Saturday, May 12, 2018

Renaissance Woman

Hi All!  Thanks for stopping by!  I have the honor of hosting this week's challenge at Sunday Postcard Art.  The theme I chose is 'Renaissance Woman'.  

Can't wait to see the creative concoctions you all come up with! 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

More Art Journaling

I've been trying to do one page per day in my planner - the Hobonichi Techo.  This simple Japanese planner has a cult following! 

Web Photo
Web Photo

The journal paper is divine - thin, smooth, yet strong - properties that result in a rather steep learning curve.  When covered in watercolors or inks, the pages make a delicious sound when turned. 

I use the weekly pages as a Gratitude Journal.

My focus is to learn to work with the Tomoe River paper.  I'm still learning what media to use and how my current pens, pencils, and watercolors perform on its surface. Fortunately, there is a lot of help out there with YouTube, blogs, and Facebook. 

I've pledged to work with my Inktense pencils as much as possible. 

I've had them so long, but haven't used them enough to feel comfortable. 

I'm hoping the Hobonichi will enable me to improve my sketching and painting, in addition to recording bits of everyday life.

I'm so glad to be back at the Art Journaling, though I do miss digital artwork.  Apparently, my brain is incapable of indulging both techniques at once. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Fun with Inks!

Experimenting with Tim Holtz Distress Stains and Inktense watercolor pencils in my art journal.  

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Art Journaling

Recently I've returned to art journaling.  

I was intrigued by all the fuss about keeping a Gratitude Journal.  

So I began jotting down (mostly small) things in my life for which I am grateful.  Well, after a month, I can testify the process is rather like a magic pill!  Daily thoughts about how good life is right now have become pervasive throughout the day and the results are noticeable.  

It's a practice I want to continue. 

The journal space here is behind the 'tip-in' of my drawing on the right.

Of course, I had to begin making my own journal pages.  Here are a few that I have done up in advance so they are ready for journaling. 

Scribbling, doodling, drawing, collage, getting messy with paint, inks, stamps, and washi tape - anything goes. 

As long as it's fun! 

Saturday, March 10, 2018


This is a tribute to my mom and her sisters.  And to all our departed moms and aunts who are missed.  

This poem reminds me of their lives. 

They seemed to all take off
at once.  Aunt Grace
whose kidneys closed shop,
Cousin Rose who fed sugar
to diabetes,
my grandmother’s friend
who postponed going so long
we thought she’d stay.

It was like the summer years ago
when they all set out on trains
and ships, wearing hats with veils
and the proper gloves,
because everybody was going
someplace that year,
and they didn’t want
to be left behind.

~ Linda Pastan ~

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mr. Toad

This week's challenge at the Three Muses is to incorporate an animal into our artwork.  The only restriction is that it mustn't include cats or dogs.  Fun!