Friday 8th March 2013

by chel

Another week of recovering from “Epic Winter HeadCold” (i think we’re almost through it!), so my creative pace was pretty slow compared to how I normally work.

I didn’t make any little paintings in my tiny Moleskine, but I did make two backgrounds for future art journal pages. I used spray mists and acrylic paint for these:


I really had much more fun making these than I did either of those tiny paintings (especially the second, those blurry flowers-ugh) so I think I need to give some thought to the whole “tiny moleskine” project.


And here are the art journal pages:


Just a journaling page for wrapping up February and starting March. That paper is ancient- it’s from one of the VERY first paper collections I ever bought, way back in 2005. But I love how it looks like origami paper, so I’ve held on to it all this time and use it sporadically.


I added a few Amy Tangerine stickers under the journaling card, plus a strip of October Afternoon paper and some washi tape.

Then I did another page with a washi background:


It was a little *too* bright, so I painted over it with watered down white acrylic paint and then added some washi, stickers, veneers, etc over it.

Finally, a quote from a Tegan & Sara song:


“You must rely on love once in a while to give you reason” from Shock to your System. I have been struggling a lot with the whole “loving something is reason enough to spend your time doing it” thing and when I heard that lyric, it was kinda like an a-ha moment for me. I just wanted to remember that in a straightforward way.

The lettering is Jenni Bowlin alphabet stickers painted with a little bit of paint, and then the background is a paper from October Afternoon.

So not a lot of pages this week, but I’m okay with that.

Thank you *so* much for stopping by and for your comments. I hope you have an incredible weekend!



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  1. Tracy says:

    I love that washi tape background – the ‘toning down’ has made it look very vintage. Hope you’re feeling better soon 🙂

  2. tina zappone says:

    Gorgeous backgrounds. So impressed with your dedication and creativity!

  3. Dianne says:

    Lovely backgrounds and pages…great journal in a ring binder…gives lots of flexibility! Love that “so ready for Spring” page…me too!

  4. Linda K says:

    Chel your painted “splotches” are wonderful!!! Great journal pages as always- LOVE the Spring page-I am so with you!

  5. Dawn Jones says:

    I love everything you’ve shared!! Especially the Ready for Spring page…I live in Illinois and we have a bout a foot of snow on the ground from last week. I want it GONE and to see my daffodils popping out of the ground! Thanks for sharing!! Oh, and I still think that the binder is fabulous for an art journal!

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I’m Chel (pronounced “shell”, short for “Michele”).

I’m a visual artist, writer, gardener, art historian, long-distance swimmer, crochet-er, movie watcher, animal lover, and avid reader.

I’m also a (newly) practicing Buddhist, studying online at Sravasti Abbey.

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– I have an eleven year old daughter named Grace and a husband named Tom.
– I grew up on Long Island, NY, went to college/grad school in Atlanta (Emory University) in the 1990’s, and now I live in Southwest Florida.
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– I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 30 years and I love animals of all kinds- we have four rescue cats, three parrots, and an elderly gecko and we raise butterflies.
– I swim five miles every day- rain, shine, storm, or travel.
– I was born with Spina Bifida, and swimming keeps me healthy and sane.
– When I’m not in the pool, I’m in my art studio, with a hot cup of tea.
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