Wednesday, June 7, 2017


art journaling is great for processing
I usually have no idea what will come out
it's storytelling without talking

One thing is certain:
I ALWAYS feel better after journaling.

Saturday, May 27, 2017


It being the first morning in many days 
wherein I do not need to BE SOMEWHERE
I take time to see and play with color
What a reviving activity it is for me

Thursday, May 4, 2017


I'm using my new inchies as daily affirmations in preparation for my work days.
These represent Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday of this week.
It's amazing how it has helped me when my confidence gets shaken.

So today, I will remember that I am talented - even if I goof something up :)

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Inchies are here!
I loved seeing everyone's interpretation of this project ...
... the results exceeded my expectations! 

And look at this from Christie!
A neat little storage packet and a lovely little book:

Many many thanks to everyone!
They are all so amazingly beautiful and unique!
Also, thank you for getting them in on time 
- I will mail them out today - 
I want to do this again!!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017


An art journal page worth sharing.
We could, all of us, benefit from reflection.

Inchies have all arrived - minus one.
So, Monday looks like the day to post pictures on the blog and mail them out to everyone.


I hope you're having a lovely last 2 days of April

Sunday, April 23, 2017

rhubarb can be weird

My rhubarb is about 10 years old
I guess it blooms if you've had it that long
It's hard to tell just how big this is,
 but the "flower bud" is about the size of a fist.
The stalk is about as thick as the bottom part of a baseball bat.
Below all this pompous show of plant reproduction, 
I have some lovely new spring stalks
... hence the pie ...
The only thing I created today - ha!

Monday, April 17, 2017

arial view

Art journaling is a way for me to tether some high flying thoughts and haul them down to earth where I can understand them better

Like this:

Friday, April 14, 2017



Grape Hyacinth 



Bleeding Heart


Spring is springing 

Monday, April 10, 2017

sun in spring

Today was sun and rain, 
Rain and sun.

And when the sun is out we all look up

My daughter had a bit of trivia for me:
We haven't had a -sunny all day- day since October 

I hadn't noticed

Friday, April 7, 2017


I'll share a little technique with you ...
(It helps if you have a typewriter though)
If you type on tissue paper ....
And then carefully tear around the edges of what you typed ...
And then apply some gel medium to your substrate ...
And then adhere your tissue paper over that (and coat with more gel) ...
You end up with a transparent application of text.

Happy Friday

Thursday, March 30, 2017


The hyacinths were laying down in mud after today's rain ... I had to bring them in.
Now we have lovely sunshine - ahhh

And here's another flower of mine.
She's taken over my art desk today and I am happy for that.
None of the old feelings of 
"that's my space" or "that's my stuff."

Maybe I'm coming into bloom too.

Friday, March 24, 2017

inchie swap

Last day to sign up: April 1st
Deadline to mail inchies out: April 20th
Date inchies are mailed back to you: May 1st

The theme is:
One Word Affirmations (or encouragements)
Try choosing words that finish this sentence: 
"you are ........"



- Must be one inch square

- Use media of your choice or mixed media
(collage, paint, pen, stamping, etc)

- Include a one word affirmation
(book text, typing, stamping, handwriting, etc)

- Please mount on tagboard or mat board

- Finished edges are preferred 
(use sharpie, gold leaf pen, paint, etc)

- Honor yourself and others with your best effort

- Sign the back

- Please let me know if it's ok/not ok to publish your inchies on this blog, on Instagram, or on my FB page

How it works:
You will send me 12 inchies and I will send 12 back to you from a pool of players. You will receive one of your inchies back plus 11 more from other people.

Last day to mail to me is April 20th.
Include $3 in cash or stamps for the return trip.
I will reuse the bubble mailer you send them in.

Reply right here in the comments
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Or email me at: 
artinred44 (at) gmail (dot) com 

Monday, March 20, 2017

inchies (swap?)

I suddenly wanted to make inchies today
Which I haven't done in quite a while

It felt important

I started with mark making

Mounted my paper on tag board 
And cut into 1 inch squares

Added important words -
Inspired by Abilene Clark 
"You is kind
You is smart
You is important"

Affirmation inchies to keep in a box or bag


I'm thinking of creating an inchie swap with this as a theme (one word affirmations) - would you like to play? 
PM me,
 or just say so in comments,
 and I'll PM you.