The Process of Making – Whatever

Hand Bound Marbled Journals by Miki LovettI am often called a ‘Process Artist’. I don’t always know what the person means when they say that but I do know for myself that the process of making prints – journals, scarves, mixed media pieces, dinner – whatever – is what gives me joy.

Marbling paper is a messy business, but a great deal of fun. I usually set up the day before so I can get right to it in the morning. I usually don’t have a set plan, I just do what seems right at the time. I remember once when I was feeling particularly uninspired, I set out my colors, closed my eyes, turned around and grabbed the first three colors my hands came upon. I ended up with some spectacular and fun combinations. Other times, there may be a pattern that I really want to work on perfecting. I may do 5 or 6 of the one pattern in different colors, taking time to study each one as I do it to see how I can improve.

No matter how I approach this work, or any other I do, I am completely focused. The ONLY thing I am doing is what I am doing. I am so engrossed in what I am doing that a person can speak to me and I won’t hear them. Is that what they call right brain thinking? It can be a problem when I’m giving a demo!

More and more I understand how much I would like to bring this focus to all parts of my life – call it mindfulness perhaps or being fully present. When I am done with whatever I am making, I am not drained but energized. I may be tired, but it is a tiredness that is full of peace and contentment.

I wish you that peace, that energy and that contentment.

Now for the ad!

Hand Bound Marbled Journals by Miki Lovett

Lined journal with hand bound cover in hand marbled paper and linen. The marbled paper is done in the Cockatoo design in deep terra cotta, turquoise and other brown neutrals accented with an orange marker ribbon.

144 pages
5″ x 7″
Linen and Marbled Paper Cover

Available at my Etsy Shop


Hand Bound Marbled Journals by Miki LovettLined journal with hand bound cover in hand marbled paper and linen. The marbled paper is done in the Get Gel design and moire in a multicolor pattern, primarily reds with greens and accented with a red marker ribbon. Get gel is the ancient Turkish meaning ‘come and go’. The design is made by pulling your stylus back and forth until you have the size patterns desired. The moire effect is done when the paper is laid down by moving it back and forth in a slightly rocking motion giving the paper a 3D effect.

144 pages
5″ x 7″
Linen and Marbled Paper Cover

Available at my Etsy Shop