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I tried a daily drawing challenge through Creativebug!

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 11:42am by Lucy S


A little over a month ago, I started Lisa Congdon’s Inktober Daily Challenge through AADL’s online service, Creativebug. I chose this series because each of the daily videos is short (under 6 minutes), I like the artist’s style, and I didn’t need to get too many new supplies. I had paint brushes, and micron pens so I only needed to procure a few bottles of India Ink and the correct paper, 5” x 7” Shizen watercolor paper. I try to be creative daily, but mostly by dabbling in fiber arts. Here’s what happened when I put pen to paper.

What I loved: 

  • Working with India Ink! This new experience surprised me with its varied finishes, based on dilution. Some days required painting with more water than ink, and some drawings were done with very opaque, undiluted colors.
  • Monochrome! In the middle of the 31 days, there is a series of flowers mostly done in grayscale and then finished with a black micron pen and white paint pen. Lisa does a great job teaching you how to create real depth with different tones of gray and black. flowers
  • Fine line work with a micron pen! This is something I used to do a long time ago and appreciated the reminder of how meditative and soothing it is.



What I was challenged by:

  • My creativity, or lack thereof. I had to push myself to let go and not follow the instructions exactly. I found when I did, I was much happier with the finished product.
  • Carving out the time. Even though the videos were short, I had to account for drying time (waiting for ink to dry before applying pen or more ink), and I also had to add time to get out and put away the supplies each time as I don’t have a devoted craft space. Once I did commit to doing this daily, I enjoyed the discipline.

Would I do it again? Absolutely. Once I narrow down what I want to do. There is so much offered on Creativebug. You should give it a try!


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