Sunday, October 8, 2017

October Planner Pages

My October planner was inspired by my love of pods and the colors of fall: yellow ochre, orange and burnt orange. These colors represent hope and positivity as well as encouragement and change which we all seem to be seeking these days. I used stencils, masks, rubber stamps and hand-carved stamps for this month's pages. Hope you try it yourself and record your special story in October.

Five months of colorful inserts!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

August Hobonichi Techo Flip Thru

I challenged myself to watercolor "Summer Treats" everyday in August!

Friday, September 1, 2017

September planner pages

My September traveler's notebook insert was inspired by the month's birthday flower, the purple aster. PURPLE is associated with spirituality, imagination and increased creativity. I challenge you to add purple to your art journal this month and see your imagination soar!

If you'd like to see how easily you can decorate your inserts, see my video showing these simple techniques.

Monday, August 7, 2017

August planner pages

RED is the color of love, radiance and passion. Use red to express what you love to do in an art journal -- it will feed your soul! I am once again challenged to create art with a broken wrist from a recent fall. Some of these pages were created from a positive viewpoint of what I could do with my wrist, not what I could not. I am sending some poppy love to you this month!

 I added a bit of napkin - such a fun trick.

You can challenge yourself by selecting a limited number of supplies and creating a page with only those supplies. You can see my “HAPPY place” page used blended reds expressing my love for creating art. Even though the page is not “perfect”, it’s a perfect way to express my passion! 

One more lovely red entry in my Hobonichi Techo.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Welcome July!

My July color is YELLOW - the most brilliant of all the colors. It is the color of happiness and optimism, of enlightenment and creativity, and sunshine. The theme this month is botanical and anything that brings a ray of sunshine. Take some time to shine in your art journal this month!

Black-eyed Susan watercolor in my Hobonichi Techo.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June theme and colors

This month I've chosen turquoise as June's color as it represents a calming energy, increases intuition and may assist with emotional balance. I felt the need to add a theme as well so chose the quote "with brave wings she flies". I gathered all my stamps, stencils and washi tapes with wings, feathers, dragonflies, bees and birds to inspire me. It's a very calming color as well as an inspirational quote. Here's a peek of this month's journey.
Personal size planner in Chic Sparrow Creme Brulee
I've also made a commitment to watercolor in my Hobonichi Techo everyday! June's focus is flowers.

Hand-carved feather stamp

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hobonichi challenge

I'm enjoying my little Hobonichi Techo planner which I use as an art journal. The small size almost guarantees that I can art journal everyday. I especially like watercolors on the Tomoe River paper - it gets all crinkly for a very much loved look and feel!

Here are a few of my favorites from the May 2017 challenge: Yummy fruit. Hope you'll join in and follow me on Instagram for this fun journey!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

May's color palette: violet and green

I decided to combine the green from March with the violet from April to create this month's color palette. I like to get color inspiration from nature and everywhere I look I seem to be seeing this combination. These colors also represent the colors from Archangel Metatron, who has been guiding me for the month of May, so I'll be looking for a sliver of watermelon tourmaline to complete my colorful month!

Friday, April 14, 2017

April's color palette: violet, lavender and dark blue

This month's palette is centered around violet -- which sparks our imaginations, aids in creativity and speaks to our spirituality.

I've started some backgrounds and completed a few violet pieces.
I started with a violet background, added some yellow (complementary color) and then left the spread to rest and incubate in my head. The next day I looked at it and asked myself what am I going to do? "Got any bright ideas?" And that's when the stamps, stencil, tissue paper came out and I added the very text I was thinking!

Here are some more backgrounds waiting to be inspired by this month's palette.
I created a mandala by painting shades of violet (and gesso) over a "junk page" that had leftover paint.
Here's another fun mandala created over one of my March green pages. I loved this magazine image and had to save it - so here it is - incorporated into a journal page!

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Color Green

My challenge for March is to concentrate on the color green. Definitely not my go-to color, but the more I play with it, the more appealing it becomes. 

GREEN is at the center of the color spectrum, so it represents balance. It is also the color of growth, reminding us of the lushness of nature and the approach of Spring! Known as a healing color, green brings a sense of harmony and is associated with the heart chakra and Archangel Raphael, both associated with healing.

Here are planner pages in my traveler's notebook prepared in green. All pages this month are different backgrounds in rejuvenating green.

I've been enjoying creating painted papers on thin papers to use as collage in my art journals. You can see the painted sheet underneath and then the torn tree shape used to create a tree in my journal.
I'm also playing with Dyna-flow ink backgrounds (that are permanent when dry) and then adding fun, drippy trees.
I've been exchanging birthday cards with my friend Linda for many years - so here's a sneak peak of the envelope on the way to her!
And finally sharing this watercolor starring may green paired with pink and violet, isn't it just yummy? Hope you find some time to play with green this month and discover that it can renew your energy!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Some #artmarks30daychallenge posts

Sharing a few of the 30 day art marks challenges hosted by Rae Missigman. There's a new prompt everyday. Here's circles, lines, loose, dashes and grid. Go over to Instagram and check it out!