Monday, July 21, 2014


July has brought unusually nice weather and a new artist inspiration for the Magical Journal Journeys. The artist that Maggie chose for her journal was Jose Manuel Merello. Working in the style of this artist was very calming for me even though his work seems to portray abstract chaos. Merello's style is Mediterranean and Spanish. I was drawn to his work by the use of  his bold and bright colors. Below are the two pages (actually four back and front) that I created for Maggie's Journal  - Merello.

                                                The cover of Maggie's Journal

I folded a 9 X 12 heavy weight watercolor paper in half to make 4 pages back and front

                                                          My second page

My third page... I even took the liberties of signing my name just like Merello with line underneath it.

This was my last page and quite honestly, I could have kept painting Merello all day long!

Thanks Maggie for choosing such an inspiring artist to me, it was great fun working in your journal this year!

The next journal coming my way the end of July is Georgia O'Keeffe. Gemma chose the artist O'Keeffe and 
I can't wait to show you the pages I created for Gemma. Yes, I already completed them, one because I absolutely adore O'Keeffe and the other because I will be in the Artful Gathering Art Doll Class the next few weeks with Mary Jane Chadbourne and I plan to be busy creating some fabulous dolls! Stay tune for Georgia O'Keeffe pages soon and I will also be sharing what's going on at Artful Gathering!


Sunday, June 29, 2014


Amedeo Modigliani or "Modi" as he was known by his friends in the day was the artist of choice for the journal chosen by Lisa Priti. I learned a lot about his artist while studying his paintings and his particular style.
His paintings were odd and quirky of perhaps normal folks with distorted faces. He also painted nudes.
Amedeo Modigliani led a party style life, drinking, drugs and often trading his paintings for his passions of choice. This type of life enabled him to keep his dying health a secret from the public, who would have shunned him if they had known that he was suffering from TB.

Modigliani was known to have a huge rival with Picasso and Amedeo died 50 years prior to Picasso's death at the very young age of 35. I found it so interesting that on Picasso's death bed before he died, he whispered  the name "Amedeo".

Now for my pages... oh my, I thought they would be so easy. because his work seemed to have such a simplistic feel to it and the faces are so distorted. "WRONG".  I actually struggled more with this artist than any so far. Several times, I started completely over and felt like a writer with writer's block. Twice I managed pages I loved and then completely ruined them as I began painting the faces. Again, it was, "Can I get this in the trash can from here in one shot". 

                                                 AMEDEO means "Loved by GOD"

                                     Lisa loves quotes, I had to add quotes by Modigliani

         On the right, the wording doesn't show good here, much better in person.

          "We have a secret Modigliani and me, and no one knows it but the Sweet Cherry Tree"

I am not a person to give up, but clearly, this artist was a big challenge for me and I am one who loves a challenge. Next on my bucket list is conquering the technique of painting faces. One of the very things that I truly admire about Lisa Priti's work, she does faces so well. 

Amedeo Modigliana's work was inspiring to me and it does not surprise me that Priti Lisa chose this artist.
Thank you Lisa for the opportunity to work in your journal again and for inspiring me to LEAP!


Saturday, June 28, 2014


Every time I give a gift card, I always decorate an envelope for it.  I've had so many requests for them that I decided to make some "gift card" envelopes. They are perfect for all gift cards, ACEO trading cards, photos, money holders, special tickets, and even letters or notes.

This is also my submission for Inspiration Avenue this week. They are having a show and tell.

These were great fun to make and great for a variety of uses. Below are some of the results!
They are offered for sale in my IMGIRL Etsy shop for $4.50 each.

























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Saturday, June 7, 2014


Little Bity books, mini journals

You never know what will happen when you accept a challenge! I belong to an art group on Face Book called the "Enchanted Imaginarium" and we had a challenge call this month to make a little book and be part of a swap for them, any kind of little book as long as it was 2 inches by 1 1/2 inches. I am addicted to Journals of all kinds so this just sounded like a little journal challenge to me. 

I never dreamed it would be so addicting after making just one. My brain exploded and ideas just kept flashing like electrical sparks gone crazy, I just kept making them and before I knew it , the weekend was over and in two days of complete heaven, I had not made just one, but 11 of them. 

