#make365somethings: Complete!

January 12, 2016

If I may say so, I think this self-challenge was a success. I was diligent for many of the days and on others where it was a push, I managed to get something done. 365 days of showing up and doing something with my hands.

How I Thought It Would Go

  • Somewhat dismally. That it would die off within a month of me starting it.
  • I may have ended up taking pictures of the sky everyday… though that is not a bad idea….
  • I would be able to clear off some of my burgeoning craft supplies.

How It Went

  • Seriously better than I expected. I “showed up” everyday keeping myself accountable. When I went on holiday, I tried to keep the momentum going by posting pictures of scenes around the area.
  • It started off with some baking, some attempts at calligraphy, and some sketching…
  • It evolved into a calligraphy journey and towards the year end I opened up an old set of watercolours and decided to have a go at them again. This year has opened me up to both of those mediums and I am going to pursue them more.
  • I did not clear out my craft supply cupboard. In fact I think I added to it! When I had to buy a new table for my room I decided to get a bigger one so that I could lay out the paper more and not be so cramped.

Some of my favourites from the challenge:

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One of my first pieces for the ‘challenge’. One of my favourite songs by Mindy Gledhill.

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One of my favourite pictures taken on my trip to Tokyo, Japan.

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I made this cutie!

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One of my first attempts with flourishing. I am always so hesitant with how they flow…

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My favourite writing implement – my first entry to the #handletteredABCs challenge.

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Off to tasmania!

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Inspired by the rainy season

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This word kept on playing over and over in my head until I got it down on paper on a Saturday morning. The best pieces are sometimes impromptu.

*daily submissions were on my tumblr page… and then on my instagram.

What’s Next?

The make365somethings challenge technically finished on the 3rd of January 2016 and since then I have been trying to figure out what’s next for me on the creative front? (Those doors are open and they ain’t gonna shut! LOL.)

For now I am participating in the ABC challenge of @handletteredABCs, which is really a great community of handletterers and calligraphers. After that I think I am going to take a break from posting every day – if I have nothing to put forward.

I am going to take a step back and work on the following:

  • Copperplate letterforms – going to work on improving and refining this
  • Flourishing
  • Learning how to use Illustrator and Photoshop for my lettering work
  • Keeping an art journal of sorts

Let’s see how the above pans out for 2016!

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