Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Inspiring Summer Challenge and Sharing My Story



It's been a LONG time since I posted. 
I believe it's the longest time in the past 7 or so years I have stayed quiet. 

But you know what?

I NEEDED time away. 

I NEEDED time to just BE.

I was feeling overwhelmed and burnt out.

Plus I just needed to figure out where I wanted to go with my writing,
my art and my FB community.

I was blessed to attend Sister Camp in Ponca, Arkansas the end of April. 
It was EXACTLY what I needed!!
Two and half days filled with love and light from 12 AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL Souls.
My Heart is STILL full from time spent in the Mountains.

While I was there I made a decision.
I am NOT going to get Brave Girl Certified. 
While I LOVE Brave Girl's Club and all they do and have done for me...
it just wasn't feeling authentic for ME.

I realized during my stay at Camp I have my OWN Story to tell.
 I've decided to share what's in MY Heart.

So this summer as I continue my Creative Journey I will 
begin writing and gathering for my OWN Soulful Retreat. 
As I do so I will be thinking of YOU. 
Thinking about what it is YOUR Heart is yearning for.
What YOUR Heart needs to Heal.

I hope you can join me in my on-line community on Facebook


I am working on a simple, yet inspiring Challenge for the Summer.
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

100 Days Project




I am participating in the 100 Days Project.
Can't tell you how motivating and exciting this is to me!! 
LOVE IT!





I have decided to create 100 journal pages and/or cards with Brave sayings on them.

The hashtag I am using on Instagram is...
#100daysofbrave



Monday, April 3, 2017

FREE Words and Phrases Printable FOR YOU!

Take a Leap!  -Leslie Ackman




It's MONDAY!! And I have a surprise for YOU!!
Along with my NEW weekly "Heart Notes" newsletter 
I will be sharing a printable each week filled with Words,
quotes and uplifting phrases to use in your Journals, your Art or 
wherever you feel inspired to use them!!

Here is the link to my FIRST Words Printable...
ENJOY!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April's Challenge is Here!

“You are an unfinished work in progress. One of the good things about life's challenges: you get to find out that you're capable of being far more than you ever thought possible.” 
― Karen Salmonsohn


It's April First...such a beautiful month!! Spring is here, flowers are beginning to bloom and gardening is just around the corner. I LovE it!

 If you are new to my blog...WELCOME! My mission here is to Encourage, Uplift and Inspire YOU to be your VERY best! Please stop by my Facebook group...Brave Heart Sisterhood Mixed Media Art...a growing community of women who love to share their Art and Soul with one another. 

You can also sign up for my Weekly Newsletter...Heart Notes.  
Delivered every Thursday to your Inbox, Heart Notes is FULL of inspiration, journaling prompts and quotes to motivate you into living a full and intentional life!
You can find a sample a of what to expect here...

Join us each month for FREE art journaling challenges. Our March Challenge can be found here.

Now on to April's Challenge...

"I AM..."

You can find ALL the "I AM" statements at the top of my blog and in our Files section in Brave Heart Sisterhood Mixed Media Art.

Like all our Challenges you can choose to create cards out  of them...art journal pages, a canvas....whatever you are inspired to do. With last month's challenge I created 31-4x6 index cards...


It was fast and so much FUN creating these!

For our April Challenge I have been inspired to create in my Faith Journal...a simple composition notebook from Wal-Mart that cost less than a dollar...

Here is our first "I AM" statement....


"I AM Persevering"

Along with the "I AM" statement I wrote what I am persevering in and what ONE area I am struggling with (still!). I have decided to make the challenge this month all about my faith and listening to Him.

 But remember...YOU make
it whatever YOU are inspired to!!!

Be sure and post your "I AM" cards, pages, journals in our FB group...we would LOVE to see what you do with them!!!


Friday, March 17, 2017

Organic Scribbles Inspired Art


"Life is a succession of moments.
 To live each one is to succeed."

Corita Kent, Artist

It's Week Two of my series Creating Dina Wakley Inspired Art.
This week I am playing with one of her latest stamp sets...




To be honest I just wasn't too sure how to use these stamps.
I was trying to come up with all sorts of creative ideas...
in the end I just let go and had so much fun! 
I can already tell this will be one of my "go-to" sets.

My first project is a page in my Dylusions journal.



See all those delightful scribbles
 on the lower left side of my page?

Another journal page...this time in
 Dina's new Mixed-Media Journal.




This time around I tried out the kraft paper...nice and sturdy so you can add so many layers.
On this page I chose to just 
and more scribbles. Other Dina stamps 
used can be found here and here and here.

Of course I had to create a couple of tags...they are always my favorite!!
Tags are a great way to "warm-up" when I am just not sure what I want to do.



