Thursday, October 15, 2015

Messy Mavens: The Self-Paced Adventure Train

Calling all Brazen Mavens (yes, you!)

The Maven Train has returned, and it’s officially ready to scoop up all you Self-Paced Adventurers. Are you ready? To go deeper? Messier? Brazen-er in your art (and life) practice? Pack your cosmic bags and hit the rails. This little light-train is filled with messy, honest, and inspirational content to help guide you toward your very own Underground Railroad. A place of liberation & freedom that runs deep in your veins, and reveals itself in dreamscapes and through open hearted dialogues on canvas.

Messy Mavens Preview from carissa paige on Vimeo.

I fully believe this little-light-train knows exactly where to go, who to pick up, and what they need, so if you are feeling that little tug— I encourage you to leap! 

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Here is what some of the first-wave of passengers had to say about their experience. . .
Student work by Beth DiIorio + Shari Sherman

“This course is so much more than a how-to for messy techniques. Carissa is masterful at encouraging self exploration with intuitive mark-making and journaling prompts. I found myself slowing down each week to savor the writing, photos, and videos that she presented. All of it, guiding me into my own power. I wholeheartedly recommend this course for anyone searching for creative freedom and authenticity and who doesn't mind getting messy along the way. -- Shari Sherman"

"Carissa's Messy Maven class is full of heart. I love to watch her create and work through all the beautiful "messy" parts. It is refreshing to see an artist take you from start to finish on a painting with vulnerability the way Carissa does. The beautiful imperfections begin to shine. Her approach is loose, playful, and experimental. One does not find this every day....the way she shares her full process. It taught me to keep showing up and to paint often! -- Mindy Lacefield" 

"Everyone Needs Messy Mavens!  All Aboard! I’m singin’ the praises of one of my all-time favorite courses!  Carissa Paige is gifted, aware, genuine, and talented.  Her process is rooted in “creating from you authentic self and being open to your inner wisdom.”  Learning from and getting to know Carissa turned out to be a richly fulfilling adventure.  She reinforced the three most important things for me in relation to my passion for creating:

TRUST my intuition, respond to the marks and colors on the paper, and create works that I’d never envisioned.
EXPERIENCE growth in how I use mixed-media materials and skills.
CONNECT with other artsy kindreds.

Heartfelt thanks, Carissa!
Messily Grateful,
Beth DiIorio "

"Messy Mavens has gotten me excited to paint again! I've been in a bit of a creative rut when it comes time to create purely for myself . . . for joy and exploration and discovery. Messy Mavens is exactly what I needed to get me all fired up again! Carissa is a gentle yet powerful guide, inviting us to draw inspiration from our life's own messy mavens (including ourselves!). I'm grateful to honor my strong women: ancestors, mentors, kindred, and yes, even myself. Thank you, Carissa, for a deeply meaningful and moving course! You helped me love being a Messy Maven! -- Amanda Fall"

"I am absolutely loving the nature of this class, its looseness and freedom, the subject matter, and especially your words. So thank you, Carissa for sharing your gifts and talents and for your patience.” -- Laurin

"Carissa, you got me started with art and intuitive painting and my whole life has changed so I'm so very grateful! Messy Mavens here I come!!! :) Choooo chooo!” -- Gabriella Swanson

+++ and a few more bits of love +++

"Just watched your Closing Circle video, Carissa. I was moved to tears. You absolutely get it. Messy Mavens is one of the most genuine and transformative classes I've taken. YOU are the bestest conductor ever! And I am happier than ever with my WILD self!” 

"I just watched the opening video (at last! After jumping around a bit, since I joined late), and oh, Carissa, you made my nose crinkle up with tears. Thank you for the comfort here and your gentle guidance. I see now there's nothing to fear. Only more love to discover.”

"Carissa, I am so much enjoying this class. Not having done anything like this before, I was a bit intimidated to begin, but thanks to your words of encouragement, I just finally dove in.”

"Just finished watching Week #2 Lessons! I am bursting with excitement to create my first Maven!!!”

"LOVE this e-course! Speaks to me even more than I was hoping for.”

Wow, as I'm able to step back to see the full scope I'm pretty excited to fling these doors back open and invite you all aboard this little Light-Train that could. May it transform and inspire you in magnificent ways as it has this first wave of passengers.

