A-Z of Mystery Journal – I – Imagination

The Mystery of Imagination – I in the A-Z of Mystery Journal Imagine is one of my favorite words and finds it’s way into my journals, by definition and illustration. This time I focused on Imagination. Imagination is the ability to form pictures or ideas in the mind, new and exciting things not experienced before. I love that! Seeing imagination through the filter of my faith helps me appreciate how uniquely made humanity is with our ability to hope for things not yet present, discover the unknown, invent life changing machines etc. It makes me glad to be alive, and… Read More

Cultivate ~ Art Journaling & Our Garden

Cultivate: Art Journaling Workshop & Our Garden June brings with it sunshine, gardening, and the annual Art Journaling Workshop. It’s a joy to open my studio and courtyard garden to fellow creatives who sign up for the workshop. In the workshop, having a theme, word, object, place, or idea to begin with is encouraged. Sending out prompts helps prepare for the 2 1/2 day workshop. My visual theme was trees, and my word: cultivate, as you see above. Cultivate means: to prepare and work the land in order to raise crops, till; to promote or improve growth by labor and… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – H – Harmony

The Mystery of Harmony – H in the A-Z of Mystery Journal It’s amazing how relevant the word “Harmony” is for me right now. Some relationships are especially challenging, and I need wisdom and discernment to know how to navigate disagreement, how to be kind and honest, how to love the other person and be true to myself. It takes courage. For me it also takes surrender and dependence on God. I can’t do it in my own strength. Every week seems to bring a challenge and need for courage. This really stretches my “flight” tendency. The verse that jumped… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – G – Glory

The Mystery of Glory – G – in the A-Z of Mystery Journal The meaning of glory has always been illusive to me, a mystery, with a kind of “high & mighty” air to it.  When attributed to God, it sounds authentic to me. When applied to humans it seems unnatural, distracting, and self serving. What is it? Why use the word? Since the word shows up in my verse of the year , it seems like a good idea to explore it. “Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectations of glory. This mystery of… Read More

Art Journaling & Stenciling Video Tutorials and Inspiration

Art Journaling & Stenciling Video Tutorials & Inspiration Here is a post showing all in one place three videos demonstrating various techniques for ways to use the new stencils I’ve designed for StencilGirl Products®. Following the videos is a grid gallery of inspirational images that have used the stencils. If you haven’t checked out the post just before this, you won’t want to miss the step-by-step process of painting a vintage style book cover. The first video shows how to make a mixed media art journal page using my new 6×6″ & 4×4″ Spirit Wind and Spirit Swirl stencils by… Read More

Looking Back and Looking Forward – 2017/2018

’tis the season… Even though this time of year in the Pacific Northwest brings cold rain, short days and long nights, there are things I love about the season. It is a time of looking back, celebrating holidays of gratitude, the gift of God’s presence, and relationships of friends and family. It is also a time of looking forward. One thing I love about this time of year is the finishing my yearly journal and breaking open a new one, pristine and full of possibility. The treasure hunt of my word of the year is underway and with it comes… Read More

Wonderful Art Journaling Weekend Workshop!

It was one of those weekends I marvel at. Twelve people, plus myself, who mostly are strangers, spending 2 1/2 days together. The range of experience in the group was vast: a couple of people had never done anything like making an art journal before, and a couple others taught classes like art journaling and book binding. Most were experienced in between the two. Even with all that difference, the creativity and connections flowed smoothly, with freedom and laughter throughout. Here is a photo of our journals (and feet) at the end: We had a wonderful time creating together: And… Read More

The Mystery of Music and Memory

I am struck by the mysterious power of music and the way music moves the heart, gives hope, and recalls memories. When moved by a piece of music, I often found myself saying and praying, “How I long to paint like this sounds.” The right song at the right time can bring a deep sense of hope. This happened last week during my dear Aunt Ruth’s funeral. Music, especially hymns, were important to her. She strongly requested a specific vocalist sing two of her favorite hymns during her service. When the singer began the first song I began to weep. The song… Read More

My New Simplified Bullet Journal

My New Simplified Bullet Journal Snow storm, cancelled classes, cleaning out and organizing studio spaces. For me it goes along with getting my everyday, calendar journal ready for the year. This simplified bullet journal gives me lots of freedom as I begin to live out my word of the year: FREE as in “be free.” By simplified I mean, not a lot of “to-do” lists or coding, unless I want to, but more of a loose design format to happily contain my thoughts, prayers, dreams, and activities of the year. Journal writing and research make up much of my everyday journal, but… Read More