Monday, September 8, 2014

August Journal Pages

August went very quickly, probably because so much happened this month. I worked on most of these Journal52 assignments outside of my studio, often while sitting on a hotel bed, so I kept the materials really simple and pushed myself to concentrate on other aspects.

Week 31 - Friends

Sometimes... well, let's just say that it would be nice to have a really, really good friend.

© Sandy Steen Bartholomew

But I realize, after making this piece, that I will need to lower my requirements if I want to make more friends! Drawn and inked with Japanese cartooning ink (I can't read the label, but it is lovely and black). And just in case you miss the subtle joke here... the friends are burying the body in the letter "U".

Week 32 - Favorite Foods

The four food groups - Chocolate, popcorn (veggies), cherries, and apple pie. I drew it all with a brush marker and shaded with a gray brush marker. Then I colorized sections with colored pencils.

© Sandy Steen Bartholomew

Week 33 - Gratitude

The most effective way to learn what you are grateful for? Have a really sucky day and see what floats to the top. I am particularly grateful for the friend who answers the phone. And the one who doesn't say "I told you so." They totally float. ;-)

Papermate ballpoint pen letters and doodles with a smidge of pencil for shading along the edges.

© Sandy Steen Bartholomew

Week 34 - Alphabetical

This was just plain old fun. I just started drawing, with Papermate ballpoint pen, making it up as I went. I added some pencil shading to the background to give it some more dimension.

© Sandy Steen Bartholomew


  1. Sandy, I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the "true friend" page. My True Friend and I are always (well, not "always", but more than we should!) on the lookout for good places to 'bury the body'. Honestly, would it be okay with you if I had that image printed on a tee-shirt?

    Also really like your comments about gratitude and what "floats to the top". Profound, yet simple. Thank you.

  2. Thank you! That's quite a compliment. I was thinking it would make a good t-shirt - thanks for the confirmation! I'll let you know when it happens so you can get one. :-)


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