Saturday, March 17, 2012

Book of Days & Paint Party Friday

I have been having a great deal of fun doing Book of Days with Effy Wild. She is offering this year-long course free of charge and it has been so inspiring. I can't believe her generosity. The basic idea is that you do one two-page spread and one multi-day spread each week, along with a two-page spread for special days like holidays and birthdays, etc. She has two videos a week and a Wednesday dispatch. She also does a live stream once or twice a week. It is absolutely unbelievable how much creativity you can experience free of charge. You can still sign up for her course here. She also offers a premium course if you prefer more privacy and personal interaction.  She walks you through everything you need to get started.

I chose a short-hand text book that I picked up at Salvation Army for under a dollar. One of the important aspects for a book that is going to take this much painting, adding, etc. is that it has a sewn binding. You have to remove lots of pages so that the altered pages fit. Good quality paper for the pages is also a definite plus.

I have been doing pretty well at keeping up each week. I am going to post a few of the beginning parts of the book today.  She also encouraged us to choose a word for the year to focus on. Mine is "Humility", which was a word that God kept laying on my heart for several weeks leading up to the start of this book. I just felt it was going to be my word for the year.

This is the cover of my book. The paper along the right side of the book came in a wonderful package I received from Patty Symkowicz when I won a drawing from her blog. I just felt it was so beautiful that I wanted to include it on the cover.

This is the inside covers where Effy asked us to write a letter to say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012. She challenged us to use an envelope in our spread. The photo is not a very good one, partly because I couldn't get rid of the shadow on the left side and the metallic paint on the envelopes caused the camera to go a bit wonky.

This is the first two-page spread that I did celebrating Jan. 1 - Happy New Year.  I used a decoupaged napkin, stickers and a cut-out from a calendar page.

This is my first Monday spread using Effy's recommended theme of "looking ahead". It has lots of layers, paint, ink stamping and collage pieces. This is one of my favorite spreads.

This is my first multi-day spread for the first week in January. I journaled a bit about each day. I painted the background yellow and then used post-it notes to mask off the writing squares when I painted the rest of the page. More stickers, stamping and ink sprays finished it off.

Well that is a look into my first week of Book of Days. You should really check out Effy's blog and her Book of Days course. It is not to late to start.

I am also linking up with Paint Party Friday. You can hop over there and check out many wonderful artists who are sharing their passion for painting. They are such a wonderful, friendly and welcoming group of people who are always encouraging. It has been a blessing to me to find this Friday party.
Paint Party Friday

That's it for today! We are having a rare spell of fabulous March weather, so I am going to go out and enjoy some of it. Blessings to you all.


Carol said...

Your journal looks great!

Netty said...

Loving your journal, so many fab layers. Happy PPF, x

DeeJae (Deb) said...

Your pages are beautiful, I love your layering, especially on the "looking ahead" spread. :-) I want to check out Effy's Book of Days but I don't think I would be able to keep up the pace. Sounds wonderful though! :-)


Linda R said...

Love your journal pages..

Happy PPF!

Mary C. Nasser said...

How great that you found a short-hand text book at Salvation Army! Great find!!
Happy PPF!!
Mixed-Media Map Art

EVA said...

Your Book of Days looks wonderful and congratulations on keeping up!

(I signed up but haven't really been following along... I should go back and review it again.)

Cynthia Schelzig said...

What a fabulous cover and all your fotos of the insides of your book...wonderful work! Have a nice Sunday and Happy Paint Party Friday to you too!

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

I am doing Effy's BOD too! I have to admit though...I have not been keeping up. I have watched every single video though. :) You are right - so generous with her creativity! Happy PPF!

Kel said...

nice to see your BOD journal in sequence like this
love the 'looking ahead' pages