deck Week 2


In case your not on instagram, you probably should be. There’s tons of challenges post every month to keep artist (and those not brace enough to call themselves artist) busy. There’s where I found out about a create your own card deck challenge. I’ve really enjoyed learning more about what image I choose for the prompt and why I picked the image. Below are the images and descriptions for week 2.


8 – song lyrics. I chose “It’s only forever, it’s not long at all.” By David Bowie from the movie Labyrinth as he was Goblin King. I chose to draw a fairy from the open scene of the maze. I felt it was appropriate since most fae stories are them whisking humans off to the fae realm.


9 – Something scary. I drew what looks like a green blob or a big splat but this represents what I’m actually irrationally scared of which is spiders. It also has a double meaning of being scared of something when you shouldn’t.


10 – something sharp. This one took me a while to figure out but I finally decided to sketch mountains. Not only are the rocks on the mountains sharp. I feel mountains also represents warnings or challenges like the prompt is moving us toward.


11 Tic-Tac-Toe Game. tictactoe with a space open or empty. I went very whimsical with an outside game of roses and leaves. I feel there is nothing more fun or magical then working with what you own. I prefer to look at the space not as empty or blank but open, letting whoever is playing to will the game to end or left untouched. A special meaning depends on the situation.


12 -Complete this drawing, which was a simi-bottom circle. I decided that it was the bottom of this baby elephant ear. I felt I needed an elephant in my deck since that is my partner’s spirit animal.


13 -Scribble wildly. I decided to make my scribbles into something. Surprisingly I chose a womb with baby slowly emerging from the chaos, much how I feel most of us our conceived.

14 – Your word of the year over and over. I really love how this turned out. Not only can you see what my word is but I repeated the word over and over cleverly. I made this with the inspiration of moss agate mineral. 


Doodle Deck Week 1


In case your not on instagram, you probably should be. There’s tons of challenges post every month to keep artist (and those not brace enough to call themselves artist) busy. That site is where I found out about a create your own card deck challenge. I’ve really enjoyed learning more about what image I choose for the prompt and why I picked the image. Below is week one.



1. Spiral- I can’t think spiral without thinking labyrinth and maze. Which much like life has two meanings to me. It could be to get lost in a scary maze with no map or it could be you fall into a wonderland world where you meet so many people. It all depends on how you look at it.


2. Arrow- Often times in my artwork arrows are symbols to guide your eye. They are meant to take you somewhere. The lead, they point, they direct. That’s how I see arrows, going somewhere. Arrows always have a place to go and don’t leave you hanging.

3. Asleep- I love to sleep during a new moon. I feel as if the world is quiet while it’s dark out and the moon has no power or pull to say otherwise. I sleep better during these times.

4. Awake- “When sun is awake, I am awake” Anna from Frozen. What she said is very true. In the summertime as we get closer to the equinox, I hardly sleep because the sun is out over 10 hours. I’m up and doing things.

5. Love- when I think of imaginary for love, I think of music notes and record players, of all the musicians writing songs about the things the love or lost. About how we play or sign happy music when we are in love and how we listen to the sad songs when we loose love ones. How music is very much apart of the beat of our hearts.

6. Non-dominate hand portrait- It is said that by drawing with your non dominant hand, your brain chooses something completely different then if you drew normal. In the self portrait, the non-dominate hand draws your inner self, or the hidden self. In my personal card, I drew features I wouldn’t have drawn and of course my bohemian/Indian self always comes out in portraits, even though I’m a readheaded Viking.

7. Draw with dominant hand portrait- Funny how just like in real life you find the one flaw you hate and can’t get over, much like the drawing with my dominant hand. I drew on lines for my indent upper lip and it turned out like a mustache so I tried to erase what I did in pen. Much like real life, there’s only so much you can do to “fix your flaws” before you realize you have to accept them. I guess in the way, acceptance is the key word.

January #blessingsketches

When I thought about how God told me my word of the year was Peace, I thought of different things He might want me to achieve. As I sat in Him and listen, I hear Him whisper ‘I want you to count your blessings’. At first I wasn’t sure how that could bring me peace but I obeyed. I obeyed out of the respect I have for the Lord and out of the fact that counting what I am grateful would never harm me. As week one turned into week two I noticed small actions that might have gone unnoticed. I started to count many more blessings in one day. I was learning to let myself not come to anger, fear, and anxiety  as easily. I was thanking God for all that He has made, small or large.
What an incredible month of blessings it has been.

  1. Holy Bible
  2. Donald, the local duck
  3. Sketch App for android
  4. Energy
  5. My inhaler
  6. Hot Water
  7. Happy Mail
  8. Michaels Haul
  9. Fresh Air
  10. VC Andrews Movies
  11. David Bowie
  12. Love
  13. Clean Carpets
  14. Naps
  15. Phone with Mom
  16. Robin Sighting
  17. Conversation
  18. New Blog
  19. Stamp Ink
  20. Fiona, stuffed giraffe
  21. Scrapbooking
  22.  Early Morning
  23. Stairs
  24. Pillow
  25. Electricity
  26. Stars Wars 4 & 5
  27. Buttons
  28. Butter Nose, a raccoons
  29. Gilmore Girls Return!!
  30. Neko Atsume, a kitty app
  31. Mini Storage Trays


2016 Art Journaling Classes

This post is long due to all the text. However, I will update the list of art journaling classes I participate in through the year.

