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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          Random art journal page


          Happy Friday my creative friends!

          After all of that worrying about technology the 21 Secrets LIVE spreecast went off without a hitch!  I was worried that i would have too much time on the 1 1/2 hour spreecast and not enough art work to share……as it turned out I had to quickly glue down some of the elements at the end of the show as we were swiftly running out of time!


          This is what i came up with – Random art journal piece!  I ended up adding the words and shading later on as there wasn’t enough time to get to the details. 


          I wanted to show how you you could add dimension to characters by using pencil crayons.


          I don’t know about you but i have difficulty talking and drawing at the same time so i had to have some rough sketches done up ahead of time to ink in while Connie was interviewing me.

          A workshop and help for Aspiring Authors!

          Connie is a brilliant teacher and facilitator – i just wanted to give you the heads up about her newest class – Painting the Feminine

          Marney Makridakis has done it again – she’s partnered with Marc Allen to help aspiring authors – Do you have a book inside you? Check out this free video about writing a book proposal, by two creative publishing leaders – take a look here! Just to let you know that i am affiliate of Marney’s programs so will receive a fee if you decide to buy this program. I only recommend programs that I believe in.

          Hope you have an amazing weekend!

          Love, Violette ox

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            Art Journaling Grid Style


            Happy Wednesday everyone!  I hope you are having a glorious day! It’s a beautiful day on the west coast – I can’t wait to get out for a bit of sunshine today.

            Have you ever art journaled grid style before? I think it’s a wonderful way to art journal if you are stuck for ideas and don’t know what to do.


            If you really want to get blown away with lots of Grid style ideas go visit this Pinterest boardYou will be in heaven for sure! There are many ways to art journal grid style – you could simply divide your paper into equal squares and use that as a base.  I decided on a random grid style – (see the above sketch) and then went for it.

            You can add words, patterns, writing, images that speak to you – journaling this way is fun and non-threatening!


            I was inspired by Pam Garrison`s grid which came in my Somerset Studios magazine – i believe it was an old magazine (can`t recall which issue). I love Pam`s whimsical and loose style – very inspiring.

            I decided to do my own version with micron pens, copic markers and pencil crayons.  I spent two blissful hours meditatively drawing and colouring to my heart`s content.  The next time you feel blocked about what kind of journal page to create why not try a grid style art journal page. 

            I am using some of the images in this grid as borders for my journal pages as well. All you have to do is either photo copy or print off colour copies of your page and voila – instant personal collage material!

            See you on Friday!

            Love, Violette xo


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