Thursday, March 31, 2011

WIP Journal Page

I started this page last night. Haven't finished it yet but love playing with the layers. It really is all about 'what if' and playing around.

I'm a busy bee at the moment. Prepping like a madwoman for my Frenzy Stamper classes next weekend in Scottsdale. I'm also teaching tomorrow (Fri, April 1st) at Zinnia in So Pasadena from 11:30-3:30. There's still room in the class! (The store is open until 6 tonight, but you can always email me)!

Fingers crossed that the apartment stuff is almost all done. They are doing a second coat to our stairs and walkways tomorrow. That means I have to leave 2 hours earlier for class. Still thinking of what I can do at 9 a.m. Morning person, I am not. Me thinks it will involve either taking a nap in my car, journaling or a little bit of both!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Finished Journal Page

Queen Maxine passed this link along to me that I thought I'd share with you:

Just a quickie post tonight. Today was so crazy I almost forgot to blog! Quite happy I got art time in this afternoon! Yay! Bonus points!


(Thanks, Darcy, for the transparency.)

your work seems so bohemian-ish, ? how do manage to come up with so many ideas?

I play and experiment. I ask "what if?". I LOVE working in my journal. I LOVE trying new things.

Some tips for coming up with new ideas:

1. I rotate my supplies (including my collage supplies) so that they seem fresh and not the same ol' thing.

2. I vary the size of each journal I create. It helps to push me outside of my comfort zone.

3. I don't compare my work. I also don't beat myself up over pages that I don't love. If I'm not happy, I'll push the page some more. If I've done all I can, I'll turn the page and move on.

4. I work and play every day.

5. I keep my eyes open. I am always looking for new colors, patterns, shapes, etc.. in my daily life. I will pull colors from posters on the street, lines from a funny squiggle on the wall, etc... It's all about how you see things and keeping your eyes open.

I hope this helps!!

Ask me anything

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More Journal Pages

I showed you guys my page on the left the other day. Here's the finished version. The transparency can be lifted up. I love the layers and depth of it.

The page on the right is a work in progress. I hope to finish it tonight.

Utterly annoyed and beyond aggravated with apartment crap still going on. I bitched about it all day on facebook, so I won't bitch about it here. Oh the joys of renting.

In the Good News Department, my classes at Frenzy Stamper are rapidly approaching! Debbie has a ton of new supplies in stock and ready for next weekend! Samples are online and in the store. Please click here for a list of my workshops through June:

I am actively looking for more teaching venues in So CA and elsewhere!

I hope that life is being good to you right now. Send some good vibes all around, please!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Here's What Isn't in the Bag

The last time I traveled and taught, I had TWO journal bags. Not wanting to break my back, I've cut back a bit. However, I'm still trying to figure out what I need vs what I need.

A few people asked to see my journal bag. It's in the back of the photo. I bought it a couple of years ago at Artful Living in Ojai. Out of all of my journal bags I've had over the years, it is my most favorite and the one I always seem to grab. I'm still shocked that it's remained white all this time!

So, what's not in the bag? From left to right:

My BIG bag o' scraps. Anything that is a scrap (be it paper, transparency or anything small that most would toss, but I save, that can be glued or attached, goes in here). It is a $2 zip bag I bought at a small Mom and Pop art store in Atwater Village.

Playcolor2- I love these both for drawing, journaling and coloring. They are dual tipped and yummy! They are made by tombo and for some reason, I like these better than the tombo markers you find in most art stores.

Zebra Sarasa clip gel pens-I wasn't going to buy them (thinking how many gel pens does one need?) but I'm sure glad that I did! I love the colors and the way the ink flows. They come in a variety of tip sizes. Mine are 0.4.

Stabilo woody 3 in 1 watercolor pencil crayons. These are just fun (change the name). I love the assortment of colors (change the name). I love how silky, smooth they are (change the name). I love how affordable they are (change the name). My only complaint? (Not what you're thinking!) I wish they'd come out with MORE colors. Yes, I am a color nut and can never have enough color (as you can tell by my picture).

Tape, tape and more tape from Ginko Papers ( and Washimatta ( Keeping these. Sorry. (Mine! Runs away and hides in the corner. I've shared some of these with my students. These are from my personal collection that I'm hoarding, I mean, saving.

