Wednesday, September 11, 2019

7 tips to be highly creative on the go

Hi lovely creatives! 

If you follow me on instagram you know that I was on vacation with family and that I carry with me a little folder with some supplies and that allowed me to create and get inspired during my holiday time.

I know that for some people going out of their studio or art corner can be just stressful and a block point for creativity. Being out with family and friends, trying to see everything can easily seem that we don't have time to create.

But I found out that there is time, and that is not so difficult to create on the go if we follow some tips that help to adjust the mindset and maintain that freedom vibe to create

So lets jump into this 7 tips that will help you 
to be highly creative when you are on the go

1.Prepare a simple art kit with few supplies

Grab only the supply's that you love most and use on a daily basis. That kit should be easy to get out of your bag and create on a simple chair. Too many stuff will overwhelm you and enable you to pull out your stuff to sketch something simple. You will probably think: oh so many work to just sketch a flower, or to take notes of this colors!! You will end up not doing it! 
And this simple things might be a starting point to a future bigger work, or ideas to then create on the studio when you come back home. 
So simplicity is the key!

This was the kit that I selected this year for vacation

see the video of all the supplies here

watch the video making this version of a "flowish" journal to have stack of scraps always handy 

2. Grab one or two very simple and junk journals

If I use a brand new journal, with white untouched fancy paper I feel blocked. I cannot create easily at home so worse is when I'm on the go. So I grab small little journals with painted pages, that I know that they will inspire me to create and that I will not be sorry if I mess up on them.
Think on your on the go journal as a visual inspiration keeper rather than a book where you will create great art pieces. The mindset of creating big beautiful things can itself  block creativity.
Also prepare some awesome scrap papers that inspire you to start. I create a kind of a flowish journal that helps me have on hand a stack of paper that I love

3. Look at your surroundings for inspiration

When I'm out for some walks or holidays with family I really allow me to inspire good and beautiful things around me. 
I look at nature, the flowers, the sea, I see the colors, shapes, objects, the lights. I pay attention to the little things. If something catches my eyes I can take a picture and then use as inspiration, or I use the journals to scribble a shape, add some colors, collage some papers. I even can take some notes to remind me latter. For me this is all part of the creative process. 
As I said back is not the master piece itself that I'm looking for but the little bits that will feed my inspiration for later creations.

4. Don't worry about the product but enjoy the process

Being out of home and out of internet is an amazing opportunity for being you, for letting the way you see the world express through your journal. So just inspire that vibe of freedom when you are on the go and let it go. Don't think too much, just enjoy the creative process.

5. You only need 10 min of the day to lay down some color strokes and some scribbles

Again my goal when I'm out is to keep my mojo up and feed my inspiration. So if I only have time to spread some paint to the journal, scribble some sketches I'll be happy anyway, because that is also part of my creative process and I know that these little bits are precious for my creations.

6. Use chunks of time to create one page in different moments

In vacation we always have family or friends near us, which is so awesome, but if you want to create a bigger page and don't have that all time it can be stressful. So my tip is to use little chunks of time and keep going on that page on different moments. 
I saw myself starting a page with some paint, and then in other moment I add some collage, and in another day I sketch some flowers, and so on. Your soul will get satisfied because you indeed create a little bit and you will not stress because of time lack. 

7. Create anywhere

If you carry with you just a journal and few supplies you literally can create everywhere when that little moment alone comes to you. When inspiration flows to you mind or when you see something that needs to be noted.

Don't think on creating a master piece on the go.  Instead think as a process of picking bits of little things, taking notes, ideas, some sketches, feeding your inspiration. With your soul full you will create your master piece later!!


And my extra tip is that if you have little kids and they love to play with you let them be part of that creative moment. Give them a little journal and let them play with you. Is an absolute rewording moment. In my art bag I added a set of watercolors for my little girl. She loves to be messy with me!!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Most loved supplies to be creative on the go

Hello creative friends!!

As you might know if you follow me on Instagram I was on vacation and I carried with me a little folder with some supplies. After so many questions about what I choose to go with me and my journals I decided to create a bigger video explaining what was in the bags. 

