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Sunday, October 02, 2005


some more pics of the storm. Our willow has a branch that literally twisted in the wind, tore itself vertically, then twisted back again when the storm was over, leaving a big gash. I went to the beach and found three giant poplars lying on the ground.

close-up-you can see the branches covering the walkway to the house. Could have been a lot worse!

We had our own windstorm here on Wednesday night and Thursday. Winds hit 83 km/hr (the Katrina winds hit 285km/hr). 83km/hr was enough to break large branches from trees, uproot some trees, and knock down power lines. Two cars were hit while people were driving, but no injuries. We kept our power and all our trees, minus some branches.

This is the whole layout

My newest idea - a month in pictures. I will take a photo each day of October and fill the squares. I will need to finish this page on another page because there aren't enough squares! But I didn't want them to be too small. So I just have Oct 1st so far, a beautiful day, so I took a picture of the lake, and a tall ship in the distance.There is a pic of my Mom beneath this one because I had lunch with her that day!

I had some fun with neat printing on this page. Some of it is upside down, some of the journalling is backwards too!

We were invited to a wedding dance. We hadn't been to a wedding in years! It was my ex-husband's family, so it was fun seeing everyone again!

I started to cut out a few pages so the book wouldn't get too fat. An opportunity to stick things in as well, so I put in a postcard we found at Ikea.

The collage page. The "rain" word was actaully "brain"! The man looking scared was the only "scared" picture I could find.

I tried to paint the hurricane, I guess it kind of looks like a hurricane! The pages were already red when I got to this page, so that helped.

Hurricane Rita hits. Thankfully people evacuated and the damage was not as bad as Katrina. I wanted to do a collage, but getting appropriate pictures form fashion mags was hard!!

right side


Another layout experiment. I used a big block stamp and just journalled in the blocks. I was feeling very down and frustrated at this time, but I'm better now!

Close-up of right side

Close-up of left side

This layout turned out rather interesting! I had a bright yellow background and I taped it off with green tape, then filled in the spaces with the brown. Pulled off the tape and decorated the stripes.

Another Journal prompt.

Hurricane Katrina was such a devastating hurricane, I was glued to the tube for days. I can't imagine what it must have been like. This was done in the early days before all the deaths were discovered.

A new stamp I bought on this page!

Used my new turquoise paint that I bought for the collage I did for my daughter. Feeling a bit poor right now, thus the money picture!

The other side of the Evian page. I love this Budda statue!

This page was hard to write on because it was done with Lumiere paint. I ended up using a silver sharpie, that was all that would work. Evian is my favourite water! I am tending to use up all extra paint from other projects in my journal. I just find some blank pages and slop on the paint 'till it's gone!

I went to an art festival and bought a box of Journalling Starters. So when I'm stuck I will choose one and do a page on it. This was my first one.

Experimenting with my brayer and Kaliedescope colors.

Closeup. I used my travel stamps because I like them so much!

This was a layout I saw in another post. I think the next time i do this layout I will make the center larger.

First page!

This is the cover for my new Composition Book Journal. I've never used a comp book as a journal before, so this is all new! Much bigger pages to work on than I'm used to.

Friday, August 19, 2005


My last page in this journal. I am going to try a Composition Book journal for the next one. I will have a bigger space which may or may not be good. The pages will also be more fragile. It will be interesting to see what new things I can do with it. Goodbye journal!

Again, the same credit card technique page as the previous page (they face each other). I like the way I did this, making 4 different spaces to write in. Didn't have much to say though, so I just blathered!

These eyes are so cool! This background was done with a credit card. I dripped yellow paint, then light green paint onto the paper, then scraped it off with a credit card. One of my favourite techniques!

I did the same thing on this page as the previous page, but used a different background stamp. I love the magazine cutout! I had given a workshop on Art Journals this day at a small stamping convention.

This page was done with acrylic paint with gel medium added to it, making it shiny. Then I stamped a script stamp all over, which takes away the paint, leaving a white image. I used a torn piece of paper to write on. The stamps are all stamps that I bought on sale at Michael's that day!

This background was made by wiping the paint with a baby wipe. I didn't really like it too much, and it smelled funny for awhile@ I drew my foot at one soccer game, and my bag at another. I think I uploaded these two pics before!

I was having a bad day. I sat down to write and my mind went totally blank. I looked through my clippings and found this "ideas" one. I needed some of these!!! My favourite birdie stamp across the middle (SU).

This is a stack of pictures I took at Caitlin's new place. This is a way to get lots of pictures in a small space. Each one flips up to show the next. The background is paste paper.

We spent Sunday at Ikea. They have these neat measuring tapes that I saved lots of! The drawing is of parsley and an orange peel left over from breakfast! I used paste paper for the background of this page and the next page.

We went to Toronto for the long weekend. I took a coupon folder full of stamped images that I had collected over the last 10 years or so. I used some while I was away.

This page has two photocopied newspaper articles in it, one is about the heat wave we've been having, and the record heat of 35 degrees celcius that was reached (I don't know what that is in F). Let's say really really hot! (For us anyway). I didn't really notice, since I was inside with AC all day, but the next morning it was 13 degrees C, a big drop!

This is the next page, I used the other half of the scrapbook paper to make a pocket to hold these little rubber stamped booklets that I found when cleaning my stamp room.

On this page I used a piece of scrapbook paper (no reason for choice, it was just there) torn in half. I used one piece for this page and one for the next. This was a page I didn't like, so I painted over it and started again.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


This is the view from my front window, looking out to my porch and beyond to the road. I have a split rail fence that you can see a bit of. This was a big undertaking for me, and I'm happy with it! Played with a lot of dark colors for black-but still haven't achieved a nice black black. In the small spot where I needed it I used my marker. I used Danny's advice, and started drawing what was closest to me, the chair, then went out from there. It worked well! I think if I had done this before reading Danny's advice I would have started in the background. Don't know how to get the window to look like a window. Didn't wan't to do the 3 white lines thing. And it is very clean!

Friday, August 12, 2005


EDM #3-Draw a purse, wallet or bag I drew this at my daughter's soccer game last night -as it says around the picture, it's the only thing that isn't moving all the time! Someday I'll learn how to draw things that are constantly changing.

EDM#23 -draw your foot. I drew this while at my daughter's soccer game last week. I used a sepia pen.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005


My zucchini

EDM #26-draw a vegetable

I drew a zucchini that I bought at the market today. Not totally happy with it, but I guess it does look like a zucchini!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


EDM #18 challenge-draw what you see out your window...this was a bus ride where the view kept changing, I just put in what I saw when I looked up each time-these were never all together in the same place! It was a very bumpy ride, a bit tricky when drawing and painting! I used the brushes with the reservoirs so I didn't need any water. But I did need paper towels which I forgot!

Thursday, July 07, 2005


My grid page following Dawn's recipe, except I had to make fewer boxes, may pages are so narrow! My theme is "my spring garden", although it should be my summer garden, as it was summer by the time I planted it! Perhaps I'll do another one at the end of the summer.

The left side of the journal

The right side of the journal.