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











Thursday, March 12, 2015

more art journaling pages...

for awhile it seems like i've been creatively blocked with my journals, but it seems that with the spring days that are starting to come, i am also having more journaling ideas so i have a few more to share today. I've also been finding lots of quotes to write especially from the new Bella Grace magazine, man that is a really good magazine, lots of wonderful writing.





Saturday, March 7, 2015

i'm so excited...

i'm sure i've mentioned on here how pam garrison is such an inspiration to me, i have been following her blog for 8 years, well next week i get to take a 3 day art journaling course with her, she is actually coming to the little town i live in, Huntersville, NC to teach. I still can't believe it and i cant' wait to learn new techniques from her and find new art supplies and just to meet her.
So i have been looking through my journals old and new from the past couple of years. Some are really large and others smaller which is what i'm liking now. Some are finished and others i may come back to, but sometimes i like an unfinished page....











Monday, March 2, 2015

adding a few things to my shop...

I'm adding some things to my shop that have been featured in Somerset magazines, i am so grateful for these oppurtunities that i've had so be in their beautiful magazines.
The first is an issue of Greencraft winter 2015....some vintage bookboards painted with my favorite words and quotes and decorated with flowers.








Then in Somerset Studio may/june 2014, my little painted cottages on cardboard....





and then i also painted some pots 2 with garden girls and one with a bird. So I'm putting all of these things for sale in my shop The Painted Flower.