Journal Page: work in progress


Happy Wednesday everyone.

Not too much to report today – I’m working on a journal page with these collage items………i am drawing a mermaid with possible wings and a unicorn – not sure how the page will come together. I’m sure it will reveal itself as i work on the page.


It’s always a surprise to see what shows up! Just by doing things are revealed to you, phrases, ideas for images and thoughts which simply insist on showing up on the page.

I have been greatly inspired as of late by Teesha Moore’s Artstronaughts Club.  Teesha is by far my favourite art journaler on the planet Smile.  So just viewing her videos is inspiring me to make a new page.

I must say I’m very saddened by the passing of Robin Williams – he was an amazing comic, actor and human being.  The world has lost a bright and shining light.

Well that’s it for today. I shall see you on Friday.  Just to let you know that Mr. G and i will be away for 2 weeks starting next Monday. We are going to the Sunshine Coast of B.C. to our favourite place – Desolation Sound Resort.  Yay!  So excited.

Love, Violette xo

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    A bit of this and that, an art journal sketch


    Happy Wednesday everyone!

    My apologies for not blogging on Monday – it was a holiday here in B.C.

    I don’t have too much going on here right now.  My Mom fell down and hit her head so I ended up spending some time in the hospital with my Mom and Stepdad over the weekend.  My Mom has vertigo and lost her footing. Thankfully she didn’t have a stroke which the Doctor was concerned about. Also I’m so happy she didn’t break any bones as she has osteoporosis. You might recall she broke her arm about 3 months ago.


    Yesterday after visiting my Mom, Stepdad, daughter and grandson Cillian i went to Point Roberts, Washington to pick up a parcel.  I decided to go to the ocean for a 1/2 hour as a treat since i was so close by.  I always love dipping my toes in the water.  It feels so great on my feet and the negative ions from the water makes my spirit happy!


    Here’s a view of the water.  So serene! The rocks all around me were so pretty – i picked up a few to paint on at a later date.


    How lucky am i? My friend Tina Ferguson sent me this lovely crystal lamp as a birthday gift (that’s what i went to Point Roberts to pick up).  It looks so wonderful at night in the Sanctuary! Thank you Tina!


    Inspired by Teesha Moore and her Spirit Guide journal page I decided to try my hand at giving my guides a face too. I’m always afraid to do that since i feel I won’t get it right. Really? What does it matter if it’s not right? So this is the start of the page……just at the sketching stage. 


    Even though i don’t really draw animals since i’m not so great at it I decided to practise sketching a unicorn.  Be prepared to see a unicorn appear in one of my art journal pages!

    See you on Friday!

    Love, Violette xo

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      Art Journal Jam in Birch Bay


      Happy Hump day!

      As i mentioned the other day we were going to America for a full afternoon of art journaling. What fun we had.  Joanne Swiss hosted the group in the Common’s room of her complex – thanks Joanne – it was such fun to come play in your inspiring spot of heaven.


      When you mix food, beverages and art what fun you can have! Here are some of the ladies sitting down to eat. Joanne – our hostess is to the left and Satira to the right.  I love that Satira wore a spunky green fascinator to our Journal Jam! You can see Nicci with her pink hair in the distance. There’s another Susan on the right working on a fairy village – so cute.


      Nicci’s Mom came too and so did Nicci’s son Duran who enjoyed using the swimming pool while we were creating.


      Supplies and art journal – you bring whatever you want to work on. We had a theme that was voted on – fairies. Apart from a few collage images I didn’t get too much done – i tend to have difficulty creating when lots of people are around – i talk to much and get distracted. I had fun though catching up on everything people were doing.


      This is not exactly art journaling but these wooden shoes that Satira is beefing  up by adding carved wooden heels will look fabulous in the end when she unleashes her artistic muse on the finishing aspect! Who knows – maybe she’ll combine art and words – a 3 D art journal project.


      Susan Wade and the beginnings of her lovely textured canvas. She has used collaged elements and image transfer in this piece.


      Maxine worked on a Scrapbooking/art journal hybrid page which was full of yummy texture! It would look great in a shadow box.


      Satira did work on a Journal Page – an anthropomorphized cat Smile. She owns four cats so I’m not surprised she chose this subject matter.


      Debbie Humprey stuck more closely to the them and created this lovely whimsical fairyland scene.

      All in all it was a fab day.

      Have you considered getting together with your artsy friends this summer to have a play day?

      Love, Violette xo

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        Faces Art Journal page


        Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!

