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Rising Muralist

heather christian iglesias rising muralist

I’m going to call myself a rising muralist because I only have a few murals under my belt. Although it feels very natural to me after years of creating faux finishes and painting aesthetically. Growing up seeing friends work, I’ve always had a good day dream about creating murals. Back then, it always seemed too…

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7 ways to get your creative juices flowing

Firstly, the word creative juices flowing is dated and weird I admit. Do we compare our desire of being creative to a river of thousands of smashed fruits? That’s the only rational explanation I can imagine besides the image. Really, creative juices is a figurative term for all the crafty, artistic ideas flowing from us…

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Stress Relief with Painting Therapy

Painting therapy is one of the safest and cheapest way to relieve stress on your own. No therapist office today, just you and some art materials for a quick release. Hopefully a few of these ideas and methods in painting will help to relieve stress. This type of painting is similar to intuitive painting that…

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Color Therapy with Coloring Therapy

Color therapy with coloring therapy is an intuitive and healing art form. It’s an easy way to release stress and some of those awful feelings built up inside. Particularly during these difficult times in our world today, we need a healthy way to relieve negative emotions. Please see a certified therapist or go to a…

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Want an abundance of creativity?

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Creative motivation is built on a foundation of practices and understanding yourself. Creativity is not something that can be taught concretely. That sounds rather vague and not creative at all, right? Wouldn’t it have been easier that I just tell you to read this one book and you will be dreaming in rainbows? The truth…

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Art therapy is ‘officially’ healing

Although professional therapist have known for years, art therapy is ‘officially’ healing according to the World Health Organization. I’ve written in depth about art therapy here. So if you want to know more about the basics, please check that post out. The World Health Organization or WHO recently released recent studies of art therapy forms.…

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Angel Wing Paintings Series

Why Angels? Why am I compelled to create so many angels and angel wing paintings? Without getting too religious, angels have been in our consciousness for centuries. Particularly mine for over a year now. I’ve always loved angels figuratively and the idea that the entity is a well meaning soul assistant to my righteous path.…

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Creating a Scare Crow (scarecrow)

Creating a Scare Crow (scarecrow) was a super fun project that will ultimately raise money for the schools in our area. If marketing tactics could be this fun, I’d do it as often as possible. I did spend a little in materials and quite a bit of time, so hopefully it will pay off. I…

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Creating Mandalas for Stress Relief

create mandala for stress relief

Sacred Geometry / Mandalas What’s the two and are they the same? Essentially yes. Mandalas is the most widely used term for what are fundamentally sacred geometry symbols. Mandala is a Sanskrit word which means “sacred circle.” Sanskrit is the language of the Vedic religious text in ancient India. The Vedas are what formed the…

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The New Me ~ In progress

Several of my blog post like this one, I speak of my personal journey. They hone in on the past. For the most part, I’ve dealt with my past. I’ve lived it, and relived it over and over. I’m done with that. Now, I’m focusing on the new me ~ in progress and my future…

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Why thinking ‘I’m not a good artist’ is Normal

There are a few factors that may leave you thinking, ‘I’m not a good artist’. At some point in our lives, every artist has these thoughts and it’s normal.  Let’s get into why,  shall we. I’ve been doing art since I was a very little girl. I grew up in a very creative family. My grandparents…

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Inspiring Artistic Creativity

Creating art work is a lifelong passion. Inspiration is essential in order to sustain a flow of ideas for painting, drawing, and sketches. There are times when new ideas do not seem to come of their own accord, and repetition sets in within the themes or style of art work. The practices that follow will…

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Simple, Fun & Creative Ways To Suppress Stress

We love the idea of taking care of your self while creating. This article gives you several ways to be creative while suppressing stress. Finding yourself stressed out by that infinite to-do list? Overwhelmed by the chores, errands and obligations that never seem to end? Constantly exhausted from running morning till night trying to cram…

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Create Your Inner Artist in 2020

create your inner artist

Why do you want to be an artist? Really, what’s an artist mean to you? How do you create your inner artist in 2020? For me, my own personal goal in 2019 is to create the artist I’ve always dreamed of becoming. I crave a new creative life. I want to narrow down my talents…

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Meditation Painting

I have just recently opened my world to meditation painting. I’ve been doing it unknowingly for many years. I would get so into abstract painting and the flow, that I would loose regard as to the outcome of the painting. And that’s exactly what the healing powers of meditative art is, losing yourself, or letting…

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How to Get Started with Art

how to create art

If the last piece of art work you created has your 3rd grade teachers name plastered on the back, it’s time to create again. Let’s just jump back into it shall we? You may have forgotten your elementary art basics or just don’t remember that amazing feeling of creating. Ugh, but going back to 1987…

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When your Art is a Premonition

Alone in the desert, naked with a rifle. This was not an experience or a horrifying imprint in my brain that was a result of escaping a tortorous capture or fleeing from a combat shower. In 2004, when I found out I was to deploy to Iraq, I started to paint as a way to…

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Recreation Therapy for healing PTSD

