3 Ways Art Journaling Enriches Your Life

Three Ways Art Journaling Enriches Your Life with Roben-Marie Smith. Creative journals take it a step further by giving us the ability to explore our own thoughts, plans and document our lives in a more visual way. @robenmarie

CREATIVE JOURNALS GIVE US THE ABILITY TO EXPLORE OUR OWN THOUGHTS, PLANS AND DOCUMENT OUR LIVES IN A MORE VISUAL WAY.

1. Reflection

When I was young I was obsessed with lists, documenting and the tracking of everything. You might remember those cute little diaries that had the little lock and key?  Well, if not, then you're a baby and I feel old!  

Anyway, I had one and used it faithfully to write down each and everything I wore to school in seventh grade and when it was full I made my own little "clothes book" to cover my eighth grade year.  Insane, right?  

When I went off to college, my mom and dad moved so they boxed up all my stuff and, much later, I was going through the boxes and found my little book among other journals I had kept from my youth. 

Three Ways Art Journaling Enriches Your Life with Roben-Marie Smith. Creative journals take it a step further by giving us the ability to explore our own thoughts, plans and document our lives in a more visual way. @robenmarie

I thought it was so funny reading through it. Would you believe I still have it?  Want a peek? Click HERE!  Apparently stick pin jewelry was a thing back then!

While I am not sure what my younger self was thinking when she felt the need to list everything she wore to school during eighth grade, it was interesting to look at it as an adult and reflect on it.  

My journals changed once I became an adult and in my thirties, I discovered "art" journaling and I have never looked back.

 

Keeping an art journal has enabled me to reflect back on my story.  The stages of my life are captured on those pages in a way more compelling to me than by words alone. 

 
Three Ways Art Journaling Enriches Your Life with Roben-Marie Smith. Creative journals take it a step further by giving us the ability to explore our own thoughts, plans and document our lives in a more visual way. @robenmarie

2. Experimentation

Ah, experimentation!  What better way to explore new techniques, test out new art supplies and play than in your art journal?  There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to playing and experimenting, so take advantage of that freedom and allow your skills to develop while discovering your own personal style.


 

3. Builds Confidence

If I shared pages from one of my first art journals, I am certain you would notice a huge difference in my creative abilities.  My life is far more enriched by the confidence I have gained over the years through playing, testing and practice. You know that feeling you get when you have created something you absolutely LOVE? Did it boost your confidence?  Art journaling is therapeutic, gives you a sense of accomplishment and provides enjoyment -- all confidence builders!



My Biggest Challenge

My biggest challenge when I began art journaling was over-thinking the process. I am so neat and organized in so many areas of my life that I brought that approach to art journaling and it just didn't work for me. Once I began to loosen up and relax and just allow the pages to evolve without much forethought is when I truly began to enjoy art journaling.

Do you keep a visual/art journal? If yes, in what ways has journaling enriched your life?

I look forward to hearing from you!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

 

How to Create Amazing Bible Journal Pages with More Confidence

I am a living stone!

This week I'm excited to host the creative prompt for the His Kingdom Come Community which is comprised of a group of christian creatives who provide resources for art journaling, devotions, creative tutorials, classes and more.  I am one of many artists contributing to Take Me Deeper-DNA 2016.

I selected "I Am a Living Stone" for my theme.  I am reminded of what Peter tells us:

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
— 1 Peter 2:4–5
 
Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Bible Journaling My Way

I've admired a variety of Bible journaling artists over the last couple of years, so when I was invited to participate in this challenge, I was eager to say yes.  I approached my contribution much like I art journal with a blend of paint, stamping, collage and sewing.  Rather than journaling in a Bible I chose to use a handmade journal.  I photo copied the scripture (page in the Bible) and glued it onto a page in my journal.  I worked in my own style and method for a unique perspective that I hope will inspire you!



Follow along with my step-by-step tutorial for creating layered and messy mixed media Bible Journal pages with confidence!! 

Let's Get Started!

