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When Tracy invited me to host a couple of creative sessions at the ‘Sacred Marks” retreat in Bali, I just knew that creating a journal to record all the inspiration around us would be perfect. Initially, I thought we could create a hand-made book (similar to the ones I create for my rainbow joy journal class) however, this idea morphed into us creating a beautiful altered book. So today, I wanted to show you some of the pages of mine in progress so far.

We asked each of the students to bring a book that spoke to them or resonated with them which we would then alter with inks, paint, sewing, sketches, collage and lots more.

I chose “A Guide for Grown-ups: Essential Wisdom from the Collected Works of Antoine de Saint-Exupry” which I love. It is full of quotes from all of his books and space on each page to add colour and sketches. It was so lovely to revisit this book as I layered gesso on as a base and read each quote as I traveled through, page by page.

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Above is the contents page of the book where I added orange ink and sprayed with a water spray bottle. As the ink moved about the pages, I started to see figures emerge so decided to keep these pages just so. I love to open the book and see these ‘friends’.

I really love the old creamy colour of the book pages and thought about keeping these as they were, but to make them a little more robust for the layers of inks, water and more paint, it was definitely a good call to gesso them first!

Some of the pages, I have saturated with vibrant colour, like the one below. I love the energy of turquoise and marine blue together. I also used a wax crayon to act as a resist to show the white lotus sketch. These pages also have little ‘potholes’ where I have torn holes to reveal what is on the previous and next pages.

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Then in constrast, other pages have just one colour covering some of the page to give them a light and textured look. Below you can also see where I have glued a little flower sketch from my sketchbook and sewn around that to add another little piece of detail.

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As a nature lover, I just had to use some of the Bali nature studies from my sketchbook to include. So much inspiration and beautiful patterns around us.

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Some of the pages have the contrast on the double page spread and below I have torn the edges of the pages to reveal the colours of pages behind. I love the mix of colours and textures.

book_spring colour pages ©Louise Gale

I’ll be continuing on with these pages over the next ten days as we welcome another lovely group of creative women for our second retreat here in Bali. I look forward to sharing more about my Bali adventures and inspiration and you can find all the related blog posts here (under the category “Bali retreat“)

book pages together ©Louise Gale

Thanks again for visiting and it is so wonderful to share this journey with you.

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Would you like to join me on one of my upcoming online classes?

STARTS: Monday 1 September 2014

Registration for my popular “Color Energy Class” is open and class starts on Monday 1 September 2014.

Creative Colour Energy WorkshopWould you like to embark on a colour adventure, play with mixed media, and learn about the 7 levels of energy?

We will explore and play through:

  • colour vision journaling/colour stories
  • mixed media,
  • painting and
  • photography

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STARTS: Monday 20 October 2014

Mixed Media Mandalas online classWould you like to explore the sacred circle and mixed media mandalas further? I would love for you to join me to dive deeply in the 4 week “Mixed Media Mandalas” online class.

By the end of class, you will have a journal full of sacred circles and at least one finished mixed media piece of artwork to hang on your wall.

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Bali Adventure {part 1}

by Louise on August 8, 2014

in Bali retreat

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Tracy and I with our elephant sketches at the Elephant park (day 3 of the retreat)

Wow what a wonderful first week here in Bali. I am spending a whole month exploring and creating with my amazing friend Tracy Verdugo who is hosting two eight day “Sacred Marks” retreats. I am also lucky enough to be teaching two half days myself – showing some techniques for altered books and handmade elements to build our very own travel journal from the experience.

We are staying in a quiet and relaxing part of Sanur, so it is perfect for our calm creative days and just a short walk or cab ride into the hustle and bustle of the town for the evening.

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Our refreshing pool at the Villa’s where we are staying for the month

Tracy and I arrived a few days early to get our bearings, prepare some gifts for the lovely participants and take some time out before everyone arrived. So much to explore, so many colours to absorb and so much inspiration around us for a full on creating frenzy! Ron, the owner of the villa’s has been so great, helping us source local resources for our time here, such as canvas and easels from a local artist. He even took us out on a “magical mystery tour’ around Sanur to show us the local sights and meet some local characters.

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Beautiful carved door on our way into town

There is so much to write about already as we are about to wrap up the first retreat, so I wanted to begin a series of blogposts to capture some of the inspirational images from around the Sanur area we are staying in to set the scene for this magically inspiring and beautiful place in the world.

Everywhere we turn there is inspiration. It is hot and humid here, so we take a slow walk along the back streets into town, where we can take time to notice so much beauty on our way. One beautiful statue we always pause to look at is this amazing oversized Buddha fountain. It is a private home called “Hidden Paradise’ and we always wonder what it is like behind that gorgeous door.

Hidden Paradise Buddha © Louise Gale

Buddha statue at ‘Hidden Paradise’

The wood carved doors, statues placed amongst the plants and flowers, the scent of incense burning as locals lay down their offerings and the constant chatter as we pass by the small shops, where we are asked to “look in my shop” or “you want massage?”

