Week Four

Help is all around.

This year, I set a personal intention to “get help.” With my business, with my family, with my home, with my mental health. Asking for help has always been a struggle for me. So I’ve been trying to overcome the idea that I have to do it all myself. I’m trying not to feel weak for needing help. I’ve often told myself that no one wants to help me, or I don’t deserve help, but the truth is, helping and needing help is in our human nature. Down deep, people love helping others.

A big part of creating this project was forming a community of like-minded people. One person deciding all on their own to draw every day is great, but something magical happens when you’re doing it alongside hundreds of other people. I’m really proud of the community that has been born out of this challenge, and I just wanted to thank you all for supporting one another.

If you find yourself struggling and want to give up on this intention you set for yourself, know that there are people out there that want to support you. We all want to see you succeed and find joy in your creative practice.

What to Do

  • Make an effort to share your experience so far with your community. You can do this on our MAE Facebook group, elsewhere on social media, or with a local friend that understands what you’re trying to accomplish. Share a bit about what has worked well for you in the challenge, and especially the things you are struggling with. Look to others for support — we are stronger together.
  • Make the same effort to support your fellow participants. Start conversations and encourage each other. You’ll get even more empowerment from doing so, and you are helping others at the same time.

January Prompts


I have a fun foodie challenge for this week’s “plus”: we’ll be illustrating recipes! This means drawing the ingredients that make up the prompt, and possibly incorporating text as well. Recipes can be a challenge because they are made up of a lot of different drawings. There are plenty of ways to approach this challenge to suit your style, skill, level, and amount of time you have to work. I wrote a mini tutorial to help you out as you approach drawing recipes this week:

Remember, if you don’t have time to illustrate a full recipe, draw the finished food on it’s own. And not that you need it from me, but if you are really into the recipe you’re working on and want more time to work on it, you have full permission to spend more than one day on a prompt and skip another. I hope you have fun illustrating recipes this week!

Week 4 | Jan 20-26

Food + Recipes

Mon: pizza
Tue: chocolate chip cookies
Wed: sandwich
Thu: chicken noodle soup
Fri: spaghetti and meatballs
Sat: lemonade
Sun: your favorite recipe

You can access each week’s prompts at makingarteveryday.com

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!