I saw some really cute, woodland pins in Hobby Lobby the other day. I decided to get them because they were on sale. My thinking was that I could use them as “journal jewelry”. To attach it to the cover, I punched a tiny hole with a 3/16ths punch in the lower corner of my nano Traveler’s notebook. Then I inserted the post of the pin and pushed on the backing.

I haven’t posted a Zentangle from Amanda Higbee, CZT in a long time. The camera on her phone has been broken and other life things have interfered. But I have one for your pleasure today! I love the way she used strips of Ambler to draw the eye into the center of the tile. I also got a big kick out of the list of tangles on the back of her tile.

A new year means new art journals! I am making some more nano Traveler’s Notebooks, designed to fit in a pocket, to be used for art, journaling or both! In the picture, you can see some hints: Covers for summer with beach themes, some contemporary designs, a couple of unique grungy in bright colors, even some for Valentine’s Day. If you’re interested in obtaining one of these for yourself or as a gift, just PM me on Facebook to work out the details!

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.