journal pages plus 4×4′s…


“When I realize that God makes his gifts fit each person, there’s no way I can covet what you got because it just wouldn’t fit me.”  ~William P. Smith, Loving Well

I finished the 16-page journal I’ve been working in this week.  I need to do additional work on the front cover…I’ll post that when I finish that.

This page started with the big bird at the top.  This is a bird from the index card a day challenge I did last year.  I enlarged it and printed it off on my printer and glued it on the journal page.  I did some additional doodles around it and then completed the page.  The small flap over to the right is the fold over flap from the back page.


and here is the back side of the flap:


This page is my least favorite page in the journal.  In fact, I didn’t really finish it and I don’t know that I will:


We are going here to eat tonight.  If you are within driving distance of northern Arkansas…give it a try.  The restaurant is excellent….best steaks ever! And, I don’t usually order steak.  They also have a bed and breakfast,  and I understand it’s a get place to get away,  or whatever.  Biggers Bed and Breakfast and The Bluff Steak House

I almost forgot to post this week’s 4x4s. It was a bad choice to photograph these on that sketch pad. :(  These number 61-64:


rowing my boat…


Row,  row,  row your boat

Gently down the stream.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily.

Life is but a dream.

Just doing my thing…rowing my boat…and all’s well in my world.  I have been working in my collage journal.  I think I’ve said it before but collage is my favorite thing to do.

I finished a flap page:


Here’s the entire spread including that flap above:


and close-ups of both pages:



I call this my Super Dogs page:


and this a smaller flap page I finished:


Everyone enjoy your weekend and next week too!!! :D

…crossing the road


“This world is the City of Truth, its maze of paths enchants the heart:  We can reach the goal without crossing the road, such is the sport unending.” ~Kabir~

Why did the chicken cross the road? We know the answer: to get to the other side.  If only,  the chicken made it to the other side :)

I finished a set of 4×4′s Wednesday.  I started with black paint and dark Viridian Green on the background.  I wanted to experiment going from dark to light.  The stamping was made with some foam stamps I made a few years ago.  The collage pieces are bits of painted phone book pages.  These number 57-60 toward my goal of 200 tiny pieces of art by the end of this year.





I also ordered another new book from Amazon: Playing with Sketches: 50 creative exercises for designers and artists by Whitney Sherman.  The book doesn’t teach you how to draw but gives you ideas. Whitney calls it “calisthenics for your hands and mind, to help you break away from your norm to create a new way of thinking and mark making.”


Here’s a peek inside the book.  This photo turned out kind of fuzzy.


I wanted to put a link to Whitney’s website but WordPress isn’t cooperating with me this afternoon.  Do a search for Whitney Sherman, you won’t be disappointed.

…the band plays on


…while you worry about what each note means, the band plays on.”  ~Mark Hartley~

I finished some pages in my “Teesha” inspired journal.  I’m a bit obsessed with all the cutting and gluing.  I wish I could find the perfect glue but it’s not happening.  Teesha Moore uses Tombow Mono Adhesive tape applicators .  I have tried it,  but I haven’t mastered it yet.  I like for the edges of my collage pieces to be glued down and the glue tape doesn’t allow for that unless you run it off the edge of the collage piece.  I’m finding that Elmer’s X-treme glue stick works best for me right now.  One has to be very careful or the glue ends up on the front of the collage piece…and I don’t like that either.  My pages lack depth…I think it must be lack of shading. I’m working on that.




Jane Davies mentioned this book as a good resource for faces….I ordered it from Amazon.  It is a book of paintings and drawings by Tina Berning:


Here are a few pages from inside the book:





I’m off to work on some 4×4′s.  Have great rest of the week!

fun times…

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” ~unknown~

I’ve been having so much fun making books, working on spreads, and 4×4′s.  I won’t say what my house looks like right now :)

Here is the next set of 4×4′s in a series of 200.  These number 53-56.  A fun thing about doing this series is trying out new color combinations, etc.  That’s what I did with these four below.  I’m not sure I like these.  They are a little dark and mundane… I think the bright yellow saves them. These are all acrylic paint and inks…no pen embellishment on these.





I’ve been working in my new “teesha” inspired journal.  One thing I have found is that I need to work on spacing my lettering.   I think I’ll try penciling the words in first, next time.  Perhaps, I’ll try some pages without words.  I made some of the borders and the rest are from magazines.



