If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, the concept is simple: It's a commitment to take ten minutes each day to do something in your art journal. No need to finish anything or even like it. It's about making the time to nourish your creativity every day! If you have the time to flip through your phone, you have the time to Art Journal Every Day. If you'd like to share what you make, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek. Check the blog archives for posts going back to the first Art Journal Every Day post in 2010.
I'm a bit behind on sharing photos from my art journal. Here's a peek at some pages I made back in November 2020.
One of the things that I love about my art journal is that it becomes a home for all the miscellaneous art bits in my life. And this collage spread is a great example. It's a place to put the leftover bits of collage paper that are sitting on my desk.
It's a place for old projects to live forever (this tree collage image is a sample from my book, Carve Stamp Play, published back in 2012)!
It's a place for class samples to show off -- as in this triangle tissue paper I demo-ed in The Carve December Class.
On the other hand, I hate this page:
That said, recently I've been doing a lot of artwork that uses masking. Looking at this page, I can see the beginnings of that masking work here. I was using my art journal to experiment with some ideas. Not all experiments work out and that's 100% okay.
Speaking of experiments, I was doing a lot with oil pastels during this period. You can really see that in the face on this page:
The blue and orange are beautiful together. My art journal is all about success and failure, often pushing up against one another. The important thing is to keep trying to new things, make note of the successes and failures, and keep moving! It's easy to get stuck trying to fix and finish things. Why bother? Learn from it and move on.
There's always a lace page in my art journals. And this one is no exception. I enjoy the meditative process of hand cutting.
Fun Fact: If you visit this Amazon listing, that's my artwork in the product photos and on the packaging!
So there's a quick rundown of some pages in my daily-ish art journal. I work on all of these pages in short bursts of time. They come together little by little and in the end, I keep filling journals! I hope you do too.
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