Find Your Style • NEW EBook!

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WOW!~ ITs here! 😀

Excited to share with you today, the release of a wonderful resource for artists, both new and established- it’s called “Find Your Style” and its the latest, greatest project from artist and teacher Kristal Norton, available for purchase as a downloadable ebook.

I was SO excited when I was asked to contribute my personal experience in finding my own artistic style-but what a question! My mind was spinning…  Where to begin? How did I find my style? What has my journey as an artist looked like? And what would I recommend to others? Thinking back through my artist’s journey, especially over the last 20 years, was a surprisingly emotional job! 

In trying to extract the essence of some of the lessons I’ve learned (and continuing to learn!)  I found some core beliefs within myself:

Finding your style means to be willing to reinvent yourself as an artist and be willing to ditch current style and “artistic” safety nets. Then do it again. And again, and again. 

I knew instinctively that I’d only find my true style, my language, by “going there”; to those emotional, obscure places within.

Wow- man, I WISH someone had written this for me 10 -20 years ago! Who hasn’t struggled with finding their style, their voice, their authenticity as an artist?

This book is packed full of advice and support. I find that in listening to other artists stories I begin to validate my own story, I feel instantly connected to a greater path taken. Artists can be so insular in our pursuits- this ebook is an amazing break from that and about a topic we can all relate to. 

Twelve artists were all asked the same questions about our style, and I LOVE the variation in responses.

Even though we all have traveled beautifully diverse paths there are some underlying themes of exploration, courage, and transformation in each of our stories as artists.

Now it’s your turn too! I also truly believe we keep transforming, not just in our daily lives but as our lives as artists. Indeed when I was invited, I thought, “Oh Boy! I JUST stumbled upon yet another new way of working…making me feel once again, at once both at the crux of discovery and joy, but yet vulnerable too.

Take a gander, soak it in. Know we all struggle and we all doubt, but that we also have triumphs and high points in our artistic journeys. My hope is that you can relate to our stories- that in this ebook, you find advice for those moments of feeling stuck or in doubt. I know I have enjoyed reading each artist’s journey and learned much already! There are so many great pointers here that I will also take into my practice. 

Below are the wonderfully talented artists who contributed to the book!  You can read more about the book and purchase your copy here for just $33. A portion of the purchases will help support the artists (including myself) who contributed to this book. Thank you for your support and I hope you find inspiration and comradery within the pages of this book.

I’d love to know your story and how you found your style, or struggles and triumphs too!

 

 

21 SECRETS Retirement SALE

21secrets_Fall_Retirement(1)Sharing some Big News with you today: 21 Secrets Fall and Spring editions are retiring today.  This was such an amazing collection of workshops with outstanding teachers all in one tidy package. Such an honor to be involved, but its time for them to retire- which means….the lowest prices EVER on these two jam-packed online workshops!

Starting today 21 SECRETS Fall will be on sale for $59 and the combo pack of both Spring and Fall will be on sale for $100.

Follow this link to learn more: http://bit.ly/1Ik0Uk5

The sale will last until Friday, December 18th.  After this date 21 SECRETS 2014 will no longer be available for purchase, so be sure to check it out soon!

Below, some peeks at my mini workshop in the series, Dream Voyages, where we played with tea staining, layering with maps and papers and I guide you through working with dream like imagery to create your personal maps and visual journey.

Thanks so much for looking! ❤ ❤

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Wanderlust 2016 First Ever Giveaway

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Imagine winning almost $225 of fabulous mixed media and art goodies?

Everything Art are giving away a chance to win this one amazing prize for anyone who buys a place on their new fabulous year long mixed media and art journaling online class called Wanderlust from 1st of September until 15th of December 2015.

(Everyone who has already bought is already included in the draw!!!) The prize of Wanderlust 2016 until 15th of December is £65 (approx $100 / €89), after this day it will go up to £99, so save money by booking it now and be in for chance to win this fabulous prize.

