Travel Journaling

I had the marvelous opportunity to visit
Florida during the month of February...
gorgeous beach views and love the sound
of the waves!  The palm trees are
intriguing, and my drawing didn't quite
capture them faithfully, 
but it was fun to give it a shot.

Once again I entertained myself during
the long drive with some wobbly-lined
art journaling.  This page is just a 
list, but I enjoyed doing the Yellow Submarine
and the Octopus's Garden!

More quips from our 'haunted' GPS
device, Dr. Nightmare, above.

This is one of those 'list' pages similar to 
what I've seen on various blogs 
and 'Pinned' on Pinterest.
I had never done one like it, so ...
what better time than on vacation?!

It is surprising what a small plastic baggie
can hold in the way of scrapbook paper,
painted papers, tape, and bits of drawings...

Just add them to your journal with a little
glue, and the hours on the freeway
will fly by.  No scissors needed.
Just let 'er rip!

Random road signs, above.  This one is
still in progress, as I think it needs 
watercolor added.  I imagine the local
folk are immune to the humor of the
names of their roads and towns, but I
found them quite jolly!

Here's an herbal Peppermint tea collage
from a previous T Tuesday post...
hoping you are enjoying a nice cuppa
of whatever is your favorite.  Click on 
the link to see what others are doing for

It was quite a shock to leave Panama City Beach,
with temperatures in the 40's and 50's, to return
to Ohio temperatures of 12 degrees Fahrenheit!
Still anxiously awaiting Spring!

Is It Spring Yet?

Do you have a visual journal?
What do you put in it?

Scraps, junk mail, odds and ends,
magazine or book clippings,
drawings, thoughts...?

I am more than ready for Spring,
and so when I saw this illustration of
Spring Beauties in a vintage book, I
knew I would find a place for it in
one of my journals.  It's my favorite
Spring flower.  Reminds me of my
grandparents' farm, where they bloomed
in the yard and in the pasture.

You can put just about anything in your journal,
even your coffee cup...well, at least a drawing
of your cup.  And if the rim comes out a bit
wonky, or the handle runs off the edge of
the page, that's ok.  Enjoy the moment of

Linking up with Elizabeth for T Tuesday,
over at Altered Book Lover.  Join the
link party!

For some Mardi Gras
art journaling, go to my 
Fake Journal blog.
Happy Carnival!

Art Journal Kickstarter

I received my complimentary copy of 
Art Journal Kickstarter, and am so pleased
to have my art work included in the book!
This book contains a wide variety of styles 
of art journal pages.  It's a great resource for
 tips, ideas and inspirations for 
 visual journal pages.

The art work that I submitted is on page 38, 
as seen above.  The right side is actually
a combination of drawing, painting, and
painted papers that I collaged onto
the page.  There is some finger paint in
there from a session with my grand kids!

Another tea cup sketch, in honor of
T Tuesday, over at Elizabeth's blog.
Stop by while you enjoy the
beverage of your choice!

DocumenTed Life ProjecT

The Documented Life Project 2015-The Journal...
Week two was to use the quote by Mary Shelley,
" The Beginning is always today."
Pthalo blue watercolor mixed with white gesso,
collage elements include painted paper 
and Sharpie marker.

The Week 3 challenge of the DLP was to 
use a Georgia O'Keeffe quote.
I chose a longer quote than the one suggested,
and the shapes are inspired by an O'Keeffe flower
painting, using vibrant watercolors.

Joining Elizabeth's T Tuesday link up party
over at Altered Book Lover blog,
and sharing an ornate vintage tea cup that
belonged to my husband's grandmother. The
flowers are in shallow relief around the outside
of the cup. This is a bit of my Fake Journal 
from 2014, which you can see here.

Hope you are enjoying a warm
beverage today, and visit the
T Tuesday party.

Notes, Intentions and Collage

The Documented Life Project-The Journal 2015:  Intentions for the year... in a Dylusions journal.  Materials include gesso, craft acrylic, collage, marker, and painted papers.  Some wonderful script on papers gifted me by a friend are peeking through.  

I liked the term "intentions" that Elizabeth K. used on her blog, so I blatantly appropriated the idea here.  

