January sped past in a woosh of creativity.

journaling with kids 2 (2)Where did the start of the year just go? Oh, that’s right… I was consumed with writing my book.

It’s been a herculean effort so far. But I am enjoying it immensely. So far my teaching has always been verbal and demonstrative. I am in videos or there in person and able to talk you through a concept and show you when words fail me.

Writing about the creative process is a whole different process. People can’t raise their hand or ask questions in a forum.

So I am approaching my material in new ways. There is a lot of problem solving going on and I am enjoying the challenge.

I am at my most creative when I have a few boundaries in place. For this project, I set a timetable with built in art holidays so I don’t get depleted. You have to give that creative well time to refill!

My first art break was heading down to the South Coast for a weekend workshop with Orly Avineri. 01. Jan.-Aus. workshop

What a treat it was! I stayed with Orly at Tracy Verdugo’s gorgeous home. We stayed up late and had a great chin wag while Tracy cooked the most incredible Taco soup for the next day’s class. I knew many of my fellow students from my own workshops, so that added to the fun.

I really let my creative hair down and had a mind refreshing two days. In workshops, I really try to get out of my own way and let the teaching wash over and through me. I don’t worry about trying to assert ‘my style’ or bending the teaching to my will.

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In the last few hours of the last day I went into an absolute art trance. That’s how it is for me in all workshops that resonate with me. I become completely uncommunicative… entirely focused…I move with purpose..I am oblivious to all noise and everyone else in the room. At some point, I ghost.

I’ve seen photos of myself in this state and I was quite surprised. I don’t look happy. I’m not beaming as my soul expands. I don’t even look like I am enjoying myself! I am neutral. I am in my quiet and calm art frenzy. The way I am in my studio.

I had several signs that the Art Trance i went into under Orly’s tutelage was a deep one… Horned figures were turning up everywhere. As they do when I am really in that creative flow. When I am calm and happy, but still thinking about my art, mermaids fall out of every pencil and brush.

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When I am am in a purely intuitive creative mode, its the aurochs horns… antelopes, Loki, harlequins … They probably mean something. But I’m not interested in deciphering myself. The meaning of them is hinted at, it tugs at the sides of my conciousness, but I feel no need to sort the reasons or meaning. It just is.

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When I come out of my art trance, I feel exhausted and exhilarated. My feet feel like they are a foot beneath the ground and I’m wading through earth. My mind is still in the clouds. I feel discombobulated.

Thankfully there is always the sharing part of the Workshop. I love this final hour or so where all the participants bring their work together and we show what we have been up to.  It’s fascinating how creativity settles differently on everyone and it gives me a chance to come back to myself before entering the ‘real world’ again.

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Orly  teaches all over the world and I recommend her workshops and her books. Her workshop was challenging and shape shifting. I would like to do an even longer one with her in some exotic location…( hint hint Orly -  Get planning something in Italy for 2015 please! or maybe I’ll get to Mexico in Nov…)

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My next art break is  a 3 day painting workshop with Jesse Reno and I am looking forward to that already!

Express Yourself online art workshop starts on Feb 3rd

express-yourself-logoThe whole class has been moved from the Artini Site and everything is ready for the NEW start on Feb 3rd!

You can join here: click

If you are already a member, Angus will move you across to the new classroom by Feb 3rd. Just wait for the email with the instructions, as we are doing most of the work for you.

Express Yourself is an in-depth online Drawing Workshop that shares exactly how to get expression and feeling into your artwork. We will be exploring a whole range of human emotion and how to successfully convey that into your mixed media faces.

Drawing is theatre and in ‘Express Yourself’ I share how to add life and drama to your artwork.
All of these people that live in our pencils and pens are facets of ourselves that want to be heard.

Being able to draw confidently unbottles your creativity and delivers a joy that flows into the rest of your life.


“Last night I watched all the videos in the ‘subtle changes’ lesson. Thank you for showing the wonderful birth of a character in your creative process, I learned so much! I love the way you share knowledge – your teaching and communicative skills are extraordinary. Every day I wake up excited to travel in a world I’ve always wanted to journey through and you are providing the skills and the chance for me to practice the skills I need for the adventure.  Express Yourself is a dream come true.

Thank you, Jenni Edgar”

(We will launch straight into the expressions, so if this is your first class with me, you may be best starting with Supplies Me where I teach the basics of constructing the face as well as show you how to use your art supply stash.)

Express Yourself contains 10 Lesson showing a variety of artwork and techniques.


Lesson List:

  • Creating an ‘An Emotion Map’.
  • The Expression Gallery.
  • Subtle Changes: the power of eyebrows!
  • Growing Up: taking a face from childhood to adulthood.
  • Realistic Eyes: a lesson involving socks and a lemon that will have you looking at eyes in a whole new way!
  • Laughing.
  • Pouting
  • Determined, haughty, arrogant and beautiful upturned faces
  • Downturned Faces: Shy, wistful, sleepy
  • Advanced Shading for all these new expressions!


All of these people that live in our pencils and pens are facets of ourselves that want to be heard.
Express Yourself will show you how to introduce realistic flourishes into your whimsical faces.


Live class starts on Feb 3rd!

