Monday, December 29, 2014

Art Challenge 2015

A couple years ago I started making jewelry.  My mother has been trying to get me involved for years, going on and on about how much I'd love it.  I pooh, poohed and made fun of her for all those years before I finally caved (think of all the things I could of made in that time, now I'm kicking myself).  Man, was she right (mom's usually are).

Well, now she's talking art journaling and ya know what, I know I'd love it.  Mom has quite the book collection and while looking through them I came across one called Alternative Art Journals, Explore Innovative Approaches to Collecting Your Creativity by Margaret Peot.  What a fabulous and inspirational book.  On page 26 she describes an alternative way of journaling called "Card Set Art Journals".  That is the idea that brought about Art Challenge 2015.
My challenge to you:

Pick up a new hobby or find some inspiration to get back to an old one.  Challenge yourself to set aside a specified amount of time every week to work on your chosen craft.  You see, the "Card Set Art Journals" are a weekly endeavor.  Throughout the week you collect ideas and at the end of the week you complete one card, depicting the week it represents.  What a cool idea.  I am going to give it a try.  Want to join me?  

Last week I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up some art supplies.  I plan to start small with my Art Journaling and keep it fairly simple.  My goal is to make it through the year, learn a little, be inspired and hopefully get some of you to join me and hold me accountable.  So, whatever your art; painting, pottery, jewelry making, crochet, etc.  Lets have a weekly share-fest and get inspired by each other's work.  

Each week I will post here on the blog and on Facebook my finished work.  Simply add yours in the comments.  I am new to hashtags but add them if you got them (#ArtChallenge2015).  If you're on Pinterest or Instagram, same thing.  I will definitely be adding to Pinterest and am exploring the possibility of Instagram.  Either way, add the hashtag (ArtChallenge2015) and we can view each others work.  I am also forming a group board on Pinterest called Art Challenge 2015 if you would like to share your work on the board please contact me and I will send you an invite (I'll need your email address or your name on Pinterest).

I am really excited about this journey and hope that some of you will join me in the challenge.  If you're finding this mid-year, jump on board.  Can't wait to see what you guys come up with!


  1. Hi Margot, I am Melissa. So excited by your challenge. I'm joining in and just ordered the book you recommend. I love visual journaling - here's to a great 2015.

    1. Noticed a "Melissa" followed the Art Challenge board on Pinterest. I sent an invite, if that's you (I was thinking it probably is) and you're interested in posting all you have to do is accept the invite and you'll be able to share your work. If you're not interested just ignore the invite. Thanks.

  2. So happy to have you join us. I have not done Art Journaling before, even just plain 'ole journaling since I was a kid, and Watercolor is also new to me but I can't wait to give it a try. I am also going to work on watercolor techniques over the year. Do you have any suggested books or beginner's guides? It is going to be quite the adventure, I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head already and it'll just grow with exposure, very exciting. Let me know if you're interested in sharing your work on Pinterest and I can invite you to the group board I created (I'll need your Pinterest name). Can't wait to see what you do. I checked out your blog and it looks like you have experience with watercolor. That is going to be wonderful to see. My favorite form of painting is the palette knife work and a very close second is watercolor. Happy New Year!


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