Sunday, July 1, 2018


We have had a  blast last month at AJJ and I want to say thank you to all the participants and to Gill, who visited everybody and commented all entries and inspired us with a plethora of amazing pages during the whole month! Today with the start of July we start a new topic at  
Art Journal Journey 
and our host this month is the
 marvellous mixed media artist Chris - better know as 
Pearshaped Chris, a name that connects her with her blog Pearshapedcrafting
Her theme for this month is:


So hop over to ART JOURNAL JOURNEY to learn more about our new theme and have a look at Chris' example page for us. 

I currently feel a craving for using natural materials to create collages. You will see a lot of this kind of collages this month from me. It's absolutely relaxing to play with the materials and mix them with collage, handmade papers and paint and doing a bit of hand- and machinestitching as well on them. 

I will hopefully bind this collages into a journal in the end . 
Unfortunately, I can't promise if I really bring it to a happy journal ending, but at least it's on my plan.
But for now I just play with the pages - just

for me...

Talking of BINDING the lovely words of Deb Caletti occured to me :
We are thickly layered, page lying upon page, behind simple covers. And love - it is not the book itself, but the binding.

 and so I decided to reshow my 
little blue booklet - video 
where we cast  a second look at an older piece of us 

I really hope to see you at the challenges and that you decide to play along with us again!
Always such a pleasure when you participate !



  1. I just love these two pages, very earthy. Great video too.

  2. I love your style & earthy colours. Have a good start to July!

  3. Beautiful nature and collage pages Susi! And, I loved your little book video too! That's a great quote.
    Happy July!
    Alison xxx

  4. Oh Susi, such beautiful pages, what a great start to the month! I feel calm just looking at this spread!
    Your little blue book is a real treasure!
    Thank you so much for inviting me to guest host this month!
    Hugs, Chrisx

  5. Stunning work again, Susi... I can feel your pleasure and enjoyment in this. Lovely neutrals with a beautifully calming effect. So good to celebrate nature!

    Have a lovely week!

    Cath x

  6. Stunning pages dear Susi - such a beautiful palette of neutral colours. Love all the layers and textures and wonderful details.
    Chris's theme is really exciting - it's going to be a great month.
    Thanks once again for the lovely comments and support last month and I've just commented on the last one Eileen must have snuck in :)
    Have replied to your mail also :)
    Happy Sunday and Happy July...
    Gill xx

  7. I’m loving what I see, Susi. You are right, Art is everywhere. I never thought of people as being in layers, but yes, we are! I love that you are using natural materials. The sources are endless, in the layers of our planet. Inspiration for making art is everywhere, enjoy!

  8. Your natural journal pages are always amazing! The neutral colour palette with the leaves and stitching looks so beautiful ­čśÇ. Great inspiration and I can't wait to see more of your natural creations this month! I hope you are having a lovely weekend dear Susi! Happy Sunday! J ­čśŐ x

  9. Sagenhaft toll, auch mit dem nat├╝rliche Material schaffst du kleine Wunderwerke. Ganz zauberhaft.
    Liebe Gr├╝├če und ein sch├Ânes Wochenende

  10. I really love the simplicity of your pages today Susi. The simplicity equals such stunning beauty. And it like how you used bits from plants. Perfect for summer. I also loved seeing the blue journal again too. Sounds like you have had some art fun lately and I have some pages all ready to show us. :) Can't wait to see them. We are still very hot and I have an antsy husband. It is either go out in the heat or sit inside where it is cool. I don't blame him, I hate being stuck inside with all the windows closed so we can stay cool. Time for this heat to break a bit and go back to being beautiful summer weather. Hope you are having a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

  11. Your pages today are just stunning, Susi! Natural materials, with their earthy colors and textures, are my favorites. I can't wait to see more coming from your warm heart and gifted hand.
    Thanks for throwing in that sweet video!
    Happy Sunday, my friend!

  12. Wundersch├Âne Seiten hast Du da mal wieder gezaubert, liebe Susi. Ein Augenschmaus! Dein B├╝chlein gef├Ąllt mir auch sehr gut.
    Ich w├╝nsche Dir noch einen sch├Ânen Sonntag Abend.
    Herzliche Gr├╝├če

  13. Your art is such an inspiration to me. First, I am in awe of the nature inspired theme you are going for. This is a wonderful spread and I am inspired to seek out some pieces from my garden so I can create something similar to what you made. Imitation is the greatest flattery of all. This is a wonderful spread, and so unique for Chris's theme. I love your take on her theme, which I interpreted SO differently. And then there's the sewing. It's been so hot in my craft room, I haven't wanted to sew, but I really want to sew again. Thanks for inspiring me in that way, too.

