Tuesday, April 21, 2015

a world of artist journal pages

if you have a copy of dawn devries sokol's book, 1000 Artist Journal Pages
then you'll be thrilled that her follow-up book, 
has just been released!  

this creative treasure trove contains over 1000 journal pages 
that were contributed by 230 artists from 30 different countries….
there's inspiration from cover to cover!

and i'm super excited to have been invited to participate
and share my artwork amongst all of these fabulous artists!!  woo hoo!

thank you SO much, dawn!  
you've curated a beautiful book that i'm not only thrilled to be a part of,
but also one that i'll enjoy reading for years to come!  

{for a peek inside the book, click here!}

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

sleight of heart-in-hand

one thing is for sure,
no matter how hard you try to keep a date with your favorite journal,
life will conjure up reasons not to…..
until you've completely lost your creative focus.

and just when you think you're gonna have to resort to seeking out a magic wand 
and shouting "abracadabra" at the top of your lungs to find it again, 
you notice this week's DLP challenge…..

and you tell life that everything is gonna have to wait...
because you're taking a nose dive into 
the middle of your favorite journal for some well-deserved, 
and long-awaited creative time!  

here's to putting life on hold, 
and pulling a rabbit out of your creative hat. 
not because of any hocus-pocus……
but thanks to good ol' inspiration and sleight of heart-in-hand!  

{supplies for this week's DLP "focus" challenge:
wings journal, derwent inktense pencils, micron pens, 6B graphite pencil}

Monday, March 9, 2015

inspiration on monday…..dragonfly

one of my favorite things to do 
is just swipe some watercolor across the paper
and see what it turns into.

but i've discovered my challenge is in leaving the watercolor "as is",
and i usually end up reaching for my favorite micron pens and graphite pencils,
because, well, i seem to have a hard time letting 
the watercolor just be what it wants to be.
so, this time i decided to just add little lines and the tiniest bit of micron…..

but let's face it,
 there are times when more lines = more better,
and this is one of those times!

today i'm giving myself permission to stay in my micron-comfort-zone,
because sometimes you just need to do that for yourself on a monday.

{fluid 140 lb. CP paper, winsor & newton watercolor, 
micron pens, 6B graphite pencil}

Saturday, February 14, 2015

happy hearts

happy valentine's day!

i'm wishing you all the happiness 
your heart can hold!!

{this was created in my moleskine watercolor journal
using winsor newton watercolor, micron pens, 
white gelly roll pen, 8B pencil}

Monday, February 9, 2015

little yellow english house

i've been channeling my little yellow house again….
but this time, it looks like it might be in England! 

{fabriano artistico 140 lb. CP paper, derwent inktense pencils,
koi watercolor, assorted B graphite pencils}

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