Saturday, April 28, 2012

50 Creative Challenges:

Setting goals for drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, and more!

To keep myself focused (a bit), I made a challenge list in my sketchbook. I combined a 30 Day Drawing Challenge page I found on Pinterest, with this great book I found at the library called, Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists, by Carla Sonheim, and a few of my own creative wants. Below is the list I came up with.

*Kristina’s Creative Challenges:
1.       Blog
2.       A place I want to go
3.       A turning point in my life
4.       Create 30 octopus paintings/illustrations
5.       Draw 100 different fish quickly in your sketchbook
6.       Create a work of art inspired by 1 or all 100 fish
7.       Draw my feet
8.       Draw my left hand
9.       Draw myself
10.   Family pictures
11.   Favorite fairy tale
12.   Favorite food
13.   Favorite plant or flower
14.   Favorite TV show or movie
15.   Favorite word
16.   Lift writing and draw it
17.   Make a book
18.   Make a butter dish
19.   Make a cup
20.   Make a large tile and paint a scene on it
21.   Make a spoon
22.   Make a vase
23.   Make an oil painting
24.   Make three large platters over 12”
25.   Most recent accomplishment
26.   Paint on a page of writing and us e the text in the creation
27.   Print something 9x12 or bigger
28.   Sculpt  or mosaic something
29.   Someone you love
30.   Someone you miss
31.   Something orange
32.   Title/Create a piece inspired by the word “Wishing”
33.   Go to a zoo or aquarium and draw in your sketchbook (Lab # 4-5)
34.   At the coffee shop (Lab # 10)
35.   Your Eyes (Lab # 12)
36.   100 faces (Lab # 16)
37.   Inspiration from another artist (Lab 17-23)
38.   Imaginary creature or monster (Lab # 26)
39.   Collaborate with a kid – drawing (Lab # 28)
40.   Nature – bird
41.   Number game (Lab #34)
42.   Random Pick Drawing (Lab # 37)
43.   Take photos of sidewalk cracks and draw what you see (like seeing images in clouds) (Lab # 38)
44.   Nature – bug (Lab # 40)
45.   The office (Lab # 47)
46.   Travel drawing (Lab # 48)
47.   Go to the park and draw in nature sketchbook (Lab # 41)
48.   Make a poster (Lab # 50)
49.   Story board a scene from a fairy tale (Lab # 51)
50.   When this list is completed, write a reflection, create a photo collage and share it with others!

*(#33-49 are from, modified, or inspired by Drawing Lab Book)

Our local art center has the 50/50 Show. The show is 50 works of art created in 50 days. I am not ready to enter this year so this is my own version of the 50/50 show…it is 50 challengers and there is no time limit. This is for personal growth as an artist. My list of 50 includes goals creatively, with ceramics, drawing, painting, career, and printmaking. Feel free to follow my list with me or make your own.  I am not going to necessarily work them in order. I look forward to sharing. Thanks for following me.


  1. Welcome to the blogshere Kristina! This is awesome! Look forward to seeing your insight and creative input out in the community!!


    1. Thank you Linda, I am looking forward to sharing! :)

  2. I absolutely love lists. As long as they don't dictate my day ya know?
    The 50/50 thing exploded my brain about day 35 or was it 2? ahaaaa Do it!

    1. You can follow the list too and share what you create with me too! :)