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April 2024 Contributor List

Volume 15 Contributor List

Mansi Bhatia

MansiMakes

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Upcoming offers: Mansi would love to have more women join her membership-based community at MansiMakes with YOU

Mansi offers various ways for women to get in touch with the artist within them: through online classes, in-person workshops, and through a membership-based community.

Mixed media artist Mansi Bhatia is a creativity facilitator who guides women to let go fully, to embrace wholeheartedly, to feel deeply, and to paint freely. Mansi encourages women to acknowledge the pressures of the day-to-day and say “not now” when they’re creating art. She helps women see themselves in a new light, love themselves for the unique beings they are, and appreciate the perspective they bring to their art as a result of their own life experiences.

Mansi deeply believes that vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness, and creates a safe space for tears, squeals, laughter, anger, frustration, and love. She permits women to feel it all, so they can express themselves in their art authentically.

Mansi’s mission is to help women learn to give themselves the same grace and kindness they routinely extend to others; to re-acquaint them with the power that resides within; to equip them with tools to create and live more purposefully; and most of all to rediscover their three-year-old-uninhibited selves.

Mansi’s work doesn’t follow trends nor can be boxed into a niche. Her free-spirited creations are filled with bright colors, abstract florals, and joyful patterns. She believes art has the power to heal humanity, one person at a time, and has been handing out “gratitude tags,” which are essentially mini mixed-media panels, to community members for almost 5 years. These bucket-fillers are the perfect size for artistic experiments and are vehicles of joy, empathy, and kindness all rolled into one.

Brenda Glad

Independent Artist

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Brenda Glad has been creative since her youth and lived with a continuous desire to experience as many art forms as possible. Art her voice, friend, and connection to her inner self. Currently, Brenda works in her studio at home creating projects and finishing projects that have been waiting for quite some time. Benda cites her membership in The Turquoise Iris’s Creative Connection as a major influence on her ability to create art freely.

Lisa Worley

Southern Yankee Designs, LLC

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Lisa created a faux-finish tutorial exclusively for readers of The Turquoise Iris Journal! Watch it now on Youtube!

Lisa Worley of Southern Yankee Designs LLC is a Master Faux Finisher who studied in the U.S. and abroad. Lisa specializes in high-end custom paint finishes and murals for residential and commercial projects. Her studio and workshop are located in Seneca, South Carolina where Lisa Worley refinishes kitchen cabinets, furniture pieces and films projects for her YouTube channel. Follow Lisa on YouTube for faux-finishing tutorials!

Joy Blanchard

The Joyful Artist

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Joy Mueller Blanchard, also known as thejoyfulartist, resides in beautiful California with her husband, three daughters, their husbands, and two grandchildren. As an artist, visionary, and Joy alchemist, she infuses every endeavor with a touch of magic, spreading happiness throughout. In this special article, Joy shares her experience helping her daughter transform from woman to wife with a very special wedding.

With a rich background as a former nurse and Blanchrancher, Joy brings a unique perspective to her role as a creative facilitator. In her barn studio and floral art cart, she orchestrates workshops and events, infusing each occasion with love and attention to detail. As a prayer artisan and earth artist, she honors the interconnectedness of all things, weaving spirituality and reverence into every creation. When she is not in the garden, studio or chapel, she can be found on MadeTv as a contributor.

Cheryl Tocci

JJ Bean Designs & Creative Connection Consulting LLC

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Cheryl Tocci of JJ Bean Designs & Creative Connection Consulting LLC is your go-to gal for all things canvas and furniture artistry, hailing from the charming town of Hollis, NH. After many years in business for herself and others while also being an artist, Cheryl realized the great need for help with all things business among the art community. With over 33 years experience in the bookkeeping industry, including running her own successful national business for over 6 years before selling, Cheryl’s extensive experience, research, and implementation is your gain!

Erin Schlarb

Hemlock Strategy + Design 
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Hidden Hemlock
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Erin Schlarb, her husband Matt, and their 3 teenagers are the heart of Hidden Hemlock, a cut flower farm located just outside of Akron, Ohio. In addition to the work of growing, selling, and giving away flowers, Erin also runs a successful digital strategy company called Hemlock Strategy + Design and is the project manager and web designer for The Turquoise Iris Journal.

The Turquoise Iris Journal Curators

Karen Berg

Karen Berg

The View from Our Nest

Danielle Kaminski

Danielle Kaminski

MADE for Community

Laura Kottke

Laura Kottke

Words of Encouragement

Patty Levine

Patty Levine

Old Things Deserve Love, Too

Angie Nordstrum

Angie Nordstrum

Are You and Elf or Live Artist?

Kimberly Reiter

Kimberly Reiter

Hit the Road

Renee Smith

Renee Smith

FearLESS

Kelly Wiler

Kelly Wiler

Nice to Meet You

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