14 Days of Ilustrated Journaling

14 Days of Ilustrated Journaling - student project

Day 14: I can't believe this is the end! And I made it through all 14 days. Oh man, this one challenged my block lettering skills. And I don't think I passed. But that's okay, I got to draw another octopus (which looks slightly more alien this time?!) and I really like this palette. 

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Day 13: I had the hardest time thinking of a recipe I rely on. Then I remembered this granola recipe, which is a melding of other recipes I've used and something I make almost every week for us. Super simple and so yummy! I didn't have room for this, but usually I bake for 10 minutes, turn off the oven and let it sit for 3 more minutes to crisp it up a bit more. 

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Day 12: Today was fun! Even though I'm not using much from my makeup bag these days--only for the occasional Zoom call. There are still items I reach for every day, and I don't think I would have ever noticed how similar their colors were if it weren't for this! Also just realized I forgot to upload a day, so I'm adding Day 8 back in below. 

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Day 11: Easy to choose my favorite corner; it's the little meditation corner I've set up in my studio. I found a crate at a discount store with a pretty design on the outside, and turned it upside down for my altar. I've added a bit of all the elements: water, air, fire and earth, and my crystals and a few other inspirational items. I sit there every morning and it's my favorite place in the house. 

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Day 10: Back in the saddle! This grocery run was fun to draw. My challenge today though, was that some of the colors I wanted to use were drying out. (Oh well, an excuse to buy myself a set of Tombows?!) A few healthy things, a few not so healthy things...pandemic life. 


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Day 9: Ironically, I needed some self-care today. I couldn't get myself in the mood to draw yesterday, so I finished it up this morning (Day 9). I love, love, love my weighted blanket, which is where I spent most of the day. I had some extra room at the top when I was done, so I added that quote from Pema. 

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Day 8: First thing that came to mind: a face mask! Also the necklace my dad gave me when I was 16, been wearing that a lot. And then basically, workout clothes and lounging clothes! This one felt a little crammed, and I drew the watch upside down. Oops!

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Day 7: Ok, I'm starting to let go of the idea that these need to be perfect! Today I went with kind of the more simple grid method from yesterday, as the things I wanted to draw from my cravings didn't seem to go together in another arrangement. I guess my pandemic cravings are all over the place! Still enjoying the challenge of a limited palette and again...not being able to represent the objects as accurately as I would like to. It's all part of the game, right?!

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Day 6: I liked having a grid or some structure to work with here, although I don't love how my representations turned out. I told myself to just keep going! I kept it simple today. 


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Day 5: Keep your shit together. I bought that pencil bag because I feel I need a daily reminder. I have so many little messes all over the house, I wasn't sure which to pick! So I went with what is closest: just some of the mess on my desk. It includes a card from my dad who recently passed away from COVID. I have it where I can see it everyday, because I miss his handwriting. I don't love how this one turned out, but I did enjoy the permission to be messy! 

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Day 4: Well I tried to get creative with the arrangement, but perspective got the best of me! And I had a lot of space to fill at the top, so I decided to expand the title. I loved recapping what I've been reading; still working on finishing Kara Cooney's When Women Ruled the World and The Lightning Thief. 

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Day 3: I'm the kind of person who wants to use ALL the colors, so working with a limited palette was challenging, but fun! I also feel like I "create" in many different mediums. I'm a writer by trade, but I have a ton of art supplies around and am just tinkering around with painting again. Nice to have some of these supplies handy to pull them into today's prompt.


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Day 2: I just watched the documentary "My Octopus Teacher on Netflix and learned so much about the common octopus, a creature I was never particularly interested in. But ever since I watched this film a few days ago, I can't get her out of my mind. I had no idea how smart they are! And the way they swim...so beautiful. 


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Day 1: There is a lot I don't like about this page! But it was good for me just to try not to worry or fix things and just go with it. Lately I've been getting out for longer walks and bike rides, and this Spotify playlist is all music that moves me. These are some of my favorites. Still getting used to the markers I'm using and may switch them up tomorrow!

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