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The Journaling Game & Giveaway December 13, 2015

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THE JOURNALING GAME is out and a deck of cards is ready to be given away.Cards 1

But first let me tell you how it came about….

A few years ago I was teaching in a beautiful art retreat in the mountains, a place where the joy of creating didn’t stop at the end of the class but continued into the night.

Retreat buddies gathered in their cabins to journal together. I started noticing that it wasn’t that easy for anyone to be in a group setting and have ideas how to begin, continue, or end their pages.

Then an idea came to visit me. How about if each of us took a turn in giving the rest of us a prompt. It was not only working out but it was contributing to a light, non-judgmental, fun evening.

Since that day it was known to be The Journaling Game and inspired many gatherings to be joyously creative and lively.

So I’ve designed a deck of cards based on that idea. Each card has a close-up taken from one of my journal pages on one side and on the other, not really a technique but more of a prompt, a starter, a process that can take you in many directions if you run with it…it has an opening to a new expression. It offers many opportunities for you to explore and become inquisitive about, to expand your emotional and creative horizons.Cards 2

The box reads “Sparks of inspiration for individuals who work solo or in a group setting with materials mostly found at home, in nature, and on the street.”




I appreciate your patience as I try to navigate this new terrain.


There are 48 cards in the box, 3.5” x 3.5” in size. Each deck costs $28 (+shipping and handling) and can be ordered through me at the link below: http://www.oneartistjournal.com/my-store/ (US ONLY)

For those of you located outside of the US shipping will be available soon.

For a chance to win a deck of The Journaling Game please leave a comment right here, tell us if you’ve played this before and please remember to include your email address in case you are the one to win.

A randomly selected winner will be announced in 48 hours, that is Monday at 5:30pm Pacific time.Cards 5

Tiny Books, Big Expressions November 18, 2015

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1It’s been a few years since I made such a book from one sheet of watercolor paper. I learned how to do it from the incredible Tracy Moore at Teesha Moore’s “Play” retreat up in Port Townsend in Washington State. I made two of them. They are really tiny, about 2 x 2 1/2 inches. I was proud of myself and was super enthused holding them in my hands and imagining their interior potential. Starting there and continuing on my way home on the airplane with only Peerless Watercolor Papers, a Niji brush, and black and white gel pens, with my buddy Brian Kasstle, I filled one up with faces, and titled it My Mini Face Book. It holds a lot of humor, in some pages.MiniSo I then came up with the idea to teach a workshop, but needed my friend Elise Amour to join me in two 2-day workshops in Southern California where we both live. She would teach how to make these books using the coptic stitch and I would teach funky ways of filling up these pages… that happened in the last two weekends…we all, teachers and those attending had such a spirited time. Class mini booksSince then both times after class I continued and finished both books made in class. I enjoyed this process so much…seeing how a theme emerges. There is something so intimate, raw, and real that happens in such a tiny format. You can begin a book and finish it in a few intensely enlivening hours. And boom, you are moved by your own creation, that something out of nothing again. It’s a sensual, tactile little thing, a microcosm of one person, in all that she loves to create.

Here are the two books:

The first one resides mostly in a rusty, heavy, soil-like realm, and does not relate to words very well. And yes, Paul got in there cause he just appeared and was given as a gift to this book.Mini Book 1mini book 2Mini book 3And the other a Mini Face Book of mourning…dispirited faces. A tribute to “Paris” and other wide-spread losses….expressing the thought that change comes in small formats, sometimes too small to contain big sorrows. It was instigated by little paper-mache faces that were gifted to each one of us by Lydia Velarde, one of the kind souls who attended the workshop. The manner in which I created the faces were inspired by Marlene Dumas’ art which for me epitomizes the essence of visual journaling: puddles of water, minimal ink, less control, more raw expression.Paris10Paris3Paris2Paris9Paris7Paris8Paris4Paris5Paris1

I do it all for the purpose of mending…




And the winner is… November 13, 2015

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You are the winner of one of my workshops in 2016!!!!!

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Sojna’s comment: “Hello Orly, What a generous give away. Can’t tell you how happy I would be to attend one of your workshops. I guess it would be kind of like a miracle to win? I would be ecstatic to win any of your workshops but if I had my choice it would be The Visual Journal as Sanctuary in Portland, A visual Journal….a place for Independence Star Idaho, or The Visual Journal as Sanctuary in Redondo Beach, CA. I would just like to take a class from you and no one comes to INDIANA!”

I am so happy you won Sojna, I’ll email you shortly! XO

My Visual Journaling Teaching Schedule and GIVEAWAY November 10, 2015

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I am finally announcing my workshops schedule for 2016…I am beyond beyond excited…I have carefully chosen places I wholeheartedly believe will be a great fit to the manner in which I naturally create, and to my innermost longings to connect to people and places, wishes to share what I have inside me with others.

