Red Journal


3 years-ish from blank, white book to this:

I started 6 journals at one time almost 3 years ago & the Red one is finished first.

Inside, front cover:

First page:

“So go on and cry me a river
Don’t say this will haunt you forever
It never did, it never will”
– Alter Bridge

Page 2:

“I’ve got a hole in me now
Yeah, I got a scar I can talk about.”
– Matchbox Twenty

Page 3:

“The youth can walk faster, but it is the elder that knows the road.”

– African proverb

4th page: I will never forget the Hot & Juicy Sauce.

Page 5:

“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”

– Earnest Hemmingway

Page 6:

“It takes a long time to become young.”

– Picasso

Page 7:

When I upgraded my paints, I was in awe of the colors and my first attempt at using glazing fluid

Page 8:

“But everyone you know, is trying to smooth it over
Everyone needs a floor they can fall through”
– P!nk

Page 9:

Just words I saw somewhere…

Page 10:

“I think I want to paint you
And then I want to hang you
In my bedroom over my head”

– Rob Thomas

Page 11:

“If you want more love, why don’t you say so.”

– John Mayer

12th page:

I’ve shown this page here before, and it still cracks me up…

Page 13:

This is all I have to say about that.

Page 14:

Some days, Pinterest is about as deep as I can handle…

Page 15:

This is a repeat as well, but I show every page when I finish a journal.

Page 16:

Ya’ll might note that there are no words on this spread.

It doesn’t need any. I love this page…

Page 17:

“Words, they’ll try to shake you, don’t let them break you or stop your world from turning. When words keep you from feeling good, use them as firewood, and let ’em burn.”

– Train

Page 18:

“You wreck me, Baby”

– Tom Petty

Page 19:

“The center of your heart is where life begins; the most beautiful place on earth.”

– Rumi

Page 20: About my friends!

21st page:

About that loser that tried to leave me in the mountains…

Ok…about his dog…

Page 22:

“What we learned here is love tastes bitter when it’s gone.

– Matchbox Twenty

Page 23:

“Arrange whatever pieces come your way.”

– Virginia Woolf

Page 24: More Pinterest

“Some words. The way they look at you.”

Page 25:

“Love with every stranger; the stranger the better.”

– Hozier

Page 26:

“He’s yelling about my tattoos. We all live with the scars we choose. They may hurt like hell but they all make us stronger.”

– Sugarland

Page 27:

“Let go of the judge within and be surrounded by positive, supportive people. Be gentle on yourself and others. Give. Never hold back.

– Nancy Davis Bilbro

Page 28:

“I know you’ll never love me but maybe you’ll stay for a while.”

– Henry Rollins

Inside, back cover:

The book cover is sealed down as it is so old it was crumbly.

Back cover:

This was fun!

Now there’s more time to work on the other 5 Art Journals:







Journal 52 2018

I did this. Yes, I finished it in January of 2019, but that’s better than when I finished Journal 52 2015 in 2017 innit…

Anywho…Journal 52 2018 is an joint. She sends the prompts/art cards/magic every Friday and we can post what we make on the Facebook group.

It is happening again this year, and I can’t really recommend it enough.

With that, here’s my book. I didn’t seal the pages with gesso before I started, so there were limits on what I could add (wet media and such) but it was cool to work on it anyway.

Title page:

Week 1 – Heart

Week 2 – Calm

Week 3 – Integrate

Week 4 – Attend

Week 5 – Courage

Week 6 – Ponder

Week 7 – Moon

Week 8 – Play

Week 9 – Transform

Week 10 – Friendship

Week 11 – Dream

Week 12 – Navigate

Week 13 – Embodied

Week 14 – Storm

Week 15 – Clarity

Week 16 – Sensual

Week 17 – Pause

Week 18 – Deeper

Week 19 – Remember

Week 20 – Bliss

Week 21 – Frolic

Week 22 – Synthesis

Week 23 – Resilient

Week 24 – Empathy

Week 25 – Enter

Week 26 – Deep Peace

Week 27 – Light

Week 28 – Flow

Week 29 – Immersion

Week 30 – Bloom

Week 31 – Being

Week 32 – Pride

Week 33 – Wild

Weeks 34 & 35 – Imagine & Desire

Weeks 36 & 37 – Release & Patience

Week 38 – Intend

Week 39 – Puzzle

Week 40 – Adorn

Week 41 – Center

Week 42 – Reach

Week 43 – Listen

Week 44 – Memory (#2)

Week 45 – Uncertainty

Week 46 – Hope

Week 47 – Love

Week 48 – Melancholy

Week 49 – Universe

Week 50 – Manifest

Week 51 – Cleanse

Wareeek 52 – Beloved

As Effy put “Memory” as a prompt twice (weeks 19 & 44), she added a bonus prompt at the end: “Present”.

Because I have no more room in my book for that one, I’ll add it to my 2019 book.

Effy is going through the prompts again for 2019, but I think I’ll revisit the 2017 prompts since I skipped that year…

Vegas Travel Journal

When I write in a journal, especially about my travels, I can record the most basic, banal detail and it will inspire total recall when I read it later…

I wrote in a travel journal for my entire Vegas trip.

I prepared this in advance, but filling it out every day makes it all real.

Happy Holidays!

#1 – Mark your intention…

This is the plan

(all plans subject to change)

12/25 …on xmas day…

12/26 busy days.

12/27 In between everything else, I make art.

12/28 Walk, walk, walk…

12/29 I love new pens!

12/30 Groceries are important.

12/31 We didn’t go anywhere at all on NYE. That was the plan and we stuck to it.

New Year’s Day was cold.

1/2 We all did our best impressions of houseplants, napping the day away…

1/3 Everybody basically exhausted themselves the day before we went home.

As I didn’t know I’d be in Vegas until the 4th, I had to add a few pages postcards to make room for the last days…

1/4 There are a few parts that are not visible to the public.


But I made it home on Saturday the 5th.

Yay, me!