Category Archives: Journals

Found Photo Project

All Photos-1586

All Photos-1585

I finished the found photo paint sketch project I started a couple of weeks ago. I got a really nice hard-bound scrapbook at Goodwill, as well as an old magnetic photo album full of someone’s vacation photos from Hawaii.

I separated out the seascapes and landscapes and did paint sketches from them in the scrapbook, using gouache and watercolor. There are 29 paint sketches in all.

Now I can spend tomorrow playing with collage.

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Shelfie

Shelfie

A shelf of finished gluebooks and sketchbooks.

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Composition Books

Journals

I may or may not be in a relationship with composition books and Post-it tabs.

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Art Journals

Art Journals

Years ago my old journals were destroyed in one of my many moves. If they hadn’t been, this pile would be about three times the size it is now.

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Soul Mapping

Disappointments and Failures

Walk on Eggshells / Bloom Where You're Planted

I recently picked up the Soul Mapping book again and have been going back over it anew. I was in an online art group years ago that was focused around the book, but it turned out not to be such a good idea in terms of “stuff you share with your imaginary friends on the internet.” We all got to chapter 3 and then it turned into radio silence. I ended up finishing the book on my own, and now am having a second pass at it.

In short, it’s a guided art therapy course. I’d recommend it for anyone who has never done such a thing, or anyone who feels stuck. In fact, there’s a section specifically dedicated to “unsticking.”

I’m probably about 2/3 of the way through. This time around I’m doing more writing and less arting, but that’s fine with me.

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Flower Pounding

Flower

I deadheaded some day lilies while out back with the dog. They bled red on my hands, so I thought they would make a pretty flower pounding page in my journal. And they did! But it turns out that the rich brick red color of the petals becomes purple and orange, when pounded. Who knew?

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Stamp Cleaning

Stamp Cleaning

I always have one page in whatever book I’m working in that I use to remove leftover ink from my stamps.

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Paper Clip

Paper Clip

If you’re using a spiral bound notebook or sketchbook, you can tip in items using a paper clip. This allows the item to easily flip independently of the facing pages, and it gives you access to the back of the item.

And yes, I’m obsessed with trees lately.

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Girls can’t be cowboys

Girls can't be cowboys
mixed media collage in art journal

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Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water

I made this sketchbook three years ago and finally finished it.

Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water

Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water
8 x 6 inches, 24 pages of Canson 140 lb cold press watercolor paper, single needle Coptic bound with black waxed linen thread

Radish
Radish

You are what you are
You are what you are (sour AF)

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