Category Archives: Journals

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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Anjou Pear

Anjou Pear #gouache #paintings #paintsketch #sketchbooks #artjournals #scumbling
gouache on 140 lb Canson cold press watercolor paper

I had been planning on going to the animal shelter yesterday after work. So of course, on my way to work yesterday morning, the brake warning light on my car came on. Instead of looking at dogs, I dropped my car off at the auto shop. They called this morning to say that there’s a broken rear brake line, leaking rear differential, and a broken brake caliper slide, all of which will cost about $500 to fix.

I’d like to stop hemorrhaging money soon, pleaseandthanks.

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Yes, Another Pear

Anjou Pear
gouache on 140 lb Canson cold press watercolor paper

The background color is a little off on this. It’s not that bright and minty. I’m too lazy to scan it, though.

The paint is some old cheap-ass tubes I need to use up.

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Anjou Pear

Anjou Pear #painting #paintsketch #gouache #artjournal #sketchbook
M. Graham and Schmincke gouache on 140 Lb Canson cold press watercolor paper covered with tissue paper coated with Daniel Smith transparent watercolor ground

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A Test

Clear watercolor ground test, dried 24 hours. This was not a thick application, but it needs to be thinner, to avoid opaque sections. Not tragic!  This is why testing is good. #artjournal #sketchbook #painting #testing #watercolorground

Close up. Clear watercolor ground test, dried 24 hours. This was not a thick application, but it needs to be thinner, to avoid opaque sections. Not tragic!  This is why testing is good. #artjournal #sketchbook #painting #testing #watercolorground

I pasted a piece of textured kraft paper into my journal with acrylic medium. I covered that with a thin coat of Daniel Smith transparent watercolor ground. After drying 24 hours, as recommended, there were still opaque streaks. So next time, I’ll know that thin is not thin enough. Must apply even thinner!

Schmincke and M. Graham gouache on textured kraft paper treated with Daniel Smith transparent watercolor ground #artjournal #sketchbook #painting #testing #gouache #watercolorground

I’m really happy with the way the finished product handles, despite the streaks. I think it will be a nice addition for collaging elements into journals that you later want to use wet media on. The ground also comes in opaque white, if you don’t want the underlying surface to show.

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