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Authors : Folk Artist Violette

Spotlight On ‘Let Silly in!’ Artist Violette

Violette's Free Folk Art Projects, Interviews & Creativity Tips

Violette"Most of the art I create is about journeying to myself. Although I come from Casablanca, Morocco, and have settled in British Columbia, I have finally come home to me. Where we are born defines and shapes us, along with all of the other places we explore that have captured our hearts. I am influenced by exotic and colourful cultures as I feel a kinship to those places that honour the creative, spiritual and passionate parts of ourselves. Spanish roots have influenced my taste in music, art and colours, and Arabic motifs appear throughout my home. My travels to Central America have also impacted me. The element of kitsch in my art definitely has its origins in the Mexican Day of the Dead decorations. I am attracted to the gaudy and glittery because of my penchant towards eschewing pretensions."

Violette was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1954. She has a passion for bringing creativity into everything she touches including her art, home, van, clothing and parties! Since she has witnessed firsthand the healing qualities of the creation of art Violette loves encouraging others to access that and increase the joy level in their lives. She lives her life OUT LOUD, authentically and unabashedly and by doing so inspires others to do the same! Sometimes her best advice is to "Let Silly in!"

Her art has appeared in Artella Magazine, Somerset Studio and in various other publications. She has designed a line of greeting cards and rubberstamps as well as scrapbooking illustrations and lettering.

Violette's whimsical magic cottage and gaily festooned Glittergirl van have captured the attention of several T.V. shows including Discovery Channel's "Weird Homes" and HGTV's "Sue Warden's Creative Décor" as well as W's "Head over Wheels".

Violette facilitates workshops on Visual Journaling and Mask Making as well as teaches individuals to release the creative spirit within. Her online blog and art tips share some of her art and process with readers. Visit her Web site at

Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric

Excerpts from ‘Journal Bliss’

Journal Bliss Excerpt: Symbolic StoriesJournal Bliss Excerpt: Symbolic Stories
Can you see that life is simply full of blissful journaling fodder? Exclusive peek at "Journal Bliss" pages 110-111 with the bonus option of printing this 2-page spread for your own creative story-telling inspiration!

Journal Bliss Excerpt: DoodlingJournal Bliss Excerpt: Doodling
Who doesn't love to doodle? Your doodles can be windows to your soul. Exclusive peek at "Journal Bliss" pages 42-43.

Violette's Interview & Stories

Violette's Success StoryViolette's Success Story
"If you build it, they will come." Violette's own Field of Dreams story began with a solo road trip to the states and a showcase spot on the TV show Weird Homes. (December 2005)

Interview with VioletteAn Interview with Violette by Chris Dunmire
Artist Violette discusses her coloring book for grown-ups, the Chickenlady, visual journaling, the creative process, and other inspiring things related to her art, vision, and philosophy with the Creativity Portal. (July 2005)

Violette's Free Folk Art Projects

Plaster bandage mask making projectPlaster Mask Making Project
Unmasking the inner and outer you! One of the most transformative and creative acts you can undertake is to create a mask of your face.

Funky Journal CoverFunky Journal Cover Project
What should you do with all of your loose art and journal pages? Bind them inside of your own Funky Journal Cover, that's what!

Visual JournalingVisual Journaling by the Seat of Your Pants!
Visual Journaling need not be daunting or inaccessible to the novice visual journaler. The way I like to approach it is in an intuitive manner or by the seat of my pants!

Mind MappingMind Mapping Goals and How to Make Money Being Artistic
Have you ever Mind Mapped before? It's a visual way to get your thoughts and goals down on paper. Mind mapping is a powerful tool for visual folks.

Creative Spirit Doll ProjectCreative Spirit Doll Project
Create a delightful spirit doll to help you connect with the divine in you and bring more creativity into your life. Use these dolls to evoke a sense of the sacred in your home, altar or office.

Creative Play Cards ProjectCreative Play Cards Project
Boost your creativity with these fun tiny cards. The Creative Play cards are meant to prompt you to focus on something new each day whether it be to sculpt, dare, make art or paint.

Altered Purse ProjectAltered Purse Project
This is a fun project if you want to resurrect an old purse and exercise your creative juices! You can put almost anything onto your purse as long as you use the proper adhesive and numerous coats of Mod Podge and varnish.

Glittery Globe ProjectGlittery Globe Project
Imagine looking at an old discarded hard soccer ball and visualizing a fun and funky painted globe! A similar treatment can be given to a real globe or a discarded bowling ball or even a large styrofoam ball!

Namaste Sign ProjectNamaste Sign Project
Greet visitors to your home with a wooden Namaste sign. Namaste is a sanskrit word meaning "the light in me honours the light in you" or "the divinity in me bows to the divinity in you".

Violette's Creativity Tips

Nothing Compares to YOU!
As creatives we have a tendency of comparing ourselves with other creatives.

We are the Miracle We've Been Waiting for
We often look outside ourselves for someone to rescue us.

The Value of a Warm and Fuzzy Box
How to make your own Warm and Fuzzy Box for those days when you feel you can't do anything right and you don't have a creative bone in your body.

Art Party Fun!
Add a bit of zest and creative spirit to your gatherings by hosting an art party!

How to Make a Portable Creativity Kit
With Back to School items all around us it's easy to pick up some fun supplies to create your own Creativity Kit.

Lemonade Stand Business Sense
What did I learn from a little lemonade stand transaction that could be used in business?

Grabbing the Glittery Brass Ring
Have you ever wanted to reach for your dreams but didn't know where to begin?

Updated 12/23/13