I love and use quite a few of Pentalic's products, so I was excited and honored to be chosen as Pentalic's featured artist for February 2018. I was also very excited to hear about their Pentalic365 Challenge!
Pentalic365 was created to encourage wanna-be sketchers, painters, artists, and more to practice creativity a little bit every day throughout the year. With commitment, it's amazing how quickly skills, passions, and inspiration can develop—and it doesn't have to be a major commitment!
Cultivating small moments of creativity can have big results.
I am proof that you don't have be an artist or especially creative to "do" art. My scratchmade journal began as I sketched and painted while cooking dinner or watching my children play.
To inspire you to fit a little bit of creativity into your day, I invite you to participate in the Pentalic365 Challenge. Pentalic has a few, simple details about the challenge at their blog along with ideas to get you started. (As a nature sketcher, I love that their first idea is "Go outside!") I also shared an article at Pentalic's blog on pursuing a creative life in only 10 minutes a day.
My Art Journaling 101 series has tips to help you get started on a creative journey, and below are more tips along with links to additional articles to help you cultivate creativity 365 days a year!
Never be caught without sketching supplies.
You don't need a lot of stuff to be creative. A pencil and paper will do, or put together a small sketching kit to grab whenever you head out the door. There are nearly unlimited ideas online, so feel free to be creative when creating your own kit.
Give yourself permission to make a mess.
I love that the Pentalic365 Challenge encourages participants to scribble. What a great word! Being creative is one area where you can safely dive in without testing the waters, so bust open that sketchbook, break out those paints, and give yourself permission to make a mark with no plans whatsoever. The worst that could happen is a mess, but you can just call it scribbling!
Don't worry about so-called failure.
If you make a mistake, flip the page or canvas around and begin again. If you miss a day, just start again tomorrow. Getting too caught up in details or rules will spoil the fun and kill creativity, so kick perfection to the curb. The only goal is to do a tiny bit every day, when you can, if you can.
Stay inspired with ideas.
I usually have more ideas than time, but many struggle with deciding what to draw or paint. If so, allow others to inspire you! Below are links to fun journaling and sketching prompts that other artists and bloggers have shared to help you on your creative journey.
Recommended Pentalic Products
My readers (that's YOU!) are everything to me. If I share a positive response about an art supply, you know that I've not only used it but I've also thoroughly tested it to the best of my ability. All of the sketches below are a very small sampling of what I've completed inside Pentalic journals and sketchbooks.
Pentalic recently sent me their Recycled Drawing Book to try, and this lightweight sketchbook is now my go-to choice for quick sketches, value studies, and more. You won't be able to paint masterpieces in it, but it performs wonderfully well with sketching mediums like light watercolor, fountain pen, and pencil.
Pentalic's Dreamcatcher Journal is a DREAM! My guess is that it's the same paper as the Pentalic Aqua Journal but bound in an accordion-style sketchbook that's so much fun to use for journaling and more.
I have a set of Pentalic watercolor pencils that I use for lettering, and the color selection in the 24-color set is beautiful! I store my pencils in repurposed pickle or jelly jars, so I don't like how the tops are silver—when they're stored upright in jars, I can't easily see the colors—but the pencils themselves perform surprisingly nice for the price.
Draw EVERY Day GIVEAWAY! [CLOSED]
- 7x10-inch Pentalic Aqua Journal that's extraordinary for watercolor
- 5.5x8.5-inch Pentalic365 sketchbook that's perfect for pen & dry media
- 8.5x11-inch Pentalic Recycled Drawing Book that's awesome for mixed media
- A beautiful set of 24 samples of Da Vinci watercolors
- A handy Da Vinci Paints tote bag to pack your stash
- A fun Scratchmade Journal sticker*
*Sketching Tip: Since both sides of many sketchbooks (including the Pentalic Aqua Journal) look exactly the same, I use stickers to tell which side is up!