In my book 'The Artistic Mother - A Practical Guide For Fitting Creativity into Your Life' I talk a lot about the importance of having a vision and setting goals for your art. In Week 4 of the workshop section of the book, I outline creating a Vision Statement banner to hang up in your home somewhere to remind you of your vision and goals. If you are doing the workshop and don't have space to hang a banner, or would rather something that you can touch then this is a good alternative to that project.
In nutshell I decorated each of the pages of a pre-made canvas book, sewed and glued on the collages and then sewed the pages together to form pockets.:
Then I made the vision statement and goals lists collages on cardboard to insert into the pockets. Front of the cards:
Back of the cards:
I used 3 different methods for each of the cards:
1) I printed the vision statement directly onto one of my handmade backgrounds, glued it on the cardboard panel and collaged over that:
2) I printed the long term goals list onto painted paper, trimmed it and layered it over other papers as part of the collage:
3) For the short term goals I printed them onto my handmade background papers, but as it will change soon I didn't glue it on, instead I simply attached it with a large paper clip. That way when I meet these goals I can add new ones!
I put ribbon handles on the top of the cards, and put them inside the pockets of the book:
I used my own photos printed small and layered on the collage. Here is back detail:
For the cover I printed a copy of my blog banner onto canvas and sewed it on:
Visit Stampington to see some of the supplies that I used in this project.
Now for the 'Starter Kit' Giveaway:
In my book I suggest you buy a number of art supplies in order to complete the Workshop in chapter 5. I tried to keep the supplies to the minimum so that you would be more motivated to actually do the the workshop and not have to keep running to the craft store to buy what you need! I thought that I would giveaway some of the supplies as a starter kit!
Here are the rules:
1) Anyone can enter to win these supplies, you don't have to have my book (but of course I would love it if you did, that way I know these supplies are going to their intended use :)
2) Leave a comment in this post.
3) Comments will close at noon on Thursday April 8 and then I will draw for the winner.
4) If you add me to your blog roll (or already have) you can leave a 2nd comment and have a second chance of winning. But you must leave me 2 comments to be entered twice.
5) If you win, I will announce it here next Thursday and you can send me your address and I will mail you your supplies.
These are all part of the essential tool box suggested in my book:
Here are the supplies in this 'Starter Kit' (pictured right plus the oil pastels pictured below right):
Here are the supplies in this 'Starter Kit' (pictured right plus the oil pastels pictured below right):
1) A box of my favorite water soluble oil pastels - Portfolio Series by Crayola
2) X-acto craft knife with #11 blade
3) an 8oz tub of gesso
4) A tube of gel medium - which can be used as a glue and a varnish
5) 4B pencil
6) 4 sheets of my stamped handmade papers to add to your 'Art Stash'
7) My favorite glue stick - Scotch Permanent Glue Stick
8) A Daler Rowney 80 page, 5.5 x 8.5 sketch book/journal (for Week 2 project in my book's workshop)
9) 9 4x4 fabric squares (for Week 3 project)
10) Balsa wood (for Week 5 project)
11) Butterfly image sheet (for Week 5 project)
12) A 6x8 canvas panel (for Week 6 project)
I have 4 of these kits to give away this month, one per Saturday. If you don't win this one you can try again next week! And again, you don't have to own my book to enter ~ as long as you will use them in the next year to make something I am happy!
NOTE on the products - These were not donated by anyone, I purchased them myself and unless stated I do not recommending them over another company's products. In fact I have never used this brand of gesso or gel medium! I am sure they are good though. I have used this brand of craft knife, canvas, glue stick and Water soluble oil pastels. The sketch books turned out a little bigger and fatter than I imagined, but all the more for you and they have perforated tear out pages which is a nice touch!
Visit here to win a copy of my book on Jenny Doh's blog, it ends today April 3!
I absolutely adore those pocket books. I think you just inspired me for mothers day! Seriously, I need to go to Michaels today!ReplyDelete
I too love the idea of the pockets in the book, definitely a project for me to try! please count me in on your wonderful giveaway, I am working my way though your book with Trudy and enjoying it very much :)ReplyDelete
by the way, I am a follower of your blog too!!!ReplyDelete
I would love to be counted in your blog is V inspiring.ReplyDelete
I am also a follower of your blog, so nice I would like to be counted twice.EEReplyDelete
i have had your blog o my favorites list for a while now. i just recently started a blog and have now added myself as a follower. i think my favorite picture on your blog is the one from ireland in the woods with the beautiful green framed tree area.....what i wouldn't give for a spot like that here in michigan as a photography background!!!ReplyDelete
your work is beautiful and your book looks amazing.
