Art Every Day Month 2016 Highlights

The Art Every Day Month challenge was started over a decade ago by Leah Piken Kolidas at Creative Every Day, and I have been participating since 2013. It is the only challenge that I do every year and have been able to complete… even if some of the years were a bit dicey with my output! I like that there’s no prompts or pressure, you just have to make some kind of mark every day in November. I feel like this year was my best yet for what I created, and I also became more accepting of the fact that I can’t make things that I’m happy with every day. I also completed some projects I’d been putting off, which I’m very pleased about.

I had a very specific plan for what I was going to do this month… which of course went out the window after a couple of days! You’d think I’d know better than to impose rules on myself, considering my track record with other challenges/workshops! My original idea stemmed from seeing one of my favourite bands, Alice in Chains, for the third time in October. Jerry Cantrell is one of my favourite lyricists and I’ve been considering making a journal dedicated to some of his songs for a while. The show gave me more inspiration to do it, and I had the “perfect” journal to get started:

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I made the journal in March, it was inspired by Julie Fordham‘s RIB journal.

I made a couple of Cantrell-inspired pages I was happy with:

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Day 1: Lyrics from Sea of Sorrow by Alice in Chains
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Day 2: Lyrics from Spiderbite by Jerry Cantrell
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Day 5: Lyrics from Solitude by Jerry Cantrell

The rest of the month I went rogue haha. Here are some of my favourites:

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Day 3: Finished a page in my collaborative journal with Beatriz Helton (she made the background)
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Day 7: Foolishly optimistic
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Day 8: Watching the results. Copied from original art by Erin McGuire, quote from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
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Days 9-10: Post-election blues
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Days 11-13
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Days 14-15
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Day 20
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Days 25-27: I finally finished this canvas as a gift for a friend! This is his dog, Peaches. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

You can view the rest of the days on my Instagram. There were a few days where I wasn’t happy with what I made, but the point is just to bring more creativity into your life without pressure. I don’t always succeed at not putting pressure on myself, but I feel like I get better at that every year I take part. I’m looking forward to next year!

Did any of you take part in the challenge (or other challenges in November)? How did your month go?

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