Friday, January 02, 2015

Always inspired in the morning

     ............I 
have never tried to journal here using my phone.  First for everything.   I cannot believe how long it had been since I have posted.   Years have gone by.   I am happier now than ever.  God is so good to me.   I have had to work 3 jobs.  .My husband and best friend had a bout with cancer.  Art making was put on hold.   We have many things that have broken our hearts but my God delivers comForts and restores.
I am doing DLP this year.  My head is swimming with ideas.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Your best friends with the word regret

Your afraid that your life's been wasted

So why hope if it's only gonna let you down?

You don't think people really change

Your a mess and you'll always be the same

And you doubt if you'll ever get it turned around



Chorus

So (I know) you've been running, searching for something

But you're looking in a place you don't belong

But it's never to late, you can't outrun grace

No, Mercy doesn't care what you've done

Come Home 

You can try to fix your broken empire

Put bricks on a cracked foundation

But you'll be building castles on the sand

There's power in the blood of Jesus

"Your father's screaming Just Come Home!"

He's reaching out His hands


Bridge

From the shadows , From the wrong roads

From the darkness, From the unknown

To redemption, Something beautiful

To a new love, to new home

Thursday, February 02, 2012

I made this art journal from a canvas board that I had painted and collaged in a butterfly theme.  The pages within are watercolor paper.  It is more intimidating to work in this book than a fifty cent composition book.  I hope to fill it 2012.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Ask

We are all artists of some kind.  The only way to discover and develop our unique giftings is to be comfortable expressing the artist that we are.  I will always have that structural tension between what I had envisioned in my head and what actually happens at the end of my paint brush.  I think it drives me.  
Hope all are well and making ART
Valerie Brown


Journal page from last January.  I am wondering why I can't pin images from my blog to pinterest.  Today I have a few projects I hope to accomplish.  I need to have good examples for classes this week.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Entry into my junque art journal.

 Most of it was done while carrying on in the 2008 mixed media class.  While I was planning the class I wanted to wrap my mind around how to express to them what I meant by internal dialog.   That internal dialog we have that makes us randomly laugh or become quiet. While you are doing everyday things this voice in you brings gems for Art Journaling. I am trying to remember the "inside" jokes of the day.  Expressing the day visually.
 I know, I know voices in my head .......   One artist described it as the material for wildly entertaining and moving journals...Collect along your journey.

   I have no idea who the reggae band is under the v I Liked the energy they brought to the page.
Balzer designs Blog

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I really want to learn to tea/coffee stain some pages
Testing to see if mobile down load works.  Hooray it did !
This is a picture of the Sanibel lighthouse.  What a beautiful place.
This may be the place I record all of my art adventures because my other blogs do not seem to work with my mobile phone or other accounts.  All this technology is way over my learning curve !!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


glimpse inside my junque journal.
Most of this journal is done during technique demonstration. I think I like about half of my pages. It is the process and the "book" that I love.

This is my junkiest junque journal. Classes start in a month. I will ask my class if they mind my sharing the journey here.
Creative blessings
Valerie

Tuesday, August 02, 2011


A few journals. I am trying to figure out how to upload from my phone that would help with my blogging.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Artiscape 2011 hosted by European papers my Junque journal page

Monday, April 25, 2011


I am wrapping up one of my journals today. As I flip the pages I can't help but reflect on what I have been through and how I have changed in the past year and a half. Some of it has me singing the lyrics to songs I have put here. Some reflections on heartache makes me weep. My art journals have many names and uses. They are a place I go to to be soothed to rest and to get inspired and reflect. When I want to learn more about something my art journal contains all the facts and my responses. Collages, scraps ephemera of my journey are all glued in place. A visual chronicle of my life are contained here. Some folks reminisce at the beginning of a new year. I do at the end of a journal.
If I could sum up the journey recorded here. I would say I decided what my treasure was. I drew up a map. I kept my focus with a can do attitude. I took responsibility for my own happiness. I found Joy!!!
I hope to encourage others to discover and express the artist that they are.
Art journaling is an excellent form to work out your dreams, Discover Joy, It is a no-fail art playground. I hope you all are having fun with it.

Monday, February 14, 2011


Chunky Heart page. Trying out some grunge/chunky things.

Happy Valentines Day!!!!

Sunday, January 09, 2011



A couple chunky "fat" book pages Joined a journaling workshop offered by strathmore. Ilove the first assignment but it means I need to print some of my art and I have no ink OH Bother

Friday, January 07, 2011


My junque journal for 2011. Today for my journaling I finished my 2010 journal by putting Garry's gift tags that were on my Christmas presents in my book. They say things like to Cindi bear from Yogi and stuff like that. We have been making goofy tags to one another for 20 years. Anyway, I have been making chunky book pages again. I wrote a page recipe for a thread at afa. I love doing the art thing.
hugs to whomever is reading.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Continuing to trade atcs I really love keep ing my journals I feel more like me when I am art making.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


My art is a celebration of His goodness toward me.

When God created those first 7 days He declared each thing “good”. His creation was good before it was useful. I believe it is useful because it is good. I believe the same of the arts and my “creations”. If I work to express His goodness He will bring results.

My art is a celebration of His goodness toward me.

Monday, November 15, 2010


This is a collage on the inside cover of my journal. I love this green I have no idea what it is called. Today, I get to make art with one of my favorite people. I have been drawing eyes, spraying and salting watercolor backgrounds, making atcs, zentangles, altered playing cards, decorated elephants...... Atc recipe cards are next. Thanksgiving weekend is a birdathon. I am gathering reference material for that weekend.
This is part of my testimony:

Before Christ, I had no power within myself to do what is good and right. I had no example in my life that reflected the love and grace of God. I was divorced, a single mom of 2 children. At one point I worked a full time job, worked two nights a week and cleaned houses, while taking classes at Columbus State. I was exhausted I cried all the time. My children seemed to be sick all the time. I hated life, I hated myself, I was headed for another bad decision. I did not want my children to grow up to be immoral people. I went to my brother’s church expecting the people there to be full of distain for me. I expected however they would receive my children. I was addicted, self destructive, and immoral. What I met in the church were people who accepted me where I was. I accepted that I was a sinner. I believed in His atoning sacrifice for my sin. I made a decision to turn my life over to God. After receiving Christ my church family counseled and loved me out of the life I was living and into a hope in Christ Jesus. I knew what hell looked like. I had experienced it. I realized He saved me. He rescued me. I adored Him. I broke off relationships and learned a new way of living. I found HIM the Lover of my Soul, the one who knew everything about me. I was transformed.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


My 2009-2010 journal. I think I have 16 journals going now. I am so happy doing .... I guess you would call these "junque journals" .

I thought I could cut and paste to this blog argh....It has been so long I have forgotten how to paste???
rofl
hugs to all the creatives that may read this.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

How can you tell someone is really enjoying Altering books and Art journaling? They stop posting in their Art blogs lol I hope to post soon. =)

Thursday, July 03, 2008

page began..........Life Circle.
I determined the 8 areas of my life that were my priorities. I marked how I was doing at applying my time, energy and creativity to these areas on a scale of one to ten. Then I said described what would be the result of having a ten in each area. This is my motivation. Then on an outer layer i determined things I could do in the next 48 hours to move on in these areas.
We are made in the image of the Creator, and therefore called to creativity. Francis Schaeffer put it in a sentence that is burned into my memory, “The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.”
Applying this creativity to all areas of life ............hmmmmmmmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,God help me to serve my family.... love them ........and whoever God has put in my path today.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008



Life circle with the 8 most important things to me ............ i want to start living in a way that reflects my desires to live from my heart. As an artist ...

As a child of God.

  1. God
  2. Garry
  3. my children
  4. Family
  5. Friends
  6. Art
  7. health
  8. Peace
This is my red art journal Everythng i find that is red goes in here. I love it no one else may like it. My art journaling is truly for me and me alone.
Today I did an exercise in creativity called a life wheel. It is like mind mapping I only got the first step done. Decided to put it in my art journal. Just the first step had a profound effect on me. I have been so unhappy lately. Living contrary to who I am and what I want to be. I have been miserable. Mad at God. Disappointed with myself and life in general. I want to change. here goes .......................
Ephesians 4:29Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Colossians 3:12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

This year we had a mixed media class (:.......... everyone participated in making atc s and a fat book. I think i tried to put too much into 12 weeks lol, but it was very fun and i love the book we made. the cover is paste paper . When students for get to put their names on their work .... i always tell them i steal it and make it my own.......so here it is stolen paper (:
Class was great i am truly blessed (:

Friday, July 20, 2007


My Fat book came today!!! It is awesome! I think the secret society of fat book sisters should have a blog to show the pages. They are allllll awesome . Here I am only posting mine... I don't know if it is okay to scan the rest of the book if I didn't make the pages. Anyhoo.... Every page came with directions for the techniques used.... I will treasure this beautiful book as another piece of art, a source for inspiration and a resource to learn more about different techniques.... LOVE it!

