Saturday, 26 April 2014

Starting next week

From May 1st we are going to start practising gratitude.  And include some art on the way.  However you don't need to take part in the art challenges if you don't wish to.  There are so many ways to take part. Please do read previous posts on this blog.

So how will this work?
Each weekday for the month of May there will be a blog post with links and prompts.  To ensure you get each post sign up for emails by putting your email address in the subscription box at the bottom of this blog. Or follow along in whichever way you normally follow blogs.

Each post will include:

A Theme
Rather than just leaving you to think up 3 or 5 things that you're grateful for on that day I have chosen a daily theme.  Each theme is a verb so it involves an action of some kind.

A Quote
There will be a quote either related to gratitude or more likely related to the day's theme.  Some will be serious and some will be a bit off-beat.

A Bible Verse
As a Christian myself I want my Gratitude Journal to be about thanking God and so I have included a Bible verse each day.  However just ignore it if it doesn't mean anything to you.

Where possible I have found videos, blogs or websites to provide inspiration for the day's theme.  Some might be a bit silly.

A Gratitude Link
This will be a link to a blog or a website about gratitude.

A Journaling Prompt
There will be questions for you to think about on the day's theme.  You can answer them or just use them to get you thinking.

Technique Challenge
Every few days there will be some technique challenges to include in your journal.  This will be particularly for those keeping creative journals.  Keep reading even if that's not what you want to do.

Where possible I have found videos to demonstrate the techniques or I will have added photos of examples.  There is a pdf to download with links to the videos.  It is available on each blog post but you only need to download it once for each few days of a technique.

An Action
Each day there will be a suggested action for us to take to practise gratitude.

Facebook Group
There is a group on Facebook (which was set up in 2012) where you can share your work or ask questions.  If you joined the group last year then you are already in!

At the end of each post there will be an opportunity to link your day's page to the blog to share with other readers.  This can be a link to your blog, or if you haven't got a blog please use the Flickr group.

I have set up the Flickr group and if you already have a Flickr account please ask to join.  If you don't have a Flickr account it is easy to join and it is free.

The group has been set up for the photos to be public but any discussions to be for members only.

There will be a PDF each day to download (and print) with all the day's information and links so that you don't have to be continually looking at the blog.

For information about how you might make your Gratitude Journal click on the links below to see my previous posts.  It can be as simple as getting a small notebook and writing down things that come to mind as you read the blog.  It need be no more than that.  Or you can get involved in the techniques and challenges.
Make Your Own Art Journal            Journals

Remember the only rule is: this is your journal and you do it the way you want to. Other than that there are no rules.

I am doing my journal using an altered book but you can use whatever journal or media you wish for your project.

This has been a long post and I'm sorry there were no photos to break it up a bit.  Thanks for sticking with it to the end.



  1. I enjoyed your post today and all the information you gave us about how May is going to work. I am really looking forward to doing this with you. Thank you for all the work you have put into this.

    1. Ditto! Thanks, Bernice. Blessings to you

  2. Oh, this is great! Can't wait for it to start!

  3. Good for you, Bernice. Hope you are over the jet-lag.

  4. made two journals they just need stitching together

  5. I really enjoyed this last year (and really, really enjoyed passport to art). Not sure if I'll be able to join in this year, but can I get the emails reminders just in case?

    1. I did it for you Rinda - if it doesn't work then you need to put your email address in yourself at the bottom of the page.

  6. I can't figure out how to join the challenge. If I already receive your blog posts, will I be part of this challenge?

    1. Yes you will. Each challenge is a blog post. You can have each blog post via email

  7. I have updated this blog post in light of some questions