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!

10 thoughts on “2012 Art Journal

  1. Your art filled year has got off to a flying start! Love your January calendar page – looks so wintery and the doodle has such pretty colours. Your focus words add an element of fun as you illustrate each word – great idea! I’m sure you’ll personalise your journal cover as the year goes on and I really like the quote – have fun with all of your plans x

  2. Your calendar is so cute I can’t wait to see what you do for the rest of the months. I have that same mixed media notebook and I like the idea of decorating the cover yourself. I may have to do that if I have some time this weekend. 🙂

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  4. I love this. Have you heard of Effy Wild’s Book of Days project? I love it. I cannot keep up with everything, however. I wish I could make the time to participate in it more fully and even have time to watch her videos. Check it out.

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