Art Journal

Over on Reddit there’s a group called The Monthly Notebook.  The point, as taken from the subreddit info…

Welcome to The Monthly Notebook! This is a subreddit about the monthly notebook challenge. The goal of the challenge is to fill up an entire notebook back to back in a month! This challenge renews every month and each month you can decide whether to participate.

The first month I saw this I knew just what I wanted to do.  I’d made this hardback book while expanding my bookbinding skills, and I wanted a good use for it.

So for my first Monobo in August I did an art journal.  I’ve always been crafty with 3D things, like crochet and hama beads, but I wanted to work on my 2D art.  This seemed like a great excuse.

And I had a fantastic time.  I came up with some really good pieces.

I did a few pages I wasn’t so proud of, like this one…

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…and I ruined a couple of pages while adding new ones, like this one…

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…but I really enjoyed myself and I finished all 40 pages within the month.  Because I used card stock, it didn’t have a lot of pages.

With September looming I decided I’d finally get around to making a swatch book, so I’d have samples of all my pens and paints and inks.  I even made the notebook:

But then I found this book and decided that I’d be doing another art journal.


That book is not only twice the size of my first art journal but it also has four times as many pages.  I didn’t complete it in September, so I carried on in October.  By the end of October I had completed exactly half the pages, so I’m still working on it and my current goal is to finish it by the end of the year.

Here are some highlights from the 90 (out of 166) I have finished so far.



Author: Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.

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