Posts Tagged ‘Art Journal Jam’

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

Art Journalers tell all at Art Journal Jam!

I couldn’t resist this title!  After yesterday’s super fun art journal jam at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe I went grocery shopping and saw the title “Duck Dynasty women tell all” on a magazine.  I thought about how funny it would be to switch it around with Art Journalers tell all in the front!  Because whenever you get a group of creative women together they really DO tell all! Smile


This was probably our biggest group ever – we had some young teens at the counter – their Mom’s (in front) brought them along! What a fun group of people – very open to sharing and exchanging ideas!


Susan working on one of her lovely journal page spreads


JoAnn Foss’ gorgeous mixed media journal spread.  JoAnn sometimes teaches at Clipperstreet Scrapbook company


Joanne Swiss’ tiny Strathmore sketchbook and her portable water colour set.


Here Joanne and Satira ham it up during the Jam!


I love how Satira’s super creative mind works – she just cropped a niche out of her art journal, embellished around the square and placed her sandwich underneath exclaiming “I’m creating a vignette!”.


The table at the Jam.  The project on the right is mine – one of the journalers Jo-Ann brought along her “gelatos” so i could try them out to see if i wanted to buy some!  I love this group!journaljam_Jfpage1

Jo-Ann Foss’ richly textured art journal spread.


Joanne Swiss kept promising to bring along Suzi Blu’s mixed media piece she scored and finally did!  She also brought along Suzi’s book “Mixed Media Girls” (i have it and it’s great!). It was such fun to see Suzi’s creation up close – lots of lovely layers and textures!  Thanks Joanne!

One of the art journalers Lynette – brought along some gorgeous photos she had taken of her Madonna statues in various locations. She wanted to show me them as she knew I’m a big fan of “Mary”. So sweet of her.

Well that’s it for today – lots of photos of a fun event.  If you don’t have a group of artists you can connect with in your town why don’t you create your own Art Journal Jam like i did? You’ll meet some wonderful people!

Love, Violette xo

Yes Live Concert and Happy Spring!

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed the first day of Spring!

I was so thrilled last night to attend a Yes Concert with Mr. G last night!  I’m a fan from way back – 40 years ago!  In case you have not heard of them Yes is a fabulous Progressive Rock band that have been playing for 45 years!


Here I am at the concert last night waiting for the band to appear…….so excited!  The evening was pure magic and brought me back to my late teens.  If i closed my eyes it felt like i was listening to the vocals of Jon Anderson. The new singer is Jon Davison – sounds so much like Jon Anderson it isn’t funny.  You can imagine how difficult it must be to hit those high notes when you are close to 70 so it’s wonderful that the new singer can keep the sound alive with his fabulous voice. He has such a lovely spirit too! Bonus! Yes is on tour now so if they come to your city i would highly recommend catching a live concert.

It’s Spring – Hooray!


In honour of spring i decided to take a new photo for my Facebook banner……for some strange reason i keep taking photos of the magic cottage.  The neighbours must think I’m loopy – there i was carting out my revamped skateboard table onto the front lawn to put the pansies on for a photo shoot.

It was a drizzly day when i shot this photo so the colours came out juicy and saturated!

Upcoming Art Journal Jam!


I wanted to give you the heads up about our next art journal jam happening on Tuesday at 3:30 pm at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe in South Surrey.  Come out with your art supplies, grab a cup of java or a hot chocolate and art journal with us.

Enjoy your weekend!

Love, Violette xo

Art Journal Jam and Snowy days at the Magic Cottage

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you in good health and a happy mood!


We had another art journal jam yesterday and what fun we had! What a fabulous group of women we have attending!  Maybe next time we’ll have a guy join us – there was a young fellow who looked on with curiosity while we were creating so he said he might come along next month.  


Here are the ladies hard at PLAY! If you look closely you can see a couple of balls of yarn – one woman was crocheting and another one knitting.  One attendee – Debbie was unravelling a mess of yarn for Joanne who was knitting a cap for homeless folks in Vancouver.  Most people were working on Art Journal pages.  The art journal jams have evolved into an electric joyful atmosphere where creative community flourishes. It’s been so wonderful to watch friendships blossoming, sharing of ideas, swaps and kind acts occurring.

Snow at the magic cottage


We don’t usually get much snow in my neck of the woods – Surrey, B.C. so when we do get it – there’s lots of excitement!  Here’s a shot of the dragonfly laden down with snow.  I can tell that we will need to revamp him again this summer!


The Backyard – the Creative Juice sign and guardian crow covered in snow!


I thought this little birdhouse with a poof of snow on it looked like a Marie Antoinette birdhouse no?


I snapped this little selfie with my i-pad – can you say awkward? Since Mr. G wasn’t around to take my photo i did it myself holding the i-pad out at arms length Smile. I needed MUCH longer arms!


I had a car decal made to promote my business and help you get your business mojo backLooks pretty doesn’t it? It’s perforated with holes so you can see the pretty image and yet still see through the window – in theory that is. Unfortunately because of the angle of my back window I am unable to see through the window – well i can see but it’s like looking through fog.  So I am going to have to get it removed Sad smile. Hopefully we can come up with another solution!

I have been busy taking Mindy Lacefield’s online class called “Neat Stuff” – a fun mixed media class on capturing the stuff of our youth that made us happy. I’ll let you see what I come up with next week.

Love Violette xo

Art Journal Jam coming up!

Happy Friday everyone! Just wanted to give you all the heads up about our art journal jam this coming Tuesday at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe!  Everyone is welcome – just bring a sketchbook, your favourite pens, pencil crayons, felt pens and be prepared to laugh, share and have fun.



Here is a sneak peek of a project I’m currently working on.  Can’t show it all to you just yet but will post detailed pictures on Monday!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  I’m off to visit and create art with my little grandsons!  Yay!

Love, Violette xo

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