Oh my..what a wonderful 4 days in Taos with 6 other adventurous women! We had an amazing time enjoying the beauty of the area and responding to the crystal clear air, the natural beauty and the ancient Pueblo life. I really wanted the weekend to balance art work with exploration of this place. There is so much to see; every little path, alley, cloud, shadows; all beg to be remembered (photographed, sketched, written about). The time flew by and was so satisfying to hear that everyone wished for a few more days in the atmosphere of creative expression and gentle challenges. I just love it there, and I love working with a group of fun, focused folks who are generous with their energy, humor and Taos spirit. Thanks to Ann, Kate, Jill, Devera, Mary and Susie...and Mabel, Millicent and Graham (as in Graham's Grille)! On to New York next month! What a contrast in location...
What a lovely morning in a magic garden at the Zook Cafe today! Thanks to our hosts the iced drinks were perfect and the food yummy - the conversation and sharing of our journals was terrific! If you are looking for a really nice spot for a true adventure journal experience check this place out. They are located in the Highlands neighborhood in Denver, part of the wonderful Puppet Theater space. Susanna shared a way to create unique stamps/prints using craft foam, for more info check out Clothe, Paper, Scissors web site. A few of the participants mentioned the need for a "sketching for journal pages" class - I am working on dates and location for an August workshop so please check back in a few weeks (workshop page). Our next meet-up will be in Niwot in July; join us! (all the details on the workshop page)
My 5th video tutorial is now up on Youtube and can be linked here. I tried to show the many ways to use dustless blending chalks in your visual journals. I have been a little frustrated with the Inkadinkadoo brand chalks, and the lovely little travel size chalks called Chalklettes which have become increasingly hard to find. My friend, Felicia, at Guiry's presented a new chalk product made by Pebbles for me to try out and I am sold! At first I thought they only came in an over-sized kit with tools I really didn't need (like a special eraser and many templates that were just too cutesy) but then I found a smaller, travel size kit that I love. The smaller kit will be carried (in the Denver area) by Kozo and Guiry's, othewise it can be found on a few web sites. I found mine on scrapbook.com, the total with shipping came to approx. $13.00. Have some fun!
Finally! I had a few days to wander around New York last week. My only goal was finding perfect journal spots and staying hydrated (iced coffee is my drink of choice). OMG, it was such a great trip. I made it to the Highline which was absolutely magical. This is an elevated garden/park with the most amazing views. Thanks to the planners who included many comfy chairs, tables, benches...a perfect homage to a public space that is alive with wonder. Other neighborhoods that offered (more) iced coffee and great journal spots: Chelsea, East and West Village, Hell's Kitchen, Upper East and mid-town. Of course I found a few fabulous bakeries, even a most amazing shop that just sells gourmet biscotti (www.biscolatte.com). Yes, it was all I was hoping for. I can't wait to plan a trip for others interested in "adventure journaling". If you like the idea of experiencing this one-of-a-kind city from the neighborhoods and shady spots to sketch or photograph then join me on the next trip!