Journal Spread • Rainbows Under Water

JournalPageFull_Rainbows_RachelUristaJournalPage_LoveBloomsJournalPage_RainbowsIn this spread, I worked with layers of pastel, spray inks, gel pens and black gesso. We’ll work with these materials in this Saturdays Art Journal Workshop at Imagine Coffee.

Woven into the layers of pastel and spray ink are words from another journal of mine- one solely dedicated to poetry, dreams and ideas.  The words in this spread are about the buoyancy of love, its resilience, and its lightness even in the heaviest of moments.

I’d like to swim amongst the background and climb out to rest upon the blossoms, and look into the stars…Care to join me? 🙂

~ Happy creating and may you weave your dreams into your art! ~


Journal Spread: Messages Amidst Mess


Playing in the paint…dab, smear, splatter. Getting emotions out on paper, releasing the days stress. What first appears as a mess, sharpens. Images start to emerge. Narratives develop naturally. Messages surface, stop and reflect. Sometimes when emotions and life seem messy, there are messages for us to find within them.

New Art, New Year!


Ah, my familiar tools! My lovely ink pen and deliciously colored pastels…back in my hands, as they have been early on in my artful journey. But this time experimenting with pastel and ink- together! Although the materials are so familiar to me I have never combined them in one piece. Here’s to new thoughts, new directions, and a new year!

I also can’t get enough of line work and patterns. Something about it is very soothing. Tracing lines from nature, defining space as I ink fine lines again and again. This way of working can become very meditative.

Wrapping up the first month of the new year with many projects going on! Stay tuned for more new art and events!

Have a wonderfully creative, artful journey this 2013!

Spread 002 – Welcoming Fall

Origami Paper, Other Decorative Papers, Acrylic Paints, Japanese Maple Leaves, Other Leaves

I’ve saved in this journal spread some of the last green leaves of the season… There’s no denying it anymore… the leaves are changing, the rain has arrived. The air is getting crisper and cooler… hot soups and teas are beckoning. The garden greens are loving the cooler air, while tree leaves are changing from green to gold, orange to red… New colors are emerging as others fade to the background and I welcome them! How do you welcome the fall?

Japanese Maple, right after the first of the fall rains.

(do you see the red spider in it’s web right in the middle branches?)

Spread 001 – A Gardeners Heart

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Garden Soil, Acrylic Paints, decorative papers, seed packets, vegetable seeds, plant leaves & ink

Inspired by hours of work in my garden, amongst the soil, plants and sun. The writing in this spread is of the following partial poem:

“The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,–
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

For He broke it for us in a garden
Under the olive-trees
Where the angel of strength was the warden
And the soul of the world found ease.”

~ by Dorothy Frances Gurney

The Full poem can be seen on Frary’s Fresh Flowers blog  here 

I took these photos just a few days ago, on what ended up being the last full day of sun here in Oregon. The fall weather has arrived and the plants and earth are soaking up the rain.