Becoming | Anna K. Originals #oneword365

Becoming | One Word 365

The Hubs just ran out for Chinese food. When he walks back in the door, fragrant paper bag in hand, he and I will sit and continue our marathon of documentary shows while munching on lo mein. Our oldest is playing a train simulator game on the computer next to where I’m sitting, and our youngest is hanging over my arm asking what the icons on my computer mean. Meanwhile our dogs, who I’ve affectionately termed Thing 1 and Thing 2,  are sprawled out on the floor of our bedroom like snoring throw rugs.

Yep. That’s my New Year’s Eve.

And I love it. I love them.

2014 was…well, it was rough.

It was the hardest season I’ve walked through since Mom passed.

So this? This laid back family moment after a year of functioning in survival mode? Yeah, we need this. I need this.

And yet, for all of the roughness of 2014, it was a year for growth, learning, self-evaluation and self-knowledge, and re-learning what it means to trust.

Trust was my word for 2014. It turned out to be exactly what I needed even if it wasn’t what I wanted.

This year’s word came out of nowhere when I wasn’t even looking for one, gifted to me by a dear one who didn’t even know she had done so.


The first images that bloom in my mind when I hear the word “becoming” are those of a flower opening petal by petal to bask in a verdant field or of a butterfly flying away on newly unfurled wings to explore a world beyond that of its cocoon.

Until I realize “becoming” isn’t really about the pretty, photo-ready finish. It’s about the awkward, messy middle.

Even more, it’s about being okay with the awkward and messy. Too often, I’m not okay with that in my own life. I’d much rather take a leap of faith, an oft romanticized feat of height which is, yes, sometimes very necessary to work towards goals and dreams. They look great on all those cute Pinterest-worthy motivational posters, don’t they?

A great deal of those leaps have ended in heaps, honestly, and usually far short of my desired destination. Or what I thought was supposed to be my destination.

But God uses leaps and He uses heaps. Good thing, right? ;)

I want to take last year’s lessons of trust with me into 2015…

into my year of becoming.

Do you have a theme|focus|word for 2015? Feel free to share it with me in the comments below. :)


Anna K.

Artsy Gift Guide | Anna K. Originals

Artsy Gift Guide

 This gift guide isn’t an exhaustive list, but I hope that it’s a place to start for those in need of gift ideas for the budding artist (kiddo/teen/adult) in their life. These are products that I currently use, have used in the past, or come highly recommended from fellow artists. I’ve also included some of my favorite sites and shops. Happy Gifting, Y’all!

::  Art Supplies ::

Art Journals/Sketchbooks:

Dylusions Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Journal, 5 by 8-Inch


Ranger Dylusions Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Journal, 11.375 by 8.25-Inch


The Ranger Dylusions Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveley is an awesome choice in either the more portable 5 x 8 inch size or its larger counterpart,  11.375 x 8.25. Below you’ll find a cool video of Dyan Reavely herself showing off the journal and all the delightful things to love about it.

I personally like that it’s made to expand as pages become chunky with layers of paint and paper, includes different types of sturdy paper, and that every bit of it can be customized with paint, ink, etc.


Of course, one can never go wrong with good drawing paper. :) I have several drawing pads and Strathmore makes some of my favorites.

Strathmore 400300 80-Pound 24-Sheets Medium Drawing Paper Pad, 8-Inch X 10-Inch


Drawing and Doodling Tools (Pens, Pencils, etc.):

Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black


Derwent Graphic Drawing Pencils, Soft, Metal Tin, 12 Count (34215)


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Uni-Ball Signo UM-153 White Gel Pen


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Uni-Ball Signo UM-153 Black Gel Pen


Basic Art Journaling Supplies:

These supplies can be used with the ones listed above in art journaling. 


Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Tube 4 oz, 6-Piece Set


Saunders UHU 99655 Glue Stick, 1.41 oz., Clear/White



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Golden Gesso



Ranger Inkssentials Mini Misters, 3-Pack

Golden Regular Gel Matte, 8-Ounce

Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish


Loew Cornell 842 25-Piece Foam Brush Set, 1-Inch


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Acrylic Brush Set



:: Books/ Creative Magazines ::


Books for the Person interested in Hand-lettering:


Creative Lettering by Jenny Doh

Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe


Creative Lettering and Beyond by Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Laura Lavender, Julie Manuring, Shauna Lynn Panczynszyn

(Note: at the time this post was written, Creative Lettering and Beyond was out of stock on However, it can be purchased on the publisher’s website. Click the title above to visit the site.)


