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February 8, 2024 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – Your Own Journey

I have written a lot over the years in this newsletter about my own creativity journey. I’ve shared the arc of my journey through the discovery of play and finding my voice to settling in to a comfortable relationship with that voice and with being an artist. But I know …

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January 20, 2024 | Creativity

Resolved – Play More

I write a regular(ish) newsletter on LinkedIN that is focused more on creativity at work and I thought I would share the one I just posted. Read it on LinkedIN or below: One of the things that popped into my podcast feed this month was a TED Radio Hour episode …

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January 14, 2024 | Creativity , Inspiration

Creative Play Newsletter – Feeling Inspired

I can feel very drained this time of year. We’re through the big push for the holidays, and because I usually get sick after finishing the holiday rush, I am also usually recuperating from something as January begins. (Yes, it was a COVID Christmas at our house.) Plus, our New …

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December 14, 2023 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – Thwarted Journeys

I have been having some crazy dreams lately and I don’t know why. (I haven’t been drinking, so that’s not it.) But, my dreams this week have all had an interesting theme – thwarted journeys. I’ve been with a pirate who was the sole remaining crew member when his galleon …

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December 9, 2023 | Cyanotypes

Latest in the Cyanotypes Series

Cyanotype work continued this week with this 5×7 piece. I cut this section out of a larger cyanotype on fabric that looked just like a big mass of blooms since this was the section with the most definition. It got some background quilting to emphasize the flower images a little …

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December 3, 2023 | Cyanotypes

Cyanotypes Series – Ferns

Working on my cyanotypes series continued this week, albeit without any sewing at all. These two pieces are cyanotypes I made over the summer. I decided that they were great on their own without any stitched embellishment so I stretched them over canvases and called them done. Are you wondering …

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November 26, 2023 | Cyanotypes

Cyanotypes Series Continues

I have continued moving forward this week, adding another piece to my Botanica 2 cyanotypes series. I gave this maidenhair fern a very simple treatment with just some outline quilting to emphasize the leaves. I even left the rough edges of the fabric as is because it had an irregular …

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November 18, 2023 | Cyanotypes

Cyanotypes Series – 3 Maples

My re-energized cyanotypes series is off to a good start. I dug into my box and started pulling out small pieces to work on, starting with these maple leaves. They were pretty perfect as they were so they just got some background stitching to make them pop just a little …

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November 10, 2023 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – Move Forward

How were your experiments in inspiration? Did trying some new activities, foods, or new perspectives invite inspiration in? Are you inspired and ready to move ahead? My inspiration experiments worked better than I expected. I didn’t really step outside of my box that much because I felt too busy with …

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November 5, 2023 | Inspiration

Inviting Inspiration – Week 3

I am not sure if what I did this week technically counts as something new. I mean, I HAVE carved pumpkins before, but I spent a whole lot more time on it this year. I used one of the many fun templates that come with the cheap little carving tools …

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