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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (March 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600613489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600613487
  • ASIN: B004KAB4V0
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,758,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shona Cole is a mixed media artist and photographer, as well as an artist-on-call for Stampington. She is currently working on a poetry book and has been published in numerous Stampington publications.

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Shona Cole is an artist, photographer and creative writer from Texas. She was born in London, raised in Dublin, Ireland until she moved to America with her American husband. They have 6 kids under the age of 14. As a busy homeschooling mother she carves out time in the evening to create and write.

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The instructions and photos are very clear and easy to understand.
Trudy Callan
From casting a 'big picture' vision, all the way down to the 'nuts & bolts' of fitting creativity into the very busy life of a mother, Shona covers it all.
Amy Barnes
This is one of my faves and will be on my studio table for a long time.
Bethany K Kartchner

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Trudy Callan on February 10, 2010
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I just finished reading Shona's book, The Artistic Mother. You have to get this book. I got so much out of it. I have five children and I homeschool; so finding time for my artistic pursuits, sewing and mixed media art, is very challenging, to say the least. But Shona has shown me how I can make that possible, starting with thinking about your vision, setting goals, breaking them down into steps, setting up a dedicated space for doing art. The 12-week art course is great. The instructions and photos are very clear and easy to understand. If you are a beginning artist, Shona points out that it is very important to follow step-by-step instructions of other artists at first; and then you'll be able to branch off on your own with your own ideas. And I love the short essays of the artist moms that are spread through the book.

This book is mothers who are or want to be artists. No matter what stage you are in, you will gain something from this book. If you are a busy mother who loves art but can never fit it in, this book is for you. It will show you how to find the time. It will show you how to plan and prioritize your time.

You can do this, even in the midst of raising your children, mounds of laundry, running errands and changing those diapers. Shona takes you by the hand and shows you how. She is very encouraging. And she knows by experience. She is no different than you. She is a homeschooling mom of five children, one being a new born.

I find that I am a better mom when I take a little time to invest in myself. I have more to give. It really helps to prevent burnout, even just doing a little something each day, even if only for 15 minutes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy Barnes on February 24, 2010
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From casting a 'big picture' vision, all the way down to the 'nuts & bolts' of fitting creativity into the very busy life of a mother, Shona covers it all. Beautifully!

I love the 12 week project section. While I will enjoy doing the specific projects she has planned out, I am more excited that it has got my own creative juices flowing again.

The thing I'm most excited about with this book is that even though I haven't even started the projects yet, I've got a 'pep in my step' again. Through her moving poetry, gorgeous photos and beautiful projects, Shona elevates the journey of motherhood to a thing of exquisite beauty and shows that it can be done with excellence...right along, and because of art.

And a final thought...kudos to the designer Melissa Bowers. This book is really such a pleasure to look at!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Michelsen on February 20, 2010
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This book asserts that motherhood and art go hand-in-hand and then proves, through lovely imagery, great instruction, and practical advice, that indeed they do. It is clear that the author has fully embraced both being a mom and being an artist. More importantly for the reader, she has shown that the collaboration of the two is a thing of great beauty. You will most certainly be inspired to follow her lead!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christi Lachney on May 18, 2010
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I love this book! I'll start off by being honest and saying that, although I appreciate art and wish I would put the time into it, I just never have. It intimidates me, so I've just admired my friends artsy lives from afar, but this book has really changed that for me. When I first received it, I spent a full day just flipping thru the pages over and over again looking at the beauty of it. It is just a gorgeous book, full of life and joy. Then I finally sat down and read it. I was surprised at how encouraging and approachable I found the projects to be. I dabble in photography and so I was particularly encouraged that I could use my own work to make my home a more lovely place, and step by step instructions on ways to do that. I highly recommend this lovely book for all Moms who appreciate art, even if you don't call yourself artistic.

Well done Shona Cole!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Andrea Hathcock on June 7, 2010
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I had just begun to get interested in jewelry making before becoming pregnant. Of course, I put that on the back burner in order to get ready for the baby. However, now that my daughter is eight months, I really felt that I owed it to myself to start up something just for me...to help me have something beautiful and yet purposeful to occupy my precious down time.
So, I came upon this book and was really interested to see what it would propose. I found the words of all the contributors so thoughtful and inspiring, really helpful and genuine. I loved the fact that it combines various forms of art and motherhood. You don't have to necessarily feel guilty that you are doing something you love and taking time away from the obviously important tasks of parenting.
The book outlines easy projects and better yet, gives time frames in which to complete them. I love it. I have already written one poem, which I never thought I would do. I really did think that poetry belonged to "other" people. But the author really gives a systematic way of working toward a poem that just makes sense. Anyhow, I am happy with this purchase and highly recommend the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A. Holt on May 20, 2010
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Being a mom and an artist can be a real struggle sometimes! It's not so much that I find myself neglecting my children for my art, but more like neglecting my art and putting it last (if I can fit it in!). Shona's book helped me realize that I have been given this longing for creating for a reason and it is important to myself and my children to satisfy it! I think the best analogy would be filling up a jar with the really big marbles of faith, family, my health and my art and let the smaller things of life just fill up the cracks. Shona's book is FULL of practical ways to do this with tips on photography, painting techniques and writing poetry!
12 workshops to get you started creating every day and then you have to tools to create infinity! You can spend as little as 15 minutes daily or devote your whole day to yourself and your art! I loved this book!
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