This year I'm participating in 'Life Book'.
Life Book is a year long mixed media self development art journaling course. At first I thought that I needed another commitment like I need a hole in the head, but I figured something like this would encourage me to adopt a regular creative practice and also push me to try new mediums and techniques.
There's going to be 52 'lessons' - one each week (really?) alternating between a main project and a lighter 'bonus' project, a meditation, artist interview or maybe even a swap. All the pages are completed singularly and will be bound into a book at the end of the year. More bookbinding? YAY!
Our first project included a meditation and a warm up page to allay the 'inner critic'. We had to write all our fears, apprehensions, excuses, niggly worries about our art etc down on the page, prior to painting over them and then to decide what it is exactly that we feel we want from Life Book.
'Nourishment for the Soul'...that's what I want out of my art practice for this year.
You can read more about Life Book here.