Sorry it has been so quiet over here.  I’ve had one of those weeks: an extra shift, sick kids and a deadline for a project.

Today I took some time for a bit of visiting with a friend, thrifting (I’ll show you what I found tomorrow) and journaling. It was nice to get out of the house for a bit. So nice and so needed.

I am deeply loving two books right now that are fueling my love for art journals: The Awe-manac and Life is a Verb. I love these books and want to take them EVERYWHERE with me. They are both packed with tons of inspiration.  I’ll share a little excerpt from The Awe-manac that inspired the above journal page. I can never get anything on the first couple of pages of a journal and this helped.

Moving forward little by little to change our thoughts, and actions is a strategy vital to our creative success. Write a thought you believe will serve your creativity or the creation of contentment, such as ” Each moment I believe more in my creative brilliance” and gradually practice feeling it in body, mind, and spirit 15 seconds at a time. Over time its gradual influence will accelerate your creative movement.

My SuziBlu workshop is helping with the journaling as well.  I spent yesterday cutting out images from old torn up magazines and doing my suziblu homework. Faces are becoming really fun to do.

I have few new journal items that I love:

Sharpie fine tip pen– LOVE it! The Martha Stweart fine tip markers are nice too and come in lots of colors.

Prismacolor colored pencils– smooth, creamy, and divine.  The colors–delicious.  The kids have been using them too.  I’ll have to gather up all the crummy “school” colored pencils and give them away.  They pale in comparison. My set was gifted to me last January from the kids and my hubby.  They are all finally sharpened and sit on the dining room table full time.

Moleskines!! The sketchbook one.  It’s wonderful!

And lastly, I received my Artfest registration booklets.  Eeeeeks!!!   I am on the waiting list for one of Misty Mawn’s classes (which is one of the main ones I REALLY wanted to take), a precious metal clay class making earring charms and another painting class. It’ll be fun to learn new techniques to add to what I have so far, but mostly it’s all about the experience, being inspired and meeting new people.  I can hardly wait!

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7 Responses to Journaling

  1. Teresa says:

    I’m loving that drawing of the brown-eyed girl…

  2. Hi Regina, this was a nice read for a Saturday morning. Love the peice from the Awe-manac it sounds like a great book, i could really do with that. Love your new face too, sounds like the Suzieblu course is really helping. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  3. Anjeanette says:

    Thanks for this post. I had started Life is a Verb and then things got crazy and I haven’t managed to put the things into practice.

    I confess that I’ve always written in my books though. I was delighted that there is space for you to write notes in the book. Love it!!

    I have to check out the other one you mentioned. Thanks so much! I like to read what other people are liking. It gives me so many new places to learn;)


  4. Alexis says:

    Yes, give away those cheapie colored pencils. I don’t know why it took me so long, but I recently started letting my girls use my old Prismacolor set. No more frustrating pencil lead breaks right after you just sharpened! I figure I’m due for a new set anyway 😉 I love those moleskines, too. I carry one in my purse for the girls – maybe I should have one for myself…

  5. Tricia says:

    you should submit things to Louise Hay. I am sure they would have you do the work for one of her books!! love it!!

  6. Michelle says:

    That face! I love that portrait.

  7. Rachel says:

    Your post feels so creative, I am going to grab my journal. Love the face, looks great! Thanks for sharing your fav tools.

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