Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hobonichi Techo Illustrations

Illustrations in my Hobonichi Techo
are mostly about my day...including
the fact that I gotta have that
morning coffee to feel human!

Linking up with the Altered Book Lover
blog today for T Tuesday, when we have
a chat over a beverage, and see what 
other bloggers are doing. Click on the 
link to visit the blog hop!

Quote stolen (like an artist) from Pinterest!

Lots of images today, so I won't add
much commentary...

I love finding vintage stuff at
any thrift store!

Sorry for the wonky scan...
you can click on the image to
enlarge.  I had several days running
of madly working on favors for a
women's retreat, just to get them
done in time.

Even a bit of painted fabric
can go into my Hobonichi. I think this
one will be even chunkier than 
last year's!

When I don't have much to write,
the doodles can get elaborate!

The apple blossoms were
so beautiful!

I learned to run a chain saw.  I suspect
the electric one we bought is easier
to manage than one powered by
gasoline. And it can be safely stored
in our basement. I was pretty sore
the next day, and still more to do.
Little steps...

I've also been creating a Fake Journal
this month. Stop by
to see who my character is.

What about you, what are you up to?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Details Matter

Drawing done in Sharpie extra fine pen
for my Fake Journal 2017.
Your can see more of this year's
posts and art work at

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Techo Tuesday: Coffee and Plants

Recurring themes in my Hobonichi seem
to be coffee, plants, and food...

with maybe some monsters and
quotes thrown in!

It's challenging to keep up with my
Hobonichi this month, as I am also
doing the Fake Journal project too.
I do a drawing every day, in character
with whatever fake identity I chose.
to see what I've done so far this month,
and try to guess my identity!

Thankful for the cheerful, pretty flowers
my hubby bought for me, and for
warming temperatures and sunshine!

Now we need to get busy picking up sticks
and removing this 'little' project from 
our yard. It's a bit soggy out there
right now, but we'll do a little bit
at a time. What's your latest project?

Linking up to T Tuesday over at 
Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog...
stop by for a beverage and a chat!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

T is for Techo Journaling

Sharing my coffee in my Hobonichi Techo
with you today...

and how about a scone to go with it?
Perhaps you'd like to forgo the

Last week you got a peek at the
"tree stump page" before it was finished.
I added some tiny vintage images
and a Spring quote.

I admit that I am fascinated by Frida Kahlo's
image, art and history. I can't seem to capture
her features in correct proportion, but I
will keep trying. I am pleased with the 
colorful background to set off the black
and white ink drawing. Guess I should
have done a pencil sketch first. I just 
jumped in with my pen...

Some cute bunnies...

Monsters and a butterfly on the same page.
Weird. I know. The flowered paper covers
some journaling that is private.
(It works when you don't know how to blur
the image digitally...­čśĆ)

The butterfly and freesia were prompts
from The Hobonichi Challenge on Instagram.
The ticket is from a high school musical that we
attended. Brought back memories of when my
kids were in musicals. Hectic, but good times.

Breakfast sketches yet again, as I usually
 journal in the morning. Another unfinished page
with space to fill. Because I pretty much
feel I have to fill it up!! I admire artistic
negative spaces, but have difficulty making
that happen myself. Just not my style I guess.

Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth
for T Day. Click on the link to visit the
blog hop and see what's up.

Oh, just one more thing.
(To quote the old TV detective Columbo)
April is International Fake Journal Month!
I hope you will join me in April at
see who/what my fake character will
draw in April!  Maybe you'd even like
to try IFJM yourself. Visit here.
Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ten Things You Should Know About My Hobonichi Journaling Obsession

Ten Things You Should Know About My Hobonichi Journaling Obsession

10.) Don't Judge ~ we all have our obsessions, right? For some people it's tattoos or jewelry, antiques or show tunes from musicals. For me, it's journaling and drawing in my Hobonichi Techo (nearly) every day.