Loving your projects here and in your book ~ thanks for all you share!ReplyDelete
I am enjoying your blog and witnessing your way of life. Very inspiring. Thank you.ReplyDelete
You are on my blogroll already :)ReplyDelete
i bought your book after seeing it on Misty Mawn's blog. The concept of the Artistic Mother speaks so much to me. I try to balance my family, work, and art and find time to be creative. To live a creative life. Most of my art revolves around my children and celebrating our life together!ReplyDelete
LOL How did you know that collecting supplies is usually what slows me down? LOVE the canvas pocket book -can't wait to make one for myself :)ReplyDelete
I am already a follower of your blog & I just ordered the book!ReplyDelete
How nice of you to do this giveaway! I love the book and I'm having a great time being part of the group! Would love to win the supplies!ReplyDelete
I would absolutely love to win this! Such a great idea. similar to my dream setting kit, but I love the canvas, sewn, and collaged element. Your blog is so inspiring - I am about to do a tweet about it!ReplyDelete
I hope I win:) and keep up the good work. You are particularly inspiring given you have children to tend to too!
These are AMAZING! I love the colors, the textures, the attention to detail...ReplyDelete
I would LOVE to win the items - how extremely generous of you!! (Maybe then I'd finally get this poetry journal made....) ;)
I love your art and your book. I follow your blog. Thanks for the chance to participate in this give-away.ReplyDelete
Would love to win! Although I feel a little scared that I'd have to get them used by this year. Deadlines are good for me!ReplyDelete
This book is gorgeous! And the giveaway is a wonderful start for those of us just beginning to journal.ReplyDelete
You are of course on my blog roll!ReplyDelete
I'm also following you(and love what I've seen!)ReplyDelete
wow, I am so inspired!! Thank you for the chance to participate!ReplyDelete
I would love to have this starter kit-- just received your book from amazon!ReplyDelete
And I just added you to my blog roll at Daily Portion. You're on my Google Reader so I don't miss a post!ReplyDelete
Hi Shona! I've had your book for weeks now and carry it with me everywhere. It has been a great reminder that I'm not the only creative Mom struggling for time.ReplyDelete
Wonderful giveaway! Thank you.
Me again! You've been on my blog roll since I got my book weeks ago.ReplyDelete
I appreciate your descriptions for the book project here ... i am now torn between making the banner or the book!ReplyDelete
and what a great batch of art goodies! I need the pastels, so my fingers crossed :)
as the Artistic Mother group is moving on to the poetry tote, any advice for novice sewers would be welcome!
A gift from the supply fairie would be most welcome!ReplyDelete
What great ideas you have!
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i'm on the blog roll!ReplyDelete
I would like to win. Who knows, maybe it would motivate me to go buy the book...ReplyDelete
now this is delicious! so exciting, i hope i win. you KNOW it will go to good use. ;-DReplyDelete
i have you listed on my linky love list and check from there, does that count? xoxoxoReplyDelete
whether i win or not, i'm definitely making one of these books. what a marvelous idea.ReplyDelete
Great giveaway. I'm really enjoying your book and can't wait to start on some projects!ReplyDelete
Dear Shona, What a wonderful gift to extend to creative moms. I have your book and am reviewing if for artheals.org. Thanks for creating such a great resource!ReplyDelete
I think this is a great idea for artists...I have made collages before using magazine bits and my own drawings but I love the idea of pockets. There are so many ideas that can be forgotten if you don't write them down! Not to mention taking artistic goals seriously and committing to them by putting them in a beautiful form.ReplyDelete
I have your book & I'm soo inspired by it! I would LOVE to win this starter kit!!ReplyDelete
I added your blof to my blog roll. I hope you might add mine:ReplyDelete
I found your book through something I got in the mail. So then I looked that up on Amazon and found your blog and here I am!! I am so going to buy your book...right up my alley AND I'm putting a link right now on my blog!! Sure would love to win this starter kit!!ReplyDelete
Those pocket books, okay, so I love them! I'll be adding them to my goals list ;) Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such luscious stuff!ReplyDelete
And I'll post again just so I can have two chances!!ReplyDelete
Oh yes please, do enter me. Book is on order from Amazon UK... Can't wait!ReplyDelete
Entry number 2 for blog role place!ReplyDelete
I am a follower :)ReplyDelete
Those pocket books are amazing.ReplyDelete
I definitely plan on buying your book -If I don't win it in a giveaway :-)
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and I'd love to win :)ReplyDelete
I'm a follower, so here's my second chance at winning! :-)ReplyDelete
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I'm a follower of your blog!ReplyDelete
Your book has been popping up all over and may have to go to the top of my birthday list! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyDelete
That's so exciting. Please enter me. I'd love a chance to win.ReplyDelete
I'm still on week three hoping ti finish soon. Love the goal folders and the pastels. Crossing my fingers.ReplyDelete
wonderful giveaway! i love this starter kit. it's got everything you need to get started on the projects right away. lovely!ReplyDelete
and you are on my blog list...i visit almost daily! :)ReplyDelete
Hi Shona! These are really beautiful...quite creative! I make goals list but I'm always in too much of a hurry to make something pretty to print them on. This would be much more inspiring!ReplyDelete
Love your work...as usual!
