Be your own Designer!

Create beautiful hand painted Clothes and happy Jewelry.
It gives you delicious inner joy and calm.
It is simple and playful - with fun, unconventional methods.

What you wear affects how you feel and think.

When you wear clothes and jewelry that light you up from inside, your voice is stronger, your eyes shine, you stand taller, you smile and you are happy. You feel beautiful, confident and content.

 Instead of getting frustrated and rattled with daily challenges, you can stay calm and find creative solutions.

Create your own happy clothes and jewelry

It is joyful with Monika's unconventional painting methods and simple, flattering styles.

The methods and patterns are fun and faster than traditional ones.

They are not available anywhere else.

For curious beginners to advanced creatives who love "different".

Creating with the hands calms the nervous system and cultivates joy.

A plethora of research shows that when you create with your hands and play like kids do - curious, engaged, experimenting, enjoying each moment - the chatter in your mind subsides.
You experience delicious joy, deep satisfaction and soothing calm.
For most it works faster than meditation.

That allows you to deal with daily challenges from a place of inner calm and strength.

Pick an online or in-person program.
It adds joy to your life - and happy clothes and jewelry to your wardrobe.

You'd love to create fun clothes and jewelry - but you think it looks too difficult?

It's just the opposite.

Here, at Monika Astara Studio, you get super easy flattering patterns. 
You also get playful methods that are simple and fast. 
Together they produce high-end, stunning looking clothes and jewelry - for everyday to special occasions.

Even if you are a beginner or think that you are not creative, you can feel like an accomplished designer.

Use clothes and jewelry to take charge of how you feel.

You know how, with some things that you wear, you feel blah, with others you feel neutral, with others you feel good - and with a few you totally light up from inside. You feel so happy - and you radiate it out! That is true beauty.

Imagine how liberated you feel when you express on the outside, the radiant being that you are on the inside.

The wearable art that you create and wear doesn't have to be "in your face". 
You create it to suit your personality. It can be understated, quietly artsy, casually sophisticated, bold - and anything in between.

"It's brilliant!"

"I always thought that your art must be complicated and involved.
But your concept is so simple. It's brilliant."  
Michelle B. artist and art instructor

Hi there, I am Monika Astara

My art teacher told me for 6 years:
"You no creative bone in your body. God must have been asleep when He created you."

But I loved art and creating with my hands! 
I wanted to study art. My teacher prevented it.
She did me a huge favor: I never internalized restrictive rules.

I simplify everything and always come up with my own playful techniques.

For the last 36 years I have been a successful full time artist and high-end wearable art designer.

During that time I have created and sold well over 20.000 pieces of clothing and jewelry - using my Signature unconventional ways.

My creations sell in high-end boutiques, galleries, in person and online.

So - if anyone ever told you that you are not creative - YAY! - You are beyond traditional rules.

I am here to inspire and guide you to boldly go for your unconventional magic. So that - regardless of outer circumstances - you live your life with passion and joy.

When you create art on paper or canvas, it often gets stuffed into drawers or a closet.

When you create art that you can wear, you sprinkle joy wherever you go.

It can be as simple as dangly earrings, or a painted shawl that sparkle up your eyes.
 And it can be as bold as whole outfits, where you radiate exuberance.

4 fun ways to create your own happy clothes and jewelry.
Which ones light your fire?

#1: online 
Get started for FREE.

This Drama vest - and other fast and fabulous pieces - are in the free "Joy of Creating with Fabrics".
It's a compilation of individual short, fun projects.
You can make them within minutes to less than an hour.

This vest is a rectangle with 2 holes - freely splashed with paint.
You can dramatically wear it several ways.

It makes even beginners feel like accomplished designers.

#2: Online Signature Program
Hand Painted Art Tops, Happiness and Joy

This Signature Program is a fantastic Shortcut to creating hand painted art-to-wear tops and tunics for every day to special occasions.  

The top and tunic styles are comfortable, look amazing and are very easy to make. 
When you wear them, you feel supported and happy.

Course clients often marvel at the painting methods and the patterns - and how "brilliantly simple, playful and fast" they are.

If you love to create - or would love to dive into creating - this is perfect for you. Make those clothes that you've been admiring!
You'll wear them day and night.

Like Karla M. says: 
"I swear, even Netflix is better watching it in one of my tops."

The pendant  in the photo is made from a detail of a joyfully "smeared" paper. It does not require any artistic "talent".

#3:  online - Coming late spring 2023

Jewelry Delight

Experience exquisite inner joy and soothing calm on this magical journey into different types of jewelry. 

It's the best "medicine" for leaving the disturbances of the outer world behind. 
These days it is essential to have pockets of "me time" that recharge your batteries.

As always, there are unusual methods, materials and approaches.

With the methods from this course, you create your very own signature looks that  can range from simple to artsy to casually sophisticated to bold and exuberant.

Imagine the joy when you create jewelry that suits your personality and lights you up. You feel beautiful, balanced and confident in daily life.
That is priceless!

And what to say of saving mega $$$ by 
- making your own jewelry,
- making treasured gifts for friends
- earning $$$$ by selling it in your business.

#4 in person
Private VIP Studio Day with Monika

Create with and learn from Monika in person at her Studio in Austin, Texas, USA!

If you are a beginner, the "Private Studio Day" sets you up for creating fabulous pieces on your own with confidence and delight.

