Week five

SKILL BUILDING: Reflecting on your Progress

As we wrap up our first month of MAE, taking time to reflect upon your progress is essential to establishing your art-making habit. So I made you couple of journaling sheets to use right in Procreate!

Monthly Reflection Journal

Use the Reflection Journal at the end of each month to reflect on what skills you worked on, what your favorite pieces were, and the things that you did NOT like, and what you have learned about yourself as an artist.

​And before embarking on a new theme and new subject matter in February, take some time to set an intention for the coming month. Set one or more mini-goals, being as specific as possible.

Support Cheat Sheet

I also created the Support Cheat Sheet — it helps you keep track of all the things that keep you on track: Your goals, people that support you, inspiration sources, ways to overcome your creative fears, and more. Keep this file handy in Procreate and add to it ANYTIME you figure out the things that genuinely help support your art-making habit. Read your answers on this sheet whenever you’re feeling stuck!

Download the Journals (and a free pencil brush!)

You’ll find the Reflection and Support Cheat Sheets on the same page as the Progress Trackers, near the bottom. Here is a direct link: https://bardotbrush.com/progress/#journals. I also made you the perfect pencil for journaling in Procreate, which you can download for FREE!

January's Theme:


Week 5: Favorite Foods

This week we delve into open-ended prompts. Open-ended prompts give you the opportunity to express yourself and share a bit about who you are. Everyone’s artwork will be different this week, so it’s a good time to remind you: the only person you should be comparing yourself to is YOU. As you work on these prompts, experiment with depicting them in the many ways you made art over the course of this month. Some can be simple, some can be more involved, you can even look back on the different art styles you may have tried and revisit the ones you liked best!

And just for fun, here are my favorite foods according to the prompts!

Breakfast: Stuffed French Toast
Snack: Fresh Mandarins + Bananas + Pineapple
Sandwich: Goat Cheese, Tomato, & Arugula on Ciabatta
Dinner: Pasta with a Creamy Sauce
Beverage: Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Junk Food: Cookies and Brownies are tied!
Childhood Food: Kraft Mac & Cheese (who am I kidding, I still love it)

The Prompts

Week 5 | jan 25-31

favorite foods

Mon: your favorite breakfast
Tue: your favorite snack
Wed: your favorite sandwhich
Thu: your favorite dinner
Fri: your favorite beverage
Sat: your favorite junk food
Sun: your favorite childhood food

This piece was drawn using brushes from my Gouache Paintbox for Procreate (old version).

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


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!

Learn to draw some mid-century style food art in Procreate! This tutorial with take you from subject matter research and initial sketch, to drawing final artwork, and adding texture for an authentic vintage look. You can use this concept to draw all kinds of types of things: food, objects, animals, plants — the possibilities are endless! Try illustrating one of your favorite foods using this style this week!

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.