School Visits in Malaysia

 I've officially made two school visits while in Malaysia.

 Both were at my son's school; once with 3-to-4-year-olds and once with 5-to-six-year-olds.


 I love, love, love working with kids 

(In a parallel universe somewhere I'm probably an art teacher).

I've held back on doing school visits back home because I'm an unpublished illustrator. But now that I think about this, why does that have to stop me? Artists do school visits. I've been a professional artist for a long time.

 So this has got me thinking and dreaming. I hope I get the chance to make paper with many more classes in the future.

 These pictures are of the board about my visit that the older kids put up for Family Day (didn't want to put the actual close-up pictures without permissions; I figured the board is far enough away for blog picture purposes). Below is the beautiful thank you card they made me.

Creative Journaling: Show and Tell

Thanks to Mary Cornish's students at Fairhaven College!

Last week I visited their class to share my creative journaling presentation with them:

CREATIVE JOURNALING: Expanding The Realm of Possibilities for Keeping a Journal Through Content, Form and Style.

I hauled in 4 suit cases full of a selection (!) of all of my personal journals and photo albums as a kind of show and tell. I haven't given this particular presentation in a while and I was agape at just how many books I felt I HAD to bring. I guess I had forgotten the sheer volume (and weight -- ugh!) of my journal collection.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun and I was even inspired this time to make a nice hand-out with a list for students' future reference so people would not have to take too many notes.

And since my photography equipment is still out and I haven't put the journals away yet, I've decided to do a big photo blitz of my beloved and well-loved journals in order to start posting some journaling inspirations and examples for all you journal maniacs (and journal maniacs-to-be) who've visited my craft booth or my etsy sight. Stay tuned...