Micro Challenge 1
What is your WHY? Why do you art journal? Why is it important to you and why do you keep coming back to it even when life is full? Write your reason down.
Micro Challenge 3
Find an image lying on your desk or in your ephemera folder that represents who you are right now. It can be a photo, magazine clipping, digital ephemera, or even underpaper. Alter the image with dots and dashes (Lesson 3.2 in Messy Marks can help – it’s 05:20 minutes).
Micro Challenge 4
Use the last art supply you purchased.
Micro Challenge 5
Use the art supply you’ve had for the longest. If you need to scrape away dry paint or find a way to make it work, do that.
Micro Challenge 7
Swatch your favourite supplies.
Bonus: instead of leaving them as a swatch grid, turn them into something else.
Micro Challenge 8
Pull a Hemingway and stop in the middle of it. Create for 10 minutes and then stop, especially if you are rocking it and in flow.
Here is what Hemingway said about his daily routine:
When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there.
You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that.
When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.
Micro Challenge 10
Play with tone on tone. Create using tints and shades of just one colour. You may add neutrals, but no additional colours.
Micro Challenge 11
Write lyrics from your favourite song. Bonus points for listening to it while you create.
Micro Challenge 14
What is the greatest lesson you ever learned? How would you tell it to a friend?
Micro Challenge 19
Emulate the great maximalist, Iris Apfel, and turn this quote by her into art:
More is more and less is a bore
Use as many mediums as you can and as many techniques as you can fit onto one spread.
Micro Challenge 21
Create a page that is a celebration of YOU.
A reminder of your daily action steps for each micro challenge
- login to the site (you may want to bookmark this page for the month)
- refresh the page to see the latest challenge (each micro challenge will arrive at 10am Berlin – that’s afternoon in the east of this earth and early morning in the west)
- take 10 minutes to complete the challenge
- snap a quick pic and share it in the Season of Showing Up thread in the forums
Download the Season Sidekick
Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.