Dive into the world of creativity and get a head start with these fabulous prizes:

Prima Finnabair -Brush Set
Daler Rowney Aquafine Watercolour Travel Set
Sennelier Abstract Satin Finish Acrylic – Primary Blue
Sennelier Abstract Satin Finish Acrylic – Carmine Red
1500 Koh-I-Noh Graphite Pencil Set
Daler Rowney Murano Pastel Pencil Travel Set
Daler Rowney Simply Pastel A4 Art Set
Pocket Colour Wheel
Paint Pallete
Prima Finnabair Art Basics – 3d Matte Gel 236ml
Catalyst Mini Blade – No 1 White
Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients Glass Beads – Plum
Dr P.H. Martins Bombay Inks – Aqua – 30ml Bottle
Sakura Pigma Brush Pen – Black
Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients – Glass Glitter – Sterling
Ranger Sunshine Yellow Re-Inker
Sharpie Water Based White Extra Fine Point
Catalyst Contour No 61 Mint
Prima – Chalk Egders By Ingvild Bolme – Lime Pie
Prima – Chalk Egders By Ingvild Bolme – Summer Field
Scrapbook Diaries stamp designed by Kasia
The Crafters Workshop TCW459s Mini Harlequin Circles 6×6 Stencil
Prima Finnabair Elementals Stencil Netting

The lucky winner will be announced 1st of January 2016 on Everything Art Facebook page and online community

 

 

Flashback Sale! 21 Secrets Online Classes

Super excited to announce 21 Secrets is having a 40% off “Flashback” sale starting this Friday, June 5 to Monday, June 8th so be sure to check it out! 

You won’t want to miss this great deal!!  Get your discount by visiting this link anytime during the sale.

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In this e-course, you will have amazing access to a huge variety of art journaling techniques, processes, and methods from a team of diverse teachers, all from your home, at your own pace.  21 Secrets is a downloadable eBook with videos, full color photos and instruction from 21 different artists!

This is an INCREDIBLE amount of talent all gathered in one spot and a really unique opportunity to learn from so many unique and talented artists- all with different styles and approaches! Yours to keep and  return to at any time.

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In my class, “Dream Voyages” we’ll cover the following: 

• Recreate dream like worlds with symbolism, color and textures

• Learn chai dye or tea dying to make vintage papers

• Create a celestial setting for your dreams to be expressed in your pages

• Work with images and symbols

• Work with stream of consciousness writing

• Create a mini scroll and attach in your book

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21 Secrets Online Course- A Sneek Peek!!

I have been away from blog and Facebook for a little while… That is because I have been working on creating something very exciting…my portion of  the 21 Secrets online class “Dream Voyages” 

Exited to share with you a sneek peek below!

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In my course we will voyage into our dreams!  First we’ll create richly layered backgrounds to create what I call dreamscapes. We will further explore this land by working with images, adding symbolic writing and start to unlock the messages they hold.  Wont you join me?

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21 Secrets is a gathering of 21 super talented artists to bring you 21 online art journaling courses. The course is composed of both videos and a digital version. I really love their vision, and there are still spots left! I hope you will consider joining me and 20 other amazing artists this fall.

Spring Play

I just love watching my students work. The brushes dancing, the color flying the hands moving… the creativity flowing.

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In the last workshop we experimented with movements big and small in our pages. We did a fun warm up exercise using just black gesso and a brush. Nothing to do but make marks on the page, go with the flow and start moving!

After that we all did some marvelous layering with pastels, spray inks, stencils and ink. Love the bright spring colors and playful energy in all their pages.

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Journal Spread • Rainbows Under Water

JournalPageFull_Rainbows_RachelUristaJournalPage_LoveBloomsJournalPage_RainbowsIn this spread, I worked with layers of pastel, spray inks, gel pens and black gesso. We’ll work with these materials in this Saturdays Art Journal Workshop at Imagine Coffee.

Woven into the layers of pastel and spray ink are words from another journal of mine- one solely dedicated to poetry, dreams and ideas.  The words in this spread are about the buoyancy of love, its resilience, and its lightness even in the heaviest of moments.

