Hello everybody! This is Stephanie today. I’ve asked Simone if I could jump on to her blog to write a little something because I feel such strong positive feelings about the #paintyourselfhappychallenge. We’re not even halfway done and I am already dreading the end.
I’ve said a few times in the last months that I wanted to do less challenges this year. The main reason is that too often, challenges have lots of rules, short deadlines, and prompts that leave me a little baffled. As a result, I can’t keep up! I see other people’s work, I’m stumped, fall behind and then feel bummed for not completing it.
Well. The #paintyourselfhappychallenge might in this regard be the anti-challenge. And so I jumped in with pleasure!
The main thing is quite simple…. to paint every day for the 29 days of February. Daily, for a few minutes or hours if you have the time, in order to happily create little paintings.
Our goal is to have as many of you as possible to pick up your brush, paint without fear and have fun every single day of the month of February.@_studioartisjok’s Instagram post launching the challenge
Also…. do not think about the end result. Just play!!! I mean, we hear all the time that we need to enjoy the process instead of worrying about the end result, right. That is the goal here. So let’s try some fun exercises to get a feel of how that feels (oh my… unintended blatant pun)!
prompts / exercises
Because a little creative push is always appreciated to scare away the blank page, Simone and Kate have put together some ideas to start exploring. And they are released on Tuesdays and Saturdays…. so no planning ahead, you gotta roll with it! 😉
What is peculiar here, is the openness of the prompts. For me, the prompts have been just that : a prompt to begin exploring something and then keep on going and see where it takes you.
But by no means, feel confined by those prompts. Exploration is highly encouraged! In fact, Simone often reminds me to just roll with it when I mention I went “off-prompt”.
In these last 10 days, I have created more art than normal. And I’ve had so much fun with it! My daughter has joined in more than one occasion, and we’ve had a blast.
I also learned new things. It is amazing how freeing this is. Having someone tell you to explore just for the fun of it. And that alone gives you like an official reason to do so. And this makes the goal to focus on the process, and not think of what you are making.
And I have made some very very beautiful things while doing so. Like these little alcohol pieces. Like this weird piece mixing copper blue ink, dark black ink and Indigo watercolor from Simone.
Like many things Simone initiates, the positiveness of the community participating in this challenge is incredible. As a member of the very fun and dynamic gang of watercolor and other nerds supporting her over in Patreon, I can attest to that positive community feel!
When Kate suggested dropping in alcohol, most of us did not have any. So suggestions and tips went flying : perfume, beer, hand sanitizer, mouth wash! I’ve not tried them all…. but I’ve got them in my head!
There is also a lot of support. Many people are sharing others’ works. Many people are trolling the hashtag and leaving nice comments, dropping tips, asking questions. This challenge is so fun!
to follow the fun
- Follow Simone (@_studioartisjok) and Kate (@rubymountainpaintco) on instagram to follow on the prompts
- Go check out the hashtag #paintyourselfhappychallenge to find new people, inspiration and ideas. And never hesitate to ask questions!
I almost forgot….. there are fun prizes too…. But I don’t think that’s why you are here….. for all the details, go read the details about the challenge over at Simone’s first post about it!
There might be something about handmade watercolors to win….