A new art journal cover

When the mail brought this new art journal with it’s plain brown cover, I couldn’t wait to decorate it. It’s been a long time since I worked in a journal this large. This is Ranger Dylusions Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Journal, 11.375 by 8.25-Inch. My last one this size was hand stitched by me and I loved the size but hadn’t had time to make another. This has nice heavy cardstock type paper, similar to a manilla folder or the paper in a Moleskine sketchbook but not so yellow as that. It’s not as thick as in my handmade one, or as white, but I think I’ll like it for mixed media collage. I put a coat of Golden Polymer Gloss Medium over this to protect it so I was restricted to media that wouldn’t smear when varnished. This has collage, acrylic paint, colored pencil, Stayzon ink (for my hand carved bee stamp) and I used a Faber-Castell Pitt pen for the designs on her clothing and other details. Even on the shiny magazine paper, the ink didn’t smear. The “Hello” in the top corner is a welcome mat from a catalog. I’ll probably think of this as the Hello journal from now on. 🙂 Do you name your journals?

An Altered Book Haunting

It’s almost Halloween so I thought I’d do a little haunting in one of my altered books. This book is Lost Interiors, a beautiful and HUGE book full of photos of abandoned interiors. This old crypt seemed perfect for a haunting! After some collage, painting, and colored pencil work, this is what I have now.

As usual, I was in such a hurry to start that I forgot a “before” photo until I’d already glued down a magazine image.

Society of Idea Collectors (SOIC)

I’ve joined Dede Willingham’s Society of Idea Collectors so, of course, I needed a new notebook for all those ideas. I wanted something that worked like a Midori so I could add to it as I went but it would still be portable. I made my own with a vintage book cover and Moleskine Cahier inserts. I love vintage hardback books with book cloth covers and old readers are some of my favorites because I love the art style in them. This one happened to belong to one of my brothers, way back when. Don’t tell him I swiped it. I used pages from the inside to line the inside cover and to decorate the fold-out folder I put inside. I’ve got 3 cahiers in it now, 2 lined and one blank paper, and at least 3 more will fit in there. I can switch them out if they get full.
Isn’t these the cutest pages on the inside covers? I just love the art in this one. I’ll end up using all of it somewhere.

Dede suggested we carve ourselves a personal rubber stamp to use and I already had 2 I use a lot that I carved years ago. The bee is because my name, Melisa, means honeybee so I use that for myself a lot. The flying fish I use a lot on larger things. It’s a little bit odd, just like me. 🙂


I’ve been making ATCs for Drawloween this year. Here’s what I’ve done for the first 12 days, somewhat out of order to get them to fit. I skipped a few days because I didn’t like the prompt or just didn’t have time. I’ve been posting them on my new Instagram feed individually, if you’d like a better view of any of them, or if you want to see new ones I as make them.