Monday, 3 November 2014

Journal - September

The first two pages in this post are illustrations that represent amusing conversations had during the month. The third shows a copy of an anatomical drawing by Da Vinci following an activity that I did with an after school art club. 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Journal - June, July & August

My favourite journal pages from the summer months are those which document my journey towards and time in Bulgaria. What I find interesting about the page from July 26th is that the moment in which I created it was the first time I had made a journal entry in company. The book usually opened in the privacy of my home became my canvas for casual doodling amidst a plane full of people. My tiredness in this moment allowed me to take a very relaxed approach to the page. I'm also fond of the roughness of the stuck-in souvenirs - it's how I'd want a travel journal to look if I ever have one, and I think perhaps I'd like my recording of the everyday moments to be a little more scrappy too.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Journal - May

On reflection, May was a good month. It certainly wasn't without it's challenges, but it brought some truly beautiful moments. 

The month kicked off with an event that I'd been working on. I had the chance to celebrate the incredible potential of Nottingham's children in a big way with some of the loveliest and most talented people that I have ever come across. I could not have been more 'in my element'. I then took on a big challenge at work which turned out to be pretty enjoyable and through it some hidden passions and abilities were brought to the surface. I got baptised. I had a week off. I visited my childhood home with my younger brother. 

You can imagine the disappointment then, when I realised that there was nothing in my journal. I want this book to be both creative and heartfelt. May could almost have been defined by both of those words, yet there was no record of it. As I thought about how I may be able to represent the whole month in one page, I quickly decided that the lack of entries was a positive thing. The pages were empty because there were so many other opportunities for me to practice creativity. The pages were empty because my heart was full. 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Journal - April

April's journal entries seem to have a common theme; the people that mean a lot to me. This month provided some beautiful moments with lovely and inspiring people and that is reflected in the pages that I have created. 


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Journal - March

In March I have begun to learn not to worry too much about what these pages look like. A journal ought to be a form of expression, not a final draft. 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Journal - February

In February I found keeping up with journal entries to be even more of a struggle. Most of the time I was too busy, too tired, or had something else to do which had to take priority. I had a lot on my mind which I didn't feel I wanted to write down. But there were occasional factors that brightened my days; little things like pleasant exchange, a memory, a song, a compliment, or a sunrise. I could have just made a note of them, but I didn't because wanted my journal to be visually interesting and I had no good ideas about how to make it so. As a result February has little presence in this book of mine. 

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Journal - January

I kicked of the year documenting all the pleasantries of each day that went by in the most creative way that I could think of, but this quickly became a challenge. The more I attempted to be artistic, the more time it took. I found myself filling out whole weeks at a time, trying to catch up. 

I knew it was getting rediculous, but kept telling myself 'I've got this far, so I should keep going'. There came a point where I had to recognise that I was turning something which was supposed to be recreational and freeing into just another source of pressure. Do you ever find yourself doing that?

The aim was simply to keep a journal, focusing mostly on the positives and making it in some way 'artistic', so frequency shouldn't really be that important. 

I began January feeling happier and more hopeful than I have ever felt, exactly how you'd like to begin a new year. Throughout the month things have got a lot tougher, but I am determined to keep this journal as a means by which I can reflect on the positive moments. 

I've actually found that once you start looking for and documenting them, there's that many small blessings in life it's hard to keep track. It may well take me another month to scribble them all out. 

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