Category Archives: art journal

Poisoned Apple Art Journal Page


I don’t know why I named this ‘Poisoned Apple”- it’s just the first thing to come to my mind. I just couldn’t bring myself to muck it up with words or any other embellishment-so it stands as is.

For the background I used some of my inked up paper from previous works and cut it up and used gel medium to adhere it to my pages. I just love those big rolls of craft paper- they are perfect to work on and when you’re done, you cut out the cool stuff and throw the rest away!

After I adhered the background- I cut out pieces from a shopping bag from Donna Downey’s with old timey news print on it and stuck in a couple of places and spread some gesso around it. I also used some on both sides of the inclusion.

The ink splatters are probably one of my favorite parts to this page-I used Liquitex Acrylic Ink there.

The apple shapes are a foam stamp that I spread some paint on- and then I finished by using the stamps my son carved for me.

So, enjoy!

You’re Not the Boss of Me!…Art journal page


After too many years spent with certain people who try to force me into their idea of who or what I should be (so I can fulfill their needs and desires)- I am struggling to figure out who I am and who I’m supposed to be (sounds like a Gavin DeGraw song)-I haven’t gotten there yet, but this page expresses my very strong opinion that no one (on earth) has the right to define my reality!

To do this background I first started with a layer of Josonjas acrylic in Napthol Red Light-then I stamped a harlequin pattern and embossed with clear embossing powder-covered that with a layer of Josonjas in Rose Pink- after that dried an rubbed over the images with a baby wipe-then emphasized some of the diamonds with Jacquard permanent resist pain in Russet- I then added some gold rub ons, brushes of gesso,bright pink paint, gold metallic gelatos and acrylic paint, with some of the Russet added along the edges followed by some distressing with a brown ink pad. When in doubt, just keep laying on color! If you want it more blendable, use your fingers- it’s so much fun! OOps! I don’t want to forget- I also used a circle stencil here and there with my bright pink paint and also used the ghosted image (turn over the stencil and then use it as a stamp) Whew ! That sounds like a lot-but it’s totally doable.

Some more rub ons, stamped ladies I cut out and adhered to both pages-bird on a wire tape and stamped and written lettering. I ended up gluing the inclusion flaps together.

A view of the other side.

Becoming……..Art Journal Page


Lately it seems like I am getting better at making backgrounds and not so great at laying things on top of them. This page is my take on some more Michelle Ward techniques- I put  down some paint and collaged some papers and doily scraps , gessoed a foam stamp to  a resist-then I painted over that, sanded that layer, stamped some butterflies and gessoed over them- added some words and label stickers and border stamping.

The quote is ” The wait between caterpillar and butterfly can seem painful and eternal, but what you become is beautiful”.

I am in that in between place and have been for awhile- it is so hard-but I am hopefully learning contentment in every situation, to wait on the Lord and to trust Him. Then it occurred to me that one function of the butterfly’s cocoon,is to protect the developing butterfly. So, instead of seeing my wait time as frustrating, I am going to try to see it as a protective bubble that God is using for my own good and to better prepare me for whatever comes next.

” The wait between caterpillar and butterfly can seem painful and eternal, but what you become is beautiful.”


Feeling “oogie”


So, even tho it’s only been a few days since I posted something, I feel like that doesn’t count since it wasn’t a “real” post, just a PSA.

I am trying to break out of a bout of the “oogies” as Kathy Bates character in Misery, describes when she just lays around the house in her bathrobe and curlers, eating – I don’t know, whatever it is she eats (small children,motor oil, ??) Everything is fine as long as you leave her alone.

Well, even tho I’m not on the verge of committing violence against anyone (probably)- just leave me alone with my motor oil! I wanted to share my last journal page with you which is in direct contradiction to my mood right now-. Now, I just want you all to know, I do not draw, as these flowers will attest-but I figured, what the heck? That’s just what those random splotches of ink needed to fill up the awkward middle parts, so that’s what happened (just let it happen).

So, blah, blah, blah, yammer, yammer, yammer-on with the show and all that!

A couple of hints: The flowers are colored with Gelatos and the doilies are gone over with Distress Inks.I also started the flowers with Dr. Martins ink in blue.

Sometimes I Believe- Art Journal Page


Hmmm.  So,maybe I will call this SASS (short and sweet Sunday). I just have an art journal page to share– the really poor handwriting says ” Sometimes I believe that I can do anything, yet other times I feel, I’ve got nothing good to bring.”

I have had way to many of the latter lately-that’s ok, right?

I will say the background started with some old dress pattern paper-and what follows is just a mixture of paint, sprays and acrylic ink. I did the circles first with a stencil, then outlined with brown acrylic ink and filled in with paint and gelatos. Thanks for watching and stay tuned for the next round!Image

Redemption From a Bad Art Journal Page


So, yesterday was just the pits-I won’t depress you with the details, but suffice it to say- I needed to make some art for therapy.

I go to my studio and get to work-really just happy to be there and looking forward to playing and expressing myself in my art journal.

Well, I expressed myself alright, if by “myself” I mean- I am some night stalking, dark hearted ,untalented serial killer of art. I am not kidding you, no matter what I did-it was hideous! I covered the first terrible effort with gesso and started over-even worse-covered that with gesso- it did not get any better. Now, I have made some stuff that I am not proud of , but this was a never ending nightmare.  Can I get a witness? Anyone? Bueller?

Well, I finally got a clue and just abandoned that page like the sorry freeloading houseguest it was and started with one completely fresh.

This one came together with very little effort and I was just super pleased with the results! Now, why on earth does that happen? I don’t know-but I am so glad this day had a happy ending, and here it is. (maybe not worth the buildup to you guys, but it made me feel like not such a pointless dufus.

Argh! I typed this whole description of how I did this page-and boy, let me tell you-I was my most clever, entertaining self-but somehow it got lost in the intrawebs and is lost forever! I don’t do encores-so let me just boil down the process here in a KISS form.

1. Circle stencil with Chipped Sapphire and Mustard Seed distress stain

2. Gesso applied with palette knife here and there

3.Some really old MM acrylic paint in Monarch-also applied here and there with palette knife.

4.Stamped with tiny dot stamp with gelatos and black archival ink

5.Stamped sentiments on both pages with wood mount and foam alphabets

6.Rubbed some blue gelato around the edges

7.Applied various rub ons and tiny butterfly stamps.

Voila and J’ai fini! ( I learned not to say Je suis fini because apparently that means “I am dead ” instead of ” I have finished”)

Oh also some decorative tape I got at Wal mart in the $1section. There! Done, done and done!


The Big Forty- A class at Donna Downey’s studio


So, I wanted to post this 2 nites ago when I got back from the above class-but I came down with the stomach gook (given to the whole family by my son’s visiting college friend, typhoid Tyler-gee thanks man!) and by the time I felt better-my internet was totally funky and took most of the day to work out-but then I had to go work-so here I am finally-2 days later. Well, better late than never, right?

Anyhoo- let me tell you, taking a class from, or just being around Donna is nothing short of entertaining( I would tell you some of her stories, but this is a G rated blog, thank you very much!) It was a 5 hour class on 40 of her favorite art journal/mixed media techniques. I don’t think I would be telling tales out of class to say it was in honor of her upcoming 40th birthday~!

I am lucky live just the next town over from her shop (about a 12-15 minute drive)-so I get to go there as often as I can afford it, which is not nearly enough, let me tell ya!

So, enough of my babble- on to the photos!

This lady is never without a smile or a hug!