Thursday, December 6, 2012

AlphabeThursday - C is for Challenge

BBArtisans Team Challenge - New Techniques
The word challenge, before a few years ago, had a negative connotation to me.  If you were challenged, someone didn't like what you were doing or saying.  But now when I think of challenges, they are always in tandem with another descriptive word: art.

Art Challenges are used for experimenting or testing techniques, which I think is a neat way of growing and learning.  They are usually set to a specific timetable and might include only one medium, like photography or poetry, or be open to all forms of art.

The Etsy BBArtisans team has a monthly Challenge.  I love the opportunity of experiment every month.  This past September, we were challenged to use a new medium or technique.  I had this simple accordion book (above) on the "back burning" for a long time.  And the challenge was a perfect time for me to sit down and try it out for myself.  

September Sketchbook Challenge - patterns
I enjoy participating in multiple challenges as much as possible.  The artists over at the  Sketchbook Challenge are more advanced in mixed media than myself, but I had an idea for their September (again) Challenge.     

I've learned a lot of different art journaling techniques at the Art Journaling Ning's challenges.  They haven't been active since the hurricane hit, but I'm hoping they will start up again soon.  Here are two:

July Art Journaling Challenge - Control
The material/technique challenge was to mix acrylic paint and white glue.  It was messy and a lot of fun.

Art Journaling Ning Challenge - new impressionism
This challenge's technique was to mix impressionism with pointillism (short strokes) using pastel colors.  Well, I've never done any of this before.  And I was scared to death to try.  But, when all was done, it DID look Impressionistic.  I surprised myself!

Don't forget to challenge yourself, like joining the AlphabeThursday class!  Here's a link to Ms. Jenny's blog, ...off on my tangent... where you'll find other posts for the Letter C.


10 comments:

Erin said...

It's great to challenge ourselves creatively isn't it?! I love how you got stuck in and met each challenge with joy and enthusiasm - it's inspiring!

Heather said...

Great job on your challenges!

Carol L McKenna said...

Wonderful creations and great post for 'C' ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^ aka 'artmusedog' ^_^

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I love your folding book with its sweet houses! And your Impressionist painting is wonderful! There must be a little Monet in you!!

Nancy said...

I love how participating in things like this really spikes our imagination and creativity as artists!

Rose said...

Great subject for C! Challenge has taken on a whole new meaning for me, too, since I joined Etsy. I never thought that I would enjoy participating in art challenges so much.

Melinda Cornish said...

I love challenges...Especially art wise. I have grown a lot when I make or sew things that wouldnt be something that I normally do. It really gets you thinking and doing. I found you thru Alphabe Thursday...Dontbe shy come on over and visit...Melinda

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I've loved seeing your creative takes on all the challenges this year! You really know how to think outside the box and get creative :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

I love seeing your Challenges!
Your accordion book is wonderful!

Jenny said...

Thank you for sharing your Creativity with us for the letter C...

Very Cool post!

A+

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