The scribbles make this tag more visually interesting. LOVE it!!
And look how well Dina's Silhouettes go with it.
That's a Quote Chip by Tim Holtz in the center.

My second tags using Scribbles along with a Paper Doll from Tim Holtz.


And lastly I created a 6x6 canvas...


Dina's Stars and Phrases look perfect with one of my Angel Girls.
The pink tape with stripes is her Media Tape I painted myself...

And using one of her Scribble stamps I stamped around the edges using her Turquoise paint.


I invite you to watch my Organic Scribbles video on YouTube...
be sure and watch in full screen to see everything perfectly.



Thank you for stopping today!!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Abstract Blooms Inspired Art


“We have to continually be jumping 
off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” 


Ever since I began creating nearly 10 years ago my whole world has expanded. From my Art friends on Facebook to women whom I've met face to face at Art Retreats...I feel so BLESSED to be a part of the Creative Community! 

I have several Artists whom have inspired me through the years...Kelly Rae Roberts, Melody Ross and Dina Wakley. Each one of these women (mostly without them knowing) have encouraged me to keep on making messes and bare my Soul through my Art.

The next six weeks I will be sharing FIVE projects each week using one of my favorite Artists products...Dina Wakley's latest Stamp Sets from Creativation. Along with her stamps I will be using her paints, stencils and her latest Mixed-Media Journal. It is AMAZING!!!

This week's Set is called "Abstract Blooms" 


This page was made in her journal on the heavy duty mixed-media paper. It also features several of her older stamps along with BLOOM from "Abstract Blooms". 


The lime green washi tape is one I created 

This set is so versatile...
The circles are from the Bloom set just with the leaves cut off.



This sweet 6x6 canvas reminds me to keep taking chances!!

I LOVE to create tags...Ranger's #8 tags are the PERFECT size...



If you look on the left side of the tag you will see Dina's Media Tape and more Blooms stamps!! Those girls are the new Paper Dolls from Tim Holtz!!

As soon as I saw this sweet little Bloom 
I knew it belonged on a 4x4 canvas.

These gorgeous colors are from Dina's Paints...they are SO SMOOTH!!!


 This will be going to a friend!!

And finally today another tag...
Here I used lots of Dylusion Sprays, Dina's Fractured Circles Stencil and more Blooms inspiration!!

 

Watch how I created all of these projects in my Weekly YouTube Video Series..."Creating Dina Inspired Art"...



Thank you for stopping by!!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Creating a Small Canvas


Here is my latest YouTube video.

I hope you enjoy.






You are welcome to join our community on Facebook.

Have a GREAT day!!

xoxo

Monday, March 6, 2017

Creating Dina Inspired Art


“Everyone has been made
 for some particular work,
 and the desire for that work 
has been put in every heart.” 
— Rumi

The moment I found mixed-media art is the moment I KNEW I found my Calling. I have always felt deep in my Heart my Truthteller gently nudging me to encourage other women.

To inspire them to be everything they can be. 

To uplift them with motivating stories, quotes and Art as a pathway to healing and loving themselves again.

The minute I saw Dina Wakley's Art I KNEW that not only was I an Artist...but it was okay to TRULY be 100% ME.
I could be as messy...
as colorful...
as unstructured as I wanted to me.

I didn't have to know how to draw or what color to use and where.
I could just put paint on paper and CREATE.

To say I have a bit of an obsession with Dina's work and products is perhaps a bit of an understatement.
With each new product launch I am giddy and can't wait to start playing. This attitude along with her inspirational products is what moved me to start my next Blog and Video Series...

 "Creating Dina Inspired Art by Leslie Ackman"


Each week beginning Thursday,  March 9th I will be highlighting one of her stamp sets along with her new journal, Making Marks tools, paints, washi tape and Dina's Media Boards. 
We will begin with Dina's Abstract Blooms stamp set...

Purchase them here


Here is a sneak peak of what you can expect...


For this particular post 

Using Dina's paints in Blushing, Turquoise and Fuchsia I scrape paint on each tag...


Here is what they look like after adding stencils and ink...


Her Fractured Circles stencil is my new FAVORITE!!


For added texture using a palette knife I smeared Stucco Paint by Martha Stewart through one of Dina's stencils.


I just LOVE how it looks!!


Next I decide what stamps I will use on what tag. 
For the Abstract Blooms stamp set I decide on the tag I created without using stencils...


Instead I made my own Marks
with a bit of white paint and small tipped paintbrush.
I stamped the flower onto old book paper with Stazon Ink 
then cut out and glued onto tag.
I stamped the word BLOOM along the left side of tag, while stamping another word from her set GROW onto pink painted paper then cut out and adhered to tag. The final touch were the two ribbons at the top.

Another new stamp set by Dina is this one...

Words in Faces


This is the first of her scribbly faces series I have bought and am loving them!!!

