It’s officially summer now, which in my head stands for long lazy days and getting slow from the heat. I thought I would probably get a bit lazy with my sketching, so I made myself a thirty (actually thirty-one) day creativity challenge for July. And yes, you can participate. In fact, it would be pretty awesome if you did!
In the past I already did a drawing challenge and a photography challenge. This time I decided I didn’t want to make it too hard. This challenge is all about being creative and it doesn’t matter how you do this. If you want to make 31 pictures that is awesome. If you want to switch between collages and finger painting that is equally awesome. It doesn’t matter how serious you take this or how much time you spent on it, the only thing that really matters is that you push yourself to be creative every day.
I came up with 31 daily prompts, which I (and hopefully you too) will use for daily inspiration. Click on the image to see a bigger version of the image (or click here for the Dutch version).
I’ll post my creativity challenge creations daily on my Instagram account and I might put up an overview of my favourites once or twice during the month of July.
Let me know (in the comments below or on social media) if you’re going to participate.
If you want to share your creations with me, you can use #createinjuly on social media, I’d love seeing them! (or if you don’t want to share your creations publicly, just sent me an e-mail)
It is Sunday, which means I’m posting an overview of my most recent Instagram photos and I’m telling you all about what I’ve been up to in the past weeks.
If you’re a good observer you might have noticed some changes on this site’s design. This weekend I got fed up with the old design and decided to make the changes I wanted. Hello sticky navigation menu, hello more clean and put together lay-out. I’m working on giving all my old posts a featured image so everything looks all pretty in the grid-styled archive. I also made myself a quick logo. It isn’t the most polished looking logo ever, but I like the way it feels like a sketch. It’s definitely ‘me’. 🙂
Since I’ve started working full-time the amount of pictures I post on Instagram has definitely gone down. Only being able to take pictures after 18h doesn’t really help (because then it’s time for food and blog reading and staring at Facebook for too long). I do try to snap photos whenever I’m enjoying “the small things”, like my abundantly flowering lilacs, which smelled heavenly! I think I’ve posted a picture of them every year since I’m on Instagram. Another small thing I’m enjoying is the view on my desk now, with my new Hagrid Pop Funko keeping my Harry Funko company.
I’m super stoked that I finally got to start a new sketchbook! The one I finished was a very old sketchbook that I bought back into 2011 as a water-colour sketchbook. I used it until 2013 and forgot about it for a while. I wasn’t even half way through by then! I filled the remaining pages between October 2015 and May of this year, which is quick considering how look it took me to fill those first couple of pages.
After getting a pencil kitty pin from Pony People I couldn’t say no to this to this cutey by Dripface. I found it at Helen b‘s, a lovely shop that only been open for a few months. I also added another new skull to my collection: a teeny tiny bat skull! My cat caught it a couple of years ago and I’ve been slowly (well, I, more like a couple million bacteria) working to the state it’s now. I had to glue the mandible back together which made me feel like I was going blind. So tiny!
More madly flowering plants, this time on my terrace. I was a bit sad because most of them turned brown because of all the rain (and some of them even started growing mouldy), but they’re already recovering. I also started a new gallery wall in my living room. I was trying to keep the natural history theme confined to one wall in my house, but alas, I like it too much to only see it in one place. 🙂
How has your week been? Did you do anything fun? Started a new project maybe?
Did you know the fair city of Ghent has its own botanical garden? It’s owned by the university and it’s pretty awesome. It’s also not that big, but that doesn’t matter. They have the coolest tropical plants and one day I went outside and went to draw them.
At least, that was the plan. I didn’t actually do much drawing while I was there, because there were other people and I was way too embarrassed. By the time I actually dared drawing it was almost time to go home. I did take a whole bunch of pictures while I was there and I now use these as reference material for when I feel like drawing jungles.
It’s pretty amazing to see how many shapes and patterns there are in such a common thing as leaves. Even if you ignored all the special shapes and colours on leaves, you could probably fill a book with all the different patterns the veins make on leaves. That’s why I love collecting plants so much.
While I was at the botanical garden it was the first time I used my Boc’n’Roll sandwich wrap (which was sent to me for review). It did all the things you’d expect from a sandwich wrap (keep your bread fresh and crunchy) perfectly, but with the added bonus you don’t have to throw it away and it takes in less space after you used it (as opposed to a lunchbox). I’ve used it daily since I started working full-time and I can’t believe people are actually still using aluminium foil when there’s an alternative that is so much better for the planet!
After taking lots of pictures and drawing on location for a teeny tiny bit I went home, to draw some more. The following days and weeks I kept on drawing leaves in my sketchbook. I’ve still got a couple of jungle ideas I want to draw, but I haven’t found the time. So even though this excursion felt like a fail at the time, it actually gave me an extra inspiration boost! And I feel like my leaf-drawing actually got a bit better.
I want to go back to the botanical garden, but it’s proven rather difficult. I also want to go sketching (or at least try to go sketching) on other locations. I’m not sure where though.
If you have any tips, please let me know! Also if you have a Boc’n’roll wrap (or something similar) tell me what do you think of it? Has it proven it’s durability?
I always like wrap-ups at the end of the month, especially posts where people show their favourites. I also really like making illustrations, so I decided to combine the two again and present you with my illustrated spring favourites today!
I thought when I wrote my first favourites post back in February this would rapidly develop in a new monthly topic, but we’re three months later and I’m only now posting my second Monthly Favourites posts.
- Baby geese. My parents put a bunch of goose eggs in an incubator and one hatched! Having a baby goose in the house was super cute! They tend to grow really fast, so at the moment he’s already bigger than a cat and looks like a small dinosaur with a pair of oversized goose-feet. He doesn’t like to be touched, but he really appreciates it when we keep him company.
- I already wrote a complete blog post about this book, but let me profess my love for In Progress again. I adore this book and I need to reread it. And then I need to go make some drop cap or quote-inspired illustrations.
- I started watching Tokyo Ghoul after hearing about it many times. I love this anime! It’s a pity it’s so short. I’m trying to savour every episode (torturing myself by postponing the second, and last, season), but the first season had an absolutely awesome ending!
- I discovered the taste of enchilada’s. So easy to make and they taste amazing. Which reminds me I need to make a batch of enchilada filling to put in the freezer, so I can eat some again next week!
- Adventure Time! Come on grab your friends, we’ll go to very distant lands! My love for Adventure Time and it’s randomness is endless.
- I bought air plants and now air plants are my favourite plants in the house (sorry bunch of tropical looking plants with awesome leaves I bought a couple of weeks ago, you’ll be my next favourites). They’re so easy to care for and versatile. I need moar!
- We finally found the time to paint our kitchen! It was one of the rooms in the house that never got a new coat of paint when we moved in. After living here for five years I got tired of the once-white walls and decided things had to change. The Boyfriend’s father came to wallpaper the room and afterwards we painted the main wall bright yellow. Now we have a sunny kitchen everyday!
- I might have found something new to collect in pins. I collected them when I was a kid and now that I got myself two lovely new pins I’d like to start collecting them again. Not all the pins though, only the extremely cute of cool ones. I’m picky like that.
Did you discover any new favourites this spring? Any books, series or food I really need to try?