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While I am not the profound journaler Julie is, I have managed to create art daily in 2017. This, in and of itself, is a feat and a half for me. I’ve read and watched numerous artists say creativity begets creativity. But for me, I never put it in to any real practice. I often said these famous phrases:
- I don’t have enough time.
- I don’t feel like it.
- My art sucks anyway, why bother?
- I don’t know what to make.
- I’ll never be like Julie/Dina/TPK/Claire/Makewells/Alisa/Dede/Nathalie/Mystele (I could name a few dozen more).
- Where do I even start?
- I don’t have the same materials, so I can’t today.
- I don’t want to plagiarize, but love their art, and want to do the same style!
- I tried a few days but missed one, so I failed.
Sound familiar? Let’s just say some of those things, I still think -- often. But I knew I wanted to truly try once and for all. I can think of several aspects that culminated in the mini-revelation that led to my daily art making.
I often make bets with myself, and stick to them for the most part. I know, the adage is “tell the world your bet and they will help hold you accountable.” But I guess not for me! And when Tori Weyers (aka @drawriot on Instagram) hosted a giveaway at the end of last year, I made a deal with myself: I win the giveaway, I stick to the daily art as best as possible.
And guess who was one of the lucky winners? ME (@concernedowl on Instagram)! ;)
For a little background, I reached out to Tori and here’s what she said:
“For me committing to a daily creative practice was not only about making time for art and exploration on the page it was also about making time for me. When I create, I go through a process of introspection and become mindful and present in the moment. In a way, it's almost a meditation. I decided on the small page because it was a commitment I wanted to be sure to keep. It’s been an amazing journey!”
The package I won from Tori arrived before the new year and I was super excited. She included some handmade collage, a few paint bottles, glue stick, I few other goodies and of course the mini Moleskine.
I eagerly did some collage and art in the beginning pages because I wanted to get going in it right away. And let’s not skip the prompts! I have seen the prompt-driven challenges all over the internet, and tried a few but never stuck to it for more than a few days. But, getting started with this, I knew using Tori’s prompts would probably benefit me. I haven’t and probably won’t always have associative art, but so far it’s helped me tremendously.
I am almost at the stage where, if there comes a time no prompts were to be published, I might be okay continuing. I thought about making my own, or asking some friends to give me a random list of words. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it, but feel free to let me know if you’d be willing to help me out.
So, let’s get to the juicy part, the full flip through. See if you can pick out where I held true to the daily prompts.
As you can see, the book is pretty small! It’s only 2.5x4 inches big. Which is good for quick pages, but I find myself wanting to do more art after I finish the mini pages. Here are some of my favorites (obviously had to include at least one owl):
As you can see, I can truly attest, creativity begets creativity! Level habit achieved! So much so, I am also participating in the 100 Day Challenge as well! You can see the results here for my version of it!
Are you participating in either of these challenges? It’s never too late to start, or just try it for a month. Don’t give up if you miss a day or two, life happens. Check out the other fabulous artists participating on Instagram with the #DrawRiotDaily.
Thanks for reading about my version of AJED. Be on the lookout for the next update in a few months.