Ayala Art Is Hosting 29 Faces In September

Yay…Ayala Art is back again with another round of 29 Faces.

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I am utterly unprepared for this…it just hit me that it is that time of year again.  So–I am completely unprepared — and my turbid brain immediately started grasping…

Do I need to make a new journal?  I do enjoy having journals specifically for projects like this, I have come to find out.

Can I use/re-use some of the journals I have made/bought that are sitting here?

Do I want clean, white pages–or already pre-made backgrounds already down pages?

What size face do I want to do?

What style face do I want to do?

What media do I want to use?

Do I want to choose a palette? Or at least something to tie the faces all together?  Or do I just allow whatever color wants to happen each day, organically?




(Think Jaws…)

All this stuff floating around in my head–all these ideas…I am not sure yet…but hopefully by September 1, I have something in place, because that is when this challenge begins.

I’ll keep you updated.


The Ledger

I have found a ledger to call my very own.


I frequently see many fellow artists creating in their ledgers books, using them as altered journals–and I love that…

I love taking something old and creating something new.

I love adding colors and patterns and swirls and LIFE to things thought dead and unwanted.

I am also endlessly entertained by the fact that this ledger was for an automobile company…the tabs are all about new cars, used cars, repossessed cars.

I have no idea what I am going to do with this journal yet…I have some ideas.  I just want to be sure because I have sort of an idea about creating based around a single theme…and I want to make sure that feels really good before I start…because I don’t want to start it…stop in the middle somewhere…and then it be years or whatever before I come back around to it.


Remember That April Journal?

I don’t have a picture I can just throw up of this journal, but it was the last journal I made with the idea of doing a monthly journal…

It has been sitting here all that time…waiting…

Until…for no real reason, a few weeks ago…I picked it up…because it, like so many others, has been sitting here where I can see it…so I picked it up…picked up a pen…

And I started writing…

Just one small line per page…

With lots of white space…erm…it’s buff colored cardstock…so, not actually white, but still…

A story is taking shape…

One that requires illustrations…

One that keeps taking me by surprise…

I will pick this journal up…write a line or two…then, down it goes…for a week…for a day…for who knows how long…

I’ll keep you posted….

For Your Inspiration Friday


When it comes to art, it’s important not to hide the madness.



He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

St Francis of Assisi


Home murmurs “Where have you been?” and I cannot help but say, “Away; looking for you.”

Noor Unnahar


It was her habit to build laughter out of inadequate materials.

John Steinbeck

Grapes Of Wrath


Creativity is not a competition.

Autumn Sky Hall

Finding Space In Paint

So, I know I started to talk a little bit about working in my silver leaf journal, using Brave Girls prompts recently…

I know I said I would talk more about what I did and why…and show the finished piece — once the scanner and I come to terms…or something to that effect…well, first of all, the scanner and I are still in negotiations…but I do have a camera…as soon as I get a card reader…(yeah, it’s lions…and tigers…and bears…oh my…here all the time…as in…if it ain’t one thing, it’s another…)

But…what I did one page one of that journal…isn’t the whole story…because the day after I finished that original spread…I needed to do something, anything…and so…I turned to the last page in the journal….and began to smear paint.

Now, the Brave Girls question prompts only go through about half the book…I needed to print out more and cut them out and glue them in…and I got sidetracked–as I do…I had figured there were enough glued in already to get me started and moving forward with them, so that by the time I hit the empty spaces I would be ready to print, cut and glue some more…

Nope.  That’s not what happened.

This is:

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And this:

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WIP. .. art journal play

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Yes, each page is its own entity…these are not supposed to be double-paged spreads at all.

I have a good ten or so of these pages done already…

It feels good — I throw down some paint and smoosh it around–and then I top it off with glitter…and voila…

Do I have an idea of where these pages will go after this?


Not a clue.

What if nothing else happens to them?

Would that be a bad thing?

I don’t think it would be a bad thing at all.

I have an idea, despite the glittered texture of every page, that there will be words, perhaps poetry, put upon these pages…we’ll have to see.

When I figure it out, I’ll let you know.