Journal52: Prompt 01 – Up, Up, and Away!


I’ve joined a free year-long journal prompt group, Journal52, run by Chelle Stein.  Even as I joined it, I cringed a bit because I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up.  It’s already been a busy year, and it doesn’t look like it is going to ease up anytime soon. But that’s a problem weContinue reading “Journal52: Prompt 01 – Up, Up, and Away!”

Journal52-Cover and bound book


I joined Journal52, a FREE year-long art journal workshop hosted by Chelle Stein.  There will be 52 weekly prompts starting today (January 6th). This last week has a tough one for me.  I got the flu and then had a reaction to the medicine I was taking, breaking out with hives.  Still one has to create,Continue reading “Journal52-Cover and bound book”

Everything Tries to Be Round


What did I use to create this page?  Good question, lol! The memory, she ain’t what she used to be.  If I don’t write it down, I don’t remember.  I did this piece a while ago, got distracted, and forgot about it.  When I found it while looking for something else, I can’t remember whatContinue reading “Everything Tries to Be Round”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – My Journal Covers #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


My Art Journal is done! Now to decide what my next project will be! For those who’ve been following the art journal pages that I’ve done from Pam Carriker’s Creating Art at the Speed of Life, and intend to try doing them, her Mixed Media Adhesive and Liquid Graphite are available at Jerry’s Artarama (scroll through allContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – My Journal Covers #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 30 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


Now I don’t ever want to hear that I am vain or lack a sense of humor! Lesson #30 was a call for a self-portrait (in graphite *sigh*).  I’ve done many a pencil portrait in the past, so I decided it wouldn’t hurt me to give in and work with graphite (see?  I’m reasonable, too).Continue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 30 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 29 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


Now this page is the epitome of a ‘save’.  Although, I’m fairly deft with the save–taking a disaster and working it into something else, I have to admit I panicked a bit this time around. Lesson #30 is another that uses Pam’s liquid graphite. As I’ve explained in an earlier post I don’t have any.Continue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 29 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 28 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


Lesson #28 of Pam’s book has you painting over photographs and giving them borders that you use to create a feeling of depth.  It was great fun, and I’ll be playing more with this technique. Given the placement of my closest photograph (the dog) and the slope of the book though, I think the 3DContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 28 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 27 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


Happy Thanksgiving to those in the U.S. and a happy day to all! Lesson #27 was on shading.  This is pretty standard for me, so I didn’t feel the need to do an assessment sheet.  Unfortunately, the scanner didn’t pick up the lightest shade of gray (done with Pitt brush pen).  Another reason, I likeContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 27 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 25 & 26 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


After counting off the pages I had left in my handmade journal, I realized that I somehow come out a page short.  I felt that Lesson 26 was a continuation of Lesson 23, so I decided it could easily be incorporated into Lesson 25. In #25, Pam has us develop a ‘brand’, a signature styleContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 25 & 26 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”

Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 24 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling


There is a certain style of drawing and painting that I personally associate with the ’50’s, jazz and beatnik sensibilities.   I’ve always liked it, but it requires a clean and simple layout that is quite different than my own. While working through this journal, influenced by Pam’s illustrations, I’ve started to get the hangContinue reading “Creating Art at the Speed of Life’ – Day 24 #PamCarriker #ArtAtTheSpeedOfLife #ArtJournaling”