• Art,  Creativity,  Life,  Process,  Writing

    Art, Visual, or Creative Journaling?

    Ready to do some artful journaling?  Wait. What? You can’t because you’re not a trained artist?  Well, that’s okay.  Me neither.  😉 Commonly called Art Journaling, putting colors and words on a page to express what’s on our minds is a way to creatively say what we need to say – even when we don’t realize we need to say it.  Our ideas need a place to ‘be’ – especially in this noisy world that constantly pokes at us. I’d like to share something with you that I learned recently: “Artful” journaling isn’t just for trained artists who are working out project ideas or practicing new techniques. Turns out, journaling…

  • Life,  Quotes,  Writing

    It Happened that Thursday

    Thursday, October 19, 2017.  3:22 PM. The cheery jingle of an arriving text message caused no alarm. Just another afternoon heading home from campus. Youngest sister checking in. I glance at the phone while the car cools down. Falling below 80 degrees in October is always the hope by Floridians, but jack-o-lanterns turning mushy in Florida heat and humidity is the reality. Ready to head home, I begin steering the car out of its space  and head toward the main road. Her words stop me:  “Mom just called. You guys need to call me now.” I dial the phone. Her shaky voice does not hide her concern. I can feel…

  • Art,  Creativity,  Life,  Process,  Stories from the Art

    Drawing Them Out: Faces Reveal Artist’s Growth

    As 2018 unfolds, I’ve been reflecting on my creative journey. What began as art discovery (a form of therapy, if you will) during a difficult time in my life – personally and professionally – has developed into a way of living that is as necessary to me as breathing and eating. My head often feels like it will burst to let the ideas out! When everything in art was brand new to me three years ago, I was taking it all in and sampling techniques, tools, and materials – but not choosing anything specific. Window shopping.  I suppose that’s how I discovered ‘mixed media’ – I tinkered in a little…

  • Art,  Creativity,  Lists,  Process

    Ten Tips: Keeping Art Brushes, Sponges, and Stamps Usable

    One of the things I learned from our first Creative by Discovery Mixed-Media Art Party was that sharing tips I’ve learned about the process in the past three years is a “how-to” I can gladly contribute. Here are a few things learned along the way…. Ten tips for keeping brushes, sponges, and stamps usable… (because it gets expensive replacing them!): Do not leave brushes/sponge brushes in water for long periods of time. Do not let paint, ink, or adhesives dry on brushes, sponges, or stamps. Let them rest in a brush tub, to keep them moist. Use the scrubber in the bottom to gently loosen paint. Change water often when painting, especially…

  • Art,  Creativity,  Life,  Process

    Our First Art Party is in the Books: Feedback + Lessons Learned

    arti supplies and custom postcard featuring artist RobinLK's orginal art

    Sunday, February 25, 2018, RobinLK Studios hosted our first-ever Creative by Discovery Mixed-Media Art Party. Our project:   Mail Art Our party experience:   Wow, it was a LOT of fun!   My party experience: Wow, it was a LOT of fun and a LOT of work before and after, but very much worth it(!). Like any good party, details matter. This event was no different. Three weeks of intense planning and preparation led to wonderful feedback from guests. Here’s what they shared with me in text messages, Facebook comments, and before leaving that day: “It was sooooooo much fun!” “…a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends” “…such an enjoyable…