Caran d'ache Neo Art Watersoluble Wax Pastels in a little tin (four of my favorite colors). My friend Tasha asked why I don't carry my set around if I love them so much. Honestly? I'm scared I'd lose them and have to replace all $300 of them (and 60 colors are heavy). I have my boy's braces to pay for, so none of that! ;)

More pens: Uni-style fit .28 Yeah, even more gel pens. I don't know if you need them ( I'm still deciding for myself if I need them).

All of the pens were bought at Kinobuyitall, I mean, Kinokuniya or (JetPens Love!!!)

Two envelopes of rub-ons. Why two? Why not? (My friend Kara decorated the cool looking envelope for me).

One big bag o' stickers (that I need to go through again and re-sort them).

My journal bag is always changing and evolving. I'll show you pictures sometime soon of what it looks like when I travel light. (I do too travel light at times! Stop laughing.)

By the way, I also use this bag at home. I work from what's in the bag. I'll go through and rotate stuff out (like I said) every now and then.

What's a must for your journal bag? What is your journal bag?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I Could Live Outta My Journal Bag

With the exception that there's no food, drink, toothbrush or clean underwear in my journal bag, I probably could live out of it. This is ridiculous! I just cleaned out my journal bag to take this picture. Four bone folders?? Really? Two pairs of scissors (the pink ones from are for the plane, when I travel). At least four (if not more) glue sticks. Enough pens to start my own Kinokuniya store. Stencils (Crafters Workshop and Prima Marketing) and rub-ons buried at the bottom of the bag (the last way you should store rub-ons. They don't like heat. Nor should you feed them after midnight. I do wish they'd multiply when I wasn't looking 'cause they are rather expensive, but how I love them so). Watercolor crayons I've hardly touched (I'm a snob when it comes to watercolor crayons. I prefer the deluxe version, the caran d'ache neo art watersoluble wax pastels). I should probably swap these out for my stabilo woody crayon pencils that I love. (I just have the high school mentality of their name. "What are those?" Insert Beavis and Butthead laugh.) If anyone needs any tape, boy, do I have some. Two bags and five rolls because, really, you never know. Tim's tiny attacher with extra staples (what is it about baby staplers?). I carry my rapidograph black india ink with me just in case. The black Eagle Creek shoe case in the bag holds all of my collage crap, I mean, collage stuff. It's filled with focal images, background paper and transparencies in that order. I took my sticker bag out (because that was a whole bag itself that needs to be seriously downsized, big time. Do I have enough pens? Obviously not because before I cleaned out this bag the other day I had six, SIX, pen bags in it. Now I have 3. (I won't tell you that I took out 3 additional tape bags). Did I mention that there is a journal in there somewhere? I swear.

I really don't take that much with me when I'm on the go (except for long weekends or traveling away from home). I have been known to travel with just my journal, my rapidograph pen, my lattes and sweets pens, glue sticks (with extra in the hotel) and a very small amount of collage ephemera. Really, I have made art with crap, I mean, paper stuffed, um, stored in a small wet ones container (which, by the way, also fits said glue stick and journal). It can be done.

For now, I am traveling with a bag o' said stuff, and boy, am I set for an art emergency!

(The above photo is what happens when someone asks for a picture of the inside of my art journal bag. As a teacher, I like to please. Please remember that one does not need this much crapola, ahem, art supplies, to be able to make art. Time, effort and passion along with a small handful of supplies will more than suffice!)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Look down...

I had to share. This is the floor (and my feet) at Zinnia in So Pasadena

How cool is this floor?!?!?!?! You should see the rest of the store!!!!

Tamara and Suki were crazy busy building something special for the front window. (I'll post pictures or a link when it's ready. It's AMAZING!!)

The weekend is a rocking good one! I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have the BEST students!! I mean it!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Journal Page From Last Night

A nearly finished page that I made last night. I'm not sure what I will add to it, but I have a lot on my mind that I know I need to get out (yay for art journaling!).

So grateful to be teaching this weekend. Both classes are small, but students love smaller, more personal classes. They are lovely as you get to know people more. I'm looking forward to it.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Books in, Books out

Two new books arrived this week! You know what that means. It means two books have to go.

