Do you want to know a secret? I wrote my last post on authenticity a few weeks ago, and since then I have hesitated on posting it quite a bit! I was even considering deleting it, because it doesn’t really fit this blog’s theme or the feel I want to convey. But as many bloggers will tell you if you have a theme that is consistent (happy creating) you can diverge from that theme every now and then and it won’t matter or alter the whole feel of the blog.

iHanna on iMacCoffee and computer

At first I felt that it wasn’t complete until I really was “authentic” and spilled everything about my own life, but as some of you pointed out that is not what it’s about. You can be authentic in what you say without saying everything (note to self!). My own biggest problem with this is that a lot of readers assume things about my life based on the maybe too perky image that this blog presents, and I don’t recognize myself in that. Maybe this comes from non-bloggers mostly. But I also know that this is something that a lot of you struggle with, or at least think about from time to time. So finally I decided to just put it out there, and I know now that it was the right thing to do!

Office view

Every single comment in that post tells me so, and it has spoken to you all in different ways. Some of you worry that others are “perfect” and some of you remember that there is nothing that can be “perfect”, ever. I read every comment you write carefully, and consider your ideas and thoughts. Your beautiful kind words to me about my writing goes straight to my heart! Thank you!

Feeling Bodacious

Bodacious is a combination of the words bold (modig) and audacious (djärv, fräck) and according to wikipedia it means: “Remarkable, courageous, audacious, spirited”. I thought it was a good word for todays post, because to write you have to be brave and to be authentic to yourself you have to be a bit audacious too. And I had to look up the word because it’s the title of Kate Robertson’s (of The Queen of creativity blog) art journaling class Bodacious backrounds, that I am taking right now! Doesn’t that title sound yummy?

My previous painted background s

Kate is offering this class right now at the price of 50 USD. It started this week and will run for three more weeks, though you will have access to the down-loadable (!) videos and class forum until December 31st. She has given me one spot to give away, and I think it looks like a lot of fun! Just in this the first week she covers a bit about Color Theory and also fun stuff about using gesso as a resist with stamping, with a colour wash of metallic paint + experimenting with black gesso.

Later she will also show you how to Spray Paint Backgrounds, how to use Stencils, masks, ColorWash, Glimmer Mist, Walnut Inks and make painted backgrounds and paper Backgrounds using tissue paper, wallpaper, tyvek etc!

This is a previous free video that she made on working an altered book:

Altered Book Journal Part 1 from Kate Robertson on Vimeo.

Giveaway time again!

Well, Kate has a very talkative promo video too that you can check out, and if you feel the need for some inspiration right now please comment below and I will randomly pick a winner for a spot in Kate’s class! I’d love if your comment included a link to either one of your own favorite posts or, if you don’t blog, a favorite post of someone else that you’ve read recently!

Note: I will close the comments on this post when the giveaway is finished and a winner picked.