Advent Art Journal, an advent calendar for artists. 25 days of the Christmas story in simple words. From The Handcrafted Story.

This Advent Art Journal is my version of an Advent calendar for artists. It’s 25 days of the Christmas story, told in simple words.

I really like countdown calendars and I especially like Advent calendars. But I don’t like how many Advent calendars involve more chocolate or gifts than our kids need. I want an Advent calendar that will encourage me (and our kids) to reflect on the real reason we celebrate Christmas. So I LOVE making things, I’ve been thinking of how to combine an Advent calendar and art journaling. I had three important guidelines to include in my project:

  1. December is usually a busy month of year so I wanted a simple project I could put together before December.
  2. December usually includes travelling for our family so I wanted something small, that could easily travel with us.
  3. I wanted to make something I could do with my kids.

Advent Art Journal printable

My solution was this DIY Advent Art Journal: 25 Days of the Christmas Story:

  • Print ahead project. Can be printed before December and worked on throughout the month.
  • Small size. There are two sizes of pages (4×6 and 5×7), which are great for travelling.
  • Kid-friendly. Each page includes a part of the Christmas story written in simple words.

Advent Art Journal Details

Art Journaling Advent Calendar

The text is the same on both versions, it’s just the page orientation that changes. Here is the horizontal version:

DIY Christmas Advent Art journal

Binding Your Advent Art Journal

You could leave your Advent Art Journal unbound, and prop it up on a desk. Or you could punch holes in it and use binder rings to make a book. Or you could wirebind it, like in the images below.

I am planning to give a wirebound a copy of the horizontal Advent Art Journal to our two-year-old and almost five-year-old to use this December.

I am planning to use a copy of the vertical version, unbound, since I would like to sew, paint, or use other art journaling techniques in it which will be a lot easier to do with the pages unbound.

Art Journaling Christmas Advent Calendar

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Art Journaling Advent Calendar horizontal version


Share Your Advent Art Journal on Instagram

Follow on Instagram @adventartjournal or search the hashtag #adventartjournal.

If you’re participating with the Advent Art Journal, I’d love to see what you’re making! Use the hashtag #adventartjournal on Instagram.

Or post a link in the comments below. Thank you!


Nativity Illustrations (a FREE coloring sheet!)

 

 

Nativity illustrations for the Advent Art Journal from The Handcrafted Story http://thehandcraftedstory.com/advent-art-journal/

DOWNLOAD the above FREE 1-page PDF of simple Nativity Illustrations for your Advent Art Journal (for personal use, meaning don’t sell it or claim it as yours).


 

French and Italian Versions of the Advent Art Journal

Advent Art Journal in French. L'histoire de Noel en 25 jours. Journal D'Art de l'Avent.

The Advent Art Journal is now available in French!

Advent Art Journal now available in Italian.( Diario Dell’Avvento) 25 days of the Christmas story. It's an advent calendar for artists.

The Advent Art Journal is now available in Italian!

 


Completed 2014 Advent Art Journal

Day 1 Advent Art Journal. Paper machine stitched to the page in the shape of an angel wing. By The Handcrafted Story.

View my completed 2014 Advent Art Journal.


 

Advent Art Journal from The Handcrafted Story

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