Creating on the go can be difficult because we have so many places to go and things to see. But at the same time creativity can be in higher levels because you are seeing new things and places, you can be relaxing in a beach or a cafe and inspiration can come in those quiet moments. Probably you will want to take some notes, to sketch, to make some swatches of color, just make a simple collage, a quick scribble. 
So because of  that is so important that you carry with you some supplies to always have on hand something to create when creativity come or when you see that ignition for future projects.

Here are my most loved supplies that I add to my bag and that lead me to create and be creative while I was out of my studio.

Art journals - I love to make my own journals. They speak to me and they are made to inspire me to create. I use papers that are already painted or dyed to easily start. 
I was travelling with an A5 ecodyed journal, and two little hand size journals.

Collage paper - is easy to create if you have on hand a stack of paper that you love to use as collage. I used a kind of a flowish journal that I made some time ago. You can see the video on how I did it here.

Hand made masking tape - I love to use masking tape that I paint my own to use later as collage and make texture or starting points to create. 

Soft Pastels, Watercolor, acrylics - I love soft pastels. They are easy to carry and I found that if they are watered they get with bright colors that I love to use. Then choose another type of colors. Watercolor can be the most practical way to go with color. But if you choose acrylics don't go with to many colors. Two or three is perfect. 

Nib pen, water soluble pencils and some pens - As you know I love to sketch flowers. So I can't go without a nib pen and liquid watercolor. I also use graphite and charcoal water soluble. They are also great to sketch, to make marks and give shadows to create depth.
Grab markers, white and black. It will help with marks and drawing. 

Gesso - I choose not to carry white acrylic. Instead I grab a little container with gesso. It fit two functions at once. Seal and make the paper easy to work and I'll use as white color if I needed.

Water and glue -  Is good to have a spray bottle with water on hand to activate the watercolors and the soft pastels. A little stick of glue is great for that bits of paper to collage.

(I carried my journals on this burlap folder made by my friend @lisboa_colors)

This was all the set of supplies that I carry with me. I really make it very simple to always have on hand things and create everywhere without stressing or getting overwhelmed with lots of stuff. 

Check the video explaining all the details of the supplies I used. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

The 100 Day Project - my thoughts and learning

Did you have already jump into challenges? Those that often run on Instagram and in with we create during some days? Yeh, I had already join some of them, and I always saw big growth on my art and in my commitment to create everyday. But In a big challenge like #the100daysproject I had never thought on joining it!!

This year for the first time in my art journey I jump into this big project - #the100dayproject. 

The years before I always wanted to enter, but then it seems to me so scary the enormous number of 100 days!!! :) I immediately say to me. No this is not for you. You will never get to 100 with your busy life, with kids, home, garden, work. So I always left aside for another time. Do you relate with this? Have you already wanted to join but never did because of fears and lots of if's...?

But this year pushed by other friends we decided to jump into the project, starting a little project in this one. We wanted to create an art journaling Portuguese community because we always felt alone here in Portugal in what concerns to mixedmedia and art journaling. Is not to much known and most of the girls, like me talk in English so we never know each others.
So we decided to create the #100daysartjournalemportuguês and make a call to the Portuguese girls who would want to join us.

With this big excuse and excited with the idea of starting something in Portuguese I jump into the project.

I knew at the very beginning that I had to be very committed and organized so I could reach the end point. So I set three "rules" that helped me and turned things much easier:

  • I decided to work small. I gather scraps of paper, scraps from already painted paper, mostly under paper that I collect. I rip them into little pieces and I put 100 pieces on a box. Since the papers were already with some paint, or marks was more easy to start, and create on little chunks of time.
  • I decided that I wanted to create 100 pieces of art, rather than use 100 days to create. So I was no punishing me if in some day I could not create and I would create two or three at the same time if I could have more time in one day to create.
  • I limit myself on supply's. Too many supply's can be overwhelming because you are thinking too much on what to use, that you will be stressed and no being free to create. 

With this three points set I was more confident and I enjoyed all the process with no stress.

All the journey was amazing. With the practice almost daily my art evolved, and I was able to discover more about my style color combinations, marks and techniques. If we commit to create in a daily basis even in small chunks of time at the end the learning time is big and practice makes perfect. 

