daily hopes and giri

maple key
maple keys

Sometime we must begin, for where there is no beginning there is no end ...
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I have two simple resolutions this year:
  1. a daily sketch 
  2. read a page from a paper book
The daily sketches are more a release then purposeful. Although, they tend to mark what I'm thinking at the moment or experiencing, sometimes they've been pure "giri." Giri is a Japanese word that roughly refers to "duty" or "obligation" such as returning a gift because you were given one and not because you care for the gift giver. In one sense, it keeps things balanced.

Each day is a gift and it's easy for me to forget, especially when I haven't slept well or other life stresses catch up to me. So on those low days, the giri gift that I give back to the day is this daily sketch. On a good day, it's more than giri. In either case, I am happier because I did it.

one every day
one everyday, art journal page

Yesterday, I worked on making a journal which is a sewn collection of abandoned drawings which will get covered up with each journal entry. Today, I completed my first journal page for january.

The above page began with writing the words one every day in white crayon and applying washes of color and salt. That was followed by maple leaf seed imprintings, stamping, collage pieces, gesso and pen line drawings.


  1. Juana I love your page! And your drawings are beautiful... Great goals for this year! Thanks for joining us at A Year in the Life of an Art Journal.

  2. Sumiyah, thank you. I look forward to seeing more of your journal pages!

  3. Juana, your work is AWESOME! I just LOVE your style! I am soo looking forward to seeing more from you! Soo glad you are playing along with us! *Welcome*

  4. This page is just soooo LOVELY, Juana... such fragile, tender beauty... like life. :o) I like the techniques you used here to achieve this. And I really like your "resolutions" for the year. Happy Days ((HUGS))

  5. Such a delicate and pretty page, can't wait to see more of your creations and thanks for playing with us!!

  6. New follower here!
    This page is wonderful. I love how simple yet intricate it is. I look forward to seeing more art from you. Visiting from http://www.juanaalmaguer.com/2013/01/daily-hopes-and-giri.html

  7. Askp, thank you for the welcome.
    Prana, you're words always keep me going:)
    Glenda and Sherry, I'm looking forward to seeing more of your pages for this group.

  8. OK, I love these layers. And these look fairy wings . . . to fairy wings grown on trees? And fall to the ground where little fairies who've lost there's can scoop them up?

    I love the idea of make journal pages from old, forgotten, or disappointing drawings. They'd be inner linings or a foundation for some new beautiful idea.

    I also really enjoyed your explanation of giri . . . what a beautiful gift for each day.

  9. Hi Auroran,

    I adore your story idea of other fairies picking up these to replace their lost wings. So symbolic and inspiring to think about it that way!


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