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

One: Gather random text colored papers.  Stamp images (I like these because they reminded me of stones) with black ink on to text paper.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Two: Adhere text and colored papers to your journal page with glue.  Using white acrylic paint, smooth over the page with a palette knife.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Three: Photocopy the page in your Bible with your selected verse and adhere to page with adhesive.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Four:  Using a Stabilo pencil add random marks around the page. Make marks with a regular pencil.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Five:  Add colored stickers to the page.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Six: Add relevant image(s) with adhesive.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Seven: Create a little stack with random papers and stamped images and stitch, leaving loose threads.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Eight: Punch a hole in a tab, add a piece of sari or other type of ribbon. Attach the tab to the page with tiny attacher.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Nine: Add number stickers to highlight chapter and verse.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Ten: Add doodles and stamped image to enhance the page.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Eleven: Using a black pen, add doodle marks to the page.  Use a Bic Wite-Out Pen to add white doodles.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Twelve: Using watercolor in a bright, complimentary color, highlight the verse you have selected.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Thirteen: Write or cut out words from a magazine or old book to create your statement.

Mixed media style Bible Journaling with Roben-Marie Smith.  In this step-by-step tutorial Roben-Marie brings her style to the hot trend that is Bible Journaling.  Part of the 2016 I Am Project sponsored by Take Me Deeper. @robenmarie

Fourteen: Use pen, pencil and crayons to doodle and finish the page.


I love it when things are happening while I create that are not immediately noticeable to me.  

•The picture of the rocks was torn from an Anthropologie Magazine. The rocks caught my eye and only later did I "see" the wooden cross in the bottom left of the photo.

The stamps I chose are among my favorites and I use them a lot, but when I started placing them around the page, I realized how much they looked like stones.

 

Are You Interested in Learning More?

After participating in this project I see how easy it is to incorporate the concept of Bible Journaling into my own style of art journaling.  I love that I can create in a way I am comfortable with and express myself confidently.

So, if there is enough interest in a mixed media, messy kind of artsy approach to Bible Journaling then I will take all these ideas swirling around in my brain and see what I come up!  If you are interested then let me know by signing up below and you will be the first to know about it!  No commitments... You just say, "Yeah, I want to know what you come up with!"

Thanks so much for dropping by my space and I hope you were not only inspired but blessed by your visit. Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions or would like to share anything with me!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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DIY: Kantha Quilt Curtains

Looking for a Way to Freshen Up Your Windows?

Last year I updated my art studio.  I actually took everything out and started over, but more on that coming soon!  I have very high windows and standard curtains are not long enough.  Being a fan of Kantha quilts I found one that I knew would match my studio theme perfectly and it was long enough to use as a curtain...yeah!

Rather than buying two quilts, I opted to order one and cut it in half, creating two curtains.

Gasp!

Yes, I cut the quilt in half.  I reconsidered this plan when the quilt arrived.  It was too beautiful to cut.  What if it didn't work? What if I ruined it?

Snip, snip, snip!  Step #1 completed!

DIY - Kantha Quilt Curtains with Roben-Marie Smith.

I love easy and I did not want to stitch a rod pocket or tabs. Enter, drapery clip rings!  I was skeptical the clips would be strong enough to hold the curtains but they have worked perfectly. 

Clip & Hang!  Step #2 completed!

What is a Kantha Quilt?

Our neighbors are from India and their two young children have found their way into our hearts.  Last year, their grandmother came for a six month visit.  She did not speak English with the exception of, “Did you eat lunch?”  Every time she saw me she would ask me if I'd eaten. 

She wore the traditional Sari, which traces back thousands of years in India.  They are pieces of cloth worn by women, creating unique and beautiful outfits.

Her saris were exotic and stunning!

I would watch her each day from my window as she walked up and down the sidewalk, excited to see what she would be wearing.  One day, those lovely fabrics will likely be sewn into a Kantha quilt.

These family garments are recycled into Kantha quilts and many are passed down to children and are often made into baby blankets.  Kantha refers to the type of stitch used, which gives the sari quilts their general wavy, textured quality. Each quilt is unique in the stitching, patches and unique blends of fabrics.  

Image Source: HandandCloth

Kantha Quilts are full of life, funky patterns and colors! Wrapping up in one of these exotic beauties is such a treat!

My Favorite Uses for Kantha Quilts:

Table cloth/Covering - I have one on my dining room table and a coordinating one as a runner.
Pillow covers
Drape on a couch or chair
Handbags and pouches
Pot holders



When Things Come Together!

I love my new "curtains" and how they have brightened my studio.  The extra bonus was discovering that an antique light fixture I bought when I was 17 on a shopping trip to Myrtle Beach with my mom, matched the quilt perfectly.

I love when the unexpected happens and things come together!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie


All studio photos by Rachel Estrada Photography.

