Most of us have resolutions for the New Year, and they can be pretty grim, and involve sticking to some sort of diet or exercise plan, or achieving some goal that will require time and effort. These can all be well-intentioned and “good for you”, but I urge you to consider a resolution that just consists of having cheap, collaborative FUN.
A resolution of making a little art in the new year, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist.
A resolution of observing what’s around you!
Here’s my suggestion for how to do that:
– Make your own 1,000 journals project.
It’s like a nice version of the Burn Book from Mean Girls!
Brian Singer is a designer from San Francisco. 10 years ago he got some blank notebooks, asked artists to decorate their covers, and sent them out across the world with the exhortation to fill a couple pages and pass them on. You can see some images from the journals here or here.
Of course, the original journals can’t be used anymore, but you can sign up to add your stamp to a whole new slew of them at 1001journals.com. Or, why don’t you start a localized project in your community or your school, or bring it up at a Teen Advisory meeting at your local library??
Once you get your journal, the blank page can be defeating. What can you fill it with? Here are some great books to get you started:
Picture This / Lynda Barry
It’s not a traditional how-to draw guide or even a how-to art guide.
It’s a why not art? guided meditiation.
It’s not a graphic novel, it’s a big book of inspiration.
PostSecret: extraordinary confessions from ordinary lives
Decorated postcards with not-so-everyday confessions. Everyone has something to say!
Collage Sourcebook: exploring the art and techniques of collage
Rip it up, glue it down, mix it up to make it say something completely new.
American Elf: October 26, 1998 to December 31, 2003 : the collected sketchbook diaries of James Kochalka
Everyday moments are art, too.