your creativity coach by robyn mcclendon

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5 TIPS IN 5 DAYS ~ FREE BRAND COURSE FOR ARTISTS

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I’m a traveling artist, a gypsetter, a rarebird.
Every picture I post is designed to reflect this combined aesthetic,
into a single visual message.

 I’m launching a Free Brand Clarity Course for Artist!
Yes, I get a lot of questions about how I’ve been successful on Instagram and the best ways for Artist to make money?  So I thought it would be the easiest and most helpful to put those answers in a Free Video Course…

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This Course is designed to get your on-line Brand reflective of your true passion and ways to build and connect with your ideal audience.
If you’re at all curious but not sure if you’re ready yet, then this is truly the course for you!  I’ll help you to get going as well as help you clarify direction if you’ve already started!

The Course is totally Free…you’ll receive one email per day for 5 days that way you can fit the assignments into your schedule and work at your own pace.

Go to my website robynmcclendon.com to sign up and keep an eye on your in box for start date info….Hope to see you in the Course!

Robyn

365 Days In The Life Of A Journal – Tutorial

Here’s another tutorial – from the pages of this years Journal Challenge…

Enjoy!

Much Love and Peace

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365 Days In The Life Of A Journal – Tutorial

As I awaken this morning I found myself basking in a smile of creativity, I could sense the space in my physical being that holds my creative energy and essence, it also became clear to me from and experiential place that everything we want comes from this place…more on this in another post…

Today, I wanted to begin sharing some of the processes behind the painted pages in my Journal Flips..

Have a creatively inspired day, in every step you take…Enjoy!


Love and Peace

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365 Days In The Life Of A Journal – Introduction

I want to share with you a personal challenge that I began this year to create meditative art daily in a journal for 365 days…

I’m calling it “365 days in the life of a Journal”

Please join me by creating your own journal it can be artwork, photos, writings… any way you are inspired to communicate with yourself … the most important thing are the internal dialogs because I believe that they keep us awake and aware of our world around us…

Also you can begin at any point in the year and continue forward…it’s not about the number 365 but the challenge to do something daily that adds to our personal awakening…

 

Peace and Love

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“Day 5 – Stimulating Ideas”

I’m a huge fan of Black & White abstract art…when I see it my mind immediately begins to whirl and I seem to go into a trance, imagining all sorts of things that the lines, curves, strokes, dots etc. release…


I’ve spent some time studying this and found that when our brain develops at infancy Black & White simple shapes play a large role in the brains development…This is why so many baby toys have B&W lines or polka dots on them….

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In this journal entry I painted on paper using sumi ink, then I cut the art into 4’s and then reassembled it…


I took the opportunity to stimulate my creative thinking while being willing to look differently at what I had just created…then be willing to cut it up… and try something different!

 

I feel that we have to be willing to do the same with our lives…we’ve created them…there moving in a particular direction…

Do you like what you’re experiencing everyday?  If you are…ask yourself “how can I make it even better?”…then be willing to make some changes, alter things a bit..


And if you’re not crazy about what you experience everyday…you want different results…be willing to start cutting away, re-arranging and adding new experiences that are more in line with where you want to go…your goals and dreams…


I believe that we don’t make mistakes in our lives because every road we turn down creates an experience we can grow from…however I believe we can arrive at a point that we can say, “well I have had enough of that experience, I don’t feel it serves me anymore”…and then make changes… and this includes our education and Degrees earned, our job or career, our marriages or life partners…if it ain’t working fix it!


Don’t be afraid move onward and upward!


Look at the Black & White of your life today…see what you discover!

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Much Love and Peace

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“Love This”

What a positive way to think about the negative!

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Hope you’re getting a lot accomplished…been on a very big deadline myself this month…Finally coming up for air!

Peace and Love

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Coptic Book Binding Workshop

Here are some pics from a recent bookbinding workshop held at my home studio.  We had a lot of fun and everyone left with a completed book! A miracle if you know anything about coptic binding.  The ladies are members of the Albuquerque LIBROS group.

Enjoy!




Check out my workshops tab at the top of the page. I love to teach, travel and meeting new and like minded people.  Put a group together and I’ll be happy to come and hang out with you!

Your Creativity Coach
Robyn

something to think about

“Nothing Is Less Real Than Realism”

 

“Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis that we get at the real meaning of things.” 

Georgia O’Keeffe

View My Jewelry Line

Check out my one of a kind jewelry line at boluxe.com.



I have created this line from found and vintage artifacts the world over.  My traveling informs this aspect of my creative self and I love doing this work. 

Your Creativity Coach
Robyn

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

Boxes

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.

Your Creativity Coach
Robyn

You can contact me at yourcreativitycoach@robynmcclendon.com
regarding inquiries and/or scheduling workshops.