Ain't No Ninny

Where Creativity and Everyday Life Collide

Making Time


The Journal 52 prompt for this week is ‘Making Time”.  I’ve been sitting on the prompt since last Friday trying to figure out what to do while giving everything else (including chores!) a higher priority.  I knew what quote I wanted to use for the art journal page but I didn’t know how to use it.  The quote by J.R.R. Tolkien reads “All we have to do is decide what to do with the time given us.”

I got tired of putting off the page because I didn’t have any ‘arty’ inspiration.  I took a photocopy of a vintage clock that I had in my paper stash and decided to make a “time-themed” collage in my art journal.  I started with a piece of scrap-booking paper that had French script on it, tore it around the edges, and edged it with Distress ink in Walnut.  Then I looked through my paper stash and found a piece of kraft stock and some dotted paper which could serve as the backdrop for a copy of a vintage photo that had been been given to me (and, no, the children in the photo are not related to me).   I decided to mirror the shape of the clock and the brown polka dots by printing out the J.R.R. Tolkien quote such that I could draw circles around parts of the text. I glued those to the page. Then I outlined the ivory circles in a plain #2 pencil and a waxy graphite pencil.


Ta da!  An art journal page that looks a little like a scrapbook layout.  It’s not my usual bright colorful style but I used some elements I didn’t know what to do with and I made time for the project before next week’s prompt is provided to us.  That’s a winner in my book.

I hope you make time for creativity in your day too!


Author: aintnoninny

I write poetry and fiction; create doodle art; do genealogical research; take photographs of the world around me; think about odd things; hike the red rocks; and obsess on food.

3 thoughts on “Making Time

  1. A subdued and limited color scheme can have lots of punch. This one does. The clock face in the negative-sort-of connotes Time as grinding gear–just right for the theme.

  2. what he said!! sometimes we need to step out of that comfort zone…. and it’s ironic that your time “ran out”….. kinda. sorta.

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