Welcome to the Colour Me Positive 2016 art journal challenge. We’ve had a few questions via email and facebook and we though we’d explain a few things here before our challenge starts on Friday.
How will the challenge work?
It’s simple really. On Friday of each week we will post the new weeks challenge on our blog here. If you are signed up to our mailing list you will also receive an email to let you know it’s live. A link to the current weeks blog post will also be pinned to the top of our Facebook page each week so you can find it quickly.
Our post will include our positive quote for the week for inspiration. It will also include an extra/optional challenge prompt. We will put up some examples of pages we have done with the quote as inspiration, some of which will also incorporate the extra challenge. These pages are purely to show you what we have done and how we have interpreted the challenge in our own journals. What you create is entirely up to you. You can take a word from the quote, a feeling, a colour, the extra prompt, all of the above or nothing at all. I repeat, it is entirely up to you what format it takes, what mediums you use and what direction you take. We can’t wait to see what you do with it!
I’ve heard talk from people who aren’t even using a journal, they are using playing cards or ATC’s or even doing a mini scrapbook. Bring it on but don’t forget to share photos!
We won’t be offended if you don’t use the challenge prompt at all and totally do your own thing. We’ll just be excited that maybe we inspired you to take action in your journal. That is our aim, to keep you inspired and moving with your creativity, and hopefully to keep you positive with the words we share.
Please don’t feel overwhelmed or intimidated if you see someone post a photo of their amazing piece of art they have created. Just remember, you are amazing too, we are all just at different levels of our journey. Don’t let it ever stop you posting. You just don’t know who you might inspire in the process.
Our challenge is really flexible. We only ask that you be kind to one another in the Facebook group, support each other and most of all – relax and have some fun!!!
A note about sharing photos on our Facebook page – We will set up an album for each weeks challenge. Please add your photo to the relevant weeks album. It will be so much easier to keep them all organised and for when we are doing weekly prize draws (you’ll read about those further down the page!). Let us know if you’re not sure how to share to an album and we’ll give you a hand. Also please remember to upload from your files rather than sharing from another FB page. Because of carying privacy setting sharing doesn’t always work properly so remember to upload direct from your files instead.
Who is Lisa Hayes and Lulu Art?
Watch this introduction video to find out!
What will you need?
Our best advice is to just start with what you have! You really don’t need every supply out there (of course we want them haha but we don’t need them). Don’t despair if you only have a few things or you have a limited budget. If you only have a few pencils, do your challenge with those. If you have a few old acrylic paints, break them out and use those. You might be a scrapbooker, break out your pretty paper scraps to make some collage backgrounds. You don’t have to use the same products we use, get inventive and use up your stash.
We have had a lot of people new to art journaling that have asked what supplies might be good for a basic art journaling kit. Here are my favourite go to items:
- A good sturdy journal – if you intend to use any paints or sprays then you want a journal that can take the pressure! I recommend any of the Strathmore mixed media journals, the Dylusions journals or even working on seperate sheets of watercolour paper and binding it together at the end of the year. You can also use an old book. If the paper is thin just glue 2 or 3 sheets together then use gesso as a base before you start painting on it. There are lots of options.I personally will be working in several journals. I have a few that I adore and like to share the love around 🙂
- Some cheap acrylic paints – these are great for creating backgrounds for your journal pages.
- Stencils – I’m obsessed with them and use them constantly. They are easy to use and can create an instant arty effect without having to have any drawing/painting skills.
- Old magazines – great for chopping out pictures and words to collage on to your pages.
- Journaling pens – I personally love the Sharpie Paint pens as they will write over most surfaces.
You may have noticed we are also an Australian online store. So if any of our Australian ladies are looking for anything in particular we are most happy to help. We certainly won’t say no! But again, I stress, you don’t need to go crazy on supplies. Art journaling should be fun and a great way to use up anything you already have.
We’ve been totally blessed that many gorgeous artists we’ve approached have agreed to take part in the challenge by letting us feature them throughout the year. They will be sharing with us what their favourite quote is and what inspires them. I’m so excited about who we have lined up! I can tell you that there will be no lack of inspiration in 2016!!
We have had some wonderful donations from several of our feature artists and we also have a few goodies up our sleeve as well. Every week we will have a giveaway. A name will be drawn randomly from those lovely people who participate by loading up a photo in that weeks album on Facebook.
This is not a game of skill. We know that you are all at different levels in your art. The draw will be totally random using a random number generator and counting from the first photo loaded.
We know sometimes life happens and we don’t always get a chance to work in our journals every week. Therefore we will draw the winner of the prize draw two weeks after each blog post .. so for example, Week 1 blog post goes up on 1st January, you have two weeks to get a journal page completed and loaded up in the Week 1 folder, a name will be drawn on Friday 15th January.
Extra Challenges & Swaps
Throughout the year we are hoping to have some extra challenges and swaps.
We support several charities and would like to have some projects that give back to our/your communities. More details soon.
We also know how much people like to be involved in swaps so we are looking to organise a couple of them throughout the year.
Social Media Sharing
Feel free to share photos of your work. Any photos shared on the Facebook group remain private and only seen by those who are members as it is a closed group. Please respect the privacy of your fellow members by not sharing any of their photos on social media (e.g. Pinterest, facebook, instagram, twitter, etc). If we share elsewhere then it will only be with the permission of those involved.
If you choose to share your own photos of your own work then you are most welcome to share them wherever you like. To all those hashtag queens out there this is for you – please use #colourmepositive whenever you share out there so we can check it out and share the love!
We will be posting our blog posts around 9am on a Friday morning here in Queensland, Australia. This is approximately 3pm Thursday in Los Angeles, U.S. and 11pm Thursday in London, U.K.
Only two more sleeps and then it will be time for our first challenge! We are sooooo excited we can hardly sleep anyway! We look forward to getting to know you throughout the year.
If you haven’t already signed up to get the weekly emails you can sign up here for a year of positive creativity.