History of Commonplace Books

The history of the Commonplace Books goes back to the Middle Ages. It’s believed that the concept originated in ancient Greece and Rome, although they become most popular during the Renaissance and early Modern Period, when students and scholars used them for study. In 1706, John Locke wrote  “A New Method of Making Commonplace Books”Continue reading “History of Commonplace Books”

New Class: Commonplace Books for Self-Care

Commonplace Books are a journal…for keeping ideas, quotes, notes, and ephemera. They’ve been used since the Middle Ages to collect, organize and store information for later use. I’ve been keeping Commonplace Books for over 30 years and over that course of time my notebooks have taken on many forms, but the thing that remained theContinue reading “New Class: Commonplace Books for Self-Care”

Couture Tangles Class

When I started creating Couture Tangles I was sitting on the couch watching the Oscars. This was many years ago and during the Zentangle craze. I shared a couple of my drawings on Pinterest and then forgot about it. I was contacted a couple years later by an editor with Walter Foster and asked ifContinue reading “Couture Tangles Class”

Splatter Inky Illustrations in Adobe Fresco

My latest Skillshare class just launched and I’m so excited to be working again in Adobe Fresco. For this class we’ll be creating digital inky splatter illustrations using Fresco’s Live Watercolor Brushes. They are seriously cool brushes and using them to create inky splatter illustrations has been such fun. I have to thank you allContinue reading “Splatter Inky Illustrations in Adobe Fresco”