I have been looking at the inspiration for art journals for months. You can see some of this inspiration on my pinterest board One type of journals I like are the ones using day-timers or calendars. Yesterday, I decided it was time for me to start a new journal. I was off to purchase a book when I remembered the CTMH My Crush books I already owned … use what I have!
The My Crush book has 60 pages of heavy cardstock paper inside. Perfect for the mixed media I wanted to do. The pages will wrinkle a bit when you add paint and dry them but I am OK with this as I think it adds to the look.
I divided the book into weekly and monthly calendar space. Rather than go backwards and spend a lot of time creating art for January to April I decide to do a 2 page spread for those months and capture quick details for those months and move ahead with May. The calendar I created for April includes gelatos, watercolor crayons and a sharpie. As you can see this is a work in progress…
For May I chose to add a flip out page for the monthly calendar and then the weekly portion will follow. For the Calendar I added small pieces of scrapbook paper and then added white gesso on top of the paper to form a “grid”. I also used white gesso to prep the surface of the paper on the left as this was a file folder that was cut down to fit the page. White gesso is a great product for prepping a surface. I used watercolors and sharpies to finish the page. Although I know I will add more as the month goes on.
For the weekly portion I swiped white gesso onto the page in 7 strips to create the seven days of the week. I painted on top of stickers, then removed the sticker to create the last few days of April. For the May numbers I used chipboard numbers that I colored with a marker. This is where I will add a few journal items to the page in the form of pictures and words and maybe even ticket stubs, receipts or business cards.