Saturday, January 2, 2010

It's Play Time!


What does one do for fun while the boys play with their new Christmas loot and the snow piles up outside? Well, journal, of course.


Gathering up my journaling supplies: watercolor pencils, markers, collage elements, glue stick and Moleskine journal, I was ready to settle down by the fire. The falling snow and the sheer beauty of winter (and knowing that I wasn't the one who'd be shoveling) was all the inspiration I needed.


The snow has been falling for days and, with nowhere to go, I have enjoyed a great deal of journaling time. Today the aroma of a roast in the crock-pot and the sight of boys playing in the snow was the calm that my muse needed to create page after page.


In addition to my watercolor pencils, I played around with my Caran d'Ache water soluble crayons and water soluble oil pastels for a bit of bold color.

Gee, winter can be fun after all, even for those who prefer the fireside to Jack Frost nipping at your nose.

© Nancy Lefko

15 comments:

Glenda-TwoCoolTexans said...

These are wonderful. I especially love the one about letting your spirit soar. OOOOh, that was good. Beautiful art Nancy.

whyte said...

Great pages Nancy! Very inspiring and makes me feel warm, like your fire!

PCarriker said...

I love the birch trees Nancy!!!

Diana Evans said...

oh so wonderful to play!!! Happy New Year Nancy!!! I look forward to your wonderful work in 2010!!!

Hugs
Diana

Jan J. said...

I just love your work! I love the digging in your roots but letting your spirit soar! Yesterday we were hanging out at the book store and I surrounded myself with the Somerset magazines as always and saw your piece in Art Journaling and was SO inspired! I was always intimidated by the messiness of paints and inks for backgrounds as I have only a tiny place to work. I had never thought of watercolor pencils/crayons to work with for backgrounds. I can't wait to get some and try it out! Thanks so much for the inspiration and looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!

Lucy said...

Nancy--I love your journal style! Your pages turned out wonderfully. I love the vision of taking your journal and supplies, cozy up and immerse in an evening of art. Very nourishing!

TheresainMS said...

These pages are lovely! It's been cold here in MS too but no snow. I sure was glad to get home from work early afternoon and know that I would not have to go back outside though. Best feeling this time of year is being warm and safe. Have a warm and art-filled weekend!

Brenda Lynn said...

What wonderful pages, Nancy... as wonderful as the image of you snuggled by the fire creating them. Thanks so much for sharing.

Amy said...

everything is so pretty and magical.
the snowman is adorable as ever.

ArtSnark said...

How fun & playful! Great pages

Persimmons Gal said...

Love love loving these journal pages Nancy!!

Erin Butson said...

I LOVE these. I'm so inspired to start journaling. Love the quote about creating a home that my children want to return to. So sweet. So true.

Elizabeth Parsons said...

It's been enjoyable this year to watch your art evolve with more and more journaling and drawing...isn't that the great thing about art...we just keep evolving (hopefully)

Kathy said...

Girl, you have taken this journaling and ran!!!!!!! You are fabulous with this as well as collage. Good for you, it just does not feel comfortable for me...Maybe someday, I love the white backgrounds on the winter pages, beautiful.

Shelle said...

these are beautiful, Nancy, this is just what i must start doing with my kids...i tried several years ago, but just didn't have my creative spirit yet!