art · art studio · painting · personal blog · personal development · simple life · YouTube

Painting with Gouache

In my studio today. I’m starting to adapt to working from home. This is the last stretch of going into an office! I’m excited. This is something I wanted to do since last summer.

Today I had a few clients to talk with. I also had to do some cleaning in the house. The last few days my dog has been sick and I found out today nothing serious is happening it must have been a stomach bug.

I made a new YouTube video I’m getting a hang of videoing my art. I admit it is challenging I am not technology savvy but I am willing to learn. So I know only growth could happen from this and I also can learn that it might not be something I want to do long-term then again I might learn it would be something I want to do permanently. This new phase of my life is just opening up doors that I thought I would never have time to explore.

So here’s the video that I made I still need to learn how to edit and shorten the videos that will be my next step.

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dairy free · dinner · gluten free · lifestyle blog · personal blog · personal development · self-care · simple life

Slow Down Night

Let’s just face it, we all need a break and a relaxation night. I worked from home. (by the way, I have a second job) and I was exhausted. This night, nothing seemed to satisfy my taste buds. So my idea of feeding my stomach was simple and sweet.

This is the easiest snack to make. This can be for breakfast, lunch, snack and for this night, dinner.

Rice Cake with Peanut Butter and Strawberries and Bananas


  • Gluten Free Rice Cakes
  • Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries

Spread the peanut butter on the rice cakes, layer bananas on it. Use the remaining banana for a side snack along with strawberries. It can be made in 5 minutes!

For the drink: Almond Chocolate Milk

Why we Need to Rest

  • It is vital for mental health
  • improves concentration and memory
  • healthier immune system
  • Reduces stress
  • Improved mood
  • Better metabolism/energy
  • prevents injuries
  • Maintain weight
  • make you happier
  • help your creativity

Ways to Rest

  • Practice gratitude
  • take deep breaths
  • exercise/do yoga
  • Practice sleep hygiene-scheduled sleep routine, unplug electronics, dim lights

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art · art journal · art therapy · crafts · vision Board

Vision Board

Have you ever wondered how to make a vision board?

It is simple. There’s a few ideas I have to make one that will show you what your goals are.

Some ideas about vision boards:

  1. Choose a specific goal such as a career board, vacation board, home board etc
  2. Use categories to make your vision board. The entire board will capture one image for each category.
  3. Meditate on your vision board. What you meditate on can be the focus of the vision board.

Vision Board Supplies

  • Magazines
  • Access to s computer and color printer
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Washi tape
  • Construction paper
  • Large size poster board

1. Start by going through the magazine to find words, phrases, or pictures that represent your goals

2. Arrange the pictures into the poster board.

3. Optional place construction paper on the poster board to add colors in-between the pictures.

4. Once it is arranged, glue the pictures.

5 optional use washi tape to add color between the pictures.

Enjoy making your vision board

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art · art therapy

Art Therapy Journal

I have been an art therapist for over 10 years. I work with all ages and types of diagnosis.


Art Therapy explores feelings through the creative process of making art. When making art it reduces stress and anxiety.

Benefits of Art Therapy:

  • Improve social skills
  • Process past trauma
  • Reduces stress
  • Improve self-awareness
  • Express emotions and thoughts
  • Recognizing own strengths and weaknesses
  • Increase creative skills
  • Learn coping mechanisms
  • Experience feels of empowerment

(This is only information, not in replacement of seeking therapy from a professional in your area)


Most clients love the concept of an art journal. An art journal ling can take place of client’s writing. Some don’t like to write, words don’t come easy to them and others rather express their thoughts and emotions using other mediums.

The supplies needed are:

  • paint brushes
  • paint-acrylic or tempera/watercolor
  • crayons
  • colored pencils
  • oil pastels
  • soft pastels
  • art sketch book for a journal-8″x11″


  1. Choose the supplies you want to work with for the art journal entry.
  2. Close your eye, or look at a spot on the floor, take a few deep breaths.
  3. Relax your body and focus on your breathing.
  4. Think of a word that describes your day or your feeling.
  5. Once you have an idea of how to express your day or feelings using the creative process, open your eyes and begin creating.
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from my own art journal
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from my own art journal



Some Small Doodles

2016 I began small Doodle pictures of animals. I tend to have way too many projects happening at once. But doodles help me to calm down and relax.

I used a thin fine tip pen for these doodles. I lightly sketched each figure first then started to add the shaped for the Doodle Drawing.

Enjoy these doodles. Please do not copy my original art work.

Bird, dog, cat, flamingo…

More to come later this week.


Crown in a Doodle

This is the most current doodle I have completed. It began with a doodle using a black gel pen. After I felt the doodle scribble was completed, I began coloring in shapes with markers and colored gel pens.

I worked on this drawing for over a week. Most of the evening, prior to sleep, I will draw or color. I usually spend about 30 mins to 1 hour on the coloring, or when I am too tired to stay awake. It is relaxing and calming to do after a day of work.

This is the completed Crown in a doodle drawing. I kept the negative spaces in this drawing, which makes it look unique.

Crown in a Doodle, by Caroline 2020
do not copy.

Close up photos of Crown in the doodle drawing: