I woke up in the middle of the night with “faucet nose”, and as the day progressed, it became obvious that I have a cold! So I wasn’t feeling super ambitions about the art for the pages. I wanted something that was fun with pretty colors. The prompt for this day was “icicles”. I did want to try it because they’re something I’ve never drawn or painted before. But I really didn’t know how to fill a page with them.

The prompt for this day was “animal in a Santa hat.” I decided to double down, and I have two of them here! The hat and the scarf for the reindeer were actually done on another piece of paper, cut out, and glued to the image. I love the idea of the deer having his own friend, the little winter finch! On the left side is a color mixing exercise.

I was reorganizing Studio II before the holidays. I wanted to get all the little buckets of pencils off of the drafting table so that I could use the table itself. A couple of days after I started thinking about how to do this, we were walking through Ikea for exercise (you can get a lot of steps in if you walk the whole showroom and marketplace!) and I came across a solution!

When I first started this image in my book, it was the shortest day of the year. Yes, I am journaling on “the” day, but the artwork is not necessarily finished on the day it was started. That’s because sometimes life happens. At any rate, I finally finished this, so… ta da… Here is my Solstice art! #microart #microartjournal #miniatureartjournal #miniartjournal #miniatureart #tinyjournalnation #allthingstiny #allthingsminiature #microartjournaling #tinyartjournal

It’s ugly sweater day! Well, maybe not officially, but that’s the theme for this spread. I did the right side in a pastel palette and the left in a more traditional color choice. Both are over a sparkling background and incorporate metallic and other gel pens. So what does YOUR “ugly sweater” look like? #microart #microartjournal #miniatureartjournal #miniartjournal #miniatureart #tinyjournalnation #allthingstiny #allthingsminiature #microartjournaling #tinyartjournal

Left side: I wanted to play with words and a blue/pink/purple color combination. I also used iridescent watercolor, but it doesn’t show up in the photo. Right side: The prompt for December 9th was Cocoa! Since I think gingerbread cookies are designed to go with hot chocolate, my page is all about these delicious treats! #microart #microartjournal #miniatureartjournal #miniartjournal #miniatureart #tinyjournalnation #allthingstiny #allthingsminiature #microartjournaling #tinyartjournal

My Christmas Art Journal is continuing! Today I’m showing you the page spread for December 8. The prompt for this day was “sleigh”. So I chose to do Santa’s Sleigh all packed up ready for deliveries! A young reindeer stands by ready to learn from his parents all about the job he’ll be doing in the future. #microart #microartjournal #miniatureartjournal #miniartjournal #miniatureart #tinyjournalnation #allthingstiny #allthingsminiature #microartjournaling #tinyartjournal

At the beginning of November, I took part in a mini book exchange in the Micro Art Journal group on Facebook. I made two mini books and sent them both off to my exchange partner. Although it wasn’t required, my partner, Misty Palek, filled one of the books I sent her with passport/mail art and sent it back! She also included this wonderful antique card that you see above.

I decided to add this to the inside of the back cover. That area wasn’t reserved for any particular day. I was digging through some previously stamped pieces that were in a drawer in the studio and I found both the cutout, embossed moon and a piece that had been embossed with stars. I’ve had them for about 20 years ago, when I used to do a lot of stamping.

Left side: Christmas is the time of music and singing. Kokopelli represents music. He is often found in petroglyphs holding a flute. I was a bit tired of red and green and just wanted to play with painting some other colors. The background just called for this musical trio! Right side: Mamacita, ¿Dónde está Santa Claus? Where in the world is Santa Clause? It’s pretty obvious that he’s hiding out someplace nice and warm!

I love the way gingerbread smells as it’s baking. It fills the house with warmth, happiness and excited anticipation. That said, I’ve never made gingerbread cookies or a gingerbread house. I think it would be really fun to make them and decorate them. Not sure if I would want to eat them, though! LOL! So instead, I’ve created a dream of a gingerbread village with houses, people and even a bush!

The prompt for this day was “Christmas lights”. All I could think of is how everyone decorates their yards this time of year. It’s one of my favorite things about the season. I could ride around and look at them all night long. On the other hand, I find most of the blow-up-style yard decorations bizarre. I’ve seen yards full of them. One of the new-ish ones around here is Santa’s Food Truck.

The prompt for this day was “candles”. Because my book is nano-sized, I thought that just one candle would suffice. I wasn’t sure how I would handle having a white candle, but I think this worked to give that impression! In addition to watercolor, I used gel pens on this for the lettering and the metallic touches. It’s sometimes hard to get a lot of detail on something small.

I saw in a report last week that black Christmas trees are a thing now days. That got me to thinking what color I would like for a tree. Black isn’t for me, but I did think about a hot pink tree with black, silver and white decorations. I might kind of like that! So, on this day, the art prompt was “christmas tree”. I decided to give my pink tree idea a go.

Bringing Home the Tree. Sharing another double-spread because the art went across both pages. The prompts for today didn’t really have anything to do with this picture. I just felt it was appropriate! I just had to customize the VW because of the way the stamp was. There were lines, indicating panels. I don’t know if this is what the creator had in mind… But it was certainly what popped into My mind!