It was a process I started over a year ago, to document my daily life. At first, it was a excuse to practice drawing and to use it as a planner because I was losing track of things. And never did I anticipate how much this process would impact me in a positive way.
What you see above is photo of my daily life, documented almost daily. And though my life is anything but exciting, I enjoyed looking back reading snippets of what was happening, how I was feeling, and what I was thinking.
I started the year using a Strathmore Mixed Media journal (the one I use for art journaling). The paper takes both dry and wet media well, but these are not cheap. As you can see, 2015 began with a couple of heartbreaking news, but I'm glad I got to document them.
I was learning how to Sketchnote at the time and I got to practice drawing icons and little doodles. And I finally had a place to write down my schedule, my to-do's and document the day. Though I loved using this journal, I realized how expensive it would be to use it everyday, but I found a notebook at Target that looked intriguing using stone paper. The claim was that nothing will bleed through and it was completely waterproof! And with the price being under $10, it was economical too.
It was also around this time when I joined a group on Facebook doing this type of journaling. They called it Fauxbonichi, which is a play on Hobonichi, which is a Japanese daily journal.
The stone paper was amazing. I could even use alcohol markers like Copics and no bleed through! The only negative was that it was difficult to find a black pen that would not smear.
And even though each sheet was pretty thin, you can glue things and add tip-in's and the paper held up.
And in March, the Fauxbo group had an ABC challenge, to draw something everyday starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z.
And this is also when I started my blog. I cannot thank my friend, Felicia, for nudging me to do it. I also had a couple of "online friends" who encouraged me too.
But using only one page per day wasn't working for me. And I bought another journal that so popular among the members of the Fauxbonichi group.
I started to use more colors.
And then, this happened..
It's a Seven Seas Standard notebook with Tomoe River paper. It's the same paper used in Hobonichi.
There are over 400 pages, and the paper is super thin! I was able to use this from June until now, doing 2 pages per day. I never had any bleed through issues with watercolor or inks. But certain markers did not do well.
And I started using watercolors.
And even gesso and black gesso!
And in July, I totally reworked my blog. I bought my own domain name!
Since July, I decided to have a separate planner. During the summer, we didn't have a whole lot of scheduled events or important todo's.
And by the way, here is the January art challenge.