Renée Locks has been part of the Brush Dance family of artists since the 1990s. Her works have been wildly popular with our customers for many years. Many customers will return to Brush Dance year after year to specifically pick up a Calendar or Planner featuring the art of our much-loved Renée.
Renée’s art is carefully paired with meaningful quotes that are meant to nourish, heal, and bless the mind, heart, and spirit.
Many of the items featuring the art of Renée Locks are titled as Live with Intention, the poem by Mary Anne Radmacher. Mary Anne has also been a tremendous part of the Brush Dance extended family, with her own Live Boldly line.
One of the things we most love about Renée is her playful sense of humor. Watercolor splotches and splashes are paired with quotes that invite us to laugh every day with her Laugh Lines Calendar.
Renée lives in the San Francisco Bay Area – close enough to the Brush Dance office that we get to visit on occasion. She taught Western style calligraphy for more than ten years, and taught herself Sumi brushstrokes. Renée believes in giving back to her community, and has worked at local women’s shelters. We also appreciate that she is very active politically. Renée has raised five children, and now has oodles of grandchildren.
Here are links to some Renée Locks items with Brush Dance:
Brush Dance isn’t a religious company. Rather, we like to think of ourselves as all-inclusive with a focus on mindfulness. Religion and prayer are definitely one path to mindfulness and we include several Christian-based Calendars and Planners in our line every year.
Our Angels Wall Calendar (shown above) features black and white angel images with occasional pops of color. Each of the 12 months also features a quote inspired by angels. This title is not deeply religious and would be appropriate for anyone who wants to be closer to the angels. The quote on the cover seems apt: Angels are never too distant to hear you.
Bible Inspirations features uplifting word from and about the Bible. It’s filled with gorgeous nature images and reminds the user that He has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Bible Inspirations is also available in a 7″ Mini Wall Calendar, and a Planner (see below).
Scriptures features hopeful Bible verses and delicate watercolor florals. Many see this as our most traditional Christian title. It’s perfect in any setting.
And, finally, Blessings. This 12″ Wall Calendar is super-modern with its bright colors, graphic designs and fun typography. The messages are comforting and encouraging.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving. (Psalm 95:2)
From traditional to modern, Brush Dance has you covered in Christian Calendars and Planners. And if Buddhist living fits you better, we have that, too.
Today, I’m excited to show you some more of our Weekly Planner options.
What I like about the Weekly Planner:
Convenient Take-Along Size – 5″ x 7″- will fit into nearly any bag easily
Monthly Planning Pages at the start of the book
One week per page spread – with lots of room for notes
Elastic Band to help me keep my life together, and a beautiful satin finish on the cover that resists staining and water damage
I know it seeeeeems like 2018 is still so far away. And yet, I’m already noticing some changes to the season here in California. I’m going to start filling in my Planner for next year very soon so that I don’t have to think about it during the oh-so-busy end of year.
These Planners are printed on high-quality paper – no tissue-thin sheets that tear easily.
We’ve created a video showing the inside pages of our 2018 Weekly Planner. You can click right here to see. No worries about doing this at work – our videos have no sound.
Today, our Creative Manager, Susan, shares some of her favorite items with us. In case you missed them, here are links to the other posts in this series: ShawnaKarma
Susan has such an important job at Brush Dance. She is responsible for our products from conception, through printing and production. It’s one of those positions where a person needs to be both creative/artistic and well-organized. A rare combination, and she fits the bill perfectly!
Our 2018 Dreamer’s Realm Wall Calendar is one of Susan’s top picks. She said, “Catrin Welz-Stein’s art is so magical and beautifully painted that it is a treat to look at each image for a month. I will never grow tired of her work.”
All of us love this Planner (and the coordinating Journal!). Susan says she gets lots of approving nods while carrying this Planner – and she wishes she could use it for four years instead of one!
Well. Sometimes, you just have to say it how it is, right? Susan thinks this pair of Blue Q Socks would make a great gift for all of our feminist friends. She loves the bold and colorful Girl Power statement. These socks are not just pretty – they are comfy and hold up great.
The adorable Coin Purse above would make a great gift. Susan envisions filling it with pennies and presenting it as a fun-filled (?) birthday gift! Ha!
The larger tote is, “distinctive and colorful. You can use it for your airport gear (the zipper keeps things secure!), beach stuff, kid stuff, or for anything that won’t fit in your purse. And since it’s about 15 inches wide, it’s not too big or cumbersome.”
Susan’s final favorite pick is Table Topics. She had this to say:
My family has lots of talkers. And, we all love games. Table Topics is a catalyst for interesting and lively conversations about things we’ve never talked about as a group. When was the last time you discussed:
Have you ever been escorted out by security?
Who’s had too much plastic surgery?
Would you rather spend a week in jail or serve two weeks community service?
You’ll learn a thing (or two!) about your friends and family, and have some fun in the process. If you exhaust these 135 questions, there are plenty more versions of the game you can pick up.
And there we have it! Susan’s Favorite Things! I love that she has eclectic taste and a great sense of humor!
I also wanted to let you know that we’re planning some exclusive sales for people who are on our mailing list. You can sign up on our website!
Our brand new Karma Planners are ready for shipping! This product has been years in the making and we are so excited to finally be able to share it with you!
Karma Planners have it all!
November 2017 – February 2019 (one week per spread)
B5 Size – 6.9″ x 9.8″
Very High Quality Paper
Sturdy Cover and Wire-O Binding – this thing is made to last!
Check lists, room for notes, and a bit of inspiration
Yearly and Monthly Planning Pages (conveniently located at the beginning of the book)
Numbered Pages (and a nifty index to help you stay organized)
Lined and Dot Grid Pages at the back of the book – perfect for journaling, note taking, planning projects, or doodling
There’s so much to show you, we’ve created a video of each Karma Planner right on the product pages of our website. Or click here to see a video. (No need to worry about volume if you’re at work – all of our product video are without sound just for you!)
Our Karma Planners are not the least expensive items we sell – at $22.99 each, these books are totally worth the investment toward getting organized and staying that way.
We couldn’t be more proud of our new Karma Planners. See all of them right here.
Today, I’m so excited to announce that our 2018 Weekly Planners are in stock and ready to ship!
Oh my goodness, we love them. At 5″ x 7″, these 2018 Planners feature one week per 2-page spread. Large enough to be useful, small enough to take everywhere! We’ve included 14 months of planning pages (along with calendar grids) at the front of the book. A handy list of holidays, and pages in the back that can be used for notes or contacts.
Available in 19 different styles, each book is customized with its own coordinating color interior.
Brush Dance Weekly Planners are perfect for keeping track of all of your appointments and task. We’ve also heard that our customers are you them for specific planning – maybe you want to keep track of your fitness or food goals?
One of my sweet friends uses the Brush Dance Weekly Planners as a daily journal. Just enough space to write down the day’s happenings, right?
I’m trying to decide between Peace Comes From Within and Maybe Swearing Will Help. I’m thinking both of those things can be true – sometimes in the same moment!
We’re adding so many new items to our website this time of year! I hope you’ll have a look and find something you love.