Once a year, every few months, whenever. Christie and I break the #1 rule of social media with our IG challenges - we aren't consistent. Oops. But we do them and we love them. And we've been doing them for a few years now.
Why do we do them? We challenge ourselves creatively. We get to know other creative types online. We get social. It's not just "look at me, look at me", it's also "look at you" and "look at us".
This most recent one? A reprise of 7 days of Wes Anderson=inspired prompts.
I love seeing all the variations on each prompt. Everyone is so creative and I find myself inspired and raring to go by the end of the challenge. (You'll see some weaving IG's - I'm practicing various stitches using the colour palettes of different Wes Anderson movies).
And I did need that inspiration. I've been feeling a bit burnt out. Interacting with a group of fellow creatives was THE perfect antidote! They brought it ALL to the table in their own unique ways.
I love creating within some sort of limits, whether it be materials or size or prompts. Whatever it is, having constraints increases my creative output. Some people are better at dealing with endless possibilities - me? I work better with something to bump up against. What can I do with only this or that or that other thing?
The most fun for this challenge was coming up with the characters within a short period of time and using whatever we could find around the house. Time became another constraint because we only had about 45 minutes on one Sunday to create all of the characters.
We will definitely do more of these IG challenges. Christie and I love talking to everyone through the comments - it's the best part of social media for me. Just hanging out and creating and commenting. We hope you'll join us next time!
Here are the people who took part in this year's challenge:
@Isabelledervaux, @marygasparart, @chris_coco_olson, @liliesofthefieldphotos, @bedsidesign, @laura_gwinn, @topazmagpie, @shalaghhogan, @amspilker, @_kristinb, @sonshine_daydream, @birdseye_vintage, @bibliomeg, @edenhensley, @orangesparrow, @morganmaxfield, @sfp4584, @hunguponagnes, @kaitkucy, @aneyefordetail, @rendellh, @alicia_carvalh0, @joey_arm_strong, @kaswart, @elainemichele, @ratulines, @kianamosley, @enjoyjessica, @jimearpeggi, @barbara_antic, @melanie_biehle, @dawnpearcey, @_kristinb, @annacgunn, @craftingconnections, @beemer123, @hedgerowgeneral, @macfilipe, @jenneajewelry, @magritte_g, @linchi_foto, @maureenfdesigns