Start as you mean to go on. I started my new year with sparkles, my journal, and a sky filled with stars.

I am planning to have a fantastically creative 2011. A year filled with writing, projects and art. I’m also planning to have a great art journaling year because Art Journaling is growth to me. I choose to art journal because I feel so happy when I fill it (and more free inside its pages than anywhere else on paper or canvas). In it I try new things, experiment with challenges and follow book prompts. There are so many great new books on mixed media coming out this year that I want to check out. My Art Journal is a great place to house both thoughts, doodles, art, paintings and experiments!

Happy Blue Bird Year by iHanna, Copyright Hanna Andersson

The first finished page in my new hand bound art journal. I drew a Blue bird, the symbol of happiness. I wish for 365 happy days, or at least happy moments in each day. Moments of creativity, laughter, friends, sunshine, walks, coffee, music, writing, adventures, exhibitions, good literature and an income that I can live on.

Making a pattern by iHanna, Copyright Hanna Andersson
Watercolours. Filling a whole page with a pattern, making a pattern page for the first time. Even when you don’t have an agenda sometimes “new ideas” emerge from nowhere. Like this page, that I really like.

First page of the year by iHanna, Copyright Hanna Andersson
The whole spread. Blue bird, happy new year statement and a whole page filled with the brush stroke pattern.

New Art Journal 2011 by iHanna, Copyright Hanna Andersson
My new Art Journal. I made it, I bound it, I love it!

I made the new art journal this summer, before I went to live away-from-home on an island for a month. But then when I was away my creativity too a much needed break. I only read books and swam in the ocean. So the hand-bound journal is still “empty”. Well the water colour papers are empty, the envelope pages are filled with sewn in ephemera, postcards, tape and magazine images. I will show more of it as I work in it. I love how it feels. I love the plastic fabric cover. The little piece of book cloth that I bought at a flea market once was just perfect for the cover. It has been waiting for the right place. This is a beautiful book that I am excited to start working in. The blue bird is just the beginning.

Today is just the beginning!

Skl och gott nytt r! Cheers and Happy New Year photo by iHanna, Copyright Hanna Andersson
Let us have a beautiful and exciting creative year! No matter what your plans are, if any, each day is a fresh start.

Cheers and a Happy New Year to you!