a collection celebrating creativity


Collaborative Creative Collections Time

I knew, right when I glanced into the mailbox, that it was full of fun!

The Gluebook Goodness segment of the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 workshops brought more than anticipated.  Loads of paper, tons of ideas, and great excitement for what is to come.

Stay tuned as the collaborative collections begin to grow.  

Let The Creating Begin!


Let The Paper Swapping Begin!

The last few days have been spent with handfuls of paper clippings, painting remnants & handmade paper swatches I’ve been collecting in an empty tissue box beginning a month or so ago.

My treasury box began while preparing for the paper swap in Gluebook Goodness, a segment of the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 set of workshops.

It has been a great time of both reflection on my past work and general discovery. Revisiting remnants of my past work and holding clipping parties for additional content has helped foster a strong sense of creativity and community.

The above photographs are from my gathering and a few favorite bits I captured before shipping them away to my swap partner. Looking forward to see what the swap my bring and inspire over the coming months.

Let The Paper Swapping Begin!

Tales from a Peace Paper Project Workshop

Excited to share with you a post from aamora on a weeklong workshop & exhibition I recently had the honor to participate in…

aamora member Jolie Buchanan is part of a group exhibition of hand-made paper arts currently at the Torpedo Factory Art Center located in Old Town Alexandria, Virgina. The opening reception is July 8th from 6pm – 8pm with public viewing July 12 – 29th, 2012.

Prior to the opening, Peace Paper Project co-directors Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan along with Arielle Matthews joined with the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery to conduct a seven-day workshop with art therapists, artists, military, police and other emergency response service members. The focus of the workshop was pulping articles of clothing that have personal significance and create a body of artwork for exhibition. 

Through paper, writing, book-making, and printmaking activities, Peace Paper Project works to transform significant articles of clothing into works of art which broadcast personal stories, mutual understanding and healing.

Peace Paper Project operates everywhere from private workshops to public demonstrations in order to perpetuate the art of hand paper-making while adapting to the needs of each specific community.

Peace Paper merges its skill set of paper-making, bookbinding, printmaking, & creative writing with the unique practices and concepts of host communities as a way of empowering the collaboration.

To learn more about Peace Paper Project visit: www.peacepaperproject.org.

Jolie Buchanan is currently a student working towards her LMHC and masters of art in Art Therapy.

Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve & enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.

Research confirms the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps individuals to become more physically, mentally &  emotionally healthy and functional, resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, handle life adjustments, and achieve insight.

Watercolor Weave…


 © 2008 – 2012 Jolie B. Studios LLC

Technique: Watercolor Weave

A watercolor weave done in a group session.  The approach can be used with a group or an individual.

I enjoy facilitating this approach as it can usually be accomplished by any participant, the art-making itself is fairly simple, the technique is wonderful for calming any nerves or jitters and the outcome helps foster a sense of community amongst the group.

  • Each member in the group creates a water color image, as simple as they would like.  Lines on a page, dots on a page, if they chose, they can just color the whole page one color, it doesn’t matter.  Anything they want.  [I let them know ahead of time that what they create will take a different form when we’re done]
  • Once everyone is finished, shift the work into the hands of another person; everyone cuts an image into strips a couple inches wide. Then rearrange the strips to create a new image.
  • You can lay the strips side by side or even weave them together.
  • You can can create one large picture as the example here which we left for the rest of our group time or
  • You can give different strips to each member and let them make their own creation.

Spaces & Places: Where We Create

Art Therapy Community Photo Documentary Project

Details at: http://bit.ly/x7Q0jX

Peace Be Well . . .


#Paper Cranes for Japan.

Cranes are sacred creatures in Japanese culture.

According to ancient legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish—like long life or recovery from illness—by a crane.

DoSomething.org aims to collect 100,000 photos of origami cranes from young people to represent 100 wishes for relief and healing to all who are affected by this tragic natural disaster.