I’d like to swim amongst the background and climb out to rest upon the blossoms, and look into the stars…Care to join me? 🙂

~ Happy creating and may you weave your dreams into your art! ~

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Special Announcement! Southern California Class!

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So excited to announce the opportunity to offer my Magical Mapping Class TWICE in APRIL! Im heading to SoCal and so excited to announce my class will be held in beautiful sunny Redondo Beach at the lovely home of the amazing artist and teacher,  Orly Avineri.

Wont you join us? 

Southern California:

Wednesday, April 9th from 2-4:30, Curtis Ave. Apt.3, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Please Email Orly Avineri to reserve your spot in California: orlyavineri@gmail.com

Oregon:

Saturday, April 12th from 11am-1:30pm

Imagine Coffee, Corvallis

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Cost is $25 Please email me for your class materials list

Please Email me to reserve your spot in Oregon: rachelurista@gmail.com 

Any questions about the content of this class and material list please email Rachel at: rpeterson523@gmail.com or rachelurista@gmail.com

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Can’t wait to see you at one of these classes! Until then, Happy Journaling! 

Spring Buzz • Art Workshops and Art Shows!

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We’ll play with pastels, spray inks, ink pens, and black gesso! We’ll have moments of fast movement and calm as we work to create layers of meaning with simple but unique mix of materials!  Come out to play!!

Saturday, March 8th at 11am at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis. Email me at rachelurista@gmail.com to hold your seat!

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Secondly, I am happy to announce a new art show at Stash Local in Corvallis, featuring my mixed media paintings and original art journal pages!  Come by and see the show, featuring a wide variety of sizes and price ranges for sale. On display until the end of April. Two full months to stop in and see my work in person. Thank you for your support!

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A Journey begins • Collaboration with Open Soul Communication

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I am excited to begin this journey with Open Soul Communications and offer you Open Soul Painting Workshops, coming soon!

Come out today to their FREE event: http://opensoulcommunication.wordpress.com/free-event1/   Food, fun, and information on the soul supportive services offered.

As a classically trained artist, I became shut-down by all the rules and set standards. When I discovered mixed media painting and art journaling, I started to open up again creatively…

Since I started teaching workshops in art journaling, I have seen people transformed, just by having the space and permission to create – without judgement, without pressure. I saw students reconnect to their creative side and begin to open up.

Once you start opening up in one area of your life, other areas begin to open as well and growth can occur. That is why collaborating with Open Soul Communication is the perfect match!

Thank you, Open Soul Communications, for this amazing opportunity! I am looking forward to our journey together! 

Watch for details on Open Soul Painting Workshops! Coming soon!  

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Workshop Inspiration!

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Connection, energy and inspiration fueled the day and creative sparks were flying!

Each student brought joy, energy and inspiration to the group.

It was particularly joyful to have those who had never done Art Journaling before. They were bold, brave and lent a fresh energy. Meeting friends I’d before only know online was another highlight of the day.  Meeting in person was a blast!

In hearing my students, it is becoming clearer that there is a real need to carve out space for our creative selves to expand. Our creative urges are not going to go away. We are, by nature, creative beings, and ignoring this urge is unhealthy.

Art journaling has the potential to open up this creativity, allowing us space and time to reconnect to this part of ourselves.  From simple to complex prompts and techniques, Art Journaling can open a door towards self-discovery and healing. I sincerely look forward to the next workshop, for the chance to continue to create space for each student to explore their creative self.

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—– Next up—— Inner Rhythms——-Saturday, March 8th! Watch for details! Until then, Happy Journaling!

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Art Journal Workshop: This Saturday!

1779794_630646483656742_1898497929_n-1Just a reminder out there: my Art journal workshop is rescheduled for this Saturday!

After all the snow, and gloomy skies, let’s get our hands in some brightness! I’m ready, are you?

RECLAIM art journal workshop is coming up this Saturday, Feb 15th. Still seats left, email me at rachelurista@gmail.com to reserve your seat!