Charlotte Hedlund

Old Wethersfield, Connecticut

I began a collaborative journal project with artist/friend and colleague Ellen Clague when she moved from Connecticut to California nearly ten years ago. Both avid journalers, the long distance project was a way of staying creatively connected with each other. Two journals are always in play, each artist creating half dozen or so pages before mailing on to the other.

Longstitch bound journal, miscellaneous techniques.


Collaborative Journal

HMP cover, Stonhenge signatures, paint, ink, collage materials

5 x 7 x 1


Cheryl Bailey

Denver, Colorado

Depression Toolbox

Strathmore drawing paper, wallpaper, pencil, eraser, ink, tape, cut paper, found photographs and small objects

11 1/4 x 8 3/4 x 3/4 closed; variable dimensions open


As a person periodically suffering from depression, I identified the need for a toolbox to help me get through and surmount days of endless hours when getting out of bed is nearly impossible. My life is sane and balanced now, and I am using this calm time to prepare for a time when the “other shoe drops” and I am unable to take command of my ship as it traverses dark and choppy seas.

Journal consists of drawings in pencil and ink on drawing paper and is enclosed in a box covered with paper. Text by Cheryl Bailey or material from Dialectical Behavior Therapy handbook; photos either found images or by Cheryl Bailey. The box is filled with projects, such as a space to draw a teapot and spoon after having a cup of tea with supplied teabag. Places to list helpful people and professionals are included.


Emily Townsend

Lakewood, Colorado

This hand made journal is bound with torn rag strips, each page is collaged with found papers, objects, ink, stencils, hand carved stamps, and words.

I am a mixed media artist who works primarily with paper, fiber, paint, and photography to create multi-layered collage canvases, visual journals, and mixed media experiments. I seek to mine inner gems of consciousness by accessing the right intuitive brain through color and image.


Great Sky Circles

various papers, collage, stencils, ink, marker

22 x 10 x 1/2 open, 11 x 1/2 closed

© 2010

Hanne Niederhausen

Boca Raton, Florida

Road Stories is a visual journal about the aesthetics in markings of the road surface, captivating imperfections I have discovered on my wanderings through cities - sights that may escape others. The accompanying road alphabet in the centerfold (from Abrasive Affair to Zappy Zigzag) is a verbal description of these markings.

Flutter book with archival inkjet prints of close-up photographs of road surfaces and inkjet prints of collagraphs, text in center fold.Text and images by Hanne Niederhausen.


Road Stories

pages: Hahnemühle matte photo paper, hardcover: board covered with Hahnemühle Ingres and insets of holographic film

83/4x53/4x1/2 closed; 83/4x11x13 open

edition of 5

© 2011


Judith Cassel-Mamet

Denver, Colorado

Adventure journaling is my way of capturing the experiences of my daily life. I keep a mixed media visual journal as part of a practice of creative expression and freedom to approach the blank page in whatever way fits the adventure. The journal follows approximately a year in my life that included ”subtle shifts.”

Adventure journaling is my way of capturing the experiences of my daily life. I keep a mixed media, visual journal as part of a practice of creative expression and freedom to approach the blank page in whatever way fits the adventure. All original text and all original or altered images.

Subtle Shifts

mixed media with collage, acrylics, watercolor, pen, gel and magazine transfer

8x8 closed; 8x17 open

© 2009

Julie Wagner

El Rito, New Mexico

This journal chronicles the two weeks I spent at the Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois in October 2009. It records the plants and animals I encountered on my walks, and my ideas, thoughts, and inspirations from my reading and observing during this time.

Hand-drawn and painted images and text, molding paste and acrylic-painted cover, and codex structure. Text by Julie Wagner, with quotes from Basia Irland, Willa Cather, Michael Collier and others. All images by Julie Wagner.


Ragdale Residency Journal

Watercolor and ink on Arches HP

8x61/8x3/4; 8x121/4x1/2

© 2009

Karis West

Santa Rosa, California


This journal volume chronicles the year of 2010, a tumultuous year, describing my effort to support my former fiance as he battled addiction and how I found the strength to leave him when the relationship became too poisoned to continue. I titled it Supernova Changes because this year included the biggest transitions that I have ever faced. Being able to absorb myself in the visual expression of emotions through paint and paper helped me to handle the strong feelings constructively.

Handmade book with multiple signatures and mixed media, multi-layered visual journaling. Text by Karis West.

