Real April… Fake Journals

I may have been quiet here but I’ve been quite busy creating my April project, IFJM – International Fake Journal Month. I’ve been posting daily pages on my dedicated fake journal site,

The goal is to create a journal by taking on an alternate persona…2019 marks my eighth year.

This year was a tough one… earlier in the month I thought I lost my mojo but my stubborn persistence paid off and this evening I posted the final pages.

Please come see what my character “created”. Here’s the link to Day One and you can progress through all thirty days from there.

Stay tuned ’cause I’ll be back in a few days with what the “real” me did this month. April’s for much more than fakin’.


IFJM2018 Starts Today

Yes, you’ve heard me talk about it before, IFJM – International Fake Journal Month. And yes, I’m doing it again.

I’ll be posting my pages on my dedicated Fake Journal blog, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post daily although that’s my preference. Please click on over and join me there, I’d love to have you along on my April adventure into fakery.

I’ll still be posting here too as I have many more sketches and drawings to share.

Promise! ……. Pinky promise!


Done Fakin’ It ‘Till Next Year

April has come and gone and I’ve been finished with my Fake Journal for two weeks.  I took a lovely break, went on vacation, and am back with my wrap-up.

I’ll be posting the full wrap-up on Skylark Karma, my fake journal blog, but as I’m unable to share video there I’m going to post it here instead!


If this video doesn’t play you can also watch it through YouTube.

If this piques your interest be sure to check out the daily postings of my 2017 Fake Journal… that way you can easily read my character’s daily writings.

Hope to see you there!

IFJM and a Little Blog Housekeeping

I started blogging here near the end of 2013 and haven’t changed a thing on this site since then.

Well it’s about time!

If you’re a newish reader then you might not know I actually have a second blog where I keep all the “fake” journals I’ve created the last few years… well, they’re real journals, but each one has been kept by a persona I take on for the month of April.

April is International Fake Journal Month… IFJM for short. Roz Stendahl is the brains behind this activity and I wholeheartedly join in by adopting a character and journaling as this person, all the while posting images of this work daily, or nearly so.

I make references to this blog… Skylark Karma… when I lead up to April but ’till now I’ve never had a sidebar widget of my own.  When you’re on the home page you can see the image of a crow on the right; it’s done in gouache and marked up with my blog address. Just a simple click of the image and you’ll be whisked off to browse my current and former fake journals.

I had a great time creating this image.  First, I drew a rough outline on a prepainted acrylic background in my Pentalic Aqua Journal before going in with gouache.  There are passages where the line drawing shows through and others where the gouache is applied thick enough to hide and correct the misdrawn lines.

I love this full spread but a closeup of one of those faces would make a great image link. But which one? If I used the one on the left, he would be looking away from the body of this text.

… and it’s blurry, especially behind the eye.

But the crow on the right… that’s the one!

I love how the blues, greens and purples all combine to say – black.

I ran it through my photo processing software to add the lettering and… Voilà! … I have a permanent link to my Fake Journal blog.

Please visit and see who “I am” and what “I’ll be creating”.  The magic starts this Saturday, April 1st.  Join the fun!

April is for Fakin’

Yes, tomorrow’s April 1st!

If you’ve been paying attention the last four years then you know I’m not excited about April Fool’s Day as such. I’m excited that April 1st marks the start of International Fake Journal Month! Although I’ve only been participating since 2012, Roz Stendahl took this project public in 2009.

“Shift In Place” is the theme for 2016. This is my big chance to be someone else for a month… an alternate “me”… like me only different.

Interested in seeing where April takes me? I’ll be posting regularly (I always try for daily) on my Fake Journal Blog…


My April IFJM Is Complete!

You’ve heard me talk about International Fake Journal Month before so I won’t bore you again with the details but April’s gone and my project is complete!

If you start here you can forward through the entire month and follow along.

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or… you can jump directly to my wrap up.

It’s been a great April…   May?  Bring it on!


Crazy, Crazy April

As I have the last 3 years, I will be participating again in IFJM – International Fake Journal MonthRoz Stendhal‘s creation.  If you’re new here and haven’t heard about this wonderful April project please follow the links above.  Just be prepared to lose yourself in the interwebs as you learn.

Roz has chosen “[considered] TRUTHS” as this year’s… slogan? motto?


How will I handle this?  To find out please consider visiting my dedicated IFJM blog: I hope to post my character’s journal pages daily… come, follow my progress!

And, as if I didn’t have enough to do, I’ve also decided to participate in Blogging A to Z.  Oh no… it runs in April too!  Basically, on April 1st we’re to blog about something beginning with the letter A, the 2nd is the letter B, etc.  Sundays are our day of rest… no posting.  That way, on April 30th, we’ll all be posting about zebras… or zithers, or zzzzzs!  There’s a big sign-up process but I’m not sure I’ll jump through that hoop but I may reconsider

Now don’t be expecting too much.  I figure a photo and a bit of text will be as much as I can manage. This is an opportunity to look back, share a few pages from the archives along with some recent work.  I’ll be doing that here on so stay tuned.


Lots going on… I hope I didn’t bite off too much.  Wish me luck!

Five Day Art Challenge – Day Five

Day 5… and final day… of my Five Day Art Challenge.

Today, as an homage to Roz Stendahl, and her creation, IFJM – International Fake Journal Month I’m sharing an image from each of my previous fake journals.

What is a fake journal? Well, it’s a chance for you to be someone else and keep a journal as that person. It doesn’t have to be a visual journal although that’s what I did for the last three years. Each year I’ve chosen an art goal and made a commitment to have an entry for each day in the month of April to coincide with other fake journalers.

In 2012 I had 2 goals – to sketch a person each day in ink and watercolor and create a narrative for my journal keeper. If you’d like to see my entire 2012 IFJM journal from the beginning start with my April 1st post and forward through the “next” posts.


2013’s goal was to work in gouache over pre-painted acrylic backgrounds and of course, have that all-important, at least to me, back story of the artist. Here’s the link to see how I selected my physical journal as well as the link for the first post of my 2013 Fake Journal.


In 2014 I used a small set of watercolor pencils in my journal and again my character had her own life lurking behind those pages. See my journal selection and the April 1st journal entry if you’d like to see it all from the beginning.


If you’d like to know more about International Fake Journal Month please visit to see Roz’s journals and get a feel for the whole experience.

And yes, I’ll be participating again this year… don’t have a goal or a character yet but it’s early… I have nearly two months to figure it out. Be sure to visit “me” or whomever I “am” at

I hope to see you in April!