Friday, February 29, 2008

A little creative experimenting.......


I felt like a little girl playing in a coloring book today as I experimented with my very humble paint shop program. It was just fun to play in this digital medium and watch what unfolded. I must admit I missed the hands on of glue and paper and getting messy but this was creative in a way that felt quite exciting know the kind of excitement that bubbles up deep in your creative core and whispers..."Now this has some cool possibilities!" I dared myself to put them on the blog or even sell them though they feel a bit elementary. But isn't that what living is about....just lay it bare, humble yourself to be a beginner, throw yourself into the wind and risk something you've never tried before! These prints are available on Ebay!

"Imagine"...New Journal Art on Etsy!

I am revamping my Etsy store and slowly beginning to add some new items. I finshed some inspirational tag sets, wooden star dangles and altered library pockets. I discovered this beautiful black easel in my frame store I have out in the garage ( hubby says I should not be allowed to buy another frame for as long as I live!). It was perfect for another piece of journal art. This sweet vintage fairy journal can be found on etsy today too!

Also..This weekend is a leap year special over at my Zazzle Store. They have a free shipping with purchase special going on through the end of the weekend! Have a fabulous end of the week everyone!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Now Offering 5X7 Enlargements.....

Must be almost spring as I feel that nesting thing coming over me...nesting, gutting out, reorganizing and making room for the anticipation of the new!

I wanted to share that I am now offering 5x7 enlargements for $8.99 each of over 150 designs I sell as ATC/ACEO prints. I often have requests for my art cards to be enlarged for framing. They have been a blessing for me to frame and give as gifts to special ones who God brings my way! I also decided to offer my ATC ACEO Prints unmounted for $3.99 for those who want to save a little on my art card prints (prints mounted on matboard sell for $5.99). You can find all the designs there are to choose from here and either purchase through ebay or if you would like to purchase any ATC prints or enlargements direct from my blog just let me know. Shipping is 1.25 for the first enlargement, $1.00 for unmounted ATC prints and free for any print purchases after the first!.

A sweet thank you to Cathy at Avalon Rose, Judy at JMK Originals and Izabella's Blue for your encouraging gift of the "You make my day award"...
The award gives me the opportunity to share some blogs that are wonderful to visit! I can never narrow down who to put on these lists (plus I hate to leave anyone out!) so I would encourage you to check the list of incredible blogs here! The OWOH event was an fabulous chance to explore some truly unique and delightful blogs!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Release the Depth of my Soul....

I love the idea of journals being displayed as artwork. This new original Altered Journal is available on Ebay today. The work is displayed in a gold scrolled easel. I have one of own special journals perched at my favorite writing desk in a pretty stand. It seems fitting that our most intimate thoughts and musings be given a place of honor in our creative spaces or cozy writing/reading nooks. It is always so cathartic to let the words flow and leave footprints that trace our journeys! When we know where we have been it illuminates the road that is taking us where we are going!

Love heals the soul....

Had fun working with these beautiful antique metal embellishments I found in my stash. This sweet piece is double-sided so you can spend a little time reflecting on each message. I was reminded of all the special souls in my own life who have offered me real, safe and unconditional love. It has been in this fertile soil of love that my own heart has been free to heal and take the risk of embracing my tomorrows. Friends who can just sit in the quiet with you are a rare gift. This Altered Art Tin Assemblage is for sale on ebay today.

Monday, February 25, 2008

New Art Cards on Ebay....

Art cards are always a great way to slowly make my way back into the studio after a long creative break! I finished these this afternoon and listed them on ebay if you'd like to take a peek! I am hoping to experiment in the days to come, play with my soldering iron, gets my hands in some polymer clay and paints....time to stretch and move out of creative comfort zones is the gentle whisper I hear. It always takes me a little while to get back in the groove around my studio. So hopefully I'll have some new pieces to share in the coming days and weeks! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hopeful words to share........

Attended an amazing workshop recently with the poet and writer Ana Callan . Such a tender and gentle soul whose insight into the depth and soul of poetry was such a deep encouragement to me. Thought I would share a piece written from my heart that day and hope it will bless yours........

