June Art Journal Challenge: Days 16-30

Well, the June 2020 Joyful Art Journaling Challenge has come to an end… but it certainly won’t be the last art journal challenge I host! In fact, I’ll probably do one every January and June, if all goes as planned. I think you’ll see by the images below, I had a lot of fun with the prompts, and I hope you did, too! 

Get Inspired by these images from the Joyful Art Journaling Challenge! #joyfulartjournaling #artjournals

Day 16: Vintage

It’s funny, I have so much vintage ephemera, yet I used all new materials for this prompt. But what I tried to do was use a palette and vintage inspired ephemera to create the feeling of vintage. 

From the Joyful Art Journaling 30 day challenge (days 16-30): Day 16: Vintage! #joyfulartjournaling #artjournalchallenge

Day 17: Layers

I used a print of one of my old illustrations (the girl), as well as vintage and new ephemera for this spread. And I actually made even more layers (check them out on Instagram… swipe over to watch the short video.

Day 18: ART + WORDS

Art is often political, though I personally usually try to stay away from that in my own art, I just could no longer ignore my own feelings. As a HUMAN and the mother of a black daughter, I had to add my (albeit small) voice and support to the #BlackLivesMatter movement with my art. 

Day 19: What Makes You Happy

The water definitely makes me happy! The ocean, a lake, river, stream, pool, shoot… even a nice bath or shower can uplift my mood. And “Meet Me by the Water” is a song by Rachael Yamagata, and it also happens to be my wedding song!  (Of course.🥰) 

Day 20: Bird

This was a fun spread to make… are these birds courting? Fighting? Dancing? It’s up to you to decide. 

Bird was the prompt on day 20 of the Joyful Art Journaling 30 day challenge (days 16-30) #joyfulartjournaling #artjournalchallenge

Day 21: Dots + Stripes

I did a series like this for the 100 Day Challenge one year. I think of them as color studies in a way, but I also love to look closer and see all the little weird things going on (literal or implied.)

Day 22: Flowers

I love flowers so much, and this image from a early 1900’s book about them in particular… This illustration was so precious to me I didn’t want to “mess it up” by cutting or manipulating it too much, but in the end, I think by “saving” it, I didn’t really do it justice. It became one of my least favorite pages from this challenge. 

And I mean, with 30 spreads, you’re bound to have favorites as well as pages you’d rather forget. But I still love the original flower illustration and quote! 

Day 23: Animals

“Stan was the snappiest dresser among his herd of friends.” In contrast to the previous day’s spread, this one, though super simple, was SO fun, and he still brings a huge smile to my face! 

I’ve made anthropomorphic collages for a long time (I probably made my first one in 2005ish?!) but this one was definitely inspired by day 28 of this CreativeBug “Daily Creativity at Home” class!

I made an anthropomorphic collage for the "animals" prompt on day 23 of the Joyful Art Journaling 30 day challenge (this is from days 16-30). #joyfulartjournaling #artjournalchallenge

Day 24: Monochromatic

I definitely bent the rules a bit for this prompt, but that’s what artists do, right? Besides, I love this collage! And I really want that car IRL. 

Day 25: Rainbow

I made some little pride flags and then cut them into rainbow shapes. I’m definitely a #straightally and was happy to see there’s a flag for that, too! (If you want to know which flag represents what, check out my Instagram post and swipe over to see the labels.) 

Day 26: Pattern

I made these little cactus cuties with micron pens and watercolor brush pens

I made these little cactus cuties for the prompt on day 26 of the Joyful Art Journaling 30 day challenge: pattern. #joyfulartjournaling #artjournalchallenge

Day 27: 3D

I made a teeny tiny art journal and decorated a match box to store it in for the 3-D prompt. You can watch a video about it right here on Instagram

I made a teeny tiny art journal and decorated a match box to store it in for the prompt on day 27 of the Joyful Art Journaling 30 day challenge, which was "3-D." #joyfulartjournaling #artjournalchallenge

Day 28: Abstract

Another little color study type collage for day 28. 

I made this collage for the prompt on day 28 of the Joyful Art Journaling 30 day challenge, which was "abstract." #joyfulartjournaling #artjournalchallenge

Day 29: Minimalism

I used the idea of minimalism to show that you can create a simple, but beautiful and/or meaningful art journal spread very simply and quickly! I used gouache paint for the base (it dries quickly), some magazine/collage elements, and a sticker… viola! Done! 

For the "minimal" prompt on day 29 of the Joyful Art Journaling 30 day challenge. #joyfulartjournaling #artjournalchallenge

Day 30: Transparent

I wish I could have taken a better picture for the “transparent” prompt, because I actually really like how this turned out! I cut the square hole in 2 pages of my art journal, and used two sheets of (very vintage!) velum-type paper (it was in a cabinet photograph) on either side of this vintage peach illustration I cut out. 

In the photo below I had a candle on the other side of the page, but it still doesn;t quite convey the transparency. But hopefully you get the idea! 😉 

I wish I could have taken a better picture for the "transparent" prompt on day 30 of the Joyful Art Journaling 30 day challenge, because I actually really like how this turned out! #joyfulartjournaling #artjournalchallenge

So there you have it! Days 16-30 of the June Joyful Art Journaling Challenge! I hope you’re looking forward to the next one as much as I am! 

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