Hobonichi Techo Painting

Unseasonably warm weather for Ohio
in February!  Sharpie pen and watercolor
pasted into my Hobonichi Techo on the left,
ball point pen and watercolor on the right.
Already I can tell that pasting things into
my Techo is going to make it grow
in thickness...maybe too much.
Love doing tiny collages, but don't
want this little journal to get too distorted.

Nice quote on the lower left page...
to paraphrase: "Don't wait for new ideas to 
appear from a nonexistent
 Muse. Don't overthink it, 
just make something with your hands."
~Ryoji Arai

Good advice.

Feels like Spring...but I'm pretty sure
it's just a cruel joke...
I'll take it for as long as it lasts!

A Few Hearts and Tea

Hobonichi Techo planner
with pen and watercolor ~
a few hearts to begin the
month of February. This little 
"Angel of the grapevine wings"
drawing is about 3 inches high...
The actual doll is one that I made
quite a few years ago.

Just a quick cup of tea to say
hello to my pals for T Tuesday.
Working on the pages of this
little planner is quite different
form working on large journal
pages...but both have their
advantages!  'Mixing it up'
in terms of what we do and
how we do it, is a good thing!
What are you mixing up today?

Hobonichi Techo Drawings

Lists, watercolor, highlighter, drawings, 
collage, and doodles. 

I love my Hobonichi Techo planner.
My husband bought it for me
for Christmas. He ordered it from
Japan.  I am still getting used to
 the smaller size,(4.1" x 5.8")
 but the paper is marvelous!
The thin pages resist pen bleed-through,
and are stitched to lie flat when open.

I admit it, I don't get a lot done
in a day...mostly puttering around.
But it's my life right now, and I'm
thankful for each day...

There is a very dedicated following
for this planner in Japan, and it
is becoming popular  world wide.
Once I drew on this Tomoe River paper,
 I understood why...

Ball point pen, my beloved Sharpie
pen, and highlighters do not bleed 
through the paper. The only pen I've
tried that bled through was a Precise
red pen, so I will save that for other

Yes, we've been to see the new
Star Wars movie twice now...
I guess we qualify as science
fiction geeks.  Love the new 
heroine ~ Rey!  And I think a 
lot of little girls will adore her too.

My Hobonichi Techo planner is
shaping up to be more of an
illustrated diary...
and that pleases me. 
What have you been creating lately?

Calendar Obsessions

Here is the progress (above) on 
my January calendar that has
a bit of drawing each day...

and a weekly page on which I decided
to write a few quotes.

"I have decided that I no longer want to 
be an adult...if anyone needs me, I'll
be in my blanket fort, coloring."

There have been several days
of snow showers, but not a lot
of accumulation that lasted.
The wood pile, or rather logs
lined up on end, make an interesting
subject in the snow. When I got
the bluish watercolor shadows a 
bit too bright, I stippled some
gesso on with a nearly dry brush
to resemble snow.

Some Artist Trading Card-sized
pieces, that will go in pockets in
my ring-binder calendar. The
quotes came out of a women's
health magazine, and I combined
them with my own watercolor
designs.  Below shows the back.

We visited a pub-style restaurant
this week, known for its huge burgers.
I used images from their web site to
sketch a version of one of their hamburgers.

We had a good time with some
wonderful friends, and it was fun to
try a place we'd never been before.
Such large portions are not something
I agree with, and we did our best not to
overdo it!  The gyro I had was very

In addition to my Art Journal Calendar,
(in a ring binder)
I also am using a Hobonichi Techo.
It is from Japan, with wonderful paper
in it, and I've been using it as an
"illustrated diary," although it can 
certainly be anything I choose to make
it. There is a whole page for each day,
and that gives me room for lots of
doodles! Above, some colorful
squiggles and circles, along with a 
sketch of the Rooibos Red Tea blossoms
drawn from my herbal tea packaging.
Also, I made Ginger Muffins after my
friend Elizabeth blogged about them!
Linking up with the T Tuesday blog hop,
and wishing you a creative week!

Peppermint Tea Collage

In winter,
I crave shades
of green...

and peppermint tea.

Looking out the window
at the snow falling...
and thinking that I am
not going anywhere today.
I will stay inside with my
coffee, tea, and a 
good book!

Linking up with T Tuesday
blog hop. Stop by for
a visit and a cup
of something 

♦  ◘  ♦


Collage: scrapbook paper, labels, vintage music library
index card

A new year brings a lot of

After the hustle and bustle of the
 holidays, when the house guests
 have gone home, and things get back
 to normal, (or what passes for normal at our
 house) there can be a bit of sadness. 
 Looking back at enjoyable moments 
from 2015, and the possibilities of 2016
 helps me keep a positive perspective.

There are new journals to be filled,
different techniques to be tried,
and new art to be made!

Some art friends talked me into
trying gelli plate printing.  The 
backgrounds did come out lovely!
 Not sure I will run out and buy one,
 but the gelli print made a colorful
 background for this tag.

I've had a lot of Peppermint herbal tea
this week, as I am nursing a cold.  But 
hopefully am on the mend.  I do enjoy
a hot beverage on a cold day! The cold
weather has finally arrived in Ohio - we
had an unseasonably warm December!

Linking up with the T Tuesday
gang over at the Altered Book Lover,
and planning on more peppermint tea...
just as soon as I finish my coffee!

Fill the Pages

The Documented Life Project 2015:
"Life is a book, we fill the pages."
Squares of painted paper cut into
1 3/4" squares and glued to
black card stock. I had plenty of
scraps to choose from!
Most are watercolor and Sharpie
pen, but some are acrylic paint.
(please pardon the shadows...the paper is really cream colored. 
I was having some difficulty getting the page on the scanner properly)

The theme for the week was supposed
to be all about the words...so I did write
some words on a few squares. But for
some reason the painted papers were
what really made me happy, so that's
my story, and I'm sticking to it.

Linking up with the T Tuesday
gang over at Bleubeard & Elizabeth's.
Sharing my drawing of a wonky tea cup and 
having my mocha coffee. (Yes, it's ok
to have a beverage other than tea)
Join us for a beverage of your choice,
a pastry, or maybe even some

'Tis the Season~ Art Journal Pages

 " 'Tis the season...to get
caught up in the madness
of buying things."
Watercolor background, stamped
circular designs, chalk pastels applied
around painters' tape used as a mask.

Sometimes I need to remind myself
that this season isn't about all of the
stuff. It should be about time with
those we love. And I probably do
have way too much stuff...

Large lettering drawn through a
stencil, drawings of ornaments placed
within the masked rectangular areas.
Sharpie pen and assorted markers to
add more line and color.
Very 'busy' pages...just like the season!

Sharing a re-post of my wonky
drawing of a snowman mug...
and linking up with 
Bleubeard and Elizabeth for
T Tuesday. Stop by for a 
visit and a warm beverage!
What have you been
doing during this
busy season?

Celestial Collage

When we visit the local
Catholic Church, I admire the
art. The stained glass windows,
sculptures, and paintings are
wonderful.  On our last visit, I
brought home a copy of the
clip art from the order of 
worship booklet. (it's like the
 Church bulletin I am more 
accustomed to) Since angels
 are a favorite subject for me to
draw, I wanted to use the 
rectangular art that I cut from
the booklet, for some art work. 
The larger cherub below the 
Celestial label is my resulting drawing.
The Celestial Seasonings tea
label seemed appropriate...

Linking up with the T Tuesday
blog hop over at the
Altered Book Lover blog.