All posts tagged: Daily challenge

My Daily Moleskine 2017. July Pages.

Half way through the year and half way through my Moleskine Daily Planner as I create something on each day. It continues to serve as a visual diary as much as a creative habit because I will stick down stickers or business cards or things I have found that day. Here are some pages from July. I was making some collage pages and used the left over paint here! Left over collage pieces with some paint and china marker added. My Goodwill haul and some sun prints. We were painting watercolor flowers through July and some strayed into my Moleskine along with a moon. Predictably, another flower! Black gesso and a test of some face stencils I bought. A catalogue card from an old library book and some ephemera from a parcel sent from my friend in Finland. Some flow acrylics on a vintage photo and a copy of an old cigarette card in some colour. Sumi brush and watery ink flowers. I removed the spine from an old book to use the covers to …

Daily Creating April-June 2017

The 100 day project overtook my posts on my daily Moleskine, but it didn’t overtake the actual project.  I have to say that creating little daily art spaces in my Moleskine diary has been a joy this year. I literally put anything in there that I want to. I may be learning a new technique and a page will be used for practice or I may find a sticker which will be added or someone will send me a postcard and that will be stapled onto that day. It is becoming a record of the year as well as a creative practice. April’s pages were all made using Rae Missigman’s prompts for her Mark Making Monthly challenge.  It is always nice to have a jumping off point for each day.   May was back to me and I made marks, stuck stuff down and splashed colour about! These ladies were in a discarded library book so I cut them out and gave them new accessories. There is always something to draw and paint, these vintage …

Daily Creating March 2017.

I am keeping up with the daily creating challenge I set for myself at the beginning of the year to create something every day in my Moleskine daily planner.  Some pages I like, some not so much, but I carried on anyway and here we are in April. There is no theme to the planner, just anything I want to make art with that day. In my other daily creating sketchbook I have been mainly painting, sometimes with pen work included. I am still enjoying my sumi brush and ink, so lots of the pages are made with these.  A new thing this month for me was painting figures from old photos which I collect and love to look through. Happy Wednesday x

I decided that two 365 projects would be a fun time, and they are!

At the end of 2016 I decided to buy a ‘large’ 8.25″x 5″ Moleskine daily planner with a bright orange cover and every day of 2017 I would art on that day’s page. The first couple of pages were a bit rubbish, but then I relaxed about the whole thing and painted a tea cup on day three. This planner is my playtime, the place I can experiment and slap colour about with abandon.  I don’t worry that the pages are too thin to hold watercolor or that my favorite pen goes through, because it just means that on the next page I will use collage or start with a layer of acrylic to work on top of. So far I have used watercolor, collage, acrylic, sumi ink, pen, neon, gelli plate and words. I am happy to draw or paint or just make some marks or add some colour.  The day is documented sometimes with a little watercolor sketch, whatever comes to mind. February will continue randomly or I will find a theme, who …

#WIP Crochet Blanket and Drawing

I am joining Catherine at Saint Cardigan for this post all about some of my work(s) in progress.  I narrowed it down to a couple of projects although I have a week’s worth!  Once you have had a little look at what I am up to, you can pop over to Saint Cardigan and look at what everyone else has been doing. This crochet blanket is my second ever and the one I have already completed is pretty much the same, just in lots of colours.  As you can see, I am no crochet genius, I can do granny square stitch (I am sure it isn’t even called that when it is not an actual granny square) and that is that. For this blanket I decided to start with a dark dark grey and as I crochet out, I will use lighter and lighter shades, ending with white or a super pale grey.  I am currently at shade two and I am liking where I am heading.  The pattern is from Pip Lincolne’s book Craft …

Six Word Saturday

Do you like a ‘challenge’? I don’t mean a throw yourself out of an aeroplane type challenge, I am talking more the daily prompt driven variety. I am turning into a challenge addict I think. I love those prompt driven drawing or photography projects which are all over Instagram. They work well for me too, I usually follow along and complete them with a sense of fulfilled relief. Then I stop. But, I want to carry on, I want to do more of the regular creativity, and I think I need to move away from the challenge based creativity and just get myself doing something on a daily basis, on a regular daily basis. A drawing, a painting, hand lettering a word or a phrase, making a doodle or writing some words even. I was twiddling about on Instagram today and I saw a post by the photographer David Loftus which was a photo of his sketchbook. In the description he explained that he has been making a sketch a day since January and he …