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Holiday Drawings

January 9

Why yes I did draw in my journal over the holidays:

Photo of Rudolph’s House:

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Easy Breakfast Casserole

January 9
Mike's Plate

Mike’s Plate

Over the holidays, I mentioned to  my mother-in-law that I’d been making little breakfast casseroles for two. She couldn’t imagine it, as breakfast casseroles were usually a big-dish deal that took planning the night before to make. NOPE! Here is what I have been doing most mornings for us parents (kids prefer cereal).

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Butler Silo

December 2

Rupert and I drove out to Berry Springs Park and Preserve today. Aside from Rupert (my dog), I brought my latest sketchbook. Didn’t bring my camera, though. Photos are from my cell phone.

Berry Springs is probably my favorite city park. Mainly because it is out in the country.  I was glad to see they had decorated the gate for the holidays:



It’s December but eighty degrees today. (That’s Fahrenheit. We are a bit old fashioned about temps.. in Celsius that’s twenty-six and a half degrees.) Pretty warm! After walking around the park, I was too hot to draw.. so I got into my truck with the air conditioning going.

I was facing the historic buildings (where they keep the donkeys, for you locals!) so I drew what was directly in front of the windshield:

Fine point sharpie and water color pencils.

Fine point sharpie and water color pencils.

What do you think? As always, I started with a gesture drawing and a bit of a placement map. If you look, you can see several stray lines that were loose guides when I first started the drawing. In particular, check out the top of the silo.

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The Summer Succotash Experiment

November 30

Just about every year for Thanksgiving, I try an experimental side dish. It usually falls flat with the kids. This year was one of the few resounding successes we have ever had. It was Summer Succotash from Southern Living 1986 Annual Recipes.

Another successful experiment this year was to assign a dish to each family member. Will definitely do that for Christmas, too and make it a tradition. This year, Mike had the stuffing and potato balls, Darling Petunia Hannah had the green bean casserole and a pie, I had the turkey and bread, and Alex the Great had the experimental succotash.

Here is the recipe:

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Journal Idea: The Dear Person Project

November 26

Through twitter retwitterings, I discovered this wonderful idea from a Blogger named “Inna” who posts her creative projects to her “Paper Raindrops” blog. The one that I first saw was her “Dear Person” project.

The idea of her Dear Person project is to make a drawing of something that catches her eye as she is going about her day and write a comment about it.  The comments are always addressed to a person who  made or did the eye-catching thing. The drawings are all simple. The comments are all adorable and quirky, just as you would think to yourself about the things around you.

All  the kinds of things that we talk about preserving in our illuminated journals, by the way!

Here is a small sample, but you can see all her “Dear Person” posts AT THIS LINK.

Note how the drawings are not about the finesse of fine art. They are JUST about a visual reminder of what she sees and wonders about. PERFECT for our journals. I am going to try it in mine for sure.

What  fun way to find something to draw and write every day. It looks like she has a little purse-sized/pocket-sized sketchbook just for this project, too. This might be a good way to begin your sketch journaling hobby if you are having trouble getting started.

Also check out Inna’s other projects on Paper Raindrops. She has several that are just wonderful to read about. For example, she has bound her art journal herself and made a tutorial, melted crayons for prettiness, and reupholstered a chair. Creative people are just creative!

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Breaking in A New Sketchbook

November 23

I know I said how particular I was regarding books for my illuminated journals, that the pages be firm and smooth and that the binding of the book be strong.  And I prefer the brand “Moleskine.”  Those books are expensive, though. Especially when you go through them as quickly as I do. But for just drawing exercises, practicing, and notes, all I really need is paper and drawing utensil of some sort.  Because this is my workbook and practice book, I need to feel it’s okay to “waste” pages trying stuff over and over and over again until I get it right.  So that’s why I pick up any sketchbooks that are on sale or even in the children’s art supplies area.

Not too long ago, I bought a cheap sketchbook on clearance at Hobby Lobby. It appealed to me because it was marked WAY down and was about the preferred size of my Moleskine, so I could practice on-the-go. (I like BIG sketchbooks for practice when I practice at home). It also had the elastic strap closure and back pocket like my Moleskine. Nice! As a bonus, it had a place to store a pen: An extension of the cover made a pen pocket, and there is a wide elastic loop to keep the pen from sliding out. Nice!

