Since September is National Mushroom Month, I thought it would be fun to honor this random celebration through a nature study of mushrooms. I really wanted to learn more, because when the month started, I’ll admit I knew almost nothing about them.
Totally committed, I’ve spent many days this month scouting out, sketching, studying, and trying (and mostly failing) to identify mushrooms. In the process, I've become completely smitten with them. The learning curve is high, but since I'm always up for a challenge, this fascinating kingdom has really captured my interest. Read More
To go along with the series on Nature Journaling for Kids, I thought I'd share two, simple nature journal page printables that may help children better observe the world around them. These pages are best used with younger children or those just beginning nature journaling and can easily be organized to create a beginner's nature notebook. Read More
I have two dear friends who celebrated birthdays this week, and since it is World Watercolor Month, I happily doodled each a birthday card to go along with their gifts.
Just to encourage you on your sketching and watercolor journey, I was halfway through with one card when this happened. Read More
I absolutely love sketching and painting flowers. With the possible exception of birds, I have a desire to study and sketch flowers and trees more than anything else in nature. Maybe I am greatly attracted to these plants because both give such joy yet ask so little in return. Read More
My sweet but savvy children asked me during breakfast, "This Sunday, can go out for ice cream for Mother's Day?"
They know how to work it, because my first thought response wasn't, "Good try, guys." Instead what flew threw my mind was, "Oh no it's Mother's Day THIS Sunday and I haven't done a single thing for my mother or mother-in-law or grandmother or..."
So I absentmindedly responded, "Sure!" And I got busy. Read More
In my last Art Journaling 101 post, I mentioned that it was time I challenged myself more in lettering. I should have been more careful about what I wished for because that very afternoon I ran across an amazing challenge on Instagram hosted by a group of folks over at 30 Days of Bible Lettering. Read More
When I first began sketching and art journaling, hand lettering came easily to me. Lettering is still one of my favorite parts of journaling. Regardless of any natural skill, the mantra holds true for anyone...
Practice makes perfect.
I have gotten better at hand lettering with practice, but I also think it is good to have a few quick and simple, go-to fonts that one can easily use anywhere. These three different hand lettering fonts aren't necessarily originals but they are easy to master and fun to use, plus they can quickly be adapted to a myriad of styles - an asset when in the field or traveling! Read More
I've mentioned this before, but my precious husband went through a hot mess last year. It wasn't his fault; just one of those things that happen. To make a long story short, we lost just about everything we owned including our home and our life savings. Read More
I was reading my Bible one morning when I realized that the word Genesis has seven letters. (Only took me 40+ years to figure that one out. ha!) Since there are seven days of creation listed in the first two chapters of Genesis, I thought it would be fun to use each letter to highlight the creation events. Read More
I’m not the most patient person. I really don’t like to plan. I prefer to jump right in and figure things out as I go. Instructions and redundancy bore me. Waiting on the fun stuff isn’t… well, FUN.
However when it comes to many things in life, like illustration and calligraphy, impatience may not be working out in my favor. Read More