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Art Journal 365: We’re Already on Day Eighteen!

Can you believe we’re already on day eighteen of the Art Journal 365 challenge? I’m not posting as often as I’d like, but that’s not what this challenge is about. Right? RIGHT! It’s about the act of creating (my “word” for 2017 is CREATE) daily and that’s exactly what I’m doing.

day eighteen

As you can see from the pic of my page above, the art you create in your journal doesn’t have to be anything fancy – just put something on the page. Today’s page was inspired by an art journal prompt I found here: Art Marks Challenge. I find inspiration for my pages in a variety of areas — around the web, from my surroundings, from conversations, in the books I read, and so on.

Where do you find the inspiration for your personal art journal pages?

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What are YOUR 2017 New Year’s Resolutions?

What are YOUR 2017 New Year’s Resolutions? Have you made any? I’m still working on mine. I like to have mine finished by the time my birthday rolls around – January 14th. I figure, if I haven’t done them by the time we’re two weeks into the New Year, I’m not going to do it at all.

What are YOUR 2017 New Year's Resolutions?

photo credit: Brett Jordan Resolutions 2017 via photopin (license)

Here is how I’m answering, “What are YOUR 2017 New Year’s Resolutions?”

  1. Daily artmaking (#artjournal365)
  2. Work full time without having four jobs
  3. Meet the reading challenge set on GoodReads (see sidebar on this site)
  4. Help my dog overcome her fear of riding in vehicles so we can take her to safe (and fun) places to walk and play
  5. Learn how to cook new foods so my family groans less when I set the table

I think this is a good start. *smiles* It might be the only resolutions (goals?) I set for the year – who knows? I may tweak them a little, too. I’d love to hear what you’ve all got going for this coming year. Do you view your list as resolutions, goals, or intentions? Is it a mix of everything? I know, I know . . . I ask a lot of questions. I like to spur conversation. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and reading your lists!

There’s a giant poster where I work at the Boothbay Region YMCA where members and visitors can write their resolutions down for 2017. I haven’t written anything on the poster yet because, like I mentioned, I was still working on them. I’m going to write something down in the next few days, though. I love stopping by there every couple of days after work to see what people have added to see what’s changed. It’s interesting to see what people are hoping for, striving for, and working toward.

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SOLD: Be a Nice Human Postcard Featuring a Daisy

Daisies are my favorite flower (even though many argue with me that a daisy is a weed . . . to me, it’s a flower.) I love taking pictures of flowers, including a single daisy, and decided to couple this one with a simple phrase, “Be a Nice Human.”

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About the Daisy Postcard: (from Zazzle.com)

Orientation: Postcard

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  • Dimensions: 4.25″l x 5.6″w (portrait) or 5.6″l x 4.25″w (landscape)
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  • Postage rate: $0.34

About the Design: (from Zazzle.com)

Be a Nice Human Postcard

Sending a postcard can carry a powerful message in just a few words. This postcard features photography of a daisy I took while walking my puppy, Sophie, during the first week of June in Boothbay, Maine through the cemetery in our backyard. I coupled it with this phrase – be a nice human – because I thought the two together made a powerful statement. I hope you agree. Thank you for checking out my work!

Final Thoughts

Every day after school, I work at the Boothbay Region YMCA for a program called Fit Kidz. When enough snow falls (can you believe we’re in Maine and we’re STILL waiting for a BIG snowstorm . . . what the heck??), we’re going to build a snowman! This is going to be a great opportunity for photography! I’ll be taking pictures of the snowman, of course, as well as mittened hands in the snow and other wintery scenes. It’s my hope that some of these shots will make for great designs in my shop. Stay tuned! Until then, if you’re interested in seeing what else I have to offer, please check out this link: Artist_Writer_2014 Thank you!
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Art Journal 365: Still Working Despite No Posts

I’m still working despite the lack of posts! I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping up with visuals, but my journal pages are filling. Are YOU still working?

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Even when I’m away from my journal and have a sketch, I’ll tape it to the corresponding page when I return. That way, I can stay on track with this challenge. Like I’ve mentioned before, this isn’t about creating perfect artwork. It’s about challenging myself to create or be creative daily. So far, I’ve only hit a “block” once. That was only because I felt overwhelmed by a situation and forgot that being creative doesn’t mean working on “something,” but rather working on “anything.” So, that’s what I did. I drew a picture of an eye. *smiles* It helped me break through the block and it hasn’t been an issue since then.

What do you do to help you break through blocks? Do you visualize? Do you write? Does it help when you stop creating art and begin writing or doing other things instead? I’m interested in hearing about your techniques for breaking through these blocks. I think by working together and hearing from each other, we can help continue moving forward with this challenge a little easier.

In the coming days, it’s my goal to bring more visual posts to you. That way, we all can stay inspired throughout our Art Journal 365 journey together. I know that, when I see a lot of journal page pictures, it helps me stay inspired. I used to belong to a lot of art journal groups (many, many years ago), and seeing all of those pages used keep those inspirational fires burning daily. Now? I have a lot of artist friends through social media who post from time to time (not as often as they used to, though I’m not sure why). Hopefully, the new year will bring more posts!

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SOLD: Encouragement Postcards with Tiny Flowers

These tiny flowers are so cute and difficult to find, but I’m glad I did. I had to zoom in super close (you can see the blades of grass in the background) to get the shot. I took multiple pictures of these tiny flowers before settling on which to use, and then I coupled it with a quote:

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About the Encouragement Postcards with Tiny Flowers: (from Zazzle.com)

Orientation: Postcard

Create your own vacation-worthy postcards right here. Any view you’ve seen, any monument you’ve fallen in love with, can all be added to our postcards with our personalization tool. Craft touching, hand-written correspondence while on your next road trip!

  • Dimensions: 4.25″l x 5.6″w (portrait) or 5.6″l x 4.25″w (landscape)
  • Printed on 110 lb, 12.5 point thick, semi-gloss paper
  • Postage rate: $0.34

About the Postcard Design: (from Zazzle.com)

Sometimes we all need a little bit of encouragement, and that is exactly why this set of postcards was designed. As part of a series of cards (and other steps I’m taking toward adding positive elements into my daily life) I’m designing to help add positive motivation, inspiration, and encouragement into everyday life, I give you this floral themed postcard.

Final Thoughts: Thank you!

If you’re interested in checking out my existing work, here is the link — Artist_Writer_2014 — there are many different categories, designs, and products from which to choose! The next time it snows, I’m going to photograph the trees in our area and create some design sets from those images. I love how the trees in our area look when they’re snow covered so, it makes sense to take that inspiration and work from there. I’m looking forward to seeing how they turn out. In the meantime, thank you for checking out what I already have listed!

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