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What’s Your Word?


Happy 2016!!

I’m setting my intentions for the new year. A couple of years ago, I adopted a word for the year and although sometimes the word morphs half-way through the year, it really seems to work much better for me than writing down resolutions.

Last year’s word ended up being “BRAVE” — it really helped — especially moving cross-country!

This year, it’s all about “SHARE”. Share space, share stories, share light. There is so much happening in the world that hurts my heart — immigration woes, racial, religious, and sexual injustices, ineffectual weapon control, and our country’s serious lack of mental health care. And there are personal aches — witnessing dear friends’ pain and break-ups, hearing about (and knowing my own) financial trials, burrowing new relationship paths and boundaries. Awareness has opened me up — not closed me down — and begged me to listen more, offer more, and share.

In case you need it: (I did.)

Emily Cline Art

(You Have Permission!)

We don’t have to go it alone.

We are all connected.

We all have inherent worth and value.


With that in mind, I want to start off the new year by sharing:

  • Read“YOU are a BADASS” by Jen Sincero (huge thanks to Stacy Pickerell DiCristofaro for recommending it!)
  • TryGina Rossi Armfield’s “No Excuses Art Journaling” year-long journal project!!!!

    (My “No Excuses” journal from 2015)

    Really. It is super easy to do. Go at your own pace; it doesn’t take much time. It has helped me just. keep. going. Plus, on her site right now, she’s offering free video classes!

  • Listen: to the best creative life permission slip ever: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I don’t care if you’re an artist, a mother, an accountant. DO IT. (Btw, if you are an accountant, know an accountant, or just wanna hear a great story about the sweetestmostloving accountant ever, listen to Rob Bell’s great podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert — it’s #21 on his site.)
  • Take: Art Journaling Class for ‘Tweens and Teens!!

    (We’ll make and start to fill these!)

    January 24, 12:00 noon at Maker’s Mess in Silverlake, CA. (NOTE: Date was just changed from January 9 to the 24!)

  • Shop: “Pay What You Can” for my prints at arts and crafts fairs. I tried offering PWYC last fall on my Etsy site, but the site didn’t support it, so I offered it in person at shows, and that rocked! Thank you!! I vow to continue sharing that pricing in person for 2016! If you see something you want, let me know and let’s make a deal!
  • Grateful: As always, I give thanks for you. Yes, you. Loudly and proudly. Your support — in person and on-line — has been incredible to me. I am deeply, humbly grateful. Thank you.

Happy 2016!!

I Wish.


emily-cline-art“Every time I think of climbing trees 
I think of always looking toward the sky
 and I never even imagine
 the possibility of falling.”


“Who knows?”

Staying the same, getting comfortable, being content freaks the hell outta me.

I wish I could relax more. I wish I could stay in the moment. I wish I could be comfortable.

I wish. I wish. I wish.



Reserve your space now! with Nixie Sparrow for this weekend’s “Branching Out” workshop! You’ll stretch out of your comfort zone and allow yourself to grow!

Come Play with Me ~ Branch Out!


Branch Out with me!

I’m teaching at the adorable creative space, Nixie Sparrow, in Beacon, NY, Saturday, May 9; 12:00 noon. It’s going to be a whopping good time — creative, community, and art stuff!

In this 2-3 hour workshop, we’ll use art materials to explore how we are “Branching Out” in our lives — whether we are budding out in spring fever, nesting with little ones, or pruning off what no longer serves us.


First, I’ll guide you through simple journal prompts. Then, you’ll create abstract backgrounds,  layering on paint and paper, images, colors, marks, and descriptive words.

No experience necessary! Mistakes are encouraged!

You’ll love creating your pages, learn basic elements of collage, and find easy, take-home techniques!

