These were all made during the month of April in 2008. It was a personal art challenge that Elsie and I had talked about for awhile to create pages every day of the month to document where we were. I later used them as tutorials for three online art journal classes.
I ended up with about 75 pages when I was finished but I have decided to only show the ones that I really liked. The others I just had to get out of my system before I settled into a rhythm and found a style I wanted to experiment with.
I used 12" x 12" chipboard for my base as it's thick enough to paint on but thin enough to sew through. Most of my materials were scraps in my studio and pictures along the way.
There were days when journaling was easy and days when it felt forced but I still made pages almost every single day and multiples when I was on a roll. We were living with my parents at the time and Sebastian went to bed early so I had more time than I do now to work on them. It was a challenge to get started mostly because I was so intimidated by the quantity I'd have to put out but once I started it was empowering to see what I had accomplished each day.
There were days that I'd get an idea in the shower or on a walk with Sebastian. I kept a notebook with themes to try out or color combos for those days when I felt uninspired. I would photograph them before I stored them in large plastic zipper bags and then I posted them on a private blog that only Elsie and I had access to. It helped me see it all in one place and realize what themes were developing.
There are pages I'd like to add to but non that I want to toss. I feel like they were each valuable for the emotion they absorbed. Sometimes I just needed to get something out before I moved on to something I was proud of and some were just ways to experiment with color and concepts.
I've made great progress in some areas and feel exactly the same in others. I still go to bed way later than I should.
You can see the rest here.