3 Tips for Overcoming a Creative Block

It is Either Creative Feast or Famine!

For me, creative blocks come in two forms -- no ideas are flowing or there are too many and I can't focus and get anything done. 

3 Tips for Overcoming a Creative Block by Roben-Marie Smith with free pdf download of the post for easy reference.

It goes something like this -- I sit at my art table and rearrange pens and brushes and get easily distracted while I channel surf, waiting for a brilliant idea to suddenly appear out of nowhere.  

Or, I move about the house doing mundane things to distract me because my mind is ready to burst with ideas and I can't focus for the overwhelm.  

I am sure as you are reading this, you can relate, right?  You are not alone!

Let's chat about three of my favorite ways to overcome a creative block and I will throw in ideas and dive a little deeper into the recommendations:

1. Listen to Podcasts

It took me way too long to jump on the podcast bandwagon, but I am so glad I did!  I have been binge-listening to several of my favorites while I drive, do household chores and workout.  

Some podcasts are super short, so you can consume them in a quick drive to the grocery store and back. My suggestion is that you find some podcasts that interest you, but cover a wide genre, so you can expose yourself to lots of ideas.

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
— John Maynard Keynes

Listening to podcasts is much like participating in a scavenger hunt.

What, you ask?

Yep!  You listen to a podcast and find the guest very interesting so you immediately go to Google and track down his website, then you read a few posts, sign-up for his newsletter and download this super cool (fill in the blank).  Now, you want to consume more information so you buy his latest book and then it opens your mind to a whole new way of thinking about (fill in the blank).  You start jotting down all these ideas you had no inkling were swirling around in your brain and voila -- you have broken through a block!

I Am Crushing on These Podcasts Right Now:

The Good Life Project with Jonathan Fields
The Owner's Mind with Chris Brogan
Elise Gets Crafty
#Create Lounge with Kayla Hollatz
Smart Creative Art with Monica Lee

2. Change Your Surroundings:

This one sounds really simple, but it is very effective, and you don't have to go out of town or on a long vacation to get a change of scenery.  Freeing our minds of our regular routines give it a chance to be challenged so we open ourselves up to new possibilities.

It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.
— Tim Burton

Simple Ideas for changing it up:

•Go shopping and be sure to visit stores like Anthropologie, West Elm and Pottery Barn.
•Take your journal to the local coffee shop and jot down ideas while you people watch and drink a fruity tea.
•Go for a walk with your camera and view your surrounds from behind the lens.
•Take a different route when you run your errands.
•Visit the beach or a local park with your sketchbook.
•If you work inside, move outside to a porch or patio.
•Go to the gym or workout at home.

3. Sleep, Watch & Eat:

I remembered a day not long ago when I hit the wall creatively and this affected me not only mentally but physically.  I was frustrated and knew I had to do something, so I did what any desperate creative person with no brilliant ideas would do to move herself forward...I took a nap and then I binge watched six hours of the Hallmark Channel while downing a pan of boiled peanuts and spicy guacamole dip!

While I am not recommending you follow this exact plan, I do suggest that during a creative block you take a rest from your work and get plenty of sleep (this works wonders).  Am I the only one who gets excited when she can curl up at 9PM and go to sleep?  I also like to watch funny or romantic movies while eating something I love.  Sounds simple, right? Give it a try!

Wrap Up

There are many ways to overcome these times in our creative journey so never fear.  I believe this is part of the process so I try not to beat myself up. 

I would love to hear your ideas.  Pop them in the comments and share.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

6 Creative Ways to Alter Garment Tags

I Confess I am a Garment Tag Hoarder

Yep!  I love them!  I am not so much of a hoarder that I pull them off clothes while I am shopping...that would be so wrong, but I do ask my friends to save them for me.  My favorite tags are from Anthropologie but I have also scored some great tags from Home Goods as well.

6 Creative Ways to Alter Garment Tags Tutorial with Roben-Marie Smith.

Think Outside the Box

With limited supplies it is possible to create some unique pieces.  My favorite is the little quote booklet I made with several tags glued together and attached to a paper ring and I am especially loving the necklace fashioned from a leather Anthropologie tag.  I hope you will be inspired by these ideas and have fun creating your own!


