Sunday, February 22, 2009

Progressing and New Supplies

 todolistI’m really working hard to get everything ready to give my first workshop - "Visual Journaling-Creatively Savoring the Journey”  YAY!

I have a to-do list I’m systematically working my way through…outline, handouts, securing an appropriate place to have the workshop, setting prices, a supply list, and on and on.  But I’m working through it all, one step at a time.

I really don’t believe I would have ever had the nerve to step up to the plate and make this dream of mine come true without the wonderful support and kind words you’ve each left me here.  All of the great hints and ideas you’ve sent me, the gentle pushes to just “Do it!”, and just how much of a feeling of love and support I’ve gotten from all of you.  Thank you so much.

Thrillingly, I got word last night that there are another two younger women who want to sign up for the workshop.  They heard about it through another woman I know that is adamant she is going to be first to sign up and is so excited about it…she’s seen my journals and wants to learn the techniques.  Now her daughter and one of her daughter’s friends want to come, too.

I also received an email from a dear blog reader who is in the Huntsville, Alabama area that would like to attend…unfortunately, Huntsville is two hours away.  *sigh* I wish we were closer, Kathi, but you never know what the future holds.  Maybe, if there is enough interest in your area, we could set up a weekend workshop in the Huntsville area?  That would be awesome! 

Otherwise, I’m still trying to create small pieces for my own house and a few for my Art Fire Shop, too.  It’s taking me longer than I want to actually get my shop up and running but everything in its own time, right?

I did get some AWESOME new supplies and books in the mail this week!  I’ve been so excited about Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio line of products and finally received my box of goodies from the fabulous Nona Designs.  I have loved playing with all my new paints (they really are great!), my sticky-back canvas is up next, and her brushes are awesome, too!  If you buy nothing else, the multi-medium is the best gel medium I’ve ever used (better than Golden’s, in my opinion)…grab some of the matte and try it.  You’ll never want to use any other!

New books in my art library include “Vision Chronicles” by Linda Woods and Karen Denino, “True Vision” by L.K. Ludwig, and “The Decorated Journal” by Gwen Diehn.  The first two are both absolute musts for any art journalist who is learning more about the art…the latter, well, I am not so excited about it.  I haven’t counted it out completely, yet, but I am withholding true judgment as of yet…hoping that I just looked it over at a bad time for me. 

My library of art related books, especially Art Journaling, is growing by leaps and bounds…and I am soaking them in like crazy!  I even wound up with two copies of the Jan/Feb 2009 Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine (and have no idea how that happened!)  Anyone need a copy?

Okay…not enough sleep last night so I’m going to nap before I head back into the studio to work on some of my goodies I have going.

Hope your weekend is going great!

Peace & Love,


  1. How exciting!!!! Yay!!!! Hope you'll have tons of fun and that rumour will spread about your workshop!

  2. I too want to come play the workshop an "online class" or is it in person? Either way it's gonna be wonderful...I can't wait.
    Peace and Love, Dar

  3. I'm so happy for you! Taking the brave pill isn't always easy but seeing you do this inspires me to step up to the plate as well. I'm working on getting into an art gallery downtown. /crosses fingers. =) Keep us all posted on your endeavor so we can cheer you on!

  4. Hi, Barb! Yay! You go girl! Keep up the awesome progress! :-)

  5. wow!! this is really taking off!!! that's so cool!!xoxox

  6. Ohhh Barb...You are living my dream! Teaching an art journaling awesome! Best of the best to you. Can I help you in any way?

  7. I probably sound like a kid, but I don't care. "You Go Girl" You will never know what might have been unless you just do it. I do not believe anyone that tries fails because the joy is always in the doing.
    Have Fun, Mary

  8. Hi, Barb! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! And {{{{{HUGS}}}}} right back atcha! :-)

  9. Hi, Barb! Thanks for the question! I think these are silly quizzes and don't take them too seriously. I would say that at the moment, I am appreciating quiet and tranquility - but I'm not always that way. And I don't think I get bored easily. But I do think people depend on me and lean on me to help them feel secure and to be a peacemaker. So, it's probably not entirely accurate - it's just for fun! :-)

  10. Sounds fantastic! Have fun getting it all together. And enjoy your new "toys:!


  11. you must be working new updates!!

    I emailed you the 2nd installment of the weekend. :)

  12. You sound so full of enthusiasm Barb - its wonderful! I hope it all goes really well for you - just wish I could nip over and join you.
    Linda :-)

  13. Barb! What a great idea!! I just wish I wasn't so far away... I'd sign up in a heart-beat!!
    Best of luck!! xx

  14. I am so excited for you, Barb!! This workshop is going to R.O.C.K. It's so wonderful you've found a way to share your gifts with your community. I'm preparing for my first workshop this coming weekend too! :)

    Keep it up, lady! We're wishing you the Best!
    Much Joy, Many Blissings~*

  15. Love journaling! Wish I could come too, but too far from Illinois. I have a cousin in Cullman. Are you near?


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Peace & Love,

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