Thursday, July 12, 2007


I am uploading this one to see what full size looks like
(:

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Here is another of my Eric Carle on crack collages for the fat book technique book

Wanted some sonshine in my heart. Gotta start back in my bible study. Fat book pages for technique book are done.
Want to try a resist on dyed papers and add black I also want to try drawing a pick and then painting with paper... My other idea is to make a flour paste and paint it on as a resist.... Lots of fun to be had!!!

Friday, May 11, 2007




front cover of my artiscape fatbook.
Yes this is FAT!!! What a fun swap Artiscape 2007
Off the subject......I am looking for an intriguing inspiring image a day. and drawing daily. tgif

Monday, May 07, 2007

Vive sencillamente. Ama generosamente.
Se preocupa de profundamente. Habla amablemente.
Deja el resto a Díos...
Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God... - Homer Thompson

Monday, April 16, 2007



The flip side of my book page. I hope the secret sisters of the fat book society like it.... (:

Hooray my fat book pages for art escape are coming together. I was stressed for what reason??? Now to get stressed about my charms LOL

Thursday, March 15, 2007



More crazy paper. I covered this for an example for class. I need to find the embellishment I bought for the flower.... Everything gets lost around here. I decided to "set myself up" today. I never plan to fail I just fail to plain. so I am remedying that somewhat today... Goal is to print some water marks on watercolor paper and draw elephants for my collage. Here goes (:

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


I am reading The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. She suggests a routine of creativity... Discipline becomes habit. Learning and preparation gives us a place to capture those creative inspirations that flutter by. I agree those moments are like a kiss from God. The creative Habit is a way to harness the power and creativity of those passing kisses. A year ago I had begun to develop the Habit of creativity. Now I want that again. My challenge now is to make something complete, beautiful, and satisfying. I have dozens of projects to begin. Filling the empty space is paralyzing to me. So I decided to begin again here on these pages. This weekend I am getting away to spend some time doing creative stuff with friends. I want to finish some atcs for Artiscape in May.

Monday, June 26, 2006


finally finished a collage for my friend's round robin art journal. I enjoyed doing this. She loves Bono. his music, his calling to the Aids victims of Africa. Her heart is for the children and her prayers are effective. I love the layers in collage. Doing this reminded me that accross the globe there is brokeness in the human condition. Sexual brokeness extends across the oceans, across generations, there is no economic or color line.... Our American youth who seem so confident and bold are just as subject to it as those in Africa. Disease covers us. While so many are suffering, none of us are whole. Bit we have hope.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Water soluble pastels on gessoed page. Had fun. mixed emotions on the results.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


I am working on my nature journal I wanted it to be made with paper w/o lines. I made the cover with a paper sack. the inside cover is fold and dye papers I made. I macramed a knot and then glued some jut to tie it shut. I like it. I love the paper I used and the size. Garrison and Evan made themselves books also.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


A couple touch ups and a coat of gel medium and I am done with my round robin cover. This one has beenin my head for awhile. It is one of those messes that I like... I was trying out photo paper and twinkling h2os ..The orange paper is an experisment in tie dying paper. I didn;t have a big enough piece of paper so I collaged it around the bird... which did come out to be pretty round!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006



The boys are out flying kites. It is very windy and cold. I have been working on this book. I hope to put the notes for each page in the pull outs and tags. I wrapped paper bags in this book and used misc. things I am attracted to. This gloden brown manilla envelope paper bag stuff is great.




Peace maker altered book .

Monday, March 27, 2006


Cover for my art journal. Crazy paper, plastic paper, serendipity paper.... whatever you want to call it I loved doing it and love the colors. The picture does not show how thick and interesting it is. If it smelled good it would touch all the senses.
Dallas critic, Jim Fowler, wrote, "Painters attempt to capture the world around them and color the image with a little bit of their insides; artists attempt to capture the world inside them using the images they see in the external world."
What's inside of you? What do you have to say?
- James Michael Starr .
I admore James Michael Starr's work and art philosophy. I believe he has a unique gift from God.

Friday, March 24, 2006



I was given the idea to put prayer requests on tags and put them in pockets in my journal by Margie. The page needs touched up a bit. I am amazed at how many needs for prayer come up in any given day.

Thursday, March 23, 2006


Discovery about my art ...... Even though this page is a mess I discovered something about myself that I was trying to express... One is that I tend to babble LOL

Wednesday, March 22, 2006



I think I made a realization of why my collages are so bad.... I love people an their faces and hate cutting them up...... I use these images for sketching............