I have a pencil in the holder.

I have a pencil in the holder.

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Daily Life Journal Pages

November 13

I completed one week’s worth of illuminated journal pages about my daily life to answer the One Week Daily Journal Page Challenge. I had to quick-draw one thing from my normal life and write down any thoughts, notes or reminders that occurred to me as I was drawing (similar to the Meditative Sketch exercise, but not as immersive.)

The images I drew are below. My thoughts on the One Week Daily Journal Page Challenge are after the jump.

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Not a Good Sketch Journal

November 11

UPDATE: The pages were thin because I got “Plain Notebook” rather than “Sketchbook”!!! Thank you, Irma Eriksson of Imy for pointing that out!

Can you see why I was confused? Here are the two books side-by-side:

Look closely at the labels!

Look closely at the labels!

Here is my original post:

I do love my Hobbit Edition Moleskine, but this is why I have said it is not the best for the illuminated journal. Bleed through! I do love the limited editions, though. I will just have to think of another use for them.

The REGULAR Moleskine sketchbooks (Moleskine Classic Sketch Book, Large, Black, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Classic Notebooks)) have leaves that are more like cardstock. Still some slight bleed through (no paper is perfect for this), but it definitely holds up better than the paper in my limited edition.

I still want the newest limited edition. Just to have.

*Adds to Christmas list!

I have to say that I’m not so particular about my sketchbooks, but when it comes to my journals I’m very picky.

Do you have a preferred brand for your journal or sketchbook? Or do you just look for certain features?

Whatever you have, be sure you USE it! Happy arting!

 P.S. How do YOU pronounce “Moleskine”? I choose “mollus-skin-ay” because it sounds more Italian. For the record, the company doesn’t care! See THIS PAGE on their website.

Ten Suggested Items for Daily Journal Page Challenge

November 8
My Funky Chair

My Funky Chair

If you are having trouble deciding what to draw for your 1 week daily journal challenge, here is a list I made for my own reference that you may find useful too:

  1. Light: Choose a light fixture, lamp, candlestick, flashlight, curtains, blinds… something that has an interesting shape or lines that has to do with lighting.
  2. Power: Something around your home that is motorized, like a vacuum cleaner, dust buster, lawn mower..
  3. Vanity: Something from your dresser or bathroom counter that you use to get ready for the day.
  4. Contained: Something that you put stuff in: Basket, sack, vase, bookbag, purse….
  5. Work: Something from your daily work, anything from your work space or work place.
  6. Play: Something that you do for pleasure…a video game controller, golf bag, something that you mainly only use for enjoyment.
  7. Rest: Something related to your Rest and Relaxation time; throw blanket, book, board game pieces, hammock…
  8. Eat: Something from the kitchen gadget drawer… cheese grater, whisk, potato peeler….
  9. Drink: Anything that has to do with beverages…your favorite mug for coffee, an unique beer stein, copy the label from your favorite wine, a serving tray with glasses on it…
  10. Merry: Something from your house which has no purpose other than it makes you happy when you see it.

Challenge Recap: For one straight week, draw something from your daily life. As you are drawing, think about your day. Write notes about your day and about your drawing on the page.

Daily Life in the Journal

November 5

 I CHALLENGE YOU: Every day for one week, draw something in your daily life and fill the page with observations about your day. Do not spend a lot of time! 15 minute drawing of something in your house or at work or whatever, and some observations about your day every day for ONE WEEK!

My old shoes.

When you are new to keeping a journal, you want to go out into the world and be inspired then capture your latest adventure in the most eloquent way possible. And while that is a wonderful thing and you should definitely go out to be inspired and have adventures, a REAL important thing to do is to establish the habit of being creative. The way you do that is to write, draw, or whatever creative thing you do EVERY DAY.

Let me tell you something, it is EXHAUSTING to try to have an adventure every day. But what if all your regular stuff was an opportunity to draw or write? If you think about it, your daily life IS an adventure. It’s all unique to you! Preserve that however you can. Read the rest of this entry »

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