Here are my pages from week 2 of the Summer Journal Challenge that I’m really enjoying taking part in. There’s nothing as adventurous as chocolate painting for me this week, I’ve used my phone sketchbook, photographs, pencils, pastels and a quill pen so there’s a bit of variety in the pages. There’s been some interesting prompts so I hope you enjoy how I’ve interpreted them.
Day 7 Here’s a practical use of an egg plus an eggsample of the bad puns you can make with an egg!
Day 8 – The last time I walked in the rain
Day 9 – A coffee on the train to start the day “Aaahh, that’s better, I feel more awake now!”
Day 10 – If I’d had time I’d love to have made a pop up page for this prompt, it’s something |I might try in the future – my 6 year old self loved pop up books!
Day 12 – Nothing very exciting happening outside my window today!
Day 13 – I went to the Bruce Festival in Dunfermline over the weekend and there was a stall where you could try writing Medieval style using a quill pen and ink. I did the date and wrote my name then wrote up the page the next day. It took me back to learning to write as we were supposed to do the brush strokes in a certain order which I found quite hard to do. The ink was still wet when I put the paper in my bag hence the big splodges of ink on the right of the page!
Day 14 – I couldn’t go on holiday without my camera and midge repellent!
So that’s my weeks worth, I missed Day 11 for some reason so I’ll write down the prompt on a page and fill it in at some point in the future. I’m off to have a read of the other journals on the Pinterest page now, I think that’s the part of this challenge that I am enjoying the most – there’s some talented people with interesting stories out there!
I’m behind with the posts but up to date with the journal pages! I’ve taken about 15 – 20 mins on each page and I’ve enjoyed introducing the journal to my daily routine. Details of the challenge are here if you want to join in!
I’ve also joined Pinterest this week so I can see what others are creating but I haven’t had the chance to have a play around on it yet so I’ll try and familiarize myself with its workings over the next few days!
Without further ado here’s my pages from the last four days, I wonder what next week will bring us?
July 3rd – Make a fashion statement! What’s your style? Jeans? Jersey? Jacket? Tell us what makes you comfortable – or SMART!
July 4th – Let’s be real – no dreaming (well, not much!) What would be your perfect day?
July 5th – Do you love to lose yourself in a good book? Drama? Detective? Maybe you would rather watch a good film or TV programme instead? Or maybe you just prefer to read the paper with your breakfast. Write about which you prefer.
July 6 – Think hard about your day. Tell us about one thing that you do every day.
First off, hello to the folk who are also taking this challenge and are now following my blog, I hope you enjoy reading it ☺
For the prompt:
“If all the world was chocolate – what would you miss?”
It’s a cross between a Heston Blumenthal and a Willie Wonka style page from me today – it’s scratch, sniff and lick!
I love chocolate and ended up buying a massive bar on my lunch time trip to Lidls (while picturing chocolate buses and cars on the chocolate roads on the way and wondering how we would walk with chocolate legs) When I got home tonight and cracked open the bar I looked at the chunks on the packaging and they reminded me of blocks of paint which gave me the idea for today’s page.
Mmmmm, I melted some down with boiling water and painted it on to a piece of the cardboard packaging. I then went round the edge using a chunk as a crayon (I should have wrapped it in something first as I had warm hands and it started to get a bit messy!) Looking at my page I think I would miss colour the most, I’ve written across the top “Like living in a sepia photograph that tastes and smells amazing” but I think even I would get tired of my endless diet of chocolate. I would normally have eaten at least half of that bar by now but I only managed a chunk tonight, I think spending the day in a world of chocolate put me off it!
I always enjoy reading blog posts where the writer is taking part in a daily challenge so I thought I’d sign up to this challenge as I love looking at art journals but I’ve never attempted to keep one myself, so this seemed like a great opportunity to give it a try.
Take some time today to be quiet. Maybe you will have a chance to sit in the garden – or at the window – or even on the bus. Wherever you are, just take time to LISTEN.
Write about what you hear.
I used the sketchbook app on my phone to create my first page and it was done on my train journey home from work tonight. As anyone who uses public transport knows it is often far from quiet but I enjoyed sitting and listening to what was going on around me (even if it was crying children!) instead of having my headphones plugged in my ears! It’s not an amazing piece of artwork but it was fun to do and I’m hoping to use plenty of different materials to create future pages. I wonder what’s in store for tomorrow? : )