Saturday, April 05, 2014

"The Hand Book" Workshop

For the first time ever, I will be teaching this workshop locally ... local for me anyways. "The Hand Book" is being offered at a new art studio, THRIVE in Waterford, Michigan. It'll be held on May 17th, 2014 from noon to 3:00. Please contact me at for sign up info.

In this 3 hour workshop you will leave with a fully bound journal ready for all your journaling needs.  You'll receive collage sheets with enough imagery to complete the book as shown, minus the handwritten journaling and quotes, of course.  I've added beading to mine.  You can do the same or leave it plain as the photo below shows.

This is a flip through video as I have completed the book using the provided imagery, painting the pages and adding my own journaling.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

6 X 6 X 2014

These are my contributions to The Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) in New York for their annual 6 X 6 show and sale.  I made 10 of each of the 3 designs, but will only be sending 1 of each.  The remaining ones I'll hold on to for now.  I enjoy production work, such as making multiple ATCs.  These are pretty much the same as ATCs, but a larger 6" X 6" size.  It's a really nice size to work with.

These 6" X 6" cards are made from journal pages that you can see below in recent blog posts and are made from pages in my File Folder Journals. I scanned them in to PhotoShop and manipulated them to fit the 6" X 6" format.

I emailed the final images to my local printer and had them make color copies for me. I then mounted them on to boxboard, backed them with coordinating cardstock, and put my bunny image on the back with contact info.  Finally, I put them through my sewing machine to finish with a zig-zag stitch to hold all the layers neatly and securely together.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ransom Style Lettering

Can't get enough of this ransom style lettering lately.  I love adding the extra little doodles to the letters .. helps make it more my own. This spread is done in "File Folder Journal #4". It's one of the workshops that I'll be teaching at Art and Soul in Portland, Oregon, which is coming up in just a few short weeks. For the workshop we will have use of a couple of portable sewing machines, but I sure would like to have a couple of full size ones for class use.  Anyone local to Portland that would be willing to help me out here as I can't bring them along from Michigan?  If you can let me borrow your old machine for a day (April 10th, 2014) please contact me 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Another journal page ...

I really love this graffiti style alien image and have been looking for an excuse to use it on an appropriate journal page.  Hard to believe, but there are those that don't share my enthusiasm for this image.... you know who you are.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Ransom Style Lettering

I have been working in File Folder Journal #3 for awhile now ... a couple of years (on and off) to be more exact.  It has a certain feel to it that is so different from all my other journals ... even other File Folder Journals.  I can't quite pin point why, but it's by far my most favorite journal of all time. Perhaps it is because I have been working on it for so long ... it has so many layers and "history".

I added some ransom style lettering awhile back and left it feeling that it was somewhat incomplete and lacking.  Having gotten back to it recently, I realized it needed a bit of simple doodling around some of the letters.  I'm much happier with it now.  I might even add more "stuff" later.

My schedule for this year has filled up quite nicely for the year.  I hope to also start having workshops locally at a brand new venue not too far from home ... in fact it's about a 35 minute drive for me.  More on that soon as it all starts to come together at THRIVE.  In the mean time, please check out the top of the right hand side bar on my blog for my 2014 schedule as it stands right now.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A couple of journal pages

These are just a couple of journal pages that I finished up today.  They are done in my new "Bohemian Rhapsody" journal .

I have to admit I am absolutely smitten with the visual bead work and the usage of tape.  I was having real issues with the permanence of the tape as it seemed to be lifting on the corners quite a bit.  I complained of this before and someone on FaceBook (I'm sorry, I don't recall who it was) suggested I use some gel medium to hold it down.  Well that worked like a charm, so I am indeed a very happy little "vegemite" (honestly I don't get it, but my sister says it often... she lives down under ... I figured I'd humor her if she reads this).

I haven't blogged a lot lately, but I still have been very busy with lots of small projects.  Often times I can't post photos if it involves possible publication down the road until after it comes out in print.

On the right hand side bar, I have listed my teaching schedule for this year, so far.  This is pretty much all I will be teaching this year (with the possible exception of one or two additional venues).  This year I have to take it easy as there are a lot of family commitments that are taking priority.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Failed Wormholes

I have never been much of a joiner.  I tend to follow my own path.  However, I have been very intrigued with the new "Artstronauts Club" hosted by Tracy and Teesha Moore and have decided to join.  Among all the fabulous material available, there is an instructional video on making "wormholes".  After 4 failed attempts, I gave into the fact that I can not do it.  Each time they come out looking more like a messy version of bad dreadlocks.

Rather then continue to fight my inability to make nice looking wormholes, I have owned up to the fact that I am better off drawing dreadlocks. I can live with that.

This is the first spread I have done in a brand new journal tentatively titled "Bohemian Rhapsody".  The Journal is 8" X 10" and is made in an old, discarded hard bound book that has been deconstructed and rebound with new pages.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A few journal pages ...

I'm still playing catch up from a very busy year of workshops.  It was great, but so many things ended up on the back burner.  I am desperately trying to take care of that all now, plus finalize some plans for 2014 workshops.  Non-the-less, I still manage to squeeze in some journaling time.

