Monday, October 31, 2011

11 October 2011 Journal Page

Trying to get back into the swing of things. Road trips usually take me a couple of days to recoup.

I hope that everyone is having a great Halloween! It's my favorite holiday!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

10 October 2011 Journal Page

Home from the most wonderful weekend in Oakland. It was such a good trip. Thank you to all of my friends and students. I can't say it enough.

I showed you this page a couple of weeks ago when it was in progress. Here it is finished.

I'm off to relax. It was a long drive and thankfully I had all of my Boingo cds with me to blast and sing along with at the top of my lungs.

"Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye..."

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Having Fun in Oakland

The view from my teaching table in Oakland. Having fun, fun, fun!

I taught both of my new classes (Musings and Journal This!) and LOVED seeing how the students interpreted the exercises. I really liked how even people who said that they didn't journal (or want to journal), went to town with it.

I'll be trekking back home tomorrow after class. It's been such a good weekend. Huge, huge thank yous to my wonderful students and Gaylynne for such a great time.

Friday, October 28, 2011

What I Bought in Berkeley

See? I was a good girl! I hit Scrapbook Territory, Castle in the Air, Paper Source and the bookstores on 4th Street. Fun!

Having a GREAT time teaching in Oakland at Gaylynne's! So much fun! What a great group!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Love Letter

Dear Berkeley,

I love you.

That is all.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

6 October 2011 Journal Page

I'm all packed and roaring to go for my Oakland classes this weekend. I'm looking forward to visiting one of my favorite areas (Northern California), seeing old friends (and meeting new ones) and I'm beyond eager to teach my new classes!

Above you'll see the finished page that I showed you earlier in the month.

I love opening up to a new page and seeing how it unfolds.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Journal Page in Progress

I'll show you the finished page soon! I am having a great time working in this journal.

One of my favorite things to use is scraps and waste (like the sticker waste above). If it looks like it may have potential, I'll save it. If not, it hits the recycle bin!

I've noticed that the background collage papers that I've been gravitating towards lately are book and magazine papers. Funny how it works sometimes.

Tristan is having his bottom braces put on today. Fingers crossed he'll be okay with them. I remember how tough it was the first couple of weeks and what it's like to eventually get used to them.

I'm all done with my prep work for No CA this weekend so tomorrow will be a play day for me. Yay! I am super excited about the classes this weekend. I always get so jazzed about new ideas.

Hope you're having a good week so far.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

New Journal Started 6 October 2011

“One thing is certain: the arts keep you alive. They stimulate, encourage, challenge, and, most of all, guarantee a future free from boredom. They allow growth and even demand it in that time of life we call maturity but too often enter it with a childish faith that what we learned in youth is sustenance enough for the years when most men are mentally famished but won't admit it—or when they are apt to curb their hunger with the sops of complacency, security, and the assurance of death.” Vincent Price

Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Mary Blair!

Mary Blair has been an influence since I was a little girl. I didn't know her name back then but I knew that she could work magic with drawing tools:
If you've ever read a handful of Golden books, been to that ride at Mouseland in Anaheim (you know, the ride where the song doesn't leave your head for days on end), or seen any movie made by the Mouse studio after 1940 (even if she didn't directly work on the film as a concept artist, you can see even modern films and shorts that were inspired by her brilliant use of color and pattern), then you know who Mary Blair was.

She worked with watercolors and gouache:
She worked on tiles:
She also did gorgeous collages:
I saw this one up close last night at the special Centennial tribute (as part of the Marc Davis Lecture Series) to Mary Blair hosted by the Academy. On the second floor as a special surprise for the night only, they had a heavily guarded display of a selection of Blair's artwork. If it weren't for the guards breathing down my neck and the crowd, I would've been like a kid in a candy store with my nose and fingers pressed up against the glass display case.
A favorite from the evening:

Happy 100th birthday, Mary Blair. May your inspiration live on.

More information on Mary Blair can be found:
Fuck Yeah, Mary Blair tumblr
Mary Blair tagged on tumblr
Magic of Mary Blair Gallery
Wiki page
IMDB (see what films she worked on)
Books devoted exclusively to Mary Blair: The Colors of Mary Blair and Art and Flair of Mary Blair
(I have both books and I have to say am disappointed by the color reproductions in them as they're not up to par with the originals.)
L.A. Times article 10/21/2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

4 August through 4 October 2011 Journal

Things are crazy busy here the next couple of weeks. I'll be posting daily but the posts may be short and sweet.