Supernova Changes

mixed media, acrylic, collage, photo, gesso, ink, pen, pencil, thread, tape, watercolor

121/4x91/2x2 closed; 121/4x19x1 open


Kay S. Furman

Boulder, Colorado

This journal provides me with the opportunity to experience and process the emotions and events of my life. By combining visual elements with text, I feel that I get the opportunity to know myself more completely, both my cognitive self and my spiritual-emotional self. The journal becomes a record of my life, a place where I capture my learning about myself. Often, new understandings are revealed to me as I create these pages - it’s in the words I write and the particular colors and images I choose, to express an event or experience that point me towards ever greater self-knowing.

All text, drawings, and photos are by Kay Furman, with the exception of one image by Roxanne Rossi.


Down the Rabbit Hole

acrylic, watercolor, chalks, decorative tape, photos, ephemera, ink, pencil

6x6 closed; 12x6 open


Linda Gardiner

Traverse City, Michigan


I was fortunate to be invited on a group trip to Italy with my father in 2005. I wanted to create a visual remembrance of the trip using my own photos and items gathered on the trip. Using multiple fold-out pages gives the viewer an opportunity to wander through the book more interactively.

Modified Japanese stab bound structure, multiple fold outs with spacers, hand cut photos with hand made paper labels, stamps & acrylic paints. Photos of Italy by the artist.

Italy Rome Sicily

Handmade paper, Canson paper, photos, map

6 1/2 X 7 X 1 1/2 closed; 29 X 12 1/2 x 1 1/2 open



Lise Melhorn-Boe

Kingston, Ontario, Canada


This started as a personal journey/journal, but I decided to publish the images after positive response from several women to whom I showed it. I chose 50 images, which covered not just the actual breast cancer experience, but childhood and young adulthood experiences which i felt may have had an impact on my journey to cancer. I elected not to add words, so some images may be rather enigmatic or confusing.

Colour-photocopies of watercolour paintings and coloured pencil drawings done after discovering that the artist had breast cancer. The binding reproduces the tiny sketchbook used for the originals.

Breast Cancer Journal

Acid-free paper and board, wire coil

5 x 3 1/2 x 1/2 closed; 10 x 3 1/2 x 1/2 open

edition of 50

© 2010


Louise Levergneux

South Jordan, Utah

Equinox - a nine year project that transforms my personal journal filled with daily memories and activities into a universal experience of everyday banality. Equinox 2000, the third book in the series, presents a date and a self-portrait juxtaposed with a childhood collection of paper dolls. Also presented is what I experienced each day according to my five senses. Each successive year demonstrates the continuing use of the autobiographical approach to convey the commonplace monotony of everyday living.



inkjet prints on paper, bound as a photo album

113/4 x 22 open, 113/4 x 91/2 x 31/4 closed

© 2001

Mary-Ellen Campbell

Sparrow Bush, New York

This is one of many books that I have created while traveling to 60 countries. I have been to all parts of Asia, visiting some countries like Thailand, several times. While on site I do small, postcard size watercolors of the land, people or architecture. These are my souvenirs. They help me to focus and become very familiar with a place. I make journal entries about where I am and sometimes write short poems. When I return home I find a way to bind the paintings into a book often in an accompanied by a box of objects from the areas visited.

Original watercolors from trips throughout Asia combined with travel journal entries. Concertina folded pages which when fully open can hang on wall to see entire journal at once. When folded fits in wooden box with cut leather insert. Travel journal entries and watercolors by the artist



watercolor paper, linen thread, watercolor, ink, pencil, photocopy

4 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 1 closed; 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 1/2 open


Mary Ellen Long

Durango, Colorado


Visual journals have been a part of my art for many years as I travel away from home. I try to work each day on a journey making an image and text that relates to the experience of that particular day. I avoid returning to a past entry to add or correct.

Penciled journal entries by artist, stream of consciousness prose. Twelve signatures, codex with coptic binding.


watercolor paper, linen thread, watercolor, ink, pencil, photocopy

41/4x23/4x1 closed; 41/4x51/2x1/2 open

© 2007

Merike van Zanten

Acton, Maine

One shouldn’t always take oneself too seriously ... I have enjoyed the approach of mixing lightheartedness with kookiness with self-reflection.