Video Tutorial Part One

Video Tutorial Part Two


Are you using garment or product tags in a creative way? I would love to hear about it in the comments.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie


Product Sources

Your Top 10 Coffee Date Topics

Your Top 10 Coffee Date Topics

Last month, I asked you to complete a survey and over 400 of you responded!  Thanks so very much!  I have so many ideas swirling around in my brain and so many new things I want to try that I really needed to get clarity by asking YOU to answer some questions that would help me better serve you in 2016 and beyond.

3 Tech Tools I Use Regularly

3 Tech Tools I Use Regularly

Yep!  There are tons of options on the market today for making our lives easier.  Since I love the techie side of things, I am always (and to a fault) looking at the latest shiny thing.  I have tried many apps and a variety of software but how else am I to find the ones that work for me, right?! 

Sketchbook Roundup and Guide

The Addiction That is Sketching

I have been receiving a lot of questions lately about how I travel with my sketchbook and supplies.  I posted about this earlier in the year, but want to address it in more detail.  For many years I admired the sketches and watercolor art of several artists and all the while was pretty certain that I could not do it myself.  I have been told on more than one occasion that it just takes practice and a commitment to "doing" the work to develop the ability.  I was skeptical, but decided that I was tired of sitting on the sidelines so I bought a little sketchbook and jumped right in.  It became obvious (have you seen those funky peppers?) that I would not be one to sketch in a realistic style, but instead one my husband calls "comic book abstract" - what does that mean? 

It did not take long for me to become hooked!  Truth be told, I don't love all my sketches and there are plenty that will never be seen by anyone but me, but I am practicing and I am pleasantly surprised each time I put pen to paper.

My Take & Sketch Supplies

It was a challenge to find the "supplies" that work best for me and I will most likely update my travel set as I continue to experiment, but I think taking too many items makes it hard for me to focus.  While I do like more color options and use more when I am at home, my small assortment or pens, pencils and watercolors force me to mix colors...what fun!!

Ideas to Get You Started

The biggest challenge is simply starting.  Turn off all that negative self-talk (I do it, too) and give yourself some love.  If there is one thing I want you to do it is this: do not approach this with the idea of sharing your sketches on social media or your blog.  Do I need to say it again?  This mindset will likely cripple you and keep you from trying.  Why?  Because you will be thinking about how it won't be good enough or it won't turn out how you want it to.  Sketch for YOU and if and when you are ready, then share, but do not go into it with the intention of sharing. 

Here are some ideas to get you started:

•Start with something easy - don't choose that bouquet of flowers on your table or the family car.
•Find some leaves or other organic items and start with those - I find them easier to sketch.
•Sketch lightly in pencil first and tweak before adding pen.
•Sketch over some "inky" paper or text paper and then adhere into your journal to avoid the blank page syndrome.

•Sometimes I like to sketch from a photograph.  Take photos of things you want to sketch and work from those or find images on the internet.
•Don't try to draw what you actually see, but instead focus on the shapes that you see.  Put those together and the object will appear.
•If you have a friend who can sketch, ask them to take a look and offer suggestions.  My husband looks at mine and then I have him draw over some with a pencil to show where I could improve my shapes, etc.  See my sample at the left.





Inspirations

There are many inspiring sketchbook artists...just search Pinterest.  Here are several of my favorites:

Suhita
Nina Khashchina
Jodi Wiley
Liz Ackerley
Liz Steel
Mary Ann Moss

Grab your Supplies and just start!

Reach out if you have any specific questions about the supplies I use.  I am still learning and am discovering new things all the time about methods and tools.  Let me know about your progress and if you want to share how you travel with your supplies post to Instagram with #takeandsketch so I can see your awesome kit!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

14 Reasons to Art Journal This Summer

14 Reasons to Art Journal This Summer

Are you up for something fun and exiting this summer? 

Are you one of those people who brings a truck load of art supplies to your holiday address, but ends up creating nothing at all?  Are you someone who leaves your art stash at home and later regrets that you did not bring any, as you finally did have me-time to journal?

DIY Spring Sari Ribbon Bracelets

Make a statement with bold and bright sari ribbon bracelets!

I adore bracelets and they are my jewelry of choice.  For as long as I can remember I have favored adorning my wrists with everything from leather to beads.  I remember my favorite was a sunflower seed bracelet I made at summer camp.  I also picked up a Tagua Nut bracelet on my first mission trip to Panama and love that it holds a story of a memorable time in my life.  You can read about it HERE if you like.

I am happy to share with you my idea for colorful and easy to make sari ribbon bracelets that require few supplies.  I was at the local home improvement store and spotted vinyl tubing and thought it could be used to make bracelets and the challenge began!

