Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.
He who looks outside, dreams. He who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Artistic Mother Project

When I first began blogging I came across Shona Cole's blog & had to order her book, The Artistic Mother.  I posted about it and started dabbling in her tutorials.  Recently I joined Trudy's blog.  She started a group that followed this 12 week class from the book.  I’m getting a late start but wanted to post what I’ve done so far. 

Background Pages – still not getting the inked edges the way I want them but definitely like the credit card technique the best

background papers

background papers3

Project one – Weekly Creative “to-do” list


I had completed projects two & three earlier & posted about an altered journal & journal tote on this post.  I have already filled that journal so did another one this weekend.  This began as cardboard color with navy stripes.  The image is from Graphics Fairy.

altered journal

altered journal2

I also want to share some personal insights.  My youngest daughter deserves her privacy so I’ll suffice it to say that somewhere along the way…I forgot my way.  I focused on doing, not being.  Life was about the necessities – work, childcare, dinner, laundry etc.  Not that I didn’t spend time with my little one but I handled parenting with my youngest from a more traditional viewpoint and didn’t honor her spirit.  As I began my internal shift and started teaching journal writing, I also began using some of those techniques with my little one.  Watching her process as she tapped into the right brain was amazing & I learned that writing and making her own little books went beyond arts & crafts and culminated in coping skills, self-esteem and enhanced bonding for us.  As I started working with mixed media (tremendous for me as my self-talk has always been that I “couldn’t” do it), I folded my youngest into this process as well.  So I thank Shona for her inspiration and I thank my daughters for their inspiration as well.

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the mystery of the world we live in.

~ Rachel Carson


  1. Dawn,
    What a sweet post. I love what you created. And I especially appreciate your thoughts about your daughter. It's great that you're giving her ample time and validation now and I'm sure she appreciates it even more.

  2. Hi,

    Being the kind of parent a child needs and not what the parent just want is always a learning process. I know I'm learning each day. What a lovely post. I love the journal.

    Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. Have a great Labor day.

  3. thank you both for your kind comments ~ enjoy the weekend!

  4. I love this post. I've always felt that every child needs an adult who's not a parent that they can confide in and trust. I had that with my aunt, and my kids were lucky enough to have that with one of my best friends. To this day some 20+ years later, she's never betrayed their confidence.

  5. Hi Barbara ~ I agree. The better support system a parent has, the better supported their child/ren is. So glad you stopped by!

  6. Phenomenal post. I love how you folded your youngest into your own creative journey to allow her own.

  7. Your papers and journal are gorgeous.

  8. Cheryl & Trudy ~ thank you for the lovely comments!

  9. Dawn, I just had to comment on this post- your thoughts about raising your daughter really resonated with me- just lovely. And your journal- believe me when I say that it made me sigh- the colors and images are just gorgeous.


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