Before we get to today's challenge, here's a reminder of our upcoming events & workshops! We've had an incredible time getting creative together and celebrating The January Challenge community during events throughout the month…
and there's still more to come:
⭐️ Day 26 - Online Creative Conversation with the Men's Table
⭐️ Day 27 - A creative workshop in St. Leonardswith Karen Arthur
⭐️ Day 30 - Online writing and meditation workshop with Liv Little and Suhaiyla Hippolyte.
⭐️ Day 31 - The January Challenge 10th Anniversary Celebration
All of them are completely free and open for you to join, if you'd like to. All online events will be BSL interpreted, and Zoom workshops will be live captioned.
"Hi I’m Sean, an ex-prisoner, who now runs an art room at Making It Out. We are a charity that shares 64 Million Artists' belief of the benefits of being creative. This begins with the individual, but can be further reaching. By taking part in my challenge hopefully people can find some joy in being playful and not trying to achieve something ‘perfect’.”
Pictured below is Sean in action, leading a ‘playing with paint’ workshop with 64 Million Artists collaborators Chrissie Okorie and Michaela Tranfield!
"This is a short exercise to help you have some fun with colour. It might even get you over the 'I can't paint' hurdle. It has a connection to the splodge and press together technique that I remember doing as a small child, probably the only art I remember until I became an artist in my thirties.”
You'll need some card or paper - I use a bit of cardboard box - and something fluid that leaves a mark (you can be creative with what you use as your 'paint'.) You could also have a go using digital tools.
You'll also need something to spread the paint, like a palette knife, stiff card, a ruler or your fingers!"
Play with your ‘paint’ to create an image. You could take inspiration from Sean and model your image on a landscape, or simply explore the colours and textures of your paint.
“A very general idea of a loose composition is useful, I went for a landscape. Start applying the paint thickly without worrying about any fine details. I find it easier to work from top to bottom. Next is manipulating the paint - the torn edge of scrap paper is useful to press and drag on the paint. Make more marks if it needs finessing.
I also use this when I have paint left over and I am always saving scraps of paper or card. Sometimes I use what I have created for a greetings card.
The activity is about having fun and moving colour about. The artists I mentor began with this technique and are now off in all sorts of creative directions.
Byddi angen cardbord neu bapur (dw i'n defnyddio darn o focs cardbord), paent sy'n hylif (acrylig, paent addurno, neu mae posib bod yn greadigol efo'r diffiniad o 'baent' – unrhyw beth wneith farc.) Byddi hefyd angen rhywbeth i daenu'r paent – cyllell balet, cerdyn cadarn, pren mesur neu dy fysedd!
Mae syniad bras iawn o ddarlun 'rhydd' yn ddefnyddiol - dewisais innau greu tirlun. Dechreua drwy daenu'r paent yn drwchus heb boeni am y manylion. Dw i'n ei chael yn haws gweithio o'r top i'r gwaelod. Wedyn mae angen gweithio'r paent - mae rhimyn garw darn o bapur sgrap yn ddefnyddiol i bwyso ar y paent a'i lusgo. Gwna fwy o farciau os oes angen mireinio.
There is no pressure to complete the challenge everyday of the month, if simply reading the prompt brings new thoughts each day, or you create a physical response 31 days of the month, we encourage you to take part in a way that works best for you!