Tuesday, January 12, 2010

January 2010 Art Journal Project

I have ventured into yet another project. Milliande of Milliande Art Community for Women has started an art journal project in which we, those that wish to join in on the fun, will do a daily entry (with prompts) into our art journal for January. It is to start the year off with art. You can read more about it here and watch Milliande's fun videos of her doing her pages. It has been a challenge, but a exciting one to say the least. I am a day or two behind but that is okay, because there are to be no worries in this project. Anyway, here are photos of the pages I have done so far.

First and Second day: I made the Journal, which is a Teesha Moore 16 page journal  made out of a 22"x30" piece of watercolor paper. It is a fun and easy way to make a journal. After I got the journal together I pre-painted all the pages using  artist's acrylics in blue, red, green and some black to make the pages different shades of purple. Once the paint was dry I created the cover. There is a whole bunch of stuff going on in this layout, stamps, ink, embossing powder, collage, stickers....and so on.

Third day:  We were to add a large circle to our layout. I took photos with my cell phone camera while I was outside having coffee and reading. The photo on this page is of the sun and printed with my new Polaroid Pogo printer. I added a bit of white on the first few days work over the dark purple. The star is cut from a Christmas card and has glitter on it but the scanner does not pick up that very well.

Fourth day: This is a layout using a Pogo print of my cup of coffee. The challenge for that day was to add a checkerboard pattern to the layout. I cut a square from a styrofoam meat tray and then used silver metallic paint on the stamp. The stamp was used around the edges of the fourth, fifth and sixth day pages as well.

Fifth day: The assignment was to add a piece of old calendar or journal page. I just made a new journal page and wrote a bit about my day then I did some collage work on the page. 
Sixth day: Draw a tree was the task of the day. I drew three winter trees using pastel pencils. It took me a couple of days to finish this page because I wanted to find a quote from Thoreau's Walden. I just knew there would be a good quote in one of his chapters based in the winter. Here is the kicker. I did not just want to read the chapters, I wanted to read them while I sat outside. I live in Utah, Northern Utah where the high for those days that I sat outside was only 29 degrees. On one of the days there was a slight breeze, very slight but enough to make that 29 degrees feel a lot colder and because we live on the bench of a mountain there is still snow in our yard. At least the sun was not blocked by clouds like it usually is. Despite the cold though, I did manage to find my quote: Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. I wrote the quote on a piece of plastic, added a bit of gold beads and then used my heating tool to shrink the plastic a little. The page also has some vanilla inked 'snowflakes' with clear embossing done on them. The snowflake stamp was made out of a cork from a wine bottle (thank you, Gretchen;-).

Seventh day: Add a smile to your page. Well, I added three cute little smiles to my page. The photos are of my youngest son and my two grandsons and their funny little smiles;-)

Eighth day: Journal about our word or phrase for the year. I want to be creative every day, not just in art but in my writing as well. Thus far I have been doing very well at creating art and writing daily. Of course, it is only day twelve of the new year, but they say it only takes a few weeks to create a habit. If I continue at this rate my Create Daily creed will be a habit. Not just an "Ah, do I have to do it again!?" type habit, but a habit that I enjoy and I do enjoy it.

Well, that is all the days I have scanned into the computer. There will be more soon, I promise! For now, I wish that you all have a word or a phrase that will carry you through this year and perhaps beyond and that it is a joy.

Now go create something!


Tammy Freiborg said...

You're obviously enjoying this project and putting a lot of yourself into these pages! Milliande is wonderful and I love what you've done with her prompts! The different size pages make it more interesting.

MizDenise said...

Great work, Rhonda! The kind of pages you can look at again and again and continue to see more. Now I wish I'd had time to participate from the beginning.
PS thanks for your kind comments on my Artists Journals stamps.

Lynn said...

I love your journal pages! They are so cheerful and every one of them made me smile. It sounds like a really fun project.

freebird said...

You are having fun with your new project! I keep signing up for new stuff. It's got to stop somewhere and for me, I just am NOT going to Milliandes until I clear out some of my older projects. You've made some great pages and even made memories having fun making those pages it seems. Isn't art wonderful? And the internet for those of us who aren't in town?

Susan Hosken said...

I see Milliande's videos each day too. Great to see your work.
lots of love from susan in australia

Anonymous said...

These are great! I love those trees!

juliet said...

Hey Rhonda,

niiiiice. i belong to milliande's ning group, too, but have not even looked at the videos for the daily journal stuff. your pages are beautiful.


Rhonda said...

You all are so very kind, Thank you!

bubblemunch said...

WOW!! You've been so busy! It all looks great and I love the blue hues that bind it all together. The trees are really lovely and have a mystical feel to them ... I can imagine fairyfolk and sprites hiding among them!

Maer aka Marilyn Harris-Mills said...

wow....I can't choose a favourite I love them all!!! awesome work you achieve!