For my October 2020 spreads, I looked to my daughter’s journal for inspiration which she was kind enough to let me use. I wanted a spread simple this month that would incorporate the quintessential pumpkin.
I love the simplicity of the drawing and the minimalist colour. I do admit, though, that last night I grabbed a green brush pen and added a bit of colour to the grass.
The calendar for the month was quick and easy to draw. There is not much to add to it at the moment as all of our celebrations will be taking place at home due to Covid restrictions.
The mood tracker is cute – and is definitely my daughter’s idea. Each day I am drawing in an expression on a pumpkin and it is certainly looking fun!
Last month I did not use my planning pages too much for my blog and Instagram posts. Hopefully I will have more energy for social media in October.
I love the way my weekly spread looks. And the bonus is that it did not take too long to create. 🙂
What theme are you using in your bullet journal this month?
The craziness of back-to-school in September took my mind away from sharing the pages I had created in my bullet journal for September 2020. But better late than never! Because September is the beginning of the new academic year here in Canada, I decided to focus on one of the tools elementary school children frequently use: the coloured pencil. For my quote, I decided to use a line that I loved from Anne with an E, a show that I had been watching on Netflix.
Creating the pages took a while – but I had time. I began drawing and colouring in mid-October and worked on my journal everyday until it was ready for the beginning of the month.
I love the idea I had for the mood tracker. I enjoy colouring in the pencils every day in the evening – and the page is currently looking so good.
I created a planning page for both my blogging and Instagram posts. Unfortunately not much was filled in this month.
For the first two weeks of the month, I created a dutch door. It worked really well not only because the rows of coloured pencils brightened the pages, but also because the layout suited the number of days in the first week of September.
The layout for the third and fourth week of September also look pleasing and I enjoyed filling in the spaces.
On the whole, I took pleasure in creating and filling these pages. Now I look for inspiration for October!
What writing tool do you tend to use the most often?
Last weekend families in many parts of the world celebrated Mother’s Day. To be honest, the day was similar to what I have experienced since we were asked to stay at home. This year we could not go out, and my family could not go shopping for flowers and treats. My daughters, however, did not let the day go by without giving me the gifts that they had made for me.
My youngest drew a picture of me reading on the sofa – a sight that is frequently seen in my home. In addition, she animated it (I am unable to post the animated version here). Her digital portrait of me still makes me smile. I love it so much that it is my new profile picture for my Instagram account. 🙂
As we move towards the end of April, I thought that I would share with you the spreads in my bullet journal. Using the ideas from YouTuber Amanda Rach Lee as inspiration, I centred the drawings on working spaces around the home. My bookish quote was found on the internet and, unfortunately, I do not know its origin.
As I worked on the monthly calendar, I knew I would not be filling in many dates. What I did fill in were the online teacher meetings with my school administration.
I spent quite a lot of time creating my mood and habit trackers. I love the way the page looks – and as I am filling it in with colour, it brightens my day.
My weekly spreads have not been filled with too many events – except for the online sessions I have organised with my students. I am currently using my journal to write down my thoughts and feelings for the day – a little like a diary. It is definitely working for me.
As we near the end of April, we move towards the two month mark of staying at home due to COVID-19. Working on my journal and creating its pages has been a source of relaxation for me.
Has you done any drawing or colouring during the month of April as a form of relaxation?
During the past week while on our schools are on spring break and we have been practicing social distancing, I have worked on getting my bullet journal up to date. Yesterday while writing in my journal entry for the day, I realised that I had not yet shared my March spreads in this space. I determined to rectify that oversight.
For March I decided to loosely follow the theme created by Amanda Rach Lee, a YouTuber that I follow. I say loosely as I used a different quote to what she chose as well as a different layout for my weekly and monthly spread. As I enjoy reading, I have chosen to write down each month a quote from one of the books I have enjoyed reading. This month, the quote is from Unblemished by Sara Ella, a Young Adult Fantasy novel.
I used the leaf theme Amanda Rach Lee came up with in my monthly spread. While keeping my spread simple, I adapted her idea to suit my requirements. I liked the way she incorporated the leaves into a mood tracker and thought I could create something similar. I used a mood tracker in February and enjoyed filling it in therefore thought I would work on one again this month.
I adjusted the weekly spread and used a format that I have enjoyed using in the past. The spread has been quick and easy for me to recreate each week in March so far. I am loving its simplicity as well as the colours that I used.
Because of the social distancing so many of us are adhering to, the days this week (and next week) are free of plans. I am using the space, though, to keep a record of what I am doing at home as well as my thoughts.
What theme are you using this month in your bullet journal?
This week I am giving a series of tests to my students to ensure that I give them the correct grade in their year-end report card. Even though they are in grade 1 and 2, I do insist they be quiet while they are writing so that each child has the environment in which to focus. Once the children have completed their test, I give them a sheet of paper on which to draw so that they are kept busy while their classmates continue with their test.
I loved what one of my students drew while waiting for his classmates to finish! He has been reading about the planets with his parents and drew a summary of what he had learned. The constellation he created in his drawing named after himself made me smile. 😀
I was able to sleep in and relax often with a book during the day;
I got to see my friend who lives quite a distance away for a day.
We have known one another since I began taking my eldest daughter to school. Our children have grown up knowing one another and get on well – which has certainly made things easier for our friendship. My friend and I spent the day chatting and catching up – and the children drew.It is quite a coincidence that all of our children love art and that they all wish to make a career out of it. Just another reason why we all get on so well together.
The age group that I teach love colouring and always welcome an opportunity to use bright colours. For a recent activity on writing, I asked them to colour and describe a monster. Using the co-created poster of adjectives, they wrote down adjectives of their choice to describe their monsters. .
Not only do I enjoy seeing their colourful monsters, but I love that the children have managed to describe their monsters using the classroom resources in the language that they are learning.
I remember the first time I learned to draw in perspective. Up until then my sketches had a two-dimensional feel to them: they were simple and I never really believed that I could be an artist. As many children do, I had spent many afternoons whiling away the time with pencils and paper. But I had never created a piece of art worthy to be labelled as such.
A group of us were seated in front of the instructor and we were to draw a simple briefcase. We all laughed nervously when we were told that we would be able to produce a drawing worthy to be part of a design package. We were all adults, teachers who had enrolled in a module to learn to teach Design and Technology. We were used to holding pieces of chalk in our hands – not lead pencils.
With our instructor’s guidance, we began our drawing: simple lines that slowly became shaped to what we were seeing in front of us. We were drawing out the theory of perspective drawing that we had learned earlier. It was unbelievable to me that, with the correct knowledge, we were all able to create a drawing that reflected reality. Not only did we learn how to draw in perspective; but we also learned how to render the image with different shades of colour.
Have you tried to draw in perspective?
(Join me in the Five Minute Friday Challenge hosted by The Gypsy Mama. Participants write for 5 minutes with no editing, no over thinking, and no backtracking. This week’s prompt is: Perspective)