Art Journaling / Mixed-Media Books:


A Year of Art Journaling with Christine Hiester | Gift Guide by Anna K. Originals







A Year of Art Journaling: A beginner course in artful discovery  with Christine Hiester | “This new PDF This new PDF ebook holds one hundred fifteen pages of creative goodness.  Twenty-four lessons of art journal techniques, heartfelt prompts, vibrant photos, resources and links, each providing enough inspiration for weeks of creating.”  (This is also “a year-long fine art curriculum for homeschooled high school students.”)


Taking Flight: Inspiration And Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings


Paint Mojo – A Mixed-Media Workshop: Creative Layering Techniques for Personal Expression


Art Journal Courage: Fearless Mixed Media Techniques for Journaling Bravely


Creative Magazines:

Somerset Workshop | “All chapters in this 144-page book include simple stepped-out photographs with clear instructions to help you create exciting projects from some of the finest art and crafting instructors in our industry.”

Somerset Studio | “Welcome to a magical place of inspiration… Paper crafting, art stamping and the lettering arts are elevated to an artistic level in Somerset Studio!”

Art Journaling Magazine  | “In every quarterly issue of Art Journaling, artists open their journals and share creative techniques for capturing their emotions…Detailed photos and commentary will help you discover your journaling style, with hints and tricks for creating a stand-out page.”

I invite you to check out the full selection of Somerset Publications by Stampington & Company. The above are just a few of my favorites.

Cloth, Paper, Scissors is another great magazine for Creatives. They also have a website that offers many resources, some are free with membership!



:: Online Classes ::

Basic Line Drawing with Lisa Congdon (Free with Free Membership to Creativebug)

To the Letter – A Small Guide About Lettering In Your Journals with Hope Wallace Karney ($18)

Hand-Lettering for Beginners with Caroline Kelso Winegeart ($20)

The First Steps of Hand-lettering: Concept to Sketch (Lettering 1) with Mary Kate McDevitt on Skillshare

Vintage Hand-Lettering: Styling Phrases for Timeless Appeal with Mary Kate McDevitt on Skillshare (Free with Free Membership)

Full Circle Workshop with Misty Mawn | Lots of content. Geared towards exploring multiple avenues of creative expression.($150)

Any of the Donna Downey online classes. A personal favorite is the Inspiration Wednesday membership ($35).

Create It * Mail It * Alter It Workshop with the Art to 5th Studio ($25)

Creative Chemistry 101 with Tim Holtz ($35)

Any class by Junelle Jacobsen from Yes and Amen (around $45 each)

Any class  by Alisa Burke

Studying Under the Masters with Jeanne Oliver

Any class with Jamie Dougherty

Any class with Paulette Insall 

:: Fave Online Sites ::

The Art Journaler

The Art Journaler Community

Art to the 5th

His Kingdom Come

Northlight Shop

Dick Blick (art supplies)

Donna Downey

Scarlet Lime

Studio Calico

Strathmore (Free Workshops)

{e} everyday art



:: Want art? Check out these artist-owned shops! ::


Epiphany Art Studio from Beth Morey

AbstractionsByaddyeB from A’Driane Nieves

Anna Meade Arts from Anna Meade

Blue Hexagon from Becky Bowen Craig

Barb Ezell on Society6

Small Bird Studios from Franchesca Cox

Lady Lyn from Christina Power

Chaotic Art Angel from Evangeline Grace

 The Turquoise Paintbrush from Mary Wangerin

Mandy Thompson Art from Mandy Thompson

Whispered Truths from Jodi Bond

Cindy J. Fort from Cindy Fort

Heather Lee Designs – Unique Handcrafted Jewelry from Heather Baldwin

Seeking Baby J | Handmade Bracelets from Mandee Jablonski

By Jennifer Upton | Photography  from Jennifer Upton

The Luyt Emporium | Handmade Pottery

Yes and Amen |Fine Photography and Cards from Junelle Jacobsen

Bonnie Rose from Bonita Rose

Jodene Shaw from Jodene Shaw

Studio JRU from Jennifer Ueckert

Found on Brighton from Mary Brack

Digi Doodads and The Perfect Jewel 4U from Tanya Logan

Jamie Dougherty Designs from Jamie Dougherty

Art by Paulette Insall

And of course, my little shop: Anna K. Originals. ;)