Happy Easter Shonna! I'd love to win!ReplyDelete
Hoping to win!!ReplyDelete
beautiful work above...i am headed over to stampington to check it out...ReplyDelete
count me in on the contest & thanks for your generosity...:)
My good friend Trudy Callan introduced me to your blog! I told her I was disciplining myself to finish current projects (soon to be posted at my blog: Me...Creatively?). I finished them today, so I am going to be ordering your book. I am so inspired by the artist cards and journals. I have been following you for a few days. Thank you for doing all this lovely art and inspiration!
Here is my entry #2 for being a follower of your blog! I hope I win (LOL -doesn't everyone :)ReplyDelete
that pocket book is an awesome idea and I am having so much fun making backgrounds that I forget to make dinner. ;) Thanks for starting this contest also, art is my escape from motherhood and helps me to find some peace in my life.ReplyDelete
I LOVE the canvas goals book, it is beautiful. Your Artistic Mother book is amazing, as well as your giveaway. This would be so great to win, as it includes some items I have not had a chance to purchase yet. I am so keeping my fingers crossed for this one.ReplyDelete
This is such a wonderful and generous giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
I love the Goals canvas book! I think I work on that tomorrow, I might also do one on finding my passion. I would love to be added to your contest. dkReplyDelete
shona...you never cease to inspire me...love everything...that prize is wonderful;....xxxReplyDelete
ps...you are on my blog list...xxxReplyDelete
Happy Easter!! Thanks for the opportunity!ReplyDelete
How generous of you to share your supplies and ideas.
What a great idea - your inspiration/goal book is so beautiful!ReplyDelete
Such cool collage stuffReplyDelete
I would love to win it
Love all the neat projects that you post!!!ReplyDelete
Oh wow!I love art supplies~ReplyDelete
This looks like a fun project!!
I've been following your blog for awhile now too :)ReplyDelete
Your goal book is such a wonderful idea! Thanks for the chance to win a Starter Kit.ReplyDelete
I love your blog, your projects, and the pics of your family. Would really like to win the prize! Happy Easter!ReplyDelete
This is a wonderful and generous giveaway. Amazing.ReplyDelete
This is my birthday month and your book is on my wish list!ReplyDelete
just draw my name, and then you don't have to worry about mailing anything.ReplyDelete
Looks like a fab kit.ReplyDelete
This is an amazing giveaway Shona. I just absolutely love the canvas book idea and can't wait to have a go. I would so love to win. Thank you for sharing and for all your inspiration. (I have a daughter called Shona who is busy studying fashion design at the moment!)ReplyDelete
What a great and generous giveaway. Thanks for the offer and sign me up!!ReplyDelete
And you are (and have been) on my blogroll...so sign me up again! Thanks so much!ReplyDelete
I bought your last weekend at our local Border's store! I am sharing it with my friends and it is fabulous. Please enter my name in your supplies drawing because I will put them to use and love it.....ReplyDelete
Many thanks, Cindi
I have been loving your new book! I cannot wait to get to week 4's project! Your canvas book is a beautiful idea, too. Thank you for the artistic inspiration and encouragement your book has offered.ReplyDelete
Your book finally arrived in Singapore so I can get on with the workshop yay!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
I have your book and was just reading through the suggested items I need to get started. I am so inspired and would love to have this to help me jump right in! :)ReplyDelete
I have you on my blog roll. http://laniejandco.blogspot.comReplyDelete
Oh my, what an awesome giveaway!!! I am so inspired by your blog!ReplyDelete
You are on my blogroll!ReplyDelete
I bought your book a couple of weeks ago and have been reading through it while I sit at baseball practice. I'm looking forward to starting the projects--I'd love to win this kit to get me started.ReplyDelete
A copy of your book just shipped yesterday and I'm very much looking forward to receiving it. This project is lovely!
Hi, Shona! I recently purchased your book from Amazon and have truly enjoyed reading through it. I started making some background papers using your techniques. And I've done an altered photo project, too. I'd love to win your kit and keep the creativity going! Thanks!ReplyDelete
Oooh, gorgeous gorgeous! I LOVE the use of fabric - there is something so yummy about seeing something beautiful and then being able to run it through your fingers...I am DEFINITELY going to have to try that.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your generosity with the giveaway!!
