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“All I wanted was to live a life where I could be me, and be okay with that. I had no need for material possessions, money or even close friends with me on my journey. I never understood people very well anyway, and they never seemed to understand me very well either. All I wanted was my art and the chance to be the creator of my own world, my own reality. I wanted the open road and new beginnings every day.” -- Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps


Waterfalls of Dreams

i've been keeping a journal, with only a couple of breaks, since I was 13 (january 1980) -- just started volume #35 yesterday, quite a pileup of scribblings over 28 years now.


i started because my sister had a diary & I thought it was cool, so i wanted one too -- those early ones are pretty hilarious to read, lots of days when I would actually take the time to write, "nothing happened" or "totally boring" -- the teen ennui is just dripping off the pages. but somehow i stuck with it, it became a habit, and now it's a solid part of who I am -- I need to write, to make little drawings, to paste in tiny prints of photos i've taken... and the books form a memory crutch of sorts, a real core of my sense of self.


but i made an unfortunate discovery last night -- a few of my books were sitting on a shelf on the boat that had a very small leak of rainwater behind it -- the books are all a bit damp (even a bit mildewy, although thankfully only on the outside & it cleaned up easily), but in one, the ink on the bottom fifth or so of most pages has dissolved -- just washed away.


i've taken the books to my office at school to dry out, & ordered a dehumidifier for the boat -- and realize I need to re-think how I store some of my stuff here.


but in an odd way, it feels ok -- I realize a lot of why i keep a journal is simply for the act of writing stuff down, rather than necessarily going back and re-reading it later? I'd hate to lose a whole book, or all of them, but somehow i think i can deal with this funny gap in my story (from 2001, not necessarily the best year in my life anyway), will just have to try harder to remember the bits that washed away...

journal page using one of my photos outlined with a fine tip black micron...journaled thoughts from a discussion wih a friend

A peak into my recent journal entries :o)

I can't even express how much fun it was creating this tiny journal and pencil set!

I will have to make one for each of my girls now! :)


This journal measures 1 1/2" x 1"

drawing with graphite and watersoluble colour pencil


Zeichnung mit Graphit und wasserlösliche Buntstifte

More work with stippling using micron 005 and Pentel liquid gel .7


Would love pointers on creating value with pen rather than pencil.


Thanks for looking.


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7" x 9" Lami Li Travel Journal. Micron & triplus pens.

Pupito's Journal , My Birds and Animals Journals !!!(watercolours, acrylics and tempera )

There is no one sweeter than my 92-year-old mom. . . she endears herself to all who meet her. However, when on our weekly brunch outings, her waffles aren't delivered to the table before she has finished her hot chocolate, her demeanor darkens and this facial expression is the result!


Pilot Prera with black Platinum Carbon ink and watercolor in a Strathmore Visual Journal.

Journal page with painted quail

Not feeling inspired, but a little discouraged with my art work today. I'm sure reading lesson two will cure that ... that and time, patience and practice.


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I've been making 5x7 Coptic stitch journals using advertisements from 1920s dental journals for well over a year now and I still love the look of these - the ads, the images, the text. This particular journal has an ad for impression trays on the cover and smaller text ads on the back cover. And it's up on Etsy!:

. . . for A Diary of Faces. The original of this (to me) irresistible composition was painted by Christian Krohg, a Norwegian artist who lived from 1852-1925.

He is painted with acrylics and neocolors, over collaged text, in my 7-1/2x11 journal, on fabriano 140# hot pressed paper.

Journal quilt I made while visiting Wolfe Island, canada. read more about it here:

What is your most favorite quote? A quote that inspires you, or your mantra. I literally have 4 journals from college filled with quotes that inspire me and make me smile. Today is the day to share your inspiring words with your friends :)


Well for me it had to be this one.. Audrey Hepburn was one hell of a lady. I love all her movies and this quote is inspirational! Of course I believe in PINK! :)


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Journal entry from today, March 9, 2008

Today I want you to create a "guide to your city." What are the must-see things that you would want a visitor to experience in your city. This can guide can be for your city, town, or state. I am really excited to see these and to maybe even use them in my future when traveling!! Have fun with this!!!


I made a few reasons why you should visit my county Dorset


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Another page from my alphabet journal.


I've been in New York visiting my family. The weather was incredibly mild! I returned to North Carolina to temperatures in the 90s with heat indices over 100 -- hot and humid -- whew. Sure miss having the windows open and the ocean breeze keeping us wonderfully cool.


Para LVM "un kiosco de prensa"


A este tesoro lo encontre en una galeria de frutas y carnes.


Thank you for your lovely visit, have a great day!


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A good day to lay in the grass and just write.


Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. Can you believe it's already the middle of July?!!! I don't want it to go too fast, so the question is, how do we slow it down? For me, I can never seem to slow time down so I try to make it count by spending as much of my free time doing the things I love with the people I love. :-)


“Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.” ~Winnie the Pooh


"To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy." ~Hippocrates


"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted." ~John Lennon


Update: I received this wonderful poem from my flickr friend 'jackandphyl' that I would like to share. Thank you for this - I love it!


"Worry take leave,

dreaming step forward.

Summer says, "laziness, please.

Take a few hours, maybe still longer,

But cares to the wind and be free."


Follow this link to visit his photostream - it's wonderful!!


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A grungy journal page design, used a French Kiss watercolor brush, Kim Klassen and French Kiss Textures. LemonTrystDesigns©2014


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A new journal spread with a touch of digital altering

I love how this journal came out!


It was created from so many recycled bits for an artist friend on swap-bot.


The pages are a mix of pages from old books, maps, vintage ledgers and wallpaper samples.

Journal pages for the first two weeks of November 2007.

I stamped the background with the eraser of a No.2 pencil

& wrote Manolo's name with wire.

Journal cover.... multi-layered using acrylic inks, stencils, acrylic paints, journalling, oil pastels.

( Roben-Marie workshop 'Art Journal Conversion')

My sketchbook journals. For more info and to see inside visit the Trumpetvine Sketchblog.

with most of the pages in my Wreck This Journal, I like to do something to the pages BEFORE I follow the directions ...

Mom and Dad's journals - June 9, 1955 - Thursday

poor attempt at writing in swedish

We are all different shapes...This made me think of the carnival mirrors and all the funny shapes it makes with your body!


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