Sunday, August 2, 2015

Art journaling and some background techniques

Hello lovelies,

I have been doing some art journaling lately, experimenting with a lot of background techniques, which is fun. It's an adventure since you don't know how it will turn out. Art is very forgiving so usually everything turns out ok in the end.

In the two pictures below, I wet my heavy duty journal paper thoroughly with water. Then I used very diluted acrylic paints and dripped them on the water-logged paper. The paints spread in a nice, sometimes subtle way. You can use any craft paints or finer art paints as long as they can be diluted with water. Watercolor paints would work well if you want a more diluted and subtle background.


This is another version on my freebie art tutorial Star Angel. You can get that tutorial HERE.



In the one above, you can really see the background variations. Lots of fun. :)


The one above is a faux crinkled leather background. I used medium spread liberally across the paper, and then I glued tissue paper over it. It's important to crinkle the tissue paper into a ball in your hand, and then spread out the wrinkled paper on the medium. Let dry thoroughly, and paint whatever colors you like. I used some raw umber on my fingertip to brush over the ridges as a last coat to make the creasing more dramatic.



Fantasy flowers on top of decorative paper, which was glued down in my journal.


Just for fun!  Grow wild and free. Hell yeah!!!

What are you working on today?

Please share in the comments.

...because Life happens NOW!

xo

Maria

PS. If you're interested in an art journaling ecourse, please check out my Visionary Art Journaling with the six senses HERE.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Because I'm frustrated.

Hello lovelies,

How is your day going?  I've been experiencing some frustration lately. For a year I've been working online setting up various e-courses and freebies just to share my work and inspiration. I have learned sooo much and it's so much fun to actually learn the tech stuff that goes into an online biz.I didn't think I would like that.

If I were a millionaire, I would do art all day long, and never think about money. However, I was not born with a silver spoon, nor have I found the right "recipe" for success. It's a bit like fumbling in the dark with a weak flashlight. You see glimpses of possibilities and walk in the direction of the light. I get excited easily about the next new thing. Bright, shiny new, syndrome maybe. I have had more learning and coaching in the last year than I have all of my life since I left college. It's a beautiful thing, but...

Though I have gained a lot of insights and strategies, it always comes down to my own self. What do I really want to do? It can get very confusing some times, especially when income is at stake. I have done a lot of things in my life that I'm qualified to teach, but I'm not sure I put out the confidence to people who might benefit from my work.

I have no doubt in the quality of my art, but I doubt myself many times. It comes down to beliefs and old feelings of unworthiness. But who cares about that now. I'm ready to fly!

People say, get a job. Get back to reality; don't be such a dreamer.

I have pretty thick skin by now. People can keep their opinions. No way am I going back to the grind. Life is too short and too beautiful to waste on the rat race.
I will have to change my belief that my dream is possible, or not possible.

People who grow up with a prosperity mentality might not have a problem believing in manifesting dreams, but if you come from a belief that money is hard to come by or you have to work hard for your money or you don't want to be more successful than your parents, you have a problem.

I have taken up tapping (if you don't know what it is, go to YouTube and search the term,) and I find it very soothing. The old patterns have to change in the brain, and I believe it's doable. It will take effort and commitment, and sometimes that is hard to pursue.

Basically, I have to change my beliefs to reach my goal, which is a fun, inspiring, easy, and lucrative art career. It's never too late. There is something bright inside of me that says 'never give up on the dream."

What beliefs are you struggling with? Please share.  Even successful people had negative beliefs at some point.

I truly wish you to have success in living your dream.
xo

Maria
P.S. If you're stuck creatively, you can try my free Get Unstuck course:http://mariagreene.org/get-unstuck/
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New background technique.

Hi gorgeous,

I have a new background technique for you today. Experimenting is sooo much fun. Making videos is fun, but I'm far from a pro at that. My equipment is not great, but I do the best I can with what I've got. It's better to share new exciting things than to strive for perfection in everything. Art often happens by accident, doesn't it?

I have been on a high when it comes to producing art lately. It seems to go in cycles, and I welcome the wave when it comes to sweep me away! 

My latest technique involves acrylic paints, water, alcohol, and salt. Yes, you read that right. Salt makes cool patterns in the paint.

I made this video using an old painting I painted in 2004 as inspiration, a star angel. She sends out the stars into the night sky.

Click here to access the link to the video.


Art journaling has become a real obsession for me. It is so much fun and you can try all kinds of new techniques and ideas without ruining an expensive canvas. Speaking of canvases, I did finish a mixed media piece as well last week. 


Broken Dreams 12x12"

Portraits are always a challenge, but fun to paint. Every face has its own expression.

What are you working on lately? I would love to hear about it.

xo

Maria

P.S.  I have a free motivational e-course on how to get unstuck creatively. If you feel stuck, try it. Learn something new and get excited again! CLICK HERE.

You can also sign up for my newsletter HERE.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Discovering the epic.

Dear reader,

It is about discovering the truth of who we are and what we can share with the world, not just the small stuff, but that which is truly epic.

