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Life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidents, but rather, it's a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite sublime plan." ~ from the movie, Serendipity

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Documenter of Life

 At any given time, if you look into my massive shoulder bag/purse, you will find:

  1. A calendar/planner
  2. An art journal/sketchbook, and
  3. A diary or notebook of some sort 

 I always have these vital things with me as I attempt to keep track of my crazy schedule and document my life at the same time.  Whenever I try to downsize and carry a cute little clutch or stylish pocketbook, I am always missing one or more of those crucial items!  Inevitably there will be something scenic I want to sketch; some important event I need to write down, or a momentous idea that must be preserved on paper.

 In my pursuit of finding the “perfect” calendar/journal I realized that it just didn’t exist, so I decided to create my own!  I combined all three books into one and have the ultimate journal that I can’t wait to open everyday and fill full of schedules and paintings and lists. I created it to suit my crazy, art-filled, hectic life!

I have my weekly view calendar . . .


I have my journaling pages . . .


And I have plenty of paper to sketch, paint, doodle or list make!

Do you NEED one too?  You can get one in my Etsy shop here!

Each journal has been created using an authentic, Moleskine soft-cover day planner and has been altered and hand-painted. Fold-out pages have been added with using 90lb watercolor paper and luscious washi tape to make a beautiful, chunky, unique journal all ready for you to begin documenting your life . . . just in time for 2014!  Don’t want a painted cover ? I also offer them in classic black.  Each journal has 52 watercolor fold-out pages, 12 laminated monthly tabs, a metal clip, and an elastic closure to keep it all together! All journals are one of a kind and can be customized with your favorite color palette.  Plain journals (with no calendar) are also available.


Life should be documented . . . not only the BIG milestones, but the also the little moments – they are all worth remembering.

Watch for more inspiration and some exciting news about these journals and documenting your creative life!



Art & Soul in Paradise

What do you get when you cross 4 artists, a few art supplies, and a tropical island?  Some amazing collaborations, sunshine and happiness!  What an insane combination! Last month I had the opportunity to invite 3 friends {Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene, and Roben-Marie Smith} to our home in the Cayman Islands. Whenever we weren’t on the beach, we were spread out on my dining room table, talking sharing, painting, creating.

Roben-Marie and Sandi shared the idea of “art journal collaboration” where we all sat around the table, quickly gathered a few supplies to use, than as we listened to a song on our playlist, we each began an art journal page.  The idea was to work instinctively, without planning out the page ahead of time.

Once the song was over, we immediately handed our art journals over to the person on the left and began to create on the journal in front of us during the next song!  Sort of like a musical chairs idea but with your art journal!  We could add to, cover up, or build on anything on the page. I loved the freedom this exercise gave me and once the initial stress of having to “create on demand” passed, I was able to loosen up and just let my pen, brush, or whatever I had in my hand flow!  After we went round a few times {there are no rules here} we each ended up with amazing masterpiece in our journals.  I love that we each have expressions from each other in our journals now.  This was a great warm-up but we continued to do it throughout the week just to see what we could come up with! And even now when we get together, we still do some type of collaboration, even if we are just doodling in each other's books!

Here are a few samples of what was left behind in my own art journal:



By day, I had a blast playing tour guide for my friends.  If you ever travel to Grand Cayman, there is one spot your shouldn’t miss – Stingray City.  We took a charter out into the North Sound and had an awesome day of swimming with the stingrays and snorkeling.  Sandi took my picture below from her perch on the boat and I just love it!

{photo cred: Sandi Keene}

The week was full of many firsts, including an evening called “Open Canvas.”  We took a big, brave step and signed up to paint in public at an event that featured about a dozen artists who set up easels under the moonlight.  It was a beautiful starry night in a lovely location.  We met other artists, ate and drank, and overcame all inhibitions.  It was very vulnerable at first, but before we knew it, we forgot about the onlookers as we got deep into our artwork.  I never thought I would be able to do it but now I wish I had more opportunities to paint in public. Here’s a few pics of our evening – forgive the poor photography but we were using camera phones in the dark!


Here's what I managed to paint that night - love my Carribbean Ladies with Attitude!

It was a magical week and we ended it on a high note with a beautiful sunset.  We decided we would all paint the sunset as it was setting and we used sea water in our water colors.  Symbolic of our time together . . . the sea, the colors, the art, the friendships.  I am so blessed to have these people in my life and to be able to share my special place with them!


Mixed-Media Essentials Blog Hop!


The highlight of my month has been creating with a brand new rubber stamp set, "Mixed Media Essentials" by Roben-Marie Smith.  I was honored to have been asked to be on her Paper Bag Studios Design Team, and especially to be included with such an amazing group of talented artists (see list below).

When the stamps arrived, I couldn't wait to rip into the package and get busy!  Every design in the pack is so clever and reminds me of random doodles and scratch marks that are so common and useful for a lot of mixed-media artists.


I created several backgrounds and stamped each image over and over, then decided to start thinking outside the box.  My right brain really took over, especially when this guy emerged . . .

I love the whimsical aspect of these stamps and my "work" quickly became "play!"


It was easy to incorporate the stamps into my traditional artwork and I love the whimsy and playfulness of the images.

I love how perfect these images are in the backgrounds of my sketches and paintings.  They are great for creating texture and dimension or as the focal point of the artwork (shown in the tags below). The word stamps, "fly" and "wish" are also from Paper Bag Studios.

I've been thrilled to be included in this design team project and if you just have to have a set of these stamps of your own (and you know you do), you can purchase them from Paper Bag Studios here.

Leave a little love below in the comments section and become eligible to win one of three mixed-media grab-bag kits from Serendipity Studios! I hope you've enjoyed the designs!

Please hop on over to these other artists' blogs to see the amazing things they have created using Roben-Marie's stamps:

April Cole:
Carissa Paige:
Cynthia Shaffer:
Danielle Donaldson:
Jen Osborn:
Kristin Peterson:
Lorraine Bell:
Roben-Marie Smith:
Sandi Keene: