My Completed Collaborative Art Journal
Dear Wonderful Creative You:
Tomorrow I am off for my annual art retreat for the next several days, so I want to leave you brimming with ideas for YOUR creative life. Connection with other artists is one of the most nurturing things I do for my creativity. An art retreat or a workshop is an amazing way to do that, but a less expensive, more sustained way of doing that is to connect with someone and make collaborative art journals.
A Collaborative Art Journal
If you’ve hung around here for a while, you might remember that in early 2016 I started an art journal collaboration with artist Cait Sherwood. We both purchased the same Moleskine accordion journal, worked on it a bit, and then swapped. We continued this process for nearly 2 and a half years, until we finally met up in New York this summer. I’ve shared our progress all along the way. You can see the first marks here, see how the journals evolve and hear about my art fears here, and watch as I open Cait’s creation for the first time here.
This art journal collaboration was a ton of fun, and helped me stretch as an artist. When your style is similar, but also really different, it takes some time and trial and error to put the pieces together. Initially this felt like a challenge. I worried about upsetting her with something I did in the art – doing too much or too little. But as the collaboration continued, we found our groove, and things began to gel.
Cait had been the one to reach out to me on social media and suggest a collaboration. I didn’t know her. Over the last two years we have shared our art and some personal things too. I love the way that art has the power to connect us and make us better. Seeing Cait in person for the first time was such a beautiful way to complete this project. I also had no idea she was so tall! (And yes, I’m a bit short. But hey – not that short!)
So my hope in sharing some of the completed pages here is to inspire you. Cait has an AMAZING eye for color and texture. I love how everything feels so alive in these pages, and how our styles melded. YOU could do this too!
Aren’t these flowers that Cait made so loose and beautiful? They are a wonderful example of the beauty in imperfection.
See how they contrast with my slightly more neat plants, but still relate? This was part of the challenge initially, and then once I figured it out, the fun – going back and forth between these styles and building bridges between what each of us was saying in the art.
I made several of these birds throughout.
Cait made these fanciful cows. We also mimicked each others marks.
I punched holes all throughout this one, and we both took advantage of the different layering options that afforded us.
I love the loose lilies that Cait makes.
Cait introduced fish throughout, which were also a lot of fun to play with.
Inspired yet? What about doing your own art journal collaboration? You might have a friend nearby who is interested, or you might reach out to someone new and make an art penpal like I did. I have to tell you, getting a colorful journal in the mail takes fun mail to a whole new level. I’ve done a few other collaborations with other artists I didn’t know, and it’s always been such a rich experience. Not sure how to start your art journal? This post has tons of great ideas, or you can grab my e-book guide here, or take my intuitive art journaling class for beginners here.
P.S. Today I was featured on the Self-Care Soother Podcast with Suzanne Falter. We talked about the way I use art journaling to express and transform my feelings. She had some great questions for beginners and I think you’ll really love it. You can listen here.
P.P.S I’ve just added a free workshop for next Friday and I hope you can join me. We are going to build our creative muscles by playing creatively. You can RSVP here: Call Off the Art Police!
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Thank you so kindly Pamela! XO Amy
How inspiring! Collaboration holds us accountable, and sparks new ideas. We stretch and have fun at the same time. Can you imagine a whole exhibition of journal collaborations? Hmmmmmm…
Thanks for sharing and inspiring us,
What fun to “meet” you here. I loved perusing MyArtMuse.net and learning about your artwork and collaboration with another artist. I LOVE your idea of an art journal exhibit of collaborations, if I don’t remember wrong either you or your colleague has a gallery? What a cool idea. White gloves abound for viewing and perusing. 🙂 Also, I assume you are aware of The Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn? I am working on mine slowly, slowly. 🙂 I recently saw their mobile version of the library and finally got my journal. Life is good when there are projects like this!
hmmm…just wondering how I might go about finding someone to journal swap with? I’m not really connected to an artist group in my area, and I’m actually quite interested in a collaboration with someone I’ve not met yet. Someone who would challenge me in new ways as you found with Cait.
Always inspired by your work and enthusiasm, Amy.
Oh yay! I’m pysched to read this message. Cait reached out to me via DM on Instagram and then we shared email addresses. Once we agreed to work, we set up a Skype call to hash out the details “face to face.” I’ve also connected with artists in different areas this way. Some folks might feel intimidated by the idea, so give yourself some space for approaching a few people. It will be wonderful! Also, you might try searching the hashtag for artists in your local area, like #newhampshireartists or whatever. Really though, it’s fun to connect with someone near or far. Please let me know how it goes!
Denise, I’m looking for a swap/collaborative journal partner if you’re interested. I’m I’m Wisconsin.
How very fun~ XO Amy
I am very interested in doing this with you. How fun!
I’m in CT.
Amy, would you please give Kristine my email? I tried leaving it in a previous reply but that didn’t work.
Yes, Denise, I’ll happily pass it on now! YAY!
Is that a yes? If so, we’re can make a plan. K
I live in Italy but I am Australian. I would love to do have a collaborative art journal friend. I haven’t got so much time because i teach ad at the moment am dedicated to my little students but i would love to do so meaningful collaborative journaling with anyone that has patience to wait for responses. Hope to find you soon.
Oh how wonderful! I hope you find an artistic partner in crime. XO Amy
I know this thread is from 2018, but if anyone out there is still interested, I would love to do an art journal collaboration with one OR MORE people! I’m in North Bay Area, CA.
Elizabeth: YAY that would be so fun! You might also try putting out your request in my Mindful Art group on Facebook or on the #mindfulartstudio hashtag on Instagram! XO