Beginning in January, I will publish a 12-month long Altered Book Journal Challenge. If you decide to take part in the challenge, be prepared for a journey of discovery into yourself through a series of monthly prompts to create an altered book journal.
The point of getting to know yourself better is to create your BEST life, a handmade life where choices are made from a place of empowered authenticity. Intuitive art is a revealing way of working with deep questions about who we are and what we desire. It can connect our unconscious desires to our conscious world and put it all in perspective.
To join the challenge, you can follow along on my blog, where I will post each month's challenge on the 1st Monday of the month.
You can join the challenge at any time during 2017 and all of the challenge posts will be available on my blog for the duration of the year.
Anyone who takes part in the challenge is welcome to join the Moon & Bird Facebook group to share photographs of your pages and to ask questions and support one another. It is a closed group where posts are only visible to other members of the group.
Expect the challenge to take about 3-6 hours a month.
What you will need to take part in the challenge:
An old hardcover book. If you don’t have one lying around, try a charity shop. It doesn’t matter what size it is.
Pens: fineliners, felt-tips, gel pens, ball points
Any other pencils, pastels, inks or paints that you have and want to use.
Magazines, wall paper samples or other interesting papers for collage elements.
How the challenge works:
For each month of the challenge we will focus on one aspect of ourselves. Each month I will give you three questions or tasks, each with a series of prompts to guide your art making process.
To find the answers to the questions, listen to your intuition. Make a double page spread for each question. There is no need to start at the front of your book and work your way to the back, just open up and get painting. Pick one question or task for the month if you are short of time, or do all three.
How to approach the challenge:
When you are painting and drawing, try not to think about the painting. Rather keep bringing your mind back to the questions that you are asking yourself, allowing yourself to feel the emotions that the thoughts bring up, being alert for flashes of symbol in your mind’s eye, listening to your intuition for prompts and acting on them.
You will feel a small urge to pick one colour over another, a feeling that a certain colour should be next to another. A word or phrase will pop into your head. If you feel the desire to, write it on the page. Don't be afraid.
I have published a set of basic process prompts in my free intuitive mixed media art ebook. You are welcome to download a free copy here. These prompts will lead you through making an intuitive artwork and can be used in conjunction with the monthly prompts in the challenge if you are just starting out with art and intuitive painting.
There is no right or wrong way to do this, so try to suspend judgement of your page and work intuitively with the prompts that you are given. Some of the prompts are specific and some are vague and left open to your interpretation.
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If you are joining the challenge further along than January, you can find all already published monthly challenge prompts here: