Tuesday, November 25, 2014


The Documented Life Project,
Week 48:
"Show how you are thankful
in a creative way."  This is a 
traditional harvest illustration that
I did in extra fine-point Sharpie and
watercolors.  Though the image doesn't
portray it literally, I am most thankful
for my sweet family!

Sharing tea today with the T Tuesday gang
over at Elizabeth's blog...
I loved the illustration on the packaging for this
tea, but have to admit that the illustration is
better than the taste of the tea.  I normally
get herbal decaf flavors, but the only
pumpkin flavored option was caffeinated.
It's almost gone...what should I try next?

Love this vintage post card...
Thanksgiving Greetings 
to all who celebrate the day!

♦  ♥  ♦

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tabs on Tuesday

I am still keeping up with the
The Documented Life Project~
I can't believe the year is nearly over!
Above, the challenge was to add Tabs
to the page. I used some scrapbook
papers and a Loteria  card to make flaps
with tabs.

Click on the image for a better view...
I did a bit of collage on the underside of the flaps,
and added my own handwriting on
 the watercolor paper beneath the flaps.

The spread beneath the tip in shown above...
additional collage with scrapbook paper,
another loteria card, and things I've drawn.
You can see the adhesive number showing
that this was for week 45.

The orange, tan and yellow collage was for the
challenge to include fabric on your page.
Stitching, counted cross stitch, and papers
are accented with chalk pastels.

Linking up to Elizabeth's blog for T Tuesday, 
with a re-post of a tea collage, and
the snow man mug...

We had our first accumulation of snow
this week, and it's bitter cold!  Well, at least
to me it is...maybe folks in Alaska or 
Minnesota would scoff at 10 degrees...
but my car won't start.  We are thinking 
a new battery is in order.

Hope you enjoy your tea or coffee today,
and stop by Elizabeth's blog.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Little Things on Journal Pages

Art deco motifs and poetry quotes
combine to create this 
art journal page, above.

I had several restaurant meals
this week, and the temptation to eat
too many high calorie foods can
sometimes be avoided by 
drawing my food!

These colorful tea bag wrappers
went onto a journal page.  The
cranberry muffin recipe is a good one!
You may notice that I've substituted
applesauce for the oil in the recipe.
Still tastes great and less calories.
Now is the time of year when I stock
up on bags of fresh cranberries and
put them in the freezer, then I have 
them to use in recipes most of the year.

Sharing my coffee cup and art with
the T Tuesday link party over at
Elizabeth's Altered Book Lover blog.
She's making homemade tea bags...
what are you creating today?

I am looking forward to receiving
 my copy of the book 
Art Journal Kickstarter, in which
I have had one of my art journal pages
published.  You can see the cover
of the book here.  I hope you will
check it out when it hits the store
shelves, which should be soon.
I love art journaling, can you tell?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Art Journal Kickstarter

I am so pleased to tell you that
on of my art pieces has been published
book , shown above.  The book is 
available now on Amazon, and should
be in stores in a couple of weeks.
I'm really looking forward to
receiving my copy.  If you need
an artistic Christmas gift, this 
would fit the bill!  Can't wait
for it to arrive...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Turning Leaves on T Tuesday

Turning leaves, thread, and textiles
make me happy. Above, the
Documented Life Project page for week 44-
Leaves.  I chose to stitch leaves in bright yellow
fabric, collaged with burlap and canvas. The
background page is text from a vintage book
about knights.  You may be able to see that it
was a drawing of a  sea port.  Mostly obscured
by the collage, but the old paper was a good 
weight and some fun illustrations to work with.

Collage and watercolor:
"Come, little leaves," said the wind one day,
Come o'er the meadows with me and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold,
For summer is gone and the days grow cold."
--George Cooper, Come, Little Leaves

Happy Autumn, falling leaves...
the right side of the spread shows another
illustration from the book about knights.
Can you spot the geometry page?

Watched the movie 'Princess Bride' again this week.
It still makes me laugh...and decided to add 
a quote from the movie to these pages.

Linking up with Elizabeth and Bleubeard for
the Turning Leaves are nearly gone in our
neck of the woods.  The wind has done its
job and the trees are becoming their 
bare winter sculptural shapes.

Have a cup of tea, or coffee, and enjoy
the last few days of sunshine!
I think a walk outside is 
in order for today...

"Autumn. The year's last,
loveliest smile."

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Documented Life Project -

Art to the 5th blog has been hosting a year-long
challenge called The Documented Life Project.
Each week there is a different prompt to create
a mixed media page in your art journal/planner.
Above, a two-page spread from the challenge

Week 39: Drips and Splatters.
Watercolor, Sharpie pen, and adhesive numbers.

Above, the challenge was to use 3 colors
that you never use together.  I chose
purple, green and orange.

Polka dots are fun, in all shapes & sizes!
Mixed media collage: Watercolor, scrapbook paper,
painted papers, Sharpie pen, & Washi tape.

Each week there is a tip-in (that's why there's tape or
fabric on the side of the page) that flips open to reveal
a two-page spread.  Above, mixed media collage~

Stars:  mine are 'Medieval.'
This text page that I used for the tip-in
already had stars on it!  (right side
illustration-shields) How did that
happen when I prepared this 
11 months ago!?  Delightful...
from a book about knights.

"Draw what you see."
The king lurking in the background was
on the vintage page that I had removed
from an old library book and used as
my tip-in page.  I drew the apples in
Sharpie marker and added watercolor.

What challenges have you been doing?