Live Life to the Fullest It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up - then we begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. Elizabeth Kubler Ross
The Raven. One of my favorite symbols. A journal without the Raven would not be a journal of mine. I love this black bird - black being one of my favorite colors. I wanted to incorporate the word NEVERMORE into the page design. The feather is a rubber stamp. Anything can go in the journal
I know we still have two+ months left in this year. But with the holidays, it will fly by. My art journal is complete. I'm sharing some of the pages here for you to see. All of the entries are personal, some I have chosen not to share. It is difficult to share and bare my art for all to see. Leaving my art and myself open to criticism. I'm not going to explain or defend any of these entries. They are what they are.
The book has been illustrated. Thirty-two glossy pages. Full size illustrations and vignettes. Beautiful colors. Great composition. Months, maybe years, and you think you are done. But oh no - you have to design the cover.
Most books are chosen by the appeal of the cover. The cover should give the reader a sneak peak of what they are about to read. It should whet their whistle and before you know it - your book is on its way to a new home! Don't we wish it was that easy! Here I am working on a story where the antagonist is an alligator and a copperhead snake, his trusty side-kick. The story is filled with kids - but putting kids on the cover compared to an alligator . . . the alligator is much more intriguing . . . especially one dressed like a king .
Here are some covers I like . . . I am showing my age here, but a Nancy Drew cover is iconic. All 64 books are recognizable as a Nancy Drew mystery even if the title was removed..
Another oldie but goodie. We know this story will be about a girl, a pig, and a spider. An odd trio, so we want to find out what their relationship is.
I have not read this book. But isn't this illustration great - that bear eyeing up the sandwich. You just have to know what's going to happen.
My 2015 Journal is completed, stuffed full of things important only to me. That's the way Journals should be.
This year I visited The Harry Potter Theme Park at Universal Studios in Florida. I love the Harry Potter books and this theme park was just as magical! I bought a couple post cards, cause I am a big spender - and glued them in my journal. I added the paint strip because I can't leave the hardware store without selecting at least one of these. Then I filled the rest of the page with my own drawing.
The page makes sense to me - and that's the only thing I care about.
The journal is mine. It is not supposed to make sense to anyone else.
I am sharing my journal pages to show that you can put absolutely anything that you love in your journal. It is not for sale, it is not for an exhibit, it is only a repository for things you want to keep and remember.