What Painting Teachers Me

Painting teaches me to have patience in the process…not to rush the becoming.

Paintbrush and Rose by JoDee Luna

Painting teaches me to silence my *soliloquy…and let the brush do the talking.
Painting teaches me to embrace the unfinished…both in art and in life!

When I paint, I go into a zone where…


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How to Decorate a Masquerade mask with Mixed Media

This lesson will feature how to decorate a masquerade mask with mixed media.

Blossom Masquerade Mask

I demonstrated how to sculpt a mask out of clay in How to Make a Masquerade Mask Part I.

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • A clay mask, plaster cloth mask, or paper mache mask
  • Golden’s Regular Gel (Matte)
  • An assortment of scrapbook paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Embellishments as desired, such as feathers


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Lessons from a Tree

Did I lose my way because I didn’t write anymore, or did I stop writing because I lost my way?

Tree of Life Elya Filler 960

Tree of Life by Elya Filler

I mull these thoughts over in my mind as I sit in my favorite spot at the Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo. I’ve come to the Apple Farm Inn year-after-year for our grown-up girls get aways. And every year I slip out of the room of slumbering sisters (of all sorts). I pour a cup of coffee in the hotel lobby and tip toe upstairs to my favorite writing spot.Plaid ChairThe plaid chair and side table offer inspiration. Today an angel statuesque reminds me of the value that going on a retreat offers. The angel holds the folds of her gown to form a perch for birds to sit and sip. I envision this statue in my garden with water filling the form. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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How to Make a Plaster Cloth Masquerade Mask

This post features how to make a plaster cloth masquerade mask.

Jester Mask Yellow Black Red 960

Here is a suggested supply list:

  • Rigid Wrap Plaster Cloth
  • Sculpey polymer clay
  • Vaseline
  • Card stock

You will need to create a clay mask to use as a mold. Please refer to a previous post, “How to Make a Masquerade Mask.”


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How to Make a Masquerade Mask Part 1

If you want to a fun project, try making your own masquerade mask.

Warrior Princess Masquerade Mask

Masks possess an appeal for many people. Perhaps their mysterious nature invites us to hide parts of who we are while we develop talents we want to have. READ ENTIRE POST…

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Seasons of Silence

There are seasons of silence when the soul goes deep, crawling into a cocoon.

chrysalis Cropped 960 JoDee Luna

We feel the urge to withdraw. We yearn to silence the noise, to figure out the important, to explore the possible. And while in our cocoon, new beginnings crack open and sprout roots—fledgling desires that burrow into the unknown. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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Life Pruning: Tips for Blossoming

Do you ever feel like your life is so jam-packed with good things that you never get around to the best things?

Etherial Rose by JoDee Luna

I sure do. In fact, I’m convinced there are times to reevaluate what is most important and then prune away non-essential activities so our God-given talents can blossom.



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