savor & share : sept 6

“The Secret World of Arrietty”


Welcome to the first “Savor & Share” – I’m hoping that every week (or so) I can share with you a list of thirteen things I found online (or in the real world) that sparked something in me.

Here’s my list for this week.

It’s back to school season, so lately my mind has been on classes. I love the idea of committing myself to something enjoyable and enlightening every day and working my way through it. It’s sort of the romantic and sentimental idea of school that adults get when they disconnect from the reality of it (homework, deadlines, early mornings, cafeteria food, Master’s thesis, standardized tests, etc.)  Here’s a few that I’m pondering or enrolled in:

– Love Your Letters.
I hate my handwriting. I LOVE Gina Sekelsky’s writing. So I’m thrilled to take an online class from her. It’s a great value for all that’s included.

Learn Something New Every Day.
I signed up for this class in 2008 and didn’t realize that alumni could continue to take it again, free, every single year until the end of time. So I’m excited to take it again. And it’s a GOOD class. Lots of visual and thoughtful inspiration, and only $15. Seriously, sign up.

POP-UP Sale on all Alisa Burke’s online classes:
I’m so tempted to take “Art of Abstraction”. Anyway, Alisa Burke is a great online teacher. However, these classes are self-paced. I’m really bad at that. But it’s still a GREAT deal. It expires TOMORROW, though (September 7th, 2012) so go and sign up now to get the deal.


Food for Thought: 

Elise Blaha on Monthly Goal Setting
If you know me, you know that lately I’ve become a bit … uh, fixated on  setting personal goals. Only because it’s *working* for me. I discovered this past summer that I just don’t do very good sort of flowing with the day, I do better when I have an idea of what I’d like to get done and approach it from that aspect. Elise Blaha’s posts have very much inspired me. She also has a great one on planning blog content, but I was able to imply some of her ideas to my creative process, instead.

“A New Kind of To-Do List” by Jenn Gibson
 “How do I want to feel today? What do I need to do to feel that way?”



iHanna : “Drawing a Mandala”

“Random Art Prompt Generator”
Need a place to start? a mental image to get your pen moving across the page? Here you go. (Thank you to Julie Fei-Fan Balzer for this link!)

– Creative Tool: Garden Flower Chain Paper Punch
I LOVE this paper punch so much right now. It creates these pretty flower chains out of paper. Or you can use it to punch individual flowers. I’m using it for art journaling and collage, but it’d be great for just about anything. It does really delicate cuts, too.


Movies & Books:

The Secret World of Arrietty.
Even if you don’t have kids, or don’t like animation, you should *really* see this movie. Go rent it or watch it online. It’s like watching a painting, and the story is charming and thought-provoking. I totally blew this off when it came to the movies because it looked cheap (I know, I know!) but we watched it during Hurricane Isaac’s passage and I was enchanted.

“The End of Your Life Book Club”
Amazing book. Yes, it’s about a sad situation but it is not in the least bit morose or tragic. One of the best books I have read all year.


Misc. Media:
This week I also discovered the joys of podcasts. After years of just dismissing them… No visuals? How archaic!… but now I’m obsessed. I have been listening to them constantly when I’m in my art studio, especially in the early mornings when I’m reading email, doing busywork, sipping my tea. It’s like overhearing a super interesting conversation, in a way. It’s engaging, without requiring any interaction.

Paperclipping Roundtable.
Right now I’m working my way through all the back episodes of Paperclipping, which is sort of about scrapbooking, but it covers all sorts of paper-related topics.

– CraftyPod: Drawing Fearlessly.
I love Linda’s work (duh) and I really enjoyed this podcast with her. I love how *simple* drawing can really be once we get rid of this insane obsession we have with “getting it right”. Linda’s got some good tips on how to get going.


Finally, a quote, fitting for back-to-school season:

“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly-that is what each of us is here for.”
-Oscar Wilde

11 thoughts on “savor & share : sept 6

  1. My handwriting is actually pretty good, both standard and cursive. I love the EK Success punch, but already have three heavy bins full for cardmaking and scrapbooking. Not to mention I also now have a Sissiz Big Shot. (don’t need any more punches, don’t need anymore punches…)

  2. I’m so pleased you’ve discovered something by the Walt Disney of Japanese animation! If I might make a recommendation, two other movies (which IMHO have much better animation and lovely stories as well) would be “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “House of the Spirits”. The work is so very detailed and enchanting, and so…Japanese. Enjoy!

  3. GREAT new series, Chel…I like the new to-do-list…now that’s something to think about! I saw the CraftyPod post on drawing several weeks ago, and it really spoke to my heart too. I love list posts, and you’ve got some wonderful things shared here today!–thank you! Happy Weekend, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

  4. Ohhh, I like these kinds of lists. Thank you for introducing me to some new things. We watched ‘The Secret World of Arrietty” when it came out in the theaters. It was a visual beauty full of color. I enjoyed the story as well. I have the worst handwriting and hate the way it looks on my pages. I don’t know if I’m committed enough to do anything about it though. 😉

  5. You know I love these kinds of lists! Awesome, and I know the T13 people will love to have you around and linking up, too.

    I think I commented on your FB post about the whole Borrowers thing, and how I don’t have an attachment to how it needs to be portrayed, I’m just glad it’s being done in such a colorful and visually interesting way. Can’t wait to see it, though I can’t imagine who I will be convincing to go to the theater with me… might have to make a special trip to see the nieces and whisk them away!

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