When the Spirit Moves

As most people know I am an Episcopalian and I also practice the path of Buddha, which to me is not opposed to one another. However, lately I have been feeling an emptiness inside and a need for something more. One thing I need is a strong faith-based religion that is energetic and alive in its worship, also one that does regular studies – either with a book or THE BOOK – the Bible.

The search is still ongoing but during my path along comes a friend from out there in Internet land, one who I was acquainted with and talked with now and then. We started talking daily and then taking online classes together and talking some more, and then doing the classes together and our art project together all the time chatting in Facebook Messenger. We started mailing each other and one day she asked if I would be interested in doing a Bible journal. Of course! I jumped at it. She offered to get us both a Bible so we can start. I went around to different Christian bookstore and with my handy iPhone, I would take pictures of the Bibles and send them to her via Messenger. This is the one we finally settled on and love.


The HCSB (Holman Christian Study Bible) Notetakers edition. Unfortunately it is out of print, but some Lifeway stores still carry them. The inside has really wide margins.



I couldn’t wait for Natasha to get her Bible so we could plunge in.


This was my first page after reading Proverbs 13:10 about “arrogance leads to nothing but strife, but wisdom is gained by those who take advice,” and continued to read through to 14 and realized there was a lot of wise and wisdom in these two chapters. So while Kris was at the dentist having oral surgery I sat in the waiting room finishing this page up. I loved the meditative quality of reflecting on the verse while drawing the left-hand side and coloring in the flowers on the right-hand page. It also helped to keep my mind off Kris being in surgery.

For anyone interested there is a wonderful group on Facebook called Journaling Bible Community. Join us and say hi while you are there.

The search and story continue but for now,




LifeBook 2015

I am one excited lady right now. I won full tuition to LifeBook 2015 from artist/designer Roben-Marie Smith. If you do not know what LifeBook is, follow the link and check it out. I have heard awesome things about this year-long mixed media art class and cannot wait until 1/5/15.


All the instructors for 2015 held a contest to win a slot in this class. Each did different things – post a comment was usually one, some added tweet about it, or post on Facebook for extra entries. Since I love Roben-Marie, who is part of the fab 5 artists that started The Document Life Project in 2014, it is sweet that I won from her blog. I have also already taken a few classes from Roben-Marie through their Art 5 Academy and I love the way she teaches.

There are many great artists teaching this year Tamara LaPorte, the brainchild behind all this and really fabulous. If you have never taken a class with her please do. I never thought I would be able to do faces, since taking one of her classes I now can do it.

Joanne Sharpe – OMG this lady is awesome!!! Her lettering classes are bar-none the best ever.

Jane Davenport – what can I say, artist extraordinaire.

Jessica Smith, Andrea Gomoll, and Juliette Crane, just to mention a few.

This weekend I took a class with the fabulous Dyan Revealey so stay tuned for that post with lots of pictures.



Okay I am jumping into to “What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday.” I am so embarrassed to post this but this was after making some Christmas cards and then I went ahead and started making balloons. I am in a watercolour pencil class by Dion Dior. I sketched and colored a set of balloons with my Faber-Castell watercolour. Once I had them made I decided to make one using the Koh-I-Noor for comparison.

Faber-Castell Balloons

Faber-Castell Balloons

The K’s are not as creamy as the FC’s and blending was a little harder. The colours and vibrancy are the same. I had one green – Olive Green Dark – that was really hard to blend and you could see the pencil lines. It could be that the point was really sharp, but not too sure.

Koh-I-Noor Balloons

Koh-I-Noor Balloons

Finally – the thing I have been dreading – sharing my desk



Thankfully this was when I was done. I am one that cannot start working until my space is clean, so yes, all this has to be put away before I can begin again.



Unity be inspired Challenge

I thought I would try my hand at Unity Stamp’s be inspired challenge.

Blessings Envelope

Blessings Envelope

I was really pleased when I was finished with this envelope. I made the heart and return address rectangle mask myself using my Brother ScanNCut. I used Unity’s Every Breath stamp. Did you notice a difference between the stamp on their site and mine? Go ahead, click the link, check it out. My girl is facing the other way. I wanted her facing the heart/address area of the envelope, I accomplished this by stamping onto deli paper first and very quickly flipping it over onto the envelope. I thought the saying was absolutely perfect for an envelope that might be used for Happy Mail.

I opted for using the colors of the challenge, using most of them on the girl, her lips; dress; dandelion, also the envelope background and the stamped wording.