- Each artist will start with a blank sheet of water color paper. Your job is to start the process by drawing, painting, inking, stamping, or some other such 2-D element of transforming it from a blank sheet.
- Then, we will exchange the papers at our monthly Guild meetings. We will take the next paper given to us and do some 2-D art transformation to it. We will kindly attempt to stick to the theme that the owner or that the paper appears to evolve toward.
- When the year is complete or total number of artists in the project have all improved upon every sheet involved, we will get our original sheets back.
The beauty of any challenge, just like Project Runway, is that we restrict ourselves in one or more areas to encourage our creative muse. Our restrictions are:
- Limited to 30 days to complete each paper improvement
- Can only use the art supplies we currently have in our stash. NO. Buying. New. Stuff!
- We must work in 2-dimension, limit 3-D. We are not building the Eiffel Tower of Paper.
PAST CHALLENGE EXPERIENCE
A little more than 5 years ago, I participated in a similar challenge focused around a Take Out Box container. At that time, I chose the theme for my box to be, "The Olive Branch of Peace." I emphatically proclaimed that I did not want any of those gaudy peace symbols. Mine was a theme of Grecian Olive Branches.
But, my severity encouraged the clown muse in the other artists. They made peace signs and had to fight against their the nature of their clown as they embellished my box otherwise risk my displeasure. And who would want to encourage unhappiness and displeasure while working on a "Peace" themed box? Oh, how I offered them such contrast and opportunity to be silly, but I couldn't get beyond it. In then end, I realized that if I had not been so emphatic that the theme must be followed, I may have received an entirely different box.
USING WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM ART CHALLENGES
So, this time, I did not plan. I did not think. I did not even start until the day before the first exchange. I opened one of my drawers of art supplies and pulled out the box that broke free the easiest. A box of Oil Pastels. I opened the box, pulled out the first color that sparked my interest, sky blue, and began to wave wands of blue diagonally across the paper all willy-nilly. I let the pastel move where it wanted. Then, I added in color as each of the other pastels called out their turns. It was really quite fun. I feel as though I've cheated, because it only took me 10 min including the prep time. But, it feels better. Plus, I keep sensing a whisper, "I'm done. No more. That's plenty." from the paper itself.
I quite like the results. I see clouds and a long grassy knoll. I see brilliant color and smooth fluid pastel medium. There's plenty of white space to work with. I am open to what the other artists will create. I am allowing their muse and my paper to converse and encourage each artist my paper meets.