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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Art Journal ...

I'm always drawn to beautiful journals
and this past Summer on a reduced trolley I spotted a date book
with 2015/2016 stamped on the front.
It had an original price of $48.00 with the markdown price being $5.00 :-D
the fact that all of 2015 had passed as well as most of 2016 did not bother me in the least
I knew that I could turn it into either a traveling journal, an art journal, a spot to hold ticket stubs from shows we had planned, a sketch book ... so many ideas ... 
It turned out to be all of the above & then some!
I have painted and added pockets and envelopes
and  being a grandmother, I am blessed with the gifts of the  sweetest art work ...
a spot for quotes ...
pressing leaves ...
jotting down trips ...
adding maps ...
photographs ...
I have added little business card size  pockets to keep cards I have picked up
{these are peel and stick so really handy}
quotes ...
our garden owl spotting has inspired lots of owl paintings
when you *love* hockey
a few pages just for  Adele :-)
her concert was amazing!
I have created lots of coffee filter pockets, so I added some of those too - they fit the pages perfectly and hold lots of little clippings I want to save
My journal has come along in my knapsack on woodland walks ...
It looks lovelier now I think than when it was new ...
clips are handy to hold pages together
& mini clothes pegs
writing about my favourite Season & the changing leaves ...
{a quick Muskoka view}
favourite quotes
pumpkin patch visit
Autumn Equinox
favourite walking spot notes
a leaf found on holidays on our way to dinner ♥ after a wonderful day
just looking at it brings back such lovely memories
a little bit of painting leaving a bit of space to jot down thoughts
sweet tiny leaves that I put between pages with a little washi tape
fortune cookie {that was spot on }
whimsy ... always whimsy
a favourite photo I took years ago of a yellow finch sitting in our lilac ...
 I had  it propped up on my desk and now it has a page to itself

I love making note of the moon phases ...
Wasn't yesterday's Super Moon amazing ♥
Fill your paper
with the breathings
of your heart ♥
~William Wordsworth~
dragon fly love
It's as heavy as it looks :-)
A month and a half left ...
Is not the poet bound
to write his own biography?
Is there any other work for him
but a good journal?
~Henry David Thoreau~

12 comments:

Julie Marie said...

Oh Deb, I have seen several pages of your journal on IG but to see all this... wow, it is just beautiful!... I love journaling as much as you do and wish mine looked like yours... are you watercoloring or colored pencils?... can you tell me how big it is?... I am going to look for a 2016 one on clearance and make one too... I have so many journals that fill so quickly... but am totally in love with this one of yours!... xoxo... Me

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a beautiful creation, Deb! First, it's a gorgeous journal. And as always, your artwork takes journaling to a whole new realm. I enjoyed seeing your pages. Your talent is wonderful! Keep it up!

Jane

Lisa Greenbow said...

Your journal is just fabulous. It is so nice that you shared it with us. So much inspiration in there. So many memories.

Country Gal said...

Lovely art journal and photos . I used to keep a journal years ago that I doodled and wrote in . This November here has been lovely I hope it lasts to not looking forward to the cold . Thanks for sharing , have a good week !

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Nothing but love for this post. I really should try out the art journal. I love to scrapbook, and it's not so very different, just far more personal.
The moon was so beautiful. It was so bright here, all but the strongest of stars were invisible. I loved walking through the moonlit path through the woods near my home that evening.
It was so nice to visit you here this morning.
Wishing you well,
Andrea

Sandi said...

Deb,

I love the journal! A life well-lived makes a journal like that, stuffed with color and notes.

Love this quote too...

"I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a Home ♥ I am thankful for the pile of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby." ~Nancie J Carmody~

Deb said...

Julie Marie ~ thank you so much ♥
It's 5" x 8" and I have used a little bit of everything from watercolours to pencils to acrylic paint that I wanted to finish on my palette after painting :-) I have glued and clipped and added washi tape ... little bits of everything xo

Deb said...

Jane ~ thank you so much! I truly appreciate your lovely visits, kind words and friendship ♥ Love, hugs and Congratulations on the arrival of your precious grand baby xo

Deb said...

Lisa ~ thank you so much! It was lovely to see you had stopped by ♥

Deb said...

Elaine~ thank you ♥ November has been amazing here too ... another gorgeous day here today. Enjoy it with sweet Miggs friend.

Deb said...

Andrea ~ thank you so much for your visit and lovely words ♥ Oh the super moon was amazing! It illuminated our entire deck ~ magical ♥

Deb said...

Sandi ~ thank you ♥ *Love the quote too *