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Artella's Most Fun News of the Year - Artellagram 11/15/08
November 14, 2008

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Have you ever been on a cruise? I went on one for my honeymoon and it was just so much fun…so relaxing, carefree, and full of luxurious fun! During challenging times like these, I wish I could treat every creative soul reading this Artellagram to a REAL cruise! But since that isn't possible, we're turning up the "fun dial" on the Artella Member Ship, with THREE all-new Luxury Cabins to take your Muse on a relaxing getaway and help you reach your dreams in the process.

If you're looking to start or grow your creative business, you might be interested in our new Blissness Luxury Membership. If you want to have a great time learning more about digital art, then take a look at the Digital Art Coach Luxury Membership. And if you want to give yourself a luscious art spa :-)…then dive into the Art Journaling Luxury Membership

Keep reading for all the details about these new Memberships in the Artellagram News section, below, including our Grand Opening Muse Cruise "Sail"!

If you're in a hurry, here are some "quick links" to the highlights in today's Artellagram. You can simply follow the links that you're interested in to go directly to the relevant information!

NEW! Three New Artella Memberships and the Muse Cruise "Sail"!

NEW! In the Artella Store

Artella Daily Muse Open to All!

Want to join Artella's Team?

In the Studio With Al Harris

Creativity Tip: Fun With Coins

Quotz Crystal

1. NEW! Artella Member Ship Luxury Cabins Announced! We are very excited to announce three brand-new Luxury Cabins aboard the Artella Member Ship!

The Luxury Art Journaling Cabin - celebrating the amazing power of Art Journaling to enhance creative well-being!

The Blissness Cabin - offering Artella's unparalleled support for creative entrepreneurs of all kinds!

The Digital Art Coach Cabin - created especially for those who love Digital Art and want to learn more about it!

We're so excited to be exploring these new territories and hope you'll join the fun! Enjoy exploring all the Member Ship Cabins right here!

Plus, with our
Grand Opening Muse Cruise "Sail", when you sign up for more than one Luxury Cabin, each new Membership is permanently locked in at just $5.00! Or you cansign up for the Artella Land Complete Access Pass and save even more, AND get a bonus Artella digital spending spree!

2. NEW! In the Artella StoreWe have lots of new artsy things in the Artella Store, including…

- Several new Digital Ephemera Packs, including Paper Pieces, German Labels Eins, German Labels Zwei, and VIntage Matchbox Covers

- A brand new collection of "Baby" Artellabets Alphabets – four styles to choose from!

- New goodies in Artella Mae's Vintage General Store, including several all-new Vintage Photo Kits and Collections, new vintage button cards, and sets of intriguing library cards!

- The new eBook, CoinCraft: Artella's Guide to Using Coins in Art

- The new eBook, Artella's Mae's NEW Altered Ancestors: 50 Techniques for Using Vintage Photos in Art

3. Artella Daily Muse now free for everyone! Thanks for writing to let us know how much you're enjoying reading The Artella Daily Muse! Now everyone can read the most positive, creative news in the universe every single day, for no charge. Simply go to to start getting inspired! And more good news: if you'd like to receive the free Daily Muse Teaser, a brief daily email with a "teaser" of what's in the day's Muse, you can sign up for it, here.

4. Interested in Becoming Part of Artella's Team? If you're interested in becoming part of the amazing Artella Team, check out this post in the Artella Cafe for details. We're rolling out some exciting new features in the coming months and would love to bring a few more wonderful, creative souls on board!

Since this Artellagram is all about sharing resources to help you follow your dreams and make them happen, I knew that the ideal artist from The Shoppes of Artella to feature would be Al Harris. I first met Al when he took my YOU * U course several years ago, and I was so impressed with the e-course he created during the course of the program. I find his work truly inspiring, and I know you will, too.

Artella: How do you get past creative blocks?

Al: When I used to counsel people I had a whole bag of different techniques. But the best sessions were when I had no pre-conceived ideas, when I could just be a hollow vessel for the person in front of me. Sometimes I'd sit there thinking: "I have no idea how to help this person. What am I going to do?" Then, if I'd wait and trust the Creative Force, pretty soon an idea would occur to me, or I'd get a nudge, and follow it. And I'd receive the perfect answer to help that person.

Initially, it was hard to sit still and "not know" anything, to trust the Creative Force to give me what I needed when I didn't consciously know what to do. But when I trusted it, it always gave me answers. And that's how I get through creative blocks.

I only had two music arranging lessons in my life. But I started a music production company to do music for commercials and films. And people were paying me money so I suddenly had to know how to arrange and produce music. Because I didn't have time to study from "real"people, I took music as my teacher. I mentally asked music: "Okay, what do I need to do for this job? Please show me." And I'd get a feeling to try something – like, maybe I'd never arranged for trombones before -- but I followed what the music was telling me to do. And it always worked: for 12 years. That's how I learned to arrange. One day, in a recording studio, I got a standing ovation from the musicians. And it really hit home that something real happens when you trust your imagination and inner guidance system.

I think Napoleon Hill used this technique in what he called his Master Mind group, where he would imagine different people, like Edison and Lincoln teaching him and answering his questions. He was afraid to talk about it too much, but he said most successful people he knew did a similar thing. Try it out. It's a great way to get past creative blocks.

You can read the rest of Al's interview, here

See Al's inspiring products in The Shoppes of Artella, here.

If you want more artist interviews from Artella, take a look at our eBooks Artist Profiles Assembled and Artist Profiles Assembled, Vol 2.

Or visit The Artella Daily Muse, where we feature an Artist Profile of a different artist, every single day!

ART TIP OF THE WEEK: Here's a great project from our new eBook, CoinCraft: Artella's Guide to Using Coins in Art, which is a great decorating or gift idea for the upcoming holidays!

This adorable project, designed by Tammy Hensley, is called a "Changel", and it's a fun way to use vintage coins. Using coins with faces is best as the coins serve as the head for your "changel."

Click here for instructions for this project.

Get great deals on vintage world coins, here!

WRITING TIP OF THE WEEK: I recently saw a beautiful wishing well that was filled with shiny pennies resting on its bottom. I wondered about those pennies, and even more about the wishes that they represented. Try this: write about the pennies at the bottom of a wishing well, from the pennies' point of view. How do they feel about being there? Are they aware of the wishes that they hold? Can they conspire with one another to try to make the wishes come true?

Have some fun with this, and share your results in the Artella Cafe, here.

This Quotz Crystal™ is a high-resolution jpeg image, suitable for printing.

Print it out and post it somewhere to remind you to just pause and enjoy autumn!

~Wishing you beautiful pauses,
Artella Founder, Mango Lover, Hula Dancer

Artella Land ~ the creative isles of words, art, and spirit

Artella PO Box 6211 Kamuela HI 96743

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