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Moleskine, My Go To Travel/Art Journal And Why….


As many of you already know I journal everywhere I go. It is a wonderful way for me to stay engaged with my art and studio time while documenting my trip in a fun, interesting and stress free way.

I generally decide before i leave home the style and method I’ll use to journal. Over the years I’ve used many different style journals to work in, with experience I’ve learn that small journals, with some kind of closure like sting or elastic is best. It needs to be small enough to fit in the purse I’ve selected to travel with and I also like to take an accompanying pencil case that will hold the various pens and pencils I want to use along with small paint tubes of primarily matt acrylic paints, on this journal I used black. watercolor brush (which I use With my watercolor pencils) and my trusty glue stick.


I do love the Moleskine journals for a number of reasons…They are easy to find even during travels most places carry them in the event I’ve left home without one or have more to document than one book will accommodate. The paper is of a good quality so that paints work just fine on the pages, ( I don’t recommend working with too much water but the pages can handle minimal saturation). Most versions come with an inside back pocket so when I’m traveling around and come across things that I want to put into the journal this pocket is a great place to store things until I sit down to work. And the most endearing feature is the elastic strap that keeps the journal closed. This becomes increasingly more important as your trip wears on and your journal begins to expand from all of the wonderful keepsakes that are documenting your vacation.

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I generally reach for the 3.5 X 5.5 size, it’s a perfect size to work in and document. I’ll use larger books when I plan to do artwork along with keeping a travel journal, but I find if I want to primarily document the trip while working with my pens and paints this passport size Moleskine is perfect!


For this journal I decided that I wanted to work primarily in white ink on black paint, and to my surprise the printed literature of so many Australian business is highly graphic and in black and white! Who knew right? Much of what I documented worked beautiful into my Journal and consequently my little white pen got lots of use.


Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen

Black Matt Acrylic Paint


Uhu Glue Sticks 12 pack

I’ve placed a link for the 12 pack because honestly I purchase them by the dozen because I go through them so fast that to buy one or two at a time is just not sufficient for me, and its far more economical, but certainly if you just want to try just 1 then by all means follow this link here!

Enjoy your own Journaling time!

Love and Peace



A Peek Into My Australian Art Diary!

As I travel around this incredible country from the big cities of Sydney and Melbourne to the coastal towns of Geelong and Lorne to name a few….

You guys know how I’m the ambassador of daily art journaling , “365 days in the life of a journal”😊 

I’ll be introducing an “Art Journaling” membership group to inspire + encourage + teach you my techniques… coming up in January 2018.  I’ll keep you posted!  

Until then enjoy your Holidays ❣️

Love and Peace 


New Years Invite and A Free Print as My Gift To You!

Hello on one of the last days of 2016!  Here’s a short video inviting you to link up with me in 2017.  I’ll be sharing various strategies for creating passive income through art, giveaways and much more!



A Painted Book

One of the latest books from the studio…

Enjoy ❣️

Much Peace and Love


Celebrate With Me

Click the link and head over to my new website and get a free piece of art❣️

Much Love 



Today I spent an incredibly beautiful morning in Mexico City at Frida Kahlo’s home now gallery….

Words can not do it the justice that the visual image awards us with….



Love the inspiration that looking at other’s studios provides…



Much Love and Peace



Art Journal Share – 365 days❣

Here are some catch up pictures from my 365 days in the life of a journal….


Much Love …


Mosaic Books….

I created a Mosaic book of my February daily #365daysinthelifeofajournal art work….

I love this app very easy to use right on your phone…great customer service and a really unbelievable quality with quick turnaround…
Check me out daily on my Instagram @rarebirds…


Love Peace and Joy


Studio Color Explorations

This month’s challenge for me, is to look at color combinations differently and explore using them in various media….

Last week I used watercolors a medium I rarely use, though I love the wash of color produced… 

This week I’m working with mono printing on glass and Gelli plates using acrylics and sumi inks… 

What creative pursuits have captured your passions this week?

Ride the wind, and remember …


Be Inspired!

Much Love and Peace…


Free to Be….

Here’s my January 18th collage commemorating those who’s passion was for all people to be free..


And a time lapsed video of me creating it…


Have a very creative and inspired day doing the things that excite you and feeds your passions!

Much Peace and Love