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ART JOURNAL NOTES – One of the things I love to do is to take spontaneous illustrated notes during art workshops I attend.  Sometimes I am asked how I can do this so fast and my answer is I don’t worry about making mistakes.  I move quickly wanted to capture things the teacher is saying that seem powerful to me.  I create tiny thumbnail sketches that illustrate the principals the teacher is demonstrating for us.  My class notes are illustrated because I am a visual person.  When we are sent back to work on our paintings, I very quickly put washes onto my notes.  Voila’ a lovely resource guide to help me to actually implement what I’ve been taught. 

This workshop was taught by Calligrapher & Artist, Connie Furgason and the pumpkin and pear demo pages were inspired by her two samples.  


THE MOON VIEWING PARTY – An Illustrated Fable in a Handmade Book

O moon, why must you inspire my neighbor to chirp all night on a flute! — Koyo

The huge orange Harvest moon rose over the old majestic forest.  An owl softly hooted at the top of a tall Cypress tree and then silently spread his wings and glided over the shimmering pampas grass, which swayed slightly in the light breeze.  Frogs thrummed out their frog songs in chorus in the quiet night. Continue reading


The cover papers of these handmade blank books are beautiful handmade papers. The 14 double-sided (28 pages to paint or draw on) interior pages are 90 lb. Stonehenge paper, which is a traditional fine art paper with a smooth, flawless surface that is slightly mottled to resemble actual vellum. Use it for watercolor, printmaking, pen-and-ink, pencil, or pastel.  These books are made using a Coptic stitch in a traditional book-binding method.  The books have a wonderful “hefty” feel to them, the page paper is thick.  The cover can inspire art for the interior of the book:  Blue fish could be a sketchbook of 28 sketches/paintings of fish, the Aqua marbled book could have sketches of ocean landscapes or planets, the colorful paper umbrella book could have sketches of your own hand-painted umbrellas or fans OR your blank books could hold your poetry and dreams.  It’s up to you!