Hello blog friends. I know, it’s been so long and since I’ve let myself not have a blogging schedule things have really flown by the wayside here. I also had to go through a surprise switching of my webhost last week, so that delayed my efforts even more. As if I need another thing to do! However, I am happy to be off the old hosting provider Β – blegh! And while I was at it, decided to combine all my email into my Gmail account. It’s actually pretty darn nifty and now I can really work from anywhere and have all my files online…

Anyway, so in trying to get back into the swing of things I turned to my journal and participated with the latest crusade…to use wrapping paper and stuff we usually toss from the holidays. I grabbed at what I had lying around my desk and created a layout just for fun. Nothing particular to say besides Joy & Peace! I am so so happy for everything that I have and the love from my family and friends – even if times can get busy and crazy! I used a piece of wrapping paper for my background and a bold ribbon at the bottom to anchor the page. Then added the words and a shiny snowflake piece. The top of my journal page has holes in it, so I strung through some gold thread and tied it up…pretty simple and homey feeling for me. Maybe it’s the Saint Nicholas smiling back that gives off the good vibes πŸ™‚

On the topic of Christmas, I don’t think I ever shared some of the drawings I created and started to watercolor. I really love the soft and fluid look of watercolors, but also the motion and surprises that can come from playing with the medium. However, I’m still such a beginner and learning a lot every single time I put brush to paper. As you tell, these drawings are from Christmastime – I’m still in catch up mode it seems. Can’t seem to get back up to speed and I’ll blame it on the holidays, but it’s nearly February – can you believe it! Anyway, I’m thinking I might be a bit braver now and can share more of my works on this blog, even if I’m such a novice or a bit shy about it. I think sharing the process seems to be the most interesting part about blogs besides learning concrete things through tutorials. Previously I’ve always been a bit hesitate to share randomness and work I’m a bit unsure of…the jitters you know. Hopefully it’s not jitters from too much coffee – LOL…

Until next time and thank you for subscribing and visiting my blog. It helps to push me along my creative journey…BTW, if you are interesting in art journaling, check out my A-Z series if you haven’t seen already – where I go through journaling words from A-Z day by day.Β Start here where I show the process of making the journal and decorating the cover. I’ve found that these days I’ve been shying away from all the paint and doing a lot of collage and scrapbooking style pages. I think sometimes I just don’t want to get dirty. I let myself do whatever I feel like – total freedom when it comes to journaling. It’s for myself after all!

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