journal page – girl and her monster doll

art journal page by Regina Lord

I saw a little girl today, clutching her little doll pretty fiercely. It was the inspiration for this journal page.

art journal page by Regina Lord

My favorite part is the monster dolls eyes.  I think he’s pretty cute.

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journal page – flowers in hair

art journal page by Regina Lord

One thing I love about painting in my journal is that is keeps my creative muscle in practice.  I really think it helps me fine tune my skills, plus I am able to squeeze in some painting time without making too much of an investment on a canvas or board.

art journal page by Regina Lord

I am also really loving layering color pencils onto acrylic paint.  I am able to focus on this effect in my journal before applying it onto a bigger painting.

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journal pages – sketching

 journal page - sketch by Regina Lord

Just a wee bit of time to do a little sketching in my journal today.

Pre-painted journal pages with stabilo pencil in white and black.

 journal page - sketch by Regina Lord

I almost want to keep these pages as is, but will probably still paint them. We’ll see.

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journal page – sparkle

journal page by regina lord

journal page by regina lord

I think this one might be my favorite.  As soon as I added that green around her eyes, I knew she was a mermaid and that she absolutely needed sparkles. So, out came the gold and pearl mica medium.

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journal page – Juliette

sketch

sketch

paint + pencil

art journal page by Regina Lord

I’m calling this one Juliette. Not sure why. She just looks like a Juliette to me.

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journal page – young Frida

art journal page - young frida by Regina Lord

Today I was inspired by a photograph of a young Frida Kahlo.

art journal page - young frida by Regina Lord

art journal page - young frida by Regina Lord

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Journal pages – aged beauty

aged beauty by Regina Lord

I only have 15 double pages or so left in my moleskine art journal. So, I am hoping to finally get this art journal filled with some portrait practice. I have found that I really like turning my journal longwise to do these.

aged beauty art journal pages by Regina Lord

I found a few images on Pinterest to inspire me. I love the silvery hair of the first one and the soulful and wise eyes of this second one.

Just a little over 2 weeks left before my kiddos are back in school. My art journal is the perfect place for small, quick art breaks, while trying to fill these last school-free days with fun memories and happy times with the kids.

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Journal play

We’ve been traveling to visit family, so I thought I’d break out the art journal to get a little happy art time in.

I managed to get a few progress shots. Sometimes it is really hard to do this, because once I get in the flow, I forget about the camera.

I used graphite pencil, acrylic paint and Prismacolor pencils for this page.

Off to start another page!

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Cargo Pocket Bag

pocket purse

Gosh, I wonder how many bags I have sewn myself in the last 10 years.  You’d think after so many bags, I would know exactly what I want in a bag, but I am still figuring it out.

pocket purse

I tried really hard this time, to try and get it right. I don’t want a fussy bag, no flaps and zippers, so I have a feeling that those buttons will get on my nerves, but aren’t they just super cute!

cargo pocket bag

I do, however love pockets on the outside of my bags.  Easy access for keys, phone and sunglasses. I just don’t like making pockets. Yuck!

pocket purse

So, instead of making them, I ripped apart some old cargo shorts that I didn’t like and wallah! Instant pockets! Yay!!

cargo pocket purse

More pockets on the inside too, a simple snap closure and I used an old belt for the strap. I also made it a bit smaller than what I usually make, which means I won’t have room to carry around everyone’s stuff.  Sorry, my bag is too small. He he ;)

So, I guess my bags are slowly evolving and I will eventually figure out the perfect bag for me.

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Owlkat for E

thirteen

We spent the weekend celebrating a very special birthday.

e's Birthday

What an amazing guy he is. It has been such a wonderful adventure watching him grow. The adventure is definitely not over and I am so grateful to be a part of it all.

owlkat art by Regina Lord

He asked me to paint him an Owlkat for his birthday.  A combination of his two favorite animals. He loves it and we will be hanging it in his room.

Happy Birthday to my very special guy!

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