Thoughts Like Wispy Clouds (from the studio)

Here are a bunch of random thoughts & photos…

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Last week, just before I left the studio for the weekend, I mounted a gelli print I adore to a canvas and set it to dry under a heavy box of paints (Monday and Tuesday were a jumbled mess of doctors’ appointments, so I didn’t have a chance to hit the studio). Pulling it out today, I realized I love it too much to paint over it, even a little bit. 

And then, whispered in my ear, I heard oh darling how I love you! 

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I got my new-old journal last week as well — I found this book in a thrift store, when I wasn’t even looking, for $2! I had to show the girls right away, and asked Tangie’s husband Dave, who is super talented at bookbinding, to rebind in some watercolor paper. I’ve been art journaling for years, and this is the first time I’ve found one of these! 

(If you want an uber-awesome journal, you should totally hit up their Etsy shop!)

The cover was kind of lacking, so I decided to paint in some of the details with my acrylic gouache. Yes, it took a really small brush and lots of patience, but the end result was so worth it! 

 

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Am I the only person who finds tons of cool scraps and pictures that would be awesome to collage in my art journal, but they never make it in, so they just pile up? I found the pile beautiful. Now if I could just start gluing them into my journal and get them off my table, that’d be great. 

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Final thought: what do I do next? I adore this piece, but don’t know what should come next. Handwriting? Drawing? Girl? What would you do?

The simplest victories (red storybook #6)

Heres a favorite of mine from the Red Storybook thus far...the day I got out of the house for the first time in a week or two and stole away to the library to look for art books and 'Dirk Gently' after watching the BBC show of based off it (I have always loved Douglas Adams' odd sense of humor). I ended up curled up on a bench with a headache texting with friends who we checking up with me, and who made my day brighter with their messages. 

I haven't colored nearly enough of these entries, and some are quite bad, but I haven't missed a day. I think I needed to tell myself it was okay to not share every day in order to feel safe making terrible sketches. This one was done in acrylics. I wanted to see if I could work faster with them. I can not. Back to the gouache it is!  

Maybe I'll work on coloring a few more this weekend during my 'Sherlock' marathon. God knows the season finale on Sunday will kill me. Maybe I'll do a little fangirl page before they rip out my heart. ;) 

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