For more information about the individual workshops please contact the host or visit the link noted underneath the specific poster. Please scroll down to find them!


I’ve decided to give one of my workshops away to one eager student. The workshops that are up for winning are the ones that have my email address underneath the posters below. That’s orlyavineri@gmail.com. There are 7 of them. To enter the drawing please leave a comment here and mention the specific workshop you are interested in attending.

A winner will be randomly drawn on Friday, November 13, at noon Pacific Time.

I hope you’ll join me someday in 2016

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Please scroll down to see the individual workshop announcements and who to contact to receive more information.





01.1 RB-Alterations

For details please email me









03-Artfest Rising





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05- GhostRanch

http://www.erinfaithallen.com/ghostranchretreat/  SOLD OUT

http://www.erinfaithallen.com/ghostranch2/  SOLD OUT



For details please email me



07-July 1-2-3 at melody's

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08-Bainbridge Island

For details please email Kathie Vezzani





For details please email me



10-Dalen, NL

For details please email Leslie Van der Heide







For details please email Jenny Grant




For details please email Amanda Grace



16-SM-The Visual Journal As Altar

For details please email Rebecca Brooks



15- DEC-A New Page

For details please email me


Spread 274 – Knowing October 6, 2015

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274-My Dream

Spread 273 – Here And There September 29, 2015

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273-Here And There

Living in the background of stories, left alone in lifeless remnants. Whether revived or turned to something else, almost always from ashes beauty comes to the foreground.

21 SECRETS – GIVEAWAY!! September 15, 2015

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Cathy Thompson Walters (Comment 64) and Cynthia Taylor (Comment 129) You are both the winners of my giveaway of 21 SECRETS Fall 2015!! Yes yes yes!!! Isn’t it pretty cool?

————————————————————————————————————————–In just a couple of weeks, on September 28 to be exact, the 21 SECRETS Fall ebook will be released to people who registered!!

It’ll be offering over 25 hours of videos and 150+ pages of full color photos, and instructions by 21 Art Journaling enthusiasts.

I’ll be presenting my class The Secret Lives of Paint Drippings. I’ve worked hard to come up with a colorful and rich offering in hopes to inspire you to explore more ways to be you in this beautiful, honest, and humble practice we call Art Journaling.

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To learn more and to register please go to http://tinyurl.com/ozbhw65

To win a free spot (out of two available) in this Fall session of 21 Secrets (value of $98) please leave a comment here, and be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win, and your full name please!

If you are interested, don’t linger, this offer will be available for 3 days only. On Friday morning, 9AM, PT, I will randomly pick two winners and announce their win here on my blog and on FB.

That will be right before I leave to teach in San Miguel in Mexico, and when I come back it’ll be right before 21 Secrets will be released! I am super excited!! I hope you’ll join me!

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Spread 272 – Distress Inks September 13, 2015

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272 Distress Inks

In his talk yesterday David Whyte was describing the different types of people who take up the route of The Camino de Santiago in Spain on a quest for spiritual growth. One of the types was “the one who is bullied to join the more eager one”. Bullied was an interesting word choice as you would think who takes such a long pilgrimage route without wholeheartedly wanting to do it? I had to think very hard about that. I got stuck with that among other things. As usual it always comes back to the self-absorbed, me. Aren’t we all? I thought to myself, I never want to be bullied to do anything as wonderful as someone else claims it be, so why would another want that? I have my own inspiration, rhythm, timing, time to sink into the existing, and time to innovate. Then I was further thinking, I am myself a bully. With my eagerness I bully people I love into doing things that I insist would be “incredible” for them. I swam in my experiential pool for a while more and found pattern and examples of me bullying my kids, other family members, my friends, students, strangers even, rushing them, cornering them into “beautiful” spaces that they may not be ready to explore or experience, and may never be ready. That made me very sad to realize this about myself. Many of us do this to each other on a much much larger and more aggressive scale, in much more harmful ways; Culture to culture, religion to religion, gender to gender, and so on. It’s much more subtle than the kind of bullying we know of. The kind that goes on in closed doors or between nations and continents. Yet very harmful I believe. I am going to work on it…I am going to try to mind and tend to my own business. My journaling, my trusted companion, can take all my bullying and all the inks of my distress…humans on the other hand, not so much.

Spread 271 – Poverty September 7, 2015

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Spread 270 – Two Kinds August 25, 2015

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270-Two Kinds

Those who turn off the light in others, and those who turn it on. Radiate it, give it. Your and my choice. Oversimple but true.