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Monday, August 17, 2015

My Journal Pages

              "One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began."  
Love this quote from Mary Oliver.
This is a page from my vintage ledger journal, dated 1919.  A great find at a local flea market.

I adore how the old pages look against a finished painting.  Each page is prepped with gesso, adding text, doodles and quotes appropriate for each piece of art.  I have also experimented with oil sticks on these pages, adding it to the finished piece and page.  I am a little obsessed with it, I know.

Beginning stages and the quote reads; " Always keep your beautiful imagination and exquisite sense of humor."  I thought it appropriate to add a vintage girl!
Finished by adding layers and washes of color before adding the oil sticks.
She is the first one, Journal girl #1.  I added texture and antiquing to her background.  "The essence of joy and wondering".
I have many more pages to fill, some have text and numbers on them, and some are just blank.
The first photo, above, is my interpretation of a John Waterhouse painting from 1908.  "My Sweet Rose"  
Eleven years before the date stamped inside the ledger
I hope you enjoyed peeking inside my journal and are inspired to create your own, whether it be in an old ledger, notebook or home made papers.
Enjoy the process.
See you soon.


  1. Lovely. So delicate Ursula. And, how funny but I am using that same My Sweet Rose as a reference for our ATC!

  2. Thank you. Great minds think alike!

  3. I love this series of yours and so fun to see the process you go through. Thanks for sharing. They are just beautiful!!