Sunday, March 10, 2013

Our last Mixed Emotions lessons!

Good Morning everyone   Happy Sunday!  It is gong to be an amazing day, weather-wise here!   We are supposed to have sunshine and temps in the 50's!  Hopefully Anne and I will be able to get out and go for a walk and take some pictures . . .  Katie goes back to Penn State today after spending her Spring Break with us this past week.  It has been amazing and fun week, Katie!!  Good luck with your last months of school!

Today I would like to share my final three Mixed Emotions lessons with you.

I have so many mixed emotions just typing this note as I am definitely going to miss my daily notes from my teachers and class members, and my bi-weekly lessons, too.  But I am so happy that I got a chance to take this class!   I even made my own notebook and printed out all of our on-line lessons to keep:

So without further ado, here are my last 3 Mixed Emotions lessons:


Marit taught this class about inspiration.  She said that inspiration may not be considered a true emotion, but nonetheless, we still explored it anyway.  We looked inside ourselves to discover where we find inspiration. 

Our lesson was all about making a "mind map" about things that inspire US.  If you want to learn more about mind maps, you can check out this link at Wikipedia.  I have seen them, but never actually tried to make one myself, therefore, I found this lesson fascinating!  Here's mine:

I learned that I find inspiration from almost everywhere!  Especially from my family and friends!  So if you need inspiration for a project, just look around you.

Next, we learned about a not-so pleasant emotion, anger.


Michelle taught this lesson and believe me, it was an amazing one.  I learned all about the art of aggressive painting!  I actually painted with my hands and fingers (haven't done that in years!), layered paint on top of paint, and splattered white Gesso on top of that.  Talk about invigorating   I really got a lot of aggression out on this one peace of card-stock !!  To complete my page, I looked for and  found an image of someone standing up for themselves online!  I loved this silhouette when I saw it, so I printed it out and fussy cut the image.  Next I added my title and journaling, which is actually lyrics from one of my favorite Three Dog Night songs, "Easy to be Hard."  

I loved this lesson because I have had to stand up for myself so many times in my life, and I am teaching my daughters to do the same - every single day!

And last but not least, here is our final lesson about:


This by far, was the hardest of the lessons for me!  But after I made it,  I actually had the confidence to share this page with my teachers, class-mates, and even with all of you!

The lesson was all about us or "You."  We had to make a page using an image of 'You."   I learned how to do a mosaic portrait using magazine, newspaper, or online images.  I cut out photos that resembled my hair, skin tone, and smile.  I found that magazine advertisements were the best to find "skin," hair," "eyes," "noses," and "mouths!"  What a time I had with this one.  It took a long time to put together !!  But, maybe the image kind of looks like me, don't you think?  Katie and Anne both giggled when they saw it!!!!!

In addition, I learned how to make the edgy swirls around the border of my page from one of my class-mates.  I asked her how she did hers, and she actually posted step by step instructions for me!  Wasn't that nice?  So as you can see, we not only learned from our teachers, but also from each other!  So amazing.

Here's a look at what I have created in this class:

In conclusion, this is the end of the "Mixed Emotions" lessons that I have taken the past weeks.  I will miss the class, but will take what I learned with me and try to use my new knowledge every day!  Thank you so much, Marit, Michelle, and fellow students!  I can't thank you enough . . . from the bottom of my heart! 

And thank YOU so much for visiting my blog today.  I hope you have a wonderful day.  Enjoy the sunshine and warmth!!!


  1. Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwww! These are all amazing Sharon! I am LOVING the colors on that second one!!!!

  2. Sharon, this sounds like it would have been such an amazing class to take. It really looks like you learned a lot and I just love all the projects that you have completed! I can't wait to see more of your art and feel free to post any of your little tips and tricks for the rest of us! :)

  3. Sharon your work is totally amazing! It's been so exciting to see your progress throughout the class! Just wait, it's not over yet! We still have to make and decorate our folder!!! It's going to be a fun last week!!!

  4. I just LOVE your mixed media projects.. wow.. The classes sound amazing. I love how your expressing emotions through your art. I can't wait to see more! Thanks so much for visiting my blog..and for the "doodle" love!!

  5. WOW I'm excited them all, love the impressive colorful Anger interpretation, and also Trust you is a great creation.
    Hugs Anja

  6. I really love your work and what a great workshop isn't it?!! I learnd so much. Such a pity that it is almost over.

  7. These are wonderful pages Sharon! Your class sounded amazing, not only artistically but in emtionally...translating our feelings onto paper is not always easy and you've done a fantastic, really personal job with yours! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Those mind maps is such an interesting way to look inside yourself, I love your angry colors and expression and the mosaic portrait is super cool! Art journaling is better than, and cheaper than a therapist ;)

  9. You did such an awesome job with these workshops! Very inspiring!

  10. I really absolutely adore these projects! The last one is soooo stinkin' cool! I do think it looks like you. I thought so right away.

  11. I love the image of you! And the Art map is great too. Your layouts are always unique and you can tell you enjoy making them!

  12. This sounds like the most amazing class....because the art you have created during it is incredible! LOVE that mosaic portrait! And the anger page totally transmits that emotion. Very very cool mind map too! I so enjoyed you sharing your journey with us, Sharon :)

  13. I LOVE LOVE all your class projects, you ROCK at art journaling and need to keep doing them!! It's been fun being in class with you, so inspiring to see what you will do with the lessons. It's sad that the last week has come, went by to fast.

    Happy you had some warm temps too, it was almost 70 for us yesterday. Can't wait to see pictures from Katie being home, bet it was fun.

    Have a great week Sharon and thanks for sharing!

  14. Your projects are totally and completely awesome. This class sounds absolutely incredible. You've truly made the most of it and I'm sad to see it end. I hope to see these techniques showing up in your scrapbooking again and again.

  15. Michelle and Marit are so talented and great teachers. You rocked this, Sharon!!! So glad you got to explore this type of art with feelings. You have a talent for it!!

  16. Hi Sharon,

    Thanks for leaving me the message that you checked out Allison's blog. I've loved her for years, her white space backgrounds is what got me hooked. She makes it look so easy and fun!! I know you've been busy so thanks for checking it out. Good luck with it and have fun!
    Enjoy your week! HUGS!

  17. What an awesome experience. Art gives us such an amazing outlet for a lot of jumbled up emotions...and we are left better. Your work is gorgeous.

  18. Now I have lots of time to look at all the weblogs from us after ending the workshop Mixed Media. It was a great time and I,ve very inspirated by everyone.
    We keep in touch and I come to visit your blog now and ten.
    Thanks for all your sweet words and the happy times we hade.
    Hugs Annie

  19. Please never stop art journalling, Sharon! You're so talented! You can use all your scrapbook supplies for AJ and the other way around. I'll keep visiting you every now and then (depending on how much time I want to spend behind my computer ;) ). I loved being in class with you!

    xx Monica


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