NaNoJouMo 2016

Join us on Instagram with #NaNoJouMo to show your pages!!!

Remember, it's all about journaling however much you can. Don't worry about doing a full page a day. I always skip around in my journal. So paint and/or collage some pages beforehand, then doodle and write. Or just do whatever you wish every day! As long as you get in that journal EVERY day, it doesn't matter how long it's for!!!

NaNoJouMo Starts Tomorrow

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Get your art journals ready! Tomorrow I will post the month’s list of prompts here and on Instagram. We will be using #NaNoJouMo on Instagram to show each other our pages! The Facebook group will be deleted after today. For those of you who’ve not participated in NaNoJouMo but are interested, here’s the post that started it all:

Well, it’s time once again! I’m getting asked A LOT lately about NaNoJouMo, so here’s the post that started it all:

I was just contemplating my own version of NaNoWriMo. (For those of you unfamiliar with this term, NaNoWriMo is held during the month of November, encouraging writers everywhere to write a 175-page novel by midnight, Nov. 30.) At first I thought of NaNoCroMo, where I would crochet a certain amount every day during November...I think I will try to do that, but I’m also starting NaNoJouMo, an idea borne out of a Twitter conversation and brought to fruition here...It stands for National Nonstop Journaling Month!

Each prompt will be a journal jump of sorts—one word or phrase a day to inspire or get you thinking. The goal is to journal SOMETHING in your art journal. DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A FULL PAGE...can be a doodle, maybe painting some backgrounds, doing some collage...just SOMETHING every day in your art journal during November. Even if it’s just moving a pencil across the page in a crooked line...

Nothing earth-shattering.

You may say, “Dawn, WHY should I do this?”

Well, I know some of us (many, let’s be honest) have a difficult time getting started. Sometimes we just need a kick in the pants to encourage us. I also want you to learn how to journal a little at a time. Art journaling is an activity that can be done in spurts. You don’t have to create an entire page or spread in one sitting. I have pages in all stages of production! And it’s OK!

So get out that handmade journal, Moleskine, notepad, composition notebook, or whatever you’re using as your art journal right now. If you have several in the works, that’s OK, too! You can pick a different one each day! Just get ready to art journal!!!!

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Get ready, folks! It’ll be here before you know it!

This is a FREE daily prompt for anyone interested. Who’s in?

Cardboard Kitties

I’ve been working non-stop on projects for the last few weeks. This week, the projects died down a bit and I had time for taxes (blech!) and just painting (yay!). I started a new series, “Cardboard Kitties”, of which I’m showing a bit of the process above. Enjoy!

My board books with Gibbs Smith come out in April. Here are the first two of the “Pet Palooza” series. I’ve never created picture books before. It was a total adventure and wonderful to be back working with my friends at Gibbs.

We will be starting a third title real soon. And the subject matter will be so different and fun—not cuddly and furry but really cool nonetheless!

The Latest

I’ve been painting “A Dog a Day” and actually working in at least two a day. They usually start on a canvas panel or piece of wood no larger than 6 x 8 inches. I try to work on two or three at a time, and sometimes will even have one leftover unfinished from the day before. My art journals have been neglected. But, I’m almost done with teaching Winter Wonder Full and will be focusing on finishing up my back yard mural:

The weather has been perfect for painting outside. I want to add a couple more dogs, some sunflowers, more cactus, and some words. Yes, I know that sounds like quite a bit, but there’s a bit more white space down there at the right and I also want it to look a little like a journal spread.

Speaking of journal spreads, the dogs show up in those, too. I left some excess paint down on a page, and when I opened the journal today to that page, I saw some dogs...

I’m thinking I will be selling most of the small pieces I’ve done, with a portion of the proceeds going to a shelter or rescue group. Who wants to buy one? They’re all on my Instagram account...Click in the lower right side of this blog to see them. Or here.