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    Day 9: Photo Background

    Sometimes it’s difficult to start a journal spread or an art piece on a blank page. Today’s prompt takes away the pressure of a blank canvas. Glue down a photograph on your journal page. Voila, instant background! From there you can decide if you want to use more papers for collage or if you want to paint and draw on top of the photo. Dealer’s choice as they say. You can work with a theme and choose a photograph that provides a “jumping off” point, or you can start with something that grabs your attention because of the colors or the composition. Play! Have fun! Make time for art. This…

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    Day 7: Self Portrait with Words

    Today’s prompt is an exercise in the abstract. Create a self portrait using words. Before you start feeling too vulnerable, it’s a journaling exercise that we’re going to paint over. One of my favorite ways to art journal when I’ve got some intense feelings and emotions to go through is to write down my feelings with the knowledge that they’ll be covered by layers of paint, pen and lines. In fact a good friend of ours, Kaira Boston, holds workshops with a very specific process that you might be interested in. Her website is Studio Kaira and she leads amazing workshops called Creative Layers to Mindfulness. We use so many…

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    Day 5: When Pigs Fly

    Today’s prompt is about improbable dreams. How many of you have heard the idiom “when pigs fly?” It’s usually used when people think something is impossible or unlikely. I think of it in a different way. I LOVE the imagery of pigs flying. Who doesn’t think pigs are cute? Part of my childhood was living on a farm in eastern North Carolina. The first year we moved there from Florida, my sisters and I named the pigs we had in the fields! Add wings to that cuteness and in my opinion you have something made for dreams. I have several pigs with wings in my home. For me they represent…

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    Day 3: The Language of Flowers

    Today’s prompt is inspired by a friend’s 100 Day Project. She’s posting beautiful photographs from her garden and she’s including poetic and profound thoughts around the meaning of the individual flowers. Her most recent posts have reminded me of a novel I read a long time ago that included the language of flowers as an important theme. I’ve also been thinking about language and how images can speak to us as eloquently as words. There’s something magical about that idea. I think I’ll look up the meaning of my favorite flower, the gardenia, and spend some time in my art journal today exploring what I find. Please share your thoughts…

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    Day 1 for May’s Challenge

    It’s another beginning for our ten day choose art challenge. Who’s ready for some fun? Can you commit to giving yourself 15 minutes a day to create something? 10 minutes a day? Please join Tami and I as we make time for art for the next ten days! Today’s prompt is….que the drumroll….Sunshine! Depending on your age, sunshine can bring up different tunes in your head. My children reminded me of “Swimmin’ in Sunshine” and my husband thought of “Sunshine on My Shoulder.” Regardless of the song, I’ll bet you thought of a warm, yellow sun in some form or another. Today’s prompt is about celebrating the glorious warmth of…

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    Day 10. Last prompt for April!

    “If wishes were horses beggars would ride.” Can’t tell you how many times I heard that quote growing up. A quick research session attributes the quote most commonly to a nursery rhyme from the 1840’s If wishes were horses, Beggars would ride: If turnips were watches I would wear one by my side. And if if’s and an’s were pots and pans, the tinker would never work. English Nursery Rhymes Collection, 1840 Why choose it for today’s prompt? Seemed like a good idea at the time! Truthfully, it promises to be a fun prompt – especially for collage or photography. Besides, who doesn’t love horses or dreams? I thought we…

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    Day 8: Mandala Monday

    Many of you know how much I love creating Mandalas. Monday seemed like a great day to make a mandala! For today’s prompt, create a mandala, find one to color and glue in your art journal, or find something that reminds you of mandalas and share a photo. The mandala I created is known as a Twelve Petal Mandala. I was experimenting with colored pencils to add shading and depth. I think I prefer markers for the more vivid colors, but this was fun to play around with. I’m using one of Tami Chacon’s handmade journals and the paper is incredible no matter what I use for color. If you…

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    Day 6: Red – Cool or Warm?

    Red, rojo, rouge…Isn’t it such an interesting color? Have you noticed how people react when you wear red? I once worked with someone who always disagreed with me if I was wearing red. It wasn’t a coincidence. We worked well together, but put me in a red shirt and I was certain to get pushback. Today’s prompt is all about the color red and its many nuances. Which do you prefer? The warm, toasty reds or the cooler reds? What better place to discover the answer than in your art journals? I began today’s prompt looking for the cooler reds, but much to my surprise was wooed by the warmth…

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    Day 4: Tag It!

    There are several ways to complete today’s prompt. I’m choosing to make tags to add to my art journal, but you could create a tag and include it in a photo, or digitally tag a photo or a piece of work. I have a stash of epherma that includes PILES of different types of tags. Spell check reminds me…does anyone else love that you can file away “stuff” under epherma? Having a respectable label for all of the odds and ends that I just KNOW I’ll use one day was one of the best things that ever happened to my marriage. When it was “stuff” it was annoying, but now…

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    Day 2: Take it Outside

    Today’s prompt is about texture, play and going outside. We’re going to shake things up by using a very simple technique. Remember crayon rubbings? Well today’s prompt is a variation of that theme. Find your favorite “crayon,” I used oil pastels and Neocolor crayons, and a few sheets of ordinary copy paper. Head outside and start looking for textures. (I know we have some photographers in the group who should also enjoy finding shots with great textures outside.) There’s something magical about the patterns that emerge from the different textures. This is your chance to play with colors, line and motion. I had my usual helpers, Comet and Beamer, jumping…