The Documented Life Project started it all for me. I was always creative but never imagined that I could, or was allowed to venture into the realm of mixed media. That, I thought, was for professionals. I come from a very creative family. They can all paint and draw, and a couple are professional artists in their own right. I stuck to what I knew best, sewing and needlework.
One day, as I was looking on Pinterest for journal ideas, I came across a fat, chunky, and colourful journal. It turned out it wasn’t just a journal, but a planner as well. My heart quickened and creative juices started flowing! Fortunately for me I found it at the right time, as there was a course just starting showing you how to not only make the journal, but would give a weekly prompt.This journal was the brain child of Lorraine Bell but the course was run by five lovely ladies known as the Art 5. The course itself was called The Documented Life Project. Though the full course is no longer available, Lorraine does still have the mini course running here.
I took the course in 2014 through to 2016 and it transformed me and my life. The lovely ladies at Art 5 who ran The Documented Life Project, encouraged us to be brave, get creative, and don’t fear mistakes but learn from them. I threw myself into it with the support of a wonderful Facebook community. I now have a Youtube channel, Instagram account and this blog! The rest, they say, is history!
Sadly, at the end of 2016, the Documented Life Project came to an end. I was genuinely upset by this but at the same time excited for new beginnings for all involved. With that in mind, I thought it fitting, for 2017, to return to the original planner idea. So I got myself a Moleskine planner, made tabs using Robin-Marie Smiths Collage art work (available here) and added tip in pages ready for art.
As you may know, I have signed up for online art courses and so will use these tip in pages to practice and grow as an artist. Below is my journal so with completed week one pages. I hope this inspires you to create your own.