Whenever I start a challenge like the 365, my emotions run the gamut. In the beginning, I’m really excited about it, and I look forward to each day’s challenge. By the middle, I’m starting to wonder what I got myself into, and then it turns into, “When is this going to be over?” Amazingly, once I get to the end, I’m look back and think to myself, “Did I really do all that?”
Since our 365 is a long challenge, I know that many of you may be already in the “What did I get myself into” phase. Hang in there! We may still have a long way to go, but I do promise that there will be more times when you are excited about each day’s challenge. It’s a lot like a roller coaster, and if you just keep working the prompts, you will get to the end and say, “Did I really do all that?”
So are you ready to dig into another week? Here we go:
- I would like to return to
- Someone once told me
- What gives me hope?
- I would like to be remembered for…
- If I were an animal, I would be…
- Use a newspaper article or current event on tv as your prompt
Here are some of the pieces I did this week:
Day 22: Worry
I tried my hand at drawing again. I still have mixed feelings about the results. I found a picture in a magazine of a woman posed like this and drew from that. Although I think I fairly accurately sketched a person with a worried expression, my woman doesn’t even come close to looking like the woman in the photograph. I wish I could figure out why.
Day 23: I recommend
I hate to say it, but this one is sort of unfinished. The prompt made me think of the healing powers of faith, so I started out by drawing symbols of faith and I was planning to do some kind of zentangle-ish thing with that, but it just never quite evolved. Eventually, I added some other objects and decided to fill the page with other symbols, but I ran out of things I thought I could draw. I haven’t decided where to go with it from here. That’s okay…art journaling isn’t necessarily about finishing a page every day, and it’s actually pretty common for artists to revisit past pages to add a little here or change something there. An art journal is a work in progress.
Day 24: Negative anagram of your name (faults and vices)
I went with a more scrapbook feel for this prompt simply because I couldn’t find an example of what I was wanting to do with it. Several days earlier, I had been surfing the web and found some really cool art journal examples. On one, the artist had done some cool 3–D zentangle-type art with the words and then filled up the page with other stuff. I wanted to see if I could do that. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the sample again, and I can’t remember enough to try and replicate it, so I went with something I do know…scrapbooking. The words were a little hard. I’m not happy with the Y, but it was the best I could do.
Day 25: Define grown up
I think this page turned out better than I hoped. I had the dress stamp and the “bug hat”, which I just bought, so I was excited to try drawing the rest of the girl around those stamps. I started out by stamping the dress in Staz-on ink and then using a Sharpie to draw the rest of her body. I masked the area with the quote and then stamped the other images on the page. I used water colors for the background, and my Stampin’ Up! markers for most of the rest. I did color the girl’s hair and clothing with Copics. Unfortunately, I forgot that Copics and Sharpies don’t mix and it bled a little where I colored her shoe.
Day 26: Rules are meant to be broken
I had a lot of fun doing this page. The background was a scrap that I had pre-sprayed with Tattered Angels a few days earlier when I was testing a few things out. The rulers were scraps of patterned paper I had used on some scrapbook pages a while back and the little quote was a piece I had in my smash book box. I found the picture of the sheriff on the internet and printed him out.
Day 27: I will
There’s been a lot of clues about my power word lately, both on my art pages and here on this blog. This page is made of sales flyers and magazine cut-outs as well as some die-cut letters made from a page I tore out of the book. The background images were all stamped using Memento ink and an assortment of tiny stamps.
Day 28: By the numbers
This page didn’t turn out anything like I expected. I started out trying to clear emboss on the page so that certain areas (the numbers) would resist the ink rubbing. Unfortunately, my embossing pen wasn’t really clear – it left a bluish tint behind, and when I heated the embossing powder on it, it just turned dark and made the paper look oily. So I wound up coloring over the numbers with white pen.
That’s it for this week. I hope you’re hanging in there! Please feel free to share your work with us on our Flickr gallery.