Bright colors and patterns make my heart sing! But sometimes, when I’m having a tear-y day of grieving heavy losses in life, it feels like I’m not in the mood for making art. I have learned that a more accurate statement is that in those moments I don’t feel like vibrant, colorful art fits my emotions. I am playing with creating art that reflects the process of grieving. Out of this personal play, I have developed some art-journaling tutorials. I am currently an instructor with Brave Girl University, a subscription site giving access to hundreds of art and wellness classes. I am excited that my most recent project, “Growing Hope,” is highlighted on the homepage of Brave Girl University! WOOHOO! This particular mixed media art-journaling project (seen above) moves from a chaos of darkness and heavy emotions, through planting seeds of hope, to a celebration of brilliant spring blooms. If you like what you see here, I invite you to check out my class on my website HERE. I have also written a bonus tutorial which you can access from that webpage (examples below). Here’s wishing each of you the inspiration and the courage to make art that not just fits “you” but matches whatever emotions you are experiencing!