September Art Journaling Page!

Happy Back-to-School!

I know a whole bunch of you started school earlier… or school year-round… but there’s something special about the day after Labor Day that makes me want to fill a backpack up with new school supplies!

And slightly earlier than the last few months…
…Here’s September’s Art Journaling page!

Click below for a printable PDF!

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June Art Journaling Page!

Now that June is beyond half over…

Sorry this is late… In early May, my Dad had a serious heart attack, which resulted in a quadruple bypass. And there were complications from the surgery that resulted in the need for long-term rehab and therapy. Add an almost three year-old and an almost six month-old to the mix, as well as a couple family businesses and a whole lot of extra property to care for, and there’s not been much time to do more than the basics. But, the Lord has been good to us through it all, and we’re all starting to feel a bit human again. Most importantly, my Dad is too! I’m thankful every day that we have been able to live right next door to my parents nearly our entire married life. That our children have been able to see their Nana & Pop-Pop almost every day. (And that Grammy & Grampy are pretty close too!) And that family has been a huge priority for us all these years, and everything can be put on hold when needed in order to take care of those closest to us.

So… better late than never?

Click on the image below for a printable PDF!

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March Art Journaling Page!

March came in like a lion here in Delaware!

How about where you live?

Today was much nicer, though there was quite a nip in the air. I got to head outside for a few minutes, and found a nice little bunch of daffodils along the ditch bank. So of course they needed to come inside… Daffodils are my absolute favorite “First Sign of Spring.” I’d love to have them blooming everywhere on our little homestead!

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One even got its portrait drawn in my art journal…

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I got a little vibrant with the color… Let’s call it “artistic license.”
I used watercolor pencils on this page… They are great to work with in art journals, since you can color your drawings “dry,” and add just a dab of water later to make a watercolor wash. You can also touch a wet brush to the pencil tip and use that concentrated paint to add details to your sketches.

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Looking for “First Signs of Spring” is one of the journaling ideas for March!

Click on the image below for a printable version
of the March Art Journaling page!

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Warm and woolly…

How is your January going?

Ours has been quietly eventful.

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We had snow last weekend. A nice quiet snow.

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Quite a bit of it, which happens only once in a while around here,
making it somewhat of an event..

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And in the midst of the snowstorm, a new little person
arrived in the world, and came to stay with us for a while.
A newborn in the house means lots of quiet naps…
and sometimes not so quiet moments, as Tyler and Nana are experiencing.

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We’ve had the snowy sort of quiet,
along with the newborn sort of “quiet.”

All that has kept me quite busy, but has also afforded a few minutes here and
there for journaling. I started working on my title page for January.

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Warm and wooly mittens and snowflakes seemed to be a good choice.
And a perfect chance to practice adding a bit of texture to my drawing!

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I pulled out a pair of hand knit mittens my daughter Kate made for me so I could have a visual reference. Warm woolly knitted mittens seems to have little “v’s” all lined up in rows.

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Tiny knit stitches were started with an icy blue marker.
I tried to follow the contour of the mitten as I dabbed them in.

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An ultra-fine black pen, along with a medium point
blue marker helped define the texture a bit.

Adding texture to a drawing takes a LOT of patience.

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It’s getting there. It’s not perfect, and I can already see some things I wish I had done differently. But that’s what art journaling is all about… learning and experimenting!

Art Supplies Used:
Copic Sketch marker B00 Frost Blue (Knit stitches)
Prismacolor Premier Marker Cool Grey 30% (Shading)
PaperMate Flair Medium Marker (Dark aqua details)
Pigma Micron 01 & Pima Brush Pen (Outlining)

A year to be glad in…

The New Year

A year to be glad in,
Not to be sad in,
A year to live in,

To gain in and give in;
A year for trying,
And not for sighing,
A year for striving,

And hearty thriving;
A bright New Year,
Oh, hold it dear;
For God Who sendeth,
He only lendeth.

Happy 2017!

I absolutely LOVE a brand new year, don’t you?

I think it’s that “fresh slate” thing.

Nothing like a new planner, a new calendar, or a new sketchbook to get me “up and doing.” And a new old project to bring to completion.

Or maybe “completion” isn’t the best word to use?

Since art journaling is kind of a lifelong project?

It’s basically a “get you started” project that I’m finishing up.

Anyway, the long-awaited, updated and revised, packed neatly into a printable PDF, Art Journaling Through the Seasons book is on its way!

Each month’s page will be posted at the beginning of the month (I’m shooting for the first Monday of the month!), along with some posts that will elaborate on the monthly activities.  The printable PDF will be available by the end of January, along with a Facebook group you can join if you’d like to share what’s happening in your (or your kids’!) art journals.

Speaking of kids… theses pages were originally created for homeschooled children, but kids of all sort have enjoyed them. And many moms are keeping art journals now too! They’re also created to be a springboard for your own journaling adventure… feel free to add your own ideas, search for poems or quotes that touch your heart or stir your senses, and draw whatever catches your eye! Permission granted to hop down any bunny trails that look fun!

And without further ado…

(Click on the image below for a printable page!)

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