Over the summer, through the months of June and July specifically, I participated in a online community art project called Index Card a Day. The idea was to spend some time every day creating something – even something as small as an index card sized piece of art.
We were to post our work daily in a Facebook Group that had over 2, 000 members uploading amazing creations. At first I was terrified, because there was SO much good work there – AMAZING work. I felt sort of silly just posting my little collages, but as is with kind people in a community, I received a lot of support, encouragement and feedback on my posts. From complete strangers. Just nice people who love to create and wish to encourage others to do the same.
In case you’re wondering, 61 days for a project is a LONG time. And it adds up to A LOT of work, when you’re doing tiny pieces at a time. Yet, I stayed inspired. Sure, I had days sitting at my desk when I had NO IDEA what I was going to make, and I’d scramble through my craft supplies to find something, but it was that constant encouragement – that accountability of others expecting me to participate – that kept me going. That kept me reaching.
Another platform for the challenge was Instagram, and even though it seemed to be a smaller group participating, it felt like a tighter knit group. Through the sixty ONE days I saw a lot of great art, commented and encouraged on a lot of art and even made some new friends in the process. That was like frosting on the cake for me!
A few of us connected after the challenge and decided that we wanted to keep the momentum of creating going – just not every day – so we formed a group called Sisters with Heart in Art!
So now, once a week we get to create something delicious and receive feedback from our friends! And guess what – our little group is growing and of course ANYONE can participate. The great thing about this art group is that your media could be ANYTHING. It could be painting, scrapbooking, drawing, stamping, collaging, photography, art journaling, writing, poetry, WHATEVER you love to do. And your interpretation of the prompt can be whatever you’d like – there’s no wrong way to do it!
If you’re on Instagram and would like to see what we’ve done so far you can see it here. If you’re planning on joining us, let me know so I can be on the look out for your work! You don’t have to post every week – just when you feel inspired! Be sure to use the hashtag #sisterswithheartinart when you post!
So far for September our prompts have been:
And this week’s is RUST! I hope you’ll join in – it’s a whole lot of fun! xoxo