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Why I'm Giving Away 5% of My Sales

Ever since I started my business I knew I wanted to give a percentage of my sales to a charity. My goal was to find an organization that helps women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I found a couple of charities that give assistance to women of domestic violence and sexual assault, both of which are great charities, but they were not the right fit for me.

On Christmas day an organization called The Younique Foundation started following my daughter on Instagram. She knew I was looking for a charity to support so she shared the information with me.

From The Younique Foundation website:

Have you ever seen a problem affecting the world and thought,  “somebody needs to do something about this?”  We believe every person has the power to be a force for change. Each of us can look at a problem and think,

“somebody needs to do something… but that somebody could be me.”

1 in 4 women are sexually abused before the age of 18… 1 in 4! There are so many who are silent victims of childhood sexual abuse, somebody needs to help bring this out of the silence, somebody needs to support, encourage and empower these women.

Through The Younique Foundation I choose to be somebody!

Art has helped me heal old wounds, it has calmed my anxiety and has given me great confidence. The least I can do is choose to be somebody who has the power to be a force for change!

By supporting me and purchasing my art you are also choosing to be somebody!

Tammy VanAntwerp
Happy 2019!

New year, new blog post!

2018 was a year of transformation for me, both personally and professionally. There were many A-HA moments and even more moments of taking charge of my life, especially my professional life. I’m grateful to every podcast, every artist, and most importantly my family and friends (including you!) who helped and encouraged me through 2018.

As a thank you for supporting my art journey I will be giving away a 7” Mandala on vinyl record each quarter to a lucky email subscriber to my website. You can sign up by sending an email to tammy@tammyvanantwerpart.com or by signing up HERE.

Here is the mandala I’m giving away the first quarter of 2019:

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Drawing will be held and winner notified on April 1, 2019.

The winner of the 2018 4th quarter mandala is Sandy, congratulations!

7" Mandala Give-A-Way

There is still time to enter the 7” Mandala Give-A-Way. I will be drawing a name from those supporters who have signed up for the Tammy VanAntwerp Art email list by Midnight PST on December 31, 2018. The drawing will be held and the winner notified on Tuesday January 1, 2019 Noon PST.

You can sign up by sending an email to tammy@tammyvanantwerpart.com or by signing up HERE.

Win this 7” Mandala on vinyl 45 record - Harper Valley PTA

Win this 7” Mandala on vinyl 45 record - Harper Valley PTA

Grand Opening Sale and Give-A-Way

Hi there lovlies!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner I’m starting to feel festive and want to share some love!

Photo by  Don Agnello  on  Unsplash

Photo by Don Agnello on Unsplash

It’s give-a-way time! When you sign up for my email list your name will be entered into a drawing to win a 7” mandala. For more chances to win shop the Grand Opening Sale! For each mandala you purchase you will get extra chances to win!

Photo by  Benedikt Geyer  on  Unsplash

Grand Opening Sale is live today through November 16, 2018 11:59pm PST all mandalas are 20% off with discount code: GRANDOPENING2018.

Thank you so much for being a follower and supporter of my art!

Tammy

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Art Every Day Month Challenage

This month I’m participating in the Art Every Day Month Challenge. I like this challenge because I don’t have to complete a piece of work everyday, but I do have to work on it everyday.

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Today I started an art journal spread. I love the idea of journaling, writing everyday, but I’m not very good at actually doing it. I’ve concluded that I really don’t like the idea that what I write will be read by anyone. So today after I journaled a whole page I covered it with white paint and collage bits. Words, worries and questions got out of my head and onto paper with no chance of them ever being read again.

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Tomorrow I will add more paint and whatever else needs to be there. Maybe I will finish it, maybe I won’t, gratefully for this challenge I don’t have to complete a project in one sitting and that suits me just fine.

Tammy VanAntwerp
The Shop is Live!

All my hard work has paid off and my online shop is now open! A good part of my mandala inventory is available now and I will be adding canvas art and other mixed media pieces as time goes on.

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I’ve been doing a bunch of collage work and will be adding those to the shop very soon, until then here is a piece I completed this morning.

Sunrise, Sunset - Mixed media collage

Sunrise, Sunset - Mixed media collage

I hope you enjoy looking around my online shop and if you have any questions please email me tammy@tammyvanantwerpart.com

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How I Became an Artist

In 1973 I received a Kodak Instamatic camera for my 11th birthday… I promptly took a selfie!  I took pictures of everything and spent a lot of my parents money on film and developing.

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Top: Selfie 1973 - 11 years old  Bottom: Selfie 2018 - 55 years old

In high school I saved for and purchased a Canon AE1 35mm camera.  I loved that camera and used it until the digital age bloomed.  I wish I still had that camera. Is it bad that I lost all interest in photography once everything went digital?!

When I had that camera in my hand I felt at home.  I took pictures of everything. Time would fly by while I was taking pictures, I would lose myself in the subject, the colors, contrasts and light.

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As an adult, I found my closets, cupboards and drawers full of photos. With all those photos taken over the years I got seriously into scrapbooking.

The scrapbooking hobby turned into mixed media art journaling; at the same time, I discovered doodling repetitive patterns in my journal, on meeting minutes, and on card stock.

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Early doodle on a 3x5 notecard

No other hobby ever felt as “right” as photography until I discovered mandala making and intuitive painting. For the past 3 years I’ve been honing my skill through a lot of practice, workshops, practice, experimenting, practicing, discovering what I love and what works for me, oh and practicing!

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Top: Early mandala in my art journal Bottom: Mandala on vinyl record after a lot of practice

Once again I get lost in my craft, I lose myself in the colors, contrasts and light.  All that had been missing from my life for a long time.  No matter what your age or where you are in your life, I hope you are doing something that allows you to lose track of time and get lost in the moment.

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