The Cozy Story Behind Colorful Blessings: Home Sweet Home

We are all on a journey and have a story to tell. Often the journey leads us back home, to who we are meant to be. Here, is the story behind some of the coloring pages in the Colorful Blessing coloring book. We all need a place to call home. Every person is significant. In the  Colorful Blessings coloring book, the pages give a glimpse into my story expressed through line. They are waiting to be colored, to connect with your story. May you belong, be-long, be-loved. If you purchase and enjoy my coloring book,  would you write a review on Amazon? … Read More

An Alphabet Story Behind the Art of Colorful Blessings

Sometimes it amazes me how something that seems insignificant ends up being something of meaning and connection. It was like that with these pages. I wanted to be a part of an online Art Journaling group Bernice Hopper invited me to, An A to Z of Me. The trouble was, I was so busy, I didn’t have time to get out my paints, start a new journal etc. Fortunately, Bernice’s groups have the flexibility to go with your own flow. So I decided to do what I could to participate. That meant not doing the techniques, but doing the prompts… Read More

The Faith Story Behind the Art of Colorful Blessings

Since my faith is such an important and integrated part of my life,  I made a journal expressing my faith. Here, is the story behind some of the faith-filled coloring pages in the Colorful Blessing coloring book. Here is a blog post link see a flip through of my Faith journal: http://visualblessings.blogspot.com/2013/11/journey-through-my-faith-journal.html. If you would like to learn the lettering and doodling techniques shown in these journals, check out the Lettering & Doodling Hope online workshop: https://valeriesjodin.com/e-courses/. More techniques for backgrounds, marbling, and creating unique edges are found in the other workshops listed there.  We all believe in something, someone. In this… Read More

Trust – The Story Behind Colorful Blessings

Trading fear for trust. It is a part of the life journey I find myself on. So it is not surprising a number of the coloring pages have Trust as a theme and a process. The page below is from my Faith journal: Part of trusting is being brave. It is what my name means, but I have often found myself feeling anything but brave. Being brave means stepping out with courage, trusting it will all work out, that I don’t have to be perfect. Instead, work for excellence and move forward… The page above has encouraged me to trust… Read More

The Playful Story Behind the Art: Nurture and Celebrate!

Here, are some visual stories of nurturing tranquility, playing, and celebrating life behind the coloring pages in the Colorful Blessing coloring book. One way to nurture tranquility is to get outside and enjoy nature. The little journal above was about when I went with my husband to my favorite place, our Oregon beach. When it is sunny and warm, it is the most wonderful, beautiful place in the world to me. I even enjoy it when it is rainy and storming. Here is a link to the original blog post I wrote with the rest of the story: http://visualblessings.blogspot.com/2012/07/beach-weekend-art-journal.html For techniques done… Read More

The Story Behind the Art of Colorful Blessings

We each have a story to tell, and our stories relate to one another. Every person is significant. In the just released Colorful Blessings coloring book, the pages give a glimpse into my story expressed through line. They are waiting to be colored, to connect with your story. Here, are some of the stories behind the coloring pages in the Colorful Blessing coloring book. The cover of Colorful Blessings went through a number of changes as I worked through the process with the publisher, Taunton Press. This is what we agreed on and I think it reflects the style of the book well. The… Read More

Insight Walking the Labyrinth

On the last page of the journal shown in the last post, I made a simple labyrinth that can be followed with my finger much like the actual labyrinth I made a labyrinth in our yard from leftover bricks. It, and the writing next to it, reminds me of the insight displayed in the labyrinth. Here is a photo of the labyrinth outside the studio.  For me, most often the labyrinth walking represents my faith and life journey. A maze and a labyrinth look very similar at first glance. The journey is even similar in some ways but also very… Read More

Releasing Hope ~ Workshop Invite and Journal Flip Through

You are invited! Online Art Journaling Workshops: Here is a flip though of my HOPE Journal I demonstrate in for the Workshop series:  In Marbling & More we will make a journal and walk through the step-by-step process of marbling pages of our journal, enhancing the marbling, and painting papers. The techniques taught in this course serve as a base to build the rest of the journal. I love this one because in addition to new skills, it focuses on playing, enjoying the process like a child again! Marbling & More Online Art Journaling Workshop: https://valeriesjodin.com/art-journaling-workshops/  Painting Beautiful Backgrounds can be easy and fun! In this workshop, you will… Read More

Welcome to Open Studio – October 19 and 20

Welcome to our Annual   Washington County Artists Open Studios in Oregon.  NEW ORIGINAL ART NEW ART CONTEMPLATION CARDS! text card tells a brief story about each painting on one side and Scripture meditations on the other side MATTED PRINTS including NEW and favorite images CARDS including NEW and favorite images & 2014 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE RELEASED I also have a few copies of the latest Art Journaling Magazine for purchase featuring my article on the “A to Z of Me” journal. And of course, there will be copies of my book Paintings, Prayers & Passages available. Our studios will be open October 19th & 20th from… Read More

Celebrate with A-bun-dance!

There have been more unfinished art journals hanging around my studio than ever before. Being one of those people who likes to finish things, I picked up a journal I could get enthusiastic about working on again. Awhile ago I posted the first spread of my Abundance journal used in a demo for an Art Journaling Weekend Workshop in the summer. Here is the cover with doodling over stencils and also the center spread. I love word plays, and seeing the “a-bun-dance” in “abundance” inspired me ;0) “It’s not what we have, but what we enjoy that constitutes our abundance.”… Read More