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Entries in journaling (19)


Art Journal Love - Autumn...


The Uni-ball Signo Broad Pen - A Must Have

One of my favorite journal artists, Kira Harding has done it again!  She has discovered an awesome doodle and journal pen and after reading her post HERE about it, I quickly jumped all over it.

I stalked my UPS guy on delivery day, his name is Mark, and tore the box open immediately to reaveal a box of beautiful (these guys are pretty) Uni-ball Signo Broad Um-153 Gel Ink Pens!  I popped off the cap and gave one a test drive.  Oh, boy!  I even did a "blur" test and brushed some water over my doodle marks. truly is waterproof!  And if that wasn't enough, it writes over dried paint with ease!  The pens are a little pricey on their own but a box of 12 drops the price down about 50% off each pen!

Have a  blessed day!




I'm Working On This...

I was inspired this past weekend by a post on the Journal Girl blog!  Kira arrived at the studio to find a note left for her by an artist friend. It was on her art table and simply asked: "What are you working on?"  I am responding to that with this post.  I don't often "show" myself working in the studio deep in the process of creating. I am back to working more faithfully in my art journals.  It gives me a place to design and develop ideas for future projects and this day was a good day.  So, some insight...the things that aren't so obvious:

•I watched/listened to the maraton run of The Librarian while I worked.

•It was pouring rain all day and I felt super cozy inside the studio.

•I ate boiled peanut hummus for a snack.


What are you working on right now?


Digi IPad Art Journaling...

I created this digi page in ArtRage and Procreate on the IPad. I imported the text/words and added lots of layers to blend it all together. I use the Sensu Brush and love it!


Blooming Digi...

I am still practicing my mad digital skills on the IPad...Ha! Ha!  It is starting to feel more comfortable and I am getting used to the brushes and settings.  I feel a new line of Paperbag Studios mixed media rubber stamps coming on!!  For this simple page I used Procreate and ArtRage.  Still haven't decided which one is my favorite yet. See those cool splatters? Those are available as an add-on in Procreate.  I would LOVE to see those added in ArtRage!  Have you given digi a try on the IPad?  What are your favorite applications?

Also, I am in LOVE with the Sensu Brush & Stylus! It is a quality brush and stylus in one.  I like being able to flip back-and-forth between the stylus tip and brush tip and I am amazed at how natural the brush tip feels.

Have a  blessed day!





Art Journal Love - FANCY THAT...


Art Journal Love - REACHING...

Acrylic paint, spray inks, pencil, white pen and black pen.


Art Journal Love - SPACED...

Acrylic ink, dye inks, sewing machine, collage papers, shipping tag, Pitt Pen, Small Circle rubber stamp by Paperbag Studios, various stencils by The Crafter's Workshop and Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate.


Art Journal Peek...

Sketching, stamping and washi tape...almost finished!


Art Journal Love - WHEN...


Acrylic ink, dye inks, circle foam stamp (Claudine Hellmuth), washi tape, oil pastels, collage papers, stabilo pencil, Pitt Pen, Arrow and Thursday stamps (Pam Garrison) and small circle stamp (Paperbag Studios).


Art Journaling with the Gelli Plate...

Acrylic ink, dye inks, sewing machine, flower foam stamp (Claudine Hellmuth), washi tape, stabilo pencil, Pitt Pen, Arrow stamp (Pam Garrison), various stencils by The Crafter's Workshop and Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate.


Watch the Process - Happy Day art journal page

 HAPPY DAY art journal page - 9 x 12


Goodies Used: The Crafter's Workshop 12 x 12 stencils (Blazonry and Dashed Lines), Pam Garrison Chevron clear stamps, black ink pad, Amsterdam Olive Green Light acrylic paint, Amsterdam Sky Blue Light acrylic paint, Adirondack Color Wash Purple Twilight, Liquitex Payne's Gray acrylic paint, Radiant Rain Ginger Peach, Liquitex Professional Acrylic ink (Vivid Lime Green and Quinacridone Magenta), white acrylic paint, black doodle pen, Uniball Signo white pen, watercolor pencils, alphabet and arrow rubber stamps (manufacturer not on stamps), washi tape and watercolor pencils.


A Change of Direction...

Sometimes a change of direction is necessary. I began working on this journal page and felt a bit frustrated at how it was progressing. I began with stencils, ink, paint, and collaged papers.  I ended up adding a layer of gesso when I wasn't happy with the direction of the page and then decided to sketch a face. I like the bits of paper peeking through and am glad I wasn't afraid to cover up the layers and keep working. 

Have a  blessed day!


First two layers included acrylic paint, spray inks, stencils and doodles.

Next, I added more acrylic, pencils, oil pastels and then papers and gesso.

I covered the page with some white paint and began sketching this face with a Stabilo pencil.

For this layer I added more oil pastels, acrylic paint, and pencils.

I added more layers of acrylic paint, stenciling, rubber stamping, watercolor pencils and oil pastels.

Finished page is at the top of this post.



 Chevron rubber stamps by Pam Garrison, gesso, Stabilo pencil and scrap papers.



Just Right For Her...

"Just Right For Her" art journal page to celebrate my 23rd wedding anniversary.


Stencils, alchohol ink and doodles with oil pastels.

More stencils, marks and doodles.

White paint and layers of papers.

Doodling, accents with white pen and handmade rubber stamps.

Acrylic paint and more doodles.

Acrylic paint, doodles and rubber stamping.


Burlap scrap, old book papers, scrapbook paper, black dots Smash tape by K&Company, masking tape, arrow stamps (manufacturer unknown), chevron stamp handmade by Samantha Kira Harding and Adirondack Alchohol Inks.


Journal It!

Have you heard? Jenny Doh's upcoming book Journal It!: Perspectives in Creative Journaling is due out in early November. I am so excited to be included in this book with so many talented art journalers. Here is the description:

Book arts, journaling, and collage come together in Journal It!, where 19 mixed-media artists showcase their signature techniques, tips, and creativity boosters. The featured work ranges from lettering expert Jill K. Berry's beautifully calligraphied travel journals to Jeannette Sclar's whimsical gardening books, and the techniques include everything from toner-based transfer to stitching with fabric and paper. With over 200 inspirational photos to guide them, even beginners can create works of art right from the start.

Have a  blessed day!