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‘I like’ Friday, a Creative Day Out.

Last Friday the library where I work was closed so I took myself on a creative day out.  I jumped on the Metro Link and headed to my favorite magazine shop to start my day.  I picked out a couple of mags and went on my way.  Along with my magazines I also had the little sketchbook which I literally made right before I left along with a few pens and a water pen filled with ink (one of my favorite things to use).




Back to the train and off to Forest Park and the St Louis Art Museum not forgetting to stop off and get a rosemary brown sugar latte (so good!) to walk across the park with.

The sun was shining and the trees were in their fall colours as I walked across the park to the art museum.


Once at the museum I made sure I kept my eyes and ears open.  You never know what you might hear in the galleries!  I made notes in my book and little sketches as I went.


As I walked to the museum I gathered some yellow gingko leaves with a view to sketching them when I got to a bench to sit on.  Also I noticed a couple of signs with bicycles on so I snapped them with my phone also to sketch when I got to sit.

Making little plans like this as I went really helped me capture the day in my sketchbook with words or sketches or taped in leaves!  More often than not, I will take a sketchbook out and be so self conscious I would do nothing in it.  This time I was determined and I to achieve this I made it easy to do for myself.  Which is why I gathered the leaves rather than drawing them on the spot and why I took photos of the signs instead of standing in front of them sketching and feeling silly and consequently rushing to be done rather than really looking.


I made no masterpieces but I did start a new sketchbook and got some ideas and some conversation tidbits to use at some point.

Even the title of a piece of art caught my attention – ‘In Praise of Flower Hunting’ – the title of a Japanese block print.  What a fabulous idea!  I want to make my own something inspired by these words.

While I sat in a dark room watching a photo exhibit I over heard some people outside as they walked by and one of them asked his friend ‘Did you fart?’ which was a moment of hilarity for me because I have the sense of humor of a toddler!!! Did I write that in my book? Of course I did!


These shadows demanded that I sit and paint them, so I did.  The window was off a gallery with some quiet seating, so I could get my book and ink filled brush out and make a quick sketch without interruptions from my self confidence.


These illustrations made my heart leap they are so beautiful, I wanted to look at the whole book!


This piece is full of print and collage on beautiful, it inspired me to find some gorgeous paper and make some art!

A lovely day out, I grabbed some Vietnamese noodles for a late lunch and headed home for when my kids arrived from school.


What is your ideal day?  Do you take yourself out on field trips when you can?  I certainly want to try and do this more.

Happy Friday x


My Daily Moleskine 2017, October Pages.









Some pages from my Moleskine daily planner which I am using to make some art in every day this year.  I am so pleased I have been completing it everyday and I now have a nice big fat book!

In October I painted, gelli plated, stuck down old photos, stuck down crisp packets, spray painted and sketched things we found in the woods.

I can’t wait to finish this book and get started on my new Alice in Wonderland Moleskine in 2018.

Happy Thursday x

Weekly Photos 2017. 45/52.






  1. I keep finding painted rocks in the park, here is one I spotted this week.
  2. Making penguin snowglobes and taking photos which would never happen, don’t worry about the penguin, they don’t share the same land as polar bears!
  3. The silver tree at the St Louis Art Museum is one of my favorites.
  4. Very red trees at Forest Park.
  5. The Grand Basin at Forest Park.

Happy Monday x

Get Messy Art Journal. Season of Connections week six.

The last week of another fab season of Get Messy Art Journal rolls around and I have nearly filled my handmade journal, just a few pages to complete or finish.

This week I used lots of collage elements which I don’t usually use so that was good to try, I also got inspired by a page of splatters and I changed the cover of my journal from a giant sunflower to plain brown paper.  Much as I love the sunflower (and it will house a new sketchbook), it just was not sitting with the sketchbook I am creating inside it.

The beauty of making your own journal!


This is some of the pile of collage materials I gathered together.


As the page developed I organically began to incorporate the fold outs and the pages either side into the spread.




