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Art Journal Challenge Week Twenty Mystery


Art Journal Challenge Mystery

Ha! It’s a mystery I got this done at all!

art journal challenge week twenty mystery

I’ve been crazy busy in my “spare time” trying to plant a garden, clean house, and get organized for my 326 mile bike ride next week.  I just realized I might want to have a light with me, now I have to go scramble and look for that.

art journal challenge week twenty mystery


Mystery Hack

Most of this page came from a previously made mixed media in a “junk journal” aka an old Judy Bolton mystery book. This image immediately came to mind, and since “there are no rules” in

art journal challenge week twenty mystery

my mixed media challenge, I pasted them into the “52 in 52” Art Journal. A few more doodles, and voila, Mystery Challenge completed! Whew!

Yes, I am going to art journal on my bike ride next week! Stay tuned!

Art Journal Challenge Week Nineteen Tree Graffiti

art journal challenge tree graffiti


I have a odd little side hobby of photographing tree graffiti. This started on trail runs years ago. I would ponder, whatever happened to MW and CJ? Do they still love each other? Are they together? Do they remember their time in the park, and carving initials on trees?

art journal challenge tree graffiti

Tree Graffiti is Wrong!

I do not condone carving anything into trees. It is one way to kill a tree faster! Please don’t do this! That being said, what is done is done. I wasn’t the person who long ago carved a word, initials, or a heart into a tree.

art journal challenge tree graffiti

Historical Tree Graffiti

A British student has been studying and tracing military tree graffiti, sometimes being able to trace the graffiti back to the soldier and family.

Another cool story from tree graffiti in a Dutch Village to a family in Toronto.

Arborglyphs are tree carvings. The Basque sheepherders in Nevada carved ornate pictures into the aspen trees. Here is a link to those stories, pretty cool!

Supplies Used

Since I realized I didn’t like unused white space, I first painted the page green. Then I doodled in my tree trunks, with my initials and true love “carved” onto the page. Perusing my little art journal folder, I found some actual pieces of tree bark (foraged from the ground, not peeled off the tree!) and glued those in.  I  printed out some of my tree graffiti pics. I got the idea to make a raised “carving” on my actual tree graffiti page. This was done with Elmer’s Glue and paint. Which didn’t work! art journal challenge tree graffiti I then smeared it into a square and added more graffiti on the top.

My printed tree graffiti pics are a bit dark, which doesn’t show too well when I took a photo of the finished challenge, but I am happy with the way this week turned out.

art journal challenge tree graffiti

Next Adventure Ohio to Erie Trail

Next Adventure Ohio to Erie Trail

I wasn’t going to concentrate on my next adventure, the Ohio to Erie Bike Tour, until the Buckeye Trailfest was complete. I turned the calendar page over to May-and there it was, staring me in the face-about three weeks away!

The Ohio to Erie Trail

A primarily off-street recreational trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, the Ohio to Erie Trail spans the state of Ohio from Cincinnati to Cleveland for the most part following lands formerly occupied by railroads and canals. The collection of regional trails connects four of Ohio’s metropolitan cities, a dozen large towns and numerous small villages – all done on easily accessible, paved trails that are primarily separated from highways and automobiles.  The entire Route 1 is complete. The total distance as of  June, 2017 is 326 miles.

Just Do It

I procrastinated last fall and lost my days off opportunity to bike the Ohio to Erie Trail. Then I felt quite bummed about it. I decided I would bike the Ohio to Erie Trail-henceforth known as OTET-in the first quarter of 2018.

Biking Miles

I have a local bike trail which is 7 miles long. This is my training trail. When I returned to it last week after Trailfest, I was pleasantly surprised to see SPRING had arrived. Everything is greening up nicely.

Bike Trail

I’ve been getting out there as much as I can. Yesterday was my longest ride to date, 34 miles. Given that my daily mileage is gong to be about double that, I’m a bit leery of the commitment I have made to bike the OTET in five days.

Greenery Spring


This is to be a solo adventure. I can’t see the husband hanging out every day in Ohio when we live in Ohio. I hope he joins me for the last night, then wanders around northern Ohio as I bike to Lake Erie.

Credit Card Camping

I am going to stay in hotels/friends homes for this trip. I don’t have to then worry about carrying a tent and everything that goes with camping outside.


Cinti to Cedarville

Cedarville to Columbus

Columbus to Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon to Massilion

Massilion to Cleveland

Next up, What to Bring on my Five Day Adventure!

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland!

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

I’ve never seen an Alice movie. Not the Disney, or the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp. All I have read is the book.

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

This was a fun challenge since I got to review some of the excellent illustrations by John Tennel. I particularly liked the Red Queen version.

