Hurray! Finally I’m back behind the drawing table! A good moment to collect my mixed media supplies and play some.

The past few weeks were dedicated to guiding my first online workshop, doing a commission and first-time business paperwork (which is stereotypically scary stuff for my artist heart and soul).

My online workshop Mixed Media Character Faces (click here for info) went really, really well! I love teaching, but what was achieved in that workshop really surpassed my expectations. And students were sooo enthusiastic! Here are some comments they had:

“Mandy’s techniques for backgrounds and ‘finding’ faces are just SO much fun!! I really loved this class!!”
– Deb Weiers

” I have thoroughly enjoyed Mandy’s Mixed Media Character Faces! It is such a fun way to create and something fun always develops as a surprise. Mandy makes herself available for feedback and it is always so helpful. I love when I teacher can pinpoint a way for you to improve and can make it so clear. Great class!”
– KJ Allison

“The online course Mixed Media Character Faces, was great fun to do. Mandy gave me some advice how to continue my painting when needed and that made it even more worthwhile.
A good online course for a good price.”
– Marion Berkhout

One can only be proud of that, right? But then to think of this really wonderful idea: when I was doing my business administration, I saw all the addresses of my students pass by. And looking over them, I suddenly realised that I am literally working worldwide!!! It is so funny to be a small business and to serve the whole world on the one hand. But what appeals to my imagination even more, is that it really rocks to know that my work inspires people all over this globe. It’s not huge amounts yet, but just the notion of stretching my arms around the world, is beautiful and mind blowing.

So the hard work of the past months has been really rewarding, to say the least. But now it’s time to fill up some other wells and find a channel to let out all my own creative energy that’s been bubbling inside of me. I decided to go with a quick mixed media technique. For the first on the right I used my homemade eyeshadow paint. I L♥VE that stuff. This is as girly as I get! I love the blue-green shimmer…it’s so beautiful that I didn’t add any text and let the shimmer speak.

I used the same fast mixed media technique for today’s next journal page, which did get a little text.

The thing is, this journal page started out without a theme to journal about. Sometimes I know what I’ll journal about…it can be a dream, a feeling, a thought, the news, something I read, something someone said or a story or something. But the other half f the times I just sit down and show up. I grab some stuff, get going and see where I go. Both today’s pages fall into that category.

But as I went along, I noticed there were balloons in the picture…and this girl who has a somewhat defensive attitude. Something’s up. And something IS up with a girl and balloons… You see, when my husband has a stroke, we couldn’t give our youngest daughter her birthday party. It was too much at the time to arrange a children’s party. And she hasn’t complained once, but we know she really, really wants the party. She’s just patiently waiting…which makes it somewhat tragic. She will have her party…we are going to make up for the looooong wait…but still…my heart bleeds to think she is such a sweetheart not to complain and whine when her heart bleeds going to all these other parties having seen her own pass by for now…

I always encourage my students to make their art journal pages really about THEM. I try to show them that it really pays to do a little soul searching instead of using, for example, quotes by others. This page is a really good example of how journal pages – even when you start out not knowing what you’re about to do – easily carry a personal meaning in them if you’re open to listening to the little whispers that brush your ears while you work… And when you notice that whisper, grab it! And whisper right along with it to make it sound louder…♥