The objective of the challenge is simple - color something every day. Coloring reduces your blood pressure, lets you focus and eliminate mental clutter. It's good for you.
The rules of the challenge are simple - there are none. Color something. No restrictions on medium, method, color. Just sit down and be creative.
If you want to play along - use the hashtag #thedailymarker30day everywhere, and if you're on Facebook, upload your photos to the daily albums in the challenge Facebook group.
Kathy is one of those people who truly shares freely and from her heart to inspire people. Her videos are some of my favorites because she is so authentic and hilarious. This is her YouTube channel - you will be happy you subscribed if you did. Instagram is where she is the most, so you can find her feed here.
Just before the deadly stinging insects hatch here, we have a few glorious days where we can go outside and I use these days to color in the backyard.
The only perfect lighting is the sun, and so it's the only time I can truly study pigments, and I love hearing birds and feeling a breeze while I work. My neighborhood is very quiet, and so the things I hear are natural, for the most part. Except the UPS truck, which I can hear a mile off and I instinctively sprint to the front of the house for.
So Kathy's challenge is perfectly timed with our weather right now, and I headed out back to play with my pencils and a stamp I actually bought after I saw Kathy post about the woman who makes them.
They are Korean hand carved botanical stamps and they are SPECTACULAR. I have a link to the stamps below - please note that the whole site is in Korean, but if you want to order them, email her using the info here and she will coordinate your order. She is very sweet and her art is just gorgeous. After I saw the images on Kathy's blog I bought everything she had available then - I can't tell you how pretty they all are. They are on SUPER thick rubber, so I just used my hand to stamp them with - no block, no MISTI, nothing.
I stamped a few out for backyard coloring happy hour in Sahara Sand and then sat down to figure out color schemes. The first one was a complete fail, so it's in the trash :).
The second one is here. Please know it's totally okay to make ugly things and toss them :).
I did this on cold press watercolor paper (linked above) so that I could see the texture of the pencil. Normally I do super smooth pencil blending, but I love this look too.
I really believe that practice is art, so I encourage you to just sit down and play. Don't worry about perfection - as you know, I believe perfection is for serial killers.
You know where there are no serial killers? At my retreats! June is sold out - but you can sign up for a waiting list. September is open. If you join my team, you can attend the team retreat AND sold out retreats - I'll make room. And I have a retreat in November in Salt Lake before OnStage - so don't miss that one - space is limited already.