Art Journal

Happy colors

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I bought ranunculus at the farmer’s market. Red and yellow and one drowsy orange bloom:

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Another Paint Party!

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I got the chance to go to another paint party at my library on Friday.

Took this lady home:

Worked on it step by step

But did not take photos of each step:

The final answer looks like it’s missing something but it’s growing on me.

I like paint parties…I just won’t pay for booze I’m not going to drink…

Orange Journal

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I finished another one: Chipped paint and allI present, my Orange Journal:Maya Angelou for the win:“Take my hand and my
Heart and soul, I will
Only have these eyes for you”
– Ed SheeranI don’t care who knows, I love me some Ed:“All you have is your fire. And the place you need to reach. Don’t you ever tame your demons but always keep them on a leash.”- Hozier“I’m a slow dying flower I’m the frost killing hour, the sweet turning sour and untouchable”- Natalie MerchantThis will always be my song about my ex-husband (did ya’ll know I was married in the 90s?):All about my ill-fated plan to go to PLA in Pittsburgh…“What others think of me is none of my business.”- Anonymous“When you lose your faith it never grows back”- Rob Thomas“So go on and cry me a river
Don’t say this will haunt you forever It never did, it never will.”
– Alter BridgeThis is about Fucking Idiot:This is me some days:On other days, this is me:And yet:Truth:“I would always open up the door
Always looking up for higher floors
Wanna see it all give me more (rise, rise up)
I was always up for making changes
Walking down the street meeting strangers
Flipping through my life turning pages (rise, rise up)”
– Imagine DragonsMy new anthem:The cookies were crap, buy the box was cute…I think I should just drive over to the north coast to smell the cedars again…’nuff said:This is a page about my Darling Judy. She’s been my best friend here, and she’s FABULOUS:My Judy drew this on a card she gave to me:This is a long-range spread about my middle brother. It will be finished when it’s supposed to be finished:I got nuthin’:For as long as I can:For Fucking Idiot:Can one be an introvert if they’re not afraid of public speaking?Some pages just grow organically:Some are in progress because friends show shiny new sides of themselves all the time:Honestly, this one bores me. They cannot all be favorites:This is about my friend:This is about society in general:Not a pessimist; more of a realist:If I were ever to marry again (HAHAHA), I’d keep my name.Music saves me every day:This fact is a mixed bag; I tend to do this without noticing that I’m doing it. It’s not always a good thing:Heh. Another about my friend:One does hope:“Just because scar tissue is stronger doesn’t make it something to aim for.”- ?Chipped back cover:So, there it is.The 6th one of the 9 journals I was working on at the same time.The 3 largest (thickest) are left to finish.Wheeee!

My favorite magazine:

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I have this magazine from maybe 2010 to now.

It’s always inspiring, with at least something colorful in each issue.

Newest issue/eye candy!

Yellow Journal

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Another one finished!

Like the Red journal, I started this nearly 3 years ago. It started its life as a blank, white-paged book but now…

Front cover:

“I wanna know where does love go to die…”

– P!nk

“You have to leak sometimes or you will explode.”

– Anjo. (my best friend)

This spread commemorates the day I took Nephew the 2nd to the annual Pirate Festival in Vallejo on Father’s day weekend.

Look like a mermaid, swear like a sailor.

“It’s such a waste to grow up lonely”

– John Mayer

When the game is over, the king and the pawn go in the same box

Some things I find on Pinterest but I don’t know who created it. I don’t know who wrote/said this.

“I am not afraid, I was born to do this.”

– Joan of Arc

“Whoever said that love was sweet drank a little too much whiskey baby.”

– P!nk

“Scar tissue that I wish you saw.”

– Red Hot Chili Peppers

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

– Maya Angelou

I’ve posted this before, but when one gets the opportunity to quote Wayne Campbell…

“In another life, darling, I’d do anything to be with you.”

– James Blunt

I’d heard about using other fibers in one’s art. This is my attempt at incorporating a used dryer sheet. Meh.

Don’t worry if you make waves simply by being yourself. The moon does it all the time.

– Pinterest

“You’re not crazy for leaving, just crazy for staying so long.”

– Daughtry

“I gave you all my energy and I took away your pain
‘Cause human beings are destined to radiate or drain
What line do we stand upon, ’cause from here it looks the same
And only scars remain”
-Ed Sheeran

You tried to drown my heart even after you had seen me swim.

Let your freak flag fly

“My heart is lost; the beasts have eaten it.”

-Charles Baudelaire

“I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.”

– Amy Schumer

I’ve been hurt so bad and I still love so hard. I admire my heart for that.

– Pinterest

“Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.”

– R. H. Sin

I’m going to start using my EXTENSIVE collection of magazine clippings in my art more…

“If a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.”
– Calamity Jane

I have traveled through madness to find me.



From an earlier story…

“I’m tired of being alone…so hurry up and get here.”

– John Mayer

“Happiness ain’t prison but there’s freedom in a broken heart.”

– Miranda Lambert

“I’ll learn masonry, carve stone,
plant a garden of my own
and make bliss among these ruins.”
– Effy Wild

You remember that:

“My perfect rock bottom, my beautiful trauma.”

– P!nk

“And now you only wanna make it out alive.”

-Rob Thomas

Coloring sheets go in here when they end up being supercool:

“If you believe in nothing else
Just keep believing in yourself
There will be times of trouble
It’s gonna hurt like hell
This much I know all ends well
It all ends well”
– Alter Bridge

“I’m broken in the prime of my life
So embrace it and leave me to stray.”
– Imagine Dragons


Smokey was my “divorce kitten”…ya know…like, “Your parents are divorcing. Here’s a kitten.”

Horatio has already been introduced…

Back cover:

Right! So there are 4 more large books I’m working on…

I’ve set up my Journal 52 (prompts from 2017, but now MY 2019), so now I have to catch up for the first 7 weeks of the year…

I wonder what else I will do next?

Red Journal

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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:








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Prepping journal for 2017 prompts.

Loves me some gesso…

ETA: I do love gesso, even when it curls the page until it dries…