Creative Every Day Theme for January 2016

December 19th, 2015, 2 Comments

At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. January's theme is Art For Healing.

As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2016 Creative Every Day Challenge anytime. More info can be found here and the sign-up page is here.

When time allows, I'll be posting about the theme to help keep you inspired. You can use the posts here for jumping off points or interpret the theme in your own creative way. If you need some suggestions, here are a few ideas to get you started. You could:

  • *Work out an area of your life that needs healing through your artwork.      
  • *Trace your body. Draw, paint, and write in any areas that need healing.        
  • *Treat yourself to something that's healing to you: a bath, a massage, a nap.             
  • *Write in a stream of consciousness style about anything that's troubling you.    
  • *Are there particular colors, scents, or sounds that are healing to you? Surround yourself with them this month.           

How to use the CED themes:

If you're feeling creatively stuck or blocked at any point during the month, use the theme as a source of inspiration to get you moving. Feel free to focus on the theme in your creative activities for the entire month or as much as you'd like.

Using the theme is entirely optional for CED participants. Use it if it inspires you, ignore it if it doesn't. I'll be sharing posts throughout the month around the theme (among other things) to get you thinking about how to incorporate it into your life. I'd love to hear how you use the theme in your creative world.

And have fun with it!

p.s. Thank you to es.nobuntu for the theme idea! 

p.p.s. The art above is adapted from my painting Ghost Ship available here.

Creative Every Day Check-In: December 14 – 20

December 14th, 2015, No Comments

This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. 

Join in the ChallengeYou can sign-up for the 2016 Challenge here!

Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 12/14/15 - 12/20/15. 

The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link to a blog post (or posts) or flickr image during the week listed. Or if you have a bunch of posts and don't want to link to all of them, you can link to your main blog page once. Do it in a way that makes sense and is fun for you! If you're unsure about how to use the widget, check out the "How to use the Mr. Linky widget" section on the Creative Every Day Challenge page. (If you're reading this in a RSS reader or email subscription, you will not see the "Mr. Linky widget", so click on over to the blog to use it.) If the Mr. Linky widget is missing from this blog post, it's probably a problem with their server and it will come back as soon as it's fixed. You can always leave your link in the comments. There is sometimes a slight delay in your link/image showing up in the Mr. Linky widget, so if you don't see it immediately, check back in a little bit.

You can also take advantage of the great CED flickr group to post your images and see what others are up to. If you're on Twitter or Instagram you can use the hashtag #CED2015! Find us on Facebook here.

Theme: December's totally optional theme is Cherish

Happy Creating!


Creative Every Day Check-In: December 7 – 13

December 7th, 2015, No Comments

This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. 

Join in the ChallengeYou can sign-up for the 2016 Challenge here!

Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 12/7/15 - 12/13/15. 

The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link to a blog post (or posts) or flickr image during the week listed. Or if you have a bunch of posts and don't want to link to all of them, you can link to your main blog page once. Do it in a way that makes sense and is fun for you! If you're unsure about how to use the widget, check out the "How to use the Mr. Linky widget" section on the Creative Every Day Challenge page. (If you're reading this in a RSS reader or email subscription, you will not see the "Mr. Linky widget", so click on over to the blog to use it.) If the Mr. Linky widget is missing from this blog post, it's probably a problem with their server and it will come back as soon as it's fixed. You can always leave your link in the comments. There is sometimes a slight delay in your link/image showing up in the Mr. Linky widget, so if you don't see it immediately, check back in a little bit.

You can also take advantage of the great CED flickr group to post your images and see what others are up to. If you're on Twitter or Instagram you can use the hashtag #CED2015! Find us on Facebook here.

Theme: December's totally optional theme is Cherish

Happy Creating!


Theme ideas for 2016

December 4th, 2015, 11 Comments

Help me brainstorm monthly theme ideas for 2016! Every month I offer up a totally optional theme for people to use as inspiration if they choose. You can see themes I've used from 2009 through now here.

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2016 Creative Every Day Challenge Sign Up

December 1st, 2015, 71 Comments

Welcome to the 2016 Creative Every Day Challenge's participant and sign-up post. If you're new to the challenge, please read more about the challenge and how to get involved on the information page, here.

