I created this challenge 2 years ago. You can still grab the free Zine and do your own challenge.
I’m a huge fan of daily creative practices. I do create daily, though I do fall behind on scanning, uploading and blogging about my daily work.
Many people have problems with a daily challenge due to lack of ideas, or, quite the opposite, too many ideas. This is where prompts can be helpful. But I’ve found most prompts to be a bit dull or repetitive. (Or if you try to use writing prompts, they are often too detailed or complicated to work well with a visual art practice.)
Here’s a new challenge for March – I hope you will join me!
(Note this challenge was posted on playonwordsdesign.com in March 2018 and has not been updated. But, the Zine is free, and I invite you to challenge yourself to a daily creative habit!)
Get the Mixed Media March Minis Zine here – just enter $0 for price and it is free to download through Gumroad. Thanks for playing!
As I was looking at my daily “to do” list, I noticed a little section that constantly appears jotted in a corner, or sometimes on post-it notes, or in the margins of other writings…
The theme was clear.
“LEARN ABOUT __________”
“EXPERIMENT WITH _________ TECHNIQUE”
“WHAT IF ________ ?”
So, I decided to create a new daily challenge, for you, and for me. My new version of “March Madness” is about trying, learning, experimenting, and imagining.
Here are some suggestions to ensure your success in this, or any daily creative challenge:
- Keep it small and manageable. (Hence the “minis” – I plan to work on 4”x4” or 5”x5” squares – you could do minis, Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), or your art journal spreads.)
- Set aside time each day. I find that I’m most able to set aside consistent time for daily art most mornings, after some coffee, but before other commitments/crises take over.
- Forget perfection. Better yet, embrace imperfection! Give yourself permission to play, experiment, try new things, combine techniques, and go off in any direction the prompt (or the muse) lead you.
- Feel free to combine prompts, skip prompts, or add your own ideas.
- Use what you have. Don’t look at these ideas and translate them into a big art supply shopping list! Improvise! Use your own “try this” list.
- Accountability! This challenge is set up with an incentive to share your work. Post your daily “experiments” in the FRAME Facebook Group and on Instagram. You’ll find encouragement, and it will also help you stay committed. Sharing your work is part of the process.
In the March Minis Zine, you’ll find 31 mini challenges. Each day, pick one for inspiration or a new technique to play with.