Revealing while yet still in revelation
the hidden shadows and whispers of the emerging voices
receiving, holding, listening, believing

Reaching into the unfamiliar yet known
image of the core small form of the innocence of me
rocking, caressing, touching, releasing

Remembering the visions and untethered spirit
of the unique child that was of an existance before
untouched, unhurt, unfractured, unashamed

Offering a sweet and safe invitation
bathed in the hope of renewal and a more gentle rebirth
crying, aching, grieving, mourning

Braving exposure of the dormant inner passions
that have simmered in gentle and quiet childlike anticipation
creating, speaking, singing, healing

Lani Kent Copyright 2008

A sweet friend shared this song with me today. I pray grace finds you this day and mercy gives you the courage to hope... to imagine all that is possible for you!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Today Another Child Will Be Hurt...

There are times when the burdens of our heart need visual expression. Art, music and media offer a way to bring what can be held in captive silence out into the open, touching our souls in profound ways. In my heart one of the reasons I wanted to begin a blog was to offer a place of hope, resources and education for those that are on a healing journey from the hurts they have endured. Sometimes those images and conversations can be difficult. Many of us still carry the wounds of childhood with us. Last night I heard yet another account on the news of the heartbreaking physical and sexual abuse of a child. I wanted to share this video to offer a moment to for us pause and pray for these pray for the endless cycle of abuse to be broken...and for eyes to be opened to the children around us who may be trying to scream through the barriers of silence and ignorance for help, safety and healing.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

One World One Heart Giveaway Winner!

What a fun event this has been! I can't thank everyone enough (all 165 of you!) who stopped by my blog, left such inspiring comments and entered the drawing for my giveaway journal! I ran out of time to try and get to all of the participating blogs but look forward to peeking in and getting a chance to meet all these amazing bloggers. The array of beautiful items that were offered were so heartfelt and truly some delicious eye candy! And the big moment...the winner is....JENNY FOWLER!

Congratulations Jenny! Stop by and check out Jenny's blog...what a sweet soul and I look forward to sending this journal off to you and hope it blesses you!

Monday, February 11, 2008

"Healing Expression's Art Stamps" Introduces Design Team Artist Deb Neerman........

I am honored to introduce my friend and artist Deb Neerman and her new paper crafting blog, "Paper, Ink, Scissors and Stamps". Deb is known to many over the years for her gorgeous and incredibly creative, vintage-inspired, mixed media work on Ebay. Mixed media artists can find some "kewl" items in her Ebay store called "Kewl Stuph and Funky Jungue". Deb has now expanded her artistic palette and is embarking on a new journey into the ever-expanding world of paper crafting. Her style and talent really shine in this medium and I suspect she will be one of paper crafting's rising stars in no time! I am honored to have Deb designing original cards that incorporate Healing Expressions Art Stamps. She will be featuring my sentiment stamps which you can find in my Ebay store. I am currently working on several new lines that I hope to debut in the coming months! So hope you'll stop by Deb's blog and see what beautiful projects she is sharing! It always warms my heart to watch artist friends discover new paths, take creative risks and experience sweet artistic blessings!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

My New Offerings on Zazzle!

create & buy custom products at Zazzle

Something a little new for me...and quite a bit of fun in the process! I opened a small gallery at and picked out some of my favorite designs to experiment with being produced on several of Zazzle's products. Many would be nice gifts to encourage a friend along their journey. I have ordered from Zazzle in the past and they have the highest quality of items. I was always thrilled with how everything looked when I received it. So if you get a chance I hope you'll stop by and visit me there! Take a peek and be sure to let me know if there is ever a design you see in my Ebay store or elsewhere that you would like done on one of the products Zazzle can magically transfer my artwork to! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

One World- One Heart Giveaway Event........

What a joy to participate in such a heartwarming event! Lisa Oceandreamer has organized a giveaway event that is growing by the day! Check out her blog for all the details and the list of participants that have an amazing array of creative items to giveaway. I have the honor of blessing someone with this one-of-a-kind handmade journal as my offering. The unique piece measures 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches and features antique-toned metal embellishments, jeweled heart and lovely satin ribbon. If you would like to be included in the drawing for this journal just leave your name and contact info in the comment section and on February 14 I will be drawing the name of someone to receive this original piece! If only time and resources were unlimited how I would love to just create art non-stop and secretly send it out everyday to encourage others! This is one small way we can release our gifts of creativity into our world and bring a sweet embrace of hope!