The first new book is Creative Walls: How to Display and Enjoy Your Treasured Collections. I LOVE this book. I haven't read it, but I keep flipping through it and loving the inspiration of the photos. It really is a gorgeous book.

The second book that arrived is one of my beloved Paumes books, Stockholm Family Style. For those of you who don't know, I collect and cherish these little books whose words I cannot read but whose pictures I drool over. I may learn how to read Japanese because of them!

The titles going out are:
Living Into Art: Journeys Into Collage
Collage Art

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

More New Journal Pages

I am loving my new journal. The page on the left is one of my favorites. I love the effect of the old, aged paper on top of the new, colorful image.

Just a little reminder, I am teaching two new classes this weekend. I haven't taught all month so I am really excited about teaching at Zinnia and Stampin From the Heart. If you're interested, please sign up asap and spread the word! I'd really appreciate it:

I have a short book post for tomorrow, another books in/books out post (so, yes, I do have books to sell). I'll try to schedule the post for about 6 p.m. tomorrow night.

Cold, wet and rainy in L.A. I love it. Time to put pjs on, get warm and work in my journal.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Finished Journal Pages From Yesterday

Here are the finished pages from yesterday. Being honest. I am upset-very upset-with all of the wars and unnecessary bloodshed going on across the world right now. So much hurt.

I know many people read Michelle's blog already, but if you don't, you need to know that she's at it again.  Michelle is collecting socks for folks in Japan this time. Please check out her blog for more information. She's got a heart of gold! (Well, maybe shamrocks and pentahearts. Hee hee.)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pages From My New Journal

Happy Spring! Yeah, I know, I'm a day late and a dollar short, but what else is new??

Above are two pages from my latest journal. The one on the left is finished. I'll show you the finished page on the right tomorrow.

It was a wet, rainy, stay at home as much as possible in your pjs as the rain poured down kind of weekend. I baked. I worked in my journal. I did some work. I watched films. I updated my workshop blog:

I have my classes listed through June there. I'm teaching two workshops this weekend at Zinnia in South Pasadena and Stampin From the Heart in L.A. I haven't taught in almost a month and I am REALLY looking forward to teaching this weekend especially since these two classes are two of my favorites!!

Speaking of classes, I am traveling to Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale April 8-10th. Yes, VERY SOON! I'm trying to get the word out that I have not one, but FIVE NEW workshops that I am beyond super excited about. I have lots of new ideas and techniques to share. The samples are in the store (and online at the workshop link). You can always email me if you have questions. To sign up, please contact Debbie at Frenzy Stamper.

One of the things I did this weekend was something that I haven't done in a very, very long time! I started a book at 11:45 p.m. and read until finishing it at 3:50 a.m. What book would be so good that I couldn't put it down? It was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I found out about the book from my friend, Tracy, who when describing it sighed and clasped her hands to her chest. I knew it had to be that good, and it was.

It's a full steam ahead kind of week, but after the rain comes sun and with rain and sun combined comes bright, green Southern California and a gorgeous Spring Season. Keep your eyes open for inspiring colors that are abundant this time of year! Translate them to journal pages and art. There is inspiration everywhere!!

Fixed it!

Thanks everyone who emailed me about my blogger issues. I figured out (of course right after I posted about it) that the photo I had of pens (with the polaroid frame) was too big for the page. It pushed everything to the bottom of the page. Once I deleted it, it was fine.

Rolls eyes. My poor husband and son! I was in a tizzy trying to figure it out.

I'll be back later in the day with a proper post.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Journal Pages in Progress

Above are two pages that I'm working on in my new journal.

Tomorrow night (Sunday) at 6 p.m. PST, I will be selling random grabbags of pens. I only have seven grabbags available. Here's what you need to know:

-Each grabbag has 20 different pens/markers in it.

-A small thank you gift of 2 of my favorite pencils is also included in each grabbag.

-Each set is different.

-None of the pens are used EXCEPT to test to make sure that they work. (I tested each pen myself today.)

-Each set has different brands, colors and tip sizes.

-This is an assortment of my favorite pens that I had doubles, triples and more of.

-This is a great way to experiment with a variety of pen styles at a great price.

-Once these are gone, they are gone. I will not be doing this again any time soon!

-These are pens that I LOVE and keep in my own personal pen bag.

