Fast Car — art journal

Tracy ChapmanI don’t need to tell you that I have been a bad blogger lately….it is really obvious.  Summer comes and I see the light of day after a long dark Alaska winter and I lose it.  My blog is important to me.  I love how it documents my creative life.  It makes me accountable to stay on track with all my goals as well. So…..I am going to share some projects that I have been doing since I dropped off of the blogosphere the past couple of months.

This art journal I started after I started listening to Tracy Chapman on vinyl.  I forgot how much I loved her and I swear I played this record for two weeks straight.  So, I decided to do a Tracy Chapman art journal spread.

Tracy ChapmanFast CarI copied they lyrics off of the album and used them as one of the layers and this strip shining through is my favorite.

field journaling

Today they dogs and I took the truck out on the Denail and parked it and walked up the dirt road towards Paxon. I had just watched a lesson by Alisa Burke.  She talked about her approach to art and inspiration.  She said she takes her family, her journal, and her camera (she had me at camera).  So she goes to the beach or on a hike and just lets what she sees inspire her creativity.  I was so inspired by this.  I live in such a beautiful place and I forget to journal what I am seeing.

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It was beautiful and perfect in so many ways.  I really do not believe in perfection but this was very close to perfect.  I was about to turn on my music as we walked and then decided against it.  The sounds were beautiful to me in that moment.  I was just walking and I could hear the squish of the mud and my shoes.  In the background I could hear my dogs and their tags ting as they walked, and when Summit would jump off the road into the snow it made the most wonderful sound of motion.  The wind would blow lightly through the trees and off in the distance I could hear running water…..signs of spring to me.

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I gathered little treasures as we walked and just took in my surroundings.  I have found a new love in field journaling.  I always thought that field journaling meant you had to journal while you were out in nature.  I really liked this way of doing it.  I took my Fuji Instax mini camera and took a few shots and some with my phone for reference.  I brought all this home and started to journal.  Here is what unfolded.

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I really think I will do more of this from now on.

Sail away with me

HF0A1150 HF0A1151 I love Teesha Moore but her art is not exactly my style.  That is what I love about art journals.  You can be whomever you want and try on many art hats.  I went online to Teesha’s Etsy shop and bought some of her clip art.  She is so generous and even sent bonus clip art.  Score!HF0A1152 I have been doing Life Book 2015 and I am so behind.  In an effort to catch up I have just been grabbing a lesson and going with it.  This Lesson: Treasure Seeking with Mati Rose McDonough was a lot of fun she teaches how to use gold leafing but I did not have any so I improvised and used gold paint.HF0A1153

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!

Knowing YOU

It took me years to realize that I need my alone time as much as I need water to survive.  I am not a shy or even reserved personality.  I am out going in my own way but I do not thrive in large groups and after a while even small groups get to me.  I did a craft fair this year with a friend and it was so interesting that after a day of meeting new people and talking with everyone that stopped by our booth I was ready for a nap and my friend had more energy than she started with.  I love and admire this about her but it really had me thinking of how important it is to truly know yourself and give your spirit what it needs.