It’s 2017, and it’s time to gear up for that improved, focused and inspired year of the new, artistic you.
Maybe you’ve been sidetracked by work, family or other challenges that have kept you from pursuing your art. Perhaps you’ve had mental blocks or a lack of motivation. Or – be honest – a tad bit lazy.
Whatever your excuse may be, it’s time to jump back on the horse and start the New Year off right. If you’re in a time crush when it comes to your art or you don’t have sufficient inspiration, here’s a beginner’s how-to book that will ease you into the craft of creating an artistic journal.
That’s the great thing about journaling. You don’t need to invest a great deal of time to add creativity to your life. Often, baby steps in creativity spur you on to greater goals. Journaling can be a gateway to increased confidence, greater creativity and a road to artistic self-fulfillment.
No Excuses Art Journaling
Gina Rossi Armfield has created a beginner’s journaling book that anyone can use to make time for art. This no-excuse planner not only recommends all the equipment you’ll need, but it also shows you how to use your new tools and supplies.
Ms. Armfield also includes daily, weekly and monthly prompts to help plot your course of artistic development. There are tips and ideas for each of the 12 months, and goal setting suggestions to help you on your way.
In No Excuses Art Journaling, you’ll also develop sketching, watercolor and collage techniques. You’ll have a chance to broaden your skills while building your own personal style.
With over 20 step-by-step demonstrations on mixed-media journaling techniques, you’ll add your own personal flair to your journal, as well as expand your repertoire of skills and abilities.
Gina includes six pages of tip and ideas for each month of the year, so you’ll never be at a loss for inspiration. Take a prompt and run with it; make it your own and adapt it to your unique sense of style and structure.
The book begins with a chapter entitled Finding Your Comfort Zone. This is a great way to narrow your project into a manageable daily mission. Too often we bite off more than we can chew and become overwhelmed or disheartened by the task. Gina helps guide a beginner with limited time to make the most of the time available.
Ms. Armfield has included journal pages of 12 guest artists for additional inspiration and encouragement. Together with her preparatory chapters on materials, instruction, examples, you’ll be ready to jump into a daily routine of creativity.