In the end I had covered four pages with various flaps! Now I want to start this process at the beginning of a sketchbook with a variety of paper and page sizes and incorporate each page to work with the next as I work through the book.



For this spread I splattered the page with ink as inspired by Ashley and the Get Messy blog.  Instead of joining them up I made flowers from them and added some colour with acrylic gouache.

For more information about the Get Messy community, click on the link.

Happy Thursday x


Estate sale finds.


A couple of weeks ago I went to an estate sale in St Louis and found some great stuff.  When I go to a sale I am usually looking for papers of all kinds to use in my art journaling, these can include old books, postcards, flash cards or recipe cards to name a few.  I also look for books I can use to make a sketchbook from, so a cool cover might catch my eye.


This book definitely caught my eye at this sale, it is pretty ancient and delicate but not to the extent that I can’t use it.  What I love most about this book is that I can use it as it is and I don’t have to take any pages out or sew any new in.

It used to house vinyl records and is basically a book of pockets made from fabulous brown paper with lots of character.


There are only 12 ‘pages’ but so many options.  Each pocket page is intact and secure and the hole through the book where the middle of the records would show is a lovely feature which I will happily work with and around as I use the book as an art journal.

I always look out for scissors if they are interesting and useful and among the tools and bits and bobs I found the scissors in the top photo.  Of course I got digging around and found a mini screwdriver with an ornate wooden handle and then another. I soon had the pastry brush, screwdrivers, tin, scissors, awl and palette knife in my grubby hands as a small collection of wonders from the boxes and boxes of basement junk! It is all stuff I will use and it all looks great together.


I left the photos until last but of course they were the first thing I gathered.  We went on the third day of the sale so I wasn’t expecting to find many photos left as they seem to be in demand at the minute.  So I was delighted to see a couple of shallow boxes with vintage black and whites 10 for $1.00. As all is fair in love and estate sales, I picked up the whole box and found myself a corner to count them and sift out what I didn’t want.  Once I had a pile from this box I commandeered the second box and did the same.  There was a lady looking through the second box, so I used my nice manners and waited until she was done before removing the whole lot! I bought most of them and I just love to look through them, some are local St Louis landmarks like Forest Park in the 1950’s and 1960’s and some are snaps of people and houses.  I will use them in my art journals, but I also love to draw and sketch using the photos as my starting point.

A successful treasure hunt!

Are you a treasure hunter?  Do you like estate sales? Yard sales? Jumble Sales? Antique shops? All of the above?

I am always on the lookout for something interesting which I can use.

Happy Wednesday x

Weekly Photos 2017. 44/52.







1. I played with my gelli plate this week and had a lovely time with some giant bubble wrap!

2. A misty morning.

3. Misty tennis courts.

4. A watercolor self portrait.

5. Fall trees.

6. Storm clouds and red leaves.

Happy Monday x

‘I Like’ Friday. Picture books for art inspiration.

I keep getting the best ideas from children’s picture books. I check them in and out at the library and every so often, one will catch my eye.

I have a look at the beautiful illustrations and get some ideas for my art journal. Some are just plain gorgeous and some are sparking ideas left and right!

These are some examples of what I have found recently.

There are lots of ideas in these books which will keep me going for ages!

Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Esmé Shapiro. These buildings are inside the covers and I just love them.

Another inspiring inside cover from Kali’s Song by Jeanette Winter. Looks like some gorgeous collage and pen drawings.

These fabulous ladies make me want to gather all the leaves and sticks to make wings and crowns and skis!  From Fairy Friends Seasons by Merrilee Liddiard

Images to inspire from Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill. The drawings are deceptively simple and very effective.

These last two pages are from The Story of Snowflake and Inkdrop by Alessandro Gatti and Pierdomenico Baccalario, illustrated by Simona Mulazzani.  The cutouts in the pages to signify the snowflake or ink drops are delightful and make me want to cut all kinds of designs into my journal with a bright page behind them.

What is inspiring you today?

Happy Friday x