Week fifteen

Back in 2018, I was trying to come up with a name for this daily art challenge I was putting together. I threw around some ideas and eventually settled on “Making Art Everyday”. It was the perfect phrase (and the domain was available)! 😉 Fast forward a few years, and I cannot tell you how many times my spell-checker (and my husband, Geoff) has told me that it should be Making Art Every Day…”Every Day” being two words.


I mean, technically, they’re right, but it got me thinking about the definition of “everyday” vs. “every day.”


“Every day” means each day, for example, I feed my pet hedgehog every day.

“Everyday” is an adjective that means ordinary or commonplace. For example, I wear these pink glitter socks on special occasions, but the white ones are my everyday socks.

Ok, I know you didn’t subscribe to this newsletter for a grammar lesson, but stick with me, I am going somewhere with this.

While I do think it’s important to literally make art every day, I think it’s even more important to make art everyday. To work towards creativity and art-making becoming an ordinary, commonplace occurrence in our lives. Creativity isn’t just for “talented” people bestowed with magical artistic gifts at birth. Time spent creating is not a special treat, and it’s not for special occasions. It’s for everyone, and we can do it anytime, as often as we want.

So the next time you read the name of this challenge and think you need to be literally making something every day or you’ve failed, remember that your goal is really to be making art everyday, and celebrate that your creative practice is becoming a normal (but magical) part of your life.

April's Theme:

plants

Week 15: Plants through the Seasons

This week we are taking a journey through the seasons of the year with our plant drawings. I’ve selected several plants that are characteristic of the four seasons, starting with springtime! Feel free to switch these up if you want to do other seasonal plants that suit your style or region of the world.

 

The Prompts

Week 15 | april 5-11

plants through the seasons

Mon: cherry blossoms
Tue: clover
Wed: strawberry plant
Thu: sunflower
Fri: autumn leaves
Sat: mushrooms
Sun: holly & poinsettia

This piece was drawn using brushes from an update of my Pencil Box brush set coming very soon!

You can access each week’s prompts, with links to reference photos, at makingarteveryday.com

This Week's Tutorial

Live Tutorial! DATE at TIME PST

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The best place to catch the live stream is on the Bardot Brush YouTube Channel. Don’t forget: You can watch or re-watch the previous livestreams on my tutorials page on Bardot Brush!

Download my free Pixel Art brushes for Procreate and follow along in this live tutorial about making pixel art! I’ll teach you a ton of great tips for using the set, the difference a canvas size can make, a few ways to make some cool pixel art, plus how to upscale your art for printing and posting on the web.

This Month's Progress Tracker

You can always download the current month’s Progress Tracker at bardotbrush.com/progress

(its a .Procreate file, so you can keep track of your progress right in Procreate!)

You’ll find instructions about how to use the Tracker at the link above. I even made you a star stamp brush for you to use! It’s my Procreate version of a gold star sticker.

Share and Connect with other MAE Artists

We’ve got a Facebook group just for participants of Making Art Everyday and all things Bardot Brush! Come join our group of supportive artists of all skill levels, share your work, ask questions, and be a part of the community!

Making Art Everyday is brought to you by me, Lisa Bardot!

I’m the owner of Bardot Brush, one of the leading brush makers for Procreate. If you’d like to support me, please check out my premium brush sets that inspire creativity at bardotbrush.com.

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