No class tomorrow, but possibly Saturday at Zinnia if you phone before 3 tomorrow (Friday)! If not, it may get canceled. Just a heads up! It's one of my favorite journals and I guarantee that you will be inspired by it, too!

I hope to have a slideshow up soon of the above journal. It was a joy to work in.

Some words by Henry David Thoreau to ponder:

"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

1 October 2011 Journal Page

"Collage is like a hall of mirrors. Every direction you look, you see something different and visually stimulating." Nita Leland

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cinnamon Bread Recipe

I've been on a quest for cinnamon chips (like chocolate chips) since I ate The Best Cinnamon Bread Ever at the Great Harvest Bread Company in South Pasadena (across from Zinnia) several months ago. I have been on a mission to make this bread! Thanks to Karen Hutchinson (owner of Stampin From the Heart in L.A.), I finally found bags of cinnamon chips at Albertson's on Venice Blvd (near Robertson).

3 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup sugar (I used less than that)

2 teaspoons active dry yeast

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup warm milk (I melted the butter and then poured the milk into the pan. Yeah, I'm lazy like that. One less pan to clean!)

1/4 cup butter (melted)

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup cinnamon baking chips*

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, yeast, and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, butter and egg.

Add milk mixture to flour mixture; beat until smooth.

Cover with a dishpan and let rest for 1 hour in a cool, dry place.

Stir baking powder and cinnamon chips into batter.

Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.

If desired, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. (I sprinkled just cinnamon onto mine.)

Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool in pan for five minutes before removing.

Devour, I mean eat, as soon as possible! This bread is best warm (in my small opinion). We ate ours within ten minutes of removing it from the oven.

*If you can't find cinnamon chips, I would just add more cinnamon to the mixture and stir it up! I've often added cinnamon to vanilla cake mixture. It just makes everything yummier!

I will be making this bread again!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

4 July 2006 Journal Pages

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

Happy birthday, Oscar Wilde!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Late 2005 Journal Page

"I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration." Frida Kahlo

Interesting to look back and see some pages that are just full of paint while others are paint filled pages full of my own musings and yet others are thick, rich layers of paint and paper.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

2004 Journal Spread

I was flipping through an older journal from 2004 today. The journal was full of painted pages, experiments of various texture gels, some collage and a lot of writing. This is one of the few spreads that has a lot of collage in it. I thought that you might enjoy seeing some of my older work.

I believe that this spread was done in a class I took with Juliana Coles. With all of the teaching that I do, it's extremely rare that I get to take a class. I've been very lucky to take several classes over the years with Juliana. It doesn't matter how much you think you know about the art journaling process, Juliana always pushes you outside of your comfort zone. She now has online classes as well as kits of classes in her etsy store. She's one of the best teachers out there.

My attitude is that there's always something new to learn. You just have to keep your mind open and be willing to experiment with new ideas, techniques and approaches. This is something that I have repeatedly stressed in my 14 years of teaching art.


I saw the new book, Safari as a Way of Life (about Dan Eldon), last night at Book Soup (in the biography section). It's probably a must for die-hard fans. However, you should know it's being marketed towards teens and it reads like it. There are some cool attachments sprinkled throughout the book. It looks like there are some new photos and journal pages included as well. I didn't buy it yet but probably will down the road. If you're new to Dan Eldon's work or you don't have any books about him, I would highly recommend The Journey is the Destination: the Journals of Dan Eldon. Chronicle Books just republished it (though your library or used book store should have a copy.) Also visit the Dan Eldon website here.


My son makes stop motion lego films. He just finished a new one if you'd like to check it out. It has sound, too, fyi. He has more on his youtube channel, as well.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

26 September 2011 Journal Page

"Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence." Nietzsche

Monday, October 10, 2011

New Classes Added in Simi Valley, CA

I'm SUPER excited to announce that I have added two classes to my schedule for Fall/Winter 2011. I'll be teaching at a private home in Simi Valley, CA. Yes, the classes are open to the public! I've taught there in the past and loved it! (Thank you again, Janet!!)

I'll be teaching TWO classes. You can sign up for one or both (if you're so inclined!)

