Monday, 11 December 2017

Advent Words

I've been joining in with Mary's Advent Words challenge since Advent began on Dec 3rd. It's a great way for me to art journal this Advent when I'm short on time. I'm using a small journal - smaller than my usual A4 pages - and the pages are already gelli-printed, so I have some colour on there to get me started. Each day only requires a few minutes, so I can do a challenge without feeling pressured.

It's fun to see how each person interprets the prompt and what they draw out of it. Each word is good for contemplating this waiting season and gives me something to chew on for the day.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Gathering threads

She was trying to gather all the threads together.

I know how she feels!

I drew this face on a separate page and cut it out because I find that if I draw a face directly on the page, it usually ends up taking up most of the page for some reason. This way I could keep it under control because I didn't want a large face. I quite like the difference in style with the black and white against the messy background.

Thursday, 7 December 2017


When I was working on this page, I wondered why on earth I'd put those three long steaks of grey/green on the right. They felt out of place and an unusual motif for me, but I really felt impelled to put them there. So there they went, and I continued with the rest of the page, thinking that it would all make sense in the end.

I walked away from the page for a bit, leaving it open on my desk so I could keep glancing at it and working out what it was all about!

You'll notice that there are three streaks and they're stretched over two pieces of gelli-printed greaseproof paper with a gap in the middle. The leaves are facing both up and down. Hmm. What could that be about? Well, there are three of us and we're moving from one hemisphere to the other. Could that be what it's about?

The journalling ended up saying 'Stretched between two continents, spread a little thin.' In these few months before the big move there is lots to do. I have one list labelled 'Australia' and one labelled 'UK' with the different things we need to think about/prepare/tie up. I guess my feelings came out on to the page even though I didn't recognise it at first. But isn't that what art journalling is all about?

Monday, 4 December 2017


It's good to get someone else's perspective on things. I posted this page on Instagram (@sojournertracy) before I had journalled on it. @mab60 said it reminded her of a spine. I hadn't looked at it that way, but it made me think about what gives me strength, what holds me up when I feel I might fall?

You can't see your spine, but it holds your body up. It's not that large, but it provides support for the rest of the body. What or who in your life provides that support?

Friday, 1 December 2017

Crossing the water

I suppose it's not surprising that I keep finding that my recent pages have elements in them that separate parts of the page off. This one seems to have a body of water across the middle, which is apt as we sort out all the things that need to be sorted before our move back to the other side of the world at the end of February.

But there are also areas of intense colour and movement - an excitement at things to come.

Do you find things 'turning up' in your pages? Or do you work with an idea of what's going on the page before you start?

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Worry weeds

Worries grow like weeds. Pluck them out early before they take over.

Just as the weeds spring up after a shower of rain, worries pop into our minds when given a little sustenance. But they can swiftly take over. (Why is it that weeds seem to grow more quickly than the things we actually plant in the garden? And why don't the slugs and snails eat them instead of the veggies I'm trying to grow?)

I find the easiest way to deal with worry - as with weeds - is to pluck it out swiftly. I have plenty of things that I could worry about, that I could mull over and allow to take up all my time, but it isn't productive. So I ''cast all my anxieties on Him because He cares for me." Just voicing my worries can put things into perspective.

How do you  get off the hamster wheel of worry?

Tuesday, 28 November 2017


It feels, some days, that I'm only seeing glimpses of this art journal! I'm grabbing five minutes at a time where I can so I don't have a lot to post at the moment.

This page is about catching glimpses of light. The trench is where I feel I'm at, but there is light overhead even if I can't catch much of the view.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Living in the in-between

Living in the in-between. Feeling neither here nor there some days. Dealing with paperwork for the next thing but still living the everyday where we are.

When I stood back from this page there was a big chasm down the middle of it, separating one side from the other. Seemed pretty clear what that was all about!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

So much to do!

So much to do! I have a list for Australia and a list for the UK. My head is like this page - full of lots of different things.

So yes, I've been a bit hit and miss with the blog posts, but I'm trying to keep up!

Monday, 20 November 2017

Faces in 5mins or less

Just a little face practice today. These faces took 1 - 5mins each. I went straight in with the pen or ink in a waterbrush, so you can see all the lines that went in to each one. Some of the shading is off. Some of them are a bit lopsided, but then who isn't? 😊