Participation in the Inktober 2017 challenge, keeping up and getting to the end with a completed set of mini ink and ink wash illustrations, has really been what it was designed to be – a challenge. But a rewarding challenge.
My main hoped for outcome from this exercise has been to get past my several failed attempts at re-starting this blog, use the momentum gained from the daily discipline of posting Inktober pieces and do as I have intended for so long. Utilise the greater strengths of blogging for shared learning, informing, inspiration and thankful valuing of our enjoyment in making things for others enjoyment, because we can.
'Inktober' is an open challenge to produce an ink based work each day in October following a daily word prompt. So unless you opt for a 'lite' version with your own rules, perfectly acceptable they say. Then you will end up with thirty one ink drawings, paintings, letterings or whatever at the end of the month.
My participation was a daily entry into an A7 size visual diary, mainly pen and ink line work using various nibs and then diluted ink wash, sometimes coloured ink for the wash. There were just a couple of torn-out pages for a re-start on an undamaged page, but the little book remains intact with its thirty one pictures. Some of which might lead to larger more finished work.
My next project will be to re-work my website www.whimsicalwood.com. Mostly because the software I'd used to put it together is not being continued.
I have made an automata to go with this and have been documenting the process. So a stock pile of visual material from this and some planned major lovespoon carving projects, simpler love spoon projects, graphics, jigsaw puzzles and hand lettering should help in a reasonably regular blog series to follow.