You may send someone else in your place if you are unable to attend the workshop, or you will receive a kit for the class. You can either pay via paypal (see button below) or send a check or money order.

Once you've signed up for the workshop, you will be sent the address and directions to the workshop location. If you have ANY questions you can email me. I will also give you my cell phone number so you contact me.

Please note, space is extremely limited! I will generate a waiting list, need be. Thanks

Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info!

The Schedule is:
Sunday, November 6th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A Beautiful Life

Sunday, December 4th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Simi Valley Classes

Sunday, November 6th

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A Beautiful Life Journal

What do you get when you combine paper, ribbon, glue and a little special somethin’ something? A soft covered (but extremely durable), quickly stitched and totally made by your own hands journal! You will learn not only how to create your own Beautiful Life Journal but you will discover how to successfully blend color, texture and imagery together onto the pages of your book. You’ll create luscious layers that combine rich, personal imagery with colorful, textured bits of paper ephemera. I’ll dig deep into my bag of tricks for this class, unearthing and sharing what I know to be the key to creating unique, personal journal pages that you will love!

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, bottle of tacky glue


Sunday, December 4th

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


What story will your book hold? Express yourself by creating a hand bound journal covered in luscious handmade paper. Create pages that fold out and hide your secrets or uniquely display your treasures. You will learn how to free your artistic self upon the pages of this book, creating a multitude of rich, colorful pages as you work. You will be learning not only how to make the book from scratch but also how to create a multitude of layered, “paper painted” 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


I hope to see YOU there!

Questions? Please email me at

More information on my workshops here.


Sunday, October 09, 2011

23 September 2011 Journal Page

On the above page, I used found images via books and magazines. Lately I've noticed myself hoarding more book and magazine pages than store bought papers. Don't get me wrong, I love paper in all forms, it's just interesting seeing what I reach for when I go to create a journal page.

I've mentioned this before but I always encourage people who buy paper to tear the paper in half as soon as possible. Put one half aside for "now" and the other half aside for "later". It makes the paper not so precious and you'll end up using it (at least half of it) as opposed to just hoarding it.

Scrapbook paper: I cut in half.

Parent sheets of paper: I fold into quarters and use a 1/4 of it now. Folding your paper doesn't hurt it even if you plan on making books from it. It also makes storage a lot easier.

How do you store your paper? If you post a photo to your blog, please leave a comment with a link! I'd love to see!! Thanks!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

23 September 2011 Journal Page

One of the things I'm often asked is what do I journal about? What is my life like that gives me so much material to journal about?

My life is simple, quiet and boring. Rarely do I sit down with anything in mind to journal about (the page above is an exception. I sat down knowing what I wanted to say and what I wanted the page to be about. I was very upset and used my journal to focus that energy and get it out onto the page.)

I will journal about anything and everything: from who is in the room; my thoughts and feelings about them; something that happened, a reaction to something I heard, read or saw; what I've done or what I want to do, etc... I journal about everything it doesn't matter if it's good or sad. I get very upset when I hear people say that you should only journal about good things.

What good is a journal if it's not a complete portrait of the human self? Every person I have ever known has good, bad and downright ugly stories.

Your journal should be a place of refuge, companion, sounding board and even dumping ground. It should be a book that when someone opens it up, they see you on the page.

If you feel like it, think about what I wrote above and how you can interpret it and make it work in your own journal. Start simple. Don't overwhelm yourself. Open your journal and document one small thing that had the most emotional impact on you today.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Beginning a New Journal

I love the possibility that lies when you open a new journal. All of the "What ifs?" that cross your mind. There are no mistakes only many different choices and different opportunities.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

New Journal Cover: Work in Progress

I finished the journal that I've been working on the last couple of months Tuesday night. I wanted to do something different as well as make my new journal a bit bigger in size.

I started the cover of my new journal yesterday. The photo above is one of the many I took while I worked. It's interesting to see how it progressed. I'll show you the finished cover soon. I'll also show you the rest of the old journal soon as well.

This new journal closed is about 8 3/4 x 10 3/4". My goal with this new journal is texture. I want it to be touchable and full of luscious layers. I also only used 5 sheets of cardstock, folded and nested together gives you 20 sides to work on. I tend to get bored with journals that have more than 20 pages.