 Sometimes I enjoy just revamping old pages that just aren't to my liking.

Other times I sit down and work on pages I started and never quite got around to finishing ages ago.

And then sometimes I just want to prep pages for future journal entries.  It also gives me the opportunity to work with and refine a technique, such as the "beading" you see below.

Not all pages are to my liking, but they are included anyways.

These pages were all done in my File Folder Journals (#4 and #5) .... my favorite journals to work in lately and as a result, the journals are rapidly filling up. Playing around and doing a bit of experimenting always leads to new ideas and soon I shall start constructing a new journal (and perhaps a new workshop as well!) to work in.  I love the hunting and gathering process for the construction of a new journal and hope to have photos to share soon.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

"Quotes Illustrated" by Lesley Riley

I am honored to have had my illustrated quote selected by Lesley Riley to appear in her new book "Illustrated Quotes"! What an amazing book! See the book description below as seen on

QUOTES ILLUSTRATED by Lesley Riley is a timeless source of inspiration and motivation. Through the diverse and eclectic work of over 90 artists, familiar and some not-yet-discovered quotes are brought to life.

It's an eye-opening experience to see how these talented artists interpret modern and age-old wisdom. To quote Georgia O'Keefe, "Art is not what you see,
 but what you make others see." And therein lies the magic of this book - it expands your awareness, so that you see, not only with new eyes, but come to understand how art can illustrate and illuminate more than words alone can express.

Monday, December 16, 2013

"I'm a Bad Dancer"

Here are a few photos from a couple of journal pages I have been working on lately. They are done in "File Folder Journal #4".  This is quickly becoming my favorite journal to work in of all time.  I really like the overall somewhat gritty appearance of this journal.

As it fills up, it is beginning to develop a rather soft and worn look from working in it and handling it. Even the pages feel good to the touch ... they make a wonderful sound when they are turned. That all really appeals to me and gives the journal the feeling that it has history.

This is a first for me, as far as I can remember.  I have never used "stickers" in a journal spread, but in an attempt to force myself to use up the mountains of "stuff" that I have, I thought it would be fun to try them. 

Monday, December 09, 2013

"Evoke Wonder" Journal Page

Just finishing up this journal page I started last week.  This is done in File Folder Journal #4, which is beginning to fill up nicely.  The more I work in these File Folder Journals, the more I like them.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

File Folder Journal Page

This spread in File Folder Journal #4 was just finished up today.  I have been wanting to share how a typical page develops in this style of journal construction. I always think of this AFTER I have finished a spread. Fortunately, I remembered to take photos along the way this time.

The page above is a typical beginning of a page from a File Folder Journal. The file Folder Journal is made up of various papers that are glued and sewn together in a random fashion making for rather unpredictable pages.  It's a lot different working on this type of page verses a journal with white blank pages. 

I usually start by adding a few bits and pieces of paper and then start adding a slight amount of color.  The page continues to be slowly built up from there. There is an awful lot of problem solving involved.  In a way these pages are more difficult to work on than blank pages, but you  are forced to work on them in a completely different way than most journals.  As a result you end up with very interesting journal pages that you would normally never come up with.

On the areas that I want to write on, the background might have a very busy look to it.  In that case, the background has to be obscured a bit so that writing will show up.  Often times I get to a point that I feel a bit stuck.  To remedy this I just set it aside for awhile and come back to it later.  This usually works.  This is my 4th File Folder Journal and has become one of my favorite styles of journals to work in.

Friday, November 22, 2013

File Folder Journal #4

File Folder Journal #4 is well under way. This morning I started working on the cover. For awhile I was very displeased with it and set it aside.  Later, coming back to it, it starts to grow on me. It really looks better than I originally thought.

Hand stitching was added around the edge of the cover and I am much happier with it now. It still needs quite a bit of work, but so far this makes for a decent background.  I have no idea what I need/want to add to it, so I will just continue to work inside the journal and come back to the cover at a later time.

These are a few shots of the inside edge so far.  The journal is still in the very beginning stages, but it's beginning to look like something other than a blank journal now.

Closed, this journal is approximately 8" X 10", which is a very nice size to work in.  It has room for 32 spreads, so this journal is going to take me awhile to fill!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New Journal Pages

It seems like forever ago that I have worked in my journals.  I have to admit I have really missed it.  Now I am making up for lost time and have been journaling like crazy. These are a few I have been working on and are all done in File Folder Journal Number 4.

I find that this style of journal to be a real challenge to work in as they involve a lot of problem solving.  As with my other File Folder Journals, they are made up of random papers, junk mail, old books and assorted vintage papers. With the way they are constructed all the papers end up in rather unpredictable locations on the pages and throughout the journal.

I also have chosen to post pages with lots of complaining, which I usually don't post. If you chose to enlarge these images and read what I have written, don't say you weren't warned!

I'm really starting to develop a love for handmade tabs on pages.  I have included a few in this journal, but have plans to make many more.  Those will be in my next post .... now off to journal and make tabs ...

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