-I am just destashing. I'm not quitting teaching or making art or anything crazy like that. :)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

My Tape Order Arrived

Most of you know that I'm addicted to washi paper tape.

Washimatta is one of my most favorite people to order tape from. I call Karen my "tape sugar mama" because if there's tape out there, and she can get it, watch out wallet!

Seriously folks, she is top notch! If an order is going to be late, she emails you. Once she's shipped an order, she emails you. As a customer, you are always in the know! Karen also knows how to carefully package items for overseas shipping. I love it! I can't rave enough about washimatta!

I don't work for anyone (but myself) and the products that I occasionally recommend are ones that I have to LOVE and use a lot! I also don't have any advertisers on my blog. If I post about something, it's because I went out,bought it and LOVED it so much I thought I should share the information. I'm actually very, very picky about what I buy (especially on a budget). Most of the goodies get used not only by myself, but by my students. I prefer to be selective in my purchases as it allows me to save up and pick the best supplies (and tools) for my students.

I apologize for getting anyone into any trouble with the information contained within post. ;)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Patting My Belly This St. Paddy's Day Eve

I wanted to make something special, yummy and good for you from scratch this St. Patrick's Day evening. I was a bit panicked thinking that dinner wouldn't be ready until very late as we didn't get home until almost 7 p.m.

It was a busy day. David had some books that we wanted to sell at some of the used bookstores. Off to Book Alley in Pasadena. We sold almost all of our books there. He picked up two new books, but I was very good!

After the bookstore, we visited Zinnia in South Pasadena ( Oh, how much I love Zinnia! I popped in to pick up my Love Story journal (I'll be teaching it there again in June, but need it for my class in April at Stampin From the Heart in L.A.). I had to put my blinders on as I'll be back there a week from Saturday with my Unfold class (book making + collage + tape + pens + fun!!). Zinnia is always well stocked with arty goodness and inspiration!

I shoo'd David and Tristan across the street to the bookstore and popped into Jasleen (a really cute clothing store), where I found an adorable black skirt for $20 (I love their sale rack!). I met up with my boys at Battery Used Books and Music Store (a fairly new store that opened in November).  We will definitely be back there! Used bookstores ALWAYS get us super excited!!! I also want to eat at the grilled cheese and cereal place next door, Mix n Munch.

We're never around when the South Pasadena farmers' market is going on, but we were there tonight in time to check it out! It was hopping! I only had limited funds on me (silly me not stopping at the bank) so there wasn't too much I could buy with $15! I did snag some fresh honey, red potatoes, leeks, fresh flowers and I even walked away with $3 in change. I would love to go back again. It's a big farmers' market, for sure! There are several vendors I want to go back and scope out including raw milk and Homeboy Industries (yummy fresh baked goods). Mmmmmm....

Speaking of food, I used potatoes, onion, leeks, butter and milk for the soup. A variety of friends gave me several different recipes and I used a bit from each. (I'd love it if people want to post their favorite potato soup recipes in the comments! Link to your blog or website, if you have one, please)!

The brown bread recipe (I'm drooling as I type it. I WILL be making it again soon. It is the easiest, fastest, yummiest bread that I have made!!) was posted here:

All my worrying about dinner taking hours to cook was crazy! I had dinner ready in less than 90 minutes. (It would've been less time if we had more counter space. Ce la vie!) It was all soooo worth it.

Now to figure out what Irish film to watch (yeah, I know, everyone usually watches The Quiet Man)...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A view of my studio floor

My "studio", my "living room" or whatever you want to call it is still a work in progress (the landlord still isn't 100% 'finished' with the work that they started since we still are without the new blinds they promised). Not to mention the fact that we're still (slowly) cleaning and rearranging things. I have two boxes of kids' vhs tapes that need to be mailed to my nephew in Boston sitting waiting. I have bags and bags (all empty) that I need to find homes for (I would make a great bag lady, or so I've been told). I also am trying to figure out some ideas on creating very tall, narrow bookshelves. Slowly, but surely, the living room is coming into place. Yay!

