I Can’t Believe It’s a Stencil! Card Making…

I Can’t Believe It’s a Stencil! Making Nesting Doll Cards I’ve always been drawn to the playfulness and layers of people and their stories represented by nesting dolls. Being of mostly eastern European descent, I have a little collection of them, and find myself looking for them when we travel. They remind me of the layers of ourselves as people, and how we are incomplete without relationship with one another. They remind me to be thankful and make me smile. Every Christmas I get out all the nesting dolls, with their layers, and they have a party on the piano or… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – K – Kingdom

The Mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven – K in the A-Z of Mystery Journal For years the concept of the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God seemed so illusive. Ten years ago, I remember asking a few of my co-workers what the Kingdom of Heaven really looks like. We had a few good discussions, but it was still vague by the end of the conversations. I read through the gospels in the Bible and noted the word Kingdom (of God or Heaven). At that same time I also noted the references to the Holy Spirit. It was as… Read More

New Music Stencils & Open Studio Demos

New Music Stencils Music is a language all it’s own, sinking deep into the soul from the depths of despair and reaching up to the gates of heaven. Music allows us to relive memories forever young, and dream of the future bright with hope. “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato These stencils, made by StencilGirl® Products, can help you express your music in art and art journaling. So versatile! My personal favorite is the music staff mask and I’ve been using as for a background pattern… Read More

Open Studio Tour – October 20-21, 2018

Welcome to my Studio My studio in Hillsboro, Oregon will be one of over 60 art studios open for the Washington County Artists Oregon Studio tour. October 20-21st. It’s FREE, open from 11 am-5 pm. Get inspired! I’d love to see you! Come by to be blessed: art demos, new stencils reveal, give-aways, art, journals, coloring, walk the labyrinth. Find out more at:  https://www.washcoart.org/valeriesjodin2018/ Come Visit my Studio & Patio Courtyard! Look through Journals… Walk the Labyrinth… Ask Art Questions… See Stenciling Demos… Stencils, Artwork & Books available for Purchase Be the First to See my NEW Music Stencils in… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – J – Joy

The Mystery of Joy – J in the A-Z of Mystery Journal Joy is one of those things that makes one’s heart sing. The mystery of joy, at least for me, lies in the difference between joy and happiness. They are similar and can be expressed in similar ways, but joy goes deeper. Joy is an emotion of delight and gladness not dependent on circumstances. It expresses gratitude for beautiful experiences and is hopeful for something wonderful. “Joy is the echo of God’s life within us.” – Columba When thinking about how I was going to present the word JOY,… Read More

An Acronym for Rest in my Visual Journal

An Acronym for Rest in my Visual Rest Journal I get excited when a theme word works well for an acronym that adds meaning to the word. It helps me apply the word and live it out. Making journal pages helps cement the ideas and actions in my life. This post includes the images and definitions of the words in the acronym for R-E-S-T in the journal pages. The definition of REST is “the refreshing, quiet or repose of sleep; refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labor; relief’ freedom especially from anything that wearies, troubles or disturbs; solitude, tranquility, mental… Read More

What Time is it for You?

What Time is it? For you? For me? For us? September often brings new beginnings and a shift in seasons. For many a new year of school begins. It has been nine years since I taught school and my daily times and rhythms were determined by the school calendar. This September is definitely a different one for me. Making a calendar page in my everyday journal is still a therapeutic and consoling process for me. Each month seems like a fresh start, full of possibilities. This month I’ve chosen colors that personally symbolize rest, peace, and hope. Painted papers, Washi… Read More

Art Journaling Rest – the Unforced Rhythms of Grace

Learning to Rest… In the last post, I began a journal with the theme of rest, inspired by Mary Brack’s “All in All Signature Journal Class.” Theme verse: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 The Message… Read More

“Suddenlies” of Good Times… Good News…

Sweet Suddenlies with Family I thought it would be a good idea to give you a bit of a personal update. I have been more scarce than usual online, and here is why. There have been some “suddenlies” that have come as pleasant surprises and sweet answers to prayer. Our two grandsons from Texas came to stay with us for 10 days and we spent wonderful times with our family. We had the best time together!  August has ended up being an amazing family focused month and will continue through the end of this month with our anniversary, a wedding,… Read More

Celebrating Summer Art Journal …

Celebrating Summer Art Journal This summertime journal makes me happy. It was my demo journal in the Art Journaling Weekend Workshop in June. Helpful Tips for Making a Short Art Journal: Having a theme. It can be either an object, such as trees like I have here, or a state of being like praise, joy, sorrow etc. or both. I think this journal has the feeling of hope and praise in the context of nature, specifically trees. Picking a color palette to work with. I usually pick five colors with 2-3 as dominants. That way, no matter what is done… Read More