The Greatest Joy of All

Flying With Flowers by Peony and Parakeet, an art journal pageWhen I was a child my treasure was a chalkboard. I also had 7 little plastic dwarf figures which were my pupils. When I got home after a shcool day I began to teach my silent dwarfs. I loved school and wanted to become a teacher.

But then, some years later, I heard about computers and that was it. I fell in love. I went to study computer science and my career in IT began. I do have taught IT professionals but nothing beats what I have been able to do lately: teach art!

Teaching is giving and there’s nothing greater than that. I have experienced big moments of happiness when creating art and it is wonferful if I can give even a small amount of that for others.

I created these two flying birds when leading a workshop called “Birds of Happiness”. We created not only birds but also bird themed decorative papers, feathers and bird’s nests.

Birds of Happiness workshop by Peony and Parakeet. Teaching art journaling. Photo by Askartelu Amalia

(The photo by Askartelu Amalia)

All the elements were created by hand, using pens and colour pencils, watercolors and acrylic paints. I had made instructions for various elements but they were guidelines and everybody used their creativity for the end result.

We put the birds together in the end of the day and took pictures. I am so inspired by seeing how people have their own styles and how they express themselves while learning to let go and trust their inner voice. Plenty was done in only four hours.

I hope that in the future I could give you more with this blog, with my newsletter and with my services. The most importantly: bring you back in time when you were a child and wholeheartedly enjoyed creating. Giving that back to you would truly be the greatest joy of all.

From the students of Birds of Happiness workshop, led by Peony and Parakeet

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10 Responses to The Greatest Joy of All

  1. Lucinda says:

    ♥ Lovely post.

  2. Janet Ghio says:

    Would you ever consider doing an online version of this class? I would love to take it!

  3. Päivi says:

    Janet, yes, I have many plans! At least I am going to make an e-book about this subject! If you haven’t subscribed my email newsletter yet, please do and you’ll be first to know!

  4. Tuija Nyberg says:

    Hi Päivi,
    Thank you so much for the inspiring four hours. You should see my bedside..(knee problem so that’s why spending much time in bed) with pens and colorful A4 papers. I’ve been very productive – thanks to you – much colors ‘in the air’ and on papers. Plan to upload some of my ‘arts’ on Pinterest when finalized…if they will ever be 🙂

  5. Those birds are gorgeous!!! I love using papers of different types (like magazine pages, or painted paper) to create collaged images!

    • Päivi says:

      Thanks, Gina! It is so great to meet other people who love making collages and especially their own papers!

  6. Ruth Hinman says:

    I know that, for myself, I am moved by your art and the things that you share with us every time you share them. You visit in my life the wonder and joy of a world full of new discoveries and fun playtime with my art supplies and I find that child in me who is genuinely pleased with every one of my creative endeavors from picking up my utensils to sitting back and enjoying looking at my creation from all sides and every bit of the journey between. Thank you for your joy and for your wonder and excitement because it comes through to some of us loud and clear and extraordinary every time!

    • Päivi says:

      Ruth, I am deeply touched by your comment. Speechless almost. It is so difficult to know how people feel when reading my blog and do they connect at all. I often dream about encouraging people to spend more time with colors and color drawing. Ruth, your post means a world to me, thank you so much, you really made my day.