Coptic binding.



paper, old photographs, paper ephemera, watercolors, ink

9x6x3/4 open; 9x12x1/2 closed

© 2010

Nancy Eastman

Lakewood, Colorado


I find the landscape in Colorado becoming commercialized in the mountain/prairie small towns. Loss of small ranches have been disappearing and the cowboy rancher along with them. The book expresses small town family ranching and how it is disappearing. I used images of a cowboy and his family to express the work and the culture of ranchers.

Cowboy Ranch

polaaroids, handmade paper and watercolor

8 x 12 x 1 open, 8 x 6 x 1 closed


Richelle Cripe

Boulder, Colorado


The desire to collect and record information about birds, wildlife, food, and plants was the initial inspiration for this journal. However, as the trip progressed, it became a place to trap memories of all kinds. The book encapsulates the heart and soul of a journey through Malawi, Zambia, and South Africa over five weeks. Through the process of writing, drawing, painting, recording, collecting, and mapping, I discovered a way to truly capture the spirit of a trip. Before leaving, I made a simple mixed media journal. The structure provided unlimited opportunities for spontaneous formatting and design.

The book is a combination of journal writing, drawing, watercolor painting, mapping, field notes, and found objects. It was bound using a long stitch method with handmade paper, cardboard, book cloth, and waxed linen Text and images by Richelle Cripe, David Carp, and Catherine Yrisarri.


handmade paper, mylar, ink, charcoal, watercolor, colored pencil

8 1/2 x 6 x 3/4 closed; 8 1/2 x 12 x 1/2 open


Stephen Sidelinger

Venice, Florida

Some people take photos on trips, I like to keep a hand drawn journal of each day’s events and highlights, and it makes me recall the subtleties of the vacation.

Drawn daily on vacation in Turkey – painted and bound on return home to Los Angeles, each day’s page folio bound in painted and titled clamshell box. Some pages are titled, artist text.


Turkish Delights

ink and gouache on Krome Kote

10x14x1 closed; 20x14 open


Suzanne Vilmain

Santa Fe, New Mexico

TING - 45 days/45 book ideas

purchased plain paper journal covered w/ fabric and 2 ties, paper collage, and various inks

8 1/2 x 11 x 1 1/2 closed; 17 x 11 open


I had been waiting for my father to die from alzheimer’s for many years and shortly after he died, I applied for a fellowship at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA to print a series of books on ”counting coup.” While waiting to hear about acceptance, I began this journal to design a book a day for 45 days. I didn’t get the fellowship but a year later I found a letterpress and I’ve been making books ever since as counting coup press.

This was the first in a continuing series of books on counting coup. The book consists of handwriting with ink and collage samplings with collage, photocopy, found and ‘real art.’


Tamara Bastone

Chesapeake, Virginia

Just as the human body contains the heart, invisible to our eyes yet a pulsating, integral part of our essence, so are the cards encased in my journal box, which when opened, allows for the discovery of the poetic heart. Each card revels in the symbolic shape of the heart. The process of teasing this shape from the background inks is similar to teasing out the heart felt essence of everyday encounters. Encounters of the heart which may have gone unnoticed in the thrust of everyday life are celebrated and preserved.

Collage, painting and drawing, unbound pages with altered box; words cut out of an old book create my own sentences and my own hand-drawn and painted heart images.


From the Heart

balsa wood, resin paper, inks, mica powder,gel pens, old text

7x4 1/2 x 1 3/4; 12 x 4 1/2 x 1 3/4


Artist Biographies

Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists’ books, sculptural books and limited edition books. Alicia’s work embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. It has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections.

Barbara Milman is a San Francisco Bay Area book artist and printmaker. She has had over 25 solo exhibitions and been in over 300 group shows. Barbara Milman’s handmade artist books can be found many university libraries and museums. Her work has won awards and appeared in numerous publications.

Beverly Ann Wilson is a book artist and printmaker living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her focus is in re-purposing found objects, old texts, and bits of the natural world in the book structure.

Paula Wilson is a painter and printmaker. Exhibitions include the Studio Museum in Harlem, Fabric Workshop and Museum, PA and Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. She is a recipient of a 2009 Joan Mitchell Artist Grant.

Camille Silverman currently curates exhibits at The Western Colorado Center for The Arts. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Art Academy outside of Detroit in 2006 in painting.

Casey Lowry is an art school dropout, wife, and mother. She spends her days raising kids and making art about and out of materials she finds in her everyday life.

