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Do what you love

I often get asked, “Have you always drawn?” Yes, and my favorite Crayola color was “Bittersweet” and “Cornflower”. I still have my first watercolor paintbox when I was a little girl growing up in rural Houston, Texas. I loved chalk … Continue reading

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First berries of the season

The first little ruby red strawberries are the sweetest tasting berries that you can even imagine. They are fragrant — It’s Spring. I’m teaching “Italic” calligraphy this semester. Sketch of our 5-tiered strawberry condo from my mom with two green … Continue reading

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Stripey, zen teacher

Full of wisdom. Curious about everything and always living “in the moment”. See! Hear! Taste! Feel! Smell! Paying attention to every situation can help you develop your idea. Work from the depth of your being. Have faith in your ideas … Continue reading

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When creative Calligraphers get together

This is Francine Oller, calligrapher, from my “Studio Group” drawing on the paper tablecloth. A roll of paper, and several different types of oil pastels; water-soluble and regular, chalk pastels, colored pencils, intense colored pencils, brushes and water. Several others … Continue reading

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Round Robin Journal Adventure

Page two of my journal entry “Nature”: I am one of 18 other artists in a round robin journal exchange put together by calligrapher and artist, Renee Troy. Each of our handmade journals are themed and require 2-3 pages of … Continue reading

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French Roundhand

A mini-calligraphy workshop at the home of illustrator and toymaker, Marilyn Scott-Waters for the Orange County Children’s Book & Illustrator’s Schmooze Day. There I am demonstrating the letterform “b” with “eeks”–not enough paper on top for what should be a … Continue reading

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Welcome to my website

The Toymaker and the Nature Journal Girl are having fun figuring out how to assemble a decent website. We need to break for lunch! . Click on the picture to get a PDF to make your own paper book.

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Booksigning and Limited Edition Prints at the L.A. Pen Show 2009

This year at the Los Angeles Pen Show Janet signed her book, “Artful Journals” which has sold over 9,000 copies world wide since its release in November 2007. Also had limited edition prints which have been fully matted and include … Continue reading

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