I was asking myself that question this morning. I have no problem producing artsy things to share or sell, but I thought about the perspective of my sphere of knowledge. I have lots of experience, but in the big scheme of things, what I know is small, not anything epic by a long shot.

I share where I'm at now. It's like walking down a dark road with a weak flashlight that also flickers. Stuff out of scary movies, right?
But I take one step forward, and that's as far as I can see.

I guess that's living in the now.

And that's all there is.

My fearful little self doesn't like it, not by a long shot. Maybe the only epic action in life is to step off the proverbial cliff and see what happens. (I'm afraid of heights.) Epic is to do "it" no matter what. Maybe you have to risk is all to have it all? 

I look at people who have epic concepts and I wonder how they came across such knowledge. I believe we're all made to be epic in the best possible way.

What is the divinely inspired "thing" that sets me apart from others and allows me to create epic shit that only I can create. 

I honestly don't know.

I want to know. I go within and ask in meditation, but the Universe is strangely quiet lately. To my ears at least, or maybe I'm not really listening. I'm multi-tasking writing this blog post in my head and planning out my day. I'm just thinking of the few paces I can see ahead, and they are mighty small from an epic perspective.

So I miss the point of stepping into epic. However, I can only act from where I am right now.

What is epic anyway? I don't know. It's a concept. Frodo's struggle to bring the ring to the Mount of Doom was epic. In that sense epic is something that is greater than us. Frodo could not do it alone. He got help along the way.

To create something massively awesome that affects a lot of people in a good way is beyond one person alone, but it can be done with a little help from your friends.


To dare to create something, however small is an epic action since most people never create anything, just live day by day in zombie land.

Say you get an epic inspiration for something so big it scares the pants off of you. It's not like you can turn your back on that. It's like a "knowing" and once you know, you can't un-know it. But you have no idea how to implement it into 3D living.

All you can do is take one step forward and as the whole plan is slowly revealed people will show up along the path to help because it's epic. They can see the value of your inspiration.

Truth is you're the driver; you're the one who takes action every day.

I'm good at taking action.

Until epic strikes I can take one step forward, and then another one until I'm ready. Yeah, I guess that's it. It's very likely the steps actually lead to epic but I can never be certain.


One step at a time, and I'm golden.

What are you doing that is worthwhile today?

xo

Maria

P.S. Check out some of my non-epic stuff, but still good, lol. HERE
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mixed media affirmation cards using playing cards.

Hi gorgeous,

I made some mixed media affirmation cards using an old deck of playing cards. It was so much fun. I shot some videos of each, which you can find on my YouTube channel HERE.

They are easy to make and lots of fun. I only used decorative papers, pictures from magazines, Mod-Podge, and permanent markers. 

Check out the pictures: 


Oops, a spelling mistake here...








You can always try to make some. Make a whole bunch! :)

If you want to share your creations, please join my art Facebook group HERE.
Hope to see you there!!

Enjoy your creativity.

xo

Maria

P.S. My e-course is available (I have a couple up, one is free.) Check out the link and see if anything attracts you. CLICK HERE.





 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Get unstuck!


Get unstuck!   I can help you move from limbo to purpose. When the kids are gone, your job is gone, and life feels empty, it’s time to take some good action!

I’ve been going nuts playing at being a techie and getting WordPress plugins to work.  It’s a nightmare, but I’m learning something new every time I tackle the never-ending computer tasks.  The secret is to never give up or work until your eyes can’t focus any longer or you drop from sheer exhaustion.   Yeah, that’s how I roll sometimes when I’m on a mission.  Life is short.

I’m really excited about my freebie e-course coming up. I put up a video today to introduce the program, and I think it will be well received.  It going to happen in email so if you’re not on my email list for this event, go over and read all about it  HERE.  

It is going to involve some art, but nothing that will be super challenging.  Anyone can do it.
I use art as a transformational tool. As I transform myself I can also inspire others to get going and never look back at the life that didn’t work very well.  I created a Facebook page for people who sign up, but if you’re interested in art and learning more about it, you can join.  Click here.  The more the merrier I say.

It is going to be fun!

I’m signing off now…

xo

Maria

P.S.  If you want a good challenge, you can sign up for my e-course Visionary Art Journaling.  I went in deep on that one, and so will you. GO HERE!  Art can truly transform your life.
….because life happens NOW!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Download instantly!

Hello gorgeous,

I hope you're having an amazing, creative day!

I revamped my giveaway these last few days, yaaay.

Download instantly when you sign up for me newsletter.  It is a 37-page manual on getting started with art journaling. Some of you are seasoned artists, but if you're just starting out, art journaling is a great way to get your feet wet. It's like a journal where you record your life, but with added art. You can still write in it of course. I like to write what is going on and then I cover it with art (sometimes.)

The 37 pages also include the Stargirl mixed media tutorial I offered before, so it's not lost. There is just SO MUCH MORE, and lots of pictures. My aim is to inspire...

...because life happens NOW!

You can download your FREE copy by signing up on this link HERE.
You can also sign up in the side bar at the top. 

Until next time, keep making art.
xo
Maria