Wonder31 Prompts!

Wonder31 is a series of creative prompts. Work these in a time frame that fits with your personal art-making goals. There are enough so that you can use them in any month, but I hope you'll get started right away - in February!  As the month progresses, I'll be sharing tips for loosening up your creative work, for nurturing a sense of play, and I'll be your cheerleader too. Join the fun?

Work on any paper substrate - index card, journal, watercolor paper, altered book, composition journal, etc. I encourage you to take advantage of this time to refine or improve some aspect of your work. You might want to select a medium {i.e. work only in ink & watercolor}, a technique {i.e. refine your cross-hatching skills}, experiment with mixed media {mixing it up} or focus on the art of play, on loosening up, on working faster or slower, whatever works for you. You can share your work in the Daisy Yellow FB group.

Visualize these prompts as proactive jump-starts. 

Sometimes this infinite choice is the root of the problem, the reason for analysis paralysis and fear of the blank page. Prompts are a shortcut around those roadblocks. What is the right place to start? This might be daunting. The truth is that there is no right way to start your creative work. You can start, or you can stare at the blankness. I like to remind myself that the faster I get immersed in ideas and mark-making, the more time I have to play.

Take the word or phrase, mull it over in your mind, make connections, take leaps, interpret freely, find the mood and the way that you'd like to start.... and start. Don't get wrapped up in where it will wind up. If your work ultimately makes sense of the prompt, cool. If not, I'm happy that it sparked some creative time. Let it go wherever it goes. When you post at FB or at instagram {details below}, I invite you to tell the story of the work itself - your thought process - where it started and where it wound up. Were there any tangents? Roadblocks? 

 I'll be posting my own interpretation of many of the prompts in the month ahead, although I don't promise to do every one! I'm finishing up development of the Groovy Grunge Workshop and starting the preparation process for the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge too!

A few notes to clarify your questions.

☞ You are welcome to interpret these prompts in any medium on paper, in a journal or on an index card. Collage, sketch, draw, make patterns, sew paper, write poetry, colored pencils, watercolor, paint w/ gouache, acrylics etc. You do not have to consider this a series - so for example you might do #1 & #2 in colored pencil and then switch to acrylics for #3 and haiku poetry....

☞ You can work these in February, one-a-day {obviously there are a few extras in case some don't resonate} or work February-March or Feb-April. Or maybe set a goal of "finish before ICAD starts" which would be a good goal as well! I know you are all taking workshops and living life and dealing with all of the important stuff of the world, my role is to SPARK creative work. That's what I do! I'd love to see you have fun with these - don't stress out if you skip a day because this is NOT that kind of high-pressure challenge. I trust that you will get into a flow of creative work and pursue these in a way that works for you.

☞ If you participate on instagram {which I strongly recommend because it's fun}, use any of the following hashtags and hopefully we can find each other: #daisyyellowart#daisyyellowprompts #dywonder31 If you work on index cards, throw in hashtag #dyicad2017. Index-Card-a-Day or ICAD for 2017 is going to be primarily on instagram, so we can get into the groove this way.

Find ideas & inspiration in the other series called Muse30 and Prompt60 in the handy dandy Prompts & Tutorials section.

PS. Mark your calendars and bullet-planners and fauxdori planners my friends --> only 143 days until we find ourselves right smack at the beginning of the 7th annual Index Card a Day Challenge.