How to sign up:

If you have a blog or Flickr page or other place online where you share your work: Use the sign-up below (just once!) to make your commitment to the Creative Every Day Challenge. You'll put your name or blog name in the "Your name" box and the url of your blog or Flickr page in the "Your url" box. (For example: If I were signing up, I'd put "Creative Every Day" in the "Your name" box and "http://www.CreativeEveryDay.com" in the "Your url" box, then I'd click the "Enter" button. 

Please do not put a store or etsy shop in the url box. For this challenge I only want to link to places where participants are going to be sharing the work they create during the year. I will be checking the list regularly and will remove any duplicate links or links that do not go to pages where you're sharing your latest creations.

If you do not have a blog, Flickr page, or other place online to share your work that's ok! You can still join in! Simply leave a comment on this post stating your commitment to the challenge. That's it! 

If you're on Facebook, I've created a Facebook group for this challenge there too. Feel free to share your work there as well! 

Once you've signed up, be sure to grab a badge to put on your blog (there's more info about how to post it on your blog here) and read about the different ways to participate here. You can subscribe to my blog in the right hand sidebar to receive the weekly check in posts and monthly optional themes as a reminder to come here and check in. Thanks for joining in!

Creative Every Day Check-In: December 1 – 6

December 1st, 2015, One Comment

This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities. 

Join in the ChallengeYou can sign-up for the 2016 Challenge here!

Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 12/1/15 - 12/6/15. 

The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link to a blog post (or posts) or flickr image during the week listed. Or if you have a bunch of posts and don't want to link to all of them, you can link to your main blog page once. Do it in a way that makes sense and is fun for you! If you're unsure about how to use the widget, check out the "How to use the Mr. Linky widget" section on the Creative Every Day Challenge page. (If you're reading this in a RSS reader or email subscription, you will not see the "Mr. Linky widget", so click on over to the blog to use it.) If the Mr. Linky widget is missing from this blog post, it's probably a problem with their server and it will come back as soon as it's fixed. You can always leave your link in the comments. There is sometimes a slight delay in your link/image showing up in the Mr. Linky widget, so if you don't see it immediately, check back in a little bit.

You can also take advantage of the great CED flickr group to post your images and see what others are up to. If you're on Twitter or Instagram you can use the hashtag #CED2015! Find us on Facebook here.

Theme: December's totally optional theme is Cherish

Happy Creating!


December 2015 Theme: Cherish

November 30th, 2015, No Comments

At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. December's theme is Cherish.

As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2015 Creative Every Day Challenge anytime. More info can be found here and the sign-up page is here.

When time allows, I'll be posting about the theme to help keep you inspired. You can use the posts here for jumping off points or interpret the theme in your own creative way. If you need some suggestions, here are a few ideas to get you started. You could:

  • *Think about the things you cherish and create art about them.      
  • *What are your most cherished art supplies? Put them to use this month.        
  • *Write freely about a cherished object.             
  • *Decorate your home with cherished things.    
  • *Spend creative time with those you cherish.           

How to use the CED themes:

If you're feeling creatively stuck or blocked at any point during the month, use the theme as a source of inspiration to get you moving. Feel free to focus on the theme in your creative activities for the entire month or as much as you'd like.

Using the theme is entirely optional for CED participants. Use it if it inspires you, ignore it if it doesn't. I'll be sharing posts throughout the month around the theme (among other things) to get you thinking about how to incorporate it into your life. I'd love to hear how you use the theme in your creative world.

And have fun with it!

p.s. The art above is adapted from my painting Mother Daughter Flowers. The original has sold, but prints are available. They'll be in my shop soon, but pop me an email if you want one sooner. 

29, 30, and Thank You!

November 30th, 2015, 2 Comments

Day 29: Weight of the World

Day 30: Mother, Daughter, Son

A huge thank you to everyone for your support and accountabiity this month. And a big thank you to all the participants. Whether you created one day or all 30, you brought more creativity into the world and that is a beautiful thing!!

