Monday, April 30, 2012

Zine About Marguerite

My special online friend Marguerite Bryant has always been so thoughtful and caring whenever upsetting events are occurring in my family that I thought I would celebrate her friendship by creating a zine about her. It was a fun way to keep my mind busy so I would stop worrying about what is going to happen with my mother who has stopped eating. I "shared" it in Google Docs for anyone to look at if you would like to. This is the first time I've tried sharing anything through Google Docs, so hopefully it works. Just click on the link below.

(The link does work. However, the pictures are a little fuzzy using the Google viewer. It looks perfectly fine viewing it in Acrobat Reader. If Google will allow you to download it, it's better to do that and then open it with Acrobat Reader.)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Inner Critic

In order to quiet your inner critic, you have to recognize it first.

Elements from Mr. Whiskers' kits "Masks" and "Steampunk" at

My mother has been very ill. She is 82. We've been busy taking care of her and my father, and I haven't been able to visit blogs lately. My brain is shot. I'm trying to still create my digital collages to keep from freaking out, though. I don't know. After looking at this one, maybe I already did.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Thousand and One Nights

I love Bollywood dancing. It looks so difficult! I don't know how the dancers can remember it all. The video below is a number that was done on Smash.

Who Am I?

Elements from Mr. Whiskers' new kit at Deviant Scrap "Masks."

Art Journal Caravan 2012 - Quote

Elements from Holliewood's "Stark" and "Void" kits.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

AJC 12 Week 16 Wordography - Lachrymose

Elements are from the Caravan's Parcels #15 and #16 by Tangie Baxter. Pill elements from Finecrafted Designs' kit "What Ails You?"

Running Away

This is one of those collages that makes me wonder about my brain. Where do these ideas come from? Oh well. I guess I have a good imagination.

My Vision for 2012: Dream Prompt #3

Prompt: “My life’s #1 purpose and passion is….”

All elements from kits by Studio Tangie.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Last Day of Mega Creating Time Event

Create a piece of art to illustrate your "time wrap:"

Elements from kits by Studio Tangie and Holliewood.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ocean Depths

I really wanted to buy a digital kit that came out at Deviant Scrap today, but since we're broke, I made myself use elements I already have. Which is probably more information than you need to know! :o) The elements are from Mister Whiskers' kit "Sea", Gypsy's "Mercurial Trench," and Crystal Rain's "Life's a Beach."

Candy Love

The candy elements are from Mister Whiskers' new kit "Candy Party."

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Vacation Time

Tonight is the third and last live event celebrating the release of Marney's new book Creating Time. I hope you will order it. It truly is fascinating. If you click on the Amazon icon in the right column, it will take you right there where you may order it. Amazon is saying they are already out of the book, but the publisher says the next shipment is going right out!

In honor of this past 3 weeks of celebrating time, I created another digital collage with the theme about time.

Elements are from Clementine's new kit "Are We There Yet?"

The Three Muses Challenge - Vintage Bathing Beauties

Fish from Tumble Fish Studios.

The Universe Waits

Some elements from Holliewood's kit "Enchanted."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Another Time Haiku - Using Photo by Eric Tenin!

In keeping with the celebration of the release of Marney's new book Creating Time, I've written another time haiku. This time, though, I illustrated it using a beautiful photo by Eric Tenin. Eric writes the blog "Paris Daily Photo." He posts a wonderful photo each day that he has taken in Paris. How I wish I could visit Paris! I asked if I could use the photo he posted today, and he said yes. Thank you, Eric! His original photo is below:

Here is the photo after I altered it and added the haiku about time:

Today is the official release of Marney's book Creating Time. If you would like to read more about it, please see my post below. Also, if you would like to see Eric's wonderful photos of Paris, please visit his blog at: I receive each of his new posts through email, because I love seeing Paris through his eyes.

Creating Time Official Release Today!

It's official. Today is the release of Marney K. Makridakis new book Creating Time - Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. If you've ever said "I don't have enough time," this book is for you. If you've ever thought "I wish I had more time for my art," this book is for you.

Listen to Marney describe it in her own words:


I knew this book would be fascinating to read, because I took the Artella class "From Here to ARTernity." It was the first time I heard the idea that there are two ways of viewing time - linear verses non-linear, kronos verses kairos. As artists, we enter into kairos without even realizing it. What am I talking about? Well, I don't want to spoil your appetite. The answer is in Marney's book Creating Time The answer is thought-provoking indeed!

During the past couple of weeks, you may have seen an illustrated haiku or two (hey, that rhymes!) on my blog about the subject of time. I love haiku! Creating Time inspired me to write "time" haiku by including a poetic pause at the beginning of each chapter. The poetic pauses are haiku written in the five, seven, five syllable format.  Their purpose is to encourage you to pause and think about time and what it means to you. Probably no big surprise, but I've written one that I saved to include in this post today.

In case you haven't guessed, I'm especially excited about this book, because Marney chose to include two of my digital collages in her book. (Did you notice my header up above?) Wow! I would like to include them here, but that would spoil the excitement of you seeing them in the book.

