Sunday, August 1, 2010

Big News!

Today's the day we start a new place in art journaling.

This is an Art Journal challenge blog!

What's an art journal? It's anything in a book form that you use to create art. It can be a ring-bound sketch book, a composition book you've altered, a book you've hand bound and used recycled cardboard for pages, a novel you've converted...just about anything that resembles a journal! I prefer to see a story told in the pages, and sometimes that requires writing, but that's just a personal preference. You can choose the materials and techniques that suit you!

Some of you know what a challenge blog is, but for those who don't, here's the skinny:

I post a challenge (can be a theme, a technique, a word prompt, you get the idea), and you have a week to make your journal according to the challenge requirements. You post a link to your project here, and we all go running over to see what you made, and leave you some love! You don't need to have a blog to play - you can use your Flickr website, a Ning site (so long as we can get to it), or even your Facebook photo section. At the end of that challenge's life (a week, remember?), I will draw from the entries for a prize!

Now, prizes at the beginning will be from my own stash, but I hope to get enough participants to eventually bring in sponsors. Wouldn't that be cool?? What should the first challenge be... hmmmm.

We just did the 30 Journals in 30 Days with Connie at Dirty Footprints Studio, so let us start there. Create a journal page based on someone's interview (yes, you can do a page about yourself!) to commemorate Connie's jubilant embrace of all things journally! When you have your page done, take a picture, upload it, blog (use the photo description area if you're on Flickr etc.) about this challenge and link your specific blogpost back here.

Please note: You did not have to participate in Connie's 30 Journals to play in my challenge. Just pick someone who inspired you to do a page, and let us know whom you selected! You may also do a page answering the 30 Journals in 30 Days interview questions (all or just one) about yourself! See? I'm easy!

Entries close at 7 p.m. Central time on Saturday, August 7th, 2010, and the winner will be posted in the next challenge on Sunday, August 8th. What are you playing for? This brand new, exclusive, luscious red rubber Ippity by Unity Stamp Set, a $21 value!:

So - get busy and get creative! I am so looking forward to your creations! Feel free to share the word - the more people who play, the better the prizes!

Ta for now, ~ky
(Sometimes, Mr. Linky is hiding. If that happens, leave your link in the comment section and I'll count it!)


  1. sounds like fun, i always like a challenge!

  2. ohhhhh, this is AWESOME!!! just what iNeeded to get back on track with consistent art journaling!

  3. Poe is doing her pimping! Off to write a Blog entry & tweet & facebook ya! Love & Hugs, Poe

  4. yay, fun. just found you on Less's ustream.

  5. I just made my first attempt ..... be gentle with me :-)

    I tried Mr. Linky, not sure if he wants to come out and play today! Have you tried "inLinkz" ? I've used it several times and found it to be pretty reliable and I like that it posts a thumbnail graphic of your project.

  6. I too tried the Mr. and not sure if he is playing along or not. So here is my link.

  7. Awww, poo... too late to join in this week. Guess I'll have to start next week, Ky!

  8. I just uploaded my journal page on my blog.

    That's just in case Mr. Linky doesn't like me. lol Hope ya having a good night. Hugs, Poe

  9. I added my link to Mr. Linky. But here it is, just in case!

  10. Woot! Got it done! An ATC made by a lefty and inspired by ikerrilove :)

  11. Hi Ky, just wanted you to know that I haven't forgotten...I may miss the timing but I will link as soon as I can. Happy happies.


    Hi Ky, I don't know if I got this right, but I wanted to try it out! I tried Mr.Linky, but not sure if it worked! I'm updating my blog post now :)
    I love this idea, my page is a bit more scrappy than actual art, I think, but I love this and I think it will help inspire and motivate me with a project I have been wanting to do for a long time :)
    Thanks, Ky! hugs, margie

  13. Looking forward to joining your challenges in the New Year. :) Best wishes for Christmas & Happy crafting. Gez.