I am loving these 10 Days of Awe as they require that the daily routine is occasionally paused for reflection. This automatically leads me to gratitude and delight during my favorite season. The pictures above are from the final pages of my most recent art journal. I am loving the fresh, watercolor approach (pen added for details). My Oct. Adventure Journal Newsletter gives some tips for using watercolors in your art journal - check it out (after 10/1) on the newsletter page where I have them all archived. Ahhh, autumn in awe.
I am filled with so much gratitude and wonderful memories for this past weekend at our Taos "Playful Pages" art retreat. It was a love fest of creative energy, a million laughs, an alien visit and lots of fabulous, artistic discoveries. Thanks to all the participants! Our dates are reserved for 2015, details of the extended art retreat will be posted soon!.
Wow! My student, Kristin Nielsen-Drake, shared these images from the petal rubbing project she had her students do as a way to personalize their composition books. How terrific! Kristin was part of the fantastic Crested Butte Ripple art retreat where I showed students a simple way to rub the petals (instead of pounding them) using spoons. Kristin took it to her elementary school students and they not only rubbed but painted the pages (after outlining the petal impressions with pen). These were attached to the composition books after being laminated. Once again, my students continue to amaze me and make me so proud! It is wonderful to share these techniques and see them used in so many different venues. Today I passed along Kristin's work to another teacher-friend in Boulder; thanks so much for sharing this so others can find some new inspiration for the classroom!