Our Words Carry Power ~ Acrostic Poem

The people I’ve talked with and stories I’m reading on social media are encouraging and empowering. There are also the opposite harsh messages. In art terms, they provide contrast, but also brings sadness. I’m not denying or minimizing the difficulties we are facing in the world, but I believe we have power and what we say actually can create good or ill in the spirit realm. Making Art with meaning is important to me, and art reflects life. Make an acrostic poem with meaning.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in these strange times

The story of St. Patrick, Celtic Christianity and the hymn ‘Be Thou my Vision’ have captivated me and sparked my imagination to create this online course showing easy ways to draw Celtic knots and illumination while going on a spiritual journey through the hymn ‘Be Thou my Vision.” Celebrate with an online retreat ‘Keys to Drawing Celtic Knots & illumination.’ Early bird special price through St. Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2020) Also link to Free Book of Kells course.

The Story & Relevancy of Keys to Celtic Knots E-Course

Obviously I planned the Keys to drawing Celtic Knots & Illumination course to be offered as we Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What I didn’t expect is for it to coincide with the pandemic of the corona virus, limiting our in-person interactions and activities. An online course makes sense and can give some personal interaction around some common ground. If you’re like me, it helps the stress level to do something creative and rhythmic with my hands, and the spiritual encouragement helps keep my thinking positive and fosters emotional well-being.

Celebrating Summer Art Journal …

Celebrating Summer Art Journal This summertime journal makes me happy. It was my demo journal in the Art Journaling Weekend Workshop in June. Helpful Tips for Making a Short Art Journal: Having a theme. It can be either an object, such as trees like I have here, or a state of being like praise, joy, sorrow etc. or both. I think this journal has the feeling of hope and praise in the context of nature, specifically trees. Picking a color palette to work with. I usually pick five colors with 2-3 as dominants. That way, no matter what is done… Read More

Cultivate ~ Art Journaling & Our Garden

Cultivate: Art Journaling Workshop & Our Garden June brings with it sunshine, gardening, and the annual Art Journaling Workshop. It’s a joy to open my studio and courtyard garden to fellow creatives who sign up for the workshop. In the workshop, having a theme, word, object, place, or idea to begin with is encouraged. Sending out prompts helps prepare for the 2 1/2 day workshop. My visual theme was trees, and my word: cultivate, as you see above. Cultivate means: to prepare and work the land in order to raise crops, till; to promote or improve growth by labor and… Read More

Aging and Having Fun with My Color of the Year

Aging Gracefully & Artfully … or at least trying to. I knew it would happen one day, I just didn’t know when. Recently, someone who had met me in person after connected with me online said I didn’t look like my profile picture. Sigh. That photo was taken five years ago. There are things I love about aging. I’m learning a lot all the time: becoming more grace-giving, forgiving myself and others, holding things more loosely, and letting go easier, trusting God – His love for me and others. There is a new sense of freedom, comfort and courage in… Read More

Art Journaling Weekend Workshop Creative Adventure!

A New Season of Creativity has Begun! Inspiration Abounds! My studio has had a library revamp and the new library corner is working beautifully with the bonus of a bit more floor space and easy organization of art supplies. It gets me excited for the next Art Journaling Weekend Workshop, June 22-24, 2018. Would you like to join me? Full of Possibility! Expressing Unique Personal Style Last year we had a lovely group of creatives making a weekend art journal. I still find it amazing that these beautiful journals are made out of just three pieces of watercolor paper. It’s… Read More

2 NEW Journaling Courses Today!

Bible Journaling with Stencils & More goes live! Today 11/11 Bible Journaling with Stencils & More E-course goes live. This class combines my passions of art making and connecting with God in a visual way. I am excited to connect with like-minded and like-hearted people who are seeking God and desiring to grow in creative expression. As we add visual meaning to our Bible pages, we will share more pages and processes using stencils and art techniques. Expect to be inspired! To find out more go to: https://valeriesjodin.com/e-courses/ 2018 Art Journaling Workshop open for registration! The Art Journaling Workshop held in… Read More