In other news, I'm super excited to give a little tease announcement: I'll be teaching in Simi Valley, CA the first Sundays of November and December. I'll have more details soon. I also booked December 29th and 30th at Ink About It in Westford, MA. Class information and details will be available shortly. I'm looking forward to it!!

Huge thanks to all of you who sent me get well wishes. I'm still feeling crappy but am slowly on my way to recovery.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Typography Sketchbooks

I've been waiting for what seems like ever for the debut of Typography Sketchbooks.

First impressions? This is one helluva big book (over 365 pages with over 900 illustrations) that feels somewhat lightweight (odd how so many big books are not feeling as weighty as they did in the past. I know it's the paper quality that they're using.) It's a beautiful and yet at $55 (cover price), it's an extremely expensive book.

It's well known that I'm a sucker for journal pages. I love any kind of insight into an artist's thoughts and processes. I adore being able to flip through a sketchbook and seeing the glimmer of an idea come to life on a page. If you love typography, and sketchbooks make you go ga-ga, then this is the book for you!

Do you need to rush out and buy it right now? No. The holidays are coming up. Put it on your wishlist. Start to scour your local used bookstores. Put it on your wishlist over at (you never know).

The cool thing is that you can flip through some of the book here and here and here and here.

This is wildly cool here.

If anything, I hope that this post inspires you to crack open your own journal and play around with your handwriting. After all, you don't know what will happen until you try it...

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


Slowly on the mend. More as soon as I'm not dizzy.

(Photo taken behind Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles)

Monday, October 03, 2011

Home Sick

I couldn't escape it this time. I'm home sick with a sore throat and a funky feeling head. More to come as soon as my head stops spinning.

I took the above photo a couple of weeks ago behind Alias West, one of our favorite bookstores in West L.A. If you want to save it, print it out and use it for personal use, knock yourself out!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Sunday Night Dinner

I wanted to make something somewhat new for dinner. I found this recipe and decided to try my hand at it for dinner.

I bought a puff pastry shell, fresh mozzarella, mint and tomatoes at Trader Joe's. I pretty much followed the recipe above but used the ingredients I mentioned instead of everything she listed. (It's hard enough getting my boy to eat mint (he kept joking that I was trying to serve him drugs) and tomatoes let alone "funky" cheeses. Even then he picked off most of the tomatoes until I insisted he eat a few of them. Boy gagging noises followed. If you ever want free entertainment, watch my kid eat a tomato. I should video it and stick it up on youtube.)

I added a spinach salad with onion, pear, tomato and strawberries. Yum!

Last night, we went to The American Cinematheque in Hollywood for the 50th anniversary of the Dick Van Dyke show. It's a theatre that we rarely go to (I've been twice, I think) as it's just too expensive for a family of three. I love their sister theatre, the Aero in Santa Monica. I just feel more comfortable there (not to mention it's cheaper, there's plenty of free street parking, and there aren't any tourists asking what's going on because at the Aero there's a freakin' marquee.) We had fun last night! It was definitely the Carl Reiner and Gary Marshall show. Those two need a sitcom together circa 2011. I'd totally watch it. They had us in hysterics. Dick Van Dyke didn't do much talking though we did see him dance (off to the side as he was waiting to be introduced) and even sing the Dick Van Dyke Theme Song (yes, there were lyrics but they never used them!). Rose Marie (sitting in the audience) asked the best question of the night: "Where's the bathroom?" It was fun hearing the stories and finding out that various cast, crew and family members were sitting around us in the audience (Marshall quipped that "next time I'll bring a flashlight" as there wasn't a spotlight nor did they raise the lights so you could see who was where. Odd.) All in all, it was a fun night and definitely a rare treat to see such a cast and crew assembled again 50 years later. I did videotape almost all of it and David may put it on his blog. If he does, I'll link. If anyone is wondering, the show is just as funny now as it (probably) was then. TV Land is going to be airing it soon.

David and I watch very little (ridiculously so) modern television. We have shows that we tape and watch on a regular basis: Ebert Presents at the Movies, the Simpsons (last week's episode was horrendous), and Community (hit or miss). Our favorite shows tend to be the older ones. I love Burns and Allen. We've been watching them for months now. Other favorites are Kung Fu, Hill Street Blues, Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Moonlighting to name a few...We usually end up watching films over television shows.

Any favorite tv or movie recommendations?