Monday, December 31, 2018

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018

Holiday traditions

My Hobonichi Techo is quite fat, but I decided to squeeze in some sketches and watercolor of holiday traditions. (The left hand pages are tough to work on!) As I thought about traditions that had special meaning to me I wondered about the origin of them, so I decided to research them as well. Here's a sampling of a few pages. Hoping you will document the holiday traditions that are special to you and your family. Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Everyday Matters

I decided to challenge myself to draw every day in the month of November. It's not something that comes naturally to me, but when I practice I do get more comfortable doing it. I chose my B6 Slim Tomoe River paper insert, pulled out my carbon ink pen, Pentel brush pen, foundation pens and watercolors. Even though I love the crinkly paper, I found out quickly that the fountain pen ink bled too much so I switched to the carbon ink pen. I discovered that COLOR not only influences my art journals but also my everyday life.
I found the best way to sketch was to have the item right in front of me to really look at, instead of drawing from memory. I hope you give it a try. It doesn't have to be perfect, just a quick sketch of your "everyday" item can be uniquely expressed in your journal to remind you that everyday matters.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Happy Halloween

I had fun sketching and inking my owl!

Saturday, October 6, 2018


There's an Inktober 2018 challenge with prompts for drawing each day which you can follow on Instagram. I've created my own version of Inktober using my Hobonichitecho, Pentel brush pen and watercolors. It's a quick way to art everyday and forces me to keep it loose in the style of etegami.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Pink and green

I've always liked the combo of pink and green in my journal. Green brings the balance and harmony and pink brings life and fun to the party! I was feeling a bit lethargic before journaling, but these pages certainly perked me up!
A green background was covered with areas of blue gelato and pink paint/paper peaking thru. The  flower shapes were painted in white before the pink was added to really make them pop. You'll even see hints of rain on the page because it's still raining in the Northeast! Strips of paper and Posca paint pens in white and black help add finishing details.