    Of course, that leads to the second on the 2nd, which is your little sewn book. It is TINY. It is certainly filled with love, and the way you manipulated the words and images just made my heart sing.

    As your co-admin, I thank you for this beautiful first entry at Art Journal Journey, and as your host at Second on the 2nd, I applaud your video of your beautiful, yet tiny book of layers of love.

  14. Its a gorgeous journal spread Susi and a super new AJJ theme.
    I hope I will be able to join in when I get home. It is the internet provider here that is blocking me out.
    I do have another difficulty will email you after Wednesday.
    Yvonne xx

  15. Absolutely stunning pages Susi, I am loving the look of these neutral collaged papers, so much texture, - stunning! Now I really look forward to the rest of this month to see more of this wonderful style!!

  16. Hi Susi beautiful journal pages my friend ,you are so clever,well done xx

  17. Hello my friend. LOVE how you used the natural leaves on your page. reminded me of a visit to the first colony site in the US and they had books on display in cases where artist who came with them had walked around and had drawn the different flowers and trees they encountered and gave them names, so very interesting.


  18. Oh what wonderful textural pages Susi - enjoy your Art for Arts Sake month!! A journal at the end would be wonderful, but that may be another project for another day.
    Love your little blue book re-play too - have you ever used it for anything?

  19. beautiful page Susi & lovely textures. I absolutely love it

  20. What a beautiful botanical journal page Susi, perfectly documented showing just how artistic you are.
    I will have to pop back and look at your video as i'm having IT problems and it will not show for me.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful spread.
    Creative hugs for the week ahead Tracey xx

  21. Oh, using natural materials for a collage, how exciting, and how natural it is for your kind of art. I love these natural colours (one time soon I will try this).
    And the blue booklet!!!!!! - and this sweet video with the jolly music, who wouldn't love this little book with the sewing and coloured pages and even a jagged edge (ideas, ideas!)

  22. Your art is so awesome Susi! I really love what you have done here very much. Look forward to more. loved the video too Happy second on the 2nd

  23. Die Naturfarben-Collagen sind fantastisch! LG Ulrike

  24. I have fallen in love with your pages, dear Susi - such a wundersch├Ânes creation. As you know I love nature and it`s colors, and also love stitching on my collages, now and then- so this I could look at for days and days , - so gorgeous and vintage looking . I love it !!!
    Big hugs, Dorthe xx
    Oh forgot, the tiny sweetness of a book, is so adorable, too- in its totally other style !!

  25. I look forward to seeing more natural material collages like this, Susi. These two make a beautiful serene spread. I'm learning to just "play with the pages - just ART FOR ART'S SAKE. So this month's AJJ theme suits me to a T.

    I smiled all through your great video and subscribed to your YouTube channel. There are some wonderful videos there. I'm just in awe of your multi-faceted talent.

  26. Just wanna run my finger over these pages, Susi. Probably why I've resisted going digital. Gotta feel my art haha Love your little booklet blue too! xoxo

  27. Those pages are amazing!!!

  28. Susi,
    funny that you mentioned that about the naturals and organics, because I had noticed this already in your art and absolutely love it! These pages are so beautiful- they truly speak to me in such a gentle way...
    Don't you feel ,as artists, we are always evolving, trying new paths and roads,taking in all that surrounds us on our journey.
    huge hugs my friend Jackie xx

  29. Your little blue book so cute. I love it bound with the quote. See what I did there? =^,.^= Happy 2nd

  30. This is such a beauty Susi, the natural materials and textures are just gorgeous xx

  31. Wow Susi, deine Werke begeistern mich immer wieder. Auch diese Doppelseite ist wieder fantastisch.
    LG Carola

  32. Wonderful, yet again, Susi. This is another stunner.

  33. GORGEOUS page, Susi, as always. Thank you so much for the inspiring video. Be sure that soon I will start creating journal pages!!! Hugs, my friend.

  34. Oh what gorgeous inspirational nature pages! Absolutely love the elements you used and the composition is dreamy!The quote is lovely too! Hope you are well my friend! Big hugs! xox

  35. So ein wundersch├Âner Beitrag - zuerst die fantastischen Seiten mit den Naturmaterialien, dann dieses herrliche Video ├╝ber das zauberhafte blaue B├╝chlein, genau nach diesem gro├čen Spruch von Deb Caletti gearbeitet und gen├Ąht!
    Knuddel, Rike

  36. Very Beautiful Pages Susi!! Love it so much.

  37. beautiful nature journal pages--very inspiring!


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