#10DCAC Day 9 – Recipe for Joy

Recipe for Joy

Pondering joy this morning. Of course with the name of my studio, Choose Joy, I guess I often think about joy. The most joyful people I have encountered in my life have had many ups and downs and were truly joyful. I think we must experience sorrow to truly experience Joy. 

What would you put in your recipe for Joy?  

Please share your recipe. Lynne and I are enjoying the various creations you have shared. It is fun to see the different ideas. Choose your camera, your paintbrush, your encaustic supplies, your colored pencils, it’s all good! We only have one more day to our 10 day challenge. We will have the drawing on Wednesday for the prizes. Remember all you need is to use the #10dcac on instagram or facebook to be entered!

#10DCAC Day 7 – All That Glitters is Not Gold

Day 7 – All That Glitters Is Not Gold

I am not a glitter person. I don’t use it in my art – I’m not even sure if I have any in my stash of art supplies. I enjoy it in other’s art but I’ve never been drawn to use it. So this prompt was hard for me! I enjoyed the tree prompt yesterday so much! I kept on making trees even after I posted my work yesterday. I came to my journal for this prompt and felt stuck.


This season can be hard for some. Often our expectations are high and reality is not as glittery as we would like. We might be dealing with the loss of loved ones, illness, or separation from our loved ones. We are bombarded with the glitter and glitz and expectation from social media, stores, magazines and radio. I think I saw Christmas decorations before Halloween this year. It can be a bit too much. At least it is for me.


What brings the glow and warmth (glitter) to my heart is my family, my loved ones and the sweet pets that bring such joy to my life. I’m missing some them this morning.


Below is my journal page – It may not be “pretty” or “glittery” but the feelings I processed while creating are what brings me to my art journal every day.

What in your life is your ‘glitter’? What brings you that sparkle?

I hope you take time to choose art today.  I hope you share your creation.

Hoping you have a day of ‘glitter’ and love!

A Few of My Favorite Things #10DCAC

A Few of My Favorite Things

It was hard to choose something for this prompt! So many of my favorite things are NOT material items. I’ve always loved this vase that a friend gave to my mother. I love the vivid colors. It is perfect to put sunflowers in. It always brought a smile to my mom. And I think of her and my friend when I look at it.

I used Inktense Pencils with this. Someone used these in their creation for Create Your Own Sunshine and that reminded me how much I enjoy the colors and then when you add water – WOW! They really pop. I had more time for this prompt. I was able to lose myself in the colors. It seems a luxury to be able to do that. I was like a small child wrapped up in the moment as I colored. Time just slipped away! I love art journaling and creating art because of this. The process of creating is freeing.

When I looked at my list of favorite things after I was finished I realized I had put GREEN CHILI twice! And I did not get all my favorites listed. I could add many more like rainbows, sunrises, kindness, trees, sunsets . . . 

I hope you take time today to create! Make a list of your favorite things and share with us. Give yourself a few moments to create art!

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One of the prizes for the drawing to be held December 11 – Use #10DCAC

10DCAC Day 4 – Create with Music

#10DCAC –  Day 4 – Create with Music – Can you use any of the words from the song in your creation? (Dancing is fine too!)


This is such a FUN prompt that Lynne with Open Hearts Studio has come up with!


I hope you are enjoying playing along! And if you haven’t yet? It’s not too late! Create and post with the #10dcac to be entered in the drawing for prizes. And most important of all, choose art for yourself today!


10DCAC Day 4 #1

I wanted a quick easy background -and I love Dylusions Ink Sprays!

10dcac Day 4 #2

Three colors and some quick sprays to start off.

10dcac Day 4 #3

Some stencils and a roll of paper towels to roll off the excess.

10dcac Day 4 #4

Don’t you just love POSCA pens!

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I’ve been wanting to see the movie Bohemian Rhapsody!

I couldn’t resist using this as my inspiration!

This is one of those songs you just can’ help but sing along to!


BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – Lyrics by Freddie Mercury of Queen


Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality
Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see
I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I’m easy come, easy go, little high, little low
Any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me, to me
Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away
Mama, ooh, didn’t mean to make you cry
If I’m not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters
Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine, body’s aching all the time
Goodbye, everybody, I’ve got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooh, I don’t want to die
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all