After all this project and along the journey there were things that I learn that I want to share with you:

  • A challenge is always a great thing to do to commit with daily practice;
  • With daily practice your skills will growth to another level;
  • A big challenge can be a great test to your resilience skills and will create that sense of never give up if you commit with you and with your art;
  • You will be forced to be creative because you will want to create different everyday and that will develop your creativity. So what I saw is that during my creations I come up with lots of ideas of other things (projects, techniques) that I will explore later;
  • A small project, like making a little piece of art everyday can turn into a big project, because at the end you will have 100 pieces of art and you will be in a better place in your art journey, because you growth so much;
  • We start creating a beautiful and awesome community that supports and encourage you and that gives you strength to continue.
  •  You can create everyday alone, yes you can, but that commitment with the challenge is different then when you are creating just because.

So for me this was the biggest challenge that I ever join and the one that I had more growth as an artist. What I can tell to you is that if you consider joining  challenges it can be a milestone on your art path for sure. 

If you set your goals, if you commit with you and your art time, if you schedule that time, even if it is 5 minutes, if  you adjust the challenge to your reality thinking on an easy project that you love to do, then you will see that you made giant steps on your art practice and growth.
This was what I felt  that happen to me.

What are your thoughts on challenges? Did you ever commit to one that you saw such big results? 

I really felt that I had to write this post  because of the things that I learn and achieve. I wanted to share with you. 

Have fun creating!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Art Journal with me I Exploring the "Play and Explore Tags Set

Hey friends!

I've been playing with my "Play and Explore Tags Set" I'm very excited with all the ideas that I have to create with them. I'm thinking on creating a series of videos with ideas using the tags.

If you haven't seen check the video where I share some tips on how I printed the set.

Today I want to share with you the video with me creating an entire spread on my art journal, from start to finish using one of the tags.

Want the "Play and Explore Tags Set?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Play and Explore Art Tags set - Tips and ideas on how to print them

Hey friends!!

This week I share with you a  set of Tags "Play and Explore Art Tag set" designed with my art that you can download for free!!!

I know that is super fun have some papers to collage to our pages, to embellish our journals. So I decided that would be fun to share this set with you.
I have some fun ideas on how I will use them that I'll share with you soon, but first I made a quick video showing some ideas on how I print them, like size and kinds of paper, so we can have different options to play with them.

If you haven't download yet you Tag set, just do it!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The 100 Day Project I Review

This year for the first time in my art journey I had the courage to jump into the big challenge #The100dayproject. Always seems to me so big that I thought! You will never can do that!! Life is too busy, runs so fast. It's not possible.

But this year it sounds like different!! Me and some friends at that time we were trying to figure how could we get together an artjournal community in Portugal. We feel that we need that, because artjournaling is not so well known here. So we decided that #the100dayproject could be a very interesting starting point to start that community. We created a challenge in the big one and we call it #100daysartjournalemportuguês and we started.

This is not a very easy challenge. Commit to make every single day a piece of art during 100 days is not easy. But since I started many things have change. My process evolved so much an I've been able to define my way of making art. It's strange, but that is the truth. 

I'am now at the middle of the challenge and more 50 pieces I'm going to create. At the end of the project I will for sure have some interesting thoughts about this journey to say and a beautiful collection of little pieces of art. I'm learning so much!!

I post every day my creations on instagram. Follow me there.

Monday, June 10, 2019


Hey there friends!
I have great news to share with you all.

You know how important is for me your support and positive comments about my work . I'm absolutely grateful for this beautiful community.
As I already shared on Instagram is my goal to take my art and my creative journey into another level, sharing ideas, tips, and my creative process with you is one of my intentions.

I really believe that when we share we growth though is so important that we can be able to create together and  I'll be happy if I spread some joy and inspiration to you all.

      Here are the news!!! Yehhh

I created a tag set using my own art and I want to give YOU them for free. This tag set is a start to create. You know how "freedom" is my main word when I create. So feel free to rip, tear, paint over, collage. Explore and recreate with these tags.

Sign up for your Free 

I would love see all your creations with the tags. So please share it with us on social media. 
On Instagram or in facebook use the #heartmakesinspired so I don´t miss any!!

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