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October Prompt 2
The second prompt for this month is…
Find (something) in the ground by digging,
Discover (something hidden, lost, or kept secret)
by investigation or searching.
To make known or public,
bring to light.
What can we uncover in our creative practice in the following days?

I wanna touch the earth
I wanna break it in my hands
I wanna grow something wild and unruly
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  • Make some “dirt” to use. Add baking soda to acrylic paint--I tried it on my 100 Day project and this sketchbook page. Experiment with the amounts of baking soda/paint/water. It's a fun way to add some texture!
  • Start with a color palette inspired by unearth. Here is a simple & easy post about picking a color palette with a very cute example to help you get started.
  • Dig a little deeper on a material, style, art movement, or something you've been wanting to learn more about lately! Also consider looking back at your sketchbook pages and expanding on one you really connected with.
  • Potatoes, turnips, beets. Utilize these root vegetables by extracting color from them, try your hand at potato stamping (stamp directly onto your page or create collage paper with your stamps), or feature them in a drawing or collage.
  • Give this prompt a Halloween inspired twist! Graveyards, ghosts, forests, full moons. Here are some images and ideas if you decide to go in this direction (don't worry, I'm a big scardy cat there is nothing scary in that link!)
  • Researchers Unearth World’s Oldest Figurative Artwork in Indonesian Cave
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  • “We need to unearth the old stories that live in a place and begin to create new ones, for we are storymakers, not just storytellers.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer, Native American botanist, author, an American Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology; and the director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
  • is an interactive map that shows you what Indigenous land you live on. Read more about it here.
  • In ‘American Grown,’ Tiffanie Turner Roots Out Personal Memories and U.S. Exceptionalism
  • Bury. Take this prompt in the opposite direction. Create a sketchbook page that you rip out and bury as a time capsule--don't forget to set a reminder on your phone to dig it up several years from now! Bury your page in many different layers using your handwriting, pieces of paper, paint, ink crayons, etc.
  • Are there parts of you that have been buried that you'd like to bring forth? Are there parts that you are ready to let go and bury? Create a piece that represents this. While this topic is very personal, I feel like art is a safe space to explore this. You can choose to share it or not and limit what you do share. I also love that if you do choose to share (whether you add background information or not), it may help someone uncover or see a new part of themselves.

There were 2 other articles I came across that I thought were fun and wanted to share, they involve a cat and a smiley face :)
Also, Inktober is happening and you can jump in and participate anytime! Here is the prompt list and guidelines. If any of the upcoming prompts speak to you, I encourage you to try it out!
I am looking forward to seeing what gets unearthed as we consider the different paths this prompt can take us.
I hope you are enjoying your October! Talk to you soon,
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