A Creative Practice Challenge for Your Art Journal + The Journey Within in 2016

nov30_handmadejournalwithwords So, I have some fun news that you may have heard about over on IG or in my last Holistic Creative lovenote...

I’m super excited to announce that I will be a guest teacher in The Journey Within: A Year of Handmade Art Journals with book maker, Kiala Givehand, and a bunch of other inspiring artists.

The class starts on January 1st and goes for the entire year.

Each month, Kiala will teach you how to make your own handmade art journal, give you prompts, tips, and techniques for filling the pages, and bring in guest artists, like myself, to share their take on the themes and prompts, and their own art journaling process.

To kick off this amazing course, Kiala has created a book for December and asked each guest artist to give her a challenge to complete during the month! The Journey Within is going to be a fun adventure for all of us who love handmade journals and finding the joy in our journaling practice.

And today is my challenge for the December Blog-Hop!


Here’s what I asked Kiala to do:

You are invited to paint a loose, fun portrait as follows...

1. Choose a photo or selfie of yourself or someone else, to use as reference

2. Select one brush that is larger than what you normally tend to use, and 5 colors that feel wild or delicious to you today

3. Set a timer for fifteen minutes and in that time paint a playful portrait using only those 5 colors and one brush. Just have fun & keep moving color - don't worry what or who it looks like!

What about you? Are you ready to make 12 of your own handmade journals in 2016 - and maybe start filling them up, too?

CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up for the class.

Oh! And if you decide to try the challenge I gave Kiala, I would love to see your beautiful interpretation (or even another art journaling spread that you adore from your creative practice year) - so share a link to your image or post over here on the Holistic Creative End-of-Year Celebration Link-Up!

Here is the blog hop list for The Journey Within contributors:

December 1 -- Mimi Bondi -- http://mimibondi.com December 2 -- Cindy Gilstrap -- http://junqueart.com December 4 -- Tiare Smith -- http://tiaresmith.com December 7 -- Julie Baker -- http://creativelyonward.com December 8 -- Amanda Trought -- http://realityarts-creativity.blogspot.com/ December 9 -- Andrea Gomoll -- http://andrea-gomoll.de/ December 10 -- Nicole Piar -- http://ghostkitten.com December 11 -- Lisa DeYoung -- http://mountainmermaidstudios.com/ December 15 -- Kelly Johnson -- http://wingswormsandwonder.com December 16 -- Tori Weyers -- http://drawriot.com December 17 -- Sadelle Wiltshire -- http://tanglevermont.com December 18 -- Barb Owen -- http://howtogetcreative.com December 21 -- Hali Karla <<< YOU ARE HERE! December 22 -- Yuko Miki -- http://honeyberrystudios.com December 23 -- Lisa McLoughlin -- http://lisamcloughlinart.com December 28 -- Virginia Simpson-Magruder -- http://kentuckygirldesigns.com December 30 -- iHanna -- http://ihanna.nu