Magic Is All Around Us



Hansel was in the living room practicing yoga in the midst of Phoenix's toys.  Sure, not the ideal place to practice, but when I saw him, I could feel something real special happening in the room.

Something called me to take a video.

Hansel had no idea that I shot it --- and I didn't alter it in anyway or use any filters.  You'll even hear when Phoenix runs up to me crying about the "nasty banana".

But this video is proof.

Magic is all around us.

Meet Jill K. Berry & Karen Michel of 21 Secrets Fall!


From now until October 1st, every Friday here at Dirty Footprints Studio, Hali Karla the new 21 SECRETS Creative Director, is honoring the amazing teachers of 21 SECRETS Fall  by personally introducing each of them to you here! We are certain that you will love these artists as much as we do! Be sure to check out each artist's links & come join us in 21 SECRETS Fall this October!  To see past teachers in this series just click HERE.




If you’ve been art journaling for awhile, chances are you know Jill K. Berry! Not only is she known for her inspiring books that incorporate maps into a personal journaling process, but she is a curious explorer herself, bringing workshops to all sorts of locations. For her, making art is a way of living life to its fullest! Jill likes incorporating fun lettering and mixed media techniques into her process as well, and is just an all-around joyful spirit - so it just makes sense (and we couldn't be happier) that she’s offering 21 Secrets a workshop called Map to Happy!


Read Jill's official bio HERE and visit her website HERE.


There’s an earthy, yet mystical quality to the art and offerings of Karen Michel. It’s soft and somehow nostalgic, from dreamcatchers to photos to journals. She’s been teaching mixed media for years, loves sharing generously at her website, and just has an aura of a truly holistic, creative soul - right down to her book on going green for artists! She is going to guide us through incorporating our own digital snapshots from life into our journals in Photo Journaling: Documenting the Journey! How cool is that?!



Read Karen's official bio HERE and check out her website HERE.





21 Secrets Fall is on sale now!
GO HERE for more info!


Meet me here next Friday when I introduce 21 Secrets Fall teachers Kate Robertson and Kimberly Davis! 

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This beautiful post was written by Hali Karla, the 21 SECRETS Creative Director.

Hali is an artist and writer passionate about cultivating holistic creativity. She enjoys gathering artists, healers and visionaries for collaborations, workshops and circles. Her soulful perspective and background as a nurse offers a meaningful framework for how she guides others, which has been described as nurturing safe space for truth-telling, healing and courageous transformation. Celebrating our wholeness through imagery and presence, she encourages trust in body, nature, and intuitive expression as a way toward vitality and joy. Grounding in her own daily creative practice, you can see her current musings at HaliKarla.com.

I Get Obsessed






I've been known to get obsessed with a color.  One color --- and that obsession can last for months (like my recent love affair with grey tones) or a lifetime (oh purple how I love thee!).

But lately I've been pretty dang fond of blue.

Turquoise.
Cobalt.
Soft, sweet baby blue.
The always classy: periwinkle.

And most especially my beloved, all time favorite: Prussian blue.
(Gawd I love that color!)

So it's no surprise that its snuck into my morning pages.  Here's a few.

A Plea to Artists In Troubled Times

A recent morning page.
Acrylic & oil pastel in art journal.



The beauty of being an Artist is that the more you engage with the creative process, the more your perspective begins to shift.

You start to see the world differently.

A few years back I was driving with a friend of mine whom was also an Artist when a truck pulled up next to us carrying stacks of smashed cars, one on top of the other.

Both of us became mesmerized by the textures, the colors, the way the dented metal created lines and shadows in the most delicious of patterns.

At first we said nothing and just stared with our mouths wide open.  Then once the guy behind us started beeping, that's all we talked about.

It's our job as Artists to see the beauty in the mundane, the demolished, the shunned, and the taboo --- both in ourselves as well as the world around us.

In doing so we lift the veil of separation that keeps us living in fear and we make room for more light to shine through.

So please dear Artist hearts, please keep painting, dancing, writing sweet poetry, even during troubled times.  Please keep moving through your own dark spaces with the greatest of compassion and patience.

Know that the work you do is noble.  The work you do is crucial.

Meet France Papillon & Jamie Ridler of 21 Secrets Fall!


From now until October 1st, every Friday here at Dirty Footprints Studio, Hali Karla the new 21 SECRETS Creative Director, is honoring the amazing teachers of 21 SECRETS Fall  by personally introducing each of them to you here! We are certain that you will love these artists as much as we do! Be sure to check out each artist's links & come join us in 21 SECRETS Fall this October!  To see past teachers in this series just click HERE.




Do you know the fabulous France Papillon yet? She is a full-time mixed media artist joining us from Belgium! What I love about France’s art is how she has married her experience scrapping with her love of gritty collage, texture, pattern and color - it just pulls you in! What I love even more is how generously she shares technique and idea, straight from her own rich, earthy creations - not just when she teaches workshops, but also in her blog series, Journal on Mondays. We are in for a treat with France’s workshop, Transparendipity!


Read France's official bio HERE and visit her website HERE.


