Archive for My Art Journal

CED Body Theme

Admittedly, I wasn’t real big on the CED theme of “Body” for January but as Leah always says…it’s totally optional so I didn’t do much creating related to body this month. But I was going through some old sketch books and thought I would share this drawing that I did about 5 years ago as a result of some guided self-contemplation on how I was feeling about myself at that time. That inner glow is the way I generally feel as I am an upbeat person but at that time I had felt depressed for a long while about my body and my inability to get fit. All of that council was so good for me and this drawing reflects how I felt when I came out of the other end of that tunnel of depression and back into the light that usually shines within me. I thought it would be a fitting image to post as January comes to an end. Looking forward to February and the CED theme of “home” which is near and dear to my heart!


An Art Picnic

portable "Studio"

 I’ve been having a hard time getting any amount of quality time in my Studio since the new pup joined our family and even when I am in there, I am wondering if Pop is watching that he doesn’t tear the place up or tinkle on the rugs, etc. So I got to thinking about Leah’s (Creative Every Day) Art Picnics where she spreads some supplies out on any surface and begins to create. That prompted me to fill a wicker basket with some things I might use along with my badly neglected art journal and after spreading it all out on a card table, I was able to work for a few hours right in the heart of the household with all the activity going on around me! I admit to being somewhat of a solitary person when it comes to creating art but last night it worked for me to be surrounded by activity while I worked. Just proves that it pays to try something different when you are desperate for time to create!!  I was able to finish two pages in my Journal and work on a few ideas for some new projects in the near future.


Like most creative people, I save some pretty wierd objects and had a bunch of labels hanging on a cork board in my studio. I got to thinking how some people define themselves by the “things” they own…the labels they choose and that is the story behind this journal page.

First Show...

These pages speak for themselves, documenting an exciting event in my life last year…

She could light up a room

She could light up a room

She could light up a room

I was looking through some ephemera and spied these ad cards for  Hood’s Sasperilla. The young lady pictured is so fresh and fun looking. You just know that she would be the belle of the ball, a social butterfly much sought after. So I paired her images with an actual ladies calling card, some flowers and a vintage romantic poem for a wonderful new page in my art journal. I arranged it all on a striped tissue paper background. This is the poem:

You Are All The World To Me

Without thy smile the monarch’s lot,

To me were dark and lone,

While with it, e’en the humblest cot

Were brighter than his throne,

Fame, Fortune, Joy or Liberty

Were worthless if not blest with thee

I haven’t located the writer of that poem yet and I suspect there was much more of it but that’s all that was printed on the little gold embossed card. Can you imagine the flutter of her heart when the gentleman suitor slipped the little card to her as they left the dance floor……..sigh….

It’s okay to mourn

It's okay to mourn

It's okay to mourn

It’s okay to mourn, to remember, to heal…   A thought provoking journal page.  The picture of the soldier and a vintage ad for burial insurance form the basis for the story here.

Strong Woman

Strong Women

Strong Women

Here is a sweet page from my art journal. I put together a grouping of sepia toned pictures. One is a picture of my Mom as a little girl…I love that photo! Another is a picture of an old woman that came in a frame I purchased one time and I just loved that picture so I kept it. The third photo is what appears to be a class picture from the 1920’s. I’ve mentioned before that I have a stash of old photos that someone gave me to burn when they were cleaning out their home to sell. I couldn’t bear to part with the pictures…some of which were relatives so I asked if I could keep them for my own use and I have really been enjoying being able to use them in my art and my journal to tell a “story”. The caption here is…Be in the Company of Strong Women… And I try to do that as often as possible!

Aboard the Mary Patten

Aboard the Mary Patten

Aboard the Mary Patten

I found these black and white photos in with a bunch of old photos from an elderly relative who was throwing them away. I have no idea who the folks pictured are except that they may be distant relatives. What I found interesting was that they were obviously on a ship and upon closer examination, I read an inscription someone had added which said “Aboard the Mary Patten”.  The date was Sept. 9, 1925. I was curious so I went on line and found that Mary Patten was a famous ship Captain’s wife back in the 1800’s so the ship these folks were sailing on must have been named after her. I believe they were sailing to Scotland. I copied a map of North and South America in black and white for the background and clipped a few articles about Captain Patten & his wife Mary and inserted snippets of those on the pages.  Fun to sit and dream of who these folks were and how long they would be sailing for!!

