February and March Journaling

Here are some recent art journal pages. I have neglected my blog in the last couple of months, perhaps because I’m not sure whether anyone actually looks at it. Maybe people are looking at it, but just not making comments. Anyway, I thought I’d better do a catch up post before we take off for Europe in a weeks time. (So excited!)

I arranged a song called “Something opens our wings” based on a poem by Rumi for our Sanctuary group, plus I had this painting of a dark angel from an old calendar, and the page just came together. I “channelled” a letter from my dark angels telling me that its OK to be depressed sometimes. I LOVE this page.

The beloved local newspaper in Byron bay is called the Echo, and after I did some undercollage using the Echo I decided to turn it into a page about how I love living in the Byron Shire. I love the map border on the left, and  I used the trusty old plastic lacey tablecloth as a stencil. I LOVE this page too!

One week in our art journaling class we were challenged to draw something directly into our journals. I drew my hand drawing and turned it into this page about creating yourself. Since the drawing was grey pencil I tried out just having a whole grey scale page for a change and I like it.


For this next page our assignment was to cut 2 different landscapey pictures into interesting geometric shapes and fit them together. Since I have travel on my mind this is what I came up with.

And to finish this post here are 2 backgrounds which I have begun to collage and now I don’t know what to do next. This first one I think is so beautiful I’m afraid to do anything else to it.. The second one I think I’m liking the way its going,….but I’m not sure where that is exactly.


The background is quite textured ( I gessoed through the plastic tablecloth, let it dry, then painted over it with watery cobalt blue and raw umber) I shall be interested to see what appears on the left hand side.

I’ve been busy preparing some painted backgrounds in the journal I will be taking with me to Europe. I’m not planning on taking my acrylic paints, just a small watercolour travel set. I’m totally inexperienced with watercolour, so….it will be interesting!

4 thoughts on “February and March Journaling

  1. Hi Alison! I love these pages. I know what you mean about the blog. I have a blog that no one comments on and I have one follower. I tried to get a few friends to follow but I don’t think they even know how. LOL! But I don’t really care. It’s just there for me to once in a while post something. You are very talented. I get easily discouraged with my art journals because I cannot really draw or paint a figure or picture. I cannot often think of a theme and I find it hard to portray feelings in an art journal. I can easily write in a lined composition book and doodle but to take a blank page and try to put personal thoughts with pictures is very challenging for me. Please keep sharing your blog.

    • I read your comment and I felt like it could have been me writing it. I’d be happy to come by and visit your blog. What is your blog address? I also totally feel the same way you do when it comes to art journaling. I have all these ideas in my head, but can’t seem to get past the blank page. If I do, I’m my own worst critic. I’m sure we are both better than we give ourselves credit for. 🙂

  2. I enjoyed your posts. You do beautiful work. I try journaling, but get stuck moving past the page. I’m not very artistically inclined. I started getting a handle on it, then I had some health related issues and lost my mojo. I haven’t been on my blog in months either. I am techno challenged. I need to get back at it again. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us. HAPPY EASTER!!!!!

  3. Didn’t we come up with a plan for the ‘too beautiful’ spread?
    Look at your colours. 6 spreads in very similar palette. It looks beautiful, but I wish we had time to do a week on outside your colour comfort zone before you go.
    This week we are going to make a big stamp! I think you will love it.
    I will miss your lovely presence in class.

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