June 13, 2016

Playing with Inktense ....

Good morning my lovelies.  It's 1:40 am ... I am wide awake.  Thought I would blog.  One has to keep oneself amused if one can't sleep!  Seriously, I find it much easier to get up and do something rather than toss and turn.

Awhile ago, the lovely Sandy sent me a package which included a beautiful set of Inktense by Derwent.  I've played with them in different ways, however never in my journal to do a small painting.  Certainly different than oils, or acrylic with an extender - I had great fun.  More like watercolour which I find I don't have much control over and am not very good at.  The ink itself is beautiful .. and for my first serious attempt in my art journal I am satisfied.  More practice obvious required.
I don't know if I told you about my 'secret garden' project.  There is a place behind the shed, which can be made very private.  Ray dropped in the other night and layed the quartz.  Much more work is required.  A 6 ft. privacy fence of rolled fernwood with go around the area -- then some furniture etc.  I'll keep you posted.  I'm excited about this little spot.  

Nice to see you here today.  Thanks for all your lovely comments.  It's always great to hear from you.  The beginning of a new week.  What are you up to?  It's sort of cold and rainy here on the Island.  I'm still busy sorting boxes.  Began to set up my studio this week.  HOORAY!
“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”
~ C. JoyBell C.


  1. Hi Donna, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you did in your journal, just fantastic - I'm almost glad you didn't sleep so that you could make this little masterpiece! Your secret garden will be fantastic when it is finished, looking forward to seeing more piccies. Hugs, Valerie

  2. So wise of you. Some of the best creative genies come for a night visit! Your little patio is a delight. I'm so glad you have it. It will add a whole new world to your days.

    Love, Edye

  3. Forgot to say...I love your beautiful lady. Like all the others, she is so very lovely, despite her lone tear.

  4. Oh happy day; a page in your journal. I immediately spotted it on 'bloglovin' because of your signature EYES. It is a marvelous drawing and I was excited to read you have started to set up your studio. Your private garden area will be perfect. Thanks for sharing the photos with us.

  5. Your journal page is wonderful. You are such a talented artist. I so enjoy your blog posts. Hope you have a great week.

  6. What a wonderful journal spread with the amazing face. The secret garden is a terrific project and will be a nice quiet place for you.

    Have a beautiful week

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. An awesome journal spread and a beautiful girl. Your private garden is a super project which I'm sure you will enjoy.
    Yvonne xxx

  8. I love inktense for quick colourful work...and secret gardens...I adore secret gardens :D XXX

  9. What a gorgeous lady you created on your beautiful pages dear Donna!
    You're creating more magic and beauty in the garden too I see.
    Leaving your artists touches everywhere you go ♥
    p.s. hope you have a lovely night's rest tonite

  10. A wonderful spread! The Inktense are great- I love that they are permanent after adding water to them.. that comes in so handy for art journaling.
    Your new place looks fantastic.. the stones look really good ... god save Ray... he is a hero!

    Wish you a happy rest of the week - we have also rainy weather today... time to do art or household!
    oxo Susi

  11. I saw this and did not comment - am I bad or what. I don't care what medium you have, you work miracles with them. I am so glad I sent you those Inktense whatever you call them. Your lady is so beautiful and I am so tickled that you the Inktense Sugar. It is good for the brain to use something new.
    Your new secret garden is going to be beautiful - I know you and what you can create. I am in love with your friend Ray!!!!!
    sandy xx

  12. Good job with the Inktense! It is my fave creativity tool, since a dear friend loaned me hers several years ago. I use them alone or as detail on watercolor. Your beautiful secret place makes me wish I had one. But I guess I do...just not as artful as the one your friend made you. I always love your postings, AND your quotes!