Saturday, January 14, 2012

Weekend Journal

Well, here we are again - another week has seemingly flown by and we find ourselves here in mid-January already.  It was a busy week, and I have this strange sensation of time being a figment of my imagination.  Things that I know I did this week seem like they happened weeks ago!  Have you felt it, or is winter making me a little nuts despite the nice weather we've been having?  Nice weather - until now, that is.  Today's talk of the town is the weather, but we'll get to that later.


Here are three journal spreads from this week, all in three different styles inspired by subject matter and imagery.  Do you recognize two of the images that I used from the calendar pages I posted last week?

Collage, gesso, Pitt pen, acrylic paint

Gesso, collage, acrylic paint, Sharpie fine point marker.

Acrylic paint, water soluble pastel


My class continues to work on fabric journals throughout January.  We are all having a great time with these!  I have assembled the cover for my first journal, and I'm really pleased with the way it.  I can't stop looking at all the bright, patchwork of colors, and I can't stop running my fingers over the embellishments!

There are sequins, buttons, fibers, beads, lace, and charms sewn to the cover.  That's Christmas garland sewn along the edge of the front cover.   I can't wait to show you the finished product!

Here's what it looks like opened with both the inside front and back covers.

Here's the outside back cover.  I'll be adding a couple things to it, but not much.  I have the signature pages prepared to sew inside of my journal, but I've decided to complete the journal pages before attaching to the book.


As I said, today's big story is the snow.  Snow is usually no big deal here - after all, I live in the Northeast Ohio snowbelt!  What makes this a big deal is that we've gotten use to 40 degree weather, and we got absolutely hammered with snow overnight.  Keith measured 18" this morning around 8am.  I'm just a little annoyed as I was supposed to be judging an art show this morning.  Que Sera, I guess.  It finally stopped snowing about 2 hours ago, and now that I've resigned myself to the fact that I am indeed snowbound, it's really beautiful.

Keith finally got a path cleared to the bottom of the deck stairs.  It's been a very long time since we've seen this much snow!

My little red zoom, zoom (Mazda) looks like a mini van sitting in the driveway!

Standing at the end of my driveway looking west at snow-laden pines.  Gorgeous! 


I'm really excited to share my son's video with you.  It's really artsy, and this proud mom has watched it....well, let's just say a lot!  I can't wait to see Mike's next artistic endeavor.  I think he's found his creative niche, don't you?  I suggest watching on YouTube and in HD if you can.  The video is set to a musical score, so you'll want to turn my blog radio off.  Please comment and "Like" (if you do!) to encourage my budding artist!

Well, I guess that's about it for this Weekend Journal edition.  I hope you're snuggled in and warm in your neck of the woods, and I hope your creative genes are bursting with inspiration.  Until next time, much love and many blessings to you!



  1. I love how emotionally evoking your journal pages are... and yet still so beautiful

  2. Your son's video was wonderful. Where is it filmed? I loved the way the fog churned on the water and roller into the crevices of the hills live a dragon's breath. And the one sunset scene where the energy of the sun seemed to reach out and kiss the clouds. Anyway You can see that I loved it. On another note your book is wonderful. I taught a class along time ago making fabric books. I find it freeing and uses up a lot of those little things that I have saved but don't know just what to do with them. I am so glad that I found you


Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me! It's a pleasure sharing the creative world of art journaling with you. I love hearing from you, so comments and questions are always welcome.

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