Art Journalversary

first art journaling page 2011

While updating some behind-the-scenes website stuff last week, I came across my 2011 archives and saw my very first art journal spread, which I posted in November 2011.  Thank you to Julie Fei-Fan Balzer who inspired me. I’ve since taken more of Julie’s classes online and in person, and trust me – you can’t go wrong doing that. Visit Julie’s site and you’ll be hooked.

I’ve also learned how to keep the personal, personal, by blurring text but back then I had no thought of the scope of the internet or my future as an artist when sharing this post. So I’ve kept it legible. Click on the pic to enlarge.

I think I want to start another journal with this kind of journaling – the boy I referred to as 14 is now submitting his college applications. The reason I had more time was because my Mom had passed in September of that year, and after much caregiving, I sensed the opportunities opening up, if only I would pursue them. This kind of daily art journaling captured those moments.

In general I guess I want to say, if you are interested in any artistic pursuits at all ~ go for them.  You have no idea where they will lead you.

You have to put yourself out there. I now teach classes across the country, and it all began with trying something new and putting myself out there. Go for it!

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Thanks for sharing this with us , Marjie. I started to make AJ after stumbling in the Julie’s blog, ages ago, too.
    And truly you are one of the artist that inspired me to try to work as a creative.

  2. What a journey from there to here – although it’s already a beautiful page (colour, colour, colour!). Thank you for sharing your beginnings… though now I’m thinking I need to go back through the archives of all my favourite artists to find their starting points (or at least their online starting points of course).
    Alison xx

  3. Oh I do love this and it is amazing how trying something new and sticking with it can really take you on a successful adventure!

  4. I’m so pleased for your success Marjie! You’re a lovely lady, & your art is always inspiring! I’ll be running my first workshop next March, so excited!
    Just spent a wonderful arty weekend learning from your friend France, another very inspiring artist!
    Alison xx

  5. A lovely post. Thank you for encouraging your followers on this blog. It is always a thrill to see your lovely art work. I had hoped to fly up for your class at the Ink Pad this month, but life has a way of interfering. Nevertheless, one day…your start and encouragement is tremendously uplifting.

  6. And, “You’ve come a long way, Baby!” Isn’t it fun to look at things we created along our artful journey to *here*? You are truly an amazing and inspiring woman, mentor and friend, Marjie!

  7. Happy journalversary! Glad to see that you worked through your times of grief with something so productive and beautiful- to have brought you to where you are now! Great post Marjie- all the best! hugs

  8. Time flies, my friend. Love that touch of teal in there. Great to look back to see how far you have come.. Bravo!!

  9. I love it that you recognized the opportunity even in the midst of sadness, since that’s a recurring them in my life…thanks for sharing this page.

  10. Happy art journal anniversary!! That is so awesome!!!!!!!

  11. A great post Marjie and how interesting to see how and when it all started!