2018

At the start of 2018, I decided I needed another “small” project to keep up my art practice. I attempted to combine the Awesome Ladies Project Book of Me and “My Day Arted” (which was started by Get Messians). However, instead of using a Moleskine diary for My Day Arted, I created small pieces of art and inserted them into pocket pages as a scrapbook/project life/art journal hybrid. Sadly, the project only lasted for a few months.

For the rest of the year I worked in various journals – I received an Alex Foster notebook and a Pentalic black paper journal through Well Inked Box, a mixed paper journal gifted by Vanessa, and an ALP Story Journal to contribute to the Awesome Ladies Project blog series. I also used a mini Moleskine, a large sketchbook for my “making peace with the past” project, a Field Notes journal, and a junk journal I made out of scrap paper.

I created a couple of pet portrait commissions and some standalone coaster art. I also completed Inktober 2018, creating mini portraits on post-its of my Instagram followers and friends as spooky beings (or in their Halloween costumes)! Scroll through to view select journal pages and art from 2018, from newest to oldest:

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2013

In 2013 I was still experimenting with my art journal style. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to focus on drawing or collage, usually settling somewhere in the middle. At this time I was also trying out torn paper collages as morning pages, inspired by Aisling. My pages documented some big changes in my life. In March I decided to take a lone trip across the world to Los Angeles to meet my now-husband – it is still one of the best weeks I’ve ever had! I also moved to mid-Wales for work and documented living alone in a small town and the trials of a long-distance relationship. Scroll through to view select journal pages and art from 2013, from newest to oldest:

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2012

In 2012 I moved away from journal prompts and tried to focus on my own voice and style. Most of the pages relate to my time living in Liverpool and studying for my master’s degree. I also started a journal to deal with heavier topics and experimented with mixed media canvas paintings. Scroll through to view select journal pages and art from 2012, from newest to oldest:

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2011

In 2011 I continued experimenting with art journaling using prompts from books and Soul Journaling, Connie Solera‘s 21 Secrets and Total Alignment, and being inspired by Teesha Moore. I made journals out of cardboard and scrap paper and tried to find my style. Art journaling helped me through a move to Liverpool and my master’s degree. Scroll through to view select journal pages and art from 2011, from newest to oldest:

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2010 (+ older)

I dabbled with scrapbooking and art journaling (before I knew what it was) around 2006-2009, but 2010 was the year I started art journaling properly. I started creating pages using prompts from books and Soul Journaling, was heavily inspired by Teesha Moore, and I joined Connie Solera‘s 21 Secrets and em’s Mini Art Journal Challenge. Scroll through to view select journal pages and art from this time period, from newest to oldest:

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