“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
― Dr. Seuss
Hello, friends! As I loved sharing with you recently, in a story about the unexpected day the universe handed me a red paintbrush, my key word for 2017 has been focus — specifically through focusing on our wonderful community here at Moment Catchers.
There are a few different ways I’ve enjoyed expressing this sense of focus so far during the year. The biggest joy has been watching our Moment Catchers sketching challenges grow every month (doubling from 24 to 48 artists, in just four months!), but I’ve loved setting smaller goals for myself as well. For instance, I’m excited to share four free eBooks with you throughout the year, releasing one every quarter and covering my most favorite topics — I’m thinking an in-depth guide to watercolors might be next 🙂
Our first eBook this year was Travel Sketching 101 — which was the accumulation of everything I’ve come to know and love about sketching, and it felt like a true culmination after six years of traveling the world as a sketch artist. Today, I’m thrilled to share our second Moment Catchers eBook, about another creative practice that brings as much joy to my life as sketching does:
A free, 50-page eBook called Art Journaling 101.
While I love my sketchbook as a tool for recording and observing the outer world, I have equally come to love my art journal for the way it helps me pay greater attention to the world within.
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Just like with our eBook on travel sketching, I wanted to begin today’s launch of Art Journaling 101 with a sneak peek inside its pages. After a brief intro to art journaling, there are three key parts to the book:
Part One: Art Journal Supply List
While the supplies for art journaling perhaps aren’t as specific as those needed for sketching and painting, I still thought it could be helpful to share a list of the items I use most while journaling, along with some of my favorite brands.
Part Two: Art Journal Prompts
One of the things I love most about journaling is how personal it is, and how each of our different ways of documenting life’s little moments is a reflection of how we process and perceive life itself. Even still, I’ve shared a few of my own favorite methods of keeping an art journal in the form of five simple prompts, in the hopes that they will inspire your own journaling journey.
Part Three: Rewards of Journaling
Finally, I believe the ritual of keeping an art journal can yield powerful rewards in our daily lives — from inviting us to practice gratitude more often, to transforming fleeting moments into lasting memories — and I’ve shared three such rewards here.
In an age when life often feels like it’s moving too fast, I love how journaling keeps me grounded in each day.
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How to receive your free copy of Art Journaling 101 – and enter the giveaway!
For me, the most important supply when it comes to keeping an art journal is simply your journal itself — in a way, I even feel like opening your journal should feel like coming home. So to celebrate today’s launch of Art Journaling 101, I’m excited to be giving away a beautiful Italian-made journal to one winner at random.
As I share in the eBook, my favorite size for a journal is 6″ x 8″ (15.24 cm x 20.32 cm), and I especially love the feeling of a thick, hard-cover, thread-bound book. Not long after I started searching for the perfect journal to give away with this post, I stumbled across the Fabriano classic artist’s journal — not only did it fit all of my usual requirements for my own journals, but I was amazed to read that Michelangelo himself used Fabriano paper for some of his drawings.
I couldn’t imagine a better or more storied journal for catching life’s little moments with:
To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is:
1. Sign up for the Moment Catchers newsletter, and you’ll receive your free PDF of Art Journaling 101 (and Travel Sketching 101).
2. Leave a comment below letting me know you signed up, before noon EST this Friday, the 5th of May. I’ll then choose one winner at random and ship the Fabriano artist’s journal anywhere in the world, so if you’re reading this from outside the U.S., please don’t hesitate to enter.
3. If you’re already signed up for the newsletter, just leave a comment saying hello 🙂
And for everyone already on the mailing list, please note I’ll be sending a separate email to all existing subscribers tomorrow, where you’ll be able to download your free copy of the new eBook.
I so hope you all enjoy Art Journaling 101 – I can’t wait to keep catching moments and creating lasting memories with you!
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