When I think of Jamie Ridler, I think of pure, joyful inspiration! Her love of expressive creativity is downright infectious. She is on a mission to inspire creative living in as many people as possible through her popular website, podcast, workshops and more. What’s even better than that, is that she courageously lives out of the box herself, modeling what she is most passionate about bringing to others. She is going to take us on an unforgettable journey into our personal symbolic truth in her workshop, Seven Soul Symbols.



Read Jamie's official bio HERE and check out her website HERE.





21 Secrets Fall is on sale now!
GO HERE for more info!


Meet me here next Friday when I introduce 21 Secrets Fall teachers Jill K. Berry and Karen Michel! 

______ 

This beautiful post was written by Hali Karla, the 21 SECRETS Creative Director.

Hali is an artist and writer passionate about cultivating holistic creativity. She enjoys gathering artists, healers and visionaries for collaborations, workshops and circles. Her soulful perspective and background as a nurse offers a meaningful framework for how she guides others, which has been described as nurturing safe space for truth-telling, healing and courageous transformation. Celebrating our wholeness through imagery and presence, she encourages trust in body, nature, and intuitive expression as a way toward vitality and joy. Grounding in her own daily creative practice, you can see her current musings at HaliKarla.com.

The Keys






I've started getting up at 4:30 am again to grant myself a solid block of time to paint.

But it's not just about sneaking in time.

It's about magic.  

It's about witnessing that brief moment every morning when dusk hands the keys to dawn and says:

I'm outta here. You take over for now.

That's the real reason why I'm loosing sleep.

You Have To Create Things That Are Truthful



You have to create things that are truthful.....
I don't mean truthful with a big T, 
I mean just truthful to yourself...

~ Salomon Lighthelm ~


This short film really touched me.

It says so much in such a short time.

It speaks about being an artist. About creativity. About this process of surrendering to the great abyss.

I encourage you to take a minute and view it as well.


Then you can learn more about the artist HERE.




I Had A Date Set & Nothing Else!

Total Alignment retreat.  Sedona, Arizona.  2011.


It was 2010, I was speaking on a live video chat with the FEARLESS® Painters in my very first BIG, when I simply stated that I would be hosting my first FEARLESS® Painting retreat in Sedona, Arizona the following year---all invited!! 

Yep.  

Immediately the women got excited and started dreaming and scheming on how they could make the pilgrimage to this amazing gathering.

And even though I had the absolute audacity to then take down my calendar and clearly state the dates to them when this shin-dig would be happening...little did they know that I had no clue where--or even 100% how this retreat was going to unfold.

Total Alignment retreat. Sedona, Arizona. 2012.

Hosting a FEARLESS® Painting retreat in Sedona had been marinating in my heart for a very long, long time and I prefer to think that Spirit was working through me when I ran my mouth off before having all the details in place...but let's face it-- I was a bit overzealous!  

From one Creative Soul to another, I wouldn't recommend doing things this way.

But the truth is,  Total Alignment wasn't my first workshop/ retreat I ever hosted.  A year earlier I hosted Creative Dig in Cleveland and in my 8 years of working at the Cleveland Museum of Art I was always organizing and launching some kind of beautiful workshop or event and not to mention all the extracurricular workshops and Fall Festivals I put together as a full time elementary art teacher!  (Like I said earlier, I've been doing this work all my life!)

Believe me, I've had to learn a lot of the do's and don'ts the hard way!

Plus, I'll be honest...I had a few workshops that never saw the light of day as well, because attendance was too low to hold it or not one person actually signed up.

Total Alignment retreat.  Sedona, Arizona. 2013


So seriously, I'm not blowing hot air when I say I wish I had a Creative Circles Guidebook when I was starting out.  It would have been HUGELY beneficial --- not only in helping plan and organize all the details that go into a live event --- but also to have a foundation on what one should do to hold the space energetically and make sure things flow with ease.

That's why I created the Creative Circles Guidebook.  

I believe in women coming together to create together.  I believe in this "work" with all my heart.  So the more women who feel confident and empowered to get out there and start sharing their gifts in this way  makes me very, very happy. 

I want you to be successful.  So forget years of figuring it all out on your own....all you need to know to get started is contained in this 44 page + 4 audios Guidebook.  

Then it's up to you to do the rest....the world is waiting for your magic!

Now c'mon! Go HERE to get started!

Meet Donna Mulholland & Erica Simpson of 21 Secrets Fall!


From now until October 1st, every Friday here at Dirty Footprints Studio, Hali Karla the new 21 SECRETS Creative Director, is honoring the amazing teachers of 21 SECRETS Fall  by personally introducing each of them to you here! We are certain that you will love these artists as much as we do! Be sure to check out each artist's links & come join us in 21 SECRETS Fall this October!  To see past teachers in this series just click HERE.




Donna Mulholland’s artwork vibrates with joyful energy and her love of color! A Canadian artist and creativity coach, she is living a realized dream of having her own studio and gallery space, and is passionate about encouraging others to live the life they dream and love. She is going to guide a lesson on just that idea in her watercolor workshop for journaling, Ten Years From Now! It’s always good to get clear and let loose with our dreams in the pages, don’t you think?