DATE: SATURDAY, May 9, 2015

TIME: 12:00 PM (approx. 2-3 hours)

LOCATION: Nixie Sparrow, 291 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508; phone: (845) 202-7011

COST: $45 per person

RSVP recommended:

phone: (845) 202-7011

email: nixiesparrow@gmail.com

*Please call in advance to be sure class is not full if walking in
*Must cancel within 48 hours of class in order to receive refund

$5 BEER / $ 6 WINE / $6 MIMOSAS / $3 DRINK MORE GOOD SODAS available

(Must be 21+ to consume alcohol)


All materials — beside journal — provided. You will leave this fun afternoon with at least 2 expressive art journal pages (i.e. at least one double page spread), plus several easy-to-remember art journaling techniques you can take home to explore!

ATTENDEES – PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING : Sketchbook, art journal, notebook, or old book to repurpose. Any photographs, photocopies, magazine images, text, or ephemera they want (not necessary, but it can be fun to include personal items).

“Yes!” to Dina Wakley



emilyclineartDina Wakely, artist, author, {teacher (on-line) and (in person)}, and paint, stencil, stamp and brush designer makes art journaling look so effortless! This past weekend at The Ink Pad’s sponsored workshops, I got to play in “Dinaland”, learn about “The Gospel According to Dina”, and meet a whole buncha fabulous beautiful new friends!

I was lucky enough to get into all four classes:  Beyond the Ink Pad, Conquering Color, Layering and Listening, and Delightful Painted Deli Paper. I loved them all mainly because Dina makes you feel right at home — except there’s no whining, no (over)thinking, and you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do! “It’s play!”, she says. “Listen to me. I’ll walk you through it. Make mistakes!” And the answer to anything and everything? “YES!”


It’s hard for me to trust the white space — I want to fill the whole page!

In any workshop, I do my best to follow the teacher and just try, for the day, their way. I’m always surprised!

Dina (Deeeena, not Dīna, Waaake-ly, not Wack-ly) usually has about 5 journal pages going at a time; we worked 2 pages at a time, allowing for drying and cross-pollination of ideas, marks, and collage elements. The below pictures are a few of the 25 layers we did Sunday.


Just the beginning — about 4 or 5 layers in.


Added Jessica Sporn’s hamsa stencil.


Next big yellow circles that we scribbled in.


Big loopy letters — barely seen here, but they showed up really well later on.


Painted around a bird mask.


Added doodles and dots and itty bitty pen lines.

I didn’t think we could do it, but we did — 25 LAYERS! — in about 1/2 hour! Then we cut the page into circles and layered it on another quickly dialed up background. Threw in a lil’ journaling, and a stamped focal element, and voila!


End of day happy!


Me and Dina. One of the worst pictures ever — Complete with finger over the lens!

Dina’s so open and personal with her self and her creativity — you feel like you’re besties. I think I’ll have to get her yummy paints (buttery rich with pigment!), bristly brushes, stencils and fun, easy stamps, and maybe even her on-line face class! “YES!”

***P.S. Special shout to Anna and The Ink Pad gang for 16 years of fabulous, NYC store-dom! Bravo! We love you!***

***Come visit me at the Larchmont Arts Festival this Saturday here in Larchmont, NY, 1:00 – 5:00. (Raindate is Sunday.) Along with 60+ artists, I will be selling original art pieces, prints, and leather cuffs. ***

***Art Journaling for ‘Tweens starts next week, September 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Plaster Palace Potter, Palmer Avenue, Larchmont. $25/2 hour class; $20 if you bring a sibling! Must be 10-15 years old. No experience needed! More info here. Email me to reserve a spot!***

Back to reality

Back from London. Back from Erin Faith Allen’s Soul Portrait Empowerment Workshop weekend. Back from surreality.


My first piece during the workshop. Erin leads us through ahhh-mazing meditations or visualizations or prayers — wheatever you call it. You hush into yourself, then become a conduit for whatever wants to come out. Without thinking or questioning.


A detail from the above piece.Image

The wings are connected to my arms.Image

Second piece — from a time when everything felt right.Image

When I’m “en circle” with my sisters, everything feels right. I feel I can be strong and true, like a Warrior of Light.

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