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Art Retreat Checklist

Art Retreat Checklist

Over the course of the next six weeks I’ll be hosting my own art retreat, attending another, and emceeing at a third! It’s safe to say that I LOVE spending time with other creatives and I’ve got enough experience to make the most out of any retreat setting. When I...

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Family Heirloom Journal

Family Heirloom Journal

Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the legacies that we leave behind. I know that I want to be remembered for the community I have built and the connections I have formed with others. But, more importantly, I want to pass down the memories I have with...

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Video Tips for Artists

Video Tips for Artists

In October 2022, I had the opportunity to film a special episode for BloomTV with Women Create! Thanks to the help of the amazing two-person film crew, I learned a ton of valuable information about recording and shared it in a blog post. Now that the video is out,...

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Growth Mindset Quotes

Growth Mindset Quotes

Growth Mindset Quotes For Artists If there’s one thing you should know about me as a creative coach it’s that I believe mindset is the foundation for everything that an artist hopes to accomplish. My private coaching program, Empowered by Design, starts with...

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Creative Coaching for Artists

Creative Coaching for Artists

There comes a point in every creative business where you start to realize that it’s not possible to do it all. Not only that, but it often becomes possible to see it all; all the opportunities for growth within your business, new offers you could sell, and how to...

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Social Media Burnout

Social Media Burnout

One of the nasty side effects of running a creative business is the burnout that comes from doing all the things. Between creating the art, selling the art, and shipping the art, there are hours and hours and HOURS of work put in behind the scenes to keep websites...

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2022 Word of the Year

2022 Word of the Year

With each new issue of The Turquoise Iris Journal, we try to choose a focus word that we carry through the issue. When we were planning the Winter 2022 issue, we decided that we wanted to create something that could carry through the entire year! This concept, of...

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Journal Ideas for Artists

Journal Ideas for Artists

Whether you’ve been writing in a journal every day for a decade or you’re completely new to the practice, daily journaling can be a reallyI powerful tool for your creativity toolkit! I know I’m not alone when I say that there are some days when I just wake up in a...

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Self Care for the Holidays

Self Care for the Holidays

Do I love spending time with my family during the holidays? Absolutely. Do I love giving thoughtful gifts to the people I care about? More than anything. But I’d be lying if I said I could do all that during the holiday season without being very protective of my...

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Books to Read for Artists

Books to Read for Artists

I will never stop saying this: learning from other artists is the best way to grow your creative practice. If you want to be a better artist you MUST take time to learn new skills, find new inspiration, and get outside your comfort zone. One of my favorite (and...

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Unleashing Your Creativity

Unleashing Your Creativity

It’s been six weeks since I launched the new creative exploration group, Creativity at Your Fingertips.  While I’ve been billing it as a sort of “finger painting for adults group,” these first few weeks have shown me that it’s so much more. Every week we have fun...

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5 Tricks to Make Art Every Day

5 Tricks to Make Art Every Day

How to Make Art a Daily Habit! The best way to improve at anything is practice! Whether you’re a beginner artist or an old pro, creating art every day will be a game changer. Of course, like working out or learning a new language, doing something every single day...

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Mindset Shifts for Creatives

Mindset Shifts for Creatives

I just got back from Waco, Texas where we wrapped up the first-ever Empowering Creativity Retreat! This 4-day workshop is only available to members of The Turquoise Iris’s Creative Connection membership group on Facebook and, being the first one, my only goal was...

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Inspiring Courage

Inspiring Courage

Hi everyone, Kamee Collins here! If you follow Dionne on Facebook then you might know me as her copywriter and the editor of The Turquoise Iris Journal, the digital magazine that will launch in just over one week! I asked Dionne if I could pop on her blog for a...

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How to Be a Better Artist

How to Be a Better Artist

Let’s not dance around it: 2020 has been hard, right?! Beside the global pandemic and all the unrest, feeling so disconnected from my friends and family has been difficult, to say the least! But I’m not alone.  So many of us in the creative community have really...

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The One Thing Every Artist Needs

The One Thing Every Artist Needs

Art requires more than just skill, practice, and vision. It requires courage: the courage to be honest, to do things that have never been done, to stand by your vision even as others doubt it. Courage has been on my mind A LOT lately because it’s the focus word for...

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The Power of Community

The Power of Community

Tough times don’t last, tough people do. Right now, times are tough. There’s a virus intent on infecting the whole world and the economy is suffering as local governments are shutting down more and more businesses. Many of us are stuck at home feeling powerless,...

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