Cassandra Stampados earned her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design, from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado in 2009. This past June, she sold her Leo Constellation Lavender Vessel at the Metal Vessel competition at Naja in Denver, Colorado.

Charlotte Hedlund (Connecticut) and Ellen Clague (California) are mixed media and book artists. Both have exhibited regionally and nationally and both have taught a variety of art/craft subjects

Cheryl Bailey is a Denver area artist who has an MFA with an emphasis on performance, video, computer, and installation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Art with emphasis on drawing, printmaking, and photography from Metro State College in Denver. Her work is in public and private collections throughout the country.

Emily Townsend holds degrees in fine arts, and in architecture, all from the University of Maryland. She has taught graphics and fine arts in New Jersey, and in Maryland. She has also worked as an art director, designing books, websites, magazines and print graphics.

Hanne Niederhausen is an accomplished book artist and printmaker. A native of Germany, now living in South Florida, she has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the US and Europe. Her book work is included in 500 Handmade Books (Lark Books 2008) and Lark Studio Series Handmade Books (2010).

Judith Cassel-Mamet is a mixed media artist and an art educator teaching workshops in ”adventure journaling” (visual journals) and the creative process.

After earning a BA in Studio Art from Oberlin College and an MFA in Sculpture from RISD, Julie Wagner worked in New York City for 5 years and then moved to rural northern New Mexico. Her work is in private and public collections in the US and Europe.

Karis West has been keeping journals since she first learned to write. She has been keeping visual journals for over ten years now. She binds her own books and does mixed media paintings which are strongly influenced by her journals. She has a Bachelor of Arts in studio art from the University of Louisville.

Kay Furman has been journaling since she was eight years old. After minoring in visual arts in college with an emphasis on calligraphy, and studying traditional painting in Bali, Kay was thrilled to discover the medium of visual art journaling, which she has been doing ever since.

Linda Gardiner is a hand made paper and book artist from Northern Michigan who creates one of a kind artist books and journals as well as cards and collages using calligraphy & mixed media.

Lise Melhorn-Boe was born in Noranda, Quebec and attended high school in Copper Cliff, Ontario. Both are towns with smelters. Melhorn-Boe has been making and exhibiting books and sculptural bookworks for over twenty-five years. She received her MFA degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. She has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States as well as Europe and South America.

Louise Levergneux’s artistic practice is the production and distribution of artists’ books. Levergneux’s work incorporates photography as a device that expresses her interest in the concepts of memory and identity. Individual references are characteristic of the work, which centers on the act of collecting, storing and disseminating personal information.

Mary-Ellen Campbell lives in Manhattan and maintains a studio in rural New York. She is a Full Professor in Communication Design in the Art Department at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she has taught for thirty years. She is currently working on several editions of her books of poetry.

Mary Ellen Long is a visual artist who lives in Durango, Colorado and exhibits widely. A traveling exhibit Roots has been shown at Land Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2010, and the Durango Arts Center, 2011.

After a career in business in the Netherlands and England, Merike van Zanten got her BA (Hons) in Ceramics from the University of the Creative Arts, Rochester, England. she came to the USA in 2002 and began working in the book arts. Her main areas of interest are Letterpress printing and Artists’ Books.

Denver artist Nancy Eastman works both as an artist and as a landscape architect. Her work takes her all over Colorado. These travels inspire her work in the book arts.

Richelle Cripe is an artist living in Boulder, Colorado. She studied music and architecture before graduating with a degree in Art and Art History from the University of Kentucky. Her interests include travel, food, zoology, and natural history.

Stephen Sidelinger received his BFA from Syracuse University and a MS from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has been a professor for 14 years at the Kansas City Art Institute and 20 years at Otis College of Art, Los Angeles, California. Stephen moved from Venice, California to Venice, Florida in 2007 and now teaches at the Ringling College of Art + Design.

Suzanne Vilmain was born 1949 Waterloo, Iowa and received a BA in English at the University of Northern Iowa. She taught high school and later college, and now workshops.Suzanne worked as a freelance computer graphic designer from 1984-2000 and is currently a book artist and letterpress printer living on an edge of the Rio Grande, New Mexico.

Tamara Bastone is a self taught artist from Chesapeake, VA. She uses visual journaling as a process for inner discovery. She is passionate about the interaction of symbolism and text. She has created commissioned artist books and her glass tube book has been featured in Cloth, Paper & Scissor magazine.


(generously provided by Judith Cassel-Mamet)

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