The fun part was using my imagination, I had no clue as to what I was doing. I am pretty pleased with how they all turned out in spite of all the little imperfections. I am sure the next batch I make (and yes, I am already contemplating my next batch) will have more added little bits of love as the wheels just keep turning.They are all different, all unique, and creatively imperfect, which I think just adds to the beauty of them. . As I began to show them to my group on FB, not even finished, I already had a request for 5 of them so that made me really happy.

These are the most fun books I have ever made. I might add that the entire books are made from scraps of paper left over from art projects or pieces of paper I saved from previous art work. I am sure I will be changing them, experimenting with them, using different mediums with them, and I will continue to make them and share them with you here. I plan to make another batch very soon. All these this little bity books will be offered for sale in my second Etsy shop, Notable Encounters. I didn't know what to call them, so I just decided to call them "B Books".   B stands for Bity Books ,a little book much like a mini journal, and the B also stands for a lot of the things that I write about in the books:

B you
B unique
B creative
B kind
B brave
B a friend
B generous
B encouraging
B present
B strong
B good to yourself
B calm and carry on

It all made sense to me!

I so hope you will follow me and my B Books, I would love for you to share any little books that you make, your techniques, how you bind them, etc.

A story always begins somewhere, this is how mine started:
One idea, one Saturday afternoon, ...... 

I hoard paper, so if you are like me, it took me "a while" to go through the paper and take out different textures, patterns, colors, etc. that I thought I would like to have in the book. I knew I wanted an assortment of paper but still have some white watercolor paper for writing and paint. All the paper I chose was not going to fit into that little book. I just started by measuring and cutting paper to the size of the book until I had stack of my chosen assorted papers.

By trial and error, I found out that a good size for the book starting out would four small signatures, each signature had four pages that would be folded in half making a total of 8 pages in each signature. I love full books so I knew I would need a way to close the books. I decided to use regular household string that I had around the house. I cut my pieces and dyed them with alcohol inks. I glued the string to the front and back pages and then added my piece of painted cardboard on top of the string back and front. This worked well as it hides and enforces the string and adds a nice textured layer to the cover. I made my cover from a piece of card stock and added the finished piece on top of the cardboard. 

What you can expect from my little B BOOKS:
One of a Kind
A variety of papers inside
Some quotes and doodling and handmade art
with lots of blank spots and pages for you to make the B Book your own.
And a little Bee on the back cover to insure that is it a one of a kind original B Book by me.

I had no idea that a lot of people collect all kinds of little books until I spent hours on Pinterest. You should see the little book shelves and trunks they make for them! I am sure I will be making some to keep for myself and to give away to friends and family. They make perfect little encouragement books, etc. and they are so stinkin' cute!

Tip for the day:  When a challenge speaks to you, answer. :)



Sunday, May 25, 2014


The journal I have been working in for May is from Kat and the artist she chose for her journal is Jennifer Judd McGee. Each artist who receives her book is to create a couple pages in the style of Jennifer Judd McGee. The journal I receive in June will be a different artist. I thoroughly enjoyed working in Kat's journal this month. I love collage work and McGee's style is full of inspiration. Once I got started it was hard to stop, I kept thinking of more things to do. 

I will start with the cover of her journal which Kat has worked on to begin her journey. Lisa Wright and Tammy Sprinkle worked on the cover as well and I have added some collage work on the right side. Once Stephanie gets this journal after me, she will complete the front cover. The artist on the rest of the journey, will collaborate on her back cover.

Kat's Canvas Cover 
She is using rings for her journal and will assemble the journal when it makes the last stop back to her.

Kat created this very cool and very detailed sign in page on the inside of her front cover for each of us to complete a square. It opens up from the center of the page.

Sign in page
I am the Frog on the bottom left

My first page was the most intimidating

Back side of my first page

Next I added a long insert just because
I like the look of different size pages

On the left is the back side of the long insert and on the right is the beginning of my second page that I have folded in half to make an additional page.

                                                                                Second Page unfolded

                                                                       The back of my last page

I didn't show the pages in Kat's journal that were done before mine, you can see various pages of each book as our journey progresses by clicking on the blogs on the right side of my blog. One thing I know for sure is that when Kat gets this journal back, it is going to be one Fabulous book!  This one is completed and now ready to mail to Stephanie.  I can't wait to see what artist I will be studying in June!  

STAY TUNED ...................... XO