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

Painting Black and White Journal Cover – NEW Stencils

Painting Black & White Journal Cover PLUS New Stencils Launch There is something special about starting a new journal – pristine and full of possibilities. Adding black and white pattern with paint to a brown craft colored cover is easy and gives just the right amount of light, medium and dark contrast to make a dramatic statement that invites creative exploration. The cover is finished off with outlining the designs with a white extra-fine Posca pen and lettering first written in pencil and then gone over with a black Micron pen. Here is a video showing how I’ve use the… 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

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

He Is Risen! Bible-Hymn Journaling

He is Risen Indeed! Bible-Hymn Journaling the Resurrection The Good News! Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen! This week I spent some time reading the Gospel resurrection accounts in the Bible. Matthew and Mark record it the most similarly. I like that each one is different, like different witnesses seeing specific events and people from their own viewpoint. This actually gives more credibility to the Scripture in my view. I chose to Bible journal Mark’s record in Mark 16, mostly because the pages directly followed the crucifixion page I did with the cross on Mark 15. Mark 16:1-8… Read More

Art Journaling Weekend Workshop Creative Adventure!

A New Season of Creativity has Begun! Inspiration Abounds! My studio has had a library revamp and the new library corner is working beautifully with the bonus of a bit more floor space and easy organization of art supplies. It gets me excited for the next Art Journaling Weekend Workshop, June 22-24, 2018. Would you like to join me? Full of Possibility! Expressing Unique Personal Style Last year we had a lovely group of creatives making a weekend art journal. I still find it amazing that these beautiful journals are made out of just three pieces of watercolor paper. It’s… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – E – Enter

Enter into the Mystery E – in the A-Z of Mystery Journal To enter means: to come in or go in, to be admitted into, to make a beginning, to come upon the stage, to share in, to have an intuitive understanding, to make record of, to occupy or take possession. ~ from Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary I’ve been thinking about what it means to enter into the mystery of God. On one hand it feels a bit like free falling into the unknown, but how can I say no to drawing into more of experiencing God? Letting go… Read More

What to do when you don’t like your journal page

What to do when you don’t like a journal page? In the past I wanted all my journal pages to be just right, without mistakes, but found that way of thinking limited my risk-taking in art-making. This tendency toward perfectionism put pressure on me when I should’ve had freedom. So much of the art making process is about a mindset, a way of thinking, about having fun. Thankfully I grew out of that way of thinking into “You can always gesso (put a paint base) over it.” That is true. Some of my most messed up pages have been painted… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – D – Destiny

The Mystery of Destiny “D” in A-Z of Mystery Journal As I’ve been thinking about the meaning of destiny recently, it seems to come up everywhere, in what I’m reading, listening to, watching. That’s pretty typical I think. It’s like if you’re looking to buy a new car and have a particular one in mind, then suddenly you notice them everywhere. But really, the subject of Destiny has come up more now than ever, and I sense being a part of something bigger than myself. Here is the definition of Destiny: des-tin-y: something that happens to a particular person or… Read More

Bible Journaling – Christmas Baby Dedication

Bible Journaling ~ Christmas Baby Dedication Luke 2:30-32 Here are some of the words of Simeon, a good man who loved God and received a promise that he would not die until he saw the Messiah, the Anointed One of God. “With my own eyes I have seen your Word, the Savior you sent into the world. He will be glory for your people Israel, and the Revelation Light for all people everywhere.” Luke 2:30-32 TPT This passage reminds me that God keeps His promises, and encourages me to keep seeking Jesus in my everyday life. Learn How-To Bible Journal… Read More