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Milliande’s art journaling theme for the beginning of this year is “seeds”.
The first one was about sowing a seed versus being the seed. What sort of seed are you?

Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy.  I am a dream seed, cast into the Heavens to drift into a sleeping mind and there to sow the seeds of future dreams. I contain within my heart knowledge from years gone by and visions and hopes still to be fulfilled.


The second one was about seed vessels – create a vessel which will contain what you take away from 2011. What does it contain?

my vessel was partly inspired by an earlier post on FB about scattering seeds of love. Each seed contains a little heart and when the seeds are scattered love will be spread wherever the seeds fall.



Another art journal prompt from Tee, this time for a rainbow



Another prompt by Tee was to use something translucent on your journal page. This is my interpretation.


Something old

A recent prompt on FB from Tee Thompson was to incorporate something old in your art journal page.


I have used a photocopy of a poem, in French. It’s one of many painstakingly copied, often in beautiful handwriting, into a book that was designed for just such a purpose that I picked up in a flea market some years ago. It is dated 2 October 1889.

À des oiseaux

O mes doux voyageurs, lassés d’un long voyage

Reposez-vous ici; restez dans ce bocage ….

Hélas! Impatients, vous regardez dans l’espace!

Quels sont vos noms? – je suis le Bonheur, et je passe

Et toi ? – je suis la Joie, et je m’en vais là-bas !

Et toi ? – je suis l’Espoir: je fuis à tire d’ailes.

Et toi, voudrais-tu suivre aussi ces infidèles?

Non! Je suis l’Amitié : je ne m’envole pas!

A rough translation:

Oh my sweet travellers, tired after a long journey

Rest awhile in this wood

Alas, impatient, you look into space!

What are your names? I am Happiness, and I am passing through

and you? I am Joy, and I am going far away!

And you? I am Hope: I flee swiftly away

And you? Do you wish to follow these faithless creatures too?

No, I am Friendship: I do not fly away!

The signatures attached to the spine of the book appear to have pink ribbon in them so I have incorporated a piece of pink velvet ribbon in this piece too.

art journal prompt – spring

Getting ready to spring into Spring

art journal - Spring

Poised to leap from the barren garden in winter on the left side of the picture into the abundance of Spring, full of the prospect of new life and creativity.

art journal prompt – I am

The Milliande art journals studio on Facebook has been busy again this week and has provided me with two prompts this week. This one is entitled “I am”.

art journal - I am

I have described myself as a butterfly traveller. I am currently a butterfly traveller because I rarely stay in one place for more than a couple of months. I am also something of a butterfly artist as I flit from technique to technique and from interest to interest, always wanting to try out something new. I think my DH would describe me as a wannabe artist with all the materials but never actually producing anything! My argument is that all my art materials have been packed away in moving boxes for the last two years and I am only just beginning to unpack them as I now have shelves in my new studio on which to put them.

art journal prompt – March planner

From an art journal prompt I decided to create a planner for the month of March for myself. Since I have very few art supplies with me at the moment I decided to cut up a map that  had come with a copy of Asian Geographic to make the background. I then used a bottle top dipped in black poster paint to stamp the days of the month.

art journal March planner

It had never occurred to me to incorporate a monthly planner into my art journal but now it seems like a very good idea!

art journal prompt – singing in the rain

Milliande’s art journal prompt for 21 February was to be inspired by the song “singing in the rain”. This is my take on it.


art journal-singing in the rain

Milliande art journal entries for January 2011

I have finally completed all 24 days of Milliande’s art journal for January 2011:

Day 1 – the prompt was “zebra up your intro page”

Milliande Art Journal Day 1

Day 2 – the prompt was to create a zendoodle then cut up an enlarged photocopy and use the pieces to create something new

Milliande Art Journal Day 2_Small

Day 3 – carve your own printing blocks and print them. I used a couple of potato halves for my printing blocks

Milliande art journal Day 3

Day 4 – create a face with zebra accents. I had no materials at hand to do this so I used a magazine image

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Day 5 – create a zebra hand

Milliande Art Journal Day 5

Day 6 – “stripey legs”

Milliande Art Journal Day 6

Day 7 – the prompt was “stripey windows”

Milliande Art Journal Day 7

This is the inside of my window – it’s a digital mandala I created. Afterwards, not shown in this scan, I added the words “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

Milliande Art Journal Day 7 open

Day 8 – vertical journaling. I used one of those crosswords without black squares for the grid. I used purple food colouring for the background and lifted off some of the colour with kitchen paper.