This last one is a flap page….


new journal…

“You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.”   ~Irish Saying~

I have been working in one of the journals I made last week.  One page is completed and other pages are in various stages of completion.  I have been watching Teesha Moore’s videos on journaling on she and Tracy Moore’s new website:  The Artstronauts Club.  I have admired Teesha’s style of visual journaling for a long time.  On this page I used my own images and magazine collage.  The image on the lower left hand side of the page (with the flap opened)  is one I borrowed from their Artstronaut Club website.  They have lots of images that can be printed off and used as collage,  but for the most part, I’d rather use my own images (or altered images).  I am not a master of using a gel pen,  but,  use them, I did.  I think I got carried away with dots and circles :)  My colored pencils didn’t shade like I would have liked…I don’t know if it was the type of acrylic paint or paper I used.  I had good success with markers such as the Tombow markers.


with the flap closed:


…..and this is the front cover….I plan to do more to it…this is what I have so far:


I haven’t done any 4×4 series this week.  I’ll post them later in the week or the first of next week.

no pressure…


“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”  ~Salvador Dali~

My husband is always saying to me, “perfection is an illusion.”  I tend to be a perfectionist about some things.  Some…

I have been making books based on Teesha Moore’s Amazing 16 page Journal.  Her ” how to”  videos are available on You Tube.  The journal is made from one sheet of  22 x 30 inch paper.  I used Stonehenge print making sheets for mine.  I painted the big sheet first before tearing it down into pages.  I used Dick Blick Matte Acrylic Paint.  It’s my new favorite craft paint and comes in so many colors.  The torn edges are kind of rough from tearing the paper using a big metal ruler.  I can leave them as they are or use a stamp pad along the edge.  I found that I can also blend  an oil pastel along the edge of the page as well.

This is the first book I made.  It was my practice book.  The finished books measure 8 x 10 inches.  I plan to do a lot of collage:


…one inside spread:


I added some Washi tape along the spine of this book:


…one inside spread:


The third book is best, I think:


one inside spread:


I also finished my next set in my 4×4 series.  These number 49-52:





sketchbook snippets….I didn’t make the first picture…It was my inspiration for the ink and brush drawing:



I wish I knew the secret for drawing hair :)

Have a good weekend!

sketchbook & 4×4′s….


“The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer a hearty “YES!” to your adventure.”  ~Joseph Campbell~

I have been fighting a cold….the worst one I’ve had in years….all better now.  It’s a bright sunny day today and that helps in creating a good mood to get outside or do art.  I’ll most likely choose the latter.  They are predicting a winter storm for tomorrow night with up to 1/2 inch of ice.  I’ve seen different reports and I need to check today and see what the current forecast is now.  Right now the temperature is about 42 degrees.  It seems this is the winter for extremes.  Come on spring…hurry up!!!

I did finish another set of 4x4s.  These are made up of painted collage papers that I embellished with an ultra fine point Sharpie marker.  I’m still enjoying the process of making this series of 4×4 pieces.  These number 45-48 in the series:





I’ve been working in a small sketchbook (4×6 inches) this week.  I like to sketch with Sumi ink and a brush.  That’s how most of these sketches are done but one or two has watercolors mixed in and one has some doodling.  They are kind of wonky but I’m having fun seeing what happens:





…this winding highway

“Sailing down this winding highway, travelers from near and far, yet I was never alone.” ~Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger died recently at the age of 94. Here is a blog article about his life and music.  His most famous song is probably We Shall Overcome.

Here is another set of 4×4′s (number 41-44):

These were scanned…





I have been enjoying the Artstronaut Club with Teesha and Tracey Moore.  It’s $5 a month.  If you don’t know about it and want to know more, go to Teesha’s Circus.

I’ve been working on some faces to use in collage pieces or journal pages.  Here’s three I made this week so far:


We are all a little weird…

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it love.”  ~author unknown~

I saw the above quote on another blog attributed to Dr. Seuss.  I did some checking and found another source that says that Robert Fulghum penned that quote.  From the information I read, the consensus seems to be that Robert Fulghum made the quote in one of his books.  Dr. Seuss has a quote that is very similar.  Anyway, whoever said it, I like the quote :)

I finished four more 4×4′s.  These number 37-40:





I made this collage in a small handmade sketchbook.  I printed off a face that I did about a year ago and added the magazine collage pieces:


And this….I don’t know what I’ll do with this.  I cut up a photo that was in a book about the sea.  I saw this figure and cut it out (Teesha Moore style).  I’m not sure if I should leave it black and white or paint over it and do away with the knots.  None of this is glued down yet.  I’m trying to decide.  What would Teesha do with this?