Monday, July 22, 2013

A short tutorial

Recently I found this Greek quote "First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do". I've been trying to focus on intentions and setting goals and this quote fits right into that line of thinking. Of course it became a journal page!

I took a couple WIP pictures along the way and thought I would share them here.

I started with a collaged background. I used magazine images, torn pieces from junk mail and vintage papers. Next I dropped a few drops of acrylic paint (purple, periwinkle and cream) and used a brayer to move the paint around the page. Finally when dry I used a plastic card and applied some random areas of white paint and while that was wet I drew patterns and marks in the paint.

When the paint layer was dry I glued on the collage elements. This kitten face is a copy from a vintage magazine advertisement. the hat is from Tumble Fish Studio, and the arms are courtesy of Mona Lisa. I used scrap paper for the body/dress, rub on wings and a border sticker that I colored with ink.

When the collage elements were dry I added the other kitten using mostly Derwent aquatone pencils and gesso along with a little charcoal and white gel pen lettering. Then I added the quote.

Finally to the finishing details ...  Using Stazon ink and alphabet stamps I added the words "YOU" and "BE". I used a plastic card with acrylic paint and a glue stick cover with watered down acrylic for the assorted background marks. I used gel pen and charcoal for outlining, Sharpie poster paint pens for the scallops, and pan pastels to highlight and for the ground. I think that pretty much covers it.
I posted this breakdown for beginning art journalers. I think if you break it down into small steps it's not so intimidating to try it yourself. Also, each of the steps allow you to put your own spin on the page. I hope if you haven't tried art journaling you will give it a try (First say to yourself what you would be (or do); and then do what you have to do).

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I've been working on large journal pages lately (approximately) 8 x 12" and have been working a little differently than I do normally. Instead of completing a page in one sitting or even one day I've been working on journal pages a few minutes at a time throughout the day as I have time (or feel moved).

This is the latest completed page. It started with this Rumi quote that I found that I really liked "A nightingale sometimes flies from a garden to sing in the forest" and a book page illustration of a pretty woman and it sort of snowballed from there.

I think I worked on the page off and on over a 3 day period which is way out of the ordinary for me. I generally like to work on one thing until it's finished which sometimes can make things feel forced. I kind of liked the way this worked itself out a little more with each addition.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Shades of Blue

Marsha of the Tumble Fish Studio persuasion has come out with yet another wonderful image kit. This one is called Shades of Blue and it is available at

Here are a couple cut & paste samples from my moleskine journal.


Monday, July 1, 2013

now available - Art Journaling Summer 2013 issue

Available now wherever you purchase your Art Journaling magazine and I'm so happy to be included.

The "Exploring Shabby Chic" mention on the cover is my journal and the "Bound for Art" section is by my friend Roc Nicholas.

It is yet another great issue - run out and get yours today!