For the past 6 years I have been art journaling, seriously keeping a visual diary of who I am as an Artist, developing techniques, learning new products and building a comprehensive working knowledge of working in mixed-media layers. almost religiously for the last 3 years of those 6 years, I have been keeping an "Inspiration Journal".
I have used this journal each week as a teaching tool. Just as a student practices her craft, I practiced the creative freedom of letting go, painting intuitively and learning and developing my skills as an artist. I have learned acceptance and creative confidence and in doing so, made that process open to you in the hopes of empowering you each week to believe in the process too.
During those same 3 years, I began trusting the process, I took the next leap into implementing these skills in a larger format, taking the process another step further and applying my art on canvas. I quickly learned bridging the ideas from art journals to canvas gave me a broader understanding of the medias I was working with.
48 weeks, my year long course for 2014, incorporates not only the skills learned through art journaling but also the knowledge gained through working on larger scale canvases. (Kinda like "inspiration Wednesday" and "Canvas Create" had a baby!)
48 weeks is a year long comprehensive online course that empowers each of us to allow the natural ebb and flow of our artistic styles guide the creative process, building a strong foundation for your art, your creative confidence as well as an incredibly vast repertoire of techniques that stretch beyond just the art journal page.
I wanted to create this workshop as the touchstone of each students creative journey. This year long course explores dozens of fascets of the creative process and takes each student beyond the art into a creative awaking each week.
We will create together, working on the pages of our journals each week expressively documenting every milestone as we complete the 48 entries, documenting our growth as an artist in 2014.
Because I have always wanted to fill and complete an A3 Moleskine journal, I am using this LARGE format journal (16 x 22") as my diary of this journey. The actual book you use does not change the process or the practice. I want you to work with whatever you feel the most comfortable working in, you can even choose to work on canvases if that fits your style.
48 weeksis a work at your own pace online course that includes 48 weeks of NEW creative and expressive art that will inspire you to dig deeper into your creative soul, develop your personal style and leave it on the page. Every 3 months you will receive another 12 weeks of course lessons. these lessons are fully downloadable, which means they are yours forever to save, re-watch, rewind and to reference for a lifetime.
I invite all of you to join me this year as I share from my heart, my creative journey and artistic practices that fuel the passion I have for art.
"Art makes the spirit soar.
And when the spirit is lifted, life follows."
- Adrianna Trigiani
we've have design 3 options to make it easier for you to take part in this 4-semester year long course
many pages of my art journal start with the papers that cover my work surface. if you watched Septembers Canvas Create, this was the paper that caught all the pouring medium/paint overflow off my canvas. i thought it was too pretty to trash so i cut a portion of it down and adhered it directly to my journal pages. i liked it so much that all i added was the turquoise alphabets, stamp quote, sticker bird and distressing around the edges to make it complete!
we have always had a small window/door style advent calendar, inside each door would be a small candy or a coin or 2. the kids have always loved waking up and opening their door...just the surprise of it even though it was never a big token always made it special.
this year i thought it might be fun to get small dollar store or fun style games and gifts to fill the bags and make everyday leading up to the holiday a little more exciting!!
and to be honest, i love watching their faces each morning, its selfish but they are growing up so fast i want to savor every moment of innocence and joy.
so this is our version.
i had Liz, our shipping manager at the studio bring me in a good looking branch from her beautifully wooded property (and it was the perfect size, i didnt cut it or anything).
i bought most of the bags from Michaels
used some large number stamps and embossed the numbers 1-25 on the bag fronts.
then raided my stash of tapes, ribbons and yarns and attached each bag to the stick.
i found some large command hooks and the branch fit perfectly in the hook (again, lucky!!)
each day i will have them cut down their bag and hopefully capture the fun with camera ready, lol!!