22 March 2016

beginning of spring, end of journal

I found these bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush while walking Ceilidh around our neighborhood yesterday. The paintbrushes have been blooming for a couple of weeks and the bluebonnets are just beginning their glorious season. Everywhere we drive lately, there is the beginning of blue pastures with spots of orange-red, sometimes a bit of pink or yellow added. If you look hard enough, you can find wildflowers in central Texas any month of the year, but springtime is the best!

This is also the end of this handbound journal. As usual, the back pages were used for random testing of materials and verses or quotes that 'spoke' to me in a special way at the time. Here, I was testing gray and black pens for 'bleed', as well as testing white pens. BTW, the Uniball Signo white gel pen came out the absolute winner for smoothness and opacity of line!

These pages also reveal my messiness in binding my own journals! The final white page's lower edge was torn badly __ I typically tear down full sheets of watercolor paper for the uneven edges __ and the outer spine binding had to be glued after the endpapers were glued in place due to my clumsy forgetfulness. But it is what it is and I use them anyway. 'Not perfect' is a good place to be.


  1. Beautiful flowers! This year your spring comes earlier than the spring here...

  2. We did not really have a cold winter -- never really froze at all. It seems that weather is much more changeable from year to year in central Texas from what we were used to in Kansas.


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