Artsy Gift Guide | Anna K. Originals

I hope this helps the gift-giver out there who needs ideas for the artsy loved one in their life! I’ll update this post as I’m able. Remember that this guide is not exclusive to the Christmas season! Birthdays, celebrations, and “Just Because” moments are also perfect for artsy gifts.

Blessings & Merry Christmas!

Anna K.


:: This post does include some product affiliate links. ::

Healing He(art)s | Give the gift of art.

The Gift of Art | Healing He(art)s

I’m an intensely creative person, if you couldn’t tell. *chuckling* Creating art, in whatever medium I happen to be working in, is how I both relate to and interpret my world and my place in it. While I create I’m engaging my mind in a pleasurable activity that brings me joy and satisfaction.

I’m also:


Working out frustration.

Setting aside worries and stress.



I am convinced that God uses art and the creation of it, to bring healing into our lives. After my mom died, I dived back into my art. I craved the act of creation with a fierceness that couldn’t be denied. Did I create a body of masterpieces that now hang in a gallery somewhere? Nope. They were messy and awkward.

And, yet, they became beautiful.

They became the physical representation of my grief and healing. Creating those pieces brought me comfort when I could no longer lean into the enveloping comfort of my mother’s arms. They let me know that God understood what I was feeling and that it was okay not to be okay.

It was the first time that I realized creating art was therapy.

If I hadn’t had art, {and the kind of husband who understood what I needed in that season of my life} I’m not sure where I would be. I thank God daily for the blessing that creativity brings to my life.

I want other women to be blessed with the gift of art and creativity in their lives.

That’s why it brings me great joy to share Healing He(art)s with y’all!

“Healing He(art)s  is a mechanism to put art supplies in the hands of women who are struggling. The vision is for women to give the gift of art to other women. Because we know that art heals. We have lived it, and we would like to pass along that encouragement to others.” ~Anna Meade, the creator of Healing He(art)s

Healing He(art)s

Healing He(art)s Kit

The goal is to give 12 dozen women the gift of art this holiday season.

  • women recovering from abuse
  • women with mental health disorders
  • women who are ostracized
  • women recovering from trauma
  • women in chronic pain
  • women who are recovering from addiction

You can join with Anna, myself, and a community of like-hearted creative women in giving the gift of art in any number of ways:

>> Donate (Credit Card via PayPal or mail a check/money order). Click HERE for the link on the Healing He(art)s page to donate via PayPal.

How will the giving work?

“The givers will give money to a kit of basic supplies. The kits will be assembled by a team of artists working with Healing He[art]s. Individually wrapped boxes will be given to recipient organizations across the United States, who will be front line distributors of the kits. In this way, all the gifts will remain anonymous, protecting the privacy of the recipient. However the distributing partners will be published publicly, with the givers having an idea of how their supplies are being used.

Each kit will contain information for the recipient to respond with a thank-you and/or with a story. Responses will be voluntary. They will be gathered and posted on the Anna Meade Arts website to complete the circle of giving.

We estimate that the cost of each kit will be $25. This includes wholesale supplies, shipping, and handling.” ~via

>> Send Art Mail and/or like-new art supplies to:

Anna Meade Tapp
P.O. Box 10983
Greensboro, NC 27404

>> What do we mean by Art Mail? I’m so glad you asked! 

You may send a postcard sized offering and/or message of encouragement to be included in the boxed kits. 

>> Share the news! Use the hashtag #healinghearts and tag Anna Meade @ameadearts on Twitter and Instagram when chatting about our efforts and/or sharing how art has helped you through hard seasons in your life.

I believe in this outreach so much that I’ve already made a donation. Join me?
Anna K.