Handmade Mini Journals

Handmade Mini Journals 1. Watercolor paper 2.Paperbags 3. Envelopes Added: Tags, Washi Tape, Corner bookmark, poetry pockets

Handmade Mini Journals 

Ready to write down your New Year’s resolutions? I wasn’t sure I was and then I started to play with making mini journals. These 3 experimental minis in progress, are made from tags, paper bags, envelopes and watercolor paper.  Unlike the bigger store bought, bound journals, these minis can be completed in a few days or a few weeks.I’ve added some collage, recycled papers and Washi tape, but mostly I am trying to grow my skills in mark making, line drawing and explore different paint and marker techniques.

In this little trio, I feel one might be for New Year’s resolutions (I have one resolution written and hidden on a tag in the paper bag:), another mini I think will be to experiment with art journal techniques, especially hand lettering and paint/ink backgrounds and the last one will be for poems or inspirational quotes. Maybe—-possibly—-perhaps:) my mini journals will help me keep my New Year’s art and writing resolutions on track! 

Happy New Year and making, Jill


Summer Art Journaling

Art Journaling 

  • Appreciating some vacation time and summer art journaling. I enjoy the freedom of an art journal: A place to work on and keep little snippets of art, poems and thoughts. I have been working on ocean inspired themes lately; “Sea Anemone” is a recent entry:) Hope you are enjoying your summer and some creative time too:)  Jill

Sea Anemone (Haiku)

Pretty predator

stalking Sea’s underbelly

disguised near clownfish

Zentangle Inpired Art: tangles include showgirl, footlites and sez

JD 2017



Creative Writing…Wordplay Wednesday: “glocal”

Today’s Wordplay Wednesday, creative writing exercise, is the word “glocal.”

  • Yes, global and local have been matched up – according to Dictionary.com. One meaning is “relating to the interconnection of a global and local issue.”
  • All well and good, an interesting new word, wouldn’t you say?  Now, say it out loud – gloh-kuhl… Doesn’t it sound terrible? Cah, cah, cah sort of a cough or spit to it? In this exercise, the sound is what interests me about the word.

Wordplay Wednesday exercise: Write a 200 word, or less, character sketch using the word “glocal.”  Enjoy creative writing, give it a try? Here’s my version…

  • Brainstorming: I envision a character in a pricey grocery store saying glocal in an awkward or funny way. 

WPW Character Sketch:

After staring down the counter of faux-sugared bake goods, and despairing over each croissant calorie in her GoodEats app, Willow sipped her Sulawesi Toarco coffee. It was tepid at best. Still she savored it, sipping in the little liquid quarters, of the stingingly high priced brew. Luke warm or not she would finish the whole $8.oo coffee. It was glocal after all, the Indonesian beans imported and freshly roasted in the store that morning, according to the bright-eyed Barista boy in the skintight black jeans. Although could you trust a person who sold you an $8.00 coffee? Willow wasn’t sure as she swallowed another liquid fifty cents.

Then she spotted Trent trotting up to the coffee line, his long arms and plate sized forehead glistened with sweat from his work out at the gym.

“How’s the coffee?” Trent winked, still hoping for a text response she knew.

“Great it’s glocal.” Willow unnervingly coffee-spit as she said it. The wet glob landed on Trent’s day-glo sneakers.  A split second of horror washed over her. Then, she grinned at Trent’s disgusted expression and realized her $8.00 coffee had also bought her freedom from texting him back.







Happy 4th! Fireworks ZIA

Zentangle Inspired Art

Category #Summer fun:) I’ve been experimenting with mixed media techniques. I call this technique “tile-alizing:)” because your paper tile takes on the glossy look of ceramic tile.  

To try this technique, draw your tangles with a black micron 01 on a Zentangle 3.5 paper tile, then go for your mixed media elements to highlight and shade…watercolors, bleeding tissue paper, colored pencils, gel pens (can you tell, I have trouble stopping.) When all your media layers are dry, finish with a glossy coat (Modge Podge works:) Your paper tile will take on an appearance of a ceramic tile. My only cautionary tale is that sometimes when the glossy coat hits the gel pen, the gel pen can change color. I have only had this happen once when a golden rose gel pen turned (a scary) fuschia… ah, mixed media experiments. 

Happy 4th! Jill

Fireworks ZIA


Tangles: Letter “F” tangles, Fassett and Fengle for the fourth!


Book-ish Zentangle

Journal pages, bookmarks, poetry pages, hand-written notes…, oh my! This week, I dabbled with the tangle pattern dingbatz, inspired by Maria and Rick’s “Kitchen Table Tangles” post on the Zentangle.com Mosaic app.

Historically “dingbats” are ornamental elements in books, pretty hand-drawn or type-set * characters. The key with tangling dingbatz is to make a thin-lined frame as your border and use the Hollibaugh technique to draw a few tangles (such as mooka) behind the frame. 

This is one of those tangles that inspire a gazillion project ideas. The possibilities are delightfully end-less for dingbatz. (Although, I wish it had a better name LOL:)




Snowflake Flowers

Snowflake Flowers

It wasn’t until after I had finished the Zingo pattern tile that I realized I had drawn snowflake flowers:)  Ah, blizzards and New England… the last couple of days have been an interesting winter-remix. We’ve had over a foot of snow, and I knew I was a bit optimistic hanging the floral wreath on the front door last week. Hmmm, so anyway snowflake flowers may make sense after all:)

You won’t want to miss the wonderful video of Indy and Mazzy teaching Zingo as part of the Kitchen Table Tangles series from Zentangle.com. It’s truly inspiring and so much fun to watch, as the girls calmly and confidently teach the pattern steps. Enjoy more Zingo tiles (Challenge #307) @ http://iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com.