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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Art Journal!

One thing you may or may not know about me is that I like to draw. I used to draw all the time when I was a teenager but then life got busy and I put it aside, until recently.

Life is still busy but the way I’m doing this, it really doesn’t take a lot of commitment or time to do. That’s why I started it in the first place. I knew I’d be able to actually do it.

I stink at keeping a journal, but yet I want to document a little bit of life around here, so this was the perfect solution.

I bought my art journal at Hobby Lobby. Yes, they actually make a journal specifically for drawing and painting and such. Who knew? I sure didn’t. But now I do and you do to. You’re welcome.

Now I just started this this year so I only have 2 entries so far. I decided to only do one per month as not to overwhelm my brain. Because obviously my brain can get easily overwhelmed.

I chose to use watercolor pencils. Why? Well because I draw better than I paint so I thought I would be able to combine the two.

For January I drew/painted this picture.


Then after you use a wet paint brush on it, it looks something like this.


The story behind this picture is this. We have a maple tree in our backyard and it held onto this one last leaf until the very last day of January. We watched as the wind blew and that leaf held on for dear life. It was such a fun memory for us that I decided that it would be my subject for my art journal. Are you starting to see how this works?

Here is the tree in question.


For February I of course decided to to more of a lovely dovey type of picture.

I first drew it with the pencils.


Then I blended it together.


Then this time I decided to add some stickers and scrapbook hearts.


On the back of each picture I write a little something something to sum up the month and what all went on. It’s so much fun. I hope this inspires you to give it a try. The only limit is your imagination. 



  1. What a great idea! And your drawings are beautiful!

    I used to do a similar thing with my nature notebook, only since I can't draw, I wrote a poem about what had captured my attention that week. Then, scrapbook style, I did a page to hold my poem.

    I think it's great that we can put our creative sides to work in these ways.

    Hope you're having a great day.


  2. How beautiful Kim! What a great idea..using watercolor pencils and then going over it with a wet brush...it makes it look so neat! I will to share this with my artistic daughter. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. How fun is this? I really love the idea of drawing a picture and than journaling the events of the day or the month, whatever, on the back page ;) :) That's really cool :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather : :) :)

  4. Beautiful drawings Kim! I haven't done any art journalling for a bit. Family life with teenagers has been ...challenging....

    I love your heart page. Great idea to journal a sum up of the month on the back. Thanks for the inspiration :0)

  5. How cute! LOL, I think I will stick to photography though! I can't draw worth a lick...

  6. Simply lovely!!

    Thank you for sharing. We just bought watercolor pencils for our nature journals. They are fun to work with!

    I will have to share your art with the children

    Journeying with Joy
    Mrs B

  7. That looks like so much fun! Would you believe, I'm a closet draw-er (is that a word??) too? Somewhere, I have half-filled sketchbooks from highschool to prove it!
    My church bulletins usually get decorated with my artwork. :)

  8. You are amazingly creative, Kim! Those are beautiful!

  9. I am so not an artist in the drawing sense! I can do primitive stick figures only!! lol These are great drawings.

  10. That's a great idea! I love watercolor pencils. So cute!

  11. Lovely idea my friend! The watercolor pencils turn out great - so fun!

    Big that's-cute-and-sweet-just-like-you-my-friend-er-well-I-mean-like-you-not-in-a-competition-type-setting-anyway size hugs to you!!! LOL! Love you sweet friend! :)

  12. these are awesome! I have to take the time to show Allye, she will be all over it!


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