I have signed up for Tangie Baxter's Art Journal Caravan for 2012. The theme for the year is Cartography, and Tangie invites us to “explore art journaling as Cartographers Extraordinaire!” I'm not sure about the “extraordinary” part of this, but I'm going to give it a good try.
Before the year had barely begun, Tangie challenged us to write a letter to ourselves in which we would positively state our goals and intentions for the year. My letter reads:
So, I'm starting a new journey in 2012. I'm not going alone ... I joined a group of fellow travelers on the Art Journal Caravan. I don't know where this trip will take me, but right now I'm so excited to be starting out.
In preparation, I selected a single word to focus on for all of my endeavors in 2012: FINISH. I know that I'm an enthusiastic starter, so I want to commit to finishing in 2012.
I will also STRETCH myself in this new year. I will try some new techniques. I will try to focus on the processes -- what goes on in my head as well as what I wind up creating.
Above all, I commit to HONESTY.
Another challenge—even before she posted any of our weekly itineraries—was to select a personal symbol for the year. I have selected the word “FINISH” because I am starting a couple of new things in 2012 and I don't want them to fall by the wayside. I'm going to concentrate on FINISHing what I've started. Completed is going to be more important than perfect. Along the way, I hope to improve—in photography skills (P366), in creativeness (Art Journal workshop), and in health (daily exercise). At the end of the year, I want to have a feeling that I've FINISHed. I wanted my symbol to relate to the One Word I've selected for the year, so I chose the rune symbol, Inguz.
From several websites, I found the following explanation of this rune: “Inguz is the completion rune. It indicates that a situation has ended, that a plan has successfully concluded. It also can represent that feeling of relief at the end of a task well done. Inguz represents a time in your life when all your loose strings are tied and you are free to move in a new direction. Inguz represents a successful conclusion to the problem at hand. This is a rune of relief. A time of no anxiety. Inguz shows a milestone in your life, very possibly the realization of a dream.” I think this nicely represents my 2012 One Word of FINISH.
So, with these two challenges, I've created the first two pages for my 2012 art journal.
Here's my introductory page for my 2012 journal. I'm including my personal symbol on each page in one form or another. In this case, I've simply put a rune stone in the lower corner.
And, here's my One Word page. I didn't include any journaling on the page since I think it will be quite obvious to me what I want to say to myself. I selected the clock to represent "almost there" with the hands just a minute before midnight. And the butterfly is a classic symbol of rebirth.