Last year (2014) I set myself the task of completing one collage for every week of the year. I wanted both to explore the medium of collage more deeply and also to see if I could actually complete the project.
|A handful of my weekly collages from 2014.|
Well, I was successful. While I did fall far behind in October and November, in the last few weeks of the year I was able to get caught up fairly easily with only a few collage-creating sessions. And now that my year of collage is a couple of months behind me, I'm very happy with the collages that I created. I feel that I have established my own style of collage, rather than simply copying what I have seen others do. Although a while back I thought I was done with collage, last year reminded me that selecting, cutting, and gluing papers are activities that I will probably always love.
|Two of my 2014 weekly collages, "Lost" and "Deepen World", created with old maps, scrapbooking paper, magazine cut-outs, stickers, and even an old collage that I incorporated into the new one.|
Since I was successful with my collage challenge in 2014, I decided to adopt a new challenge for 2015 - I will draw a mandala on an index card for every week of the year. I used to draw mandalas fairly often, but I've neglected them in recent years, so I think it's time to get back to them. Why index cards? Well, mostly because they're a convenient small size and I have stacks of them that I wasn't using otherwise. I hope that this project will also help me to use up some of my old pens (though my collage project was not very helpful in using up my stacks of paper scraps!).
|A few of my first weekly collages from 2015.|
So far, I've loved drawing mandalas again, and I think that it may be an easier project to stay caught up with than the collages. The most time-consuming part of creating the collages was sorting through my paper scraps to find ones that I wanted to use, which I won't need to do anymore. I've placed all the pens that I plan to use (including Gelly Rolls, Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, Sharpies, and many more) in one box so it's very simple for me to sit down and start creating a mandala right away.
|Collage in progress.|
I've been staying about a week ahead with my mandalas, which is good, as I'm sure I'll fall behind as the year goes by.
Have you ever done or considered a weekly or daily project like this? If so, what was it?