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

Who could forgot the “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” labels that led Alice into some precarious situations?

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

The White Rabbit is portrayed as big ears hidden under most of the mixed media on top.

Art Journal Challenge Week Eighteen Alice in Wonderland

I am finding I don’t really like white space left on a page. Perhaps next week I will paint the page first so there is color everywhere.

Buckeye Trailfest Report

Buckeye Trailfest


Getting to Hocking Hills is the hardest part. I left home with plenty of time. I was planning on stopping at a pastry shop in Logan and getting coffee. Then I realized I was in New Lexington, which was east of where I wanted to be.

There’s no easy shortcut across southern Ohio. Luckily I drive on curvy backroads. My time window was getting shorter-no stop in Logan, or Shawnee, or even making it to Camp Oty Okwa for the bus. I pulled into the parking lot at the Old Man’s Cave just in time to lead my hike.

Grandma Gatewood Hike

My hikers were not happy that I had never been on the Grandma Gatewood Trail. Hey, nobody asked me if I had experience in the area, familiar with the trail, or anything like that. It was more, “can you lead a hike on this day?”

Photo by Michelle

I think they gradually got over it. Once out of the the Lower Falls area and heading toward Cedar Falls, there wasn’t anywhere else to go. However, leading a hike is like herding cats. You do have to cover so much distance, in so much time. Some folks wanted to stop for lunch. Others wanted to hurry up in order to start another hike. We got to our “Fun Bus” only about forty minutes late.

Unplanned Gorge Rim Trail Hike

Our bus tried to turn around to pick up stranded hikers. It wasn’t the best place to turn around.

Photo by Michelle

After being stranded for a bit and getting bored, Michelle, T, and I decided to walk back to Cedar Falls, and take the Gorge Trail back to Old Man’s Cave, where our vehicles were parked.

That was fun! The Gorge Trail is a non-technical trail which parallels Grandma Gatewood-on TOP of the Gorge. It was nice and relaxing and a good time to stretch out the legs for this hike. I believe we ended up with about ten miles for the day.

gorge trail


My presentation on tents and stoves went well. It was a small group, as it was a beautiful day to be out hiking. There was a funny moment when someone wandered over and said “you can’t put up your tent here!” before she realized we were just doing a demo.

Saturday Presentation was on hiking technology apps. This went over okay, Derrick from the North Country Trail Association, helped me out by letting me use his computer for my presentation, since I was missing an adapter-thanks Derrick!

Trailfest Attendance

This Buckeye Trailfest was also the annual get together for the North Country Trail Association. The North Country Trail and the Buckeye Trail run concurrently for about 800 miles in Ohio. Trailfest was at least twice as large as it is normally with the two groups!

Annual Meeting

I will say it again, it was clever marketing to reframe the “annual meeting” to “Buckeye Trailfest”. Who wants to write “annual meeting” on their calendar when you can write “Trailfest”?


Trailfest Takeaways

Be prepared to be flexible and patient.

The hikes will always take longer than advertised or scheduled.

Don’t try to hike all the hikes. Give yourself some down time, go to a presentation or two.

Bring a snack and an extra water for each day. You probably won’t be eating on your regular schedule and might burn an extra calorie or two.

Think about giving a presentation for next year! Jot down an idea or two, or a topic that came up.

Art Journal Challenge Week Seventeen Christmas

I did it! I pulled off my week seventeen Art Journal Challenge, even though I left town on Thursday and am still out of town!

I was inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer art journal for ten minutes a day. Tuesday morning, I decided to paint some gold blocks on my still blank week seventeen page.

Okay. I liked the gold blocks. After work on Tuesday, I added green blocks. On Wednesday morning, I decided to cut my scrapbook pages I had torn out on Sunday into squares.

Now it seems like my theme is squares. I pick up a random stencil. I stencil a few squares in green. I’m leaving in the morning for Hocking Hills, so I tuck the journal with a few markers, and find time to glue and embellish over the next day or so.


I like how random this turned out. Looking at this in the photo, it seems a bit sparse, but it really isn’t, on the page. I’m satisfied.


Art Journal Challenge Christmas

Onto Week Eighteen!

Art Journal Challenge Week Sixteen Pick a Word

Pick a Word

First this prompt puzzled me. I thought it was about “Word of the Year” type thing. Then I realized it was from a homegrown challenge I did a few years ago. I arbitrary picked a word from a book and then expounded around it.

My Word was Factory

But that sounded…really familiar. Sure enough, I opened my Word Challenge Journal, and there it was! artjournalchallengechooseaword I wasn’t going to reinvent the factory again, so, another choice!


The pen landed on Bed it is!