I tripped over Lee Thomson’s Dancing Crow Postcard-A-Day project in 2008, and loved both the postcards and the idea. I really loved the idea of making daily art, something I’ve let drop from my life (my first degree was in art, my first jobs were as an art teacher, now it’s all about the words), but I didn’t have the discipline, so I just enjoyed Lee’s work. I still don’t have the discipline to do one project every day for a year, but Lee has a new, easier idea: Make a Thing a Day for February, 2018. Here’s her comment:
“February is when I buckle down to the dedicated making of things. I wrote a guest post for a friend inviting people to join me making a thing-a-day for Feb –\http://clevermanka.net/2018/01/22/february-daily-project/
Join us! all you need is Instagram and the hashtag #dailyFeb2018″
Lee goes into more detail in this post, but basically, you set the bar very low (very, very, very low), assemble as much of what you’ll need beforehand so it’ll only take minutes to finish your project, and then when Feb. 1 rolls around, you post what you’ve made every day to your Instagram account with the hashtag #dailyFeb2018 .
This hit me at the perfect time.
• I must get my old office cleared out and made into a workroom so I can get most of the craft stuff out of the rest of my house and have a place to make things so that my Making Things Stuff does not clog up my daily living. If I’m going to make 28 little things in February, they can’t be scattered all over this dumpster of a house, I’ll never find them. So this gives me until the end of January (FOUR DAYS) to make my studio usable. GOALS. I need them.
• I have an instagram account. I started it because I wanted to do more documenting of my everyday life, and it just hasn’t happened, although I did practice with some older photos (you’ve seen them all, Argh).. But since I already have the account, posting for 28 days would get me in the habit. GOALS, I really need them.
• I have projects I want to do that involve little pieces. Like this flower shawl. And a weatherghan using this heart pattern (minus wings, although I could do the nightime temps in the wings and just pick a solid color for the backing . . . hmmm). And this jacket. And finishing my version of this cardigan. And making some of these squares from the Vibrant Vintage CAL for the shutters on the TV cabinet in Krissie’s room. Getting ready for those would be easy: a basket with the yarn, the hook, and color plans and/or charts.
• I’m feeling the urge to collage Nita in paper (instead of the digital collages I’ve been doing). That usually involves doing small combined pieces that I move around with pins until the background is done. Since the smaller pieces are almost always about relationships, it’s good for nailing those down as I do the final push on the first draft and then really important in the rewrite. I’ve come to believe that a book isn’t real until I start a paper collage (digital is too easy), so this is kind of exciting. (Thank you, Lee.)
• I need to ask Lee if pumpkin custard with pie crust leaves counts. I cannot get that to look quite right, which isn’t a tragedy because my mistakes always taste good (except for the time I left out all of the sugar instead of just cutting back, that was bad) and if I can figure out the baking time so that the leaves don’t all look like they’ve been rotting on the custard, it could be quite pretty. Ephemeral art. Because it’ll be gone in a day.
So I like this idea a lot and I’m gonna give it the old Argh try. You should, too.
TINY craft project a day for twenty-eight days, hashtag #dailyFeb2018 on Instagram.
Who’s in? (We will not humiliate if you miss days. Because, let’s face it, I’m gonna miss days.)