Map, Snap, Alphabet, Free Fall

Pages from the 5x8" Moleskine with magazine clippings, maps, hand-carved stamps, washi tape.

Note to my wonderful readers: I will be taking a blogging break for a week or so while I recuperate from foot surgery. You know that I cannot stay away very long! The reality is that I've been dealing with pain issues for about 6 months and this is the course of action to get back on track. My family will be taking good care of me, and most importantly, I've stocked the fridge with chocolate iced cream. I've got lots of stuff on TIVO to watch, books to read, pens for sketching. Once I get my bearings, I'll figure out how to balance my MacBook and work with my foot elevated. Thank you as always for reading and for your kindness along the way.

Prompt60 #34

This is a prompt about free play. About hanging upside down on the imaginary monkey bars and looking at the world from a different perspective. Create a journal page with the journal upside down. The idea is not to create a page in reverse but to actually work with your book upside down. The top is the bottom and the bottom is the top. 

Envision how you would like the page to look when you turn it around, but RESIST the urge to "check" it and see how it looks. Good luck. May the art journaling force be with you.

Leave a little space on the page for your written journaling. Then turn the page around properly so it's no longer upside down and WRITE about the experience. Was it disorienting? Refreshing? What did you learn? What surprised you when you turned the page around?

Crossroads: A Workshop About Paint, Ink, Thread & Paper

When I work on journal pages, I lose track of time and place. This creative playtime helps me balance the chaos in my mind. I work without rules, playing and exploring art materials simply to see what happens. 

That's how I developed the techniques that I'm teaching in my new workshop "Crossroads" at 21 Secrets Spring 2015. My workshop is one of 21 workshops {hence the name}! As part of your 21 Secrets registration, you'll get a ginormous, colorful e-book with tutorials and links to instructional videos for all of the workshops. There's even a private 21 Secrets FB group to share your work. This is my third teaching gig with 21 Secrets and I know you'll have a blast. 

Register for 21 Secrets Spring 2015!!!

Art journaling is all about combining words & imagery & color on your pages. There are no rules in art journaling - you don't need a focal point, a perfectly aligned composition or tertiary color palettes. It is about having FUN with the DOING part not FOCUSING on the RESULT part

In Crossroads, we'll use ink, paint and stitching to create funky abstract backgrounds. We'll write our favorite lyrics & miscellaneous thoughts on these highly textured papers.

You can incorporate these yummy papers in your art journal. The journaling and painting techniques can be done with or without sewing; a sewing machine is not required.

One of the techniques we'll do is something I call "Word Grid" where we'll build our journaling on a base of stitching. And yes, I'll teach you how to sew paper!!!

Here's how it works! On April 1, 2015, access will open to twenty-one workshops via a downloadable 150+ page ebook with video tutorials, photos and instructions. There is a private Facebook group to post your work. 

Register for 21 Secrets Spring 2015. If you register through one of my links, I will receive a portion of your registration fee {this is how instructors get paid for teaching}. Thank you in advance for your support.

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Prompt60 #33

"Complexity excites the mind, and order rewards it. In the garden, one finds both, including vanishingly small orders too complex to spot, and orders so vast the mind struggles to embrace them."
Diane Ackerman

Your challenge? Stamp a surface with bubble wrap and incorporate the stamped material in your art journal. Use any type of paper - a page from a book, an index card, a collage, the cover of your journal. Or stamp directly in your journal to make a background for collage or words. [These examples are from a bubble wrap stamping extravaganza in 2009.]

You'll need bubble wrap, any type, a brush or brayer, paper and acrylic paint. This process will work with fluid acrylics, heavy body acrylics and block printing ink too. Cut the bubble wrap down to about 6x6" or whatever size you wish, to make it easier to manipulate. Then take a brayer or a brush and paint the section with acrylics. You can cut the bubble wrap into shapes - hearts, circles, ovals, stripes, squares, etc. 

Press the bubble wrap, paint side down, on your journal page or loose piece of paper. Instant bubbles! Ideas? Make these bubbles a background for collage... or use light colors so that you can write on top... or doodle in the circles with a white gel pen. 

The periwinkle dots on the top right and middle left were made with bubble wrap.


To stamp rectangular sections in this old moleskine datebook, I used a piece of scrap paper as a mask/block and moved the paper as I went along.


Moleskine journal cover {front & back} stamped with block printing ink & bubble wrap. Isn't that a fun Moleskine hack, by the way?

The examples were created with Speedball Block Printing Ink and a Speedball 2" rubber brayer. It's extremely useful to have two brayers. That way you can use one to "paint" the surface, whether that's bubble wrap or a gelatin printing plate. Then you can have a dry one to roll across the back of whatever you are using to make the print impression - this provides an even print. Brayers are quite useful tools. They can be used to paint art journal backgrounds too.

The index cards were stamped with Golden fluid acrylics. The block printing inks have a matte look and feel. The inks feel like acrylic paint. Be careful rinse your brayers before ink/paint dries or else it's a pain to clean-up. Although I like fluid acrylics, block printing ink is more suitable to this type of work because they do not dry as quickly as fluid acrylics and are less expensive. 


You can layer the bubbles - for example, start with bubbles of green and then paint another section of your bubble wrap blue and stamp that at a slightly different angle or location on your page to get a layered look. Acrylics can be layered, just wait a few minutes for a layer to dry before stamping the next, that way you'll get crisp differentiation between your colors. You can also paint something on top of the dots with a brush and more acrylics.

Lots of options. Have fun with this one!

Meet Candy

Instead of spending time contemplating what to draw, when in doubt just draw the first thing that pops into your head. This could be me. Or it could be one of the girls from the B-52's song. Faces and portraits are not my usual subjects, but thats what happened nonetheless. I started with a light rainbowy background, thinking that it would add interest behind the girl, like collage adds interest to art journal pages. I drew her in regular #2 pencil and added gouache. She's floating, which reminds me of those vintage portraits in ovals or maybe a locket. On to something else.

Moleskine: Wabi Sabi

“It is amazing how complete
is the delusion
that beauty is goodness.”
Leo Tolstoy


A lot of random things wind up in my journal, things that start as other things, like drawing or painting practice. So it's not that I paint lines with my journal as the target or goal - I just paint lines. They might wind up in my journal - or part of a collage - or might lead to something else altogether.

That's the story of the "wabi-sabi sunshine" on the left side of these pages. I wrote words a few weeks ago on loose bristol paper with a dip pen and black india ink. These phrases fluttered after one another like found poetry, and seemed fitting for this page. I don't pretend to understand this concept, but I find it intriguing.

Architect Tadao Ando describes wabi-sabi as, "It's the peace found in a moss garden, the musty smell of geraniums, the astringent taste of powdered green tea."

These pages include things like washi tape, little hand-drawn mandalas, circles painted with J. Herbin Vert Pre ink {top side of right page... gorgeous ink, by the way}, magazine clippings, japanese papers and an index card stamped with a hand-carved eraser stamp.