I am participating in Effie Wild's 2012 project entitled Book of Days, officially beginning at the beginning of January.
Effie has invited anyone who is interested to join her as she seeks to develop a daily art journaling practice. She has already created three videos for participants--one showing how she altered an old book for her own 2012 Book of Days, one showing how a basic composition book can be prepared for the project, and one showing how she created pockets inside her cover to hold letters offering appreciation to 2011 and setting intentions for 2012.
From there, she plans to provide us with two or three emails each week with tips, videos, and inspiration related to her own art journaling practice.
A real sense of community is already starting to develop among those who have signed up. Effie has already held one online chat (which I snuck in to check out for about one minute, but wasn't prepared to participate!), and plans to continue with those periodically. Plus, there's a Flickr group that is already up and running, and a wildly active Facebook page.
All that, and the project hasn't even officially begun yet!
For my own Book of Days art journal, I chose a book from a library sale, called If We Had Wings: The Enduring Dream of Flight, by Rinker Buck. I made just a few key adjustments to the cover to "make it mine." (You can check out the Amazon listing in the link above to see its original appearance.)
Effie encouraged us to select a word for the year as part of the process of creating our art journals. As soon as I selected this book, I knew that a fun choice for me for 2012 is "WINGS." I kind of like selecting a noun as opposed to a verb, and I also like all of the associations that the word brings to mind: flight, airplanes, butterflies, fairies, risk, heights, energy, gliding...all sorts of associations that I can see playing out through the year, through my plans, and through my art journal.
Book of Days site and sign up.