Art Journal Every Day on Flickr

Jan. 18,  2011 – It’s Julie Fie-Fan Balzer’s fault that I’m even attempting this.  Although I am by no means anything or anywhere near the artist that she is, stumbling upon her blog/website and reading up on her “Art Journal Every D ay” challenge has inspired me to make an attempt at actually coming up with some idea or other and see what I can produce h at the end of the year. I can already “hear” the unbelievers asking where will I get the time to do what I intend to do… With very simple ideas and in small steps, I can come up with something.   Read the rest of this entry… Below you will find my Art Journal posts in chronological order, with the newest post at the top of the page, but with the rest set out chronologically by date.


I so titled this entry because the journaling is very personal and I executed it in such a way that it was only visible to me.

Acrylic paint backgroundI started with this background which was pink and blue acrylic over a grey watercolor background.  I am just starting to work with acrylic paint, so I wanted to see how it was to use it.  The idea was just to create a background and test these two shades of liquid acrylic paint I had gotten from Michael’s.

Then one day, after reading up on Jordan Hill’s guest post in Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s blog where Jordan showed his process step-by-step, I saw that journaling doesn’t have to be always on top of the work.  Journaling can be done under the artwork .

As Jordan shared:

“The first step for me, in any of my art journal pages is a very basic layer of journaling. The best way to do this is to go to any search engine, type in “journal writing prompts”, and choose one out of the hundreds of thousands of prompts that pop up. My current favorite is something known as the 5000 Question Survey. Most people, when filling this out, will simply use words in a notebook. Others will use a blog. However, I find it extremely enjoyable to use them as art journal prompts. It becomes a lot more enjoyable for me personally. x x x

I used a sharpie marker to write all over my background in response to this prompt. This is not meant to be read, and we will be covering this layer up with lots of paint. This is meant for you alone, to explore the topic at hand, and to reveal your true feelings about them. You can do as much or as little journaling as you wish. I normally do a single page of journaling, but you can go to a second page for a spread, or you may even stack one layer of journaling on top of each other, turning your journal, and writing in different directions.”

Then Jordan proceeded to paint over the journaling.

Art Journal Every Day - Work in Progress:Journaling over BackgroundI did it the same and a little differently by beginning with what was top of mind to me and writing it in using a Sharpie pen in black.  I just wrote spontaneously, and I actually would have been proud of what I had written but it is too personal to share for now.  It’s a very humble me talking to me.  To paraphrase Jordan, this is meant for (me) alone, to explore the topic at hand, and to reveal (my) true feelings about them.

The art journal entry actual sat this way for a couple of days until tonight when I finally decided I would look for a quote from one of my favorite authors who has taught me a lot, the late Leo Buscaglia.  A very prolific writer with a library of books to his name, it wasn’t difficult to find something that was very apt to what I felt in my heart.

I exist, I am, I am here, I am becoming, I make my own life and no one else makes it for me. I must face my own shortcomings, mistakes, transgressions. No one can suffer my non-being as I do, but tomorrow is another day, and I must decide to leave my bed and live again. And if I fail, I don’t have the comfort of blaming you or life or God. ” 
― Leo BuscagliaLiving Loving and Learning  

At first I thought I’d just draw and paint pink flowers over the journaling, covering it with graphics like Jordan did, but I thought instead of just writing the quote from Leo’s book  on top of the journal entry using a metallic marker.  I picked up my Elmer’s Painter’s Pearlescent markers and of course picked up pink as it would blend easily with the pink acrylic background, and blend it did.

Keeping it simple.  After all, it’s just me talking to me.

Art Journal Every Day: Talking to myself

If you want to see more of my Art Journal, please click here, or you can always choose my Art Journal Every Day page from the list on the top left of the blog page.

I invite you to view the Flickr Group dedicated to this endeavor byclicking here, and be inspired to create your own art journal. (Artistic talent optional.)


Elmers Painters Pearlescent Markers

Sharpie Permanent Marker Chisel Tip in Black

Americana Acrylic Paint Royal Fuchsia

Americana Acrylic Paint Ultramarine Blue


Click on the image to see the complete blog entry.  Thank you for looking.

Art Journal Every Day: Just Be

Art Journal Every Day: And if I go..

Art Journal Every Day: Choices

Art Journal Every Day: Choices

Art Journal Every Day with Angelo:I Miss You, Papa

Art Journal Every Day with Angelo: I love Mom

Art Journal Every Day: Tears

Art Journal Every Day: Summer

Art Journal Every Day with Angelo: Angel of my heart

Art Journal Every Day with Angelo: Tomorrow will be a better day

Art Journal Every Day: Rest Your Mind, Calm Your Heart

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Art Journal Every Day: Simply LOVE

Art Journal Every Day: Love and Gratitude

Art Journal Every Day: Love as a 6-year-old knows it

On the cover of my art journal Art Journal Every Day no. 2: Grief Journal - I miss you, Dad Art Journal No. 3: Snow Day

Art Journal Every Day No. 3: My Home: New York City Art Journal Every Day No. 4: Believe

Heart No. 1: To the One who lights up my world and warms my heart Art Journal Every Day: Black and White

Art Journal Every Day: Love and Crayons Art Journal Every Day: You are my sunshine

Art Journal Every Day: The Loves of My Life.. Alan, Angelo Art Journal Every Day: Blessed Art Journal Every Day: Forever in my heart Art Journal Every Day: About the boy Art Journal Every Day: Can I tell you something?


  1. WoW! These are great! You are indeed very artistic :) I came across your blog while searching for “pinay blogger american”. Yep. Too much time on my hands (and the laundry piles away) haha. Anyway, just wanted to let you know I really liked these. Are they for sale? :)

  2. Pinay New Yorker says:

    Nope, Chelo.. they’re not.. but if you go to the Flickr group we have, you’ll see that there are REAL artists there who sell their works.. =) Thanks for stopping by.

  3. My favorites are “you are my sunshine, heart”, “flowers for those who want to see, flowers”, “change, sun”, and finally the “teardrops”.