Just in case you absolutely want to see a preview of the book, though, Marney has given me permission to post a couple of pages. (Thanks, Marney!)

Time Sighs When You’re Having Fun

An Excerpt from Creating Time by Marney Makridakis

The perception of time is the quintessential human paradox. We often want to escape ourselves and lose track of time, and yet when we become fully aware of the gift of time, we are more present and in touch. As mentioned in chapter 1, I see a solution in becoming less aware of time but more aware of the present moment. This leads us to a certain state of bliss that often is described as “losing track of time” or “timelessness.”
We all have had moments when we lost track of time or became unaware of the time passing. There are several ways to describe such experiences. In 1964, Abraham Maslow coined the term peak experiences to explain those moments when we are fully engaged with something outside ourselves. In his book Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi popularized the concept of flow, a mental state in which we are fully immersed in what we are doing through energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.
During peak experiences or flow activities, it’s not so much that time goes faster, but that time seems to dissolve altogether. We’ve all heard that time flies when we are having fun, but when I’ve been in the flow state, I have felt that time neither flies nor stalls...instead, time sighs. When we have those experiences of time sighing, everything feels different. The example that sticks out for me occurred several years ago, when we had just moved to Hawaii and my husband had returned to the mainland to finish packing up our home there. I spent two months in a new home, on an island where I didn’t know anyone. It was a unique opportunity for inward exploration and reflection, and it triggered the most prolific period of creativity I’d ever experienced. With few responsibilities or obligations, and with no sense of linear time, I did little else but paint wildly colorful canvases around the clock.
I can remember a sensation of blurriness in the air as I was painting, as if the edges of my experience were fusing into something else, perhaps the very borders of time fading away. Though I’ve never felt it again to quite that extent, I still recognize this gossamer-silk sensation during times when I am in a creative flow; I’ve even experienced it a few times as I’ve been writing this book. I don’t know what it means, and I can scarcely even describe it; I just know that everything takes on a different quality when we are in the flow, when time is sighing. When I asked students to describe their experience during the flow state, they shared some of the following impressions:

“Colors become brighter.”
“I feel a buzzing sensation inside.”
“I feel really, really awake.”
“There’s a bit of sparkle in the air.”

As a child, I remember, I fantasized about what it would be like to live inside of a snow globe. I think this fantasy was rooted in growing up in Texas and longing for snow. And yet, even then, perhaps part of me longed for the still perfection of a glitter-filled utopia and the metaphor for timelessness that it provides. In those sparkly little dome-shaped wonderlands, there is only the present, only the now, only that world. Nothing else matters — appointments, responsibilities, negotiations. Everything is flowing, shimmeringly encapsulated in the moment, encased in a flow globe.
In real life, we can call it flow, peak experience, or losing track of time — different labels to describe the same type of experience, an experience that we all seem to crave. These timeless moments align us with the truisms of who we are. They unify us with the world on which we spin. And they provide our souls with deep evidence that outside of the obvious mortal limitations we have on this planet, the perception of time is completely subjective, and just as it was when we were children, time is therefore always under our control instead of the other way around.

Marney K. Makridakis is the author of Creating Time. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach of self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at

Excerpted from the book Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life ©2012 by Marney Makridakis.  Published with permission of New World Library

Is that deep or what?

Now comes the really exciting part! You'll want to order the book today. Why? This innovative book turns the concept of time management upside-down and creatively shows you that you do have all the time you need and can create a rich new experience with time that consistently supports you. You can order from any online bookseller any time this week and get an awe-inspiring bundle of time-expanding bonuses, and if you order Today, April 17 only, you’ll also get over $125 worth of Artella merchandise. Isn’t it time for a new kind of time? Click on the Amazon icon below to order your copy.

Enjoy your new way of experiencing time!

Monday, April 16, 2012


The equation in this digital collage is explained on page 52 of Marney's new book Creating Time. The clock overlay I used is by the Scrappin Cop.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Another Time Haiku

Take A Word Challenge - Time

This is a very apropos word for this week. Tuesday I will have a special post about Marney Makridakis new book Creating Time. It's the official release date, and Marney, founder of Artella, is offering all kinds of free goodies for people who order the book on that day. The details will be in my blog post. I hope you'll visit my blog on Tuesday! In case you can't tell, I'm really excited about the book. Two of my digital collages are included in it. Yay!

Moving right along, here is my collage and haiku for this challenge:

(Gesso overlays by Tangie Baxter.)

Quotes and Roses

I created this to attempt to follow the tutorial suggested by Tom at Digital Whisper. Unfortunately, my brain couldn't handle the tutorial. Egads! I must be getting old. Anyway, the roses and border are from Hollie's kit "Rose Is A Rose." The quotes are from Tangie Baxter's kit "Tangibles 005." The background is made of many layers combined by me.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My Vision for 2012 - Dream - Prompt 2

Julie Ann Shahin who contributes weekly to Tangie Baxter's blog has been giving prompts in addition to those from The Art Journal Caravan. The one for this week was: Create an art journal page based on the quote, "Live the life you've imagined." This is one I created:

Elements from Tangie Baxter's "Parcel #15" and "Steampunk Je t'adore." Other elements from Tumble Fish Studio's "Male Persuasion."

