Meeting Online Friends in England

We flew from Dublin to Birmingham, UK. Roger and Bernice picked us up from the airport. So kind! What a gift they gave us! Amazing really. Bernice and Roger took us to places we would’ve never even known about without them. Bernice and I met online. I got involved in Bernice’s art journaling group challenges: The Gratitude Journal, The A to Z of Me, and the Identity Journal. Roger and Bernice are walkers, and they walk along the canals. I had no idea Britain has more canals than Venice and they were the major source of transportation at one time.… Read More

Art Mapping & Exploring Ireland’s Southeast Coast

We had done the tourist thing, and now we wanted to see beyond. So with Sean at the wheel, we set out with just an idea of where we wanted to go for a couple of days along the southeast coast of Ireland. In the car, I noted where we went and what we did. Then after our outings, when I had time, I made a little map of the highlights. Our first stop, thanks to the tip from Francesca, was Cobh (pronounced Cove). On the way there, Keith and Sean got to explore a very un-tourist Belvelly Castle. There… Read More

Art Journaling and a lot of Blarney

As we planned our trip, it was important each person got to do and see their top two things. Keith’s top one was castles. As you can imagine, the rest of us Americans were pretty happy about that. We did see a number of castles, and even stayed in a place with a view of one in Cork County – Blarney. Before we arrived at Blarney, we took the train from Dublin to Cork. I love the train! From there we were to rent a car. Yikes! Driving on the other side of the road. Not me. Sean and Keith… Read More

Travel Journaling – Oh the Places We Would Go…

It’s been over a month since we’ve come home from our trip to the UK and Ireland. Time flies when life is happening fast! It is good to stop for a moment, remember, and be grateful. So as I think of going from Iona, to Edinburgh, and on to Dublin, I smile, thankful for the memories. We rode the train from Iona to Edinburgh, small island town to Scottish city,  with amazing Architecture and dinner with our high school friend.  We flew to Dublin. Took a taxi to our rented apartment. Sean and Merri arrived in the wee hours the… Read More

We Played Like Children…

Our last full day in Iona, Keith and I hiked to Columba’s Bay, along a winding street with cottages, walking by pastoral farms with the prettiest livestock I’ve ever seen. Sheep seemed to be almost free range. Just close the gate, the sign said. By the golf course on a trail not clearly marked, along the rugged, beautiful shore of the island. Up and down hills, through rocky terrain and heather sprinkled purple midst the green and grey. When we reached the bay, there were signs of previous play, a makeshift labyrinth and celtic cross. But the most amazing thing… Read More

Beginning our Travel Journal: Scotland

Because it was a trip of many transitions with many places to go to, I needed to pare down my art journaling supplies. Here is what I ended up using on the go. I kept a written record of nearly each day in my Documented Life journal. The calendar base was made before the trip. I also used a small Moleskine watercolor journal to document the cities we visited and some of my most meaningful places. The little Celtic reference journal was used as a reference for lettering and Celtic knots drawn along the way. My trusty old travel watercolor… Read More

The Celtic Journal Ready for Artistic Adventure

When I found this old embossed hymnal, I liked the look of it and wondered if it could be transformed into my newest art Journal.  I decided to risk cutting the pages out and using the entire cover as the cover for my Celtic Travel Journal. I get a little nervous when cutting into an old piece I respect and don’t want to ruin. I use a lot of music in my art journals, so I will use the music whether it is inside or outside of the cover. But still…. I was nervous! That must be why I forgot… Read More

Beginning My Celtic Travel Journal

Last month I mentioned that I would be taking a break from my virtual life and going on a pilgrimage and anniversary celebration. So it seemed fitting to share a bit about the journal preparation for the trip. From my last post, I bet you can guess where it is: Scotland and Ireland, and a quick visit to England. In preparation for this trip I looked over my Celtic art books, reviewed relevant lettering styles, researching and drawing Celtic knots, and have been looking at historical reference such as the Book of Kells. I love historical ornament! It’s one of… Read More

My Doodle-Photo-Painted Papers Travel Journal

I’ve come home from Spain with a bunch of photos and an art journal I started in Granada, but didn’t get very far on. The journal base, which I made before the trip is a modified accordion book style. Thinking it through, I decided to combine a photo book and art journal of the adventure.  Here is the cover, standing, with some of the pages and the back cover showing: The cut shapes on the top of the journal were inspired by the layers of civilization and buildings of Granada.  I cut and strips of painted tissue paper to put… Read More