The Art of My Gratitude Practice, Step by Step

My Gratitude Practice:

This is my morning gratitude practice.


Tonight I will add some art with a plain black ballpoint pen (the same one I journaled in the morning with). I start by doodling on top of my “free writing”. Then I fill in the blank spaces on my guided journaling.




Now it is time to color. I love my Prisma colored pencils. I have so much to learn but I love the gorgeous color and shading!! I loved how the Winged Heart turned out.



That was fun. And very relaxing.

See you soon!



10/23/15 Daily Art Journal Practice: After Missing A Couple Of Days

The last two days I have punked out. I didn’t do my practice. Have not been feeling well. And though I don’t feel so hot today, I wanted to at least do something.

I decided to work on a background for a new page. And I wanted to use my trusty brayer.

For my first layer I put down yellow. Brayer, brayer, brayer!

Then I added white paint and brayer again.

I want some shine, so I grabbed my metallic orange and brayered it right in.

Wanted to add a bit more white but my white paint wasn’t coming out properly so I grabbed my bottle of white gesso. I did shake it but when I squeezed it out I hot a big glob of clear junk. Took a nearby baby wipe and wiped it up. Shook it well again and got gesso but it still seemed a little thin. Brayered it all in.

Because I got a lot of white runny gesso over my beautiful metallic orange…I added more orange and brayered it in. I am going to let it dry and see how I like it.


This page looks a bit bumpy because of the glue and paper used on the opposite side. I don’t let it concern me, I just go with it.

This page came out much smoother because there is nothing on the other side. I wish you could see the metallic sheen better. The shine makes me happy.

Happy Friday everyone!


10/2/15 Daily Art Journal Practice: How to Make An Art Journal Page

It is Friday.

I looked at my spread and just didn’t think that the different bits integrated into the page the way I would like. Normally when I add water soluble oil pastels it seems to do the trick but this time I just wasn’t satisfied. So I got out my white paint and a brayer and started adding a white wash effect. I also added some more journaling.

Initially I wasn’t sure how much I liked the white paint effect. The paint did integrate everything together and I am happy with that. I suspect I will finish this page tomorrow by adding a little more pen work.

It’s Friday, have a good one!


9/26/15 Making an Art Journal Page: My Daily Art Journal Practice

It’s Saturday and I have lots of studying to do… so my art journaling time is shorter than I would like. I am still working on the exercise from the online class I am taking: Lisa Congdon’s More Sketchbook Explorations. Lisa showed us how to draw some vines and leafy things. I was able to start but didn’t get very far. I used a micro point pen initially but changed out to a thicker lined pen. Since the background is so bright and saturated with color, a thicker black line makes seeing the design easier (if I had been able to make a lighter, less saturated background, I am sure the micro tip would have been fine.) I went over the first vine toward the bottom but didn’t have time to finish up going back over the top with a thicker line… maybe tomorrow.

This is very much NOT my normal art journal style. But I am glad I decided to try out what I learned from class. The background is an interesting technique that I could vary a lot of ways… and its super simple. And I am always ready to learn more graphic designs to doodle on a page!

Happy Saturday all!


9/25/15 How to Make an Art Journal Page: My Art Journaling Practice

I have started taking a class on It is Lisa Congdon’s new class More Sketchbook Exploration. I just love Lisa’s classes and this one is no exception. She makes graphic art look effortless and fun. Today’s page is inspired by More Sketchbook Exploration part one. I start by making a background with crayola markers. In her class, Lisa Congdon used Koi watercolor brush pens. I know they would have made the background look more painterly and flow together more easily… but sadly I didn’t have any. So I pulled out the only markers I had. While Lisa picked a nice paletteĀ of light blues, corals, grays and oranges… I ended up using what I had. My colors were much brighter being standard Crayola colors. Still, I did my best to make a cool, colorful background.

What do you think? Hope you have a great Friday!


9/15/15 Making An Art Journal Page, the Process

For a long while, several months at least, I have been modifying my art journaling process. Being limited in time, due to my work schedule, I have been doing my journaling out in the living room – which for the most part makes heavy gluing, painting, and access to a lot of my diverse art supplies really difficult. So I have generally been doing light collaging… if any and doodling and pen work.

My schedule at work changed, so I recommitted myself to doing a bit of art journaling, in my studio, every day. So I can paint a little, maybe find some collage elements… doodle… whatever. I have promised myself that there is no need to complete a page in one day. Any little bit counts. My purpose will be sharing my daily additions with you. I hope you find the process interesting.

Well, this first pic is of a completed page. I actually did this in one sitting. Having a little more time, I was able to glue down all the images and add bits of acrylic paint using a dot stencil. The facing page of the spread is blank and has not been touched yet… I should have included it my photo but wasn’t thinking ahead.

When I started, I had pulled out a bunch of red colored background scraps of paper, I wanted a focal image but I didn’t find anything in my stash that I liked. So I grabbed an old magazine, flipped through a few pages and found her… For some reason I liked her flirty little skirt. Not a lot of thought, I cut out the first focal image I liked. Next step was to arrange the background pieces. I added some blue pieces because the focal image had that color as part of its background and I liked the red with pops of blue. I glued down the background, added the girl making sure I got in her little skirt (and no, I didn’t chop off her head to get the skirt to fit, that is how the image was on the magazine page). A grabbed a water soluable oil pastel and outlined around my girl and smudged it in. I did this so that she pops out as the main focal image. Instead of a bunch of papers glued to the page looking rather flat, this helps give the page more depth. I added the grapes because I felt it needed something more and I thought the green looked good with the red. Also, it was one of the few decent elements I found in the magazine I had at hand. The circles of the grapes, gave me an idea to stencil circles on the page to integrate everything together. I used white acrylic paint with bits of red paint. I also added a bit of stenciling to the facing spread page… but silly me, I forgot to take a pic of it.

See you next time for the next day of my art journal practice. šŸ™‚