Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fifth Anniversary Blog Giveaway

April marks my blog's fifth anniversary.  To celebrate, I'm giving away a small 2½ x 3½ inch handmade, 26-page book. The single sheet binding I learned at ArtFest in a workshop taught by Brenda Shackleford.
The pages lay flat which makes it easier to use.  Besides the little book, a white gel pen and a journal zine are included in the giveaway.

  Hand-painted, decorative papers grace the right hand pages...

 and black and white pages are on the left hand pages.

Many ask, "why do you publish a blog?"  The blog chronicles my creative journey.  My goal was to post once a week and I've mostly kept this schedule.  I can refer back to artwork created, travels taken, art retreats attended, books read and places where we've sketched.  The blog connects me to other bloggers who are artists.  It's a small community and I've met many fellow artists over the years.

The blog puts my art out into the world for others to see.  At first, this seemed a very scary thing to do.  The process emboldens me to continue.  I show my work at the Friends of the Library Store and at the Portland Art Collective Open Doors Show.  Those who cannot come to these venues can still see my artwork online.

Thank you readers for taking the time to stop by and see what I'm doing.  To win the little book, leave a comment on this post and I'll randomly select a winner on April 30th.  Good luck!

12 comments:

Bobbie said...

I love that little book and really love following your blog and seeing all of your createfullness!!

Lottie said...

Five years already - time really flies

You are such an inspiration. As much as I would absolutely adore your truly stunning little book - but sadly I live in the UK so it would be an extra expense.

Good luck everyone

Unknown said...

i love that book! and the thought of the decorated papers combined with b&w- brilliant. and of course i love white pens! blessings!

Marilyn said...

Love your blog for inspiration and I love that little book. I have never found a white pen that works. Hummmm.

wilcoxdesigns said...

I chanced on your blog about a year ago and have enjoyed reading it and following your work. I love your journals and bought one at the Portland Art Collective show. What fun to have a chance to win one too. Thanks.

Paula McNamee said...

Marilyn, the white pen I like to use is a Gelly Roll med. by Sakura.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

AWESOME ART !

I became a new follower..found you via google images searching for italic calligraphy artwork...great BLOG!
Congrats to your anniversary!
Greetubgs from Austria

Susi

Gwen said...

I love this little journal! Thanks for being so faithful to your blog over 5 years, and congratulations!

I can't seem to stay faithful to my art blog, but you are an inspiration. You have lots of useful information as well as the wonderful artwork!

dawn13 said...

I came across your blog while blog-hoppin' from Tracie Huskamps,"The Red Door" & am thrilled that I did. Your artwork is so very lovely as is your beautiful little journal. I have been an art journaler for some time,and am trying to learn how to make my own. I am so happy to have found your blog. P.S. Thanks for a chance at your generous give~away.

Ruth Armitage said...

Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! It is a commitment that just keeps giving back, isn't it? What a beautiful gift someone will enjoy :)

didi0518 said...

Five years! Wow! What an accomplishment! I've only just started to blog, and am super excited when I read things like this! way to go

Paula McNamee said...

Congratulations to Marilyn for winning the blog giveaway. Thanks to all of you for your compliments about my blog and for faithfully reading it.