Saturday, January 28, 2012

Saturday Link List - Challenges

Challenges are a favorite activity for me.  It keeps my creative juices flowing.  If you're an artist of any kind, I highly suggest you join a blog or team to be able to participate in challenges.  



Many challenges you can follow on your own.  Even though the Etsy BBArtisans team has a monthly challenge, I tell visitors to the site to join in and challenge themselves, even if they're not a member.  One of the team requirements is to complete 6 out of the 12 challenges throughout the year.  Our first challenge this year was to try a new art technique.  Here is a post with a link that lists all the participants.


The Sketchbook Challenge blog was introduced by a group of artists in January 2011.  It's a take off of the Brooklyn Art Museum's Sketchbook Project that I participated in two years ago.  The thing I didn't like about the Sketchbook Project was that I had to give up my first sketchbook, though it's now part of the Brooklyn Art Museum.  With the Sketchbook Challenge blog, you always get to keep your artwork.  You can listen to Sue Bleiweiss talk about the blog in this short podcast:




 
There's a lot of literary challenges for those of you who like to write.  I know of one challenge, hosted by Inkygirl.  
The goal for her 1000 Words a Day Challenge is to inspire writers to write.  Her site, which is "an illustrated guide for those who write and draw for young people" also has a 500 and 250 Words a Day Challenge.  If you enjoy writing, for no matter what age group, this challenge might be for you.   


Want a more active challenge?  You can participate in the President's Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) challenge.  You may remember being involved in an activity like this as a child, but this challenge is also available for adults.  It  involves both physical activity for 6 out of 8 weeks, and discusses eight ways to eating healthy.  You can create an individual account or start a group account with co-workers, community members or your family and friends.      

7 comments:

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I loved participating in our BBA Challenge! I might just have to try more :)

Erika said...

I liked the BBA challenge and just looked at the one for February! I do look at the Sketchbook Challenge though I never share what I do. Maybe I will one day.

BeadedTail said...

I could use a Sketchbook challenge! I still need to work on my BBA challenge but time isn't standing still for me to fit it in.

AsteropeBC said...

Thanks for sharing these challenges.

Rose said...

Awesome link list! It's great that you encourage people to try out the BBA challenges even if they aren't part of our team.

The writing challenge is great! That would be awesome way to stay motivated with something like HubPages or with a novel.

Splendid Little Stars said...

a wonderful list of links! The BBA challenge encouraged me to go ahead and finish a new project I'd wanted to try.

Judy Nolan said...

I think Challenges are a great way to invigorate yourself creatively, and to stretch yourself. I have joined in the Sketchbook Challenge a couple of times...and will admit I could not keep up. However, I've decided to give myself permission to "dip" into this Challenge and that one, as time allows.

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