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Spread 207 – “Lay It All On Me” November 23, 2015

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Spread 207 – “Lay It All On Me”

October 11- November 23, 2015

Vintage and personal photos, matte medium, black gelly roll pen, Nova color paint, black gesso.

For the last few months I have been in a funk. A not happy with my art, not making art funk. A not happy with myself funk. Then today I woke up and I realized, enough.

This spread was started in one of Orly Avineri’s classes, it has evolved and is finished today.

Spread 206 – Background September 30, 2015

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Spread 206 – Background 

September 5-6, 2015

White and black gesso, Nova color paints, Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers.

I had the most wonderful opportunity to co-teach with Orly Avineri on September 5-6, 2015 in our class “Backgrounds/Foregrounds”. Which meant so much to me since Orly gave me my start in art journaling. I taught the “backgrounds” and Orly taught the “foregrounds”. 

Spread 205 – Boys! – Men! September 12, 2015

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Spread 205 – Boys! – Men!

12 Sept 2015

Vintage and personal papers, photos, found objects, matte medium, Nova Color Paint, Black and white gesso.

I came across an interesting article the other day on visual journaling, self-regulation and stress reduction by Cathy Malchodi. You can read the article here. I do visual journaling for many reasons, some of which I have go into in this blog, if you follow me.

What interests me today is when is a spread finished? As with this spread, I started in almost a year ago. It was “finished” today with a little bit of doodling.

The Creative Gent’s Class on Whidbey Island, Washington at the Pacific Northwest Art School August 21, 2015

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Sunset on the ferry to Whidbey Island


Myself, Terry, John, Irene, and Jacki


Our class deep in progress.


John teaching


A photo of a demo


John demoing a technique.

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Spread 204 – Hold My Hand

July 2015

Nova Color acrylic paint, vintage and personal images, matte medium, white gesso, Sigano white gel pen, china marker.

It is hard to believe it has been two weeks since I have been back from teaching at Whidbey Island, Washington at the Pacific Northwest Art School with John Arbuckle and Terry Garrett. We taught our three day art journaling class – Journeys in Art Journaling. It was a fabulous class thirteen students – Jan, Lisa, Cindy, Jacki, Betsy, Tina, Greg, Irene, MaryAnn, Marilyn, Elizabeth, Celeste, and Wendy our fabulous assistant. It was a whirlwind of a class, in three days we made a 15 spread journal, cover and pouch and taught 15 spreads. Teaching with John and Terry was a dream – so easy and so fun together. So much fun John, Terry nd I will be back to teach a 5 day class in July 31 through August 4 2017!

If you have not been to Whidbey Island I suggest you make it a vacation spot. It is so lovely and the sunsets are amazing. And take a class at the Pacific Northwest Art School. 

Registration is open for The Creative Nomad July 21, 2015

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Hello Gang!

Registration is open for Roxanne Coble and my class The Creative Nomad hosted by Tracie Hanson!

The class Thursday, January 21 -­ Sunday, January 24, 2016 in Palm Springs at the beautiful ACE Hotel!


Sign up now!!! There are less than eight spots left!

Spread 203 – Summer Fun and Seth Apter’s New Rubber Stamps from Impression Obsession July 16, 2015

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Spread 203 – Summer Fun

12 July 2015

Vintage and personal images, matte medium, Nova Color paints, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, matte varnish, Seth Apter rubber stamps Ink Spots Set -“Triple Drip”, “Spin Cycle” and “Solar Eclipse”.

Click on the image for a larger view.

Seth Apter has partnered with Impression Obsession Rubber Stamps to create his own line of 16 stamps. I was honored when Seth asked me to be part of his blog hop and to create some artwork using his fabulous rubber stamps. Check out the rest of his line as interpreted by the following artists:

Mary Beth Shaw http://mbshaw.blogspot.com
Marjie Kemper http://marjiekemper.com/blog/
Linda Cain http://cain81art.blogspot.com
Pam Carriker http://pamcarriker.com/blog/
Kim Henkel http://khenkel.blogspot.com

Spread 202 – What I Hide July 14, 2015

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Spread 202 – What I Hide

13 July 2015

A new spread.

Today you can go to Tracie Hanson’s Dream Digger Blog here you can view her interview with me about art journaling.

Our class with Roxanne Coble, The Creative Nomad in beautiful Palm Springs goes life to sign up July 21, 2015!


Spread 201 – FEAR THE ART July 6, 2015

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6 July 2015

It is coming down to the wire for our class Journeys in Art Journaling – A Mixed Media Adventure at The Pacific Northwest Art School on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington. John Arbuckle, Terry Garrett and I are teaching on August 8-10th 2015. Sign up today for three amazing teachers. We will be making and working in a 15 spread journal and learning tons of techniques and having a lot of fun.

I also wanted to let you know if you go over to Tracie Hanson’s blog, Dream Digger Studio today you can also view Tracie’s interview with Roxanne Coble about our upcoming class in January and the fabulous ACE Hotel in Palm Springs. And just maybe Tracie will be interviewing me next Monday, but you did not hear that from me.

Spread 200 – Joyful June 25, 2015

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Spread 200 – Joyful

14 June 2015

 Love, joy, acceptance, camaraderie, understanding, fun, play, laughter and tears.

This was created with and dedicated to Terry GarrettJohn Arbuckle and Thomas LaBadia.

My Creative Gent’s Collaborative Accordion Book. June 23, 2015

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My Accordion Book

While I was in Bemidji, I received my accordion book Terry, John, Tom and I have been working in. Terry created one for each of us. From Terry’s post about one of them “To get an idea of the scale here- the inside of the book extended is 30 inches long. The backside extended without the covers is 24 inches. The book is 4 3/4 inches tall. Closed the book is 4 x 5 inches.” Terry has done several of these collaborative accordion books it was fun to see them at his home.

We each had a two page spread you will see below and then on the back we all collaborated on the entire back spread. They traveled around to each of us and we worked on them. I think mine turned out beautifully. I love having my little book home with me.  Enjoy! Click on any image for a larger view.

John - Collaboration BK

John Arbuckle’s Spread

Terry - Collaboration BK

Terry Garrett’s Spread

Tom L - Collaboration BK

Thomas LaBadia’s Spread

Brian - Collaboration BK_0002

My Spread

Back - R - Collaboration Final

Collaborative back part 1

Back - L - Collaboration Final

Collaborative back part 2


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