It’s creative challenge time again! So gather your pens, paper and watercolour pencils, because this week is all about illustration/art journaling. Join in if you want to, and read more about my creative challenges here.

The challenge: Every day, illustrate an experience you’ve shared with a loved one.

For his last birthday, (besides a surprise Holi) I gave my boyfriend a journal that contained illustrations of adventures that we had shared together. A pretty sweet idea, if I may say so myself. The journal is about capturing the big and small moments that you would have forgotten about years down the road. The only problem: I haven’t made much time to update the journal ever since. And the whole idea was to keep journaling our adventures together, so that we would have an ever-growing illustrated record of our love story. I would love to fill in some of the blank pages with moments that we experienced together since then.

If you are the art-journaling type, you might want to steal this gift idea. Whether you stick with it forever or just dedicate this week to capturing some moments of your history together, it is a thoughtful gift to show you value the little moments spent with him/her. If you are not in a relationship, you can still do the same for a family member or friend who is dear to you.

Think of the small moments. Think of the memories that make you smile. Think of the silly random happenings that don’t stand out for any particular reason, but that you appreciate nonetheless.

In a way this challenge is similar to my illustration journal challenge. I will still show some example pages from my gift-journal though. But of course you are highly encouraged to find your own angle and approach to the challenge and draw in any style you wish.

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“Pancake breakfast service. Remember when we had breakfast at 15.30 and started building a newspaper chair at 22.30?”
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“Remember when we went to the Blaudzun concert and then played advanced blindman’s buff?”
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“Remember when we celebrated St. Nicolas in Assen and went to see James Bond and you made me eat snow?”
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“Remember when we were in Paris and we decided that the Eiffel Tower was for tourists, but I secretly enjoyed walking pass it with you in the rain?” – “Remember when I got my diploma and we had dinner in ‘Het vlijtig Liesje’ and you gave me the rabbit lamp that I loved so much?”

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“Remember when we watched old cartoons and ate (Mickey Mouse) pancakes? – Remember when you ate my Ibuprofin because you thought it was candy?”
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“Remember when we sat on the rooftop with nearly 1000 cranes?”

I will be back with new drawings on Sunday.

What moments are you going to draw or would you like to draw if you would take up this challenge?


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    March 17, 2014 at 14:10

    I love your illustrations, and I love this idea so much. It’s beautiful

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    March 17, 2014 at 14:44

    This is a fantastic idea! The memories you picked sound really sweet too.

    Recently, my friend Lauren and I bought matching notebooks to document our adventures together. We saw the notebooks in the bookstore and they were so cute that we could not resist buying them. I had not thought of adding art to the pages as a way of remembering good times!

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      March 18, 2014 at 16:56

      Hello name-friend :) I have a book like that with a good friend too. We started a scrapbook of our adventures together once, but it is really time consuming and we never got that far. Still, the idea is pretty sweet :)

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    March 17, 2014 at 22:39

    this is a really cool idea, I used to do more doodles in school with my friends, but I think this would be fun to take up again. thanks for the fun idea :)

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    March 18, 2014 at 12:30

    Wat een fantastische ideeën heb jij toch telkens! Dit is volgens mij toch één van de mooiste handgemaakte dingen die je iemand cadeau kan doen. Vooral als je de gelukkige verzekert dat er nog heel wat pagina’s bij getekend zullen worden :)

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      March 18, 2014 at 16:58

      Dankje! Ja zo heb ik hem ook gegeven. Alleen in de praktijk teken in er niet zo veel in, dus nu is een mooi moment om weer wat momenten erbij te tekenen :)

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    March 18, 2014 at 22:17

    I love this idea! Must not forget!

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    March 19, 2014 at 13:15

    Wat een super idee! Ik kan alleen niet zo goed tekenen als jij, maar dat zou bij zo’n gebaar niet uit moeten maken ;-)

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      March 19, 2014 at 17:15

      Precies! En je kunt altijd nog variaties maken, zoals collages uit magazines, creatief zijn met teksten en stempels, whatever. Het belangrijkste is denk ik inderdaad het feit dat je de tijd en moeite neemt: het idee :)

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    March 20, 2014 at 03:10

    This is such a beautiful idea. I’ve been wondering if I should do something like this for my boyfriend, anyway! He and I have been dating for about seventh months now, but we were good friends for more than three years before we fell together. :) Your illustrations and collages look wonderful! I’m not sure if I can put something together to rival that, haha.

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      March 20, 2014 at 13:35

      It’s about the intention, and it sounds like you have a lot of history with enough adventures to get started! :)

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    March 29, 2014 at 21:13

    Ahh wat een leuke stijl heb je zeg. Hele mooie illustraties.

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    November 7, 2014 at 18:43

    Geweldig! Mooi getekend ook :D


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