First I stamped onto the back of the packaging...


...and cut out.

I chose to use Stay Strong...


Once glued on tag I knew it wasn't finished...

So I dripped blue ink from the top using my spray bottle (a tip I learned from Dina!),
painted my girl with Neocolor crayons,
and added three words from Tim Holtz.


Still it needed something else so I finished her with a heart and stamped the words HOLD ON from Dina's set and added a small pink butterfly on top of the tag. I love it!

The third stamp from Dina I used is Homage to Frida.



I absolutely ADORE these stamps!!!!!

Using my tag with texture paste on it I added one of the Frida stamps I had stamped on the packaging again and cut out...


She needed color, too so I using my Neocolors and water again I did just that. Aren't those orange flowers so pretty in her hair?!

I finished by adding black to my stencils with a black Fude Ball pen and words from Dina's set...paint your truth spill your story. LOVE that!!!! I can see myself using that one a lot!

My last tag for today is probably my favorite...I adore the messiness of it.All the drips and drops and smudges.

The Fractured Circles was used along with Dina's Turquoise and Fuchsia paints.


The stamp is from Abstract Blooms. Instead of ink I used more of Dina's Turquoise.
The cute girls are from Tim Holtz's NEW paper dolls! I am in love with these!!!

I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek of what's to come and JOIN ME Thursday for MORE Dina inspired art and a video!!!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mixed-Media Affirmations


“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.” 



We ALL need reassurance in life.
We need love and acceptance.
And we need those things not from others...
but from OURSELVES.

Welcome to "Mixed Media Affirmations".
I am so Happy YOU are here!!



So what's an Affirmation??

According to Dictionary.com...

something that is affirmed;
 a statement or proposition that is declared to be true.

I invite you to join me for the next
 31 Days as we take time to create daily 
and declare to ourselves that WE matter.
That WE are worth every 
effort we put into 
bettering ourselves.




This class is not about creating a masterpiece...
It's more about creating YOU.
Giving you a positive mindset 
to last well into the Summer.
It's about taking 10 to 15 minutes a day
 to create and meditate 
on that day's Affirmation.




All you need for this Challenge is...

*31 index cards
*pens
*acrylic paint or water colors or crayons

**If you want to add more please feel free to do so.
-washi tape
-stamps
-stencils
-stickers
-etc.



Are you ready??

Go here to find ALL 31 Affirmations.
Just highlight the page, Copy and then Paste into a Word or MAC document.
Print!

I would LOVE for you to share your cards with us!! If you do please use this hashtag...
#encourageupliftinspire


If you any questions please leave a comment here or in our FB group...


Monday, February 27, 2017

It'sOne of Those Days







Most days I am UP!
I feel good.
Energetic.
HAPPY.



Today is not one of those days.

I am feeling overwhelmed.
Not good enough.
Sad.



I started my day in Scriptures.
Was inspired by
 Faith.
Trust.
Courage.

Days like this when I doubt my own abilities I know it's just me...
needing a break.
Time to think.
To be.


I know I am good enough.
Am loved.

I know I am creative.

But somedays I forget.


I am no quitter.
I am a Lover of Life.
I set goals for myself.
I Dream Dreams.

Life is so Beautiful.
Somedays I just need reminded.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Fitness Fridays and Art


“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. 
Gather courage to believe 
that you can succeed and 
leave no stone unturned
 to make it a reality.” 
― Roopleen

Checking in this week to hold myself accountable and record my year long journey to Health.
Since my last Fitness Fridays post I have gained weight. 
Seriously, at first I was frustrated and kept saying to myself...
"But I am working so hard at eating right!!"
No.
I
really
am 
not.

Now I AM a healthy eater...lots of fruit and veggies, lean meats and water.
With that diet you would think I would be losing and not gaining, right??

If I am HONEST with myself...
while I AM eating all those healthy things I am also eating chips, a few sweet treats
and too big of portions.

The one GOOD thing I AM doing for my health is walking.
I wear by FitBit daily and participate in step challenges with my friends.
It's really fun and motivating!

Today I decided I needed an actual GOAL.
So I have decided I want to lose 10 pounds by the end of April.
It's when I go to Sister Camp.

Very do-able as long as I FOCUS on what I put in my body.

Baby steps lead to BIG results!!

Now on to the ART part...

I hope you can join me in my FB group for my next inspiring Challenge...


"Mixed-Media Affirmations" starts Wednesday, March 1st.
We will be creating 31 cards with 31 Affirmations on each one to inspire, encourage and uplift us.

All you need are...

31 index cards or tags
your favorite colors of acrylic paint
a pen

**of course you can add as many embellishments as you want!!
buttons
stamps
ribbon
stickers
rub-ons
stencils
whatever you fancy!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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