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Local offerings, full of colour and aroma.

The Balinese people are so gentle, full of smiles and ready to help wherever they can. Everyday has been full of locals calling out “hello” as they pass by on their little mopeds (everyone rides mopeds here!), sometimes stacked with furniture, their children or even their granny hanging on the back!

spray paint heart, Sanur, Bali © Louise Gale

They are certainly full of heart in this little area and I am so happy to be spending so much time with so many creative women on the ‘Sacred Marks” retreats and gaining a small insight into the local culture. This amazing environment is sure to make an impact on all of our art making.

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Photo Tracy took of the rooms and gift bags before the lovely participants arrived.

Preparing for the first retreat was so much fun. We made up little gift bags full of local goodies and art materials. I also painted a mini mandala for each of the lovely ladies as a gift from me.

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Below is a little peek into my lovely altered book which is a book of quotes by the wonderful author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Plenty of space to draw and paint around the quotes. I cant wait to show you more over the next few weeks as I work through and capture my surroundings.

Altered Book beginnings ©Louise Gale

The beginnings of my altered book

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It is very relaxed and open at the villa’s and the little girl living there, is so friendly and curious about what we are doing. Named “Melarnie”, she has been popping in to see what we are up to and seems keen to start her creative journey early in life. It is such a joy to be amongst such happy Balinese people, living simple, authentic lives and to be welcomed into this community so openly.

I am excited to be creative here everyday and soak up as much inspiration as possible during this time and I am excited to be sharing this experience with you, thanks so much for visiting me here.

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Would you like to join me on one of my upcoming online classes?

STARTS: Monday 1 September 2014

Registration for my popular “Color Energy Class” is open and class starts on Monday 1 September 2014.

Creative Colour Energy WorkshopWould you like to embark on a colour adventure, play with mixed media, and learn about the 7 levels of energy?

We will explore and play through:

  • colour vision journaling/colour stories
  • mixed media,
  • painting and
  • photography

***

STARTS: Monday 20 October 2014

Mixed Media Mandalas online classWould you like to explore the sacred circle and mixed media mandalas further? I would love for you to join me to dive deeply in the 4 week “Mixed Media Mandalas” online class.

By the end of class, you will have a journal full of sacred circles and at least one finished mixed media piece of artwork to hang on your wall.

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Patternedtiles

Hi everyone and welcome to this months creative challenge! This month, is all about Patterned tiles

So many beautiful colors and patterns in the tiles in Spain. On stairs, walls and floors.

JOURNAL PROMPTS:

Before you start creating, take some time to think about patterns that you have seen on tiles before. What colors come to mind, what patterns have you seen. What are the initial thoughts that come to mind when you think of this?

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I believe that when we create in the form of play, beautiful things will happen. We let go of the expectations of what the final result will look like and loose ourselves in a blissful creative zone. This is my wish for us this month. To lose ourselves in the joy of creating, just because it is fun! Because we are ‘just playing’ anything goes!

THE CHALLENGE: Create a pattern or piece of artwork inspired by Spanish tiles

Here are some ideas to get you started:

• Gather photos of decorative tiles and share with the group or create your own pinterest board/mood board.
• When you think of patterned tiles, what are the words, feelings and colours that speak to you? Cut these out of magazines or write them out and glue onto your image or just collage them onto a blank piece of paper. Perhaps pick out certain things that you associate with this.
• With your pencils or paints, create pattern or painting inspired by the shapes, colors and patterns
• Try out different shapes together to create your own unique pattern. Let your imagination spark your creativity

Print off a pdf of the challenge here: CCChallenge_patternedtiles

I am excited to see your creations!

MORE TO COME!

Over the month, I will be sharing my own progress with the group using different materials, so I hope these inspire you to explore further and give you some ideas. All images will be posted into the facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/creativecostainspired/

pinteresttilesI Also set up a Pinterest board with a collection of hibiscus inspired creations, so if you are craving more image inspiration, here is a lovely eye candy start!

Click here for the Pinterest board

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July 2014 Creative Challenge Gallery (Chiringuito Life)

July 31, 2014

This month, I set the challenge of “Chiringuito Life” which certainly was a challenge! Maybe a little too much as just four of us joined in. I found it hard and the month just vanished on me too! Here is the info on the challenge for July if you missed it. Sea view by Christine […]

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Published! Color Feature in Desha Peacock’s book

July 27, 2014

I am so excited to be featured in this fabulous book written by Desha Peacock from Sweet Spot Style. I have not met Desha in person, however we have had some lovely email and facebook exchanges regarding lifestyle and color, so when she invited me to write the color section in her book, I jumped […]

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New video: Watercolour Journal Page and Precious Pressed Petals

July 6, 2014

This is my favourite sketchbook page so far. We are about to embark on adding more mixed media into our Nature Trail Sketchbooks so I wanted to show you the wonder of pressed flowers and also my re-ignited love of watercolour paint. I shared the page below on my facebook album a while back as […]

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