pure joy – art journal tutorial


  1. Write about anything (baking cookies, driving, parents, kids) and do not lift your pen (use a micron so it is waterproof). This will feel like rambling.


  1. Water down gesso and add a little color to it if you would like. Paint over words. Let the gesso dry and leave the gesso out because you will use this again.


  1. Layer ephemera using gel medium (Mod Podge). I coat the page with gel medium where I will be placing ephemera, then lay it down and then layer the gel medium over the top as well.  Press out any bubbles in the paper that you do not want there. Now, let dry.


  1. Choose three to four colors. (acrylics, water color pencils, watercolor crayons) Randomly paint over edges and such. Let dry.


  1. Lightly gesso over this layer and let dry.



  1. Drop paint on the page and take a credit card to apply the paint.

HF0A06907. Stencil with white on the page randomly.



9. Stamp or mark on the page with black randomly.  I just scraped black paint on with a card. Adding white and black to a page will give your page some great “bones” (foundation might be a better word) for when you add your art work.


10. Add art, stamps, quotes, or anything that feels right.  I am on a quest to learn how paint faces so I painted a face.

I love raw, primitive edges in my art so I try to not finish them off.  If I think too much I will spend too much time on the wrong subject.  I wanted the girl as my focus and the butterflies as my second focus. I left the butterflies very simple and used my opposite hand to sketch them.

I am trying to paint intuitively and not think too much about things.  Rumor has it that your art will just get better and better when it comes from the heart.

Happy Journaling!

Jr. Iditarod

HF0A0426 The Junior Iditarod was moved to Cantwell this year because of lack of snow in other parts of the state.  It was fun to see the puppies and their young owners.  There is something so inspiring about young teens so devoted to animals and a sport that requires so much of them.HF0A0433 HF0A0458 This baby just melted my heart.  7 weeks old and the cutest little hat!HF0A0466 HF0A0477It was Mister C’s birthday and he celebrated it at the Junior Iditarod.   HF0A0508 HF0A0511 HF0A0568 We met Newton Marshall the Jamaican Dog Sledder.  He has ran the Iditarod four times previously but not this year.  Conditions have not been that great.HF0A0572 HF0A0576 HF0A0582

chinese brush art

HF0A0604We get together for a Denali Art Club every two weeks and learn a new technique.  I missed it because I had a doctors appointment so two of them came to my house to give me a mini lesson.  It is difficult but I am hooked and want to play more.  

HF0A0616 HF0A0623  HF0A0612Chinese brush art images here.  Chinese brush art tutorials here.