Saturday, June 30, 2012

First Attempts at Art Journaling


 This was my hall for the day.  Michael's Craft store had a coupon for 15 percent off your entire order and one for 50 percent off of any one item.  So this justified my getting all these goodies to add to my stash.  In the upper right corner is chipboard with a metal ring.  I thought this would be fun to make various art doodles or journals or something.  The items below that were in the dollar bin.  They will be great to embellish pages. The black pens are a set that has various weights to them.  These will be fun to use while practicing Zentangles.  The white markers are watermark pens.  Can't wait to try them. The rest are all stamps that I thought would be fun.  Oh and I left out the stamp is watermark ink also.

Now onto some of the art that I have been playing with....Remember a few weeks ago, I didn't know the first thing about how to doodle.  So I have come a long way.  I will never have great artistic skills but I can at least get by and have fun.

 This was done the day that I had my eyes dilated.  I had also bought some color pens and started playing with doodles and filling them in with patterns.

These were ideas for different patterns.  I always go brain dead when I try to think of patterns.  This way I can have a little library to refer to.

Soooooo, I was hoping that if I doodled exercising that I would lose a few pounds!  If only it worked that way.  Anyway, I think these little stick figures were cute.

This was done after a day of weeding my garden in the hot, hot sun.  It seemed like I would never get ahead of the weeds.  I think they were growing back as soon as I moved to another spot.

 This was after I saw a picture of a cat and dog and I thought, "I can draw that."  Hence the question mark after the word "cat".  I think the dog turned out okay.

 Now I am getting my Zentagle on.  This site has a list of wonderful patterns and tutorials on how to do them.  These are examples of my practicing.  The page on the right has a few more drawings.  I saw a card with the little girl with the jump rope and it inspired me to try it.  The other little lady with the flower was inspired from a journal page that I found on the Internet.  For the life of me, I can't find the page to give credit.

So now I have my steno pad that has my pencil drawings.  I vintaged it up a bit by spilling my coffee all over it.(Insert sheepish grin here)  More Pics of the same style of little girl and Zentangle patterns.

More pattern playing. 

This was done after the coffee was spilled and explains the reason for the spill.  I was mad at my daughter and got up in a huff and knocked over the remainder of my coffee. 

This was my very first attempt at Zentagling.  The next few pictures are the first pages in my official Art Journal.

This is hard to read but it says "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt"  I like that since I do a lot of gardening in the spring.

I don't have anything on this page yet but I worked on the background and when I have some brilliant inspiration, I will put something on it.


  1. I love everything!!! You did a great job. It makes me want to go do some art journaling. The exercise stick figures are adorable.

  2. You should try it. Once you get the hang of the Zentagle, it is very relaxing. Some patterns can be pretty tough and they frustrate me. So I use my magic eraser and try another one. When I can follow the instructions and it turns out half decent, I am very proud of myself. LOL. I have seen a lot of scrapbooking pages that add doodling to there pages. Plus I have a set of Micron pens for you. So when you come in September, you will HAVE to get your Zentangle on.

    1. You crack me up. How can we be so much alike and so different at the same time. You draw much better than I do. And it is very funny considering you think you can't draw. So if you think you can't draw and I think you draw 100 times better than me, what does that tell you?

  3. Chris says they look like a little kid drew them. And he is right. They do look that way but every journal page that I see and like on the Internet is that type of art. I wish I could draw like some of the artists that I have seen who sketch things that they see but if I did that you would never be able to tell what it was a picture of. That was really bad grammar but you know what I'm saying.

  4. Your comments back and forth are's probably good you don't have followers yet, because they would have no idea what you two are talking about :o)