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Art Every Day Month Day 30

November 30th, 2015, 3 Comments

aedmlogored

Welcome to day 30 of Art Every Day Month! Congratulations!!! Whether you created for a few days or all 30, you added more creativity into your life and that's something to celebrate. Well done!

I often post my art at the end of the day or sometimes post a few at once, but every morning there will be a check-in post like this one, where you can share your work whenever you're ready to do so.

The box below is a widget that I provide each day as an optional place to share a direct link (blog post or flickr image) to that day's creation. If you don't have something to share today, don't worry about it! Share when you can. In the meantime, be sure to check out what other participants are creating! Check out the links from today's post and the links on the participant post for instant inspiration. You can also see lots of great work in the AEDM flickr group. Feel free to share your work there too!

If you use the widget, please link to a specific blog post or image, not your main blog page or website (or you can link to a specific image if you're linking to a flickr page.) For example, in a past AEDM, for day one I linked to my first post: http://creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/2010/11/the-owl-and-the-pussycat.html instead of my main blog page: http://www.creativeeveryday.com. This makes it easier for people to find your work from that day.  If you want to share, but don't have a specific page to link to, feel free to use the comments section of this post to talk about what you're working on. If you're posting less than once a day, no problem! Simply use the latest one of these posts to share a link to your creation. For some, it's too much to keep up with posting every day, but don't let that get you down. Do it if you can and if you can't, just keep on creating, that's the most important part. If you get off track and miss a few days of creating, don't let that freeze you up either. Just pick up where you left off and keep moving forward. One foot in front of the other. You are making your life a more creative one with each step.

How to participate in Art Every Day Month: Check out the AEDM info page for all the details, instructions on how to get involved, and then visit the participant sign up page before you use the link widget to share your creations. The Information page also has instructions about how to use the widget below, if you're having any trouble with it.

Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: You can use the same #aedm2015 hashtag if you're playing along on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. A Facebook group has been created as yet another place to share. 

Creative Every Day Challenge participants: If you're not doing Art Every Day Month, you can still use any of the daily Art Every Day Month check-in posts to leave your weekly link.

 

Art Every Day Month Day 29

November 29th, 2015, No Comments

aedmlogored

Welcome to day 29 of Art Every Day Month

I often post my art at the end of the day or sometimes post a few at once, but every morning there will be a check-in post like this one, where you can share your work whenever you're ready to do so.

The box below is a widget that I provide each day as an optional place to share a direct link (blog post or flickr image) to that day's creation. If you don't have something to share today, don't worry about it! Share when you can. In the meantime, be sure to check out what other participants are creating! Check out the links from today's post and the links on the participant post for instant inspiration. You can also see lots of great work in the AEDM flickr group. Feel free to share your work there too!

If you use the widget, please link to a specific blog post or image, not your main blog page or website (or you can link to a specific image if you're linking to a flickr page.) For example, in a past AEDM, for day one I linked to my first post: http://creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/2010/11/the-owl-and-the-pussycat.html instead of my main blog page: http://www.creativeeveryday.com. This makes it easier for people to find your work from that day.  If you want to share, but don't have a specific page to link to, feel free to use the comments section of this post to talk about what you're working on. If you're posting less than once a day, no problem! Simply use the latest one of these posts to share a link to your creation. For some, it's too much to keep up with posting every day, but don't let that get you down. Do it if you can and if you can't, just keep on creating, that's the most important part. If you get off track and miss a few days of creating, don't let that freeze you up either. Just pick up where you left off and keep moving forward. One foot in front of the other. You are making your life a more creative one with each step.

How to participate in Art Every Day Month: Check out the AEDM info page for all the details, instructions on how to get involved, and then visit the participant sign up page before you use the link widget to share your creations. The Information page also has instructions about how to use the widget below, if you're having any trouble with it.

Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: You can use the same #aedm2015 hashtag if you're playing along on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. A Facebook group has been created as yet another place to share. 

Creative Every Day Challenge participants: If you're not doing Art Every Day Month, you can still use any of the daily Art Every Day Month check-in posts to leave your weekly link.