Site search

CraftSanity Newsletter

Subscribe to the CraftSanity email newsletter. We promise not to sell your address to anyone.

CraftSanity Magazine

Print
Issue 9 is available to order online and in stores.
PDF
Get the PDF (perfect for your printer, computer or iPad) of Issue 9 for $6 by ordering here. Add to CartView Cart
PDF
Get the PDF (perfect for your printer, computer or iPad) of this special holiday edition for $5 by ordering here. This issue is free to subscribers. If you are a subscriber (or sign up to be one), email jennifer@craftsanity.com to get your download code.
Add to Cart
View Cart
Print
Issue 8 is available to order online.
PDF
Get the PDF (perfect for your printer, computer or iPad) of Issue 8 for $6 by ordering here.
Add to Cart
View Cart
Print
Issue 7 is available to order online and in stores.
PDF
Get the PDF (perfect for your printer, comptuer or iPad) of Issue 7 for $6 by ordering here.
Add to Cart
View Cart

Print
Issue 6 is available to order online and in stores.
PDF
Get the PDF (perfect for your printer, computer or iPad) of Issue 6 for $6 by ordering here.
Add to CartView Cart

Print
Issue 5 is available to order online and in stores.
PDF
Get the PDF (perfect for your printer, computer or iPad) of Issue 5 for $6 by ordering here.
Add to Cart


Print
Issue 4 is available online and at select stores
PDF
Get the PDF (perfect for your printer, computer or iPad) of Issue 4 for $6 by ordering here
Add to Cart

Issue 3 of CraftSanity Magazine is now available.
Print
Order Issue 3 in print via Etsy
PDF
Get the PDF (perfect for your printer, computer or iPad) of Issue 3 for $6 by ordering here
Add to Cart


Issue 2
Some copies of issue 2 are still available.
Print
Order Issue 2 in print via Etsy
PDF
Get the PDF of Issue 2 for $6
Add to Cart


Issue 1
Some copies of Issue 1 are still available
Print
Order Issue 1 in print via Etsy
PDF
Get the PDF of Issue 1 for $6
Add to Cart

View Cart

Podcast archive

RSS My recent MLive.com craft columns

Archives

How to Support

Consider donating a $1 a month to support the CraftSanity podcast via our Patreon page or make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Sponsors



Thanks to for sponsoring the podcast.

I've created a line of wooden peg looms to make potholders and projects of other sizes. Read the story behind the looms and check out my etsy shop.

Subscribe

Art Journaling Inspiration From Violette

When I sit quietly with an empty page in front of me, pausing for a moment before picking up my paint brush, I’m often surprised by what comes out on paper.

I get answers on almost every page. Art journals are great that way, even for those of us who don’t consider ourselves great painters or sketch artists. I love the freestyle mix of text and color.

And I find that when we’re willing to just splash color on the page and see what happens, things can get really interesting.

Speaking of art journaling, I recently got my hands on a copy of “‘Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric by Violette (North Light Books, $22.99) who was a guest on CraftSanity episode 5 way back when I was just getting started.

This book is vibrant and colorful just like Violette and super inspiring for folks inching to bust out with some creative doodling. I love the fact that Violette starts her introduction with this invitation to readers: “I invite you to join me- don a pair of magical boots and come along on an exhilarating adventure to find Journal Bliss.

It doesn’t matter if your magical boots are real or imaginary; all we have to do is let go and and listen to our intuition, and they will guide our steps on an amazing creative journey…”

Violette inspires readers to silence their inner critics and then guides them through a series of creative prompts to create their own brand of whimsical lettering, borders, backgrounds and image transfers. You don’t have to live in a purple house and drive a painted van like Violette to appreciate this book.

But if you happen to secretly wish to paint your and house and vehicle or maybe just take a short walk on the wide side – even if it’s only within the pages of your journal – this is a great book to get you started.

I have a huge stack of books that I want to tell you about, so check back here for more reviews in the coming days. Okay, I have to make dinner and then head out to Craft Club. Later.

Comments

Comment from Catherine
Time: May 13, 2009, 5:35 am

Yay! I love hearing about new books.

Hope craft club was a blast. I wanted to go, but little David and I got invited to Dora downtown. I’m still recovering. ;)

Comment from Violette
Time: May 13, 2009, 1:31 pm

Thanks so much Jennifer for posting this lovely review of my book Journal Bliss! I really appreciate it. It was so great to be one of the first creatives to be interviewed on your podcast. If people go back to episode 5 and have a listen they just might be prompted to paint their home or vehicle with juicy colours!

Love, Violette

Comment from Bev
Time: May 14, 2009, 5:07 am

Love that wild child upside down page…. and I remember that interview way back in the day. Hope to catch up soon, still battling the germs down under. B

Comment from Zom Osborne
Time: May 19, 2009, 10:43 pm

I love your podcasts Jennifer. And I love art journaling!

Pingback from Violette's Creative Juice » Blog Archive » Gypsy Wagon zine
Time: July 6, 2010, 12:58 pm

[…] (I was interviewed a few years ago – episode number 5 but you can read an interview here. While you’re at Craftsanity I know you’ll be inspired by the may articles and […]

Comment from crippling panic attacks
Time: April 7, 2014, 12:01 am

If you have been one of those people that can count the number of friends that you have on one hand then you probably notice that it has been a difficult
thing for you to make new friends. Panic Disorder is an extreme form of anxiety disorder where
panic attacks will be experienced frequently, sometimes even in your sleep.
You may start with a prescription drugs that tunes your brain
biochemistry to decrease many of the uncomfortable social anxiety disorder
symptoms.

Comment from Almir
Time: September 27, 2014, 10:53 pm

Hi my family memebr! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and include almost all important infos. I would like to see more posts like this .

Write a comment