Sunday, February 28, 2010


As music can be interpreted in so many ways I really had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do.

Eventually I cut four notes out of paper and did a collage with different pictures showhing music in many senses.

For the background I wanted to create a black page. I used water soluable crayons but as I applied the moisture the black faded into a dirty grey. Not so good! The lines for the notes were drawn with pitt pens in different colors.

I still like the journal page but would have prefered if the page would have stayed black.

This week I tried to collect ideas about the theme first and then start making the page.
I had quite a lot of ideas and I finally decided to do a kind of jazzy page. When thinking about Jazz music the first picture that comes to my mind is that of a smoky jazz club with dimmed light and saxophon music. Cliché, I know. So I looked for a picture of a saxophon player and found the one of Winston Marsalis. Then I thought about what kind of background I would like to do. Because I think that a picture should speek for itself I settled for different jazz lyrics.
To add a little color I draw many notes flying out of the saxophon some got lost on the page.

This week I am really proud of my page. I had an idea, thought about it for a day or two and then created a harmonious picture.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


The word of the week was "Tree".
It was the first week of our challenge and I didn't do much thinking about what I was going to do. My first idea was to draw a hammock between two trees. Lying in a hammock reading a book is the ultimate symbol of peace, quietness and joy for me.
I used watercolor pencils for the tree, watercolor for the grass and tree structure and colored pitt pens for the hammock. The green of the grass was done with pastels. The ballons are first stamped and then colored.

I am quite happy with this first page but I really learned that I need to do more thinking about the project to be really satisfied or even proud of my work.

When the word "tree" came up I knew immediately that I wanted a poem about a tree and then create something around this poem.
I searched the internet for quite a while but found only two poems that I kind of liked. And then I discovered the words from a letter from Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo, where he tells him about the colors of the olive trees.
I looked at the pictures of van Gogh's olive trees and tried to paint the tree as he did with gnarled branches and small brush strokes for the clustered leaves. I used acrylic paints.

Monday, February 15, 2010


Welcome! We are happy that you found our blog.

We are a team of two and we discovered art journaling a few months ago.
Since then we took two online courses and really got hooked.

So we decided to start a challenge. Each week we choose a word and each of us creates a page with this word as an inspiration.

Our goal is to get creative, use the different techniques we have learned and improve our skills.

Once a week we will post our pages so that you can see our different approaches to the theme.