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First hardback junk journal I made. I used pieces of chocolate box as spine and covers. I covered my little book with brown internal mail envelope and lined it with a picture of decoration made of willow catkins. Book has two sewn signatures made of office wastepaper. They were sewn to the spine. Last I added an old metal button.

Journal --- I've really enjoyed the snow and the winter hibernation, but the cold -- yep, tired of it .. so painting some warmth ...




Our temperatures have plunged well below freezing -- and though there is no snow in our forecast, the frigid cold has me dreaming of that white stuff.

Daily Practice



I just couldn't get that full moon out of my mind yesterday and just HAD to try to paint it. It took several attempts to come close to what I 'think' I saw ...and I'd like to try several more 'night' scenes. I love sunrises and sunsets, and there's a certain wonder I feel when I watch a moon rise up from the earth's rim, through the wispy bare branches of my trees, and take it's place among the stars. Capturing that 'magic' is going to be interesting! LOL


It's raining already, and the cats have been nestled in their bed on the porch. Pre-op chores are done and today it's working on holiday decorations and preparations. I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around Christmas being mere weeks away!


Stay dry today -- and warm! If it's going to be another grey, cold day, I'm wishing for SNOW!

Journal - Petunias and Nasturtiums - After four days of iced in conditions and arctic temperatures, I REALLY had a need for color. Found this cheery image on and warmed myself by painting it this morning. We are weeks away from petunias and nasturtiums.

Journal - Azaleas all abloom in Southport, NC ...

Journal Tip In -- My backyard trees. Though most of the leaves are on the ground, the landscape is still mighty colorful. The view is looking out from my dining room window.

My Copper Iris have bloomed before my purples ...

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This week at Digitalmania we have journal pages as our inspiration.


This is a little poem by Emily Dickinson that strikes a cord with me.


The background image is a photo of mine taken on a recent trip to Germany (Assmanshausen), blended with more layers (free to use from Flickr). Red bird is courtesy of NumbBumm whilst the dapper little chappie is a composite made by me.


Thank you for looking.


Well partner, this is what I ended up doing with those hexies. I hope you like it! The book is graph paper, perfect for quilt designing!


I used the Stitched in Color tutorial for this:

with the beautiful lines of paper available ... what a joy to create journals.

all of the 10 i had at the saturday show sold :)) yay! almost sold out of cards! yay!


the dearest moment of the day was barbara ... whom i had not met before. she asked

"are you marilyn?" - and after i responded, told me, with tears in her eyes, that she recently

received a friendship book that i had made ... and how it touched her so deeply. of course -

what made the book so dear were the photos and journaling of her friend linda ... who gifted the book to her. she really did touch my heart.


met many lovely women saturday and almost talked myself out of my voice :)

will be away today but will catch up with you again asap!



Journal - working on my pen and wash class in April...

Right page: pasted tissue paper.

Left page: Illustration of crown copied from Comm Art article. Added tissue paper over because the ink was not waterproof and was getting all over the house. Will probably need to re-draw.

. . . for A Diary of Faces. The original of this (to me) irresistible composition was painted by Christian Krohg, a Norwegian artist who lived from 1852-1925.

He is painted with acrylics and neocolors, over collaged text, in my 7-1/2x11 journal, on fabriano 140# hot pressed paper.

i've been keeping a journal, with only a couple of breaks, since I was 13 (january 1980) -- just started volume #35 yesterday, quite a pileup of scribblings over 28 years now.


i started because my sister had a diary & I thought it was cool, so i wanted one too -- those early ones are pretty hilarious to read, lots of days when I would actually take the time to write, "nothing happened" or "totally boring" -- the teen ennui is just dripping off the pages. but somehow i stuck with it, it became a habit, and now it's a solid part of who I am -- I need to write, to make little drawings, to paste in tiny prints of photos i've taken... and the books form a memory crutch of sorts, a real core of my sense of self.


but i made an unfortunate discovery last night -- a few of my books were sitting on a shelf on the boat that had a very small leak of rainwater behind it -- the books are all a bit damp (even a bit mildewy, although thankfully only on the outside & it cleaned up easily), but in one, the ink on the bottom fifth or so of most pages has dissolved -- just washed away.


i've taken the books to my office at school to dry out, & ordered a dehumidifier for the boat -- and realize I need to re-think how I store some of my stuff here.


but in an odd way, it feels ok -- I realize a lot of why i keep a journal is simply for the act of writing stuff down, rather than necessarily going back and re-reading it later? I'd hate to lose a whole book, or all of them, but somehow i think i can deal with this funny gap in my story (from 2001, not necessarily the best year in my life anyway), will just have to try harder to remember the bits that washed away...

journal page using one of my photos outlined with a fine tip black micron...journaled thoughts from a discussion wih a friend

Journal quilt I made while visiting Wolfe Island, canada. read more about it here:

It's been a difficult time with a loss in our family, but sketching helps keep me centered.


Busy day, best attempt at the theme




Journal entry from today, March 9, 2008

What is your most favorite quote? A quote that inspires you, or your mantra. I literally have 4 journals from college filled with quotes that inspire me and make me smile. Today is the day to share your inspiring words with your friends :)


Well for me it had to be this one.. Audrey Hepburn was one hell of a lady. I love all her movies and this quote is inspirational! Of course I believe in PINK! :)


Blogged here..


just some of my many art journals

This journal was featured in Art Journaling Magazine by Somerset Studio, Summer 2013

Featuring my hand carved stamps.

Journal - A small remembrance of lavender from the Lavender Festival last week ....

A peak into my recent journal entries :o)

There is no one sweeter than my 92-year-old mom. . . she endears herself to all who meet her. However, when on our weekly brunch outings, her waffles aren't delivered to the table before she has finished her hot chocolate, her demeanor darkens and this facial expression is the result!


Pilot Prera with black Platinum Carbon ink and watercolor in a Strathmore Visual Journal.

Para LVM "un kiosco de prensa"


A este tesoro lo encontre en una galeria de frutas y carnes.


Thank you for your lovely visit, have a great day!


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