What my art journal looks like now

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How a To-do list gets converted

Last summer, I bought a Planner Pad to help me keep organized with all my ideas and various to-do lists. Although I love it, I don’t use it in all the ways that it is intended. I tend to grab whatever page is available to write to-do lists and been using the month view to pen in appointments. Lately, I have been adding gesso and acrylic paint on top of used pages to have a pretty and appealing background to write my lists in black sharpie. When I have completed the task, I cover up the task with a decorative strip of washi tape. You can see on my January 8th to-do list that all my art tasks got done and the household chores remain undone… no I still haven’t changed the oil in my car, despite my husband’s nagging. Sometimes, when the page is covered, I simply start over with a new to-do list but lately, I have started using the pages to do more serious list making and soul searching. I got this really great book on Amazon called List Yourself and also have been following along with Ali Edwards, “One Little Word” project ( my word for 2014 is harmony)

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A completed background

This morning I spent some time covering up the page more and then I even added some crafty hearts I made. I had intended to use these hearts on a canvas but they got a little too crafty and stopped inspiring me, so I thought they would be perfect embellishments for my page. Since they had so many layers, I had to get my glue gun out to secure them. The whole page is very Valentines-y but also would make a lovely background for one of my lists. (you can see a completed Valentines Day art here)

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Month of january slowly gets covered with tape

I love having all my intentions inside this journal– and making it pretty encourages me to take out my page and look at it from time to time. (notice how I said “intentions” rather than “resolutions”) Adding the letter stickers and doodling around it was fun and easy. This year, I got my daughter into the art journal process too. So when she has extra time, we will sit together in my art studio and work in our journals. I  enjoy making the backgrounds more than the writing. She enjoys both, but is more simple in her choices for embellishments. I enjoy spending the quiet quality time with her.

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My day planner turned into an art journal

I am such a visual person, that having my appointments and to-do’s in written form is more natural for me. Yes, I have a smart phone and it is great for electronic reminders, but I still prefer the old fashioned way of keeping my mind, time and self organized.  I keep my thoughts, ideas, to-do lists organized and pretty using a combination of an art journal and a Planner Pad.

How about you? Do you use an old fashioned planner or an electronic method?

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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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