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Brené Brown’s Rising Strong Meets Paint

 

She took Brené Brown's words about creativity to heart...and the book jacket!I am going to gush a bit here.  I am a huge fan of Brené Brown and her message about shame and vulnerability.  I loved her And I Thought it Was Just Me…and The Gifts of Imperfection changed how I saw the world…and Daring Greatly spoke to my soul.  So I wondered what on earth she’d have in Rising Strong.  It is hands down my favorite Brené book.

She writes so personally, as if she is just sitting across the sofa talking to you.  That’s on the inside but I wanted the outside to feel just as personal. Brené isn’t going to stop by and do that for all of us…she’d have to be better than Santa Claus to make that happen.  But I could make the cover personal.

She took Brené Brown's words about creativity to heart...and the book jacket! It has a paper book jacket and paper calls for paint in my world.  Out came the brushes and paint.  I gave it light wash of white and then started with the colors.   Then, I followed the letters in Rising Strong with yellow paint.  I used the lines as guides, not as rules, so if I didn’t fill it all in or went over the line a touch it was just fine with me.

She took Brené Brown's words about creativity to heart...and the book jacket!

After brushing on the blues and pinks around letters I wanted a very imprecise painting tool for the orange…the Q Tip.

She took Brené Brown's words about creativity to heart...and the book jacket!

This was just like art journaling but instead of starting on a blank page or in a journal it was on a book jacket.

She took Brené Brown's words about creativity to heart...and the book jacket!

So now when the book is on my nightstand…the minute I see it I have a visual reminder of her message. Thank you Brené for Rising Strong, another insightful and life changing book!

She took Brené Brown's words about creativity to heart...and the book jacket!

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  • Mary Beth Shaw November 12, 2015, 10:00 am

    I love her too! Looks like I will have to get this book as well, you pusher 😉 and I think she would be thrilled how you embellished the cover.

  • Gillian November 12, 2015, 10:28 am

    Oh Carolyn, I love it! Did you seal the cover with anything when you were done painting…I see some of my books becoming very colorful now!!! Thank you for the inspiration. I have not read one of Brene Brown’s books yet, but I will be. I almost put the imperfection one in the amazon cart last order I made. So this is a sign. Thanks for sharing!

    • Carolyn Dube November 12, 2015, 11:24 am

      Didn’t seal it one bit Gillian – and enjoy her books- each one just keeps getting better and better!

  • Dee spillane November 12, 2015, 2:52 pm

    You never cease to amaze and inspire me. What a fun idea.

  • Vicki ross November 12, 2015, 7:30 pm

    Beautiful, Carolyn…and such a great idea!

  • TheresaMP November 13, 2015, 6:15 am

    now you really made me think. it never occurred to me to personalize the covers of the books I love. really like this idea. lets me be creative with something I already have and doesn’t take up more space I don’t have! thanks as always for sharing.

  • Nancy G. November 13, 2015, 7:28 am

    Wonderful. I love how you made the book a visual and outward part of your life.

  • Cathy November 13, 2015, 10:38 am

    I am also a big Brene Brown fan and loved Rising Strong. I loved what you did with the cover. Brene would love it too. I think you should share it on her facebook page. I am sure it would make her day. Thanks for your infectious spirit about having fun and playing. I had so much fun in your Permission to Play course. I was in a bit of a rut and it got me back to the basics of just using my supplies and letting go. Have a great day!!!

  • Kay Wallace November 13, 2015, 11:33 am

    I would be much more apt to buy this book as you have presented it to me today! You have made the cover come alive, Carolyn! I just may have to check out BB the next time I am in the bookstore!

  • Kate November 22, 2015, 5:10 pm

    I love how you personalized this book and made it your own. It looks gorgeous.