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20 Minutes Of Creating Challenge

Join the fun challenge of creating for the sake of fun! No pressure, just supportive creatives cheering you on to keep practicing your craft. Click through for more details.

Painting and collaging and playing with my supplies have been my favorite thing to do for a looong time now.  In my down time, it’s always been such a great way to unwind and get lost in my thoughts, just playing around and seeing what shows up.

Then I had a baby.  Whoa nelly!  My down time totally disappeared + it’s been quite hard to get back to that relaxed state of creating.   I kind of lost myself in the time when I was adjusting to motherhood and trying to figure out the new version of who I was.  I know a lot of new mothers feel this way, and frankly it probably applies to a lot of life adjustments–divorce, new job, etc–so I know I am not alone in trying to get a grip on the new reality.

I wanted to figure out a way to start creating art everyday, even if it was just for a small period of time.  Because I was putting too much pressure on myself to make something substantial each time I sat down and that scared me into not trying at all.  I had lost the fun part of creating just to create.  Can you relate?

Then I thought of the challenge:  How you + I could get creative together and not worry about what the end product is. Let’s have fun with our supplies for 20 minutes a day and see what we can come up with.  Screw the feeling of making it sellable or perfect for viewers on every platform, let’s get back to the feeling of reckless abandon for the pure act of creating.

And you can share what you create in my private Facebook group made up of other creatives.  (Join here!)  You can also use the hashtag on Instagram so everyone can see what you’re working on: #20minutesofcreating

Yes!  Let’s do this!  We can inspire each other to get back in the saddle of creating consistently.  The best part is: it’s for fun.  Can’t make it everyday?  No problem! Post when you can so we can cheer you on.  No pressure, just fun.

The challenge starts June 5th and goes until July 5th.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Love, Steph

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Around Here Lately: Life on Instagram

I love sharing everyday tidbits about what I'm up to over on Instagram! Follow along with me: @stephaniemartel

Whoa nelly!  It’s been a while since I’ve given an update!  There’s so much happening around here, I’m really excited to show you what’s been going on.  I’ve participated in craft shows, created a new ecourse, had an amazing baby shower + created new art.  If you want to follow along with me for more current updates, you can find me on Instagram here.  Alrighty, let’s get started!

This is just a little peek of my craft show set up to show you how my display has changed.  It’s so important to keep trying new ways to display my work to get more interest, but I’m convinced there’s not one right answer. I just try to make it inviting + warm so people will stop and take in the different images.  (And hopefully take one home for themselves!)

Come follow along with me on Instagram! www.instagram.com/stephaniemartel

Come follow along with me on Instagram! www.instagram.com/stephaniemarte

Time is flying over here! So fast, I don’t think I ever shared with my Instagram peeps that I’m pregnant (this is 32 weeks). Yep, our little butterball, baby G is expected to make an appearance on Thanksgiving. This pregnancy thing is wild! 

Come follow along with me on Instagram! www.instagram.com/stephaniemarte

Here are some midday doodles I made with the spectrum noir markers. I just got them and aside from the strong stink, the colors are beautiful!  Has anyone tried these and compared them to copic markers? Which do you like better?

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Be with those who help your being. -Rumi  New art up on the blog today! Come take a peek ???? 

Come follow along with me on instagram! www.instagram.com/stephaniemartel

I’m working on a free 5 day ecourse for you sweet people! It’s for anyone that feels like they need a personal reboot to get back in touch with who they are.   It’s low pressure, high inspiration emails with prompts to help you dig in to who you are. Everyone needs a little boost now and then, amiright? ???? Stay tuned, I’m hoping to unleash it to the world next week.

UPDATE: It’s available right here!

Digging In: a 5 day ecourse to bring you back to yourself!

Here are a few of the sweet faces that made my baby shower so special this weekend! Only 6 weeks to go, the countdown is on ????

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So there it is, folks.  For more current updates, come on over to Instagram and say hi!

Love, Steph

 

 

 

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Do You Love Instagram too? Take a peek at my Instagram life.

I love sharing everyday tidbits about what I'm up to over on Instagram! Follow along with me: @stephaniemartel

Lately I’ve been playing more on Instagram and I really love the simplicity of it!  It’s a micro-blogging platform that takes the pressure off of having to post something huge + meaningful, but rather I can post little snippets of my day.  And isn’t that a little more interesting for everyone?  I feel like the beauty of everyday life is in the small details, not the lightning bolts that happen once in a while.

I’m posting a few of the latest happenings over there, here on the blog so you can check it out.  If you are inspired, please follow me!  My instagram is: @stephaniemartel.  Let’s be friends 🙂

A snippet of my painting, you are my very favorite

Here’s a peek of something I’m putting in the shop soon. Who is your very favorite?  Tell them today.

Working on a small canvas is harder than it looks!

Playing on a small canvas is a lot harder than it looks! It’s good practice to get into the details though.

In class progress, before and after shots of the same painting

I love how every painting goes through phases. Acrylic paint is so forgiving, there’s always the option to cover up what I don’t like! This one is still in progress, but I like where it’s going.

Flower doodle practice, which is your favorite?

My morning doodles… Still working on flowers. ???????????? Sometimes I like them better plain and not colored in. Which one is your favorite?

New postcards in the shop

These new 4×6 postcards are going into the shop tomorrow.  They are made from heavy 16pt stock with a matte finish and rounded corners (love that). Use for a special little note to someone or frame as a sweet gift to yourself!

Getting ready for an art fair and getting the 8x10 prints ready for sale.

I’m getting my inventory ready for a craft show next weekend! ???? It’s fun to talk to others about how we all have so many different ways to express ourselves through art. I’m looking forward to connecting with people in person about living a creative life.

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