My artistic process begins with basic research and observing like minded artists and mindful individuals. Books are my foundation, because they provide a fuller picture for life in general.
Art, Life, & Nature are interchangeable in my world and I believe in order to produce amazing beauty, one must actively pursue and seek self-actualization. Essentially, I have a ton of craft/design books and a ton of self-help books, and plenty of love and support from myself and others to help produce the greatest work I can on a daily basis. In addition I also meditate, practice yoga, and daily I take long nature walks that inspire my creativity. These tools enhance my awareness of the vastness of the universe, while acknowledging my quest for inner peace and love.
Here is what I am reading, right now...
Paper to Petal
by Rebecca Thuss & Patrick Farrell foreward by Martha Stewart
I originally discovered this book while reading one of my favorite magazines, Martha Stewart's Living J/F 14. The colors and creativity popped out of the pages so I added the article to my home crafts workbook.
While browsing in the library the other day I just happened to run into this book and did not even realize the magnitude of possibilities for paper flower making!
Recommendation: Easy instructions, amazing photos, and a billion ideas! Love this book
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing & Fabric Crafts
It is always worth it to go back to the basics. It reminds me of why I do what I do. The simplicity of handcrafts is astonishing and the great thing about crafting is a lot of times it doesn't cost you a dime. Most things I end up crafting are already there, possibly in another form, but there to be used further. This is the gem in handmade, using what you already have and enhancing it or creating something completely new.
Recommendation: Love Martha, she is a true pioneer for handmade and American Made. Making things is empowering and gives people purpose. Beautiful Photos, Basics for Beginners, Over 200 craft ideas! This book is invaluable and I recommend buying it!
The Good Stuff from growing up in a dysfunctional family
by Karen Casey
Apparently about 98% of us have some sort of dysfunction with in our families. Karen Casey spells it out by simply telling her own story and countless other thoughtful stories of people she met during her own recovery. This book takes you from experiencing harsh criticism to child abuse so the spectrum is endless and touches every type of family there is.
Recommendation: Excellent read if your seeking thought provoking testimony, mindful approaches to living life, and a positive outlook on you're family ties.
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