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Art Journals and Creative Inspiration (or Admiration)


Art Journals & Some Creative Inspiration (or Admiration….)

By random chance I have found myself looking at people’s journals this weekend. It turns out that there are some very creative people who have turned keeping a journal into an art form. I was dazzled by people using colorful paints or pencils, using collage of photos, ticket stubs, magazine cut-outs, & the like.

I thought I would share these images because they each have something to offer. Many of these are eye-candy, but I have also thrown in some nuggets that might inspire YOU and ME to either keep a journal. It can be a simple calendar with colored writing, a sketch book, or creative writing/ idea journal. Or maybe we’ll just enjoy these and say “WOW”.

I have never kept a journal like these, though I once made a nice photo album scrapbook from my honeymoon photos & collected papers from the European vacation. When I was in the Peace Corps, I did keep a calendar journal. It was not aesthetically pleasing, but kept track of my adventure. Mostly these make be say “wow”. Since I get to work creatively for a living, I’m usually tapped out by the end of the day. I love that there are people out there who are this passionate.

If you would like to see a stunning (larger) collection of journal photos and ideas, you can follow this live link to my “pin page”. If you follow the link, each of the images, when clicked twice, will take you back to their original source. (I had better mention that I have NOT read most of these texts all the way through. I hope there is nothing R rated in any of these photos~!)

St Francis Quote in Art Journal – I like when people put text on their pages. There are so many inspirational quotes to choose from~! Loving the sideways drips and use of simple shapes here.St Francis Quote in Art Journal

Artistic Scripture Journaling: Koi Watercolors – I love how this notebook uses boxes with text and simple images. To me, this has an “I could do that, I should do that~!” feel to it.

Artistic Scripture Journaling: Koi Watercolors

A Bad Attack of Wounded Vanity – This one it very pretty to me. Love the use of color. But, this isn’t just art. This is actually the person’s journal. She’s telling a story about something that happened to her. The collage pieces make it more interesting.A Bad Attack of Wounded Vanity

Mendocino – Neat Mixture of Collage & Text – I didn’t finish reading this one. I do like it as art. I should let this inspire me to do something creative.

Mendocino - Neat Mixture of Collage & Text

Inge Kolstee: Art Journal – Great colors,  simple shapes go a long way.Inge Kolstee: Art Journal

Four Letter Words Journal Page – Words cut out of magazines. A collage.

Four Letter Words Journal Page

Creative Colored Writing – I’m guessing that the border was already printed on the page, and the person wrote their thoughts in varied colors, and different angles. This is within reach for all of us, even if we feel creatively challenged.Creative Colored Writing

A Sketchbook with writing, sketches, and some watercolor. Charming and not overstated.

Sketchbook with some journaling

Doodles and photos in a sketchbook – this is also within reach for most of us, a little creativity goes a long way here.

doodles and photos in a sketchbook

A Picture Illustration of James Chapter 1A Picture Illustration of James Chapter 1

Creativity in small sections – Another one that could inspire us all. You don’t have to worry about messing it up. Cute sketch? Glue it in, Bad sketch? Recycle the paper~!Creativity in small sections.

Katie’s smash book pages 7 and 8. Inspirational Quotes. – I might have just learned what a “smash book” is. Katie's smash book pages 7 and 8. Inspirational Quotes.

Beautiful journal page (by Pam Garrison) – Love the colors~! Love the numbers~! Love the use of different fonts. Nice piece of artwork.pam garrison ~ beautiful journal page ~ love the numbers

“To thine own self be true”. A page from an art journal. – I like the use of color, and the shape of the writing layout on this one. (PS – “To thine own self be true” is not from the Bible.)"To thine own self be true". A page from an art journal.

Blog Fodder, Quoting the artist: “Everything i put in my journal..plus bible verses and recipes” – You have to follow this link for more inspiration. There is more to be found. Notice how the back ground color is not pure orange~! Love it~! The collage is a pleasing bonus.

Everything i put in my journal..plus bible verses and recipes

10 ways to improve your sketchbook – Just for more inspiration….

10 ways to improve your sketchbook

A site with various journal articles (art, watercolor, 365 words, etc.)….. one-word-art-journal-prompt – Follow the link to get the words~! Remember to CLICK TWICE.


Journalling Prompts – more ideas. I also like the way they are presented.

art journal prompts

Art Journal Progression – Love this as a work of art~! I can’t belive people keep journals like this. Look, this one is from Friday, Nov. 11.  Jeepers~! This one makes me jealous~!Art Journal Progression

This is just so pleasing to look at…lovely writing, graceful lines. Beautiful! –  <<- This is the comment that came with the photo. I agree~! Plus, note the simple use of color, and what it brings to the black and white page. Oh, I also admire that the writing is “sideways”.This is just so pleasing to look at...lovely writing, graceful lines. Beautiful!