If you have already taken the Course Program, are an advanced creative, or are a designer, the Private Studio Day fast tracks you on adding exciting new techniques and styles to your repertoire.

Available for individuals and for 2-3 friends at the same time.

It's an exquisite way to celebrate yourself and to celebrate milestones.
Or create long lasting joy-filled memories with friends or family.

Contact Monika with your name and phone number to set up a chat to see if this in person option fits your desires.

What Clients say

"Monika, what you are offering is something so special. 

I haven't seen anything like it.
I must say I quite enjoy the freedom to splash paint freely.
It took me out of my comfort zone. It is quite liberating." 
Lindsay Cash

"Your encouragement and sharing of ways to create joy through painting on fabric
 are opening doors in my brain and heart to painting in an unstructured way
I am having so much fun with your methods." Diane Williams

"I haven't had any happiness or joy in my life for a very long time. 
Your course is giving me so much happiness and joy. Thank you!" Dale Hardy

"It's so simple! It's brilliant." Priti B.

"I swear, even Netflix is better watching it in one of my tops." Karla M.

"This is fantastic! ....You are a natural teacher. Enthusiastic and patient. 
I also love the way you are emphasizing the joy of creating." Lyn Belisle

"Using fabric paints with Monika's methods are a lot quicker than the dyeing procedures I usually go through.
Here you get instant joy and gratification at what you’ve created!"
Linda Thompson (wearable art designer)

Engaging creatively is not a luxury - it is a necessity.

When you create with your hands the brain builds neurological pathways for joy and calm.
The more you create, the stronger those pathways become.

Creating with the hands is such a joy-filled way to counter-balance outer disturbances and keep passionate, peaceful and gentle on the inside.

Wearing fun clothes and jewelry is not indulgent or selfish.
It is self-care.

Everything - including your body, emotions and thoughts - vibrate on certain frequencies.*
So do the colors, shapes and textures of the clothes and jewelry that you wear.
You experience that in the way you feel in your clothes.

When you wear clothes and jewelry that dampen your frequencies (energy), you feel blah. When you wear clothes and jewelry that are the same as your current frequencies, you feel neutral.

But - when you wear clothes and jewelry that enhance and uplift your frequencies, you literally light up from the inside. 
You have energy and you feel happy, vibrant, alive.**

Have fun and play with it!
Use hand painted clothes and uniquely "you" jewelry to uplift and support yourself.

* this can be measured.
**this can even be photographed with Kirlian photography.

You'd love to create, but you think you are not creative?

So did Diane.
Diane (in the photo) had been wanting to create tops like I do.
But she insisted that she is not creative.

It is a useless, made-up belief that many of us have.
It often shuts down the natural need for creative expression.
We are born creative. And we NEED to create. Just watch kids play.

I am passionate about inspiring and guiding you to create to your heart's delight.

With just one of my super simple, fun techniques, Diane turned her throw-away T-shirt into a fantastic art shirt - within 5 minutes.

"Not being creative"
I can totally relate to it.

Even though I had been creating hand painted wearable art clothing and jewelry for over 30 years, had a successful boutique that Oprah called "a gem of a boutique", was selling to high-end wearable art boutiques and had thousands of people telling me how creative I am - I never believed it.

What I do is so natural for me, that I thought any kid can do this.
It feels so easy and playful, that I never thought it qualifies for being artistic or creative.      

Meanwhile I realized, that's exactly where our creative genius is: 
when it is so easy and natural, that we think it's "nothing".  

It's most likely the same for you. You dismiss your creative expressions because they seem too simple. But that's where you excel!
Don't compare - it's the killer of joy. 
Just create for the sake of creating and have fun!

Real life transformations - through clothing and jewelry.

Over the last 36 years I have played with thousands of women with clothing and jewelry.  
There are so many astounding transformations.

Find out how you can do it for yourself - and read some inspiring stories.

Click the button.

Watch how you can turn your T-shirts, shawls, tote bags etc. into hand painted, wearable pieces of art - within minutes.

More fast and fabulous ways are in the free "Joy of Creating with Fabrics".

Are you someone who'd love to relax, but can't sit still, and mediating makes you feel like a failure?

 Then creating with the hands can easily be your ultimate way to calm and balance that rascal mind.
 Creating is joyful and soothing.
It balances the mind and nervous system - often faster than meditation.

 Plus - you get some gorgeous things to wear that light you up.

See below what Marissa says:

From "funk" to "fun".

"There's nothing better than splashing paint with Monika's methods to take myself out of a funk and into having fun." 
Marissa L.

Click on the buttons to pick an online or in-person program - fee or free.

Sign up to be a VIP (Vibrant Inspired Person) - it's free.

  1. Get 10% discount for Monika Astara happy clothing and jewelry - for as long as you are a VIP subscriber.
  2. Get juicy updates and info on new products and courses.
  3. Get practical style tips that are fun and easy.

"It is like getting happiness and joy sprinkled into my life." Carol Westen

Make this 1 piece vest - and other fun pieces. It's FREE

This Drama vest is just a rectangle with 2 holes.
Get the pattern in the free online "Joy of Creating with Fabrics".

It's a compilation of individual short, fun ways to create something beautiful.
You can make each project within minutes to less than an hour.

Even beginners can feel like great designers.