Ask God and put out a fleece? Really?!

That was the advice given from my good friend and mentor Linda Eld after my quote of the year rang true, literally, in the form of a phone call. “Plan to be surprised.”  – from “Dan in Real Life” movie.  I was surprised. I may have mentioned before that I don’t like surprises. In January, the editor at Taunton who worked with me on the Colorful Blessings coloring book called before my copies of the coloring book had arrived. She said they wanted to do another coloring book asap. The good news was that Colorful Blessings had gone into its… Read More

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

Welcome to Colorful Blessings Book Party!

Saturday we celebrated the newly released Colorful Blessings coloring book with a book launch and coloring party for us locals. It was great fun filled with laughter, chattering, demos, drawings, connecting with long-lost friends and lots of coloring! You may have missed it, so I’m welcoming you here for a photo tour: It was a lot of fun connecting with people. There was quite a buzz in the studio… Lots of coloring fun going on… I tried a few new things I hadn’t done at open studios such as: doing a how-to demo every hour as people rotated through about… 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