In the Shadow of Trees #Watercolor #Strathmore #ArtJournal


Day 1 in my 10-day watercolor a day journal. I don’t plan to write in this journal, but I am writing about them in my blog, as you may have noticed.  So ‘art’ journal may be a misnomer, but I think I’m keeping to the spirit if not the exact meaning of the term. ThisContinue reading “In the Shadow of Trees #Watercolor #Strathmore #ArtJournal”

Watercolor Journal #Watercolor #Strathmore #ArtJournal


One of my biggest problems when I paint … when I do art of any kind … is that I like to fuss.  I find it hard to stop, and keep trying for some unknown goal. Finding myself in the mood to bind a book, I decided to make a small watercolor journal that IContinue reading “Watercolor Journal #Watercolor #Strathmore #ArtJournal”

Journal52 Week 23-Small Success #StillmanAndBirn #Sakura #ArtJournaling


I haven’t done much art journaling lately.  I wasn’t doing much art work at all for quite a while.  Various reasons, all to do with real life, yadda, yadda and lol.  I’m glad to be back at it, though I doubt I’ll try to catch up with all the Journal52 posts I missed.  Just goContinue reading “Journal52 Week 23-Small Success #StillmanAndBirn #Sakura #ArtJournaling”

Elements of Elephant #StillmanAndBirn #LunarBlue #Zentangle


On Monday’s post I shared a watercolor painting that I did using Daniel Smith’s Lunar Blue.  I wanted to play with it some more, so I covered a couple of pages in my Stillman and Birn Delta sketchbook, and set about to discover how it does as a background for Zentangle-Inspired Art. I’m not as pleasedContinue reading “Elements of Elephant #StillmanAndBirn #LunarBlue #Zentangle”

Journal52 Prompt Week 15: Cards #Journal52 #ArtJournal #StillmanAndBirn


I decided to try an experiment this week, and while I don’t love the way it turned out, it’s okay, and has given me some ideas for other projects. I had a page with splashes of paint from another project, so I used a Montana Marker with Shock Dark Blue paint to cover it up.Continue reading “Journal52 Prompt Week 15: Cards #Journal52 #ArtJournal #StillmanAndBirn”

Uniformity Too #StillmanAndBirn #Sakura #Zentangle


On Monday, I posted one of my drawings and how I used the idea of a uniform to determine what elements I would add, and the patterns I would use. Today’s drawing is done using the same method for choosing patterns and deciding what I would include in my drawing.  Yet the two drawings couldn’tContinue reading “Uniformity Too #StillmanAndBirn #Sakura #Zentangle”

Uniformity #StillmanAndBirn #Sakura #Zentangle


Aha! I bet I fooled you. Did you think this post would be about ways to draw something so you’d get uniform results?  Or did you know me well enough to know that is so…not…me. In fact, I thought this drawing would be a good one to show you exactly the opposite. Well, obliquely theContinue reading “Uniformity #StillmanAndBirn #Sakura #Zentangle”

Journal52 2015 Week 12: Inspiration Board #Journal52 #ArtJournal #GelliPlate


I’m not sure what the problem is, but I’m having trouble getting inspired by the Journal52 prompts.  Possibly, it’s because I’m taking watercolor classes, and my focus is on watercolor.  I do that–get mono-mania-minded on one thing to the point where everything becomes difficult. So with the prompt ‘Inspiration Board’, I was feeling no inspiration.Continue reading “Journal52 2015 Week 12: Inspiration Board #Journal52 #ArtJournal #GelliPlate”

Journal52 2015 Prompt: Just Write #Journal52 #ArtJournal #StillmanAndBirn


I couldn’t get this to scan properly but I thought I’d share it anyway. The Journal52 prompt was ‘Just Write’.  There has been a lot of serendipity or synchronicity or something with these journal prompts and my life lately and I decided to write about that. The first time it happened was after I postedContinue reading “Journal52 2015 Prompt: Just Write #Journal52 #ArtJournal #StillmanAndBirn”

Journal Prompt 10: Coloring Book Inspiration #Journal52 #Exaclair #ColoringBook


There seems to be a lot of serendipity going on in my life lately, when it comes to Journal52 prompts. I was just thinking that I didn’t have any coloring books to be inspired by, when I received this marvelous Mandala coloring book for adults, from Exaclair Inc.  I’ll be reviewing it and giving awayContinue reading “Journal Prompt 10: Coloring Book Inspiration #Journal52 #Exaclair #ColoringBook”