DIY Spring Sari Bracelet Tutorial with Roben-Marie

What is Sari Ribbon?

I have a creative crush on anything sari and especially handmade Kantha quilts, but that is another article for another day.  If I ever make it to India I will need extra suitcases to get all of my loot home! 

Sari is created by woman in fair trade co-ops by collecting the remnants of sari silk fabric accumulated during the truing and trimming of fabric during the manufacturing process. Then these woman sew the divers silk remnants end to end to create this tactile one of a kind yarn.
— ravelry.com

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Please note: the size of the tubing I used is 5/16 in OD x 3/16 in ID.

So, where do you get Sari?  Here are some of my favorite sources:  Etsy, Amazon and Darn Good Yarn.


Easy to make "color pops" for your wrists!

I recently received an e-mail from Anthropologie and the model is wearing a scarf tied around her wrist, creating a clever alternative to a cuff.  Make a couple sari bracelets and stack them to create a similar look of your own!


Personalize your bracelets with small details.

These sari bracelets look beautiful on their own in a variety of different colors, but by adding charms or hand embroidery such as French knots, they really do become little works of art.

Happy Creating!!

I look forward to seeing what you create and hope you will reach out and share!  If you share on social media, tag with #springsaribracelets so I can find you!

Update:  Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!  Our winner is:

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

How Fear Keeps Me From Creating

Let's Get Real Here..

If you don't experience fear and insecurity in your creative life, then this article is NOT for you!  But, if you do then I want to share my thoughts on this issue. 

How Fear Keeps Me From Creating by Roben-Marie Smith

I go through stages where I am "high" on creativity and the ideas are flowing and I feel like a super star.  Ever been there?  Do you ever feel the flip side of that?  I relate it to that Taylor Swift song about never getting back with her boyfriend, only I hear this in my head:

You are never ever ever going to be creative again!

Seriously, I feel this way from time-to-time and have to remind myself each time (really?) that I always move through it and eventually the ideas came pouring out of me again.  I have to go through creative droughts in order to eventually reap a harvest.

I am sharing this because for weeks, I won't say how many because I would be embarrassed, about four to be exact, I have not been motivated to create.  It often happens after a creative high where I created something big and exciting.  It just so happens that my last workshop wrapped up about four weeks ago.  The studio has been a mess ever since and I have just used that as an excuse not to create.

"The studio is a mess and I can't find anything."
"I don't have time to clean it."

Fear and Creativity by Roben-Marie Smith
Fear and Creativity by Roben-Marie Smith

My heart wants to create but my mind is deceiving me.  It basically comes down to feeling like the last big thing I did, the thing I loved so much, will be the last creative home run I will ever have and that is a lie!


What Fear Tells You... (and Me)

•You don't have enough education.
•You don't really know what you're doing.
•You are an imposter and one day everyone will know.
•Your work doesn't look like the work of (insert name of artist here).
•You don't have enough supplies.
•You don't have time.
•You're not good enough and your work stinks!
...and the list goes on!


Fear and Creativity by Roben-Marie Smith

Making Choices

I decided that enough was enough and even if I created something did not like (I have a ginormous trash can) it would be okay.  This is the part where I tell you how I cleaned the studio and it did not take very long and I enjoyed a motivating podcast while I cleaned.  I put on my super hero art apron, lit a hickory and cedar candle sure to put me in the mood, took out my watercolors and sketchbook and whipped out the most amazing sketches anyone has ever seen.  Well, the part about the "studio getting cleaned" is true, but the sketches were not so good.  I say this because, it had been months since I touched my sketchbook.  I am crazy to think that with a little practice, I should excel at anything. 

Fear and Creativity by Roben-Marie Smith
Fear and Creativity by Roben-Marie Smith

When this happens, I get easily frustrated with my high expectations.  So, I shifted gears and decided to try some painting and collage; something I love doing.  The important thing is that I was doing something! As it turns out, I did create something super sweet; two things actually.  I hope to share those soon!  If you know me, you know I love sports so I share this quote with you from Mike Ditka, former Chicago Bears coach.

Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal. - Mike Ditka

What's the Takeaway?

Keep in mind that you are not alone in how you feel and even that artist or person you admire struggles with self-doubt and insecurity. It is the moving through it time after time and not giving up that makes all the difference.

How do you push through fear?  What is your best tip to encourage other artists?

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie