Art Journaling, it’s here!

It finally arrived, Somerset’s latest edition of Art Journaling! And it’s just as jammed packed with eye candy, techniques and tips as the inaugural issue. I have only done a quick glance through, waiting for some quiet time to digest each article.

I am very excited to have two articles featured, one on ‘Background Basics’ and the other on my ‘Shades of Gray’ journal.

When I think back to the first issue I remember all of the excitement of being asked to share my journals, and during that time starting my online workshops.
Sharing a personal glimpse into my inner creative being is a little daunting, but the rewards for doing so are numerous. Every time I hear from someone that they are now addicted to journaling it makes my heart smile.

This is something to do for yourself. It is art made from the heart for your heart. Being creative purely for the sake of being creative. People don’t have to like it, it isn’t made to be sold, it simply ‘is’.

More Art Journaling Coming Soon

Hi friends, happy Friday! I received this great news from Jenny Doh, Editor-in-Chief & Director of Publishing, and Christen Olivarez, Editor at Stampington & Co. and they asked me to share, so share I will!

“Great news! As you have probably heard, the premier issue of Art Journaling, which featured your artwork, has officially sold out. The demand for this issue has continued to increase, and we have received a flood of comments from interested readers that would love to own their own copy of this outstanding issue. As a result, we have decided to release a special digital edition of Art Journaling so that we can share your artwork with even more journaling enthusiasts.”

This new digital version will also have links to all of the artists websites etc. Very cool! Christen also asked if I would put the word out to you journalers, they have pushed up the deadline for the next issue in order to publish it a month earlier with an April 15th deadline, so anyone interested in pursuing publication of your art journal can contact Christen Olivarez,

Farewell to February

What a busy month this has been. Usually February seems to drag on as I wait impatiently for spring, but this year I blinked and it was gone! My copy of Somersets Apprentice arrived and much to my delight my name is on the cover! The article for it was done ages ago, so it was very fun to revisit it and be part in the inaugural issue.
My workshops are going nicely, and if anyone is interested ‘Shades of Grey’ will start March 23rd, and Visual Journalism 101’s second session begins April 6th. After that it’s off to CA for ZNE’s ConvenZioNE! I will get home right before my son’s graduation and then summer will be here. Where did the year go?

This and That

Well, I bought some Copic Markers in shades of warm grays. Love the pens, but have learned a few things. They bled through my moleskines heavy sketch paper terribly. While I was disappointed by that, I did try them in my watercolor journal and they were perfect! the big tips made short work of this page. If anyone has experience with these pens I would love to hear it!

While I did not receive Somerset Apprentice yet, I did get the latest Somerset Studio and Stampers’ Sampler, I was thrilled to see this add appeared in both! Right next to Sharon Thomlinson’s beautiful work and we all got a little name mention. Maybe my copy will arrive tomorrow….

A Couple of Journal Pages

Here are a couple of my latest journal pages. You may recognize the lady on the left from my portrait in progress video. I finished the one on the right today and I like these ladies so much, I just might need to have some prints made to share. I used acrylics, water soluble crayon, graphite, pitt pens and my trusty white gel pen.
A little birdie posted that ‘Apprentice’ (Somerset) has arrived at their house. I’m still waiting for my copy, let me know if you get it!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!