While fiction writers are busy during November trying to write 50,000 words of a novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), artists are trying to create art every day during November. It can be just as grueling and just as satisfying.
There are a couple of art-a-day challenges this November that I am aware of and I’m trying loosely to follow the ‘rules’ of each. Art Every Day Month (AEDM) is the creation of artist and instructor, Leah Piken Kolidas, at http://createeveryday.com. Leah defines art very broadly, in the sense of anything creative (including creative writing and poetry), not just visual or fine arts. National Nonstop Journaling Month (NaNoJouMo) is the invention of artist/instructor/author, Dawn DeVries Sokol, at http://www.dawnsokol.com/dblogala . Dawn’s challenge focuses mostly on art journaling and she provides daily prompts (song titles or lyrics) that participants can use to create their journal pages.
Today I followed Dawn’s prompt which was “Royals” by Lorde. I took that and created this page:
I used a gelatin monoprint that I had previously made as the background and collaged it into the journal. The images on the page are also collaged and are loosely based on from select lyrics in the song. The handwritten words are from the chorus of the song. I finished up with some doodling on the tiger’s gown, on the lyrics, and on the ‘head’ of the queen bee.
This was a quick and easy art journal page. While there is no requirement to actually complete a piece of art each day (only to create) I did try to complete this page in one day. In the future, if I do larger or more complicated pieces, I will just show my progress for the day.
I’m glad I was creative today and hope you were too!