Lately I have gotten into Journaling, Artist Trading Cards, and what I call whimsy drawing. By that I mean that I don't really have a reference to go by when drawing, so things are a little wacky. But hey! that's me...a little wacky! Today I decided to try the journal everyday idea. I was at a loss as to what to do, so I joined Julie Fei-Fan Balzers' called "30 Days in Your Journal" on-line class. It is go-at-your-own-pace with videos and supplies and encouragement. When I went to my studio, I opened my journal to a page that had some really bad stamping attempts and a little Gelli Plate paint from off the brayer. The dark blue and red were too stark for me on the white, so I used my Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils to draw on a rainbow of colors. I grabbed an old brush and wet the surface of the page, over the pencil marks. Ah! now I like it, lots of color. Next I knew I needed the journal part, which is hard for me, because I usually just apply paint to a surface and am done. I am doing this because it is a challenge and really out of my comfort zone. So I stamped some words from different stamps that have a whole phrase. I just used the words I needed. I applied the ink with that old paintbrush. Then I just stamped around with some little stamps that appealed to me. A pencil, a pair of scissors, a Tiki mask with a frowning face. Then I went through my box of newly acquired ephemera and found some foam stickers that I liked. I put on a sticker that said "Play" and outlined it with gold pearl dimensional paint. Next I cut a cardboard tag with ribbon smaller and used Elmer's Glue-all to sick it down. Since it is lumpy and the glue oozed out around it, I shook some gold glitter on it and now have a bottle of paint sitting on it to hold it in place until it dries. I am going out to dinner now, will take a picture and post this later! I am linking to Julie's site and Daily Paintworks. ...... I am back from a delicious dinner at Emilios Tapas Restaurant in Hillside, IL. I will have to leave a glowing review at Yumbly. And here is my finished journal page for today.