CreativeSprint is a 30-day challenge group created by Noah Scalin and moderated on Facebook by his sister, Mica Scalin! Every day from October 1-30, we receive a daily prompt. Ideally, you sign up and receive an email. For some reason, I do not get the emails so I pick up the prompt from the Facebook group. Sometimes I don’t get the whole prompt but I try to make something any way. The idea is not to make a perfect, finished piece of art but to do something inspired by the prompt, even if it’s wrong. I use “wrong” loosely. After responding to the challenge, we then document and share what we did on Facebook and/or other social media with the #CreativeSprint tag. You’ll see below I have missed a couple of days, either because nothing came to mind or I was just too busy. If you want to sign up and play, go to the following link. I am usually a day behind because no one posts before 9-10:00a. I’m usually up at 3:30a and really busy by then. Here’s my responses for the first 15 days (more or less). (and it is “.co”)
Day 1. Make something that will fit in the palm of your hand. I used scraps from my work table to make Migration and then some other scraps to make Bump on a Log.
Day 2. Make something inspired by your name. I like to cartoon, so you’ll often see that as my medium because that’s how I see images. What can I say – I’m easily amused.
Day 3. Make something inspired by a nursery rhyme or children’s song. I thought of a jump rope rhyme, “Call for the doctor, call for the nurse, call for the lady with the …”
Day 4. Make something inspired by today’s weather. This was a whacky phrase my father-in-law often used.
Day 5. Camouflage something. Remember this hippo I was working on? It’s not that easy to hide a hippo. Last year, I also camouflaged myself.
Day 6. Deliver a message in a unique way.
Day 7. Make something that represents the town that you call home. I posted several photos representative of where I live now.
Day 8. Find a new use for something you would normally discard. I deconstructed a quilt I hated, added some other scraps – some trapunto bunnies, some free-motion practice pieces – and made an Ugly Snuggly (cage mat for local animal shelter).
Day 9. Share a secret or make something inspired by a secret. My secret is that I often wear a tiara when working in my studio.
Day 10. Start something; have someone else finish it. Have not done this yet.
Day 11. Make something intentionally messy. I don’t need to do this–it just happens as I work. I do this constant dance in my studio–I move everything off my quilting table so I can move my quilt around as I free-motion quilt. Then I move everything off of the cutting table so I can cut fabric or square up a quilt. Repeat.
Day 12. Make something in a box. I made an advertisement for my blog and put it in the box with Fortune Kitty.
Day 13. Recreate a famous painting–Scheidung Abends (Divorce in the Evening) by Paul Klee. Artist-dyed fabrics with paper arrows.
Day 14. Two things that aren’t typically found together. This is a video. My idea was that I should not be paired up with a camera.
Day 15. Make something inspired by an important teacher in your life. This I also have not finished.
To be continued, sometime around Halloween. Be afraid, be very afraid. Until then, here’s Jack in the Box. Try using some of these prompts yourself! It is amazing what people in this group come up with every day. Some in our group also involve their kids and/or other family members.
For the month of October, I have chosen to participate in a CreativeSprint by Noah and Mica Scalin. They give us a daily prompt, we throw something arty together. The idea is to forget about perfection and making a masterpiece and just be creative. Play with your food, with your leftovers; if you’re outside, play with the river, sticks and stones and leaves. Do something without judging. If you want to play, head on over and sign up. Then you can see what others do on the facebook page, their blogs or social media. I started one of these sprints a couple years ago and didn’t follow through. I’m following through this time because I need the censor who tells me that I’m not a artist and all those other degrading message to shut up. There is no contest here, just fun. And who knows, something cool may happen along the way.
Day 1: Make something that fits in the palm of your hand using materials readily available to you. Since I’m quilting, I had a little scrap of a quilt sandwich and the corners I cut off my Ugly Snugglies.
The corners reminded me of birds so I sewed them in a vee-formation to make “Migration,” a tiny art quilt.
Then I rolled up another scrap and sewed on a bump for “Bump on a Log.”
Can’t wait to see what the prompt is for Day 2. I’ll let you know!