I had a lot of fun in my daily art journal this past month! I was very much influenced by the Season of Play over at Get Messy and found myself using my water soluble crayons on almost every page. Drawing and colouring with crayons is one of the quickest ways I know to get in touch with a childlike, playful quality. I also the love how vibrant the colours become when you add water to them. Magic!
Also interesting was that almost each page was completed as a double spread. This is partly because I was a little busier than usual this month and found it easier to work in my daily art journal every two days.
Here are my pages for April, filled with colour, adventure, expansion and, by the end, a little bit of burn-out too!
By the time I reached the end of the month, I realised that I had stretched my self a little too thin with so many different art projects going on. I decided to take a break from the daily art project. Here’s what I wrote about my decision on Instagram:
I’ve got a month of travel coming up and, while I think I can manage to keep up with my 100 day project while I’m on the go, I think its a bit of a tall order to try and keep up with my daily art project as well. I’m quite a slow worker so the idea of spending 5 minutes making a page has never worked so well with me. Plus I am very process oriented, so I like to take the time to get into whatever I am doing. And so, after much thought, I have decided to take a break from my daily art journal, at least for the month of May and perhaps for the duration of the 100 day project.
I could have disappeared from the project without announcing it, but I felt I wanted to say something about my choice to have a break. I often get caught up in the idea that everyone on Instagram is doing all the things all the time. So I wanted to give voice to the fact that sometimes it’s ok to do some of the things some of the time, especially if it means feeling less stressed and anxious about it all. I certainly feel lighter moving into the coming month, and my art is feeling less like a to do list and more like the joy I know it to be.
Thank you for following along with my daily art project so far! I hope to return to the pages of my Moleskine daily diary either at the end of this month of travel or at the end of my 100 day project. In the meantime, I plan to continue making art and sharing it with you.
Wishing you all a lovely May!