Friday, April 13, 2012

Art Journal Caravan 2012 - Wordography - Triskaidekaphobia

Elements from Tangie Baxter's kits "Verve," "Parcels 13 and 15," "Cartography Subway Numbers" and font "Happy Birthday."

Marney's Live Time Event Two

Since I love creating digital art, I opened up Photoshop while listening to Marney's live Time Event Two and took notes that way. It was a fascinating event!

Personal Psalm

Elements from Tangie Baxter's new "Verve" kits and Parcel #15.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Window Into Soul

For the first challenge in The Whisper group at Digital Whisper to create a picture depicting a window into the soul.

Window from "Broken" kit by Holliewood. Bass from "Sound of Music" by M. Zimm. Dresser from "Paris Art Studio" by Finecrafted Designs.

Dream Surrender

Created for The Whisper group challenge at Digital Whispers using a line from the poem "Awaken to Beauty" by John O'Donohue. Elements from Holliewood's digital kit "Stark." Man by Albu Mihai at Deviant Art.

Be Yourself

Quote from Tangie Baxter's kit "Tangibles 005." Frame from Cristine Honsinger's kit "Altered Elements II."

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Creating Time Event Day 9

Visit Two Dress Studio Blog

Would you like a chance to win Seth Apter's new book? There are 3 quotes from me in the book, but I didn't have a digital collage published in this one.  :( (At least I have two in Marney's book. Woops. You're probably tired of hearing me say that. Having 3 quotes in Seth's book is certainly nice, though!) Everyone is giving Seth's book rave reviews!

To try to win a copy of Seth's book, all you need to do is visit: Trudi is offering several ways to get more than one chance to win. Check out her contest below. You may click on the link above or click on the picture below. I hope you win! (Not really. I want to win.)

Time Travel

Several elements from kits by Crowabout Studio B. Other Googled.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Time Expansion Moment #7 (Creating Time)

"When does time sigh for you? Think of a recent time when you were so engaged in the present moment that you lost track of your sense of linear time. Where were you? What were you doing? Who were you with? What did it feel like?"

Some elements from Finecrafted Design's digital kit "Paris Art Studio." Overlay by Shadowhouse Creations. Brushes from Artella's March Studio Kit "About Time." 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Time Haiku

I started reading "Creating Time." I was able to get an early release copy, because I was a contributor. (Yay!) I also will be having a special post here on my blog on April 17, the official release day. One of the things I immediately saw and love is that each chapter has a "Poetic Pause." The Poetic Pauses are a haiku with time as the subject. I love haiku! I immediately had to write a couple. One I'm saving for April 17, but here is a different one:

The reference to parallel worlds will make more sense if you read Marney's book. :O)

(Monsters and planets from digital kit by Caleb.)

Spiritual Quest - A Different View of Time

Art Journal Caravan 2012 - Wordography - Glisten

Matriarchal? Did you ever try to find a word to rhyme with sparkle? :O)

Elements from:
Tangie's "Parcel #14"
C Renee's "Collectors"
L Murphy's "Fragments"
Paula Kesselring's "Painted Papers"
Laurie Ann's "Glitter Overlays"

Friday, April 6, 2012

Under The Sea

Elements from Mr. Whiskers' new kit "Ocean! The Undersea Adventure."

Creating Time Day 5

ARTsignment: Create a piece of art using any media or art supplies to illustrate one of your "time-traveling messages".

If you would like to join in the free Creating Time three week special events, just click on the Creating Time icon in the right column. If you would like to order the book, the official release date is April 17 th. There will be some special gifts for ordering the book from my blog on April 17 th. It is so exciting, because two of my digital collages are included in the book.

Some digital elements are from ViVa's "Otaku" kit, Tangie Baxter's "Cartography Set's 19 and 20" and Photoshop brushes from Artella's March Studio kit "About Time."

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Creating Time Event Day 3

Prompt: A new vision of time might need me to:

Some elements from Tangie Baxter's kits "Virtuosity" and "Gesso Messy #5." Clock pieces are from brushes included in Artellaland's "March Studio Kit."

Creating Time Event Day 2

Prompt: What words or phrases stood out to you in the short video. What do you most want to remember?

Elements from Artella's March Studio Kit "About Time."

My Copy Arrived Today!

Well, it finally arrived. I opened the mailbox to find my copy of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. It is so exciting to see work of people I know only through the Internet included in the pages of the book. It's even more exciting to find out that two of my digital collages were included. I thought only one was going to be published. Wow! I can't wait to read this wonderful book. The doors of time are thrown wide open!

If you want to get a copy for yourself, I put an Amazon icon you can click on in the right column. You will definitely want to see this!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Creating Time Event Starts Today!

The big, free event starts today! If you would like to join in on the fun, just click on the banner above. I created a digital collage in answer to one of the journaling prompts for today: 2. What is your deepest wish, regarding time? 

(Elements from digital kits by Tangie Baxter and Eena's Creations.)