What better way to start the year than beginning a new journal? I've been missing playing in mine; in the last half of the year my practice got quite fragmented. I've been working more in sketchbooks related to specific projects or themes; as they're part of the larger project, it hasn't been as easy to share. Journalling challenges and groups can be fantastic, especially when you are just beginning the art journal habit. The risk is losing your own voice as you try (perhaps unconsciously) to fit the assignment or even the aesthetic of the group. That happened. I've even left a few groups, gasp!
I'm keeping it simple. It's a brand new Dyan Reaveley Dylusions journal. I'm not setting a theme. I'm keeping it handy. If I do any challenges (and I'm still in a couple of groups), I'll do them in here too. I'd like to have it full at year's end, which hasn't happened in a while. Even more though, I would just like to show up at the page, day after day. It's a refuge and a haven.
I love this time of year; even as we pack away the decorations from the celebrations, I am excited for the year ahead. I feel a need to replace the decorations with something else to keep the dark at bay. We love the candles, certainly, and maybe the snowflake lights need to stay up, but I also want to fill the space when the tree's down with light, somehow. Pinterest is my friend.
It's primal, this need to gather in the mid of winter, this need to light the darkness.