For years, I’ve heard of people keeping “art journals”, but had never tried to use one myself. After all – I have about 10 writing journals calling my name that have yet to see ink!

But around a year ago, I was inspired to take the leap. I picked up a hard-bound Strathmore with some solid mixed media paper (that can handle a lot of abuse). Slowly – I began to fill the pages with whimsical faces and inspirational quotes. When I started, their eyes were too close together, their lips in the wrong place, and how in the world do you draw nostrils? lol

But after making it through the first few spreads, I realized that there is something very satisfying about filling up 2 blank pages with whimsy using wonderful art supplies you’ve been hoarding in your stash for months. It’s a great place to experiment with new techniques, and you can generally complete a project in a night or two. 70 pages and many evenings later… I have a “finished” journal. I’ve decided to share the year-long journey with you!

You can click below to peruse the digital copy.

Thanks for sharing in my art adventures!

Note to tablet users – turn your iPad/tablet length-wise to view facing pages together.