I’ve always wanted to make an art journal, but I never knew where to start. As usual, I found just the right inspiration from Michelle to get me started! We have committed to work on our pages “together” on Saturday evenings. (not really together because she lives in England, I live in the US!)
The idea is to use a deck of playing cards for your journal. Then you just make a page every week reflecting whatever topic you want. Michelle is doing a Little Book of Joys, which turning out so adorable! She is so good at this! I’m going to do things that stood out that week that I want to record.
I did some searching on how to do art journals, and found this excellent resource! Check out Anna Denise’s amazing journal pages! I’m not a scrapbooker or a stamper, but I want to be an artist, so my goal is to illustrate and paint on my pages as much as possible.
So far, I have a cover:
And an inside cover:
To get caught up, I made pages to reflect my first week of the year.
A new year of looking forward, living dreams:
That week, I helped move my aunt MaryAnn into an assisted living room in her retirement community. It reminded me of a cool dorm room, so I did a interior designer-style layout of her room with fun papers in the colors of her furniture and area rug.
This past week, I started a new semester of design and illustration classes, so it will be fun to show some of the projects we will be working on.
In Illustration class, we are working on The Sketchbook Project where we are going to be illustrating a subject we are passionate about all semester long (more on that later). For this journal page, I drew a mini sketchbook with silly thumbnail sketches.
On Friday night, we went to a fun pizza party with new friends I made at school, so I illustrated the food and the mood of the evening.
Here’s what my little art journal looks like so far:
There are always good moments and bummer moments in each day and each week. True to my style, I am going to focus on what was positive and what was important to me. Such a cool way to practice illustrating and journaling!