Welcome to my second post of 2016, don't panic I won't count them all, I am thrilled with this particular post as it allowed me to do some much craved art journalling. It's "new beginnings" over at Ikes World Challenges and I decided that I would use the beginning of the year as my theme.
I never do resolutions as I know I wouldn't keep them and fail to see why they are set at the beginning of the year when you can make an active decision to change a part of your life at any point in the year because it's not the timing that's important but the decision that you are ready and willing to try and make this change work. So because I'm so anti resolutions I did wonder what I hoped for in 2016 and for me it was to continue something I began in late 2015, around autumn time I decided I wanted to be ME. Yes that simple I just wanted to be me, to let the real me show and to forget or not even listen to what others thought about that.
My art journal page shows images from Ike's art, starting with the saucy fairy casting some fairy dust over my intentions to continue being me and wearing my dresses as portrayed by the do your thing image and the ice skater minus her skates shows my love for yoga if only I could find the time...something I am still working on. I did think about adding other things I'd love to see continue in my life, but not only did I not want to over crowd the page I couldn't find the images I had in my brain of sky scrapper high piles of books or cakes. That said I find time for those so it seemed more appropriate the fairy helped me with the things I struggle the most with.
I have air brushed the background using promarkers, the images are coloured with coloursoft pencils and either very tiny beads or glitter has been added to make them sparkle. My journal has a perforated edge about half an inch in from the binding and the more I used the journal the more the pages tear out so I've just secured the perforations with some washi tape.
Hopefully this is my last extended post as you'll be pleased to know I am running out of things to share with you. I've whipped up a batch of dairy free chocolate orange giant cookies, a first and very successful in my opinion. It's just as well I don't do resolutions as if I'd chosen a diet I'd have failed already!
I also made a neighbour, adoptive mother, very good friend a special Christmas card at the last minute before Christmas.
I used the bookatrix board and some aged paper distress ink for the pages. I gilded the edges with a wink of stella gold glitter. The images are available from Ikes Art and are coloured with coloursoft pencils and the wink of stella brushes.