        Mr. G and i went to Harrison Hotsprings to celebrate his grandson Leium’s 7th birthday with his son. They were camping at a lovely Provincial campground.  But since Mr. G has a bad back and has difficulty climbing out of a tent we decided to stay at a small local motel. It was cloudy and rained part of the time but we still managed to have fun taking advantage of a local pool fed by the Hot springs.


        I brought along some drawing supplies – pad of paper, pens and pencils. While sitting on the edge of the bed in our motel room i began to draw some faces…..just because.  I think drawing brings back happy memories of camping with my family and teaching my little sister Linda how to draw cartoons. Back then I was teaching her in our large 9 x 12 canvas tent which we loved! Our inspiration back then was mostly Archie Comic books.



        I didn’t know where i was going with the faces but after a bit I received an image in my head of multiple faces on a page together. Last night while watching TV I continued on with my face project.

        This morning while cutting the faces out and gluing them to a grey background they began speaking to me and telling stories. So i wrote down what the people were thinking. Of course my inner critic began chiming in telling me some of the sayings were stupid. I persisted however and ended up putting down what the faces were telling me. Smile

        Pathfinder Motel


        Here is yours truly at the front of the motel with a giant elk statue that caught my attention.


        I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a fully functioning telephone booth by the Motel sign. I had to wade my way through spider webs to get to the phone though Smile.

        Well that’s it for today.  Hope you are having a lovely day!

        Love, Violette xo

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          Anatomy of an Art Journal page


          A belated Happy Canada Day to all of my Canadian Friends! Yesterday we celebrated Canada Day in a quiet way.  We invited my Mom and Stepdad over for lunch in the backyard.


          Here is Mr. G giving my Mom a wee bit of wine.


          Yours truly with Mom and Ron – of course i had to wear my Dr. Seuss-ish Canada Hat to celebrate.

          Anatomy of an art journal page


          After my folks left I pulled out some sketches i had made this past weekend and proceeded to put together an art journal page in the backyard – it was such a glorious day!


          I really enjoyed drawing and painting in the backyard while listening to the birds.


          On Sunday Mr. G and i were at a function (I’ll tell you about it later) where we had to be available for 10 hours. so needless to say we had tons of sitting down and waiting time. During this time i decided to sketch some elements for a possible journal page – all of the images you see (with the exception of the kale) were created during this period in pencil on a separate sheet of cardstock. Yesterday I cut the elements out, coloured them and adhered them to a painted background.


          You might be thinking that this is an unusual journal page. I wanted to explain to myself the events of a rather unfortunate incident which culminated in me having a “pity party”.  I won’t get into specifics here (will do so on a later blogpost) but the entire mess happened because i don’t like having the “money talk” with people. So because of my lack of clarity and guts I get to work things out on a journal page. Lucky me!


          After said incident I received a moment of clarity which made me laugh out loud (first the pity party though)!  All kinds of visuals and images were coming to me. I decided to draw them so that doing so could help me move forward but also to have a visual reminder of what happens when you avoid the uncomfortable conversations that need to occur.


          The Cosmic 2 x 4 comes out and whacks you on the side of the head when you refuse to work on your stuff!  This is a lesson I have learned in the past repeatedly.  The money lesson and the lesson of being worthy enough are ones I believe I’m finally getting Smile. Thankfully!

          The reason why the journal page is in individual elements is because i kept hearing, “will work for kale”, Done, Baked, confused around the edges etc.  It came to me that there was a sequence which could be best illustrated by arrows going from one thing to the next. The cosmic 2×4 came at the last minute as i kept hearing “you forgot the cosmic 2×4”. As you can see it’s a bit of an intuitive process.

          Supplies used:  micron pens, pencil, acrylics, watercolour pencils, copic markers and Stabillo pencil.

          See you on Friday!

          Love, Violette xo

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            Last Art Journal Jam of the Season!


            We had our last Art Journal Jam for the season yesterday at the Good Day Sunshine cafe.  There were about 11 of us gathered around sharing projects, trading secrets and sketching.


            In the above photo: right – Autumn, Mom Skye, Debbie Humphrey, JoAnn Foss, Susan Wade, Nicci (pink hair), Satira, Lynette, Suzanne and Sharon.

            It’s lots of fun connecting with other creative spirits.  I’ve hosted the art journal jam for two years and am passing along the baton to my good friend Nicci who has graciously accepted the role! I will still be going to the occasional jam unless I am working that day.

            Publishing my book of Cartoons

            I’m trying to figure out now how to get my little book of cartoons published – should i have a local printer publish it or go through Create Space or  Has anyone had any experience publishing a full colour book themselves?  If you have I’d love to hear about it!

            Thank you!

            Love, Violette xo

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