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Art Journalling Calendar Challenge 2013


I’ve only just discovered Kate Crane‘s wonderful Art Journalling Calendar Challenge. She is an inspirational teacher and has done some great Youtube videos and DVDs, so check her out.

I missed January’s challenge, but with my carer/art therapist Mary-Ann, we’ve just finished a calendar spread for February, and I’m rather pleased with it, even if I do say so myself.

February 2013 calendar spread

February 2013 calendar spread for Art Journalling Calendar spread

I don’t know where the idea for a background of green hills and blue skies came from – it all looks very sunny and optimistic, given we’re just out of January snow and into the biting cold of February.

Anyway, it’s a slight contrast from my previous piece which was an angry red spread on getting through Tough Days and believing in better things to come. I’ll post that soon.

Husband did  a nice job, for an art baby, with the Nicolson’s Peerless Transparent Watercolours on the green hills.  The sun is a Dylusions ink spray, a Christmas gift from that nice Paula Watkins (thank you!). I’m very happy with its also impressionist look and colour. Stencil patterns down both side are Dylusions stencils c/o Art from the Heart.  The castle is from some scrapbook papers I’ve had lurking around for a few years, from a set called Once Upon a Time I ended up using on my wedding album (some 8 years after we got married). The tufts of grass are sheets foam cut by QuickKutz.  The calendar squares are punched card stock from the archive.

It was a labour of love that took us the best part of two days to complete, all to a soundtrack of old skool 80s music.  I think it must be the Carrie Diaries that has got me back into the 80s, and now I’m passing on my wisdom to Mary-Ann about what real music is.  She’s still finding out about the Communards and Bronski Beat…. I mean, come on people, it’s 1986, so Don’t Leave Me This Way!