Monday, August 13, 2018

Tourists in Our Own Town

We spent a lovely afternoon on SE Division in Portland yesterday.  Had lunch at St. Honore Boulangerie and then just wandered around, in and out of shops, sipping a cold beer here and there, as if we didn't have a care in the world.

Highly recommend the Croque Monsieur.  And aforementioned cold beer.

Cooling my heels.  Admiring my nifty new (comfy!) sandals and my Dora the Explorer backpack.  Actually, it's a lovely Henri Bendel backpack that my sweet sis bought for me when we were in New York City last year for my oldest nephew's college graduation.  
I love it so much.

Graffiti art on a wall nearly hidden by a newer wall.

Random altar in a random flower planter.

Don't know who Jeffery & Bufton are, but they stood in this spot a looooonnnnnggggg time ago.

Totally diggin' the details in this mural.

I can verify: some really cool shit in there.

Contemplating tattoo art.  

I'm not sure if she approves or not.  Very hard to read her.

Lots of very cool typography to be seen.  Should have taken more pics of that.  A lovely afternoon.  Perfect weather, yummy lunch, and exploring with my beloved.  Really doesn't get better than that.
What were you up to this weekend?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Lunchtime in the Park

I've been going to the park on my lunch hour for a little quiet time with my new / old journal.  I've loved getting out of the office for an hour to cut and paste and layer paper.  It's easy for me to get caught up at work.  Taking a little art break is a very good thing. Plus, there's a fountain near my little table where there are kids splashing around and mothers discussing sunscreen.  It's like I'm in a completely different world.

Tomorrow is garbage day, so I drug the garbage and recycling bins out to the curb.  When I opened the garage door, I thought I was in the south - there was the sound of 1000 grasshoppers!  We never have that sound here in our little piece of suburbia.  I quite liked it.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Tonight I re-started an old journal that I've never been particularly happy with. I started it a few years back, maybe even five years ago. I loved the old ledger and the very vertical orientation of it, but for some reason I just couldn't get comfortable with it. I don't know if it was because I didn't use my best old stuff, if I was trying too hard, or what.

But tonight I picked it up again.
And I ripped out all the things I had previously put onto the front cover. Fortunately I hadn't put a lot on there and I was able to salvage the book papers inside the cover. Don't you just love that wrinkly paper design? Or is it mountains on a topographic map? Whatever, it's dreamy.

My friend Michelle gave me this oh-so-fab alphabet masking tape. Making good use of this! It's covering up spots where I ripped other papers and ephemeral off of pages so that I can start over.

I have a bright pink wooden tray on my desk. (I keep meaning to repaint it candy apple red, but too. many. things. to. do.) I fill it with papers I want to use for whatever I'm currently working on. Right now there are a lot of leftovers from my Florida journal. And I throw scraps in there. And more scraps. And more. Until eventually I have to empty it out and organize the scraps because it's too full to find anything. (Might be on the to-do list this weekend. Looks like the tray won't get painted! Again.)

Feels good to be in the studio late at night, making a journal for no reason at all except to find a home for my most special papers and bits. Really making me happy right now.

I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

How I Layer My Journal Pages

You know, I was thinking last night that I told you all about how I layer and layer onto my base pages in my art journals. I thought it would be waaaaay more fun to show you. So, I've taken a page out of one of the journals in my webshop and I'm just going to show you what that process looks like. Enjoy!

I start with a journal.

I choose the page I want to work on. In this case, my journal is bound with binder rings so I can take the page right out of the journal to work on it.

I gather assorted vintage papers from my stash to layer onto the page.

Then I arrange the papers until I have an arrangement that makes me happy.

I trim the papers to fit and then glue them down, some overlapping others. And now I have a second layer. But I don't stop there!

For this journal, I re-punch the holes to slip the page back in and onto the binder rings.

Next I add what I call the doo-dads. They are the special bits of ephemera and other goodies that make the page interesting. And I'm still not done yet.

I get out my rubber stamps and add a fourth layer. I love using old rubber stamps that were once used in offices.

Detail of the doo-dads. Yum.

I use new rubber stamps too. I like the ones that look old. And my fifth, and in this case the final, layer is washi tape.

And that's a page! Takes about 20-30 minutes for me to complete a page. I love adding all of the layers and different textures and media. I think it makes my journals more fun, very tactile. I often go back through my journals and just run my hands over each page while I look at them.

And there you have it.

As a thank you, to you my lovely readers, how about a little gift? A token to extend my appreciation. If you are one of the first 5 people to purchase one of my handmade journals, I will include a complete collage on a page of that journal. Just a little inspiration to get you going on the rest of your pages. Fun!