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 tried. I took classes, bought and made books and started hauling them with me on trips. 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 my drawing has improved greatly. My journals bring back memories of trips and visits with friends. A wonderful side effect is that I’ve discovered bookmaking and creating journals for others to use. Here’s a sampling of my pages.