Without further ado::: the self-paced magic + details

  • 6 weeks / lessons / train-stops
  • Over 3 hours of video featuring:
  • 2 Massive Messy Mavens steeped in Intuitive Listening
  • 1 Empowering Art Journal Page: She Found Her Own Pulse
  • 5 Mini-Mavens = turned into Sprit Flags
  • Access to a Private & Supportive Maven Tribe on Facebook
  • Bonus exercises + a Surprise Twist at the End
READY TO RIDE? Grab your ticket ($99) below ::

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After your purchase, you will receive an email invitation from "Messy Minerva" to join the private classroom along with a bundle of emails that accompany & lead into each lesson. Enjoy enjoy ENJOY!
Questions and support --->

Sunday, August 9, 2015

NEW e-course: Messy Mavens: She Found Her Own Pulse

Massive News for all you Magnificent and Messy Mavens out there

Hello from the Wilderness, my friends! I have been on a wild and wondrous journey. I'm back with some massive and exciting news for you. My newest e-course, Messy Mavens: She Found Her Own Pulse, is pulsing and ready to be born. Today I am celebrating and preparing for the arrival with incredible amounts of joy and vulnerability, knowing this is one of the biggest boldest moves I am making to date. It's already such a special program, and continually growing deeper. There are some pretty liberating (and maybe shocking) surprises at the end. I can hardly wait to share this Intuitive Voyage in Paint with you. 

Are you ready? I am beyond ready. Messy Mavens is a culmination of my journey through Intuitive Voyaging, Following the Wild Winds, and Showing Up As You Are. Not only is it an e-course on making big wise Messy Mavens on your canvas, it is also a journey in honoring the markers along your path, tapping your intuition, and speaking your truth, with art as a vehicle and your hands and heart as the resonators. Show up and liberate yourself. I will help guide you toward releasing whatever needs releasing so you can unhinge and express yourself like never before, all the while reaching realms of your inner-wisdom using tools I have known and continuously expanded upon since childhood.

Magic + Details:
August 11th birth-date = course goes live
Registration and doors closes August 22nd!
4 Weeks + Bonus materials
3+ hours of video!


2 MASSIVE Messy Mavens
1 Empowering Art Journal Page
1 Lovely Strand of Mini-Maven Spirit Flags
and BONUS surprises!

TOOLS for digging and tapping and expressing your inner wisdom. 

READY FOR THE RIDE? Grab your ticket ($99) for this little LIGHT TRAIN below ::

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I can't wait to Voyage with You. xoxo

Friday, July 17, 2015

On transforming, struggling, and putting things to rest.

On transforming, struggling, and putting things to rest. 

Because living a Soul-full, deliberate, handmade life isn't always easy, especially when we think our visions will fall flat or maybe some did, and we can't always see the bigger, deeper, wider transformation occurring right. under. our. nose. Here is a little story (a true story) about a caterpillar who came into my life recently. As I witnessed him wrestling with transformation, I saw / felt some very real things I needed to. . .around what it can feel like to Transform or birth any new project into the world --->

A few months ago, a caterpillar followed me home. I left the windows open in the car hoping he’d find his way to a new tree or bush, but the next morning he was hanging on the interior roof. Assuming he latched onto this vehicle for a reason, I did some research and set up a little house so he could create his chrysalis and transform safely. 

He immediately caterpillar-ed around, exploring his new space which was fully equipped with a variety of greenery, branches, and some crystals to climb on.  He had a bite to eat and on the second day began the arduous journey of forming his chrysalis. It was an exciting moment, but I could tell it was taking all he had to prepare for such giant transformation. I felt honored to witness his struggle, his giant pauses between movements, and can't help but see the reflection in my own journey. 

On the third or fourth day I noticed he had moved away from the very loose and rough outline of a cocoon he had so painstakingly formed and was resting underneath the purple amethyst which was far beneath on the ground. It was a sad moment, because my initial fears and self-judgements of 'I surely fucked everything up somehow' quickly passed as I was holding in my hands a very real part of the very real process of what it takes to completely transform from one state to another. It spoke of death in a whole new sense to me. It hit home, hard, as I've been through the arduous journey of completely melting inside my own little cocoon in order to transform with my body, my cells, my intuition, and personal history as my ultimate guide and vehicle. 

Bless his new vision. 
(above = a monarch who had been on his own arduous journey, landed and latched onto me in his final hours, last year, where i built him a similar little home to rest. . . .)

After a bit of research, I found not all caterpillars complete their process of transformation. This little guy was lovingly buried and thanked for being a Messenger. 

Here is a little more on what I gleaned from him:: 

This little caterpillar soul came along to tell, to show, to help put to rest all the various transformations or ideas or projects that didn’t quite reach their full potential, or what was thought to be their full potential. He left a big impression here, with such powerful reminders on the process of continual awakening. How it really requires putting to rest all those old stories and ideas about our former attempts to transform, and what that transformation will look like in the end. I believe he had a bigger vision than just becoming a moth, or butterfly, and perhaps one of his visions is here in this story, in this living example of burying what is no longer alive for you — so you can move freely into what IS. 

