Well hello 2016! I've been eagerly awaiting you....yet now that you are here, I'm feeling a little lost. I don't have you all figured out. I'm not sure why I thought would. ;)
I DO have a new daily creative habit. This year I'm going back to my sketchbook. I still have a lot to learn there. I didn't regularly keep a sketchbook in 2015 even though I thought I'd built that habit in 2014. So I'm back to it.
This time around I'm usually a larger, softcover Moleskine. I've grown to love the square format so I was looking for that. I didn't realize it was softcover when I ordered it so we'll see how that goes. As for the paper, I've been pretty happy with it. It's not as thick as I thought it'd be for "art plus" paper but it is soft and smooth. It's taking both pencil and a little paint well. I also like that the sheets are perforated. I'm only using one side of the paper this year. If I get a page that I especially like, I'll tear it out and frame it.
My loose plans for the year are to explore collage, mixed media, figures, animals, and storytelling. I'd like to do a lot more research this year and let that influence my work. I find that I'm most inspired and happy when I'm studying something. Possibly it's both the student and teacher in me. I think I love both roles equally.
Side note: My new year of creative habits course is well underway and I am having a blast with these 40 other makers. I think what I love most about it is that though technically I'm the "teacher" I'm doing the work along with them. We are all going through this similar experience together. I think it's going to be really fun.
The beginnings of this new habit have felt very uncomfortable. I think I sort of expected to just fall right into my routine from 2014 and of course that didn't happen. The new materials are throwing me off. The sketchbook is just large enough to completely change how I usually take my photos. It feels awkward and scary yet I know that's exactly what I need to keep growing. Here's to a new year and a new habit! (again.) :)