Long Tailed Tit – 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #ArtJournal


If you are here looking for the Rhodiarama Notebook giveaway, please go here. Busy week, last week.  I decided to keep things simple, and do more of a watercolor sketch for my ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds‘ entry. Colors used: Quiller Ultramarine Blue, Magenta, Permanent Green Light with a light glaze of Cadmium Yellow.  Brush: Silver Black VelvetContinue reading “Long Tailed Tit – 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #ArtJournal”

Wood Pigeon – 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #WatercolorBirds #ArtJournal


There! All caught up with ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds‘.  I’m not sure what Mitsib’s schedule is for posting the new birds, but I’m ready for the next one. For some reason, my scanner really picks up the Magenta color.  Far more so than it looks in the actual painting.  I’m also finding that theContinue reading “Wood Pigeon – 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #WatercolorBirds #ArtJournal”

Goldfinch – 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #WatercolorBirds #ArtJournal


I started my birds for the FREE year-long event, ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds‘ a bit late.  Three birds had already been done.  I’ve got the jay and now the goldfinch done, and hope to have the wood pigeon finished before the next bird is up (which will have happened by the time I have posted thisContinue reading “Goldfinch – 52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds #Watercolor #WatercolorBirds #ArtJournal”

I Can See Clearly Now – Journal52 Week 3: Favorite Song Lyrics #Journal52, #ArtJournaling #Gellyrols


The two prompts for Journal52 this week were “Favourite David Bowie song/lyric” OR “Favourite Song/Lyric”. My OLP this year was Protuberance – as in the opposite of depression.  I can’t think of any David Bowie song that fits with that.  In fact, for me, the whole idea of a favorite song or lyrics is fairly meaningless.Continue reading “I Can See Clearly Now – Journal52 Week 3: Favorite Song Lyrics #Journal52, #ArtJournaling #Gellyrols”

The Silence of Paintings #Clairefontaine #Sennelier #ArtJournaling


Shortly before the end of the year, I received an Ultramarine Blue sample of Sennelier’s new abstract acrylic paint.  Abstract as in a new foil packaging.  Otherwise, it’s just good acrylic paint.  I didn’t care for the packaging of the sample–for one thing, there was no way to seal it, so it pretty much neededContinue reading “The Silence of Paintings #Clairefontaine #Sennelier #ArtJournaling”

Shaping the Page #SakuraOfAmerica #Gellyrolls #StillmanAndBirn


Yesterday, I mentioned the art journal background pages that I did using a sample of Sennelier’s new abstract acrylic paint.  That deep, rich Ultramarine Blue you see here is the result of that. The dark paint seemed perfect for fluorescent Moonlight Gellyroll pen (which you might rightly believe that I am in love with), andContinue reading “Shaping the Page #SakuraOfAmerica #Gellyrolls #StillmanAndBirn”

Journal52 2016 Week 2-Saying Yes; Saying No #Journal52 #Pentalic #Gellyrolls


This year, under Effy Wild’s management, there are two Journal52 prompts each week.  Both are related, but different, because people are different and different things appeal to each. This week was to examine what we are ‘Saying Yes to in 2016’ or alternatively what we are ‘Saying No to in 2016.  I decided to goContinue reading “Journal52 2016 Week 2-Saying Yes; Saying No #Journal52 #Pentalic #Gellyrolls”

Starting the New Year with a Bang! #StillmanAndBirn #Gellyroll #ArtJournal


This was a page, done in 2015, that I didn’t like, so I covered over it with dark blue acrylic paint, letting some of the original page show through.  Then I had fun with some Gellyroll gel ink pens.  It makes me think of an explosion, so I thought it was a good piece withContinue reading “Starting the New Year with a Bang! #StillmanAndBirn #Gellyroll #ArtJournal”

Squirkling the Nautilaus:Journal52 Week 17: Treasure #Journal52 #ArtJournal #StillmanAndBirn


Earlier this year, I hit an artistic slump and found that trying to create a page to the Journal52 prompts seemed more like work than pleasure.  That seemed to defeat the whole purpose of art journaling, so I gave myself permission to just do the prompts that struck my fancy. The slump has been overContinue reading “Squirkling the Nautilaus:Journal52 Week 17: Treasure #Journal52 #ArtJournal #StillmanAndBirn”

Godzilla for President! Journal52 Prompt: Just Add a Dinosaur #Godzilla #Journal52 #StillmanAndBirn #Sakura


The Journal52 2015 prompt for Week 50 was Just Add Dinosaur, which was to make light of a stressful subject by adding something silly.  It didn’t actually have to be a dinosaur, but the minute I saw the prompt, this idea popped into my head. This isn’t a slam against any particular candidate or party.Continue reading “Godzilla for President! Journal52 Prompt: Just Add a Dinosaur #Godzilla #Journal52 #StillmanAndBirn #Sakura”