(I've had this post up on the laptop for awhile...I was certain I'd left a comment but don't see it here. I'm going to leave just this one now...if it is only one, oh well, but if it's a second "entry" - please know that OF COURSE I have you on my blogroll!!) ;)
Hi Shona I am interested in receiving one of your kits! What a lovely idea.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful giveaway! That all looks so nice and I have enjoyed your book so far!ReplyDelete
Hi Shona! BEAUTIFUL canvas book - thank you for all the details and descriptions. AND I love the idea of you writing a children's book - who better than you to do so?ReplyDelete
Thank you too for the opportunity to win these fun products - I will be crossing my fingers, Kristin xo
Just a comment to let you know that you are on my blog roll. Thanks again, Kristin xoReplyDelete
Shona: I am very happy that I have been learning through your tools and inspirations! Thank you for leading!ReplyDelete
I did order your book from Amazon... I would love to have a kit to go with it!ReplyDelete
I just joined Trudy's Artist Mother group last week. These supplies would be a wonderful addition as I have also taken a Stash Buster Challenge this month--so I'm not allowed to buy any new craft supplies.ReplyDelete
So far, I'm loving your book. I have never thought to write out my artistic vision and goals before. I do so for my business, but not with my art. Making art makes me feel whole, especially now that I'm a mother. So writing my vision and goals for it makes sense.
You can find my Artistic Mother journey at http://cupofcreativetea.blogspot.com
I've had you favorited for some time now and have just created a blog of my own (and so confused about it) but I love your posts and would love to be entered into this contest! Thank you!ReplyDelete
I am also now a follower!ReplyDelete
I have been drooling over your wonderful Artistic Mother book since I first read someone talking about it on their blog. This is definitely my kind of art. Thanks for the opportunity to own some really great art supplies to help me with the projects.ReplyDelete
While I havent yet had the chance to get my hands on this. I have been macking big time and keeping a close eye on here and the artistic mother group. such inspiration. everywhere hereReplyDelete
I REALLY want your book but can't afford it. :( Wish I had seen that it was a giveaway earlier. darn it.ReplyDelete
Please enter me for this one, I need more supplies! :)
okay, you're on my blog roll too. Off to sift through your blog...ReplyDelete
These are absolutely delightful. I love all the pieces! I am drooling over the pastels.ReplyDelete
Oh, wow - I love how you did the Vision Cards! I am going to book mark this so that when I get to week 4 (I am on week 2 now) I can remember.ReplyDelete
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
I've added you to my blogroll ~ and very proud of it!ReplyDelete
This is so great! Can't wait to try it on my own!ReplyDelete
I add you to my blog roll. Fingers crossed!ReplyDelete
I'm loving these projects you are such an inspiration!ReplyDelete
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wow, i would be thrilled to win! this is awesome!ReplyDelete
your blog is already on my blog rollReplyDelete
That looks like such a fun project! (hope I win, of course--hehe)ReplyDelete
ME ME ME!!!!!ReplyDelete
pick me pick me pick me!!!
Awesome! I would love to win these, I have your book - got it for my birthday☺ But have yet to start it as I am working toward gathering the art supplies, most of which I don't have on hand.ReplyDelete
Well, what timing! Since your book is en route from Amazon, these supplies would be perfect!! Thank you for the lovely giveaway!ReplyDelete
And now I am proud to say I am a follower and you are on me blog list! Brilliant.ReplyDelete
I like your canvas book project..good luck to all those entering the raffle. Have just treated myself to your arty mum book as I am feeling fed up!ReplyDelete
I love your book and would love to have the tools to move forward! Crossing my fingers!ReplyDelete
i almost forgot ... i get a second chance (i have you on my blogroll) - fingers crossed!ReplyDelete
Wow! What a wonderful pack of goodies and inspiration. Looks like FUN!ReplyDelete
I just added you to my blogs i followReplyDelete
I am really looking for inspiration in my life right now! I am a stay at home Mom who is struggling to find my creative soul. I am loving your blog and feel more inspired already to list my short and long term goals. I hope by doing this I will get started in my creative journey!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful opportunity. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
How fun it would be to create with this kit!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the opportunity!
You are on my blog roll!
Thanks to you Shona for all the motivation and inspiration.ReplyDelete
And of course you are on my blogroll.ReplyDelete
I just love, love, love visiting your blog. I love all the beautiful photos of your children and artwork. You are an amazingly organized and thoughtful individual. Thanks for helping so many young moms find a way to be creative while still "tending" to the young'ens.ReplyDelete
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I think I may be getting this entry in, just under the noon deadline (ofcourse, if it is noon eastern, then I am too late!)ReplyDelete
Love, smitten, swoon when I look through your book!