It's a new year and that means it is time to clean out last year's clutter (me), bring in some new inspiration (you) and get those creative juices flowing to get us through the cold winter months ahead (both of us).
Now, you could focus your new year's aspirations and newly found motivation to lose weight, stop eating junk food or run a marathon and all that's great, but why not resolve to do something else that's equally (well, maybe not equally but close) as good for you and fun, too? Let's resolve to make more art! And if we can't make the world a better place overnight, we can make it prettier. And that's a good start.
So, in the spirit of fresh starts and great art, I'm giving away a copy of Jenny Doh's Journal It: Perspectives In Creative Journaling, in which I had a tiny little role, and a package of goodies I put together to get you inspired and on your way to recording the new year in your own art journal. One of the things I love most about visual journaling is simply keeping a record of daily life. There are so many things we think we will never forget--special occasions, words of encouragement, funny things our children say, the way the light falls through the kitchen window on your morning cup of coffee--but the truth is we do forget. And writing down every day's highlights alone takes more time than most of us have in our hectic and overfilled lives. But when I glance back through my journals, I don't have to read everything I've written to be instantly reminded of what seems like just yesterday but is quietly slipping farther into the past. It's the visual element that instantly transports me back, and I may not remember what I had for breakfast this morning, but I can tell you exactly where I was, what was going on around me and what I was feeling when I doodled those flowers over my lunch receipt from that too warm afternoon in July.
So now is the perfect time to get started with your first visual journal or just get a little inspiration for your art in the new year by getting to know the 19 visual artists featured in Journal It!, which includes signature techniques and an in depth Q&A with each artist. And all you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this post telling me something new you'd like to learn in the coming year. (And don't forget to leave an email address so I can contact you if you're the winner.) It's as easy as that! And on January 31 I will announce the winner on this blog, chosen randomly.
And if you have been wanting to finally take the plunge into art journaling or just want a new journal for the new year, take a look at the hand bound art journals in my Etsy shop or contact me for a custom art journal made especially for your needs and personality!