I love reading, writing, theater, nature, all art and craft, frolicking with my dogs, good food, inspiring company, pretty drinks, and all things that keep me PRESENT.

Beloved quotes and stories:
“To be enlightened is to remove the barriers between one’s self and others.” – Dogen

In the South of India, people used to catch monkeys in a very special way. Actually, they let monkeys catch themselves. What they did was cut a small hole in a coconut, just large enough for a monkey to put its hand in. Next, the coconut was fixed to a tree and filled with a sweet. The monkey would smell the sweet, squeeze its hand into the coconut, grab the sweet and find that the fist would not fit through the hole. The last thing the monkey would think of was letting go of the sweet; and it would hold itself prisoner. Nothing could be easier for a human being who came and caught it.

“If you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for your life.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Seek the poetry of the unsaid. Above all, develop sincerity; it is the key to originality, and it is easier on the psyche than cutting off your ear. Style is not novelty. Sincerity exacts a cost. It means being you, in spite of trends. It is the only way you will eventually be separated from those who run with the pack.” – Frank Webb on style.

“Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.” – Kahlil Gibran

“The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can’t get off your knees for a long time; you’re driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss.” – Koontz

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    • Hi Mary, I am actually based in Vegas for the next few months and will be moving to the Bay Area soon. Really want to visit North Carolina – there’s an artists’ workshop in Boone that I dream of one day taking!

    • Wow yow! Thanks so much, Correna! I hope you had a great holiday. This one was tough for me, but 2013 is just around the corner. As soon as I get these projects off for CHA, I am definitely going to participate in this blog award and the last. I’m really flattered that you nominated me 🙂 Hugs!

  1. Dear Vivian you are such an inspiration, your work out of this world,such beautiful stunning work. I too am a bit Eckhart Tolle fan I did thw workshop on line with Ophra and Eckhart it was fabulous..
    You work is truly amazing and inspiring, thanks so much for that, oh love you new studio the lighting is great..

  2. Hi, Vivian! I’m so glad to have been led to you by the good folks at Faber-Castell. I’ve learned so much from your videos and your blog. Every time I see a new one, I learn more. I’m a newbie to mixed-media art, and I’ve fallen hard in love with it. It nourishes my soul. Anyway, I thought I’d share a couple tips with you, by way of paying it forward–of course, you may already know them, but here goes: first of all, any time you add water to any medium (watercolors, gelatos, etc) it’s wise to use distilled water, as impurities can affect the archival qualities of your finished work. That’s tip one. And tip two is,when you’re working with materials which may not be acid-free, archival quality, encase them in matte gel medium. For instance, say you’re using a picture you cut out of a magazine. First, lay a foundation of gel on the background, then place the cutting on it, and cover it with more gel. This will keep any acid or other undesirable chemicals from leaching onto your work,and will also protect and stabilize the cutting. So, there you go. I hope it’s useful information for you. And, by the way: I’m a gelato junkie, too! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful, clever work.

  3. Just found you on YouTube – absolutely love your style….you are really an artist! I’m watching all of your videos this week. Quick question – when you do the masking tape, glue resist, etc are you doing that on paper or on a board (what kind of board are you using)….thanks — gloria

    • hi gloria and welcome! so glad you enjoy what i do! not sure which video you are referring to, but i do all those effects on thick watercolor paper, thick cardstock, canvas, as well as upcycled sturdy corrugate. cheap cardstock won’t do for all the media that will go on.

  4. No where on your site do I find an e-mail address for you so I am posting here. I wanted to make you do know I appreciate your ideas. Yesterday I made a mixed media card in which I had my first try of incorporating hot glue. I credited you for the inspiration on my blog post and at Splitcoaststampers.

    I would love it if you would share a tutorial on the hot glue process. I do not know if I was using too small of a gun or what but I couldn’t achieve much control over the lumpy globs LOL!

    • hi jan! i have a few videos that focus on the hot glue technique, but i have had to put most of them on private status because the projects featured are all going to be published shortly. i hope you will keep playing with it – from my experience, everyone handles it differently, which is cool!

      • Vivian, thanks for the update on more hot glue to come! In the meantime I will keep playing. Thanks too for your comment.

  5. Vivian, I wanted to let you know that I have posted a couple of blog posts in your honor today and yesterday. I have credited you with your wonderful techniques! Thank you so much for the inspiration and wonderful ideas! I love your work, please continue to share.

  6. Hi Vivian. My name is Stephanie Shock and I’m the senior editor for Die Cut Crazy Magazine. We are a digital only magazine currently available on the iPad, and soon to be available in other formats. I’m writing to tell you that we would love to share some of your work in our galleries. Since we are digital you will be credited, the photos will link back to the post we find them in, and you will keep all the rights to the photo as well. Please let me know if this would be okay!

    • Hi Stephanie, Thank you for contacting me and asking me for permission to use my work. That would be fine with me if in exchange, 1) you would let me know in advance which projects you will be using and when and 2) I could get access to the issues.
      we can communicate more extensively through my email,
      i would love to work out an arrangement!

  7. Dear Vivian, I am probably repeating myself, but I just love your work. I have tried for the first time the seeded packet (which I called it ‘pocket’, sorry!), based on your beautiful and educational tutorial. I have shared my project in my blog and I mentioned your name along the way, I hope you don’t mind…. Thank you for sharing..
    Love and Light (L&L) always..
    (P.S. When my son was borne (4 years ago), I was driven to call him ‘Amor y Luz’ (=love and light) from the very first moment of his existence, and now these two words come from my mouth ever so often. I hope you don’t mind).. Glo.x

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