Autumn can be tough, the long nights and for me a raft of difficult anniversaries triggering a lot of emotions. In November I play along with PAD Challenge, poem a day. This year to help me through October I’m going to give INKtober a go.
What is INKtober, its a 31 day challenge to make art everyday. I will post some video links in the coming days with more information about this.
For my INKtober 2018
I’m going to be using the following supplies
- Dip Pens and ink
- Brush Pens
I’m thinking, keep it simple. Its a tricky month for me so this is mostly about seeing how I get on with the supplies above rather than taxing my imagination and skills too much.
- General doodling
I think I’m going to go away from the official list and have this as a self care practice, nurtuing, inspiring that kind of thing. Lets just say Jayne Hardy new book 365 Days of Self Care Jounal I just got, has lots of inspiring words in. Right now that may well be an alternative starting point.
Keep reading for where you can get that book.
- Jake Parker is the artist who came up with the INKtober concept. Here is the official Inktober website. Inktober official website
So heads up I just contacted Jayne Hardy and she was fine for the words in her book 365 Days of Self Care Journal to be used this way. Thanks Jayne. So if you want nurturing, kind gentle words for your inktober prompts and are looking for a mindfulness kind of diversion with your INKtober.
365 Days of Self-Care Journal by Jayne Hardy
Here is a link to find Jayne Hardy’s new book and Jayne on Twitter.
Who needs a hug right now?
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Blurt Buddy box for September 2018. Includes Jayne Hardy’s new book; 365 Days of Self-Care.
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We can do this, we can take time for ourselves and our art supplies. Come and gather your fave ink related products n put them on your desk. Pretty aren’t they, tempting aren’t they? Lets find some paper and make some art. Ned permission?
I give you permission to take a journal and in it write this prompt from Suzi Blu
‘In this journal, I give myself permission to make the worst art imaginable’.
That quote can make all the difference. You can share you pics online if that feels good, or NOT if it doesn’t. Its about doing something that makes your heart skip a beat for good reasons. Take supplies scribble, and colour in the gaps, if just having the supplies out on your desk made you smile then YEY, that’s totally awesome.
Can’t face actual drawing? Its ok, how about using a colouring book and dedicating a bit of time each day to use that instead. I know its not ‘quite’ what they had in mind but hey, KISS principle here. Keeping It Simple Simon or Simone 😉
Namaste one and all.