Saturday, January 21, 2012

Weekend Journal

It's been a quiet week and a contemplative, melancholy week.  Winter does that to me and I don't like it one bit hate it.  It's like fighting an upper respiratory infection.  You feel the first signs - that tickling, scratchy feeling at the back of your throat, the slight heaviness in your chest,  but you try to ignore the symptoms and pretend you're going to be fine.  Of course, all the pretending in the world doesn't postpone the inevitable.  Before you know it, you're hunkered down in a pile of blankets trying to make sense of your surroundings as you try to mask your symptoms with medications that make you feel like you're in a Tim Burton movie.

So here I am, feeling like I've fallen into the rabbit hole and am late for afternoon tea with Johnny Depp.  "There all mad here!" (all the thoughts that rattle around in my brain), but I hold on to the little bit of sanity I have with journal and piano in hand.


I've begun working on the pages for my fabric journal and I'm having quite a lot of fun with these pages.  I'm making the pages as bright and colorful as the cover.  Here are a few snippets of what I've been doing.  I'll show you the journal in it's entirety as soon as it's finished.


Remember the sketchbook Keith gave me during my birthday week and my pledge to sketch every day?  Well, it took me a while to get going on it, but I've been on a roll the last few days.

I couldn't get motivated to sketch at first, so I just began doodling and writing thoughts down.

I thought it might help to add some color to the background.  Good idea except I used water soluble pastels - NOT a good idea!  My pens weren't too happy on that surface.

I used a fine point Sharpie on the left, and General 's charcoal pencils on the right.

I brushed black India ink on the page and drew in the face with a General's  Charcoal White pencil

I used my General's Pastel Chalk Pencils (another birthday gift)  for this sketch
I'm now enjoying sketching in this book once or twice a day now.  Maybe I'll get a handle on using pastels by the time I reach the end of the book!


Have I mentioned that I've been teaching myself piano since early May?  I've wanted to play piano since I was probably four years old. (I say four because I know my brother wasn't around yet).  I recorded myself on video yesterday thinking that I'd share it with you.  NOT going to happen!  Even though I hit every note perfectly, I was quite reminded of Frankenstein's monster.  I'll spare you - for now.  I'm a little annoyed that I can't play like Mozart yet, but to my credit, he was MUCH younger than I when he began playing!

The truth of the matter is I may never become anything more than "competent" on the piano, but that doesn't matter.  The great joy it gives me is priceless, and it puts a smile on Keith's face as he listens to me stumble through my debuts on "the newest song I've learned".

So that's what's going on in my neck of the woods this week.  How have you been?  What are you doing in your journal?  Do you play piano?  What are your favorite tunes?  Do you have a favorite website for piano tutorials?  I'll see you again on Monday with mandala number 14.



  1. All I can say is WOW!!!! Ms. Angelia you are by far one of the most talented women I have come across. I follow lots of talented women on various blogs, but there is something so different about your work. When I look at various pieces, they invoke true emotion. I have just recently started dabbling in Art and Art Journaling as a way to deal with severe chronic pain. I am not very good at drawing, but am trying. I tend to do mixed media and collage in my journals, and I do Love to Doodle and Zentagle. I can only hope to be able to be half as good as you one day. I homeschool my 12 yr old daughter,our homeschool is a school of the Arts. My daughter has a natural ability for drawing, she is also musically inclined, she has an ear for timing, and is a competative Irish Dancer. With your permission, I'd like to use you as an artist for unit studies for our homeschool, I'd be happy to send you copies of whatever we do. I am truly inspired. You definitely have a new follower and a new fan. Hoping this finds you well. Have a wonderful holiday season.
    God Bless,

    1. Hi, Kimmie! Thank you so much. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond to your very kind comments. I'd be delighted to see any projects completed from inspiration here. Happy 2013 to 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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