Remember some of these images? They were my personal challenge for 2012 – I created an “Artlet a day” for 366 days. You can read about my personal journey and final reflections here.
In 2013 I decided to take a little break, and carve out time and opportunities to “fill the well.” Soon I recognized one fact: To stay focused I needed a daily creative outlet. My friend Elinor and I put our heads together on Boxing Day and came up with a great idea. At first we just wanted to issue the challenge between us. We quickly realized that opening up this challenge to readers of our blogs would present an opportunity to develop community and inspire creativity.
Please join us in the Creative Daily Act Challenge (CDA) for 2014!
Here are the details for anyone interested in participating:
Create one 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ miniature art piece a day. You may draw, embroider, piece, quilt or collage a Creative Daily Act (CDA). Choose one discipline, all or combine several techniques – the choice is yours’ and the sky is the limit!
Start with a base such as paper, fabric, card stock, paper towel, tea bags, coffee liners, vellum, acetate, metal, a small quilt sandwich or painted Timtex…
The overall objective is to mark the surface. Choose your tool(s) next: Pencils, crayons, marker or brushes. How about stamps? Textile artists will select needles, threads and beads – you decide!
Add a personal challenge to ensure you use what you have on hand. Do not rush out and spend money on more art supplies. Try to incorporate at least 90 % of existing supplies in your studio or workspace. If you absolutely feel the need to add to your stash, consider the local $ store for scrap booking supplies. Each month a specific theme will be announced. Don’t worry, themes were chosen thoughtfully to provide a variety of ways to express yourselves.
Ready? January’s theme is “In the Bleak Mid-Winter”… Inspired? Excited? Get ready to participate. Make a commitment to yourself and the creative community, sign up in the comment section below. You can join anytime – the more, the merrier. Interpret the theme as you wish.There are no set expectations – open your mind.
Why create a CDA a day? Explore and express yourself the way you always wanted to. You have permission to transform ideas into reality. 2 /2″ x 3 1/2” is small, and we stand firm on these measurements. The space is small enough to fill in a short time, it is small enough to commit to one CDA each day, and it is large enough to have impact once presented as a cohesive monthly unit.
Elinorand I plan on sharing our CDAs on our blogs at the beginning of each month, much like I did with my Artlets throughout 2012. (You can find Elinor’s blog here.)If you have a blog or website, please consider publishing your results as well. (No worries if you don’t have a blog yourself, we have other options for sharing. Stay tuned for more info.)
Elinor and I will ask you to leave your link in the comment sections below the specific blog entry. How is that for generating excitement, spreading creativity and networking? Be a part of the 2014 Creative Challenge.
Questions? Comments? Feel free to post these below. I can’t wait to see who will embrace the challenge!