Mixedmedia journal page in blue, purple and sepia with “closure” text.

I didn’t think I would take to having an art journal, but have found it to be a great way to try out different styles and to let things unfold in their own way. This particular page is my first one that has a 3-D element as the final layer. There are many elements to the word closure depending on the viewer, I liked the idea that it is what the item is for. Sometimes things are that simple.

Searching for magic

Mixed media journal page in bold summer colors.

Aren’t we all searching for magic? Whether in work, or nature, or just out in the world in general. That wonderful thing that captures our senses and makes our heart swell. Those moments are what carries us along and puts a spring in our step, and we try to store them up for days when no magic seems to be happening. Those days it feels as if any sort of magic we see is offset by terrible things, and it can be hard to keep seeing what is wonderful. This week, keep searching for magic large and small to lift your spirits.

Tea tag love

Mixed media journal page

Another dive into my scraps for this journal page. I tend to add things willy nilly to my scrap bins, and then get the surprise of rediscovering them most unexpectedly. I left the tea bag to swing on the thread for a bit of added interest. My journal is a new undertaking which let’s me explore a bit, and follow the mood of the day. I can see where filling journals can become quite a habit, ultimately filling shelves with finished ones. I’ll see where this new direction takes me.


Mixed media journal page in summer colors

Here we go into June! There is a feeling at the end of the school year that summer will provide a break, a respite from daily cares. Adults know this is an illusion and that the worldly woes won’t take a vacation, we still have that childlike feeling though that summer is different from the rest of the year.

Writing this after the week we had makes me hope we can turn things around. The realist in me knows how unlikely any sort of change is. When we talk of cultural change we forget that it takes generations for the things to improve in a culture, for mindsets entrenched in fear and loathing to get unstuck and find an open space in their hearts. Turning things around takes so much time.