I’m so excited to be Guest Host over on Art Journal Journey again and for one of my favourite months – October! I love October, it’s a great month for art journalling for me – last year I managed to create 41 pages and bound them into one book! This year I have no plans to make that many pages but I will be working from a list of daily prompts because I find that helps to keep me thinking and motivated. If you are interested in the prompts, you can find them at the end of the post.
My theme for this month is Fairytales, Folklore & Fables – Tell Me A Story. That’s a bit of a mouthful isn’t it but I wanted it to be broad and to give you options. eg if you don’t like fairytales, try folklore, if you don’t feel inspired by folklore, try fables. There are plenty of options to create great journal pages and to tell a story and to have a lot of fun with it!
Here are some definitions that might help:
(fairy tale, fairytale, wonder tale, magic tale, fairy story) are generally are short stories with mythical creatures (dwarfs, unicorns, witches, giants, mermaids, dragons etc) and magic or enchantments. Fairytales never claim to have any basis in truth and have no moral outcome like fables.
Verbal lore like tales, legends, jokes, proverbs, sea shanties, folk music, urban legends, epic poetry, ballads.
Material lore like arts and crafts, food recipes, folk art, costumes, pottery, woodwork etc.
Customary lore like rituals and celebrations, weddings, folk dances, Christmas, Halloween, Trick or Treating, Crossing your fingers, Mime, Thanksgiving.
Fable: – a short fictional story, in prose or verse, that feature animals, plants, mythical creatures and always has a moral lesson at its core. (Aesop’s Fables etc)
In all of them, there is the opportunity for storytelling, so tell me a story on your page… or why not retell a story?
To introduce the theme, I have chosen to do just that, a retelling of a familiar tale, but with a twist. Normally the wolves would be chasing Red Riding Hood through the forest with the intention of making her into dinner at Grandma’s house, but instead the wolves are going for walkies and Red has the leash. This takes all the danger out of the story and turns it into a happy page with a girl taking her
dogs wolves for a walk.
Today’s Art . . .
The page is mostly watercolour, starting off by drawing birch tree shapes, but very misshapen trees lol. Then painting in between the trees and leaving the trees unpainted. Then I drew the wolves between the trees with a black Pitt pen. For Red Riding Hood, I drew a rough outline and painted over it with white gesso, and then painted her red outfit with deep red watercolour over the gesso.
I wrote out ONCE UPON A TIME in tall skinny letters using a black Posca and outlined it with a white Posca.
Here are the prompts I will be using and you can probably tell that a lot of them are related to fairytales, but you don’t have to use them that way or you don’t have to use them at all. I will be attempting all 31 days but I may not make it and that’s OK too. The prompts are there if you feel stuck or in need of extra inspiration. For example for today’s prompt “little red cap” is the story of little red riding hood but you could focus on just the colour red instead. There are several prompts dotted throughout the month that have colours in them and can be used this way (little red cap, green man, bleubeard, goldilocks, black cat, poison apple, pumpkin coach). For day 4, Cosmos is the birth flower for October but also 4th October is the start of World Space Week so there is a double meaning there and you can take it either way. I will also be posting my pages on Instagram so there is a hashtag for that too if you like that sort of thing.
Or you can ignore the daily prompts completely and focus on the overarching theme for the month. The daily prompts are there if you want to make more pages but need some extra prompting. Hope you feel inspired to join in the challenge this month and have fun with it!
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, watercolour, gesso, graphite pencil, poscas,
Art Journal Journey – Fairytales, Folklore & Fables