So technically we’re already a few days into October, but still. Other than a few rainy days, we’ve had impeccable fall weather here in Cleveland, or at least I thnk so, and weather rumors are saying it is supposed to be in the seventies all this week! While I’m not particularly for hotter weather, I would like all of our wood to dry out so I can stick it in the fire pit and go to town. I actually tried Sunday night and it just wasn’t having it… the wood that is. Or the rain that followed within the half hour of me being there.
I’m in love with the above photo, with the watercolor calendar I found that happened to be a free printable by DawnNicoleDesigns (you should definitely check out her site, she has lots of great things, especially if you’re into hand lettering – something I really want to take on), as well as a May Designs notebook that allows you to customize everything about it. So obviously that’s what I did for my challenges this month! I’ll get to those in a moment…
If you don’t know about May Designs, you definitely need to check them out as well! When I said that they were customizable, I meant it. There’s a few different sizes of notebooks you can choose from, along with an array of patterns and fonts. There are even a few different options of boxes you want your writing to be placed in! Honestly, I could spend quite a bit of money at the May Designs site, but alas, I behaved myself and got a small notebook just for one purpose, #inktober!
Yes, that’s right, I took on a drawing challenge this month. Why? I’m not really sure. I really cannot draw to save my life, and while I’ve taken up mixed media arts and intuitive painting, this is nowhere close to letting watercolors bleed onto a notebook or sketchbook page. I suppose it just seems like art has taken over my life lately, especially with this reading slump I’ve been in but I’ll make a post about that some other time.
Anyways, the challenges!
Inktober was kicked off by Jake Parker, and I am blown away by his work! Obviously, you need to check out his site as well as his Instagram, Everything is linked. Seriously, though, I’m pretty sure he’s officially one of my favorite artists I’ve discovered in recent months. I can’t say ‘ever’ only because I have not been doing this art thing very long, and I would probably say Monet before anyone else.
So, since it’s all kinds of fall vibes lately, and Halloween is this month, of course, there are Halloween-themed challenges! The one by Drawlloween goes perfectly for this month along with the 6 Word Stories hosted by PageFlutter. This is actually the third month in a row I’m taking on the story challenge. I’m obsessed!
Needless to say, my little notebook is going to be filled with all kinds of little drawings, some mixed media, and strange stories. It might not be spooky, but it’ll have that proper vibes!