What To Do After An Art Challenge
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
Art challenges provide a wonderful burst of inspiration, accountability, and community. But they all end eventually, and to really dig into your own art practice, you can’t always be responding to a challenge. So what do you do when the art challenge is over?
To answer this, I want to back up a bit and talk about why I create art challenges for my students, and small art challenges in particular.
If you did the prep class for the Inchie Challenge, A Little Art Every Day, (which for a limited time you can still get here) you might remember that I spoke about the purposeful journey that I was creating for you. I want to talk about that again for a minute:
The whole reason I made The Inchie Challenge is because I understand how many roadblocks stand between you and your daily art practice. It’s really hard. It’s my job to make art, and even I struggle sometimes. But I have the benefit of having a lot of tools. So I wanted to share them with you!
I created a challenge and a prep class that would help you to prepare for and practice making art daily. I made it short, easy, and fun, because we have to eliminate those barriers, right? Of course I love that you create with me during the 12-day challenge, but my goal is for you to keep creating every day.
Let’s review the structure that you set up for yourself:
- Pre-cut a BIG stack of 2 x 2 inch watercolor squares
- Use the Idea Generation worksheet to come up with your own word prompts
- Show up and create each day for 12 days.
You did it, and now you can keep this going!
Here’s some ideas for you to keep making art every day:
- Create an art prompt jar. Revisit your Idea Generation Worksheet and create a BIG list of words for art prompts. Don’t overthink this. Just write. Cut these into little papers and keep them in a jar on your desk. Each day, sit down, pick a random paper, and create an inchie based on that prompt.
- Pre-prep materials. Cut another GIANT stack of 2 x 2 inch watercolor papers. (Like 50 – 100. YES!)
- Keep your portable art kit on hand. Keep some inchies, a waterproof pen, and perhaps a portable watercolor set and brush in a zip pouch and carry it in your bag. Sketching, not scrolling, right? (I have to remind myself too!)
- Create many inchies based on the same prompt. You’ll improve your skills, and refine your ideas.
- Collage with your inchies. You can cut them up and combine them in surprising ways.
- Create backgrounds with watercolor washes on some inchies so you don’t face a blank canvas.
If that still doesn’t feel structured enough, you might love to check out the BIG ART class, as I lead you step by step through 12 beautiful inchie projects that build to big art pieces.
I’d love to hear about your experience since the challenge in the comments.
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