Saturday, August 22, 2015

i was published in a chinese magazine...

I am so excited about being contacted from a really beautiful and unique chinese magazine, they asked a variety of art journalers and sketchbook artists to be a part of this issue and i was so excited to look through it when it finally arrived in my mail box, i tried finding any links or website for them and all i could find is a facebook page, but it would be fun to see past issues.
So here are my pages...

Friday, July 24, 2015

more visual journal pages...

i'm having a lot of fun in this journal and wanted to share some old and new pages from it

Thursday, June 25, 2015

what i liked doing as a kid...

summer always makes me think of childhood favorites what i liked to do and how to incorporate those things now if i can. so my list that i was able to come up with was cutting and pasting pictures, i always loved making collage boards, so i decided to gather some favorite images and some cardboard and created the one below....

another thing i loved was daybook organizers and papers even at a young age when i didn't really need one so i am going to use this one to organize some lists and ideas, i like the grounding and calming color of brown, so i'm really happy with this one.
   some pretty pink additions and hopefully i can stick with using this one, i seem to always be switching ideas

I also loved doodling so i'm incorporating more of that , i loved swimming so i need to make time to go to the pool this summer, i really love it. and rollerskating, i'm not really sure how i could incorporate that one, unless i get up the nerve to try rollerblades. and one more thing is candy i just love candy and i think i will indulge a little this summer
It was fun seeing what i still do now that i loved as a little girl especially collaging and doodling which i get to do in my art journals only now there are so many fun supplies to work with.

Maybe this will help you think of what you have always loved :)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

how i create a page....

a few people have asked about my process so i wanted to take photos and talk about favorite products and processes.

first i gather together my images, for this page i picked an image from Vintage Garden magazine, a bird from a sabrina ward harrison card and a piece of embossed pink paper.

I lay out the pieces in a way i like and glue them down with elmers or lately i'm using Coccoina glue that smells like almonds. I use a gift card to smooth down the pages.
  in a used rose book i decided to add a simple rose...

then  i start adding washi tape and other little bits. i used a piece of turquoise washi tape and then stamped the date onto it.

i cut out a sentence of inspiring words from a self care book

then one of my favorite steps, these stencils from martha stewart that can be found here on amazon. they are really good stencils that stick and peel. I think that make the page pop.

 then in my tool basket are pens and markers and i will write over images and add doodled words and then i see if there are any last minute things to add, then its finished.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

new art journal...

I have been too tired lately to make my own bound books so i had a new idea of just using a thin molskine. The paper is thin and it gets a little wrinkly, but i don't mind that. I am trying to do one page a day which is also different for me, i use to collage a few pages at once and then go back and add other parts when i felt like it.

But know it feels like a ritual and i like the feeling of finishing a page. I strive for everyday, but i probably end up with 4 or 5 days which is still good for me. I don't put too much thought ahead of time, i just start and its been a lot of fun, so here are a few of my first ones and i will probably be sharing here more often as a result of getting more pages finished.

a couple of up close shots...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

something new

I've been inspired lately to work with beads again, something i used to do a lot more of, and have always found relaxing...

I'm making little beaded fairy dolls and i am selling some in my shop if anyone wants to take a look and give one of them a nice home :)

back soon with some more journaling pages...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I'm still here...

boy i don't like it when i let so much time go by without blogging, but it turned out to be a very difficult month for me, first it was so great, getting to go to the pam garrison journaling retreat for three days, we just created all day and had delicious food prepared by donna downeys mom.
but then once it was all over i felt exhausted and sad but i couldn't sleep or eat for days and after a few days i knew i needed help because then it just gets worse, i have had this happen a few other times in my life and it is so so difficult to go through, so know i am just starting to feel like myself again and i have been journaling on the pages that i made in pams class.  She has a fun way of playing in the journal, she does some background pages randomly throughout the book and just paints or doodles, or collage or draw just randomly on any page she feels like, so i've been having fun doing it that way. Pam and Donna are both just so amazing and fun. what an experience it was.

Here is pam talking about what inspired her to begin creating in the first place

 here she is doing one of the many demonstrations while we watch intently

and here we had a bonus watching donna downey doing a gelli plate demonstration

Here are a few pages from pams journals she brought 4 of them and i can't believe i didn't take more photos, i think  i must have just been a little overwhemed...

and here is the cover of the journal we made in class we all doodled with calligraphy ink on brown paper and then colored in with craft acrylics

and now various pages that i have been doing, some finished, some unfinshed, just loosing myself and finding myself in the process as one of the quotes that i wrote on one of these pages says and just trying to relax and have fun