These fabulous doodlewashed handmade greeting cards come to us direct from Mars! Okay, the doodlewash movement hasn’t moved from global to galactic…yet… but these do come from the lovely Jodi McKinney (follow her on Instagram!) who lives in Mars, Pennsylvania, a small town close to Pittsburgh. The doodlewashes Jodi has provided here today are originals created just for this guest doodlewash post! (editors note: Yay! Our first exclusive!)
Jodi says, “I was shocked that Charlie considered me ‘artistic’ enough to be a Guest Doodlewasher! Shocked and SUPER humbled and flattered! I do not consider myself an artist (okay I am starting to..editor’s note: Good! you better!) . I have no formal training in art. I have no formal education in art… my last art class was in 5th grade elementary school.”
As we know, training can help, but it’s mostly just a constant drive, passion, and practice that allows us make beautiful things. And Jodi makes really beautiful things! “I love to be creative,” she says, “and I love to express my creativity in different ways – and that changes with the wind sometimes! My blog, lifeinbetween.me, expresses that. It was born out of the desire to express cherishing the moments “in between” doing the things we have to do (work, laundry, etc…).”
Jodi’s love of creativity extends well beyond a piece of paper. Sometimes her creativity is expressed through baking (“I am practically ‘famous’ in my own little world for my chocolate chip cookies and homemade pies” editor’s note: MUST VISIT MARS!) or cooking (“I love making recipes that remind me of my grandma like Halupkis, Halushki and Pierogies”).
And sometimes her creative muse turns her to photography (“I am a total amateur at that too with no formal training or education”), sometimes it is writing (“maybe a poem or story or a post written by and from my Dog, Charlie ((editor’s note: Great Name!)), or maybe about an event I went to or place I visited”), and often times it is stamping or doodlewashing!
Jodi posts daily at 6am EST, and has done so for the past year and a half. You never really know what it is going to be from day to day – a card – a photo – a recipe – a painting…. But it is always something that she has enjoyed doing when she got to choose what she wanted to do “in between.”
“I love to make handmade cards for my family and friends,” she says. “I love each one to be original and as individual as the recipient receiving it. Also, with my blog, I hope I can brighten my readers’ day in some small way and influence them to ‘cherish the moments.'”
We all have things we could complain about, family issues, problems, etc., but that is not typically the purpose of Jodi’s blogging. It is to be a positive, encouraging platform.
For her REAL job, Jodi is a Director of Corporate Communications for a Home Health and Hospice company, and she says she truly loves her job. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to work for a great company, amazing boss, and in an important industry that is truly helping people and educating them about end of life journey options and choices.”
In addition to her blog and Instagram, you can also follow Jodi on Twitter and Pinterest or you can buy lovely things from her Etsy shop! Jodi also says, “I LOVE the word doodlewash, and I love the inspiration and encouragement Charlie O has provided through his wonderful blog!” (editor is too busy blushing to leave a note… hold please…)
Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!