Bless his / my / your new vision. 

One last update:: I am so excited and honored to be one of 12 Guides in this current round of Inner Alchemy Circle :: Fire Coven held by the ever power-full alchemist extraordinaire who inspires me immensely with her Unabashed Living and Writings, Mindy Tsonas. I conjured up the word, and energy of a Tempest in my card / piece -- a passionate, powerful storm that you can literally harness and BE as you move through your life clearing the path and creating BIG momentous change. To be the Tempest. To be the Change. 

Blaze on. 


Friday, July 10, 2015

Radical Train of Truth. Coming Through.

Radical Train 
Of Truth
Get on
Get off

An underlying theme keeps rolling through, boiling down, and rising up in every single area of my life — the simple line -- the truth will set you free. Untangling from all the lies. The spells. The poison apples. I’ve had to put down a lot along the way, as I continue picking up on these tiny little over-arching threads of my existence — because I grew up around so many lies — big lies, tiny lies, massive lies, mixed with fractions of truth and shoved into the closet.

 I won’t hash over these lies, but I will share one key way I overcame them — simply by knowing my self. It sounds so easy, right, but it really boils down to shedding all the personal history that ties you up in believing anything but your own true longings and callings. Knowing your deep self -- deep enough to rake up all the other surface things. Taking out the trash, burning down the house (of lies).

 Knowing that you mean well. That all of your intentions are pure. That if you get a lump in your throat and “sing the words wrong” — you are safe within a world who knows you, who loves you, and has no need to forgive you. I had spent many moons in this world tip-toeing around my truth, my existence, knowing I had these big giant red balloons inside just waiting to burst — while simultaneously riding alongside the very real fears of stumbling and tumbling and being incredibly lost in translation as I project my little light hard, over and through and beyond the tangled up forrest of my personal history.

Why am I here, now, shedding this on screen? Because I hope it helps someone out there who's been hiding, holding back, living in little white lies, little sparkly niceties, tip-toeing like some refugee, or through years of self-exploration and therapy to discover you’ve been glossing over the real stream of things. The truth around whatever IT is -- really will set you free.

 I am a woman who has trekked across many-a-mile with sweat pouring from my breast and never-ever-missed-a-beat. I absorb every little detail, every little whisp in the wind, every little crackle in the night, and find myself reflecting in every-creature, in every-one, in every-living-thing. I am a woman who is finally. calling. herself. such.

 I have walked through blazing suns with head scarves, my notebook and inner compasses in my gut to integrate my own shadows and lies, and I wouldn’t change a bead or beat. I wouldn’t dare question or linger or wallow any longer, because I am incredibly honest with my self, and the time to hesitate on anything I believe deeply, know deeply, sense deeply, is through. I have always, always known. And this. is. the. skin. my. soul. chose. 

To know yourself as you endless become something new, can be a frightening, confusing place, but yes, you can. . . You can pioneer the continual act of shedding your personal history, those little spells or lies, and the dark parts of yourself others might try to draw back out or cling onto, not-so-innocently, as you step out boldly with bells on your hems, singing imperfectly, dancing ridiculously, riding the glorious train that endlessly arrives. . . to deliver you. 

Ride on. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Around here lately + Printmaking Unleashed GIVEAWAY

Hi friends! 

I have some serious catching up to do in blog-landia. So many things to update and share. . . My LifeBook lesson {Make*Shift Magic} went live earlier this month which has been thrilling to experience as the student pages / interpretations continue to trickle in. I am gearing up for my next journey :: packing up my circus and heading back to my beloved Sanford studio / shop, my beloved bicycle (Jolla! more on her soon). I honestly couldn't be happier with all we've manifested for our lives these past 5 - 10 years, and the continuous practice of holding the joy, clearing space, doing my work, and GettingOutOfMyOwnWay <--- what it all boils down to.

Without further ado: the fabulous and funky Traci Bautista has birthed a new book :: PRINTMAKING UNLEASHED. I am thrilled to be a part of the book-launch-love :: sharing my experience with her book over on her blog today :: and some projects. (((I am also hosting a GIVEAWAY of her book right here)))  Leave a comment below with your favorite printmaking technique // what you'd like to learn. . . and for bonus entries >> share this giveaway on IG / FB / etc!

Printmaking Unleashed inspiration from carissa paige on Vimeo.

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Buy an extra glorious signed copy of Printmaking Unleashed.