When I began joining art groups online years back, I turned into a swap addict. I joined and hosted so many swaps it was ridiculous. I loved the creating part… I loved getting packages in the mail filled with wonderful tidbits made by people I’d never meet… The things I didn’t like were that sometimes swaps could become drama fertilizer, and that after a time, I would end up with all these ‘things’ with the question of “What do I do with them, now?”
I haven’t done an art swap in forever. I think that’s a lot of what slowed down my creativity over the past year or more. Swaps challenge you. Someone gives you a topic, a color, a technique, etc., and you have to make whatever it is using the guidelines. It forces you to be out of your normal circle – and I like it!
I joined an art swap about a week ago. It was small – just create two gothic arches to trade. No template. No measurements. No ‘rules’… just make them – and we’ll swap them. Cool!! I had fun making mine.
I also offered to fill in for an Altered Book Round Robin if needed – and I’m needed! I’m already looking forward to it. Already excited about being challenged to create for other people in a theme of their choosing – and, about having this be ongoing for a few months ahead. Wonderful!!!!
I’ve considered my art-a-day challenge. The intent was to create each day – and I have been. I wonder now if I want to continue with the 4×4 collages along with whatever else I do, or just skip it if I create something else that day. I guess for now, I’m going to wing it. The one thing I don’t want to do is to make my personal daily art challenge into a chore rather than something I enjoy. Counter productive, don’t you think?
I guess you’ll have to follow along with me and find out what wins… Have an artful day!