Saturday, August 10, 2013


I find it really hard to switch off from work-mode and to let myself just make art for relaxation, do you? I feel like everything has to be licensable. I am trying to break myself of that habit though, but it is making my art feel a bit stressed. I need to get back to just creating for the sheer joy of it, without worrying about the end result.

To that end, I got my journal back out. It has been ages since I just doodled. I thought I would share some of my journal pages with you, dear friends. Sometimes my journal pages are pretty basic and functional, like this spread above.
Sometimes I use lots of collage and paint. Sometimes I print out my scanned in painted pieces and collage with them! I also have fun with the set of antique stamps I bought in Wisconsin.
On other days, I am just in the mood for something fairly quick. A little pen and ink, a little watercolor, ta-da!
Sometimes I am happy to just leave things in black and white. I draw everything freehand with the pen; I don't draw with pencil first.
Sometimes I want to use lots of color and all sorts of media. here I have used pen, watercolor, Pan Pastels (love them!), collage, stamps, whee! After several days of letting myself have journal playtime in the evenings, I feel much refreshed!


  1. Gorgeous!
    It is always difficult to choose between the musts and the mays, but if one is creative it is important to give in to the mays!
    Happy creative Sunday!

  2. I should do more fun exploration myself.

    Thanks for sharing. I especially enjoy the last picture.