Back in May, Katy McCullough from Greens and Blues Co. reached out to me to join a creative challenge this summer: Bring Your Own Creativity (BYOC). And as of writing this, the others joining the challenge are:
· Jenn from The Spare Room Project
· Julie from In Tandem
· Allie from Allie Explores
· Gabrielle from A Life of Gab
I jumped on the challenge right away. One of my favorite things about creativity is how different it is for all of us, and Katy’s challenge wanted to highlight just that:
“Summertime is the time for parties. What better way to party than to have a BYO...However, this party is a Bring Your Own Creativity. Take the prompt and complete it in whatever way your creativity speaks to you and makes sense.”
Prompt: Create something that represents summer (if you are not currently in the middle of summer, be inspired by whatever season you are currently experiencing).
It is definitely summer where I live (Palm Springs, CA), but I was able to visit my grandparents in Colorado this month. When I think of summer, I think HOT (it was 125 F on Monday!), and my grandpa loves the desert…so I decided I’d paint him a picture of the desert and use it as my BYOC project.
I started with this stain glass window from the student I center I work at during the school year. My first attempt was a bit rough, but I was focused on getting the image on paper. The second attempt was almost the winner. I had it already framed and ready to go, when at the last minute, I decided I didn’t care for how heavy my hand had been.
So two days before we left for Denver, I put on Tarzan (because who doesn’t love to paint while watching Disney, right?) and ended up with this panting as my final project:
I used watercolors for everything except the pink flowers on the smaller cactus. For the flowers, I started with Tim Holtz distressed marker in Picked Raspberry, the brush side. Then I mixed a bit of red watercolor and blended it. The watercolors I used came from this set by Kuretake and I used a mix of different shape brushes from this set I found at Joann’s.
How to Join the Challenge
2. Spend as much time that month brainstorming and exploring using any creative outlet to express the prompt (remember, this is a creative challenge, so run with the prompt anyway you want).
3. And by the end of the month, share your BYOC project on your website or social media. If you use Twitter or Instagram, remember to include the hashtags #BYOC or #BYOCreativity, so everyone in the challenge can see!
Just because June’s almost over, doesn’t mean you can’t join the challenge. And if you missed June’s prompt, join us for July and August. Stretch those creative muscles and push yourself to fit in creative moments this summer.
Will you be joining us?