Illustration, Art Journals, Photography, and anything that moves me!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Old ledger journal

I often use just what I have around the house to paint in. I got this old ledger journal at a garage sale for .25 cents. I love the lines in the background. I think it adds character. I don't mind that the pages wrinkle from the watercolors, it gives it personality. Plus the pages will probably lay flat when it has been closed for a long time.

Created in a vintage journal ledger, water color, pan pastel, graphite.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Plastic bag recycled journal

I made this journal over the weekend with my lovely art friends. It is made from recycled plastic bags. They are all fused together, about 6 layers, and then cut and shaped into the size of journal you want to make. The pages are from left over scraps of watercolor paper. The pages are bound with a simple single signature (a technique that I learned from Teesha) and waxed linen thread. I really love this technique, but I didn't think I would at first.  I love holding it, the texture, and the bumpiness.  The button was made by me in a ceramics class I took in Kirkland a couple of years ago. This project goes really fast and can be made in a couple of hours, I like that!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Yarn Bombing in Seattle

Even the trees get cold in Seattle! We are expecting snow tomorrow night, get ready!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The colors are amazing...

...and I am in awe of the colors of nature. Maybe that's why I am an artist! I am so grateful to have eyes to see.... Thank you.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I need to be where I can can breath, where I can be free of toxicity around me, where I can live, I can love, where I can enjoy life.  I find beauty in the simplest of things...I long to breath...

Take my breath away...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A peek

Here's a peek into the journal I am doing with my art friend Syd. Plus a few polka dots for fun! We are almost done with this journal, I can't wait to finish it! It has traveled between us to work on in our free time for over a year!
(click to make larger)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Present

I created this on a 10 x 8 canvas. I used acrylic, and graphite and small bits of collage from an old masonry catalog. I love how to make a collage piece with editing software called Picnik. The canvas I use is Resin paper. I love the feel of it with several coats of gesso on it. It almost feels like a soft leather. Try it if you haven't used it before. It can be found at any hardware store.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

With Polka Dot Bows

In honor of my birthday I decided to make something a little different. She is on a wood panel, measuring about 11 x 14. Done with acrylic, and graphite. I made this painting for a friend, I hope he likes it. I think she has sort of a folksy feel to her. I haven't painted with acrylics for a while now, I feel torn between painting in watercolor and painting with acrylic. What I create with these different mediums seems to change as well. My watercolor paintings are more whimsical, while the acrylic lends to a more serious painting......hmmm, I need to explore this a little more....

I hope you are having a good week!