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by Rachelle Eason


Tinogona…It is achievable.


Tinogona…it is achievable. Tinogona is a word in Shona, a Bantu language of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The phrase took on worldwide exposure after Tererai Trent discussed it with Oprah years ago.

Tinogona has resonated with me all of my life; even before knowing this term that has been translated into Swahili and shared across cultures. I have often revisited it throughout my professional journey. It is a phrase that is simplicity in statement but presents complexity in fruition. It is a topic I have used many times in my art journaling classes over the years, often in combination with inspiring audio from Allen Watts.

As I travel toward new goals and stumble on roadblocks along the way, Tinogona has once again come to be my mantra.

Please enjoy this journey in creating with the inspiration of Tinogona in the video where I show how I use transfer paper to carry a screen print image I drew years ago into a starting point for a journal entry. Then I flesh out the design with watercolors and ink and finish with reflective writing.


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The materials I used are…

Classic Journal from the Rachelle Eason Eco-stained Collection

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Loew Cornel Grey Transfer Paper
Prima Watercolors – Tropical
Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Gold Gel Pen
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
Lamy Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge in Purple

This 20 minute video takes you through my creative process for Tinogona…

Let’s Chat!

I hope you enjoyed that stroll through creating with me! It would be fabulous if you would post comments below! Conversations about Tinogona are some of my favorites!

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2 thoughts on “Tinogona…It is achievable.”

  1. Very good video on Tinogama. I think we can all put it into our day some way or another. Step back & see what creativity surfaces for us, if only we let it. Your thoughts & creativity never cease to amaze me. You will reach your goal! Love, Mom

    1. Thank you, Mom! You always seem to flutter in when my courage is faltering. I so appreciate your consistence in supporting me and my dreams. Your love and encouragement carries me and I believe in Tinogona because of your belief in me! 💕

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Rachelle Eason

Rachelle Eason is an artist, inspirer, wanderer, and writer by nature. When she is not creating eco-stained artwork, journals, and stationery, she can be found on white sand beaches in the Florida sun, writing about her life and experiences, savoring a luscious piece of dark chocolate, or scoping out vegan food at her favorite local restaurants.
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