This is what the floor looks like as I work. It's messier than usual because I was making a book from scratch and had all of my goodies spread out. I'm beyond super excited about the new journal I am working in. I'm always excited when it comes time to start a new journal but this one has me totally jazzed. I have big ideas for this one and it involves the creation of a new 12 hour class around it (if things go as planned). Yes, 12 hours. I'm giddy with possibility right now. Don't worry, I'll share the pages here. I also have two additional new (completed) journals that I will be posting soon.

So, what are you working on lately? I'd love to hear! Post your links in the comments below if you'd like to share pictures.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Random Tape Grabbags for Sale!


Thank you everyone!!! I will be mailing these between now and Thursday! :) I hope that you enjoy them!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sneak peek...

Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. PST, I will be selling LIMITED random grab bags of rolls of washi paper tape. I'm not getting into the washi tape business! These are extras from my personal collection. Almost all are new. A very small handful are barely used (the barely used rolls have a smidgeon of tape removed. I will make it up though in other ways!). All at a good price. This is a great deal! I figure selling them in the evening instead of the morning will offer more folks a fair chance.

If this goes well, I also have tons of new pens I may sell.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Finished journal page from the other day

I finished this page today, the last page in this journal.

I had a lot to say so I decided to journal across the focal image. I like how the image itself obscures some of the writing. I added the journaling last. I more than likely won't go back and add anything else to the page as it says what I want it to say.

I made a new journal today using an old hardcover book and recycled papers. I have a few ideas that I am eager to bounce around in this journal.

One thing I've been thinking about lately, can anyone recommend any tree free paper that they love? I'd appreciate any recommendations!

New Books To Keep An Eye Out For

Here's a list of some of the new books coming out in early 2011. I've listed the ones that I more than likely will be buying and am very, very excited about.

Creative Walls How to Display and Enjoy Your Treasured Collection: (The cover on this one is intriguing. I definitely want to see it before I buy it. It looks cool...)

Masters: Book Arts (I know I will definitely be buying this one! Masters: Collage is one of my favorites.)
Decorate: 1,000 Ideas for Every Room in Your Home (I read Holly's Decor8 blog so this one is intriguing. I don't know, for sure, if I will buy it, but I definitely want to see it! Holly's more personal blog, Haus Maus, is one of my favorites.)
Shaun Tan's The Bird King and other sketches (I own all of Tan's books which means I will want this one!)
Painted Pages by Sarah Ahearn Bellemare (I absolutely adore Sarah's work. I am eager to see what is on the inside pages. I know it's a how to, but depending upon how much artwork is on the inside pages is the key factor on whether or not I'll buy it. I know I sound like a broken record, but I am much more interested in artwork, thought processes, meaning, personal symbols, the whys and studio space than sole focus on how to.).
Dan Eldon: Safari as a Way of Life by Jennifer New (I own both previous Dan Eldon books, quickly scooped up when they were first published. I also own Jennifer's previous book on journals. This is high on my must buy list IF it contains previously unpublished pages. If it is a rehash of the previous books, I will not buy it. Dan left behind so many journals that I'm almost positive that this will be a new book with new material. I hope. More here.)
Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 45 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers and Cartoonists by Julia Rothman (I've devoured every single post of Julia Rothman's Book By Its Cover Blog. I am beyond eager to get my hands on a copy of this book. I'll be stalking it, I mean looking for it the closer it gets to publication date.)
I haven't posted every book coming out, these are the books that excite me. I'd love to hear from my readers. What books are YOU excited about that are coming out early this year (please don't list previously published books as I want to hear about NEW books)? Thanks!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A new page started tonight

Let's try this again and make sure that the photo doesn't post sideways (grrr)! Please note that the above page isn't finished and has barely even been started! This is a teaser. I'll show the finished page soon!