Read Donna's official bio HERE and visit her website HERE.


There is a softness, a safety to the inspiration Erica Simpson shares. It is intentional and thoughtful - the kind of insight that comes to someone who observes the world through the lens of her creative spirit. What I love about Erica is that she finds refuge and truth for navigating life in her creative practice, whether she’s shooting photos, painting, collaging, writing or art journaling. She’s going to lead us on a soulful journey of shifts and reclamation in her altered book workshop, Flip The Script!



Read Erica's official bio HERE and check out her website HERE.





21 Secrets Fall is on sale now!
GO HERE for more info!


Meet me here next Friday when I introduce 21 Secrets Fall teachers France Papillon and Jamie Ridler! 

______ 

This beautiful post was written by Hali Karla, the 21 SECRETS Creative Director.

Hali is an artist and writer passionate about cultivating holistic creativity. She enjoys gathering artists, healers and visionaries for collaborations, workshops and circles. Her soulful perspective and background as a nurse offers a meaningful framework for how she guides others, which has been described as nurturing safe space for truth-telling, healing and courageous transformation. Celebrating our wholeness through imagery and presence, she encourages trust in body, nature, and intuitive expression as a way toward vitality and joy. Grounding in her own daily creative practice, you can see her current musings at HaliKarla.com.

Earth Mandala

Earth Mandala
Collaboration with Phoenix.


Phoenix and I created another Earth Mandala just recently. (You can see our last one HERE.)

Phoenix is in charge of collecting all the materials, and Mom does much of the organizing! (He helps some!)

But what's really special about this Earth Mandala is that all of the elements came from our tiny little postage stamp of land that we lovingly call our "back yard".  Not only did this art making help heighten Phoenix's own senses and help cultivate an appreciation for the Earth, but it did mine as well.

I was so fascinated to discover the different leaves we could find and how unique each rock is to itself.

I encourage you to take a look around your own environment.  You'll be amazed at what abundance is waiting for us creatively!

The Creative Circles Guidebook Is Here!



I wish I had this Guidebook when I started hosting my own workshops and retreats!!!  Seriously!

It would have eliminated so much of the guess work and helped me work with more ease and confidence.

So that's why I created it for you! 

With the help of my amazing friends Heather Plett, Chris Zydel, Lisa Sonora Beam, and Elizabeth Potts Weinstein together we share the practical nuts and bolts of hosting a workshop mixed with an intimate look at the elements needed in supporting an environment of healing and transformation.

If you dream of hosting your own creative circle but  have no clue how to get started, well the Creative Circles Guidebook is definitely for you!

Go HERE for more info!

Meet Cathy Bluteau & Dion Dior of 21 Secrets Fall!


From now until October 1st, every Friday here at Dirty Footprints Studio, Hali Karla the new 21 SECRETS Creative Director, is honoring the amazing teachers of 21 SECRETS Fall  by personally introducing each of them to you here! We are certain that you will love these artists as much as we do! Be sure to check out each artist's links & come join us in 21 SECRETS Fall this October!  To see past teachers in this series just click HERE.




Cathy Bluteau is an artist who loves color, technique and inspiring others to explore their own creativity! After years of blogging and creating with this passion, she recently left a corporate job to now pursue her art fulltime, bringing into the world gorgeous mixed media, collage and doodle art, classes and fodder. at Cathy Michaels Design. She first taught in 21 Secrets back in 2013, and her workshop was such a hit that we just had to bring her back to join us with a fresh workshop for the new ebook format. She’s going to show us transfer techniques to inspire in Silhouette Transfer and Glaze!


Read Cathy's official bio HERE and visit her website HERE.


Simply put, Dion Dior is a brilliant art teacher - and I tend to think it is because she has an adventurous spirit and has spent her whole life making art, inspired by a deep love of nature. She approaches her art practice with curiosity, a sensitive eye and great skill with her tools, and her resulting pages feel like a celebration of color! She is also a 21 Secrets alumni - and we are honored and thrilled to have her splashing her inspiration into the new ebook format as well with her workshop, Splash & Scribble!


Read Dion's official bio HERE and check out her website HERE.





21 Secrets Fall is on sale now!
GO HERE for more info!


Meet me here next Friday when I introduce 21 Secrets Fall teachers Donna Mulholland and Erica Simpson! 

______ 

This beautiful post was written by Hali Karla, the 21 SECRETS Creative Director.

Hali is an artist passionate about cultivating holistic creativity. She enjoys gathering artists, healers and visionaries for collaborations, workshops and circles. Her soulful perspective and background as a nurse offers a meaningful framework for how she guides others, which has been described as nurturing safe space for truth-telling, healing and courageous transformation. Celebrating our wholeness through imagery and presence, she encourages trust in body, nature, and intuitive expression as a way toward vitality and joy. Grounding in her own daily creative practice, you can see her current musings at HaliKarla.com.

Risk For The Sake Of Change







In my studio I have a crate full of old magazines, calendars, and photo books 
I pick up at the thrift store super cheap.  I dig in any time the collage bug bites. Like here!