Sunday, 30 December 2012

Art Journal Calendar

So I have been watching and looking for a long time at art journalling..........I wanted to try it but was always a bit reticent - I imagined that my pages would turn muddy and that I wouldn't know what on earth to put on the pages............but then I found Kate's blog about creating an art journal calendar that can be completed everyday.  Kate's amazing blog can be found HERE

So after a lot of debating I decided to buy a journal a just give it a try - here is my very, very first attempt:

I didn't want to go out and buy loads of new inks etc before giving it a try with what I already had in my stash so I used some shimmer ink sprays by Debbie Moore in pink, lilac, blue and midnight blue, then I added some distress stains through a stencil, I think I used Victorian Velvet and Tumbled Glass.  I dried these and added some ink splotches and flicked it with water and dried again.
I stamped 'January' down the right hand side using denim adirondak using Tim Holtz mini cirque alphabet set and then added the '2013' from a Papermania stamp set.  All the stamped images in the background are from a set by Indigoblu, the bare tree branch was stamped in juniper, the grasses in worn lipstick and the clouds stamped in picket fence.
I then inked up three different pieces of paper and punched out 31 squares and stuck them onto the background.  I used a black fine liner pen to scribble around each of the squares for definition, added the days of the week on the top row and numbered each square for the month.

So now all I need to do is remember to write in it everyday!!

So that is my first ever attempt at art journalling - I did very much enjoy it and am hoping to buy some of the dylusions inks pretty soon!!

I would like to enter my page into the following challenges:

Hels Sunday Stamper Challenge theme this week is 'writing' - all the details can be found HERE

Fashionable Stamping Challenge theme this time is 'Surprise Us - Anything Goes' - all the details for that challenge can be found HERE

Thanks for stopping by, Claire x


  1. What beautiful colours - absolutely nothing muddy about it. The splotches and the stamping look perfectly random - like you haven't had to try hard and yet it turned out beautifully anyway...I admire that as I never achieve that effect!

    Why not join in the giveaway at Inkspirational Challenges?

  2. Fabulous start to your new venture... looking forward to seeing what else you do! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday STamper and a very Happy New Year to you x

  3. A great start into the new year. Love the art journaling idea. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight and a happy New Year.

  4. Congrats! It's a fun way of doing a little creating every day.
    Very pretty pages. I like the colors in your background.

  5. Hooray for starting the calendar challenge this year!! Your first spread is fabulous. This is a really great way to play and explore creating backgrounds-you can always cover up what you don't like, and a bit of a note each day doesn't take much time at all.

  6. Well, I predict you becoming addicted and more adventurous as the year goes along! Here is to your first Art Journal Pages!! happy new year to you

  7. Your colors are luscious...they blend so well. Congratulations for starting the's kind of addictive and very fun. Let it take you anywhere you want to go....Best wishes for a happy new year

  8. Wooo hoo, what a fabulous start of the year and your calendar page looks great. You will be an art journalling pro in no time!

    Thank you so much for playing at Fashionable Stamping Challenges! Ps. You have a new follower now! :)
    Best wishes for a happy New Year from Joanna @ Under a Creative Spell

  9. Wonderful art pages! Love the colors and this is a perfect way to start 2013! Thank you for playing along with us at FSC! Happy New Year!

  10. Congrats on joining the challenge. I know you will LOVE it. Your pages are beautiful, and I don't believe you need anything else to create beautiful calendars. Your work is fantastic. Happy New Year, too.

  11. You should be very proud of what you have achieved Claire, what a brilliant start to the new year. Your calendar pages are lovely.
    Thanks for linking to the 'Surprise Us' challenge at FSC.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  12. Ah yes, you must remember to write in it everyday - you have made a beautiful job of your January calendar page.

  13. Oh! I'm sure you're going to enjoy doing this and I'm going to enjoy seeing what you do if this is your starter! Chris

  14. Just lovely - what a great start to what I'm sure will be a journalling addiction! Stunning pages...
    Alison x