On my art table: 2-minute art journal page

You’re busy, you have NO time, and you have NO space. You have NO art skills and NO supplies.

{Don’t you think there are too many NOs here?}

Anyhow…. I am here you to tell you that YOU CAN STILL CREATE ART!

I painted this piece in a tiny 3.5×5″art journal using only watercolor pencils and some white paint and yellow acrylic ink in the last step to bring it all together. And I love how lose and abstract it looks.

I created it as part of a 7-day speed art Instagram challenge hosted by Eli Trier. Her original idea was to have challenge participants do each prompt on a different sheet of paper, as an exercise in learning how to loosen up and get over the fear of a blank page. I decided to combine all the daily prompts on one page {without even knowing what each day’s prompt would be}, and it turned into the perfect summer art project {you can see it evolve, step-by-step, on my Instagram account}.

The prompts were relatively simple – draw a repeat pattern {I drew triangles}, draw with your non-dominant hand {I cheated a bit on this one!}, paint a simple color wheel {most of which got hidden at the end}…And since it was a timed 2 minute challenge, it was all necessarily lose and free…and fun!

All told, each prompt took me 2 minutes to complete {I used a timer – once the timer went off, I packed up for the day}, and I spent 3 minutes to tie it all together at the end. That’s a total of 17 minutes across 7 days. Can you still say you have no time to create art?

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    • I’ve been guilty of thinking I don’t have enough time for art, either. This was such an eye opening challenge for me, too. And it pushed me in ways that made me uncomfortable, but it all worked out in the end! 🙂

  1. It is beautiful! I just resolved to create something, anything, everyday, just before I start my work for the day! Hugs! 🙂 The truth is, when we want something badly enough, we do make the time. 🙂

    • Go, Vidya! I’m cheering you on! Yes, we can always make time for the things that really matter to us. When we don’t, there’s generally an underlying fear or avoidance that we need to examine. 🙂

  2. What a great idea to overlay all the prompts together. It’s a beautiful piece of art! I’ve been longing to get to learning to paint on some big canvases, but you’ve just shown me starting small would be amazing too!

  3. You’re right about the fact that it takes just two minutes to create something you love. I love that concept. And if you are motivated enough, you WILL find the time to make it work. That being said, I suck at art. I literally cannot draw to save my life. But I admire the passion and the talent in others that makes this possible. So I just want to say, this is absolutely beautiful!

    • That’s so true Shy! When you are motivated, you find ways to make time for the things you love. I’m so glad you liked this quick little piece, thank you!

      Also, about 4 odd years ago, I used to say the same thing: I cannot draw to save my life. Try, practice, you can learn! 🙂

  4. It’s such a pretty project. I have been doingvwater coloring too, but they aren’t as good as yours. You get the background and the colors so right.

  5. I love the finished result – it’s hard to believe it was done in such a short period of time. Love it!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

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