Friday, August 18, 2017

Finding Balance

I honor all the amazing intuitive artists out there. They create without a plan, they let their hands and heart guide them. They honor the joy in creating, unabashed and unleashed, they play. They are inspiring beyond words and ooooh how I wish I could be like them! But I'm not. I'm a planner...always have been, always will be. When I create I see the end result and take a step by step approach.But I always crave and wish I was more like the former.
Then I started art journaling in hopes of freeing some of my creative process....I would sit, create a page from start to finish and as soon as I done I would feel unhappy with the results, I would end up ripping out the pages from my book, because in my mind, ...they just didn't make any sense. So what was I to do? How could I get out of my own way?
I decided to leave my art journal open on my desk. I left everything out I thought I would need.. Paint, brushes, water cup, stencilsstamps...anything and everything...and then...I walked away.
I went on with my days and worked on other projects. Sometimes, I would walk by my desk, look down at my journal and instinctively pick up my brush and add a little bit of paint. Hours, sometimes days later, the journal page would call me again. Every time I stopped to work on it, I did so, for about five minutes at a time. I would create a new layer and then walk away. For the first time, I found myself enjoying the process even though I had no idea where I was going with it.
Eventually the page stopped calling. I realized, I don't have to be one or the other. I can be structured and intuitive. I just needed to find my own way of letting go and not "thinking" about the process. By not working on the journal page, in one sitting, I was free to look at it from a distance...free from having any predetermined ideas...free to simply, play.
The end result was still messy and all over the place, but for the first time I didn't seem to mind. Creating for 5 minutes at a time, doing only what caught my eye as I walked by, was liberating. Ultimately, we all create and express ourselves differently. It's hard,as artists, as humans, not to compare yourself to so many other amazing creative souls. But no matter how much we want to be/create like them, we are perfectly imperfect just the way we are....and it's quite wonderful when you think about it!!
Now in the Shop!


Here's the journal I spoke of above. It's been so long since I've used neutral colors and I love the way it came out! I also used some of my "Seek" and "Organized Chaos" Stencils as well as some of the stamps I designed. You can now find my stencils and stamps in my shop as well as many other items I used on this cover like
-and so much more!
Stay tuned as I am slowly adding more and more of my favorite art supplies to the shop! Check out my shop here!!

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stencils Stencils Stencils


I am over the moon to share some exciting news with you!! Me, moi, this cheeky gal, has partnered with StencilsGirl Products and now has a new Stencil Collection!! Yup!! 

Introducing my Hand Carved Stencils inspired by my carved rubber stamps!















It's a dream come true to work with StencilGirl!!
and when I got them in the mail, I'll admit, I was like a kid in a candy store...didn't know which one to play with first!!






But once I got started...I couldn't stop!!


I even have a video tutorial to share with you! 
Check out how I made my "Starry Night" Inspired Leather Cuffs!



These stencils are now available here!!
For more inspiration, be sure to check out StencilGirl Talk where I go over how to make my Crackle Atc's! 




"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Monday, June 19, 2017

5 Project Ideas with Amazing Casting Products... a new Video Tutorial Series

Today begins a new Series on Youtube. It's my 5 Resin Project ideas series.
My partner in crime in this wonderful endeavor, Amazing Casting Products.
This partnership should come as no surprise as I have been using ACP since 2012 and working with them...feels like home. If you are unfamiliar with their line, be sure to stop by the product page here. They not only carry Clear Cast Resin, they also carry an assortment of mold products, dyes,  powders, and my go-to product Casting resin! I LOVE this stuff! You can find these products online or at your local Micheal's or Hobby Lobby.

To kick it off the series my first video will be "5 Easy Peasy Resin Paper Ideas" 
This video talks about one of my favorite mediums, resin paper(sheets). 

Resin paper(sheets) can be used in SO MANY WAYS. Yes, I get giddy just thinking about it. 
You can view the video on the ACP How to videos page here...and trust me you want to stick around to watch their other videos because they have some pretty great tutorials!! 

You can also follow along on my YouTube channel here and be sure to subscribe to my channel so you dont miss any future videos. 

Next up... "5 things you can do with Resin and Wire"

Should be fun so stay tuned! 
Thanks for visiting and as always,
Happy Creating!

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Monday, April 24, 2017

Polymer Book Pendants Online and TWO Giveaways!

***Update Sunday April 30th****
A huge thanks to everyone that entered my recent giveaway! 
Congrats #14 Jackie Wimberly (you won the book pendant) and #43 Liz Walters and #7 Julia Vazquez.(you two won the online class) You have all been contacted, just message me your info. Thank you all so much for participating!!



I'm thrilled to announce that my Polymer Book Pendant class is now available through my Etsy Shop!
Now I have to admit....these can be a wee bit addicting! Once you start making them, it's hard to stop! 

As a special introductory offer I'm giving away my "Fly" Book. All you have to do is leave me a comment below.



  But that's not it, if you share my class via social media(Facebook, Instagram) tag me in the post, and include a photo(you can use the first photo in this post) of my books, I'll give one lucky winner, my online class! Yup! Just make sure you tag me so I can add your name to the list and dont forget to include the link to my Etsy Listing http://etsy.me/2pSL3St and a photo of my books to qualify. 

I'll announce both winners Sunday the 30th on Facebook. 


Thank you so much for stopping by!!




"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Friday, March 10, 2017

Make it Artsy Segment 1

Super duper double decker excited to be on Season 2 of Make it Artsy on PBS! I have three segments featured on Season 2 of the show. 1-Making Resin Eyes 2-Making and using Resin Sheets 3-Layered Resin Pendant with Clay and Amazing Clear Cast Resin.  

Today I'm excited to share "Making Resin Sheets" using Amazing Casting Products and Seth Apters Embossing Folders. I also created a sweet shadowbox using Retro Cafe Art Gallery shrines and Relics and Artifacts  Resin Blanks.

Make it Artsy will be available to all public television stations across the country. The scheduled air date is March 30, 2017
To get more information about the show you can go here!

Hope you catch the shows and keep in mind I was shaking in boots during filming. ( :

Thanks for watching,
Cat


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Friday, January 27, 2017

Creativation! Phoenix Arizona

So when I first found out I was going to Creativation (aka CHA) I just about flipped a lid!


With scheduling issues I was only able to attend for one full day, but I didn't mind. The chance to go and Demo at the Alumilite(Amazing Casting Products) booth, and to visit all the booths and check out the upcoming products, and to meet long time "online" friends, well, I would have been happy with an hour!

Of course before I headed to Arizona, I asked one of my favorite artist friends Linda Willis if she could make me a special apron just for the occasion. I fell in love with it right away!! 


The night I arrived I met up with the Alumilite(Amazing Casting Products) gang! It was so great to finally meet everyone!!


The morning of the show I got to walk around before my demo and met up with so many familiar faces!

Here's Julie! I met her last month at the "Make it Artsy" taping! 


 I also found some Prima friends...


 and I finally got to meet this lady for real! The amazing Susan Lenart Kazmer..


and I so enjoyed my time getting to know Tracy...


and finally meeting some of my wonderful Relics and Artifacts Art Sisters...



We had so many laughs during dinner! Loved every minute.


I managed to even squeeze in a quick hello with Art Sister Marjie..


and by the end of the day I felt overwhelmed, full of gratitude and just so thankful for the experience. A huge thank you to Susan, for thinking of me and for encouraging me and for your constant support. Thanks Susan! 


To check out my two Demos go here...I was a bit nervous,but overall it was a great experience.

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,