Inktober, Looking Forward and Back
Whew. Wow! Can we truly be into October already?! I feel like the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge just ended a second ago ⏰ and summer heat was enveloping us -- how does this happen? OK. So back to reality. Historically, in my world, October is a month where PROGRESS is possible! And that's surprising because in our OUR HOUSE we have almost back-to-back family birthdays plus 🎃 Halloween plus annual school events and of course other holidays on the horizon.
But October has been a very creatively productive month the past several years because of Inktober. It has given me a lighthearted focus on INK. On completing tiny projects. It reminds me of ICAD, because it's really like ICAD but with INK and with ANY type of paper.
I'm gearing up. The paper is cut and ready for ink. I'll share my Inktober escapades at Instagram and do progress posts here as the weeks progress.
I like to build a stack of cards that grows incrementally taller each day and ultimately falls over into a pool of color. However you want to slice and dice or visualize this particular challenge, definitely frame it so that it's possible!
For example, I might limit myself to a particular type of ink or paper, and also play with the interaction between particular inks + papers + paints.
I've explored a ton of ideas - and you can too!
At the beginning of the month, I like to set a goal for myself - to set the boundaries, the constraints, the heart and soul of my own personal challenge. Because ultimately that is what a challenge is - it is your approach, your work, your art, your go at things.
Here's a typical day of Inktober from my tiny 3x5" [index-card-sized 🦋] Moleskine watercolor journal from October 2015 -- in ink. It counts. Draw whatever you want. I drew designs and played with lettering in ink using brush pens and markers in a 3x5" and 5x8" watercolor moleskine journal.
This was a crazy, chaotic, abstract exploration of india inks! The cards are cut from watercolor paper and the marks are a bit of everything under the sun! Splotches + splashes + drips + dots + meandering words + lyrics to songs like Thunder Road. When I look through them, they are unique and have different melodies or moods. See ALL of the 2016 cards here. I went a little bonkers and made 40...
Yup! I'm playing along again, this year with Dr. Ph. Martin's inks and J. Herbin inks, making six 3x3" cards per day for 31 days. That's madness!
My message to you, about daily art.
To squeeze in more ©ґℯα☂√℮ ẘⓄ℞K I suggest you increase ⬆️ the odds ⚖🏋🏼♀️⬆️ in your favor!
The stated goal for Inktober is to draw something every day in October... with ink. This is a challenge started by Jake Parker and you can get the scoop at his blog!