Saturday, December 4, 2021

November Calendar complete and December written in, plus Collage Lab's Treasure Trovember


This is the completed left side of November, 2021.

This is the right side of my November calendar.  My calendar is far more colorful than my life.  I would like to say how pleased I was with Art Every Day Month, or AEDM this year.  I was so glad so many of my friends joined me because I am NOT on Facebook or Instagram, where most participants probably shared their work.

This is my December calendar ready to be written in.  For some reason, I thought the Arc de Triomphe looked like an open door when I stamped it.  I had planned to share it with Valerie's theme at Art Journal Journey, but I'm not sure even Valerie would think this would qualify now that I have it on my blog.  Note I dropped part of my ink pad on the page and it left a mark before I could retrieve it.

I also participated in Treasure Trovember at Collage Lab.  Each day there was a different item we had to incorporate on a sheet of card stock or watercolor paper.
Treasure Trovember completed.

I have written out the daily prompts and what I created.
1.  Add background squares.  I used book pages torn into six squares.
2.  Add something vintage.  I added a vintage hot air balloon (upside down).
3.  Add something related to water.  I stamped a small beach scene twice.
4.  Add three circles.  Mine had R in the center.
5.  Add something you would take to a desert island.  I added sunglasses.
6.  Add a dotted line. Mine went from the left side of the page to the vintage hot air balloon. 
7.  Add something large scale. I used another hot air balloon, this time much larger.
8.  Add food.  I added two Bundt cakes.
9.  Add a bunch of polka dots.  I used gold paint on my paintbrush handle and an eraser, along with black dots around the R circles.
10. Make marks on something from nature.  I used lavender ink on grasses and a stick from my yard.
11. Use your least favorite color.  I added pink dye ink through a brick stencil.
12. Add something playful. I stamped two rocking horses.
13. Add handwriting or asemic writing. I wrote around the large hot air balloon.
14. Add a song.  I added vintage sheet music.
15. Add texture. I added black corrugated cardboard.
16. Draw a bold shape. I painted around a saucer using green acrylic.
17. Add a sea creature.  I added some microbes from Under the Sea.
18. Add a number.  I added the numbers '14' and 'fifteen.'
19. Cover something with paint.  I scraped gold paint onto the sea creatures.
20. Add something metallic.  I added gold stripes around the bold green shape.
21. Add a building.  I added Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia. 
22. Add 5 diagonal lines.  I added three gel pen lines, one blue, and one purple marker.
23. Stamp with something unique.  I stamped 2 circles from tape dispensers and a piece of cut red rubber. 
24. Add a face.  I cut a woman's face from a magazine.
25. Add typography.  I computer generated various fonts.
26. Add a plant or tree. I added washi tape trees.
27. Add some drips. I added pink below the brick stencil and blue with glitter along the right side of the page.
28. Add contour drawing with non-dominant hand.  I drew a snowman with a top hat.
29. Add a pattern. I added two stickers with the same pattern, one pattern a bit larger than the other.
30. Add a celebration.  I added paint chip samples from a circle punch and three small paper punches representing confetti.

I inverted it so you could see the images I added that were upside down.  I had fun doing this challenge and will do it again next year, too.  I understand the prompts will be left for six months in case you want to create a page using them.

Thanks again for laughing at viewing my November calendar and seeing my Treasure Trovember creation.  I'm not sure I'll be able to have the same calendar next year.  My friend Sally said she ordered me one, but hers, which has far more pages and options, and mine have not come yet.  According to Sally, the Day Timer web site cautioned the calendars wouldn't be in until late December this year.

19 thoughtful remarks:

Iris Flavia said...

Now that sure is a FUN challenge!
Oh, I fear I would not be that creative...

Hope your calendars arrive in time.
I was so dumb to grab one I actually not really like.
Always too hectical over here.

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Elizabeth, lovely artwork again. The Trovember piece is fun. For me the Arc de Triomphe does look like a door, I would be happy if you would link it. Have a great day!

Elephant's Child said...

