An annual April experiment in creating a Fake Journal~ FAKE: pretend, simulate; counterfeit; to alter.manipulate.
or treat as to impart a false character or appearance.

A fun exercise in pretending to be someone else, maybe in an alternate universe!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wrinkled Color

It's amazing what people
will just throw away.

A window into
the future...

when you aren't sure if you will be
safe at night, it can rob you
of hope.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

View From My Location

Shelter can be found in
some dreary places.

Drink and refill...
drawing on whatever is available.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I'm Not "Home"

Head gear required.

Boredom is a common problem.

To review:
So far, my character has drawn
bread, a gloved hand, coins, shoes, socks,
matches, needle and thread, stocking cap,
can opener, toothbrush and comb.
My character has seen railroad tracks, a 
park bench, a pop can, and people.

The phrases are random, perhaps things 
remembered or overheard,(mostly because
the real me thinks they are fun) but have
eerily made a certain kind of sense 
 as I chose which image would be
paired with which phrase.

I say it's eerie because I collected the random
phrases for a month or so prior to IFJM, and then
at the last minute, changed my mind 
about who my character would be.   

Details matter.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Use What You Find

Aluminum cans are like
finding money.

Flap on right- closed.

Flap open.
Scrap paper can be useful.

Everybody needs dry socks...

And a needle to mend them with.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Who Needs It?

Any paper will do...

for drawing.
Random phrases may be closer
than they appear...

Details matter.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I Collect Random Phrases

Fake Journal 2017~
Details Matter.

Pen on Lined Paper

I need to look for a pencil
with an eraser....

Sunday, April 2, 2017

FAKE JOURNAL 2017~ Details Matter

Yes, that's bread...

Again this year, I invite you to guess who/what
my character is.  I may offer hints as the 
time goes by, or maybe not. The images 
are the main clues. I'm not planning on
creating a 'story,' but we'll see what happens.
As in the past, I will probably post once 
a week, perhaps more. Not every day.

Days one and two, the adventure begins...

Details matter.

I enjoy your comments very much...please
feel free to leave your ideas, critiques, 
and guesses about my character!

blog, authored by Roz Stendahl, to
read more about the Fake Journal Project.

Life is short. Why live only one?!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

IFJM 2017~ Details Matter Every Day

If you've ever wished that you could
get into the habit of drawing every day,
creating a Fake Journal might be for you!
Every year Roz Stendahl has been inviting
us...challenging us to join her in 
creating a fake journal. Her official International
Fake Journal Month blog explains the 
project, and gives helpful suggestions
 for how to proceed.  

You don't have to write a story.
Thank goodness. That's not my strong point!
There's also a private Facebook page, where
you can choose to share your images.
You can create a blog for your Fake journal,
or share it on your existing blog, or you can even
choose not to post your work online at all.
It's up to you.

Come up with an idea of a 'character' that
you could 'pretend' to be, just during the time
that you're drawing (or painting or collaging)
in your Fake Journal. Keep it simple in concept
so you won't be overwhelmed. Make it doable
so you can get your page done each day in
less than an hour.  Last year, I was a 
person who collects toys, and I drew a 
different toy each day. That's it!

It's a fun project. And it really helps get 
you in the habit of drawing each day.

Notice. Record. Draw. Paint. Listen.
Write it down. Observe. Create.
Have fun!
IFJM starts in April. Just 30 days.
You could do this...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

International Fake Journal Month- 2017

I've been thinking about the
upcoming Fake Journal.

Wondering what Roz will choose for
 the theme this year...

and I need to get started 
collecting some fun,
random phrases to
include in my fake journal.

Any suggestions?

Saturday, May 7, 2016

I'm Not a Hoarder~

International Fake Journal 2016 “WRAP-UP”

During the month of April 2016, my Fake Character was a Toy Collector.

--Make it simple. Every year, since the first time I participated in this project, I think this. This year I think I finally may have accomplished it! Which meant...
--Just draw toys.
--Use loose pages to draw and paint on, then bind all together at the end of the project.
--Draw with a brush-tip pen.
--Use watercolors.
--Use random phrases and quotes on the pages.
--Add collage as the moment may inspire.

In 2015, my Fake Journal character was a man who worked in an antique mall. In 2016, I decided that 'Shift in Place' could mean that my character could be a customer of last year's character. After all, collectors are usually who keep the antique malls in business.

I decided to be a Toy Collector, and just draw toys.

There are people who collect all kinds of toys, so I figured pretty much anything was 'fair game.' I have quite a few left from the days when my kids were small. Not quite antiques...but definitely 'vintage.' And an abundance of the little free toys from fast food restaurants.

I decided to work on loose pages and then bind them at the end of the month. This has worked well for me in the past. The paper I used is drawing paper, rather than paper designed for watercolors, so that affected the application of the paint, but I was going for quick and easy, so I didn't let that bother me. I added additional pieces of paper or collage to some of the pages for added interest, or sometimes to cover up a bit that I had re-drawn to correct the proportions. I even went back and added Washi tape on some pages. Some of the drawings have additional pen shading detail added with a smaller tip Sharpie pen, as the Pigma brush pen was fairly wide for the small page I was working on. I found that Highlighter Markers gave a more accurate color for some of the bright plastic toys, so I switched to that instead of watercolors on some pages.

I didn't end up liking the size pages that I had chosen and pre-cut. They just felt too small. I had chosen the small size so that a two-page spread could be scanned at one time on my scanner. However, he smaller sized page forced me to decide to use different angles of view, or which portion of the toy could go “off the page.” And that may have made the pages more interesting, instead of all the images being placed in the center of the page.

Then my computer died.

Go to Plan B. Use Blogger on my smartphone and post photos taken with my phone. I found that I was a lot less “wordy” on my blog posts, because it's just tedious typing it all out on my phone. But I think the images turned out ok, and really are the main focus anyway. I realized I can learn new technology by trial and error. It can be frustrating, but I know learning new things is good for your brain. Now I'm learning the new stuff that came with the new computer we bought...

I do think that this year it was finally simple enough to make the project less of a pressure to fulfill an obligation. I think I missed two days, just because I had a busy day and forgot. In one case, I drew an extra entry the next day. It was fun, and I think I will keep drawing toys!

For random phrases for my pages, I don't think I found as much fun stuff as last year. But I have developed a habit of writing down phrases and quotes that I read, or hear on radio or tv. I've even pulled over and stopped the car so I can write down a scrap of phrase that I heard on the radio. The random phrases are turning up in my other journals, too.

One thing that has been a bit of a challenge is that since I chose to bind the pages at the end of the project, I can tend to put it off. The project isn't truly done until I've put the book together. So far, I have managed to get the final book done every year. And this is my 5th year of IFJM. Thank you Roz Stendahl!

I am wondering if it would be a good idea to settle on one particular size of book for this project every year, so the books are all the same size on my shelves...but then again, maybe I ought to try an accordion book next year. We shall see...

Thanks so much for stopping by, and joining me in the Fake Journal adventure!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Big Idea

I can hear Donald Duck's garbled voice saying, "Hey, what's the big idea?!"


First, a creature given to me that I think was made in has a bobble head.  I am not sure what it's supposed to be... And then an alien toy, probably a cartoon character.

I missed a day on the 28th. No disaster occurred. I was just busy and forgot!  So I did two drawings on the 29th.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Plastic Culture

There's a wide variety of toys in the collection. A truly dedicated collector would probably focus on a few special areas of interest. There are a lot of fast food restaurant kid's meal toys...

The alligator is over 50 years old. My paternal grandparents brought it to me from their Florida trip. True story.