2012 Art Journal

In 2011, outside of my graphic design classes, I worked on an Art Card project each week, continued my drawing practice and did a few summer art projects.

I like the idea of a personal art project each week, so I’m going to do an Art Journal in 2012. I will admit I’m not using the prettiness sketchbook, but I really needed paper that could hold up with not just pen and ink, but watercolor and acrylic experiments. So I’m using a mixed-media notebook. I can always make a pretty cover for it, right?!

January Calendar

I am going to participate in the 366 challenge where you illustrate a calendar spread for each month, inspired by The Kathryn Wheel. I love this Flickr group chock full of calendar inspirations.

For the background, I painted a mix of watercolor blues streaked across the page to represent the cold, windy days we usually have in January. I watered down ink and dripped and sprayed it randomly over the page. Then I added white card stock tiles for the days. I took care in hand writing the days and months, since I want to work on improving my hand writing and typography this year. The last step was to add doodle swirls and flourishes. Oh yea, I also stamped a few random snowflakes around the page. It took longer than I anticipated, but I’m happy with the end result.

January Doodle

I also really want to keep up with the monthly prompts provided at The Sketchbook Project. The January challenge is to do a doodle, so I did a free motion doodle and journaled things I typically like to put in a journal. I colored this page with rainbow watercolors, since my husband teases me that I see the world as rainbows and lollipops. (not really, but I try really hard to focus on the positive!)

2012 Words

I drew out thumbnails on my next page and  illustrated my three words for the year in the top row. I hope to fill in the remaining thumbnails as ideas strike.

I plan on using the art supplies I already have, including my favorite Watercolor Crayons (still kinda wishing I had a set of Caran d’Ache Neocolor Artist Crayons), brushes, Gesso to give texture to the thin paper, Gel Medium to adhere ephemera to my pages, Micron Pens and Prismacolor Pens, and a variety of Colored Pencils.

I saw this quote somewhere on the Internet recently which I thought was perfect for this Art Journal project:

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.— Anais Nin

Should be another fun creative adventure!


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