(Art Journaling Day 1)
"Writing the little daily journal is fun. I have to set my usual two pages of writing as the day's work. I don't know if I can keep this up from the beginning, but I will try."
- John Steinbeck
So I have this idea. In an effort to create more often and really document 2015, I've decided to make a tiny Art Journal for each month of the year. Each book will be about 30 pages and approximately 5 x 5.5 inches. So in theory, by the end of the year, I should have 12 bitty books to show for it. The original idea was to dedicate 15 minutes a page to just play on a daily basis. (Or um, three days at a time if that's what happens). Point is, I'm giving myself permission to create, grow and learn by allowing myself the time the do it.
Handmade journal made from a single sheet (22 x 30) of Fabriano Artistico paper.
And as I write this, I've actually completed a page a day since I started. Having said that, the whole 15 minutes a day thing has in reality been more like an hour and 15 minutes a day. Hm. So, while there's still some kinks in the plan, I'm gonna keep trying to make happen as often as I can. So, wanna see what I've done so far? Okay, here we go:
(Day 2: Inspired by the documentary, "I Am" by Tom Shadyac).
(Day 3: Inspired by the unexpected loss of my friend's mother. Quick study in oil pastels)
(Day 4: Inspired by the documentary, "Bound by Flesh," about conjoined twins The Hilton Sisters.)
(Day 5: A "mad" portrait)
(Day 6: Altered collage)
(Day 7: Inspired by neon paint pens, vintage children's illustrations and the idea of play)
(Day 8: A painterly little girl)
And there we have it. 8 days and counting. And the coolest part? I've become incredibly productive in the process. Why? Because at least for me, creativity begets creativity. In other words, the more I do, the more I want to do. And the more time I spend on my art, the more my mind seems receptive to other ideas, other challenges and other, well, other ways to express myself. It looks like I'm in for quite a ride. . .
Wanna join me? I'll post the Art Journals here on a regular basis, but if you want to see the pages created daily (remembering that daily is a loose term), just pop over to my Facebook or Instagram accounts to take a peek. And, if you decide to try your hand at it, let me know! I'd love to follow your progress as well.
To love, art and the dedication to our crafts,