high flow paints

high flow paints

I wanted to try some paints I'd heard about that would be good to use with the gelli plate, because they were a bit slower to dry than regular acrylic paints. But before I started playing with my Gelli Plate with them, I tried them out in my very small moleskine journal. The new paints I ordered are Golden High Flow Acrylics . . . 

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Moleskine Magic

Moleskine Magic

After a couple of weeks of not working in my journal, I got started with a page of leaf prints I made on deli paper last week. I really wanted to add some of these prints to my small moleskine journal, sized 3.5" x 5.5". It is really quite small . . . . 

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moleskine love ❤

moleskine love ❤

More happy pages from my moleskine journal . . . the small size: 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" makes it so easy!! The new pages start with something wonderful, a collaborative effort with a special friend. His name is Sam Wade Sears, or "Red" as we call him; a real renaissance man. He has had so many experiences and amazing stories to tell! He helped build the Grand Coolie Dam as a 17 year old youth and was a merchant seaman during World War II, in both the Pacific and Atlantic. He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King! - Red is a friend of Lucas Boatworks (where Steve does all his projects) . . . 

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working small

working small

I find myself returning to my small moleskine journal, again & again, page after page! The 3.5" x 5.5" size means it does not take a lot of time to complete a spread and it is fun to do. While I was gone in Boston Steven surprised me by drawing a cartoon of our cat Lightning, scanning it & emailing it to me! Steven is an excellent cartoonist and it was such a treat to receive this when we were apart. It made me laugh!! When I got home I framed the original drawing, as you'll see below.  I also found his "practice" drawings in my studio . . . .

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easily showing up (more)

easily showing up (more)

I've been showing up to work/play in my art journal(s) more often lately, which has been so good for me. About 2 months ago I found that a more structured journal prompt was just not inspiring me as it once did and I was struggling. Feeling bad. When I gave myself permission to give up those prompts and work on my own, I instead felt myself sail forward . . .

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small moleskine journal

small moleskine journal

My friend Julie Welsh (aka Jewels) saw a video of my art journal spread recently and told me she loved it. She remarked she had "lost steam" with art journaling, but hoped to do a page again soon. Having been through that myself, I quickly replied and said, "When you feel like doing something creative again, grab your journal . . . 

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