2020

Hoping to make more art in 2020! Let’s see where the new decade takes me…

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2019

2019 was a strange year in general, I feel like I didn’t create very much. In January I tried to make a page a day, first with a moleskine journal and then by moving to a postcard diary style – neither lasted long! The rest of the year I made journal pages and art when I felt like it. I created art for Well Inked Box, drew an unusual amount of wrestlers, practiced portraits with inspiration from the Sktchy app, failed to complete the Artist’s Way but kept up with morning pages for a while, failed the Index Card a Day challenge, and documented everyday life such as concerts, current affairs, travel, dreams, and feelings. I also created one portrait as a commissioned piece and three birthday cards for friends/co-workers. Scroll through to view select journal pages and art from 2019, from newest to oldest:

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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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2015

In 2015, my art journal style shifted again. I finished the journal I used to document my move from Wales to California, and then started working exclusively in handmade junk journals. I documented some big moments in 2015 – I traveled around the East Coast of the United States by myself for work, my brother got engaged when visiting me in Los Angeles, and I got married! During the year, I decided I wanted to focus on portraits and I started my Warrior Woman Portrait Project. I also made art for a podcast, created some canvas paintings, and a creepy clown foam head! Scroll through to view select journal pages and art from 2015, from newest to oldest:

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2014

My journals in 2014 continued in the same vein as 2013 – a mixture of drawing and torn paper collages. I also created a couple of canvas paintings and a gig flyer for Los Angeles band, Shmoe. It was an emotional and difficult year – I cut short a trip to LA in April due to my dad being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, my grandmother passed away in June, and I found out I had been selected for an internship in Los Angeles starting in September. The pages mainly document grief, being in limbo for 6 months, and a big move across the world. Scroll through to view select journal pages and art from 2014, 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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