I got started with visual journaling due to my dear friend Lisa Cheney. I had read about art journaling, started an altered book and tried to work in it but never really gotten anywhere. Intimidated by drawing, I ended up doodling or just giving up. I met a group of artists who actively journal and became interested in trying again. I took classes, bought and made books and started hauling them with me on trips. I also took Lisa’s Savage Mirror class and started using journaling as a way to examine and work through things. I love having a safe place to experiment, something to do while sitting in a hotel room on a business trip and a way to think things through. Journal pages have become art pieces, they’ve helped me find new techniques and have helped me stay sane. A wonderful side effect is that I’ve discovered bookmaking and creating journals for others to use. Here’s a sampling of my pages.