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Playing in My Art Journal: A Self-Portrait

I completed a few new entries in my art journal last week, and one of them was a self-portrait.  I started it during my lunch hour – just working with my journal and a black pen.  I finished the page that night, when I had access to my watercolor pencils, a paintbrush, and a bit more time.

This organic form is representational of me, and yes – that’s a pumpkin head!  The words near the leaves’ tendrils are things I associate with myself – they’re either some of my qualities and traits, or things that are important to me.

I find it very relaxing to doodle/draw, fill in the spaces with color, and then blend the colors with brush and water.  I don’t have any illusions of being skilled at drawing, but I do have fun playing – and that’s the whole point.  :]


Black and white…


Colored in but not blended…


Color blended with water and brush…


Up close…

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at one of my latest art journal pages, dear readers.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Warm regards,

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I Love to Doodle!


I love spending time working in my art journal.  It’d been way too long since I’d last played within the pages of my current book (#15), so I recently sat down with my journal, some black Micron pens, my watercolor pencils, a small brush, and a cup of water.  The images shared here are the results of my doodling: loose, sloppy, colorful, and fun.  I tried to use a variety of color combinations…


Have you been creating lately?  If so, please share.  Whether you’ve tried a new recipe or made a greeting card by hand, I’d love to hear about it.

Warm regards,

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July Giveaway Winner!


Congratulations, Jani N. Howe!  You’ve won the watercolor pencil set and art journal!  Please contact me with your mailing address and I’ll send out your goodies.

Thank you for all your entries, everyone!  I enjoyed hearing about your favorite artists, and look forward to using your comments as a reference to learn more about the artists I’m not familiar with.

Warm regards,

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July Giveaway: Watercolor Pencils & an Art Journal!


The summer is a great time to get out into nature and to create, so I’m offering up a set of Daler-Rowney watercolor pencils and an art journal.  And whether you use these items in the out of doors in the sunshine or burn the midnight oil and create in your home, they’re sure to help you express, create, and play!

The set of 12 watercolor pencils comes in a lovely metal tin with a hinged lid.  The journal is a white hard cover book with unlined white pages – my favorite!  It measures 6 1/4″ x 8″ and is actually the same type of book that I provide my at-risk art journaling students with.  It’s a wonderfully versatile and customizable book.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post sharing one of your favorite artists.  It can be anyone – from Van Gogh or Georgia O’Keefe (two of my favorites) to your child, a friend, or yourself!  The winner will be announced on Thursday, July 26, 2012.  Good luck!

Warm regards,

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