Sometimes, mindlessness can be good!

In the last week, I decided to prep a bunch of art journal pages, just so I wouldn’t be faced with the white page syndrome. When I painted a page, I used a piece of paper behind the page I was working on, to protect the rest of the book. After a few days, I had several pieces of paper that looked like this.

I was intrigued by the patterns, so I grabbed my circle punches and got a bunch of these.

paint cutouts

Aren’t they cool! They look like miniature paintings, abstracts and landscapes.

Here are some closeups (click the image for a larger view).

paint cutouts

I took one of them and made a pin with it. (It’s about 2-1/4″ in diameter).

landscape pin

Isn’t it amazing how beautiful things can come from unexpected places?


Sketchbook Skool

A few weeks ago, I joined Sketchbook Skool, where people are rediscovering their inner artist. This is a great class that won’t teach you what to draw, but will teach you how to draw.

The six-week classes include instruction by six different artists. In the Beginnings class, instructors include Danny Gregory, Koosje Koene, and Jane LaFazio. The course is about keeping a sketchbook journal and drawing images from our daily life. Each week begins with videos from that week’s instructor, which include sketchbook exercises.

One of the first exercises involved sketching in public. Here is my drawing from Pinafore Park in St. Thomas, Ontario:


And here are a few more of my drawings from the class.

fruit and veg cactus flower


The class focuses on drawing images from real life. If you have ever wanted to keep a sketchbook journal, this class is for you.

[Disclaimer: I was given a free seat in the Beginner class.]

artwork stencils

Gelli® Jam Art Journal Workshop part 2

This is my second project in the Gelli® Jam Art Journal Workshop with Joanna Grant, part of the Artful Gathering Online Art Retreats. We made a journal with recycled greeting cards.

These are all the Gelli® prints I made for the journal:
(Click the images for a larger view)

card journal prints

This is the front cover:

journal cover

The front spread:

front spread

A two-page spread:

journal pages

I used a paper punch to create windows:

journal page with windows

Some of the homemade tools I used:

my tools

And some of my stencils:

my stencils

…And on to the next project. Stay tuned!


Gelli® Print Junk Journal class

In the last few weeks I took a great online class, Gelli® Print Junk Journal with Samie Kira Harding.

First, we learned several Gelli® printing techniques. Whether you’re new to Gelli printing or not, this class offers great techniques. Here are some of my prints:

Gelli prints
Gelli prints
Gelli prints

Here are all the prints ready for binding:

Folios for journal

And my final journal:

Gelli print journal

I look forward to filling my new journal with Zentangle art!

artwork Tangle Journals zendalas

Tangle Journal Drawings

Here more drawings in my 2012 Tangle Journal.
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Tangle Journal 2012 week of Feb. 20

Tangle Journal 2012 week of Feb. 27

artwork Tangle Journals

Tangle Journal drawings

Here are my first four drawings in my 2012 Tangle Journal.
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Tangle Journal 2012 week of Dec. 26

Tangle Journal 2012 week of Jan. 2

Tangle Journal 2012 week of Jan. 9

Tangle Journal 2012 week of Jan. 16


Announcing: Tangle Journal 2012

I have created a book that can be used as a planner or an art journal for 2012.

Click the image below for more information…