Category Archives: Art Journaling

An iPad Art Journal Retreat! What?


I am very excited about this because I always get excited about doing things that have never been done before, and anything cutting edge and DIFFERENT n the art world.

The best way to describe this is the way I describe it on the info page . . .


A one-of-a-kind art journaling retreat in beautiful, Santa Fe!

Supply List:  iPad and Stylus . . .That’s all, folks!

Believe it or not, you can create an ENTIRE art journal, travel journal, or any other kind of journal COMPLETELY on your iPad.

Your itinerary, your sketches, your paintings (in any media you prefer – from colored pencils to watercolor) your photos, your collages, your handwritten notes, and anything you want to type in a choice of fonts. Take quick guerrilla photos of your surroundings, meals, and adventures on the spot, and stick them on a page immediately with your added notes. No glue, no supplies to carry. You can journal anywhere . . .

Have you ever picked up your art journal and taken a picture with it? And the picture is right there on the page to resize, rotate, and place.? That’s just one magic trick you can do with iPad journaling.

“But I just love having real life journals.” you might say.

This is NOT an either/or situation. You can save this journal as a PDF to print and bind into a real life journal at any time. You can print individual pages just the right size to stick into other journals. You can even make your journal into a slideshow or video to share.

This is magical stuff indeed. And the best thing is that this way of journaling is so easy that you get it all done and don’t leave out a thing!

And you can shuffle the page order around at any time you want.

What’s not to love?

We will spend a wonderfully relaxing five days immersing ourselves in the creative magic and beauty that is Santa Fe, and recording it all in the journals we create right inside our iPads.

We have a great classroom, with just the perfect lighting for working with our iPads, and a huge flat screen TV for sharing our pages.

You DO NOT need to have drawing skills when you get here, but you WILL bring some home with you! I just can’t help teaching people that they can draw, and drawing on the iPad is easy!

We will have our iPad art lessons in the morning, when we are bright-eyed and bushy tailed, then go off on our Santa Fe adventures and come back to the classroom to create and fine tune our pages.

Workshop hours are from 10am – 5pm, but you will be out and about for much of that time, so you will see plenty of Santa Fe.

This Retreat is limited to 10 students because of our classroom size. If you think this sounds like fun, all the other details are here:

iPad Art Journal Retreat in Santa Fe

Artist Journal Chronicles is Here!

ajccovershotblogI wish I were you for a couple hours.

That’s weird, because I have rarely wanted to be in someone else’s shoes. I like my crazy life.

Actually, I don’t even want to be in my “SHOES”, but you know what I mean.

I wish this book had been written by someone else, because then, I could be like you, and have the pleasure of opening and exploring a WONDERFUL adventure in my favorite subject – art journaling.

Since that can’t be true, I do appreciate the joy I had in putting this together for other journal lovers.

Artist Journal Chronicles, Volume One, is a PDF book that you download on checkout. It has 90+ pages about the What, Why, When, and How of visual journal pages. It has story, maps of creative process, tips and art lessons, reviews, tool talk, and page projects for every level of complexity.

In this age of boutique publishing, I don’t know whether to call this a series of books or a magazine. So I decided it is a periodical.

Then I looked up the meaning of “periodical” and was a little worried about the “Regular Interval” part of the definition, because you all know about my unpredictable art life, But I enjoyed this so much that I plan to start the next volume as soon as I see whether you support this project by purchasing this one.

One person should not go purchase this volume because she won the free copy. That’s you, Rhee. I have sent you an email with the download link.

The way I did this was to yell out to Mark to pick a number between 1 and 68. He picked 28. I then went and counted to the 28th comment from the beginning – leaving out myself and one duplicate. Random enough I figure.

Anyway, without further ado (I will be back with more ado later), here is your link to this most amazing publication (in my humble opinion, of course, since I am thus far the only one to have seen it).


Please let me know if you enjoy it. I would say “and if you don’t” but I just don’t think that’s possible (grin).

FALL-ing into a new studio space . . .

leafpageIt’s that time of year when I don’t want to get rid of the Wild Rose bush that I never planted in the first place, and that fights me all Summer – with thorns being the least of her weapons.

But I came from Michigan a LONG time ago, and Fall leaves had lots of reds (Santa Fe leaves do not), so when this Wild Rose produces such amazing color every Fall, she stays on my “keeper” list. Continue reading