Wednesday, January 16, 2019


I'm finally making art again, it only took several heartbreaks and emotional breakdowns to get me putting my feelings back onto paper.  I spend a lot of time lesson planning and teaching technique, so by the end of the day making time for myself to make art feels selfish, but I've slowly come to understand that it makes me a better aware person when I visually journal, when I get myself onto paper I can be more relaxed and I can focus on what others might need from me.

INHABIT a sketch. almost 'before.' 

I've found myself creating again, it comes in waves.  I found myself over committed and working in the wrong industry for too long.  Giving away all my energy to someone or something else.  I've been working on budgeting energy for creative processes.  I ordered The Wild Unknown Journal to help with prompts not only for my personal self but for my student's weekly sketchbook assignments.  I wanted something I could find myself inspired by to create artwork along side them.  I've stepped too far back from my creative process for too long, ignoring the energy to make something.  I knew having a creative outlet would help ground me this year, and help me grow as an artist again.  I loved Kim Krans' The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck so I had a feeling I would resonate with the prompts in this journal, as I use the journal I'll be sure to post before's and afters, except not exact before's for copyright purposes but beginnings I'll say. like the images above, on the left is the first dribble of brown watercolor paint onto the page, the nest was the only original marks on the journal and I immediately started adding branches and blues to the page, on the right you can see my completed image with my words, collages, and watercolor paintings.

In terms of craftsmanship I am happy to report the pages of this book are thick and durable enough that my light watercolor paintings did not bleed through to the page behind it, although it did wrinkle a bit as water does to a page. Closing the book and allowing it to rest between the other pages has caused it to flatten almost back to normal.  I also am biased because I love the texture of well worked on journal pages, the crinkle of the paper feels matured, lived and expressive more than a flat printed clean sheet.  This is not a sponsored post or anything, but I felt like I should share a bit about it in case you're looking for something to spark that creativity again, because I really feel like it has.

Happy painting and expressing.

this post does contain affiliate links but the opinions are my own, and are shared with the intent to spread knowledge and creativity. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Henna in Hawaii

When we were in Kauai this summer, we met up with a fellow henna artist and she took us to some beautiful waterfalls, I'm so happy we worked through our weird scheduling issues and meeting random strangers off the internet with my kids, but I guess that's how the world works these days.  Anyway, we had the most amazing adventure and found natural treasures while adorning each other and the kiddos in the waterfalls. 
passion fruit flower
a found feather.
running water.
natural treasures.
natural shampoo from the ginger flower.

mother + daughter. by kauai henna.
little jagua hibiscus.
gifts for friends to find.
hibiscus sea turtle.
my first jagua leaf, promptly washed off in the waterfall.
painted rock by the kiddos.
My design on Kauai henna.
can you see the faint color change where the jagua will be black?
// Resilience. 

Thanks again to Kauai Henna for taking us exploring and showing us the secret spots in Kauai to find magic. Until we're there next time, know that I believe henna is pure magic and the connections and memories it creates last for a lifetime.


Monday, January 14, 2019

Banana Bread

Last week I decided to use up some super ripe bananas in some banana bread.  But I'm also trying to give my body a break from gluten as it seems I instantly bloat and puff to the point of looking pregnant whenever I eat wheat.  So I made this with gluten free flour but you could easily make this with equal parts wheat flour.


2 tablespoons organic butter
2 cups gluten free flour
1/2 cup organic apple sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
3 medium organic banana mashed
2 tablespoons organic local honey (local in season honey is great in reducing allergy reactions according to homeopathy).
2 organic eggs
1 organic chocolate bar chopped up or 1/2 cup chocolate chips

preheat oven to 350 degrees f.  Mix ingredients together. Bake for 50 minutes until cooked through, test with toothpick to be sure, allow to cool before slicing.

Friday, January 11, 2019

My Wheel of the Year in Tarot Cards

I may have gone a little overboard, but I wanted to use a few of my favorite oracle and tarot decks to see what to expect in 2019.

The funny thing about tarot is I don't actually think these paper cards tell the future, and being agnostic I don't really believe in a higher power sending me messages but what I do love about tarot is how it revels our inner thoughts and desires, we read these cards how we want to.  They're symbols for our subconcious self.  We pull a card that symbolizes fear, we immediately panic about blank.  Whatever fears we have and how they might manifest in our lives.  We pull a card telling us that we're going to receive our greatest gifts and we immediately get excited about blank.  Whatever it might be we crave most.  The message isn't in the cards for me, it's in my response, so journaling the meaning of each card and how I felt when I saw it is where the magic happens for me.

This spread is probably pretty overwhelming to look at and decipher, but I used my She Wolfe deck to build my wheel.  I pulled three cards for each season, my North for Winter, East for Spring, South for Summer, and West for Fall.  Each of these were grouped into their triad for what might help me in those seasons.

I pulled an animal from my Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck for each month, a reminder or message to myself based on the animal and the symbolism of that animal.  I copied these into my journal and redrew the animals a bit more with my touches, but I love this deck because its so similar to how I draw anyway, they're easy for me to connect with and recreate for myself.  Just like how some people rewrite quotes, it says the same thing, but it's in my handwriting.

And then, finally, I pulled 4 ritual cards from Zenned Out Ritual Deck to seal it all in.  I visualized North, East, South and West as I pulled each one and placed them in the center.  To my surprise they were all different, no two competing moon phases or multiple stones.  Each one was from a different tool for empowerment and I loved that they were all different, though some had similar meanings or symbolism.

I think I pulled several rebirth cards in this spread, from the Phoenix, to Berkano rune, to the chariot card, which symbolizes a new journey.  Which just felt so powerful as we start a new year.  I'm also sharing my journal as the year progresses on my instagram if you'd like to follow along and see how these messages to myself play out in the months to come.

Do you have a new year's ritual?  Something to make the goals and planning feel more fluid or purposeful?  I'd love to hear about it.