Happy New Year 2023 Friends!
It’s a bit sad now with the lights and decorations taken down but this week still feels like holiday time at least and so I am spending a lot of time reading and watching stuff on my streaming trials before they end, and being unplugged from social media! I thought I would start off the New Year with something different and so I have started a calendar art journal. There’s a story behind it though so read on…
Today’s Art . . .
Today’s art is my January calendar page, which is also inspired by this month’s challenge over on Art Journal Journey where Mia’s theme is “add a photo”. As you can see I have two photos here of the kittens when they were very small.
Miss Lily above and Mr G below.
I’ve always admired those calendar journal pages that I have seen from a lot of other blogging friends and also Kate Crane’s from some years ago, but never got around to doing one myself… until yesterday! Sooooo…. in my tidying up over Christmas, I came across this A4 Leuchtturm1917 dot grid journal that I bought in 2016. At the time I was getting into Bullet Journalling in the A5 versions and I bought this A4 version to use for monthly calendar overviews. All of this is written out by hand, and I point this out because after copying out twelve months of monthly calendars, each month getting four whole pages, I NEVER used it, not once.
Here’s a look at the July 2016 page where under monthly goals I had written “yeah that didn’t happen”. LOL I still keep a daily journal but it’s not a bullet journal, I don’t think my brain works that way so it was doomed from the start. Coincidentally July 2016 happens to be when the kittens were born but I didn’t know that at the time. I found these photos of them when they were just a few months old, and thought I would use them for this page, just wondering where to put them.
I ended up painting over the top of what was written on there (or not lol) with Slate and Koala Fresco paint, then adding some acrylic inks on top. Due to covering everything in paint I thought it would be quicker/easier to add my calendar squares on top, so I cut out 31 x 4cm squares and glued them down.
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
A4 Leuchtturm1917, Fresco paint – Slate, Koala, acrylic inks, photos, washi tape, white pen, mixed media card, black soot DI, poscas,
Art Journal Journey – Use a Photo