Journaling

Journaling in the CSJ

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Journaling | 1 comment

Journaling in the CSJ

My friend Connie gave me a collaged journal that I call CSJ and I have challenged myself to fill it up. The beginning of this project is on this post. I have been trying to match the beautiful collaged pages of this journal with the content that I add, so it looks like one person did the whole page. On this one I ran the lines of the printed flowers on the right to the blank space on the left. I glued in a few pieces of painted paper and then used a micron pen and some Tombo pens to add color. This is a two page spread that only had two white columns in the center. I continued the horizontal...

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Portland Art & Soul Blogroll: Day 5

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Giveaway!, Journaling, My techniques, My Work | 32 comments

Portland Art & Soul Blogroll: Day 5

Today is my day to tell you about the classes I am teaching in Portland from Sept. 30-Oct 4th, 2013. I have four classes, and one of them is full, but there is room in the other three. And, I will not be teaching in Portland next year, so if you want to grab a class, now is the time! Monday, September 30 I am teaching a Visual Journaling Class. I journal a lot, and my journaling artwork has been in Journal It (Jenny Doh), The Sketchbook Challenge Book (Sue Bleiweiss), The Complete Decorated Journal (Gwen Diehn), Art Journaling Magazine, Somerset Studio and Cloth, Paper, Scissors. In this...

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San Miguel: Chapter 1

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Journaling, My techniques | 3 comments

San Miguel: Chapter 1

Well I am not nearly finished with blogging about Bisbee, Arizona and off I went to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. My kids are at camp, my husband and I are renting a casita in the centro of this charming, colonial city. I am drawing everyday. Here is a project I just finished, which is the stairs from our casita to the owner’s flat above us. First I sketched it with a pencil. I used a 2B, a regular school pencil. Then I added some watercolor, just basic colors to test out the composition. I went back over some of the shapes with the pencil. I added more watercolor and did not continue...

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Journal Challenge for Myself

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Creative Exercises, Journaling | 3 comments

Journal Challenge for Myself

In October my friend Connie presented me with a journal she made, it is stunning. She made it using a cover of a vintage book. She decorated every single page. Each one is so thoughtful, so full of texture and imagery that she glued, stitched, drew and collaged. Most of you know that I normally work on white pages, so this journal was a bit of a challenge for me, both because it was already so beautiful to look at, and because I was not sure how to approach a page with so much content already on it. I decided to try and work with the pages so what Connie did and what I added looked...

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Doodling with Dawn

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Giveaway!, Journaling | 9 comments

Doodling with Dawn

Dawn DeVries Sokol is a friend, an author, a doodler, a journaler, and an energetic artist. She has just published  this journal for the inexperienced journaler, the fearful of white pages, the personal who does not currently know how valuable journaling is. All characteristics that do not apply to me. I have always been a white page lover, a no-prep jump-in journaler. I don’t need thoughtful prompts and ideas on colorful backgrounds. Well, that was until I dove in on this one. Each page has a bit’O magic built in color, small amounts of text, ephemera and prompts that make it...

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California and Haiku

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Haiku My Heart, Journaling, My Work | 4 comments

California and Haiku

It is the week after Christmas and I am in California. This is where I was born and raised, and where my heart is. I love the sea, the salt air, the palm trees with their ridiculous trunks. I have been journaling. I have been crafting it up in my mom’s extraordinary sewing room, making creatures from socks and parts of socks. Even crafted a sea monster. We have been visiting, drinking tea, eating fabulous meals, watching old family movies and running the dogs on the beach. We went whale watching, and saw no whales, but had our faces in the sea air watching dolphins and their babies,...

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