One evening, over japchae and pajeon that needed to be cooked a little bit more, a dear friend of mine told me that I needed to put my art out into the world. She asked how I was planning on helping people live a more creative life, if I didn’t practice what I preach? Touche, sister. Her words stuck to my brain more than the sweet potato noodles stuck to each other. We parted ways, and I drove home with fear, excitement, and worry in the backseat.
Fear of releasing my art into the wild and having them shot down.
Excitement of unleashing the locked-away creativity from within me.
Worry that time was scarce, because the obligations still needed tending to…
Then one day, my friend’s words had finally dug a hole in my mind and made their way through, because, before I knew it, I had made up my mind and nothing could sway my decision – I would draw every single day, for 30 days in a row, and at least 15 minutes each day.
It was late at night, I should have been in bed, but still I scribbled 30 topics in my planner, so I wouldn’t have to deal with that part of me, that shady character filled to the brim with excuses.
30 days flew by, and in those 30 days, I experienced an hour each day of calm and bliss. My pencil was back to skittering across the thick pages of my sketchbook. My mind was back to wandering around in Wonderland, curtseying to every whimsy that passed by.
I can’t say it was easy, though. With a full-time day job staring me down, it seemed impossible to hide away and draw in peace and solitude. I stumbled upon many barricades, and surrendered hours of sleep whenever I was too content to keep drawing, and thusly, had to burn the midnight oil.
Still, I pushed on, drawing and recording my observations, like a scientist observing her shiny, new experiment. And I am so happy I did, because in 30 days, I was able to live a more creative life and do something that brings me so much joy.
30 Day Creative Challenge
If you are looking for a creative challenge to improve your craft, or even to learn something new, it really helps to have a list of prompts ready. That way, you won’t have to think of what to draw (or photograph or write – anything, really!). In a way, prompts are broad (you can create anything from them), but they also place a slight limitation to test and stretch your creativity.
I put together a printable of the prompts I used (but made it more every-year-friendly!), so that you, too, can embark on a creative challenge whenever you want!
HOW TO DO A CREATIVE CHALLENGE:
- Print the 30 Day Creative Challenge for free here.
- Pick whatever medium you wish you to use. It doesn’t have to be sketching with a pencil. You may also want to try a variety of media for every single topic, whatever you feel like doing that day.
- These are simple prompts that can help you whenever you want to do something creative but are feeling a little stuck. They are broad enough to leave some room for flexibility and for whichever medium you plan to use. Keep your mind open for inspiration and you’ll be able to find a way to get creative with each topic.
- Once you are done with a prompt, check it off in the pink box! Because it feels good to check things off a list. 😉 And here’s a tip: You don’t have to worry about doing prompts in order. Do whichever prompt happens to spark inspiration that day, and you’ll be able to keep the creativity flowing.
I hope this creative challenge will give you the boost you need to incorporate more creativity into your daily life. Of course, I’d love to see the results of your challenge! If you’re on Instagram, share your creative genius with me by using hashtag #wondershins30.