9.) Try It Yourself ~ Anti-digital may become a New Thing. It may be faster, easier or 'efficient' to set a date or an alarm on your digital device, but actually writing something down can be rewarding and effective. Writing it down makes something that is abstract a little more concrete and real. Generations have written diaries and drawn in sketchbooks. They are now records of the times. In a fast-paced world with so many digital options, slowing down enough to write it down on paper is a fun way to document your experiences!

8.) Google It! ~ Educate yourself about it. There are so many ways to use a Hobonichi Techo.  Of course we are crazy about the excellent quality of the paper. I collage, draw, paint and record the mundane and the interesting. Other uses could include a bullet journal - food/exercise/drink diary - gratitude journal - study journal - sketchbook - calligraphy workbook...  One of my art friends said that my Hobonichi shows that I am practicing 'Mindfulness' each day. What did you notice today? What impacted your day? Visit the Hobonichi website for videos and pictures of how others use their journals.

7.) You Can Never Have Too Many Supplies (or Hobonichi Covers)! ~ Well, not as long as you're actually using them all! (Edit: or maybe just looking at them brings you joy!) I try not to buy too much stuff, but there are a lot of products to tempt us. Not only art supplies, but stationery supplies too! Think of it as contributing to the world economy...

6.) Explain Why You Love It To Your Family ~ Or, at least try... if they don't understand how important it is to you, they may not give you the time/space you need. And your Hobonichi obsession gives friends and family a great resource for buying you gifts for the holidays and birthdays!

More will be added to the right-hand page...

5.) Research Products Before You Buy Them For Me ~ The Tomoe River paper in the Hobonichi takes watercolors well, but certain pens bleed through the thin paper. Ask for a list of products that are acceptable or check on-line for the information. Dye-based inks will bleed through the paper!

4.) Everything is Fodder For The Journal ~ Fair Warning. If you said/did something hysterical/wise/cute, it will go into the journal. It might get posted on-line. (within reason, of course. or, maybe not.) 

3.) The Hobonichi FB Group is a Bunch of Enablers ~ Yes, you can join a FB group that is all about Hobonichis. Several, in fact. And you will see every product or cover known to man. And the group may...ok, they will... enable you to justify more purchases for your Hobonichi!  You've been warned. But it's practically the only place where people understand this obsession! You can see a lot of posts of different styles of journaling. The group is very supportive of efforts and styles of planner use, and extremely willing to share information. I love it.

2.)  I Take My Hobonichi Everywhere ~ You'll have to wait for me to gather my Hobonichi, pen case, and watercolor pencils before I can leave to go anywhere. Even to the grocery. Because, you know, I might need to draw broccoli...

1.) If I'm Journaling, I'm In The Zone ~ Give me a few minutes to come back to reality. If you need something from me, don't expect me to drop everything.  I can't stop in the middle of a drawing! Can't. Fix. Your. Supper. Right. Now.

Linking up and sharing tea and my 'Ten Things' with the bloggers visiting Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Tuesday. Click on the link to share a visit and a beverage with other bloggers.

What is your current obsession?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hobonichi Techo Journaling

I think Mother Nature is playing a cruel
trick. Instead of the old saying that March
comes "in like a lion, out like a lamb," 
we've had exactly the opposite here in
Ohio, USA!

Coming home from vacation was a rude 
awakening. One day (where I was) in Florida
it was 78 degrees, and Ohio had 75 degrees!

The Hobonichi Challenge for March 
features Spring themes...

Hence the dandelions.

I do tend to draw my coffee cups a lot.
One day the challenge was Earl Grey
tea. Not sure why...but it works for
T day! Visit Bleubeard and Elizabeth
to see what goodies may
be shared this week!

I've always wanted to have a
Mad Tea Party...

outside beneath the cottonwoods, with
lots of odd tea cups and fun decorations.

Do you think the Mad Hatter would
make an appearance? 

Hope your day is filled with sunshine
and creativity!