April is for Fakin’

Yes, tomorrow’s April 1st!

If you’ve been paying attention the last four years then you know I’m not excited about April Fool’s Day as such. I’m excited that April 1st marks the start of International Fake Journal Month! Although I’ve only been participating since 2012, Roz Stendahl took this project public in 2009.

“Shift In Place” is the theme for 2016. This is my big chance to be someone else for a month… an alternate “me”… like me only different.

Interested in seeing where April takes me? I’ll be posting regularly (I always try for daily) on my Fake Journal Blog… skylarkkarma.wordpress.com


My April IFJM Is Complete!

You’ve heard me talk about International Fake Journal Month before so I won’t bore you again with the details but April’s gone and my project is complete!


If you start here you can forward through the entire month and follow along.

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or… you can jump directly to my wrap up.

It’s been a great April…   May?  Bring it on!


Crazy, Crazy April

As I have the last 3 years, I will be participating again in IFJM – International Fake Journal MonthRoz Stendhal‘s creation.  If you’re new here and haven’t heard about this wonderful April project please follow the links above.  Just be prepared to lose yourself in the interwebs as you learn.

Roz has chosen “[considered] TRUTHS” as this year’s… slogan? motto?


How will I handle this?  To find out please consider visiting my dedicated IFJM blog:  SkylarkKarma.wordpress.com. I hope to post my character’s journal pages daily… come, follow my progress!

And, as if I didn’t have enough to do, I’ve also decided to participate in Blogging A to Z.  Oh no… it runs in April too!  Basically, on April 1st we’re to blog about something beginning with the letter A, the 2nd is the letter B, etc.  Sundays are our day of rest… no posting.  That way, on April 30th, we’ll all be posting about zebras… or zithers, or zzzzzs!  There’s a big sign-up process but I’m not sure I’ll jump through that hoop but I may reconsider

Now don’t be expecting too much.  I figure a photo and a bit of text will be as much as I can manage. This is an opportunity to look back, share a few pages from the archives along with some recent work.  I’ll be doing that here on danaburrellart.com so stay tuned.


Lots going on… I hope I didn’t bite off too much.  Wish me luck!

Five Day Art Challenge – Day Five

Day 5… and final day… of my Five Day Art Challenge.

Today, as an homage to Roz Stendahl, and her creation, IFJM – International Fake Journal Month I’m sharing an image from each of my previous fake journals.

What is a fake journal? Well, it’s a chance for you to be someone else and keep a journal as that person. It doesn’t have to be a visual journal although that’s what I did for the last three years. Each year I’ve chosen an art goal and made a commitment to have an entry for each day in the month of April to coincide with other fake journalers.

In 2012 I had 2 goals – to sketch a person each day in ink and watercolor and create a narrative for my journal keeper. If you’d like to see my entire 2012 IFJM journal from the beginning start with my April 1st post and forward through the “next” posts.


2013’s goal was to work in gouache over pre-painted acrylic backgrounds and of course, have that all-important, at least to me, back story of the artist. Here’s the link to see how I selected my physical journal as well as the link for the first post of my 2013 Fake Journal.


In 2014 I used a small set of watercolor pencils in my journal and again my character had her own life lurking behind those pages. See my journal selection and the April 1st journal entry if you’d like to see it all from the beginning.


If you’d like to know more about International Fake Journal Month please visit officialinternationalfakejournalblog.blogspot.com to see Roz’s journals and get a feel for the whole experience.

And yes, I’ll be participating again this year… don’t have a goal or a character yet but it’s early… I have nearly two months to figure it out. Be sure to visit “me” or whomever I “am” at skylarkkarma.wordpress.com.

I hope to see you in April!

Halfway Point for International Fake Journal Month

There’s a lot to celebrate today. The snow is totally gone from my garden, I’ve paid my taxes and I’m halfway into my April project, Roz Stendahl’s creation, International Fake Journal Month.

This year’s motto, No Explanations, means there’ll be no details ’till May but I do have 15 images for you to checkout on my dedicated IFJM blog: skylark karma.wordpress.com. If you’re a stickler for reading consecutive posts feel free to start with the April 1st post and go from there!

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Posting daily seems to keep me on my toes so be sure to return as the month progresses and remember…

No Explanations!


The last few years I’ve participated in Roz Stendahl’s IFJM… International Fake Journal Month for the uninitiated.  It’s a chance for journal keepers to put on a different persona and journal as if you really were this individual.  Not forever, just a month… the month of April.  Just long enough to get a feel for the difference between this character and yourself. It’s a chance to be the person you always wanted to be or a chance to try out that career path you were fascinated with but never took for one reason or another.

As Roz says… “Life’s so short, why live only one?”

It’s possible for a Fake journal to be totally written but I’ve chosen to create visual journals. In the past I’ve uploaded my pages to a Flickr account but have found that problematic so I’ve created a new blog to hold both my previous years efforts and my fake journals going forward.  I’ve already started uploading my 2012 journal and will follow with 2013 before I start in on the planning for this year’s journal.  For those of you who have seen this before please bear with me as I go though my retrospective.  My intention is to be current by March when I’ll start planning the 2014 experience.

If you’re interested in IFJM as a concept please visit Roz Stendahl’s Official International Fake Journal Blog.  If you’re interested in learning more about Roz and her art please check out Roz Wound Up.

If you’re interested in my IFJM blog please go to skylarkkarma.wordpress.com

As if one blog wasn’t enough!