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NaNoJouMo 2016


Hello and happy November! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here on the blog. Hopefully you also follow me on Instagram, as I post there daily.

As we greet November it’s also time to kick off NaNoJouMo. I hope that some of you will consider joining me. If you’ve followed me for a while you may remember that I participated last year.

NaNoJouMo is a free, 30 Day art Journal challenge organized by Dawn Sokol as means to help us commit to opening our art journal every day and doing something artsy… drawing, painting, mixed media, etc. You can learn more about it on Dawn’s blog.

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If you decide to join in on the fun, be sure to use #NaNoJouMo2016 on Instagram & Twitter so we can all share in your month-long journey.

If you decide to do it in private, that’s okay too. All that’s important is that you commit to opening up that art journal for just 15 minutes. No rules, no expectations.

Whether you choose to follow the prompts that Dawn has provided or do your own thing altogether… it’s your space and your time. Enjoy it and have fun.

xo,

Belen

Soul Restoration

Hello beautiful people. Hope you all enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing weekend doing whatever it is that makes your heart happy and are ready to head into the week. I’ve been getting ready for a new project that I’m taking part in and I’d like to share with you today. It’s called Soul Restoration. It’s a class by Melody Ross, of The Brave Girls Club.

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Class begins online on September 7th, through Brave Girl University. If you’re already a subscriber, there’s no additional cost! If you’re not, I encourage you to check out their site and see all of the classes that you will have access to as a member.

What is Soul Restoration?

It’s a step by step process. It is not religious… Soul Restoration is a comprehensive online course comprised of videos, assignments, activities, and projects that are tools to help you remember and internalize all you will be learning. 

Why Take the Class?

Because the world needs ALL of us to be our strongest, healthiest, truest, bravest selves…and that’s what Soul Restoration is all about.

I’m a big proponent of personal growth and taking responsibility for creating the type of life I want to live. But boy, let me tell you, I’ve made mistakes along the way, pretty big ones and some more than once! I’ve shed a lot of tears and been tempted many times to shove all that baggage into a dark closet, shut the door and “just not think about it”. But you know what, that just doesn’t work. So I keep at it, I stay the course even when it isn’t easy, and little by little I’ve begun to make progress. You can too!

I’m excited about Soul Restoration because it’s another tool to add to our toolbox. Another way to help us restore our spirit and get back to that place of “before”. Before we were told we couldn’t, we shouldn’t or we weren’t worthy of. Back to a place before all that baggage weighed us down.

I hope you’ll join me in this journey with a restoration of your own, because you’re worth it and you deserve to be the happiest, healthiest, truest version of you that you can be.

xo

Belen

 

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Celebrating My Everday

All too often we celebrate the more significant things in life, the special occasions, and forget to celebrate the everyday.
Running errands, time spent reading, hanging out with our loved ones or even just time spent applying a dead sea mud mask. These moments are the bulk of our lives, the precious every day things that can all too easily slip by unnoticed until something big happens to shake us up.

For the month of July, I’ve made a personal commitment to #CelebrateMyEveryday. To stop and take notice of all the moments that make up my life.

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There are no rules. I may art on my page, I may not. I may jot down just a few lines or I may document enough to fill up a page or two. How much I write isn’t important. How pretty my art is, isn’t important. What’s important is to #CelebrateMyEverday and I’m so excited about this month.

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I’ll be documenting my everyday in this Compendium Write Now Journal and using my Polaroid Zip Printer to add some photos of my daily life, yes even something as mundane as me in a dead sea mud mask!

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You can follow my month-long journey on Instagram or jump in with a celebration of your own!

xo,

Belen

 

New Art Journal Page: A Thing Called Life…

… sometimes it’s messy as fuck.

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But most of the time it isn’t. We are imperfect, we make mistakes, sometimes we are less than our best selves. Apologize when you’re wrong, do better the next time, be a good human, grow from those days that are just plain messy and remember to cut yourself some slack. We don’t have to have it all figured out.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

xo,

Belen

Curious Creatures – A Transformative Experience

I recently took part in an online journaling class taught by artist and illustrator Roxanne Coble, also known as By Bun. Her class is called Creatures and encompasses various mixed media techniques to guide us in creating a 2 page spread in an altered book, regardless of your experience level.

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I was a bit intimidated to begin since her unique style is such a departure from my own but I decided to just go with it and take it slow. I ended up working on it a little each day over the course of a nearly a week.

The book that I worked in for this spread is one that I picked up at a used book store for a couple of dollars, called “Legends; The Century’s Most Unforgettable Faces”. It’s available on Amazon, HERE.

Below is the evolution of my first “Creatures” spread, enjoy.

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The creatures are coming, the creatures are coming!

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I have to say that I’ve never been a doodler, but I really enjoyed all of the doodling and mark making that went into this spread. I found it to have a meditative / centering effect on me, which I didn’t expect.

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My finished Creatures spread. I called it “Curious Creatures” because rather than these creatures seem dark and scary, they look to me like they’ve been dropped into someone’s crazy colorful dream unexpectedly. They appear to be looking around, wondering where they heck they are. They’re a little nervous but a whole lot curious and ready to explore just as soon as their other buddy arrives, he hasn’t landed yet.

This was such a fun and transformative process for me. I felt so out of my element at the start. To feel myself loosen up and begin to just roll with it as my spread developed and revealed itself to me was such an empowering experience and I’m so thankful to have had it.

