Artella’s ARTbundance Certification Training

Marney and the Artella team are running the ARTbundance Certification training again in January 2013.

So what is ARTbundance?
The ARTbundance™ Philosophy offers an innovative pathway of self-discovery through creativity, using the nine ARTbundance Principles  as the foundation, and including ARTsignments™ – a unique set of exercises that combine art and creativity as a path for transformation.

ARTBundance certification training 2013 with Marney Makridakis

The nine ARTbundance Principles are:

  • Gratitude
  • Intuition
  • Balance
  • Choice
  • Vision
  • Action
  • Attraction
  • Connection
  • Service

You can learn how to create art while also creating a whole new profession for yourself through
the 2013 ARTbundance Certification Training program (ACT):

If you decide to join Marney and her team, let her know that sent you and we will send you a complimentary copy of our Mixed Media Art Technique Sheets bundle*.

The next class will be the 8th and starts in January 2013. It is a 14-week program that offers comprehensive training, as well as turn-key materials for building your own business with the ARTbundance™ Philosophy of self-discovery through creativity and applying these tools in many ways, including:

  • coaching
  • writing
  • leading workshops
  • teaching
  • creating online learning environments

So if you are looking for a new, creative way to begin 2013, go and see what Artella has to offer with their ARTbundance Certification Training program

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* To claim your free Mixed Media Art Technique Sheets bundle, email a copy of your receipt to CreateMixedMediaArt @ and we will send you instructions to download your gift.

Note: Mixed Media Art will make commissions from links on this page that will help to support the Mixed Media Art community.


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Wrapping Your Presence in Rainbows

This article is written by Marney K. Makridakis, Artella

People have often told me that I tend to see things through rose-colored glasses, and I take it as a compliment.  I know that the idiom tends to have a negative connotation, but I tend to think of my own rose-colored glasses as being one of my most helpful tools for creativity, productivity, and happiness.  Seeing the bright hues in any situation allows us to focus on what we want, rather than what we don’t want.  And having a clear vision of what we want is, I believe, the first step in actually taking action to get there.

(c) Can Stock Photo

I recently was reminded, however, that taking off the rose-colored glasses can be pretty amazing, too.  I experienced this quite literally, when looking at rainbows through my polarized sunglasses.  Typically, these sunglasses tend to make everything more vibrant, including the beautiful rainbows that are so frequent where I live.  The sunglasses make rainbows really pop into an even more spectacular sight.

But the other day, my husband commented on the vivid rainbow, and oddly enough, when I had the sunglasses on, I couldn’t see the rainbow at all.  Once I took them off, then I was able to see it in all its breathtaking splendor.  Now, I’m sure there is a scientific reason that explains this phenomenon – why the color frequency in this particular rainbow was so dramatically different from most rainbows I had seen.  But, science aside, the experience reminded me of how important it can be to take off the rainbow-colored glasses from time to time, and see exactly what really is. What really is can be even more breathtaking than what might be.

So which is better – to see life for what it can be, or see it for what it is?    I think the answer lies in making a choice to fully experience the powerful elements that each perspective has to offer. Balance, of course, is necessary, since we can’t become so focused on what is that we forget the value of seeing what can be.  And perhaps even more bravely, we can’t become so attached to our rainbow-colored glasses that we forget what can happen when we really allow ourselves to actually be with what is, and feel the gravity, and resulting power, of our lives’ truth.

I believe that making brave choices, even the very act of choosing to become comfortable with this type of duality, is easier when we utilize creativity to support our choices.  “Choice” and “Intuition” are two of the ARTbundance™ Principles that trainees in the ARTbundance™ Certification Training Program have been studying, learning how to help their clients develop intuition, so that they can innovatively use it to make many kinds choices in their life.

I’ll close with some words from a poem that I wrote for an early issue of Artella magazine:

I gathered embraces and cuts
grace and guts
but one is not more lovely than the other
I gathered it all.

A load like this never gets lighter
but if you feel it for true
let the weight ruin you
dare to feel the pinch
if you feel it
and really feel it
you’ll sing so fast, you can run
dance so loud, you can rhyme
and close your eyes so light,
you can fly.

 Blessings to you and your gorgeous, rainbowtacular flight!

Marney K. Makridakis is the founder of, the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock to Reclaim Your Life (New World Library),  and the inventor of the ARTbundance Philosophy, which uses ARTsignments™ to change lives through the power of creativity.   If you are intrigued by the idea of exploring a new vision for yourself in which you apply the ARTbundance™ philosophy and ARTsignments to your own professional dreams and goals, you are invited to apply for the next ARTbundance™ Certification Training (ACT).

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What is Artella anyway?

So you’ve seen the Artella links around the Mixed Media Art website, but who are they? And what can they offer?

I have been a fan of Artella for many years, even before my Mixed Media Art site. The site has a community feel and is headed by Marney, who describes herself as “Artella Founder, Mango Lover, Hula Dancer”. Now who could argue with that!

There are so many areas of Artella Land “the creative isles of words, art, and spirit” that it takes a bit of navigation to get around.

Artellagram is their regular e-mail, letting us know what they have been up to and what has been added. There is an artists profile in “In The Studio” section and lots of inspiration in the “Creativity Tip”

The Member Ship – offering a range of membership “cabins”, ranging fro $6 to $10 per month. Each of the 5 different cabins have different inclusions and offers a slight different focus, whether it be art jouralling, digital art or general mixed media art.

Artella Cafe – here is the community centre of the site, with the Blog, Galleria and Forum areas

Travel Agency – If you’re new to Artella Land, here is the  tourist brochure, to get you started and give an idea of what’s available on the Isles of Artella Land,

Vintage Ephemera Marke
t – the Artella store, where all the vintage goodies are available [currently closed until Spring 2010]

Creativity Cove – the Artella store with digital altered book kits, studio collage kits, digital alphabets and image and background sheets, all available for purchase and instant download – no more waiting for the postman to arrive! Kits and sets ranging between $5 and $10

Mangozine Tree – subscription to the Artella magazine and the location to purchase past issues.

Inspiring Springs
– summarised the areas to explore when looking for inspiration, whether it be for your personal art exploration, business resources or creative writing

Fun Fiesta – this has to be seen, rather than described, to go and have a look.

The Shoppes of Artella – bringing together all the little shops for each of the artisans in the Artella community. There are many categories and include jewelry, stationery and home decor to name a few

Kudos Castle – some fantastic feedback the site has received

Submissions Shore
– information for writers and artists about submitting work to Artella

Poetry Plaza
– the poetic corner of the island

This is just a quick summary of the fun and adventure that can be had over at Artella, so go and explore!

Happy Creating,

The Mixed Media Arts Team

P.S. is an affiliate to Artella

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