This altered book intuitive art journal challenge is a year of self-discovery and making art. It's a free challenge and you can join at any time in 2017.

New journal prompts every month in 2017.  Take a journey of self-discovery  as you create an altered book art 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.

How to join the challenge:

  1. Sign up for my monthly art email to receive your monthly prompts (1st Monday of the month)

You will be given access to a page of downloads where you can download my basic process prompts (and some other surprises).  The Simple Guide to Intuitive Mixed Media art can be used in conjunction with the monthly prompts.

2. Join the Moon & Bird Facebook group to share your pages, ask questions, and meet others on the same journey. 

You may join the challenge at any time during 2017 and all of the challenge posts will be available for the duration of the year.  

This challenge will still be available in 2018.  I will update this page as soon as the December prompts have gone out.

What you will need to take up the challenge:

  • 3-6 hours a month
  • An old hardcover book.  If you don’t have one lying around, try a charity shop.  It doesn’t matter what size it is.
  • Acrylic paint
  • A few paintbrushes
  • Pens. Any and many.
  • 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.

Prompts:

When you sign up for my monthly art email, you will be given access to a page of free downloads, one of which is called A SIMPLE GUIDE TO INTUITIVE MIXED MEDIA ART. 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.

This altered book intuitive art journal challenge is a year of self-discovery and making art.  It's a free challenge and you can join at any time in 2017.
This altered book intuitive art journal challenge is a year of self-discovery and making art. It's a free challenge and you can join at any time in 2017.
Altered Book Journal Challenge

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  1. I am so excited to start. I love your ideas and ways to tap into that secret part of us that we buried for ‘safe keeping’ over the years until one day when we try to find it… we have managed to bury ourselves so deeply under the blankets and folds of our alternative creation that we can forget where we put that little spark, that creative tool… the ‘me-driver’ 🙂

  2. to join do I just go to the Facebook group page.

    1. Hi Kareen, it’s optional to join the FB page. All the prompts for this challenge are published monthly and links added to this page. Glad to have you with us.

  3. Do you prime your book pages before starting? I have had some problems in the past depending on the book. I was curious about your process.

    1. Hi Katie, I don’t prime the pages because I like the text showing through. You can prime if you want to, or if the paper doesn’t take paint well.

  4. This is absolutely wonderful what you are doing!! Thank you so much!

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