Sunday, January 9, 2011

journaling art calendar

Here's a fun way to journal!  Make your own art calendar in a book form.  Just started this one for 2011, after seeing a challenge somewhere online.  Heaven knows how i find things, and get connected to links that take me to people and projects and challenges.  There is so much creativity on the internet.

This calendar challenge came from Kate Crane, an artist in the UK with this really great blog The Kathryn Wheel.  So much fun to be inspired by others, especially in another country!  There are over 70 people following along, doing her calendar art project.  t's not to late to make one yourself!  You would just have to gather up your supplies right away, make the book and remember what you did the last nine days!
My calendar journal is made all from scratch with TWO 22" x 30" sheets of Winsor Newton watercolor paper.  I cut the sheet up to 11" x 15" pieces and scored the pages in book form and sewed the signature with book binding thread.  The surface pages are misted with Ranger Color Wash of course, with some masks for textures.  I punched the date squares out with a Marvy (tag shape with top cut off) punch and edged them with Copic marker outlines and am using a fine tip Sharpie for the journal entries.

Since i didn't buy a calendar yet for this year, this is a good excuse to quickly journal daily and create at the same time.  Looking forward to looking back in it later this year.  It doesn't seem like much when you start a progressive project, but when it's finished it's so rewarding to look back and reflect on the little details in volume.

So go play and make your calendar journal!  
And share if you want to.


  1. I am doing this.. but I hvn't started my Jan page yet.. yikes.. u are flying ahead of me.. lol u go girl! Your pages are spectacular! xo

  2. Yay! This looks spectacular :-) I LOVE the quote 'dream as big as you want'. Fab-u-lous! Looking forward to seeing it all filled in :-)

  3. Your January Calendar is gorgeous!!!

    Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.--William Wordsworth