The diary of an art journal creative artist Jennifer Joanou


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Yes, it's true... FREE STUFF! 

My multi-talented friend, Gina Armfield, and I are doing a joint giveaway!


One lucky winner will get 10 postcards, 52 round stickers, 1 sticker book full of 90 unique little stickers and 20 unique rectangle stickers.  

Here's what they look like:

Gina is giving away a FREE No Excuses eCourse of your choosing to 

one lucky winner! 

I have done the No Excuses Journal and absolutely love it... 

I'm even in her book!

To enter the No Excuses Giveaway 


To enter my giveaway 


And yes, please enter both!

Ends at Midnight (CST) on Monday, December 15th

Personal Geographies with Jill Berry

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jill Berry had a great idea, that we do a blog hop and share our journal pages with maps as a theme.  I LOVE maps and use them all the time in my work.  These two pages are the most recent pages I've done that have maps and I have incorporated my hopes for 2014.  Make sure you go to HERE to see everyone's pages.

The first one was inspired by Clarissa Pinkola Estés' book, Women Who Run With Wolves. I read a section from Chapter 9, "Homing: Returning to OneSelf".  One of the sentences I read was "the inlet to her deep home is evoked by silence."  That word "inlet" inspired this page.  In my mind, the beige area (watercolor) is land and the blue/green is the ocean.  The drips of ink (I used Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink) and with a puddle of it on the page, I used a straw to blow the ink which created those "inlet" areas.   Then I used white ink to write the text, which are quotes from the book. 

The second spread came to me after writing in my journal (which you can see in the background of the white page).  I knew that I wanted to write "Embrace the Conflict Within" and I thought the North Pole and South Pole, being literally polar opposites, represented my conflict within. I think I've been trying to push away aspects of myself that I don't like and now, instead, I hope to embrace all of myself.