Thursday, February 26, 2015

Keep Me In Your Heart

I knew this quote needed to go into my journal pronto! I did end up making a card for hubby using it for the sentiment. You can see that one HERE

And this is what I did in the journal :

I kept it very simple as I wanted the quote to be the strong focal point. I used a loose letter alphabet that I picked up from Michaels for $1.50 long ago. 
When I first started the journal, I added some colour to each and every page. Some more, some a little. Some painted some with oil pastels. The idea was to make a start to facilitate quick page making in the future. And I tell you it works. It was tedious to start with, but I'm so glad now that I did it that way. The composition book pages are pretty sturdy, but they do 'shine' or show through on the other side when you use bold colour of felt tip markers. Something to watch out for.
The strip fabric and fabric heart I added long ago when I had these pretty remnants, but they were perfect for this quote. The stamps are 'Stitches' by Bo Bunny. A light spray of alcohol inks completed the page in record time.

So simple but it says exactly what I want it to say!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Meet The Eternal

 I found this quote in a book I just finished and even though he states the obvious, we don't always see it, or think about it in such 'simple' terms. That is what grabbed me about the quote.

However, at the moment I'm printing these in 5x7 format, so I re-sized it for that...

I used the 'Once In A Lifetime Collection' by Lonetta Avelar for this page.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Love Knows No Distance

Commiserating with my Mom many years ago, I mentioned how huge the physical distance between us is. She reminded me that love knows no distance. It doesn't change because we are separated by many miles.

I used Gypsy Couture's new kit 'Hypnotic Soul' for the page. The alpha is from her 'HoHoRetro' kit.

It is time to scan a page or two from my journal again, to show you what I've been up to. I really enjoy working both in digital and 'real life messy' formats. There are pro's and cons to both. Perfection will lie in combining the best of both worlds...but that would be pretty difficult to do. Right now this is working for me though...

Sunday, July 21, 2013

2 Too

Ever felt like this?

Too fast
Too much
Too many

Like the volcano is building up pressure....I'm so glad I'm not feeling like this right now, but this was not so long ago....I like the way the type stamp fills the sky with busy talk. Just what I wanted...even if the stamp did not take equally well on the back ground. That is covered with oil pastel and gouche paint. Not sure why the success rate varied, but hey! It all adds to the randomness of a quick thought put on paper, right?

I'm not sure that this is actually finished either...most likely I'll stumble across it at some point in time and add a whole lot more busyness stuff to it. I would like to add more dimensional paint (like the lava) too, but for now I'm just seeing if it will stick to itself and maybe pull of the page, before I do anymore.
Experimentation is the name of the game.

Monday, April 15, 2013


Sadly neglected this blog, but I am journaling. In one way or another. Also sad is how busy my life is that I seldom get the chance to post stuff. That is just no fun.

At least I am ‘good’ busy. Winking smile

I thought I’d show you this double page spread I did quite some time ago now. Just needed to do something with a read pen on real paper, so I grabbed a quote that had made a picture in my head and sketched it out. It is all wrong in many places, but that is exactly why I have art journals. So I can make mistakes and ignore them. Not because they don’t matter, but because they are not the most important thing in my life. I don’t want to be ruled by mistakes. Real or imagined. So I just do it,, cringe, swallow hard….and move right on Open-mouthed smile

And in spite of it all I totally enjoyed doing this. Got more sketched, just need to add the colours etc. This is a good old journal from Walmart. I had watercolour washes on the page to start. The rest is colour pencil and some markers. Another reason why I like journals versus gallery art – I can use anything on those pages, they don’t need to be permanent or last. No lightfast requirements and all that stuff. Nothing to think about but what I’m doing. It forms a wonderful contrast to the controlled precise work I love to do. I could not do one style exclusively. I need to do both. That makes a balance for me.


I recently found a hard cover discarded book in good condition. I see an altered book in my future!



Thursday, July 26, 2012

In A Funk

A few weeks ago I found myself feeling really bleh. For no particular reason, just I decided to play in my journal until I feel better.
It worked. For a start that happy piece of scrap fabric makes me smile. I just cut the letters free hand, no planning. It was a meh page anyway. Dark colours and drab colours to go with the theme. Some dirty yellows and after scribbling, cutting, gluing and making a mess of my hands (I used oil pastels over an acrylic base) I felt so much better. And it was simple and quick. No art involved, just getting fingers dirty. Maybe that is all I needed.
Now the page makes me smile as I recall the evening. Win win. Gotta love that!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Digi or 'real'?

I recently did the page below in a small journal that I have.(you can see the edges of the book in the untrimmed image) The quote is by Stuart C Hackett and I found it in Lee Strobel's book 'A Case For Creator' Now I had a very definate idea of what I wanted to achieve, and yet, although not displeased, I feel it could have been so much better. I used oil pastels and stamping and added the little tags on the side to feature the quote in it's original latin.

I kept it simple and focussed on purpose, but I'm sure I will be doing that one again digitally in the near future. For me digital just has so many more possiblilties.

Here is another quote I did....there is a page in the book for it, but I was so unhappy with it, that I recreated it digitally so I can stick this version over the comparative insipid one in the book. It simply did not create enough drama on paper. See - ?

Of course I could have kept going untill I achieved the desired effect, but instead I opened up my digi paint programme Artrage (if you have not tried it, do yourself a favour and download the trial!) and painted a background to my liking. I then move the file over (layers intact!) to Photoshop where I added the text, brushes, overlay etc. All of this can be done in Artrage, but I like to do certain things in one programme and certain things in the other. Kinda like digi hybrid  ROFLOL

aaahhh much better.

I have a feeling this journal will have a lot of quotes in it. I'm going to have to pay attention that I don't make it too quote heavy! For some reason quotes (and song lyrics) spark inspiration for journalling in me, like nothing else does. After all, I have a box full of ATC's and journal prompts begging for attention too ;-)

ps I noticed, when I went to get the link, that Artrage has a GOOD sale on right now!