Art Journaling

I found out about Art Journaling purely by accident. I had been purchasing some art mags  just to see what was new in the art world and to get some inspiration. I came across Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Somerset Studio magazines and I was just blown away by what I read in them. The art challenges were just what I needed to get my wheels turning and the pictures and instructions were fuel for the fire that burned in me to do something creative again!

So one day, I found a 2008 appointment book that I had received from a friend. It was a beautiful pictorial calendar with photos of Monet’s Gardens on the left side and the appointment calendar on the right. It is nicely bound with sturdy spiral wire and nice weight to the pages. I had saved it because, although outdated, it was just too darn nice to throw away.

I am so glad I kept it because this has become my first Art Journal and I am having such a wonderful time with each page I create in it! Sometimes I cover the calendar side completely with pretty paper and that is the foundation for the page I construct. Other times, I use the appointment page as a basis for the art story I will tell (such as the one that listed the days of my Granddaughter’s dance recital and birthday). That page became a tribute to our little diva as I pasted a picture of her in costume and a ballet pose , the words “Dance like no one is watching”, some sheet music and a few accolades of my own about this special little dancer.  I finished it off with some strips of pretty paper, a rubber stamp of ballet shoes and a few rub on flowers.  On the opposite side, I pasted some appropriate phrases over the picture of Monet’s garden.

Some pages,  like “The Garden Club Girls”, the garden club girls feature sketches from one









of my sketch books on the right and a few phrases overlaying the garden picture on the left. On this one, I added a ribbon border.

Some pages are very simple….like a picture of my Maggie (4 year old Scottie) pooping in a patch of buttercups, I added the phrase “Poopin’ in the posies and a big grinning sun clip art picture overhead.

Other pages are constructed with found papers or antique ephemera and batiked phrases that I made up, while a few are liberally splattered with scrap booking details from the craft store and pieces of colored or printed tissue paper or paper napkins.  Like this one…Live your art…which already depicted an artist in one of Monet’s gardens on the left page. A good jumping off point!

live your art










I’ll share one more page with you today. It’s one of my best, in my eyes anyway. I call it “Who is it For”?  based on my favorite Beatle’s song, Eleanor Rigby. It is dark and moody, just like the song….

who is it for

The “foundation” is a dark, geometric print tissue paper layered with a mysterious looking victorian lady, the song words, a snippet of music notes (not the correct ones…just some clip art from my card program) and a few puzzle pieces with words pasted on them. I just love the effect.  Sorry I couldn’t seem to get a better photo of it!! But you get the idea about Art Journaling anyway and I am hopeful that you will be inspired to try it too.

The Path You Choose

The Path You Choose

 Here’s a funky page that I enjoyed doing. The picture on the left was clearly a garden path so I did my journal entry to go along with that theme of “a path”…saying that “the path you choose may require fancy shoes” because I had saved an ad with all these colorful shoes on it and wanted to encorporate it into a journal page ! My sketch of a windblown gal with a pale wash of watercolor, layered over some purple tissue paper, was just the right background character for the idea of someone dreaming of a career in fashion modeling or design, or another career path that might require fancy shoes.  I couldn’t resist adding the words, step lightly!

Some Journals I have seen in magazines are very detailed and formatted. My first attempt is loosey goosey, (my friend Jude would be proud) to say the least, but I like that I have combined serious art pages with humorous pages and even some personal pages featuring the important people and events in my life… in an artful way.

So today I challenge you to start an Art Journal of your own but I must leave you with this one last disclaimer:  WARNING: Art Journaling can be addictive. You may need an intervention at some future date….

I’ll be waiting to hear about your journals!!