It's been somewhat of a lazy day. I woke up very late (after staying up very, very late finishing up a book). Did some work. I set up a blog post on the new books coming out in early 2011 that I am super excited about (some of you probably got the early version in your google reader. The revised post with more commentary is set to air at 4 a.m. Sunday). I baked scones (chocolate chip for Tristan and I, cinnamon for David). I have no knead bread (that I prepped last night) ready for a late dinner (tomato soup and fresh bread). I cleaned up a bit. I puttered. I tore up magazines and books for collage (a pile for me, a pile for my students). I read blogs, facebook, twitter, bbc news, Al-jazeera English, and magazines. I watched Al-jazeera and bbc news for info on Wisconsin, Japan and Libya. I'll listen to Henry Rollins' show on kcrw. I'm listening to npr news now. I usually listen to pacifica/kpfk news during the week, but their weekend news programming is virtually nonexistent. I haven't showered yet (am still in pjs), but will do so soon and then put on clean pjs. I complained about daylight savings time (I like when it gets dark early. I am a total Autumn kinda gal.) We'll go for a walk. Later, we'll watch a film, maybe Saturday Night Live (love Bill Hader and the news with Seth Myers, the rest is usually eh). But, for right now, I'm collageing and working in my journal, thinking, pondering and processing.

Friday, March 11, 2011

After page

The journaling reads:

It is a time like this that makes us realize that the world is not a big place and that we are closer than we think. Borders are mostly man made and nature will ignore them.

Thinking of the people in Japan right now.

The Before Page

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Four books in, four books out

I realized today that I forgot to post about the books I am letting go of after buying books in San Francisco and Berkeley.

I told you what I bought already, but here they are again:

Paris, mon appartement a moi published by Editions de Paris

Couleurs a Paris-Editions de Paris

Paris Style Kitchen and Dining published by up-on factory

Cook Until Desired Tenderness by Cleo Papanikolas -( bought at Castle in the Air in Berkeley

The books that are leaving are:

Happy Voodoo Gris Gris (I am not selling this one. I'm going to cut it up.)

Making & Keeping Creative Journals by Suzanne Tourtillot

Altered Books, Collaborative Journals and Other Adventures in Bookbinding by Holly Harrison

In This Garden by Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn

I thought I'd try something here. Instead of bringing these to the used bookstore, I'm going to sell them here on the blog. The cheapest prices on amazon for the Altered Books and In This House are about $11 each, Making & Keeping (hardcover, btw) is $4.


Please stay tuned for more books!

I just ordered two books (I'll post about them soon) and I know there are a small (oh, how I can only hope) amount of new books coming out this year (I'll do that post soon). If people are interested in buying my books, I'll do this again.

I hope that you enjoyed my before and after journal page posts. I should clarify that the 'before' pages were all started in my classes as collage samples. I work alongside my students to demonstrate as I teach. None of the before pages were finished in any way. I usually would add journaling or something else to them when I got home. However, in the journal I'm working in now, I wanted to work and rework pages (even the ones that were finished) to see how far I can push them. I can still go back later on and rework them, if I want to. I probably won't (at least now). I'm always a big fan of making multiple color copies and reworking them. I also love using the same image and seeing how far I can push it. That's the neat thing about working in your journal: there are no mistakes, just endless possibilities!

Sad news

I read on Christine Clemmensen's blog last night that Elsebeth Gynther passed away. I never met, nor spoke with Elsebeth and yet her work touched me. Both Elsebeth and Christine co-wrote the book, Scraps: An Inspirational Field Guide to Collage. It's one of the few how to books that I kept in my recent purging of books. Scraps is well written and the art is inspiring. I'm very saddened by her death. The art community has lost a few good souls in recent weeks. I couldn't let Elsebeth's death go unmentioned. Christine has a wonderfully written tribute here.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Finished Pages

I've been reworking my pages in this journal in a way that I don't normally work. Usually, I finish a page and move on. I've been going back to the pages in my current journal, re-thinking and re-working them. Why? Because I can and really because I wanted to try something new. I figure what the hell, it's my journal so why not? I don't love every page but I love the process and the way it's making me think!

Speaking of journaling, my friend, Lori has created a journal club in No CO. You can find out more by going to her blog here:

It looks like fun! There's a huge artsy community North of Denver (like my friends at the Artists Nook). I'm really looking forward to trekking there this July!

The Before Pages

Quickly collaged.
Hang tight, I'll show you the after pages in a second...

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Finished WIP journal pages

Here are the finished pages that I posted the other day. I have a whole journal that I want to post. I am enjoying blogging from my phone at the moment! I promise I will post the journal from last month asap!

