Monday 24 September 2018

My 2018 Art Journal: A Flip Through of the Story So Far!

This is the second year that I have created a weekly art journal page following the prompts over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More.  Last year each week had a different prompt until December, when the prompt of festive was given for all five weeks (see my journal flip through for 2017 HERE).  This year the idea of a monthly prompt has been continued and as the name of the group indicates, other forms of responses have been encouraged in place of journaling from time to time.  I have enjoyed applying each prompt to an art journal page, which has encouraged me to think outside the box many times.

January's prompt was words and the first one that I chose was my intention for my art work in 2018.
I started working with new types of media (acrylic inks here).

My third page was later improved by the addition of players' autographs after an open training session at the Bet365 Stadium.
I do love this colour combination.
February's prompt was 'Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle' which allowed me to raid my bit box.
I also have a selection of die cuts, left over from previous projects.
Using paper towel mop up sheets as a background is another favourite technique of mine.
Another paper towel background.
March's prompt was 'Friends' to celebrate 5000 members in the FB group.

I enjoyed working my pages around different quotes about friends.
April was the first five Sunday month and the prompt was Spring as you can see.

I played around with Distress Oxide backgrounds for a few weeks.
 Used a stamp/punch set that has been in my stash for ages.
And finally tried an alcohol ink on Yupo paper technique to create a background.
For May, I had to start thinking outside the box.  The prompt was 'Trade It' and I had to find a way of incorporating items such as Artist Trading Coins onto a page.
Postcards were a little easier to include.
ATCs weren't too bad.
Inchies, Twinchies and Thrinchies were my biggest challenge of the month.
June's prompt was 'Repeat after me' with a sub prompt each week.  The first was circles.
The second was Mandalas.
The third 'Abstract'.
And finally 'Retiform', a technique that I had never tried before.
July's prompt was the most challenging of the year up to that point.  The overall prompt was puzzles and games, but the first week was altered dominoes.
Followed by altered puzzle pieces.
Altered playing cards was the third sub prompt.
Word and number puzzles was the fourth.
As it was another 5 Sunday month, the fifth week was a wild card within the monthly theme.  I chose to base a page on my favourite board game.
August's prompt was 'On Your Travels', but the first sub prompt was painted pebbles.  This was another one which made me have to think outside the box.

The remaining weeks I simply based around different travel/holiday themes.
And so to September, another 5 Sunday month.  This month's theme is right up my street as it is 'Art Journal Frenzy'.  Week 1's sub prompt was Galaxy and I went off at a tangent with my page.
Week 2 was 'Anything Goes'.
I haven't completed week 3 yet (Choose colours outside your comfort zone), but week 4: Collage was a most enjoyable page to complete.
I am hoping to catch up with week 3 for September tomorrow, when I will ask my friend to give me a colour combination to work with.  You can pop back on Thursday to see what she comes up with.  One further week to complete after that for September and it will be time for a new prompt.  I wonder what October will bring?

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