Happy New Year!

To ring in the New Year I have decided to start blogging again. Maybe not every day, but I’m hoping for at least once a week.  I’m taking several classes, so I should have plenty of art to share with you.

First up is the latest journal I made. I took an online class with Kelley Walker called Monoprint Bound. She taught us how to make prints with my absolute favorite tool, the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate, then make journals using some of those prints.  I made TONS of prints and then used some of them for the covers of my new journal. I used a variation of Kelley’s longstitch…because I already had pages punched with four holes and she used six. But I made it work! I hope you like it. (You can click on the images to enlarge them.)

Here’s the Front Cover…

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the whole outside of the journal, open….

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the back cover…

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inside front cover….

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and the inside back.

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I’m super happy with it. It’s always fun learning a new binding technique. I loved using my own prints for the covers. The little beady dangles on the spine really tickle my fancy!


Inspired and Working Small

I’ve been painting a little bit more lately. I’m working in another small journal that I made a while ago. It doesn’t have pre-painted pages but the smaller size doesn’t cause quite as much “white page syndrome!”  I have been inspired by teachers and members of The Documented Life Project (DLP). Either by their own art or actual tutorials, I’m learning lots of new things. Sometimes it’s something small, like smearing paint with an old credit card (the best use for them, as far as I’m concerned!), or something a little more complex, like the painted circles. (Click on images to enlarge.)

I painted the background of this page by spreading paint around with an old AAA card. A bonus is that since the paint is spread so thinly, it dries almost right away.

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I LOVE making these painted circles! I learned how to do them from an online tutorial. A bunch of us doing the DLP are absolutely hooked on making them!


These cute little white tigers have blue eyes that match perfectly with my blue paint pen. So, naturally, they had to go on this page!


I’m starting to find a little more balance in my life. While I’m still doing a lot of reading, I am making time to create. Whether it’s working in my DLP planner or in a journal, it’s very fulfilling and gives me a real sense of accomplishment.


Last Friday night I went to see Eddie Izzard in Boston. He was BRILLIANT! Of course. He’s Eddie!

2014 Tour program - force majeure

Eddie is a British comic…the BEST, as far as I am concerned! It was the fourth time I’ve seen him perform live since I saw him on his “Circle” tour in March of 2000. Fortunately, one of my best friends is not only a fan but is not afraid to drive into Boston. That’s a major plus! A mutual friend of ours went with us last week for her second time. We had such a great time. We’ve been quoting lines from the show ever since.

I first saw Eddie when he performed his “Dress to Kill” show on HBO in 1999 and I was immediately hooked. I have every one of his recorded performances available in the US. Unfortunately, since our VHS died, we will either have to get our tapes converted to DVD or repurchase them on DVD. Not replacing them is NOT an option!

I hope you’ll check out some of his routines on YouTube. You just might find a new obsession!

Et voila!

Create Art

I made this page last night after I uncovered some alphabet stamps while I was cleaning my studio. Score! Finally I *found* something while cleaning. Usually I lose stuff. I can’t tell you how many times my dear hubby has told me not to clean because I always lose things when I do.  While that is a lovely theory, it sort of falls apart in reality. But he still gets bonus points for the thought.

Here’s a fun little tip for when the alphabet stamps are sold by individual letters. It can be too pricey to buy every letter in one fell swoop. I always start by buying the letters to spell CREATE first because then you also have the letters to spell ART! Cool, huh? I always add a P so that I can stamp my initials.  Next I need a J, O, U, N and L so that I can spell JOURNAL. There is a method to my madness!

After stamping my words, I put some washi tape in the corners and on the edges. To bring the colors from the tape into the rest of the page, I made the vines with Tombow markers and the little blue flowers with a paint pen.  (Click on image to enlarge.)

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I love the versatility of alphabet stamps, whether in a set or sold by individual letters. They allow me to use fancy fonts that are too complex or too time consuming for me to draw. Even simple letters have such a different look when stamped instead of written. It’s always nice to have choices!


In the past, when I thought of music about being happy, I always thought of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. But since “Despicable Me 2” came out, my go-to happy song is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. I recommend you watch this video or listen to this song at least once a day. I promise you, it will make you smile! It makes me dance wherever I am. Even if I’m just chair-dancing! It is positively infectious.  You can watch the video here:

The page that I made today for my journal was just more of my happy playing. I had no plan. The flower at the bottom came to me from some Happy Mail I got from an online friend, Gloria Browning. Do you see a pattern here?   😉   (Click on image to enlarge.)

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Go get YOUR Happy on!



I have found that the one thing that is sure to keep me from making art is to compare my work to someone else’s. Especially if I’m taking a class with students who have been making art a lot longer than I have. And, of course, online there are thousands of different artists that I can compare myself to! An artist has to walk that fine line between inspiration and comparison. There are so many art journalists that I admire and who inspire me. I love looking at their work. But when I start to compare my work to theirs, I have to remind myself that they have been working on that style for their whole artistic career. If I am taking a class, I have to remember that I can’t learn in a day or two what they have been working up to for years! I think that this quote says it simply and accurately.  (Click on image to enlarge.)


It’s a constant struggle. But as long as I have little reminders like this, I can power through. I’m going to go through cycles when it’s very hard to think of something to put on a blank page. Fortunately, I also go through cycles where I can hardly put my journal down. Those times, ironically, are usually when I’ve been inspired by something I’ve seen someone else do!

I Did It!

I’m SO excited! I did my thirty posts in thirty days! Considering that I entered the computer world kicking and screaming, I’ve done pretty well. Of course, without the help of my hubby, the computer whiz, who knows where I’d be? It comes very naturally to him. It’s a gift. Me? Not so much. I’m still a pen and notebook sorta gal. When he was first teaching me how to type up a Document, he kept saying, “It’s just point and click!” To which I invariably replied, “Point where and click what? I don’t know what the heck you’re talking about!” (I cleaned up my language a bit for you. 😉 )  Here’s a journal page that expressed some of my frustration with most things tech. (Click on image to enlarge.)

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Now I don’t know what I’d do without my computer! I’m still not terribly computer-savvy but I’m comfortable with what I know. I can keep in touch with my friends and family, take online art classes, watch fun videos…and blog. I even taught myself how to add the badges down the side of my blog and line them up straight with each other. That might not seem like much to you but figuring out computer code is a HUGE thing for ME!

Now that my thirty days are up, I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up the pace of a post every day. But I will do my best to get here at least once a week…hopefully more. I appreciate every one of you who come here to see my simple posts. I want to treat you well so that you will keep coming back.

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