Life is quiet but busy lately. I've been planning and prepping classes. In between that and everything else I've been finding time to bake a few yummy goodies. Someone posted a recipe for tomato pie that I would love to try. I made cinnamon sugar pull apart bread that was delicious. It took 3 hours of prep time (plus time spent overnight in the fridge) and it was all gone in 10 minutes. People say, "nom nom nom" is obnoxious (okay, my sister tells me it is), but I swear that's how the boys sounded as they devoured it.

Here's the recipe I used:

The pages above were started in some of my recent classes. I always work alongside students as I teach. It helps me to demonstrate as well as giving the students a chance to see how I process and fix things as I go. I also like to show how moving items around the page in even the most slightest of ways can change the entire look and feel. A lot of people tend to plop their focal in or near the middle. Every time you approach a page try asking yourself what one thing can I attempt to do different this time? See what happens.

Teaching in Scottsdale, AZ April 8-10th, 2011

I'm very excited to be returning to Scottsdale, Arizona in April to be teaching FIVE NEW classes! The samples are in the store. Debbie is now taking sign ups! I've been planning these new classes for awhile and I have tons of new ideas and techniques to share with you! I hope to see you at Frenzy Stamper!

, April 8th 10-4

La Petit Muse

With your own hands and in your own style, construct a small, personal journal completely from scratch. You’ll start by choosing your own handmade and decorative paper to use as the cover and as the inside pages! Create your own unique book sewn by your own hands. After constructing the book, you will then learn a multitude of new collage techniques for working on the pages. This was one of my favorite journals to work in and I hope it will become one of yours!

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks

followed by: 4:30-6:30

Layers of Color

I’m an artist obsessed with color! We will dive glue stick first into a visual delight of color. Think you’ve seen it all? Experiment while you create lusciously layered pages. Learn what works, what doesn’t and how to fix so called mistakes (there are no mistakes, only learning opportunities!). This workshop will expand your knowledge of color!

Supply list: journal (or the instructor will have paper for you to work on), scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks

Saturday, April 9th 10-4

Sacred Place

Combine luscious handmade paper, waxed linen thread, glue, collage ephemera and a plethora of techniques to create this one of a kind journal handmade by you! I will dig deep into my bag of tricks and teach you what I know about working in this unique book! Learn composition, design, color, lettering and more as you work hands on in your new journal. Experiment with paper, tape, transparencies, stickers, rub ons and MORE! You will walk out of class not only with a new journal but with your head full of new ideas and possibilities!

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks

followed by: 4:30-6:30

FUNdamentals of Texture

Who says that you can only use paint to create texture? In this class you will create a multitude of backgrounds (sans paint) while exploring hands on various texture techniques. Be prepared to layer, learn and have fun in this with a variety of mediums. The possibilities are endless and I will teach you everything I know while putting the FUN in the fundamentals of texture!

Supply list: journal (or the instructor will have paper for you to work on), scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks

Sunday, April 10th

Sanctuary Journal


Work big, work fast (but not too fast) and work across the fold in this book created and bound by you! We’ll start by assembling this journal with a new and unique stitch! We’ll spread out across the page, creating luscious two page spreads learning new collage techniques as we work. Combine a multitude of ephemera and your own style to create uniquely blended, layered and richly colored, personal journal pages.

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks

Monday, March 07, 2011

WIP Journal page

Winds are howling in La La Land tonight. I'm expecting the Wicked Witch of the West to fly by any second now.

I have a big announcement in the morning! It's not a surprise, but I'm looking forward to trekking there next month.

Busy as a bee here. The work above is the 'before' shot. I'll show the after a.s.a.p.

Lots of ideas bubbling and brewing. I need time to experiment and think them through. Busy at the moment trying to plan classes for the rest of 2011. My only beef of teaching the way I do is having to plan so far in advance. It can be an odd feeling booking and prepping so many months in advance and thinking about later instead of now. Not complaining, just stating a fact! :)

Teaching at Zinnia this Friday. Hope to see you there!

David and I have been watching La Commune. It's a long, fascinating film that I'd recommend. It's extremely timely with what's going on worldwide at the moment.

I made whole wheat bread from scratch tonight (yes, I used my really big bowl). I also prepped cinnamon bread for the morning. Yum!