I am always blown away by your busy, creative life...

My name is Erika. said...

What a fun idea for making a page. And I like that kind of class because you add something each day to a single piece. Sometimes you just don't have time to keep up with something new everyday so you end up picking and choosing. I love all the treasures you found. And I think your calendar works for AJJ. No one said there has to be a big door on it has to be all doors. I hope your Saturday is a good one. It is COLD here this morning. Yesterday I actually needed to start the woodstove. And Monday we're suppose to be back up into the 50's. Go figure. Hugs-Erika

Mae Travels said...

You just reminded me to look for a little desktop calendar for 2022. I still like the paper ones to write in, rather than the online ones, though I don't decorate it the way you do.

best... mae at

CJ Kennedy said...

Didn't November go by so fast?! Your page is awesome and reminds me of the Can You Find page I loved so much as a kid in the Highlights Magazine

DVArtist said...

Good luck. The thing that stands out to me on your calendar is your beautiful hand writing.

Cindy McMath said...

Very cool Treasure Trovember piece! I didn’t play along - maybe next year. I was kind of challenged out after doing “birdtober” which I will post on my blog at some point. And I always love seeing your calendar - I really do admire how many years you’ve stuck with this project. I think I’ve started one a couple of times but I just can’t seem to get into it. Probably because my weekdays are basically determined by my work calendar - I’m calendared out!

LA Paylor said...

okay I have to take time to read the prompts... that's so cool.
I am sending sympathy because even accidents deserve it, they happen to everyone and leave trouble in their wakes. I am always scared of falling on stairs and now look ancient because I go down ours mindfully holding the rail, going slowly and at the bottom have often caught my shirt sleeve in the post and gotten jerked backward. It's some kind of miracle you didn't break a hip or shoulder like a friend of mine who had a lesser fall and tore her rotator cuff and hurt her back. Take care, and if I'd known your email addy I'd have left this privately. Here's mine, leeannaquilts at gmail dot com

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning, I enjoy seeing your calendar pages. Happy weekend.

Jackie McGuinness said...

So sorry to hear about your fall! I know you don't want sympathy (you said so). I had wanted to send you a get well card but don't have your email.

craftytrog said...

I love your Trovember page Elizabeth. That's the kind of challenge I would enjoy too.
And I do appreciate your calendars, as much as you try to put them down! I love the added stickers and different coloured writing. We all have our different styles ;-)
I'm sorry to hear about your fall, I will pray that your back is much better soon. I'm constantly catching my sleeves on our door handles, but fortunately we live in a one storey bungalow, so there are no stairs to fall down.
Take care and rest up.

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for coming across to the low carb diabetic blog ...

I was so sorry to read about your accident, and I send my good wishes.
Wishing you a speedy recovery.

All the best Jan

PS I enjoyed seeing your calendar page.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Elizabeth I am so shocked to read of your accident this morning, you do indeed need a virtual hug after your ordeal the thought of you still going round to comment on peoples blogs after such an awful experience makes me feel very humbled, take time for yourself to recover please my friend.
Your shared art is fabulous and the Arch does indeed look like a doorway. I am unfamiliar with Treasure Trovember but I love the idea. I wish I had had time last month to join AEDM more but every day brings a duty for me and we can only do what time allows us.
Now please rest and take time out for you Healing Hugs Tracey xx

Divers and Sundry said...

I have so little going on I don't need a calendar lol I like this colorful page. Collage treasure :)

I'm so sorry about your accident. What a shock it must've been! That sounds like a traumatic fall, and I'm glad you're not hurt worse than you are. I hope your recovery is speedy.

Jenn Jilks said...

What a great challenge!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Your Calendar journal pages are fabulous- so colourful. Oh my! Your Trovember page looks amazing - love how you found something for every prompt. I've just seen your generic comment on another blog, I hope you feel better soon, hugs, Chrisx

Jeanie said...

I always enjoy seeing your calendar, although I always feel like a slacker when I do!

Debra said...

I LOVE your artwork, and the calendar page is art too.