FREE Year Long Classes

  1. Journal52 – Weekly “Journal52 is a free, year long art journaling workshop. Join 10 000 + members as we take on the prompts week by week throughout the year.”
  2. TMD-DNA – Bi-Weekly “Take Me Deeper-DNA™ is a bi-weekly devotional that will prompt us to spend time in God’s word. Each devotional week you will get the opportunity to translate the bible study into art. Every Friday HKC will post a verse, devotional, worship video and examples of how we interpreted the bible study in our art.  The weeks that do not have a devotion, a “creative prompt” will be provided by a guest artist. The creative prompt will be based on an “I am” statement that will help us go deeper in finding out our “DNA” in Christ. We pray that these 52 weeks will change how you approach, engage and apply God’s word in your life and art. At the end of the year regardless of how many weeks your participated, you will have created a legacy of the faith walk. This legacy will show you how God has moved in your life!”
  3. Documented Faith – Weekly “I send out an email and post on a website a monthly “word” to focus on and a verse each month that goes with that word. If the only thing you do is read it, that’s great. If you want to journal everyday, once a week or once a month about it, that is great.  If you want to create something based on it, perfect. If you want to add it to your journal, planner or binder that is great too. YOU can make up the rules for this.  YOU can do what you want, when you want.  This is a personal journey of faith and a personal relationship between YOU & Jesus that you are “documenting” in YOUR OWN WAY. This is not about a religion.”
  4. Logos365 – Monthly “His Kingdom Come believes that there is great power in the Word of God. Many people choose one word that represents what they want to see more of in their life during a year. There are websites and books dedicated to this. New Year resolutions come and go very quickly, but this process is allowing God to work in your life and for your focus to become His word for you that lasts an entire year in your life. People choose this word through thoughts or through a word occurring in their reading or devotion time that “speaks” to them. At His Kingdom Come we believe that God will guide us to what he wants to see more of in our lives during the year. The logos365™ project is our way of finding your word through prayer, bible study and reflection.”
  5. Paint Plan & Chronicle – Weekly
  6. Jennie Bellies Journal Challenge – Monthly “This is a monthly art journaling challenge group. At thebeginning of every month I will post the new challenge in a link further down this page. To acquaint yourself with all the ins and outs of this group please watch the introductory video.”
  7. Explorations Of Me – Monthly
  8. Colour Me Positive – Weekly “Our post will include our positive quote for the week for inspiration. It will also include an extra/optional challenge prompt. We will put up some examples of pages we have done with the quote as inspiration, some of which will also incorporate the extra challenge. These pages are purely to show you what we have done and how we have interpreted the challenge in our own journals. What you create is entirely up to you. You can take a word from the quote, a feeling, a colour, the extra prompt, all of the above or nothing at all. I repeat, it is entirely up to you what format it takes, what mediums you use and what direction you take. We can’t wait to see what you do with it!”


Free Inspiration Ideas/ Classes

  1. En Masse
  2. 2016 Magical Yearbook – “If we find a way to be more conscious of our day to day life, by getting intentional about what we want from life, then things can look a lot different. That’s why I want to create a yearbook – so I have something to steer me in the right direction for the year ahead. Whenever I feel aimless, bored, disconnected – the yearbook will serve as a map to get me back on course.”
  3. Sacred Soul Journaling – “This is not simply about visualising our goals for the future for manifesting, but it is about connecting to that part of ourselves where our mind meets our heart: our soul. It is about getting to know ourselves on a deeper, spiritual level so that we can garner the strength and courage we need to make positive changes in our lives.”
  4. Self-Love for the Soul – “Cultivating a sense of love for ourselves is the most important work we will do. After all the years that I have struggled against myself, I have come to the conclusion that self-love is the solution to all of my problems. Whatever the issue, it always leads back to self-love – always. Well, to be more exact…a lack of self-love. And I know it isn’t just me…”
  5. Mixed Media Morsels – “Mixed Media Morsels is a new video series where I’ll be showing (and together we’ll be doing) lots of fun techniques in mixed media art on a small scale. After a while, we will have a full notebook of little yummies that we can refer to later for inspiration. So get yourself a small notebook and some basic supplies, and come play along! No commitment is required, and there are no rules, except, of course, to relax and have FUN!”
  6. Derwent Academy


Paid For YEAR Long Classes

  1. Lifebook 2016 – ““Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!”
  2. Documented Life Project 2016: Unplanner

One Little Word // Eireneuo Peace

My word for 2016 is Eireneuo.

It all started at the beginning of December. I made a drastic change that I felt God was calling me to do and afterwards the overwhelming feeling of peace was enough to convince me that I was following his will.  Psalm 119:165-167 “Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble. I hope for Your salvation, O Lord, And do Your commandments. My soul keeps Your testimonies, And I love them exceedingly.”

Then just as I feeling and loving this peace from God, I was given a test to shake my faith. The first was my mother-in-laws cats as both passed unexpectedly fast and so close to the Holiday season. I understand that death is part of life, Ecclesiastes 12:7 “and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it”, yet that doesn’t make their passing easier. We do not find enjoyment in death. However, God has given us the keys to death through His Son; John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”. In Him I found peace during that difficult time.

The second test happened when my brother, Soren, had a seizure and had to be admitted to the hospital. If God was ever giving me a test, I feel this would be the one. Currently, I live two hours from him so going to visit him often is hard. I feel guilty when my brother is in the hospital because I can’t be there to help my family as they need. However, I can have peace in God that He will provide the strength (Isaiah 40:29) and community (Psalm 133:1) that my family needs. I can be the praying pillar for my family. (Philippians 4:6-9) Guess what? God did just that and more! Soren was found blemish-less (Micah ).

Through all of those, I felt only the power of peace that can be found when I remembered how big our God is, Psalm 157:5 “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure”. I felt God calling me all through December. He was saying abide in Him (John 15:4-7) and I find the rest that peace provides (Isaiah 57:2).

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