Are you always looking for some fun and easy art inspiration for April? Do you need a little bit of encouragement for creativity? This month some of my family will be participating in TinkerLab’s Sketchbook Challenge.
There is a prompt for each day to use as inspiration for a sketch. Five minutes is all you need – even if that means keeping your sketchbook in the bathroom. Yes, I’ve seriously considered doing just that. Participants are invited to share their daily sketch on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #tinkersketch. Did I just reveal I’m on Facebook and wading into the waters of Instagram? Click the links to find me. And if you have tips for this whole Instagram thing I’m open to them, I’m trying to figure out how to do it with my Kindle Fire and it’s a whole new world of confusing things for this smart-phone-less, can’t-even-text Momma.
But what do I DO for my sketch?
Anything the prompt brings to mind! TinkerLab’s example is a great one:
“You can interpret the daily prompts however you want. “Drips” to one person may mean flicking watercolors off a toothbrush and to another person it might mean covering a page in marker and then leaving the page outside on a drizzly morning. You can take them literally or not — this is completely up to you.” 1
I love that this is open-ended and offers room for creativity! As a mom to eight children I sometimes get so caught up in the day to day routine that creativity is left on a high shelf to gather dust. After all, creativity can be messy, and if I’m making a mess the kids are sure to want to join in. Moments later the whole room looks like a tornado passed through. For April I’m embracing the mess and bringing creativity back into my day.
What do you do as a mom to keep your creativity flowing? If you or your children are up for the TinkerLab Sketchbook Challenge let me know! I would love to see some of your sketches this month and hope to share a few of ours.