Milliande Art Journal Day 8

Day 9 – layered lines

Milliande art journal Day 9

Day 10 – the prompt was “striped dragonfly”

Milliande Art Journal Day 10

Day 11 – crossword puzzles

Milliande Art Journal Day 11

Day 12 – daily debris – my daily debris consists of bills and endless cups of tea so I used an envelope with a transparent window and stuck on a number of tea bag envelopes, some postage stamps and did some doodling

Milliande Art Journal Day 12

Day 13 – taking lines for a walk – we were supposed to draw lines on the page, without any preconceived idea of what you were going to do, then see what the lines suggested to you. Mine ended up as a sunset landscape with the sky, a range of hills, the greenery of hills and fields and then the sea. I used water colour crayons and the colours are very muted in the scan

Milliande art journal Day 13

Day 14 – mirror mirror

Milliande Art Journal Day 14

Day 15 – Stories of woman

Milliande Art Journal Day 15

Day 16 – favourite number – I had the most difficulty with this one and am not really happy with it but the whole point of art journalling is that you don’t have to create a perfect piece of finished art

Milliande art journal Day 16

Day 17 – the prompt was “plump pears”. I drew them with watercolour crayons and added the “stitching” in black pen so that they would like as they have been appliqued

Milliande Art Journal Day 17

Day 18 – lettering

Milliande Art Journal Day 18

Day 19 – toy or talisman. Cats are my talismans and I have always had a cat in my life from the age of 5 (although sadly not a cat of my own at the moment)

Milliande Art Journal Day 19

Day 20 – your front door

Milliande art journal Day 20

Day 21 – bonny bluebells. As children we were often taken to the nearest bluebell wood to see the bluebells, the sight of the carpets of blue always filled (and still does) me with joy

Milliande Art Journal Day 21

Day 22 – a favourite day in the life of YOU. This is a depiction of typical day on our holiday in Thailand. The rainy season had not finished and we were deluged with torrential rain for most of the day on most of our days. Serendipitously I found the Emerson quote the day I drew this

Milliande Art Journal Day 22

Day 23 – paper poem – this was supposed to be a found poem but I had no suitable to literature so I created my poem from the Splatt poetry game site ( The words led to the image I created.

Milliande Art Journal Day 23

Day 24 – round and round we go

Milliande Art Journal Day 24

I would have preferred to be able to do these art journal entries in the comfort of my own home with all my art supplies to hand rather than on the move and staying in other people’s houses. However, this forced me to think outside the box and to use whatever I could lay my hands on. I had only used watercolour crayons once before so this was a useful experiment – I must learn to make the colours more substantial. I also found it hard not to want to produce a complete piece of work and to allow myself to experiment and not think too hard. I kept having to remind myself that it was all about experimenting and having fun. I also found that I was less successful with the prompts that didn’t “say” anything to me.

January 2011 art journal challenge

I have been trying to keep up with Milliande’s 2011 January art journal challenge. The only problem is that I am away from home so am very limited as to what I can produce. We started the month on a zebra theme so this is my introduction page

Milliande Art Journal Day 1

Day 11’s prompt was to be inspired by crossword puzzles
Milliande Art Journal Day 11

Day 12’s prompt was “daily debris”. My daily debris was made up of bills and endless cups of tea with everything being collaged on to a window envelope with a few doodles thrown in for good measure. The dragonfly and the zentangles were from previous days’ prompts

Milliande Art Journal Day 12