Altered Book Journals (and more)!

It’s March and there have been further developments with journal making. I have started making “junk journals” or altered book journals that are filled with an assortment of papers. It’s so much fun to tea stain (preferably with hibiscus leaves to give a beautiful pink and purple hue) and dye the pages with bombay india inks.

I approached a local shop owner who was looking for local artisans and I approached her about my journals. She loved them and now you can find several on the shelves of her shop. I delivered 13 journals and 4 have sold at the time of this blog post.


I’ve also made some Little Golden Book junk journals that I think are sweet and I started an Etsy shop today! Hopefully, others will find the journals inspiring. I have some miniature Little Golden Books that I think would be so cute as memory keeping books – they are the perfect size to paste photos in from special events. I’m in the process of making a few of those to list in the shop too.

I’ve also been painting with watercolors, acrylics, soft pastels, and gelli plate. So much fun. I painted watercolor portraits of my sister in law’s two pups for her Christmas gifts and she loved them. I was pleased to see that she has already hung them on her walls 🙂


I think I will be doing some paintings of our pups (and maybe some random cute animals off of a copyright-free website) to practice my animal portraiture. I would love to be able to take commissions for pet portraits, especially given how well the portraits I painted were received.

Stay tuned to lots more activity!

Author: Brandi

Hi there, this is Brandi. I'm a pharmacist who works a very funny schedule, all week long but only every other week. As a result I'm off half the year plus vacation time. What do I do in all that time off? Good question... maybe if I start documenting it I'll know too:) Just kidding! I spend a lot of time on domestics: fixing up my house, cooking, sewing, knitting and of course bonding with my darling dog Darcy. I actually have the time and money to travel a bit, finally, so I will try to do that often on my week off. To my friends, this may be the quickest way to see what's going on in my life while I'm away.

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