Paint discovery
My new journal for the year.

Instead of writing this post I’v been sitting here looking at stacks of journals. I had to walk to the bookshelf to take out older volumes, and check dates and years in them. I thought it was time to figure out what number of Art Journal I’m on right now. My conclusion is that the handbound pink-orange is number 16, worked in from January to December 2011. I’m naming it Coming Home in arreaers.

I love naming and numbering my books. In that way, with a pretty label on the spine, I can easily sort them in chronological order (though some overlap and are worked in during the same time period) on the shelf. I will find what I’m looking for easier and I enjoy the feel of continuity in my life. I do the same thing with my written journals.

Paint discovery

The new one, Art Journal number 17, is an altered book about Columbus, printed in 1966. It has glossy pages, something I’m not sure I like at all, but will try to work with because finding these big books with thick, mate pages in local thrift shops is becoming harder and harder. I will give the glossy pages a try. I’ve made a quick collage on the front cover but nothing on the spine (I usually paint it white to cover the original title and have a cohesive look in the shelf!) or the back yet.

This is one of the spreads that I’ve already filled with colours:

Paint discovery
Making a pattern with paint. Trying to discover where the next form will fit.

I’m naming this journal Creative Discovery, in advance this time. It’s a name that could fit almost any Art Journal, but I’m hoping it will lead me to new findings in the new year.

What journals will you fill this year?

Happy New Art Journaling Year!