On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Idea of the day

Tonight is Session Four of a six-week art journaling class that I am teaching through our local community adult school. Now that students are full of drawing ideas they need to start making their own books. We're starting with a simple accordion folded journal with fabric covering. It can be made any size, but mine are 6" tall and 8" wide (when closed) and include 15 workable pages.

That brings me to the next point. Surely I can complete 15 pages in any month, even a busy one. So.... why don't I start binding one every month, dedicate it to October or whatever, and fill it? At the end of one year I would have a stack of 12 completed books, each thematically bound, each one full of pages I'm truly proud of. It would mean I would work harder on each page, maybe even take two days for each one, but in the end I would be oh, so pleased!


  1. A really nice looking sketchbook =)

  2. Fabulous book and fabulous idea! I think even I could fill fifteen pages in one month!

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  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond!


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