Hi Friends,

Second post for today as I am now caught up after the weekend and I can share today’s page!  I also made a start on this one last night but not enough time to finish it. So here is another page fresh of the art table today…

Today’s Art . . .

Today’s art is a page using my Day 17 prompt:  Ugly Duckling

As you know, I am not working or planning ahead, so for the ugly duckling prompt I was thinking it could be something about the contrast between sleeping BEAUTY and UGLY duckling, but what that was going to look like, I had no idea. But then last night I was flicking through an old magazine looking for images and not only did I find an image for sleeping beauty but I also found a great one for ugly duckling – which even has a duck on it!    It also has lots of feathers on it but after sticking the image in place with matte medium, and colouring the background with neocolours, I also drew lots of black feathers to fill in the rest of page.

Here’s a look at both pages before and after since I was working on them at the same time last night…

The takeaway from the Ugly Duckling story is to just be yourself and not to try to be someone else.  The Duckling tried to fit in with the ducks when he was not a duck, and felt out of place because of it, but if he only knew that he was really a swan and that there were so many more like him, he would have been much happier much quicker.

So be yourself, don’t try to be anyone else, and embrace your differences.

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!

my handmade journal, watercolour paper, watercolour, magazine image, matte medium, neocolours, white pen, black pen,


Art Journal JourneyFairytales, Folklore & Fables

Daily Prompts

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.   I just respond well to a daily prompt and I will also be sharing my pages on Instagram.  If you share your work on Instagram there is a hashtag.  Please note, that to enter the Art Journal Journey challenge using the Mr Linky tool, you will have to link from a blog since it is a blog challenge.

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.

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October 18, 2022 9:57 pm

the ugly duckling…that turned out to be a beautiful Mute swan. A story much loved.
You created a beautiful Journal 🙂

October 18, 2022 5:47 pm

Perfect! I hate that society derides differences rather than embracing them.

Erika N
October 18, 2022 12:23 pm

Nice page Elle. You’re creating such a great variety of pages. I’ve thought about this topic (the ugly duckling),. This morning I just had a great idea for a page though, but a different topic. Hopefully I’ll get some art time today. Hope you are having a great Tuesday! hugs-Erika

Iris Flavia
October 17, 2022 5:52 pm

Sometimes it takes a while to be “ripe” for this…

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