I encourage you to check out Roxanne’s class and take part if you can. I think you’ll be amazed at what you can create when you embrace the creatures within.

Thank you for reading. I wish you a beautiful week.

xo,

Belen

Just. Start. Somewhere.

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When you don’t know where to start, Just. Start. Somewhere.
I’ve never been one that’s good at balancing the various obsessions I have going on at any given time. I’m usually an “all in” kind of girl.

What that sometimes means is that I will go through periods of time where I don’t create any art while I lose myself in a new video game or the latest obsession.

When that happens I often have a hard time getting back into my art groove, not knowing where to start.

This morning I told myself Just. Start. Somewhere.

It’s not finished and by no means is it a masterpiece, but it’s a start and that’s Something.

Wishing you a beautiful week.

xo,

Belen

NanoJouMo – Week 3 In Review

I hope that today finds you all busy with plans for a fabulous day tomorrow. However you choose to spend it, whether you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday or not, I wish you a day filled with love, laughter and something yummy to eat.

This month has flown by and it’s hard to believe that I’m already sharing Week 3 of NanoJouMo with you!

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Often times we wait for the huge moments to be thankful, leaving the moments in between… the everyday, ordinary moments… to slip by unnoticed. Creating this page prompted me to remember to take time to be thankful for each and every one of those ordinary moments as well; they’re called LIFE.

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Thank you for looking and sharing in this experience with me.

xo,

Belen

 

NanoJouMo – Week 2 In Review

Hello lovelies! I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable week with plenty of time to pursue your passions and spend time with loved ones.

Despite a busy work week, I managed to keep up with the NanoJouMo challenge and am finding that it has helped me feel much more relaxed and at home in my journal.

Here is week 2 in review.

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On a somber note, much of the world mourned the senseless, tragic events that took place in Paris last week. Many in the art community, myself included, turned to their art as a means of expressing their feelings and support.

I was soy touched to have received a couple of messages from IG followers in Paris that just wanted to say thank you for the support. So while our art was seemingly a small gesture, I think we managed to send a big message to not only each other, but hopefully to the people of Paris… “We Are With You”.

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Wishing you a healthy & happy week.

xo,

Belen

NanoJouMo – Week 1 In Review

A couple of weeks ago I shared that during the month of November I’d be participating in NaNoJouMo, a free daily art journal challenge organized by Dawn Sokol. While the basis of NaNoJouMo is to challenge ourselves to spend 15 minutes each day creating an art journal page, Dawn also encourages everyone to make of the challenge what they wish. We can follow her daily prompts or not, we can limit the time spent to 15 minutes or choose to allow ourselves more time. The loose guidelines are really meant to just help get us creating.

With much of my focus on other projects and a general feeling of “meh” towards my art, I’d been really uninspired to play in my art journal for a while. Thanks to NaNoJouMo, the challenge has helped hold me accountable, if only to myself, for spending a few minutes each day getting my art on and I’m Loving it!

I’ve opted to not use the daily prompts, but I have embraced the 15 minute limit and have challenged myself to complete a page in that time frame. I’ll admit that I felt a bit awkward and rusty the first few days, but little by little I’ve started to feel like I’ve got my groove back. I also think it’s been a great way to warm me up in preparation of Wanderlust 2016.

Here is my first week in review.

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Thanks for looking.

Wishing you a week filled with color!

In Class With Roxanne Coble // By Bun

Yesterday, a wonderful group of friends and I got to spend the day in a private class with Roxanne Coble, a mixed media artist, illustrator, & maker of things. If you aren’t familiar with her work, definitely check out her site!

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Our class, held at the lovely home of my dear friend Jana, was devoted to altered book art, something I’d not previously done. Oh man, let me tell you, it was uh-mazing! We spent 6 jam packed hours with Roxanne learning about composition, a little basic color theory, some of her awesome art techniques and of course getting our art on. She even shared with us her personal method for keeping that ephemera stash we all have, down to a manageable level! Ahem… I uh, I hear some people struggle with that.

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Some in our group our worked on 3 spreads and some on 2. With the size of my books, I limited myself to 2 and it was plenty enough for me.

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Roxanne spent her time supporting us, offering helpful suggestions when we asked for them and working in her own spreads. The hours just flew by. Before we knew it, it was after 2pm and no one had wanted to pause long enough to even have lunch, we were That into our art groove. But a girls gotta eat, right? So we ate while we worked.

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We learned so much in class that I’m really still processing it all. My 2 spreads are still works in progress, but I really like where they’re going. They’re a huge departure from the usual brighter than bright spreads I do, but I’m SO into them When I look at them I can’t help but see the By Bun influences, smile and think, OMG, I did that!

My friend, Angel, joked in class that I was playing with my “dark side” and I have to agree. I’ve decided to call that bottom spread, “Dancing with my Darkness”.

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Roxanne brought the regular class to a close with enough time to share something super Awesome that she’s got in the works. We’ve all been sworn to secrecy, so you wont get a peep out of us, but you can follow her on IG @bybun or on Twitter @madebybun for upcoming classes and projects. Oh, some other great news, Roxanne has just announced that she’ll be teaching as part of Life Book 2016! Be sure to check that out.

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As if the day wasn’t already amazing enough, our lovely host Jana, who introduced me to the world of art journaling many years ago, sent us each home with a bottle of her famous, hand-crafted Pomacello…yum!

This was a day for the books… Life is good.

Thanks for reading and sharing in my experience.

xo,

Belen

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