I ran across this blog a couple of weeks and ago and have been obsessing a bit with the idea of starting an Art Journal. You can read all about Julie's Daily Art Journal challenge here. Since I've decided to start doing something creative on a more regular basis, what could be more regular than every day? So, I linked up earlier today to participate in the challenge this month.
I can give this a try for one month, right? Just 10 minutes a day - no big deal. This is part of my healing plan for this year - the mind and mostly the spirit part.
I had this journal - it's just a blank, hardback sketchbook. I mod podged tissue paper all over the cover and then added the chip board thingys (forgive me, I don't know all the lingo).
I have to admit that I am loving all the tools of the trade, but I must.stop.shopping! Just to name a few: crop-o-dile (the big one - LOVE), debossing tools (LOVE!), Mod Podge for days (LOVE it so much I might marry it!), Exactos, bone folders (LOVE!), pens, papers, stencils (OMG, the stencils!), paints, stamps, etc, etc, etc. There are so many super-cool toys to buy that I could get lost in all the stuff and never get around to making anything!
Here's the inside cover. I lost my mind here. I couldn't decide what I wanted to do, so I did EVERYTHING! Then I just needed a little empty space and stuck that ugly note on it. Oh well - I'm not judging - at least I started.
I think I need to work on my relationship with the matte version of mod podge. The shiny is starting to get on my nerves a bit.
This is the first page. I don't know why I felt the need to put this in there. It's not like this book will EVER leave my play room, much less my house, so there's not really any danger of it being lost, or if it is, of anyone other than me finding it. I was influenced by some of the other journals I'd been looking at online. Several seemed to have a contact page, and it didn't require much effort, so there it is. :-)
Today is Day 1, and what did I do today in my journal? Nuthin'. As soon as I committed and joined in the challenge, all of my ideas on things to journal about seemed to dry right up. Why does that happen?
Instead of journaling, I posted pictures of the cover and wrote a blog about it. It's taken me at least 10 minutes. That counts. (This game is supposed to be about fun, and I get to make up the rules. So, if I say it counts, and we start celebrating.) Happy dance! Feel free to join in - no rhythm necessary.
Assuming my brain starts working again in the next few days, I'm sure you'll be seeing more posts about this in the future. :-)