A Painted Journal for Pink Saturday

Today is Pink Saturday, and Bev from How Sweet The Sound is hosting this wonderful event. There are many pink posts to explore, so won't you join Bev in celebrating another Pink Saturday?

The large painting that I started to paint with tea stained roses is complete and off to the framer. Hopefully, it will be ready to show you on next Pink Saturday.

Lake Huron Journal 3

Good Morning
I have always loved diaries, journals and notebooks. I have many journals that I have illustrated and written in over the years. These journals record everything from my first love, to favorite quotations and special chapters.

I especially love Chinese calligraphy jounrals.


Recently I was browsing in the gift shop of a nearby museum and I came across this interesting journal. I love how it came in it's own book case.

When I took the book out of it's case, I was so pleased with the workmanship of the book cover. The front and back cover are made out of an enamel like material. The front cover is decorated with Chinese characters.

So, I thought I would hand-paint the pages of this book and put it in my little shop. These journals make such nice gifts, with original watercolors, you can add your own words, or give it to that special someone for them to write their own.

So, I started with painting bows, which leads to a basket of pink roses.

I love garden gates that lead to secret gardens, so I thought this would be a nice page.

A heart of roses and vines...

Pages framed in pink roses and leaves

An angel dressed in pink of course

A wreath of pink roses, a basket of flowers, a cupcake with pink icing and a cherry on top and a terracotta pot with dried roses..

These kinds of journals look wonderful if you just open up one page or two at a time...

Or if you want to open up the entire book you can stand it up like a fan.

So, here is A PINK SATURDAY JOURNAL all finished in my little shop wrapped in a bow waiting to give as a gift. The journal measures just 5" x 3 1/2 " and 1 " deep. 14 hand-painted pages, and 24 pages that you can write on. You can also write or decorate the back of the pages.

I wonder what secrets someone will write on these pages, perhaps a diary of a first love, special quotes, words of encouragement, or to use as a day calendar? Well, please stop by all the Pink Saturday places today, just stop by Bev's place and you will find the links to many journals of pink inspiration.

The song for this post is Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes.

P.S. I popped on my Etsy store this morning to change a photo, and the little journal was gone. Someone bought it already. How lovely. I think that I am going to paint more of these for the shop.


Happy Pink Saturday!

Love your PINK post, Karen!

~ Gabriela ~

dana said...

Your's is such a peaceful spot to visit! I so enjoyed the journal and the beautiful little paintings you added.

I wish I would have taken the time to keep journals. I was always sporadic with those kind of things. I especially wish I would have recorded the wonderful time of my kids childhood. We have tons of photos, however!

Have a great P. Sat. Dana

Dawn said...

Again, another beautiful post by you. The paintings you did are gorgeous. You never fail to amaze me!

Happy Pink Saturday!

take care,

M.Kate said...

Hello Karen, i love the idea of a diary..had many, never finished and dont know where i kept it. I should start one soon. tks for sharing, have a fantastic weekend :D

Margie said...

Oh, that is just darling! What a lovely journal with all the gorgeous *pink* paintings inside. I've never seen a journal like that before. You are so clever and talented!

g said...

Karen, you do such wonderful work! I love reading your posts!

Journals and paper and books are so intriguing, aren't they. paper is so sensual to touch!

Happy Pink Saturday

Virginia said...

Lovely journal and beautiful paintings.
Have a Happy Pink Saturday and a Wonderful Labor Day Holiday!
Blessings, Virginia

Kathleen Grace said...

What a great idea to make a purchased diary so personal and beautiful!

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

What beautiful paintings! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy Pink Saturday!

Eleanor said...

I love journals - reading them and writing them. The more beautiful the book, the more enticing to write in it. I also like writing down great quotations. Still think the most poignant journal ever was that of Anne Frank.

It is always good to visit! Love Eleanor

Beverly said...

Karen, of course someone wanted that beautiful journal. I am sure it will be filled with words of beauty and kindness.

You freely give us those things here. I appreciate all you do for us.

Happy Pink Saturday.

Smilingsal said...

I've never thought of handling a journal like that; why, I would never write on those hand painted pages!

I love the way it looks all open on the mantel.

Marina Capano said...

Hi! Those are all beautiful. what a beautiful painting. I love your job, awesome.
Happy Pink Saturday!!!



Marina Capano said...

bt he way, in your work, you made the Argentinian flag! light blue and white, like the sky! thanks!
I love it!

kiss Marina from Argentina

Claudie said...

Thank you for coming over to see my Pink Saturday.
I love ALL your beautiful posts. I must show you my new Chopsticks tomorrow. They are actually wrapped like little presents, great for a hostess gift.
Claudie from Canada

Brenda Kula said...

You always have the sweetest most inspirational photos! You have a wonderful "pink" holiday weekend!

Suzie Button said...

Your pink paintings are wonderful! Happy Pink Saturday!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Karen, that was just lovely....I hope you do make more. I was disappointed for me but happy for you to see it sold!

artis1111 said...

This is beautiful . I have never seen one of these. Pinkness to you .Kathy

Jessica said...

Hi~ I'm so glad you stopped by. I'm going to have to check out your little shop. I adore that journal. I have seen so much talent today, I am completely inspired. :)

Take care, J.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Oh how beautiful! I've never seen a journal with pages that fold out like that! You made it even more beautiful with your paintings!


Patricia said...

I love your pinks this week. Your paintings are wonderful, and your collection of journals is just beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend.

Tricia said...

I love the garden gate the best. I like your store too.

celestina marie said...

Hi Karen, Loved your pink Saturday feature. The journal is amazing. Another gorgeous treasure from a talented lady.
Have a great Labor Day.
Blessings, Celestina
la rea rose

Susan Hickam said...

Very fun journal-I'm not surprised it sold already. Happy Pink Weekend.

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Your work is lovely....I can see why your journal sold so fast ....I sure it will be a wonderful Treasure for them...
Happy Pink Saturday.....
Mo :-)

kari and kijsa said...

SO beautiful! No wonder is was snapped up so quickly!
Thank you for all your prayers and blessings!
Have a wonderful Labor Day,
kari & kijsa

rochambeau said...

Happy Pink Monday Karen,
What a beautiful journal and paintings too. Happy someone already bought it!!
That is great. Have a wonderful and relaxing day.


LiLi M. said...

This new piece of art is amazing again Karen. And it must be even better in real life! Yes today I had a visit from the mailman! Yes! Happy, happy, happy!
I'll email you later and of course I'll blog about it, but for now I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love it and my husband loves it too, as the first thing he said was: let's frame this one!
Thanks a million!

Mo'a said...

Hello Karen, I am so behind on everything lately. I have been catching up on your wonderful posts and enjoying all the eye candy. I love the four photos of your journals...congratulations on the fast sale :)
I am like you a Tasha Tudor fan...I met her once 30 years ago and gave her a soft sculpture Gnome that I made...a couple of years later I bought her advent calendar and on the calendar is a Gnome...I choose to think that she was inspired by me...is that to conceited do you think?

Teri C said...

What a beautiful post Karen! Everything looks so beautiful!

Mya said...

Love your journals. Just beautiful. Hope your summer has been nice. Happy Pink Saturday a little late.

Joy said...

Congrats on the sale of the lovely journal Karen. You really made it special!

Lisa M Griffin said...

what a fun site you have... love all the little tidbits and inspiration - especially your journals.
thanks for sharing.