Last month I started following the blog of an incredible artist and author named Traci Bunkers. She was doing a challenge for herself of 30 days of eraser carvings. I looked forward to each post so much- and the inspiration I was getting from her was incredible. I was actually pretty sad when the 30 days were up. Traci is now doing a challenge for herself of 30 days of journaling-you can find her first post here: http://tracibunkers.blogspot.com/2011/03/30-days-of-journaling-day-1.html . I have kept a journal for quite a few years. Sometimes I work in it every day- sometimes weeks or months can go by without me picking it up. Lately it has been months- I think that I just was overwhelmed with the beauty and depth of other people's art journals. In my journal I just do whatever I want to do- sometimes the page has a special meaning or message- sometimes I just draw something for the fun of it or to soothe my nerves. Sometimes I glue in special mail from friends and family or little bits of paper I want to keep that will remind me of something special. Most times I think my pages feel kind of lame and dorky-so I rarely share them. Well, I decided to work along with the 30 days of journaling in an attempt to let my fears and feelings of inadequacy go- to just go ahead and be the me I am even if my pages don't measure up in my head to the pretty pages I see posted on other blogs. I know my work is okay- but that inner critic whispers in my ear and tells me it's not good enough for people to see. I'm letting that go for 30 days with this project. I'm following the simpleness of Traci's rules: Work in my art journal each day- whether 15 minutes or hours and try to post as regularly about it as I can. Let's see how well I can do!! Anyhow- here is the start of a page I am working on. I tend to work ahead in my journal with drawings or collage, etc and then I will usually write across or around images on most pages with my journaling later- simple day to day journaling just like the diary you might have kept as a child :) Here is day one:
Sans- I wanted to save them to remind me of her kindness to me. I like to sometimes save little interesting sentences from magazines that spark something in my creative brain and draw around that sentence- so that's where the hand tree came from. I don't know if I'll finish this page tonight or if I'll start a totally new page- sometimes I don't finish a page for weeks if I get bored with it or inspired to start a new page :) See you tomorrow with what I end up working on tonight! A big huge thank you to Traci for her inspiration and the idea to work along on the 30 days of journaling :)
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