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Journal Page – Italian Love Letters

This collage from my 365 days in the life of a journal … Includes mono prints of love letters found in Venice….a print of a found object …and one of my fav collage elements – old dictionary pages

Enjoy!…Happy Sunday…


Much Love and Peace


“Food For Thought!”

I came across this quote recently and it stopped me cold in my tracks…Wow!
This is so true I thought…Sometimes this idea of being hired to build others dreams is ideal, because that means you have a product or service that is wanted, appreciated and therefore others are willing to pay for.

Your classic win/win situation…

However, how often is this not the scenario in many peoples lives…they have dreams, business ideas, huge desires to do something that lights a fire and stirs their passions…but sadly don’t.

They succumb to the pressures of life and their responsibilities or just can’t seem to muster up enough courage to give it at least one shot..

You know if we try to realize our passion and we don’t arrive at the place we were hoping, I can sure guarantee you of a few things…

First…you will have learned a few things about yourself, this can only improve your life and who you’ve become…

Second…you won’t wonder what things could have been like if you had only tried…

Third…and if you end up where you started on the journey what would you have lost?

So I recommend this weekend make two lists…one with all of the things that you can think of that are Pros for getting started on seeking that special thing that you are very passionate about…And on the same sheet make a list of all of the Cons…why you think you should not go after this passion.

Then decide…Is it worth it? I bet the Pros will out weight the Cons…Every time I’ve done this exercise it has!

Now jot down a few ideas about how to get started…create what feels like a realistic approach…share this with someone you trust, who’s always been positive towards you, yet not afraid to give you solid advice…ask them to help you with accountability…And then get started.

Believe me you don’t need this huge complex plan,
or the perfect moment in time,
or more time :)…

or any of the many excuses we can find to delay starting…just begin!

If that means, google research in your down moments, getting a book from the library and reading how someone else has done a similar thing…

I always recommend when beginning doing the thing you haven’t done before…start by piecing small moments together…For instance find 15-30 min time periods, to research and idea, or make one phone call (don’t make an impossible list of 20 calls you need to make, you’ll have a tendency not to start), one call will naturally lead to another, do that call the next time you sit down. Keep a spiral notebook, something simple, to track your activities and to remember where you left off the last time you worked on your passion…Don’t feel like you have to complete the task, put a red pin in it when you have to stop and come back to it.

What I’ve found is that we all have 15 mins in our day to spend on these kind of activities, it may seem small and insignificant at first but believe me these small moments will develop a life of their own… and you will be up and running towards your passion.

I remember years ago an older Asian women who I had been studying under told me…

Let Passion chase you, not you chase Passion

I’ve never forgot this and try always to be surrounded by those things that get me excited that they do literally chase me down everyday to come and play with them!

Have a great weekend…and may you become full on your Passions…

Much Love….


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Some Of My Workshops And Artwork

Robyn McClendon:   Workshops in Creativity Development, Hand Paper Making, and Book Arts
(All workshops are designed to be taught as independent classes, however I can adapt them to go along with a workshop series your organization may be designing.  They can be 1-3 day experiences)

Creativity Workshops

The Creative Mind — A Process Class

For anyone active in the creative process — designers, writer, musicians, not just visual artist.  Ideal for beginners or advanced students or anyone facing creative blocks.  Participants explore the causes of block and how to overcome it. Journal keeping to chart creative evolution will be explored.  Discover hidden motivators and preferences through a variety of creative exercises.

Image Journaling — Access Your Creative Mind

A journaling technique that I have used in my own work as well as with my students for twenty years.  It’s easy, fun and utilizes our sub conscious mind to access our creativity to move through blocks, create and innovate at higher levels more quickly and with fluidity.  We will use collage and bookmaking techniques to create a document that can continued to be used after the workshop.

Discover Your Creative Fingerprint –The Picasso Factor

“Have you ever asked yourself if Picasso is so easy to copy as is remarked by many who view his work why hasn’t someone successfully copied him?  He made millions from his art during his lifetime.  Seems to me, he would be the ideal person to copy, right?  Obviously it’s not so easy to reproduce his creative genius.  Sure we can copy what he’s already done and create a pretty good fakes.  But to innovate which means figure out what would his art look like now if he were still alive.  Now that takes some doing! ”  robyn mcclendon

What we’ll explore in this workshop is what I call our creative finger print and it operates just like the fingerprints on the tips of our fingers.  It is unique, no one else has creative resources just like you, once you discover yours you will sleep easy at night knowing that there is no competition when it comes to your creative output.   You’ll experience your creative mind as the innovator not just the creator, once you tap into this relationship the function of your creative mind, spirit and self will be revealed.

Paper Making Workshops

Introduction to Western Papermaking

Introduces participants to various aspects of hand papermaking including fibers, mold making sheet formation, and drying.  Explores design techniques including laminating, stenciling and embossing. A slide presentation and sample papers are shown. Special emphasis is given on how to set up a home studio.

Intermediate/Advanced Western Papermaking

Continues Exploration of paper making with emphasis on developing proficiency and exploring the coloring process.  Students may begin to work with Eastern treatment of Western fibers.

Introduction to Eastern Papermaking

Introduces participants to various aspects of papermaking using Japanese fibers and techniques.  Students will construct a mold prepare fibers and learn the Eastern method of “breaking a wave”.  As with the other papermaking classes, special attention is given to showing participants where to obtain supplies and how to work at home.  Sample papers and a slide presentation will be shown.

Intermediate/Advanced Eastern Papermaking

Continues exploration of eastern papermaking and assumes basic familiarity with fiber preparation and sheet formation.

Large Scale Paper

Students who wish to work in larger format (4’x6’) learn the special ins and outs of large scale mold making and fiber preparation.  Various techniques for forming and drying large sheets are explored including pulp pouring and vacuum table work.

Book Making Workshops

Books Arts – Western Method

Participants explore traditional western book building techniques as they create their own hand-bound art book.  Focus will be on very linear book movement.  Workshop will cover the variety of papers available to use in books.

Books Arts – Eastern Methods

Eastern Techniques of book building are explained as students work with six different traditional sewing styles, eastern papers and stab binding.

Alternative Book Structures

This workshop explores the concertina/accordion fold, Coptic and non-glue structures in the creation of art books.

Mixed Media as Book Art

Great exploration of mixed media as it relates to Book Arts!  Students will learn encaustic wax, acrylic and gouache techniques and how to use woodcuts and xerox transfers.  Focus in on  mixed media methods of image making enhancing.

Box Making for Books

Learn to build boxes which serve as vessels for storing hand bound books.  Traditional box building techniques will be explored.

Other Workshops


Participants use same box-building techniques but create portfolios, picture frames and other practical holding devices.  Use of various covering materials is discussed.

Surface Design

Marbling and Paste Papers
Step back to the 16th century and explore the creation of traditional marbled and paste papers.  This 16th century process will be explored in depth including: Making paste, pigmenting paste, setting up vats and pattern making, suitable papers for use will be covered.

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