Oh nooooooo! Yes. Books!
 
I am deeply engaged in my community art right now. It is a challenge to come back into my life, with full desire to actually make things and still recognize that I am recovering.  As I was first healing, I had a million ideas. Ok, maybe a gazillion! It's great to get to stand up and work a bit more at a work height counter top now.  That leads me to this: the piece above was a complete accident. I am creating a blank book for a camp project at Critical Northwest. It is really important to me. I get to feel like I am contributing to something that is not just mine. This art is important to me and a lot of other people.  That is something greater than I alone could ever create.  That can also be really challenging! Here's the tale of the utter disaster from above.  I found a book cover at goodwill to rework and reclaim. I decided to try and get a slight shape on the corner of the book, using a stencil. I set up a small station, surrounded by pages and pages of particular paper - and this paper needed to stay white! Well, undecorated let's say. Cream, beautifully aged and torn by hand. Not covered in purple splatter! For people to write on later. Eeeeek! I mixed up orange and purple and yellow to get a mild dark eggplant sorta color. I put the stencil on top of the book, and covered parts of it with paper so that it would only impact part of the creation underneath. I grabbed the sprayer and held my breath and took my only shot. I squeezed the trigger.  Nothing happened. Well, not really. A little spritz came out, but I don't think anything hit the book. I squeezed it again. Hunh. Is the color just too light? So, I sprayed it a few more times to try and get some of it to get darker. I think that the 11th spray is when something came loose in the spray dye bottle and I got to see a huge splash of dye come out. All over me, all over my work area in the sink. I saw all of the water on top of the stencil now. Beaded up, waiting to move. Now, I just panicked. I froze. I had no ideas. Eventually I grabbed the stencil and lifted it, tilting it away from the book. Still spilling dye. Everywhere.  I managed to get the stencil over to the counter on top of the bin with the sprayers. Then, I cleared a spot on the counter top. Whew. Uh, nope, dye seeping through. I looked for a a non precious piece of paper and set it on top of the stencil. Ok, now, actually whew. Deep breath.  Huge wet blotch on the book cover. Glue coming undone. I am exhausted and need to get off of my feet, but I can't yet. I tried to minimize the damage to little avail. All I can think of is how many people are waiting on me to finish this. To get this done. To pass this on to the next artist. Do I need to get a new one? No time. No money. Ask! What have I done! I am such a screw up! Why did I even agree to do this?  Yep. The creative roller coaster and the little boogie man. Yes, parts got messed up. I couldn't toss it, there was no time. Instead, I worked it into the final design and made the book look older. It took a bit of research and I learned some new glue and binding techniques to fix the problem. I fussed. I fixed. I let it go out into the world, still not perfect, but I am only one human.  Later while cleaning up, I found this gorgeous piece of paper. I am going to make an entire book out of this type of paper. I think. Maybe. Well, we'll see. I wish you luck this year Honest Outliers, with your own creative lives.
Tier Benefits
Pledge $1.50 or more per month
Huge virtual hugs from me!
Access to the Patron-Only Feed full of Smart-Art. This is where we communicate!
Bonus: you are joining a community of people who are curious and interested in similar ideas. Together, we get to check out the grand adventure that is Living the Messy Life!
Pledge $3 or more per month
Huge virtual hugs from me!
Access to the Patron-Only Feed full of Smart-Art! This is where we communicate!
Secret Launch Codes for Blowing up expectations! 
Bonus: you are joining a community of people who are curious about cool ideas. Together, we get to check out Living the Messy Life!
Pledge $6 or more per month
Huge (virtual) hugs from me!
Access to the Patron-Only Feed full of Smart-Art! This is where we communicate!
Choose your own Life Adventure Writing Prompts.
Bonus: you are joining a community. This is a community of people who are curious and interested in similar ideas. Together, we get to check out the grand adventure that is the Messy Life!
Pledge $10 or more per month
Huge (virtual) hugs from me!
Access to the Patron-Only Feed full of Smart-Art! This is where we communicate!
Choose your own Life Adventure Writing Prompts, Worksheets, and Digital Art delivered to your inbox.
Submit questions for the monthly, Live, Letting it All Hang Outs with me! Q&A, Ask me Anything!
Bonus: you are joining a community. This is a community of people who are curious and interested in similar ideas. Together, we get to check out what it takes to Take a Bite Out of the Ass of Life!
Pledge $15 or more per month
Huge (virtual) hugs from me!
Access to the Patron-Only Feed full of Smart-Art! This is where we communicate!
[email protected](# Perfectionism Class! Pajama Jams!!! This is the online portion of the F#ck Perfectionism Classes. This tier is for the online portion only. See the $55 and $225 tier for drop-in classes!
Choose your own Life Adventure Writing Prompts, Communication Worksheets, and Digital Art.
Submit questions for the future Letting it All Hang Outs with me!
Bonus: you are joining a community. This is a community of people who are curious and interested in similar ideas. Together, we get to check out the grand adventure that is the Messy Life!
Pledge $55 or more per month
Huge (virtual) hugs from me!
Access to the Patron-Only Feed full of Smart-Art! This is where we communicate!
[email protected](# Perfectionism Class! ONE Drop In Class!!! This is the online portion of the F#ck Perfectionism Classes and ONE Drop-In class each month. See the next tier for the most freedom and flexibility.
Choose your own Life Adventure Writing Prompts, Communication Worksheets, and Digital Art.
Submit questions for the future Letting it All Hang Outs with me!
Bonus: you are joining a community. This is a community of people who are curious and interested in similar ideas. Together, we get to check out the grand adventure that is the Messy Life!
Pledge $100 or more per month
Wow! Thank you. All of the above. Plus your own Honest Outliers Secret Decoder Ring of Fire - let's talk about the details!
Pledge $225 or more per month
FUCK YES [email protected](# Perfectionism! Sugar Mama! PACKAGE.
FIVE Drop-In classes each month. The most freedom and flexibility to come and go creatively, with the flow. A potent way to manifest the change that you want in your LIFE!
This level makes these classes KEEP HAPPENING. Thank you for your awesome energy.
Plus you get:
Choose your own Life Adventure Writing Prompts, Communication Worksheets, and Digital Art.
Submit questions for future Letting it All Hang Outs with me!
All the other benefits plus flexible, join in the fun whenever you want, drop-in classes!!!
Bonus: you are joining a community. This is a community of people who are curious and interested in similar ideas. Together, we get to check out the grand adventure that is the Messy Life!
Pledge $1,000 or more per month
Wow! I am flabbergasted. Full of gratitude. All of the above. Let's find the best reward for you. A workshop design? Printed, Signed, Original Art? A video? - let's talk about the details!
Recent Posts