My art journal for Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day class is filling up nicely :)
1st September: I learnt that he's still got it - he being Doctor Who, of course! Oh my, what a fine first episode of the new series! I particularly loved 'eggs', 'reverse', and 'Doctor who?'
For these pages, I used orange ink to wash the background, doodled and drew the title and its frame, and sketched the Doctor's face in pencil before journaling here and there in the space around the page.
2nd September: I learnt that sometimes it's the most demanding challenges that are the most rewarding - a lesson which came from helping with Holiday Club all week, which was exhausting, but I did get so much from the experience :)
Another ink-washed background. On the left I added an inked book page background and punched clouds with an image and wording cut from a vintage magazine; the journaling lines on the right are stamped in paint using the edge of corrugated card (wish I'd realised it wasn't straight for the first line, but hey...)
3rd September: I learnt various details of my work for the coming year, including what I'll be doing with each class, my performance management targets, and info about the TA training course.
I love using black paint and white gel pen as an art journal technique, and it was ideal for today's page :) I also added a little stamped apple The Fabulous One had given me. I was going to journal in white on the right hand page too, but sadly my gel pen ran out... So instead, I went with a stationery theme with notepaper and paperclips.
4th September: I learnt that it's totally worth the hassle of making fresh pasta. It tastes soooo good!! And The Tomboy likes to help, bonus...
As we made farfalle and pappardelle, I decorated the pages with punched butterflies and strips of patterned paper secured at the top and loosely rolled. A few lines of paint added framing detail.
5th September: I learnt that I miss him :( The Doctor was on a work trip all week, and oh, how we missed him! (He's home now, yay!)
These pages were inspired by a Kirsty Wiseman class I took. The heart is torn pieces of book paper painted red, the lettering is cut from more book paper and likewise painted.
6th September: I was reminded to remember to be grateful. I think I am, generally, but the first 'lesson' I noted in my little notebook was tending towards the negative, so I was glad of a push towards focussing on the positives again.
More inky backgrounds, with an experiment with a mask that didn't quite come off!! The title was stamped with hand-drawn frames around the letters of 'grateful' and I added an accent of a heart cross-stitched onto plastic canvas; on the right hand page I stuck down lots of fitting words and phrases cut from a book, and added journaling in between.
7th September: I learnt that I'm an excellent procrastinator... but also a pretty darn fine multi-tasker!
The clusters of pretty blocks, frames and doilies are meant to represent the layers of tasks I can cram into my time. I haven't added any journaling for this one, I don't think the lesson needs it - or that the page does!
Heading into the second week, ready and willing to learn... :)
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