Journal in progress

I love working with spray inks, gesso, stencils and acrylic paint to make this type of journal (9×12)!  I did most of the work on the pages separately and then bound them back into the journal (Canson All Media Art Book, 90 lb. paper).  Some of the pages are complete, some in the mid-stage, and some I don’t know – they may stay as is.  I like looking at them this way, so here they are:


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Color Sheets

Made these color sheets to show how the acrylic colors I have relate to one another, without having to guess by looking at the bottle or tube.  I’m showing only my craft and medium-priced paints (did not include Golden paints).  I will do the Golden paints together on another set of sheets.IMG_7957

Backgrounds ready

Made these backgrounds today – all ready for journaling.  This is my handmade journal for documenting (sort of) the days, weeks, whatever…. this year.  I’m not pressuring myself to have an “entry” every day.  Just a place to document when I feel like it. Spray ink and stencils on Fabriano Artistic hot press watercolor paper painted over with a light coat of Titan Buff acrylic paint, scraped on gesso, and then some smudges of other paint to strengthen the “look.”  I like this process, and the result is both colorful and calm – inviting for journaling later.


Trust your journey

I have been reminded a lot lately that life is a journey, step by step, without a clear map of the future.  I have adopted this mantra for a “new chapter” in my life:

Trust your journey, Love who you are, Live from the heart, Suspend judgment, Choose with intention, Invite Divine Guidance, and Always be grateful.  

Have been journaling about this way of approaching life and the world:


Take a Tag Break

I love shipping tags; love to use them, paint on them, stamp on them. and tie on the ribbons. They are a non-stressful way to warm up to do some art or just enjoy the fun. This week’s DLP unPlanner 2016 prompt was to use a circle on an art card, so I made these tags.


And  here’s how:

  1. Lay out an undersurface of plastic, plexiglass or one of those craft sheets (I can’t remember what they are called??)
  2. Spritz various areas with two or three colors of spray inks that will go together well (not complimentary colors or they will make brown).  E.g., pink, yellow, orange; or purple, blue, pink; or green, yellow, blue).
  3. Lay a few tags side by side into the ink and push down and move a little to get the ink to print on to the tags, allowing some of the colors to blend..  Lift up and set aside to dry. If there is a lot of ink, you can use a rag and dab some of the ink off – just don’t rub too much or you will lose the flowing look of the original print.
  4. Once the tags are dry, spritz or dab with a little more ink if desired; just a little here and there. Let dry.
  5. Stamp with a rubber stamp – I like to use black.  I used script stamps turned various ways and going off the tag.
  6. Glue on a shape and repeat it on the tag (I used circles, but you can do leaves, squares, triangles, ovals, etc.)  The circles I used are from Roben-Marie Smith’s In the Garden collection – just gorgeous!
  7. Embellish:  doodle around the circles, in them, next to them, etc. Smudge areas with acrylic paint or oil pastels to get depth of color.
  8. Pour some black gesso on a palette and use a round stencil brush (or your finger)  to make some random black dots or circles to balance out the tag.  When dry embellish them with white or colored dots, lines, etc.
  9. Last, if you want more depth, use the stencil brush and a little acrylic paint to add in some more circles, or to paint lightly through a stencil – use a color that won’t dominate. On these tags, I used yellow, lightly applied.
  10. Pick a ribbon, or twine, or fabric to make the tie.
  11. Don’t forget to take a photo and share it on your blog or Instagram, or whatever.
  12. Hang them up to enjoy or put them in your art journal.

Let me know if you like the process!

Liking my Sketchbook

Am really liking this sketchbook made from Robin-Marie Smith’s free tutorial Urban Journal Remix.  Have glued in some old sketches, made new ones, and tabbed in others from experiments along the way.  Today I tried using acrylic inks following Alisa Golden’s instructions in her book Painted Paper.  I really like the raw quality, the fast pace you have to work, and the big open spaces this allows for.  (More sketches in this book below….)

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Working on a series

Working on a series of background pages (front and back) that will become completed journal pages.  I am currently working on 33 of these sheets (66 when you count both sides).  Love doing these abstract backgrounds!

These are 9×12 Canson All Media papers (taken out of the spiral bound book).  I learned this way of working in a journal from Roben-Marie Smith.