Visual Journaling - Beginnings with Orly Avineri

I just had the BEST day here in San Diego. I did a workshop on visual journaling taught by Orly Avineri and it was fantastic! There were 10 people total - so it was an intimate group of eager artists. Everyone was so warm and friendly, I felt right at home as soon as I walked in the door. The event was hosted by Pnina Gold another super talented artist (and she even made lunch for all of us . . . wow)! Thank you, Pnina!!

These are the pages that I completed today. It's a start and a perfect stage for the kind of journal writing that I want to do. Love using the pens after the pages have been varnished - these squiggles were done initially with my eyes closed!!

It was a total "meant-to-be" that I found this workshop and all these lovely people! I was reading some of my favorite blogs - so, first I found Brian's blog and then Orly's blog. I was so impressed by the caliber of the work that Brian did in her workshops and her pages that I thought, gee wonder if she is doing any workshops. And of course she was doing one in San Diego on Sunday!! I took a chance and emailed Orly on Friday, on the off-chance that there was space in the workshop . . . right . . . what are the odds that one person had to cancel - - pretty high, evidently!! Meant to be.

These were a couple pages done quickly with a some scraps and doodle roses - - the theme for the workshop!

One of the most compelling aspects of doing a workshop, is seeing what everyone creates! Even though we were all doing the same process, our journals were all so different, and individual. All of the created spreads were beautiful - - what a joy it is to work with other artists!


  1. Beautiful pages! I just love when everything clicks, you know?

  2. I love it! Just love it! Your pages are beautiful and the serendipity of it all makes it so much more wonderful, don't you think? Did you stop by today? There was no link, but it was from Elise, so I was guessing! I hope it was you! {Or I feel really silly, now!} Half Moon Bay was gorgeous! The whole time we talked/dreamed about moving there. . . sigh . . . I'll be seeing you around Blogland! So happy you got to take the class! Lucky girl! Take care!

  3. Oh my gosh! I love both your pages Elise! I am so glad you found my blog and Orly's! It was such a pleasure to meet you Sunday and get to know you a bit! I am really loving your second spread pages as well! Your pages are so expressive and wonderful!

    I just added you to my blog links on my blog! I plan on returning often!

    I am headed to look at past posts! I am looking forward to keeping in touch with my fellow SD art journaling friends! Isn't it a small world?

  4. Elise, what a lovely post. It was wonderful to have you in my class. Great happenings. I really like your last pages.They are spomteneous, and free. I'm curious to see more. I also added you on my links and will come visit you soon.
    Thank you so much for the lovely spirit you have brought to this workshop.
    Hope to see you again soon.

  5. And now I've found YOU! Your pages are gorgeous ... I just love the way our personalities come out on the journal pages. I hope you'll keep posting them. I love finding a new journal artist to hang with.


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