Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My First Art Journal - Altered Book

These are pics of the pages of my first art journal, which is a children's book I've altered.  This is just the initial phase... a beginning layer of quotes, collaged pics, some paint... they have a long way to go... down this road of Life. 
I was in such a rush to get these up and running on the site... after all, what good is a blog about art with no art.  My pics leave a lot to be desired, and my cropping and all that's going to improve... it's all about process... journey, not destination!
My earliest exposure to art journaling, and zendoodles came as I discovered Milliande on youtube.  She has a wonderful website where she has created a community of women artists.  Thank you Milliande for all you have done to inspire and educate and connect me with so many beautiful, inspiring artists, including yourself!  http://milliande.ning.com
All of the words in my art journal are very important to me.  On the right is a part of "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran.  One of my very favorite peeps in the world, my 7th grade literature teacher, Mrs. Mildred Greear gave me a beautiful gift of this book way back then.  For many, many years, one of my most prized possessions, and the memory is still one of dearest.  Wonderful book!
"We" are all in such a hurry, checking off items on our to do list... I have to take time to just BE!
By the time I post the "new, revised" editions, I promise the pics will be better quality!  
This page has an exercise that my high school art teacher, Mr. Bill Amos, gave a bunch of his grown up students on facebook!  Thank you, Bill, you are the bestest! 
Well, must get off to my second "day" job.  I am most grateful you joined me here.  Please leave comments.  I would love to hear from you!  And, feel free to post links to your blogs and websites.  All are welcome here!


  1. Well! This certainly doesn't look like it's your first journal! Compliments. I love the movement and colours in your pages. They are rich in many ways :)

  2. Thanks Palma... this means a lot to me, you net/hero you!

  3. love altered books! i'd never know it was your first one -- it's beautiful!

  4. Aimee: Thank you! I love your blog and hope mine will grow up to be as full and voluptuous!

  5. Love your blog and your journals!!! Amazing that this is your first!! :D

  6. I agree with Palma, this journal is fabulous and certainly doesn't look like a first journal to me (mine didn't have any techniques I now use in my journals - was looking at it last night and very shocked at how much I've grown, thanks for sharing x