Holiday Journal Page – This is charming in every way. Jealous again~!Christmas journal Page

Bliss Journal Page by Roben-Marie Smith – While there seems to be a lot going on here, I’d like you to notice how simple the shapes are. I think a person who thinks they have limited talent could learn a lot from copying this page. The color is lovely, and could be duplicated to some degree. Don’t expect to nail it exactly, but use it for inspiration if you are running low on your own.

Bliss Journal Page by Roben-Marie Smith

JEALOUS AGAIN…….  This is an impressive journal page:

Neat web site with interesting ideas for journals – (Follow the link, I didn’t). This is a lot of collage with writing on it. Makes it look very rich and complex. It makes me want to page through the whole book.Neat web site with interesting ideas for journals

Moleskine, #041 – This is where my inspiration began, a moleskine sketch. I have never written on, or even felt moleskine, but google it…. look for images. There is a whole movement out there dedicated to these notebooks.Moleskine, #041

Be Who You Are: Karenika inspiring collage {art} journal   – The text says it all, right~! But, look at the edges of the pages. I like how this person colors outside of the lines~! I’d like to see more of these pages, too~!

Be Who You Are: Karenika inspiring collage {art} journal

The Journey Begins --- again by Pinay New Yorker on Flickr
To tell me about how this blog post has inspired YOU to an action, please leave me a comment below~!

Two More WONDERFUL Book Endorsements~!


I have received two more WONDERFUL endorsements from local ministries. These are from people I know well. People with whom I have gone out to eat. With whom I have laughed and prayed. I respect them for the unique ways they like to reach out to people. Links to these ministries are below the two endorsements.

David Michael Donnangelo


Without question, what comes to mind when I think of Laurie is patience, wisdom, and a discerning spirit.

In her book Fortify My Life, you can for sure expect a reflection of these qualities in her narratives and helpful stories that will keep you pondering about Jesus, life, and purpose. Because she walks out these qualities in her daily life, these qualities in her are the best examples of a Christian character that encourage and help many people through her writing.

Laurie lives out what she expresses by “faith” on paper, helping those in most need and keeping many thinking about their life with Jesus. She not only lives out God’s Dream for her own life, but she echos through empathy, and helps through genuine concern, the life expressions of many who ordinarily would give up, but instead move forward to a better future of hope and grace through Christ Jesus.

David Michael Donnangelo – Author of: Dreaming God’s Dreams & Director of: Kingdom’s Keys Ministries


One of the things we love most about Laurie is her ability to reach people no matter where they are. This book is a necessity in everyone’s collection because it will intrigue the unbeliever to a level of desire that they never knew God put in their hearts, and it will spark hunger in any believer no matter what level their walk is to seek God’s Word even deeper.  Laurie’s compassion and love for all people truly exemplifies her walk with Christ, and we cannot wait for the book to come to print so that we can share with others!

Jerry & Teri Klinger, Redeeming Love Transformations Ministries


Link to David Donnangelo’s Fine Art. (Isn’t that a great name for an artist~!!!?). David is an artist. This work of art (“Peace Dove”) is his, and is for sale in his online shop).

David’s Donnangelo’s Book: Dreaming God’s Dream.

Redeeming Love Transformations Ministries Website.

Painting on Tree Trunks


painting_on_tree Artist

I love a link I stumbled upon this morning~! This is a person who is on a mission to bring people joy, even though there is no financial compensation in it for her. I’m so proud of her. I wanted to share her passion with you~! The article reads: “23-year-old student Wang Yu lives and works in the Chinese district of Shijiazhuang. As canvas for her paintings she uses trees. For each artwork this young artist spends about two hours, but aesthetic pleasure for passers lasts much longer.”

painting_on_tree raccoonspainting_on_tree squirrelpainting_on_tree painting_on_tree sunsetpainting_on_tree Fall
Link to the other article onQuick Bulletin: Painting-on-tree-trunks

Feel free to send me links to other fun websites like this in the comments section below~!

God is Watching the Apples


apples oil painting

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Christian elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples.

The teacher made a note, and posted on the apple tray, “Take only one. God is

Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a
large pile of chocolate chip cookies.

A child had written a note, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”


Red Apples Oil Painting by Artamara, click this link to link to the etsy shop.