The theme for January's DLP is overcoming the fear of the blank page.  The first week's  challenge was to begin by collaging an assortment of papers onto the page to overcome the (perhaps intimidating) white space, and then create on top of the different papers with whatever medium you chose.  I also chose to draw a self-portrait over the painted and collaged page.

In another journal, I've included some pages of notes that just seemed  important to record.  Usually drawings or collage fill my art journals, but quotations, notes and "I wonder...?"  may also be included...

Linking up with Elizabeth for
the weekly T Tuesday party, and
sharing a journal page from last winter~

Thank goodness it's not 15 degrees F
below zero at the moment! But still
a good day for hot chocolate, or
coffee, or tea. Anything warming...


Here's to the discovery of
wonder, beauty, wisdom
and continued growth
in the New Year...

♦ ♦ ♦

Thoughts for the New Year

Still drinking from my Santa mug...and wondering
when I will find the energy to take down the
Christmas tree.  Every year we joke about making
it a Valentine tree...
Linking up with Elizabeth's Tea Tuesday party
and having some green tea.

Best wishes to all for a 
Happy and Prosperous New Year!

 ♦  ◘

Tuesday Greetings!

Watercolor and Sharpie pen 

Wishing you all a 
wonderful holiday...
whatever holiday you

Week 54- Documented Life Project:
put arrows on your page

May you celebrate it with
those you love, in joy and

Art journal page- travel mug; watercolor & pen

Linking up with the T Tuesday
link party, and having some
green tea  in my travel mug
this morning.
Have a jolly week!

Tree Trimmings

Sharing some stitched ornaments on our
Christmas tree...

I love making little ornaments, usually
at least one each year.  The
tree is getting pretty full, and that's
the way I think it should be!

Several years ago I started making
ornaments in primarily red and white.

We have an eclectic assortment of
glass balls, country style, cross-stitched,
crocheted, and hand-made ornaments
from artistic friends.  And of course the
traditional homemade ornaments that
my children's kindergarten teacher made
with their photos on them. Where, oh where
did those little children go?!
All grown up...

Well yes, I do like some pink with
my red and white...

A lot of Santas make an appearance 
every year.

Linking up with the T Tuesday party
over at Elizabeth's.  Here is my
Santa mug and its contents:
 green tea with lemon and ginseng.

Ho! Ho! Ho!
It's almost Christmas!

Tutorial: Doodle a Girl's Face

Here's a tutorial on how to draw
a girl's face. Just for fun...
you can click on any picture 
for a larger view.

Start with a U-shape--
the top ends are flared out a bit
instead of parallel.

Add a short diagonal line in the center
of the U- top to bottom and left to right.
Mine is a tiny bit below center...that's ok.
This is the nose. Trust me. It will work out.

Add some curving lines above the nose for
the tops of the eyes.  They curve up a bit at the
outside edges...suggesting eyelashes.

Then add a black dot under each eyelid, and a few
extra eyelashes on each side.  Make sure each 
dot is on the same side of the 'eye.'  Both on 
the right, or both on the left, or both in the center.

Add a flattened "M-shape" beneath the nose
for the upper lip.

Add a flattened U-shape beneath the upper lip
to create the lower lip. Add eyebrows above the eyes.

The beginning of the suggestion of hair. I chose
a side part for her hair style. And I prefer
asymmetrical. Too perfect and the same on both
sides just doesn't look right to me...

Add another curving line for the top of the hair, and
some shorter curving lines to suggest the part
 in the hairstyle. Notice how high up
 the hair goes.  The eyes should end up
being half way between the chin and the top of the head.
A common distortion that beginners make is that
they don't draw enough space or volume 
between the top of the eyes and the top 
of the head.

Add a few more squiggly, curvy lines 
for additional hair, extending the lines
 you originally drew.

Add lines to portray the neck.  These are
 placed beginning/touching the jaw line, and 
 placed below/at about the center of the eyes.

Add more undulating curving lines for hair, 
varying the curls at the end of the strands.
It's more interesting if some curve out
and some curve in.

That's it! You've drawn a cute 
female face, and it wasn't hard.  Just
keep practicing and have fun.  You could
add shading or color, flowers in her hair,
or even a halo.  Let me know how you do

T is for Tutorial today...linking up with
Elizabeth for T Tuesday. Sharing my
coffee in the snowman mug today...

and another taste of 
Christmas Greetings!