I spent a year in Iraq in an intense environment with a combat engineer unit. We built the beginnings of a more secure and pleasurable base for the soldiers that were to follow us. Pressure to be a female leader and the pressure to produce was constant factor. You can read a little more here.…

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Fluid art is a freeing creative addiction

I guess if I was able to choose what to be addicted to, I’d choose fluid art. If you haven’t seen any of my acrylic pour paintings, I encourage you to look at some of my to YouTube videos listed below. Doing an acrylic fluid painting is extremely freeing. One sure way to start creating…

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An Introduction to Art Therapy

Art therapy is the use of creative art as a means of expression for rehabilitation and personal development. Art therapy was developed in the 1940s by the artist Adrian Hill who developed the technique by working informally with patients in sanatoriums and hospitals. During the Second World War artists employed in hospitals used his techniques…

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Cost of Acrylic Pour Paintings & Fluid Art

Not surprisingly, I have found a new love of art. Creating fluid art has become my new passion for many reasons in which you can read here. If you’re thinking, what is acycrlic pouring? It goes by many names and forms such liquid or wet painting and puddle painting. Subcomponents are called funnel paintings, flip…

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Create Art for Self Help & Care

create art for self help and care

You’ve probably heard of art therapy and its benefits of treatment for various ailments, but did you know that you can create art for self help and care? Self care is defined as the deliberate and self-initiated act of preventive care. Preventive measures to cope with daily life are things like sleep, eating healthy and…

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Create Yourself Again – The First Step

The only thing left to do is create again or re-create some aspect of our lives. We have to renew and rethink our strategy. If we choose not to create again, the opposition is to destroy or die.

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Documentaries & Books that Have Helped Me Over the Years

Documentaries and books that have helped me over the years along with new information I always seek out are suggested for you. You can find them in audio or book format. I’ve come and gone through spiritual paths and awakenings. I’ve allowed myself to open up long enough to be enlightened and receive tools along…

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The ‘Power Spell’ Painting

What does one do, when they finally get back to doing what they love? They immediately start thinking of others.  I write that kind-of jokingly.  I’m back at creating and thoroughly enjoying myself in the process. My 12 year old son, thankfully, knew what he wanted and gave me the idea for this piece, the ‘Power…

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Bring Order to Your Life

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These days, everyone’s life contains excessive stress, deadlines, and responsibilities. One excellent way to make things easier on yourself is to ensure that you get some order in your life. Meaning, you should create a schedule for your time so that each day doesn’t feel so chaotic. Whatever plan you come up with, keep it…

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Re-evaluating Productivity: 9 Personal Enrichment Habits That Reap Big Rewards

In today’s results-oriented society, getting things done is a top priority. But what many people don’t realize about productivity may come as a surprise: it’s not all work. In fact, some of the best ways you can be productive and feel rewarded have nothing to do with effort and output and everything to do with…

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Superhero Girls Inspiration for Room Makeover

I’ve just completed my daughters room by giving it a much needed update. My central focus and inspiration came from these adorable superhero girls drawings I fell in love with while trolling Amazon. When she was a baby, I was determined that she wasn’t going to be a “pinkalicious” girl. I colored everything is her…

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Hand Painted Tree Mural for the Play Area

Back to the fun and exciting part of redecorating! I decided to hand paint a tree mural for the play area to bring a sense of adventure to the space.  See another very simple idea for a play area here. Here’s the before with all of the toys pulled out. It’s a perfect nook for…

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How to Find Motivation and Stop Being Lazy in 7 Easy Steps

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Do you have a task you keep putting off, telling yourself and others you will do it later, or do it tomorrow? Have you noticed you simply cannot find the motivation and energy required to do much of anything? You are not alone. Most people experience these “lazy” days or weeks. However, you must beware.…

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Cheapest and Easiest Wall Decor Ever

Easiest wall decals

Do you love boho whimsical decor? Try this cheapest and easiest wall decor ever. I didn’t mention quickest in the title, but yes, it’s that too!! I would love to sit down to paint something this fun, but unfortunately I don’t have that kind of time, so it’s not a painting. If you guessed wall…

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Boho Wall Hanging With Upcycled Material

When you want to create, but don’t have enough resources, this boho wall hanging with upcycled material is nearly free. If you are already the crafty type, you are bound to have painting materials, hot glue and string. Nature is just outside, so take your family for a hike! My family likes to pick up…

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How to Create a Relaxing Sanctuary to Help You Sleep

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Whether you have insomnia or find relaxing difficult, turning your bedroom into a haven of tranquility will help you get to sleep. Your surroundings affect how comfortable you are when you need to catch some z’s. If you try to rest in a unsettling environment, sweet slumber will escape you. Create a peaceful atmosphere, though,…

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5 Ways to Improve Your Quality of Life Right Now

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You’re in a funk. You need a change, but what do you do? If you’re like most people, you find comfort in routine. At the same time, a routine can make you feel bored, and in some cases, hopeless. If you want to change your quality of life, here are six ways to snap out…

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Create Dreamcatchers from Scratch

Dreamcatchers are very popular right now, especially with the Boho crowd.  The whimsy and soft angles make them an ideal decor piece for many backdrops including weddings, nurseries and teenage bedrooms.

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