Why I LOVE Lemons~!


lemon juice

Lemons are extraordinarily good for us~! There is a lot of talk about “SUPERFOODS” out there. Lemons are such a common fruit that many people take them for granted. Personally, I have always liked lemon; it is even my favorite smell~! But, until recently, I had no idea how amazing they are for our health. These days I am starting and ending each day with lemon water. At dinner time, I cut a WHOLE lemon (skin and all) into quarters, and throw it into the blender with 6 to 8 cups of water. Brook and I drink 6 cups between the two of us. The lemon peel is the MOST nutritious part of the lemon. “Lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself.”  If you aren’t blending whole lemon into your water, use the zest in your cooking~!  And, I just learned today that I don’t have to cut the seeds out of the lemons before blending them into water. They have benefits, too. Here is a nice long list of health benefits of lemons & the peel. OR… you can just take my word for it, stop reading now, and consume loads of lemon~!

Vitamins: Lemons are high in Vitamin C, which is great for our immune system. Lemon peels also contain Vitamin A, beta carotene, and folate with their corresponding benefits.

Minerals: Lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function. Magnesium and calcium in the peel contribute to bone health, also fighting osteoporosis.

Detox: Lemon juice encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract; it also helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating. Lemons also help flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver. The peel can help fight cancer and eradicate toxins.

Skin: The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease skin blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.

Weight Loss: Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in calming hunger cravings, helping dieters to lose weight.

Inflammation: If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body. Acidic body conditions are the the roots of many diseases. Lemon removes acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.

Calm Energy: Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract. It also helps reduce anxiety and depression. Even the scent of lemon has a calming effect on your nervous system. I have replaced my morning coffee with lemon water, and I don’t even miss the coffee. I was sure I would.

Anti-viral: Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and sore throats. Plus, with the immune system boost, you’re already fighting infections.

Heart & Cholesterol: Lemon peels also help lower bad cholesterol and keep blood clean (think heart health~!).

The print “Le repêcheur de pépins” is for sale CLICK HERE.  This artist has the little man (Jack of all trades) doing all sorts of bizarre tasks. This series is fun and collectable. This is a very fun ETSY shop~!


11 Benefits of Lemon Water : http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-lemon-water-you-didnt-know-about.html

Lemon peel is the cheapest investment in your health:  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7511/lemon-peels-the-cheapest-investment-in-your-health.html

Eat the Seeds: http://www.liveandfeel.com/vegetables/lemon-seeds.html/lemon-seeds.html/lemon-seeds.html


To Be a Perfect Peach


Southern Peaches by Linda Hunt,

One of the great delights of summer is the abundance of perfectly fresh fruit available where I live. While shopping for groceries, I saw a peach so stunning, that I had no choice but to buy it. For breakfast, I took that plump peach and diced it up. I added cereal, walnuts, chia, and soy milk. I couldn’t wait to dig in. Chomp…… Imagine my sadness when I bit into the peach chunks and found that the peach had NO flavor at all. It was a peach mirage. A phony, an imposter. A tasteless waste. (My uncle has since taught me, “you can tell by the smell“. If the fruit doesn’t already smell like it is supposed to, the good looks and texture won’t be able to make up for the lack of flavor.)

I have encountered people like this peach. What you see is NOT what you get. It is disappointing. I try hard not to be one of these people. I think we have to be careful to be authentic. Not to create an image of ourselves that we then have to work to maintain. Self-promtion can be dangerous.  I am in the process of living this blog entry. My blog following tripled yesterday. (Welcome new friends~!) As I publish a book and write a blog, I am concerned about the lasting fruit, and creating an image I can maintain.

As Brook (my husband) and I were eating breakfast this morning, we were discussing how it really is not possible to be all things to all people all the time. Yet, I would like to be, if it were possible. If someone were telling me this is their situation, here’s how I would respond: Just be yourself~! Be Genuine. Stick to what you know, try new things, and take some risks too. Then, at the perfect time, you will find your real self in exactly the right place. Not a phony, mirage, or imposter…. but the perfect peach. So let’s all apply this fairly  simple “perfect peach principle” to the way we conduct ourselves, and make life a little bit easier for everyone.

If anyone would like to share thoughts and comments, I would love that~!

(About the painting: Peach Still Life by Linda Hunt can be found for sale on ETSY. Follow this link. I love the heavy brush strokes and color combination. A perfect peach~! Thanks Linda for your stunning paintings. You color the world beautiful~!)

Bonus Bible study link: Jesus and the fig tree. Matthew 21: 18-22