Don't forget that Tuesday, March 8th is International Women's Day! Stand strong! Stand proud! Stand together!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

More from my bookshelf...a.k.a. shelf love

Some favorites here are:Fashion ForecastingWelcome to Forest Island-Bwana SpoonsAll of the Dave McKean Postcards from... seriesLiving Into Art-Whiting Print & PatternTiborEast of the Sun and West of the MoonOlle EksellTo Paint Her Life (about C. Solomon)

Saturday, March 05, 2011

The After Page

What I love most about these pages are all of the background layers peeking through. It's an effect I wouldn't have achieved if I hadn't decided to see how far I could push them.

So, how about it? Do you think that you could try to take your pages to the next step and add some layers on top of layers? You won't know what it looks like until you've done it. It's all about letting go and not being too attached to our journal pages. A journal should be your place to experiment, push, prod, document and ask yourself, "what next?"

Go ahead. Try it. It'll be okay. I promise. It's just paper and you have a whole journal to play in...

The Before Page

One of the things that helps me to teach is to work alongside my students. I'm not creating personal work in class. I'm demonstrating ideas, techniques and possibilities. The above page was started last weekend in Fremont, CA while teaching at Maria's studio. I'll show you what happened after I took it home. It morphed into something completely different. Hang tight. I'll have the after picture up in a few...

2,000 post winner (or two or...)

I decided to choose more than one winner in my 2,000 post contest.

The grand prize winner has a choice of receiving a handmade journal (that they can work in) from me OR admission into one of my online classes (their choice). I used random number generator to pick! The grand prize winner is...

SETH! from The Altered Page

I decided to randomly choose two additional winners, as well! The additional winners can pick one of any of my online classes to take. The two additional winners are...

Tricia Allen!


Hey Jude!

Please email me with your choice and your contact info to
Thanks everyone who entered! This was fun and I may do it again soon!

Friday, March 04, 2011

More shelf love

Stay tuned for an early morning post with the contest winners (yes, I decided there was more than one)!
Some favorites from this shelf are:Maira Kalman Principles of UncertaintyMail Art by Renaud SiegmannGail and Zachariah Rieke: Found Objects in an Open WorldGraphic 10 (a magazine)Totoro Forest ProjectJennifer New's Drawing from LifeAnh Duong Self PortraitsInspired by Nielsen and HartmannInside TokyoMy Barron Storey booksBill Koeb RememoryLenore Tawney Signs on the WindAge of Feminine DrawingSeveral Zines by the Good Mail Day folk ;) a.k.a. Pod PostAmy Krouse Rosenthal Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Shelf Love

Yeah. I'm weird. I know it. Husband started it. I never knew anyone who kept their books under wraps until I met him. Now all of my books are wrapped up, especially the ones on this book case since they are right by the window and the area gets dusty and dirty very quickly. Dirty as in covered in L.A. black dirt that creeps into open windows.
Most of my how to paper/book arts titles are on this shelf. I am still reorganizing my shelves. I'm trying to put all of my book arts titles on one shelf, like Shereen LaPlantz's books (Cover to Cover is the Bible of Bookbinding, by the way), Alisa Golden, Keith Smith, Gwen Diehn, Jason Thompson, etc...
Some of my favorite titles on this shelf are:Good Mail DayDrawing Lab1000 Artist Journal PagesThe Art of Personal ImageryCollage for the SoulCreative ArtistBook + Art
If you like this post, let me know and I'll show you more!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Mysterious alphabet/number set

I haven't forgotten about the contest winner. It's coming! Stay tuned. I'm still playing catch up.

The above picture is from one of my oldest rubber stamp alphabet and number sets. I bought it on ebay over ten years ago. It's several sets of rubber sheets and long wooden pegs with alphabet and numbers on the end. I have no idea what it originally was, but I loved it and bought the set to use in my art. I thought that the inside of the box was cool and that you might enjoy seeing it.

Yesterday's post was about magazines. Tonight, I tore up my last two Frankie magazines. I also cut up the latest Somerset Studio. I saved one article in the lettering section, Danita's art and the entire Melange section was pretty cool. I bought the magazine specifically for the article on Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, whose work I adore.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

My pile of magazines to read

It always seems like feast or famine with magazines. There's been a plethora of good ones lately.

With all of my kvetching about Stampington publications, I have to say that I really LOVE Where Women Cook. Yes, the photos are scrumptious but the articles are fresh, from the heart and well written.