Workshop FAQ’s

Journal making with the kids

I just spent a joyous few days with my dear little nephews and niece.
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The big news with them is they got a little bunny each. It’s so cute watching the way they cuddle and look after them.

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not sure which one is cuter…!

Sketching the bunnies became a very fun personal challenge, and I was flooded with memories of my own beloved bunnies over the years.

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Sophie and I have been drawing together and making journals for quite some time, but the boys have not really shown an interest until now – and wow! How things have changed! Sophie had a pre-arranged play date and disappeared for half the day. I was a bit sad at first because I live so far away from her, and I was looking forward to every precious moment. But it turned out wonderfully because it gave me and the twins some time together – just us.

We spent HOURS painting and making little folded journals. No stitching, but lots of painting! This high energy tag-team were so absorbed with making different colours for each page. It was a truly wonderful way to spend a very hot afternoon and I’ve never seen them so quiet in waking hours. They took great delight in making the most unusual, amazing colour and pattern combos

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Even Buttons joined in! It was interesting for me that the boys did not want to ‘collaborate’… they were very much wanting to work on their own books. Whereas Sophie and I have always worked in conjunction with each other when we are arting. I wondered if that was their age, or that they are little dudes, or just an individual thing?

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When Sophie joined us with her little friends later in the day, we all made Pizzas. (Angus made the dough and was very chuffed with himself – they were totally delicious!). We listened and danced to ‘What does the fox say’ a million times.

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The days passed in a whirl of laughing, drawing and music! I made two Journals with Sophie – we used cardboard from Christmas present packaging  for the covers. Freddy and Oscar ended up making 3 journals each – right down to little mini ones – it was a hoot! They were filling them with drawings of rabbits when I left – and I hope they keep it up for a while.
It’s so awesome to experience how a bit of paper, and a few paints make for so much fun and bind hearts closer together.

Do you have a little one you can make a journal with?

Joyful times!








Win a spot! 21 Secrets Live broadcast starts January 15th.

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Leave a comment below to win
one of two spaces!

21 SECRETS is turning five years old this 2014

In a radically different way…
We are bringing the LIVE! workshops home to you!

Starting January 15 your host Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio and a past 21 SECRETS teacher will meet every Wednesday at 6pm EST for a LIVE! video broadcast where you can art journal along with us in real time, ask us questions through a chat format, laugh your hiney off, sip margaritas, and feel like we’re right there with you in your studio LIVE!
Can’t make the LIVE! broadcasts? No problemo! Each 21 SECRETS LIVE! broadcast is recorded and available for all members to keep and return to again and again!
But the party doesn’t just stop there–we’ll keep the loving going in a private Facebook group and Flickr gallery too–so you can share your work, give and receive feedback, and be a part of a heart-centered supportive community of Artists!
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer   Dion Dior   Jane Davenport   Andrea Schroeder   Aimee Myers Dolich
Alma Stoller Carissa Paige Dale Anne Potter Violette Clark Roben-Marie Smith
Rachel Whetzel Natasha Reilly Rae Missigman Diana Trout Gretchen Miller
Hali Karla Rachel Awes Traci Bunkers Lisa Wilson Kate Crane
Tracy Verdugo Kelly Barton Connie Hozvicka (Your Host)


  • 21 SECRETS LIVE! will be broadcasted on a LIVE! private Spreecast video for 21 consecutive Wednesdays at 6pm EST starting Wednesday, January 15, 2014 through June 4, 2014. Spreecast cost nothing to join.
  • Connie Hozvicka will be your host along with an honored teacher each week.
  • Each workshop is geared towards getting us art journaling LIVE! together as a community–please do not fret over what supplies you need–bring what you got and what you can afford!
  • Each broadcast will last 90 minutes where the teacher will art journal LIVE! from their studio sharing what they are doing, answering questions, and chatting along with Connie and YOU!
  • As a live participant you can use the chat box located on the Spreecast platform to dialogue with us and the 21 SECRETS LIVE! community.
  • There will also be an optional private Facebook group and Flickr gallery where you are welcome to keep the conversation going once the broadcast is over and post your art work.
  • Within 48 hours after the broadcast you will receive a downloadable PDF to keep that will list notes from the broadcast, information about the honored teacher, and a permanent link to the broadcast that you can refer to again and again.

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21 SECRETS LIVE! begins January 15, 2014 and consists of 21 consecutive Wednesdays where your host Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio and one of the following teachers will be LIVE! for an art journaling workshop and fun!
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All the teachers in 21 SECRETS LIVE! have taught in one or two years of the previous 21 SECRETS!

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one of two spaces!


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Thank you for all the comments below:

and the winners are:

Linda Nilsson

How cool to be able to take part in live classes and ask questions in a chat! I don’t know any other artists in real life so to be able to play along as it happens would be a dream. Much love!



This class sounds absolutely amazing. I’m a student at the moment and I get very little time for myself. Art journaling is one of the thing I try to make time for. This class would be amazing way to help get my head out of the books and onto the page. Thanks for giving me a chance. Greetings from France!!

Have fun!



Cover Girl – Pages Art Journal Magazine

CPS Pages

I created a fun little Journal for Pages Art Journaling magazine by Cloth Paper Scissors – it’s all about drawing hair.

It’s a great issue, some lovely articles and ideas I want to try too!

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