Saturday, August 6, 2011

Best Friends, Flowers, and Orange

This last week the color challenge (the last one!) for The Summer of Color was the color orange. It has been such a busy, crazy week....back to school is in full swing in our house. I just got a chance to work in my journal yesterday for a bit. I knew earlier in the week what I wanted to do, but just had a tough time actually doing it! 

When I think of orange, I always think of my BFF Lisa. She loves orange and in high school (looong ago...longer than I want to admit) it was all about orange. She also loved gerber daisies. So for me the chain of inspiration led me to wanting flowers somehow involved and a quote or poem about friendship. I just wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do. Enter Christy Tomlinson. I love reading her blog and her post yesterday (she shared a video too!) was inspired by Alisa Burke. I have always admired Alisa's style and immediately grabbed my pens and started doodling away. SO fun!!

 First, I doodled some flowers in pencil. Next time I will be brave enough to just start with pen. :)

Next, traced over pencil with my 05 MICRON pen.

Time to fill in with watercolor crayons and pencils. I wanted lots of orange with pops of blue.

Then added water.

I found a quote about friendship and added it to the page. I just glued it down with a glue stick. But, with all the water I was using, I think gel medium or Modge Podge would be a better choice.

I love the bright colors and it makes me happy...

...exactly the same way I feel after spending time with my soul sister Lisa. She is the best of girlfriends...the ones that are always there, love you no matter what, know you inside and out (and stick around), have so much "dirt" on you they could fill a land fill :), jump for joy in your successes, and are the first ones there when you know the ones...the sisters by heart that only GOD could have placed in your life. That is Lisa. GOD smiled down on me and said, "Here you go." I am a lucky girl. :)

I hope you get a chance, if you haven't already, to check out Kristin's
Summer of Color, Christy Tomlinson, or Alisa Burke - so much inspiration.

Have a beautiful weekend,

"Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness." 


  1. Beautiful journal pages, so love those fab flowers. Annette x

  2. Hey there! You just gave me as much inspiration and joy as you say Alisa Burke gives you! Good work! I love your orange with blues. I love your process and how you shared it, as I don't know how to use the crayons with water yet. I llove your quote and post writing. I also have a BFF named Lisa, who is so wonderful. I can't imagine my life without her. Happy weekend to you, and thanks again. Kathy

  3. Hello Jen! I just finished writing a post about friendship and I find it so timely with your post. :) As usual, you have the greatest and one of the most creative works I've ever seen. I love the blend of the lively colors. Have a great weekend my friend! :)

  4. So awesome--your post makes me happy too--I LOVE these flowers. I saw the same video--what an inspiration these 2 artist are--Alisa and Christy.

  5. This is stunning! Such beautiful bold colors, wonderful doodles and I love that your quote is about friendship. Thank you for another beautiful week, xo

  6. Dear Jen-Oh!!!! I just love love love your journal pages!!! They make me so happy too...just looking at them. They are scrumptious! I love the ink, delicate details of the pen and then the bright watercolors. are you going to journal on those pages too? That would be super yummy.
    Wow! school already started??? you know...we have to get together one of these days...okay? xxx

  7. This is so beautiful! Love the colors chosen.

  8. beautiful journal pages,, just beautiful,,

  9. Oh I love your doodles! So pretty! Aren't micron pens the best? xoxo

  10. What a great commentary on friendship! Sounds like you're both lucky. Your flowers are fun and bright and so cheerful!

  11. This makes me happy too! So beautiful, colorful and fun!

  12. I love this.. and it makes me happy too.. the great doodles and colors.. made me sniff too about your BFF.. one is so very lucky to have someone like that in their lives... off to check out the 2 blogs you mentioned..
    thanks for making me smile.. and for lovely comments on mine..

  13. Loved your orange and your doodle flowers. They are so happy!

  14. Love it! It's really fun and friendly looking. Isn't the .05 micron awesome? I love drawing tiny details with it..but I'm not brave enough to start with pen, either! Have a great weekend!

  15. I love what you made, so vibrant n' fun! I am happy you have a soul sister like that! xXx

    Thank you for your kind comments before; it meant a lot! I'm okay and I so appreciate your sincere words!
    You helped me rethink things; Thank you~ @>-----

  16. Hi Jen!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments! I'm so happy to "meet" you!! Your artwork is amazing! I love your journal page! Christy T. and Alyssa B. are both two of my favorite inspirations as well! :) I really want to dive into art journaling. It is something I've struggled to find the time to fit in, but as with all of my other creative outlets, I just need to DO IT!! :) Thanks so much for your inspiration! I look forward to seeing what you come up with next!!

    Take care,