Pamela Jane's Studio » Hand over Heart Designs

espresso bar in Brussels via here
Happily packing for a Sunday departure for my summer vacation, heading to Brussels again and then, at the beginning of July, straight on to Kaari Meng’s third-week session at the Chateau Dumas near Toulouse. On my recent visit to Brussels, we had exceptional weather toward the end of March, including sunny days in the 70s that had everyone out walking in the parks and sitting outdoors at the cafes. I hope we are lucky again and it warms up from the current rainy 60s.

view from my balcony at the Marriott hotel towards the Grand Place,
just a short walk away past lots of little shops

walking through a public park toward Embassy Row in Brussels
Immediately on my return home, I’m zipping out to CA for a weekend in Pam Garrison’s journaling class at Jenny Doh’s studio.  And then I’m going to putter around in my garden for the rest of the summer and get back to doodling for some classes I’m teaching in the fall.  Sounds like a plan, right?
Hope you have a wonderful summer with special pleasures tucked in!

(Pitt pens, watercolor pencils, vintage pattern & labels, dotted masking tape)

Late this afternoon I had just enough time to do a quick intro page in my new moleskine journal.  Sitting in the sun on the front porch with Bogie, my sweet puppy, I tried to hurry and finish before the approaching rain.  But Bogie needed a short walk before the rain, too, and before we could run back to the porch, the rain pounded down on us in sudden drenching sheets. Some of the water splats blown in on my journal left open on the porch became opportunities for a little creative cover-up.  🙂

Hope you like the message to “brave something” and “find your heart.”
  • Anonymous - Beautiful Pam! You always inspire me.I love your lettering and I can’t even splits were .Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • Mali Gold - that journal pam.ReplyCancel

In my Doodling Ink class at Rachel’s Handmade U in Omaha this past weekend, we played a card game that acted as a doodling prompt.  So I thought I’d pick one of the words as a prompt, too, and doodle-write a page to go with it.  Today I chose the word “faith” as my prompt.  (This was the word you picked, Paige. 🙂 )

Although I’ll still be adding color and more doodles, here it is in its first stage.  I’m thinking I’ll make this Strathmore notebook into a series of reminders to myself — for whenever I need them.  Like today, when I’m working toward another deadline (not complaining; I’m super happy to have these deadlines).

Have faith in yourself and your ability to be your best you!
  • Lil - Oh that looks like so much fun! I would love to try something like that in my room from

  • Cherie Wilson - Hello sweet Pam! I think you must have met my hometown friends~ Hope and Stephanie at Handmade U! I cannot wait to see what they learned from you. Thank you for the faith reminder……… much needed as I am painting away over here! Be seeing you soon! XOReplyCancel

Time to finish packing for my “Doodle Ink” class at Handmade U in Omaha this weekend. I’m excited and more than a little nervous to be teaching my first doodling class. Even after all the other project classes I’ve taught, it’s a whole different ball game trying to translate something you do kind of naturally like doodling into a technique you lay out in thoughtful steps. Wish me luck, please!

Slowly but surely, I’m squeezing a little doodling for my April class at Rachel’s Handmade U in between the necessary hours spent cuddling with my baby granddaughter, sea-gazing
and tootling around this small island.
Here’s a little sea-gazing for you, too.
Can you hear the waves crashing rhythmically ashore?
Can you feel the breeze puffing out the sails?
Maybe you’ve been on one of the cruise ships with its lights gleaming as it leaves the island at sunset?
(you can just see a cruise ship aglow on the horizon in the last sea photo below)

Sweet Eliää with her mommy in the indoor lap pool


  • Catherine - Oh that blue water…sigh. As a child I did not understand why I was not a mermaid. I spent much time in the Carribean sea swimming.