Day 16-30 from NaNoJouMo #15minsnanojoumo

So, confession time: I am so done with NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition! I don’t mean just literally, I mean I’m tired of it, glad it’s over. When I started it was mindblowing, I learned so much, felt completely freed up and discovered lots of things. Then as time went on I felt more and more held back and blocked. I can’t say for sure whether it was the act of doing this challenge, or whether it was for other reasons (I have noticed my art inspiration tends to come and go, it’s not always ‘on’). It was probably a combination.

Now I feel a sense of renewed enthusiasm for my art. As if a part of my mind has been freed up and I have lots of new toys to play with. Having a time limit of 15 minutes really made me stumble across lots of little accidents in terms of technique and a better understanding of what I like doing. I can’t wait to incorporate that into my work. I’m feeling like I want to work BIG now!

Here is a speed video of all 30 pieces.

Below you can see images of day 16-30

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 16 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xexxIH_hSUc

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 17 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPNI9Bisju8

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 18 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRYMhd24uE8

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 19 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc2m19dNNOw

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 20 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 21 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 22 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 23 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 24 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 25 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 26 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 27 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 28 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 29 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 30 | iris-impressions.com

Do It For Fun, Do It For You

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I’ve made 13 short art journal videos in the last 20 days. That’s a reason in itself to celebrate! But what it also gives me the opportunity to do is examine my ways of working, my habits and my reasons. And then to share these insights with you in the hope that you find it useful too!

The thing I’ve noticed most of all from doing a challenge in which I only spend 15 minutes on a page and from recording the process, is that I want art to be easy and fun. That’s also why I’m sharing these videos. The art making is for me, but the video making is to share and give back, because I so appreciate everyone out there who shares their process and helps people like me get inspired, be entertained and get better!

It would be really easy NOT to share these videos of quick pages. After all they’re not masterpieces, nor super in-depth tutorials, but I think the key to what they do have is that they are fun and lighthearted. I want to show that you can make something nice in 15 minutes, that you don’t need to take it too seriously, that it can be beautiful or it can be average.

I think a lot of us feel held back by the thought that whatever we do (and especially whatever we share) needs to be somehow GOOD or MEANINGFUL. We think it has to be WORTHY. And then we attach a load of restrictions on ourselves in terms of what fulfills those criteria. What I’m saying is: it doesn’t have to be any of those things. Let go of the harsh judgements and requirements or the worry of what others may think, and instead do it for fun. Do it because it makes you feel joyful.

In sharing everything I attempt (even the messes and fuckups) I’m hoping that you get inspired to make art too and embrace the joy and let things be what they are. Let’s remove the pressure and let ourselves play!

Also, in case you were wondering, the days in November for which there are no videos are simply because I didn’t have the time or capability to film on those days, not because I’m filtering what I share.

Here are 3 of my favourite videos, and as a bonus the 4th video is the fuckup. Important! I call it a fuckup tongue in cheek. I am not feeling badly or being down on myself, I’m just being humorous because I don’t particularly like that page, but I see it as part of the process and I fully accept it and love it in its own way. I encourage you to do the same with your ‘oopsies’, love them and let go.


Day 19: Smudgy smudgy with oil pastels & oil bar


Day 5: Neocolor II and stenciling fun


Day 9: Drippy drippy inks


Day 12: A weird alien type person, wtf??

Day 1-15 from NaNoJouMo #15minsnanojoumo

NaNoJouMo is in full swing and I’ve been LOVING my own challenge: 15 minutes of speed journaling a day. Lots of people have joined me and are doing this challenge too! You can join in here.

I knew I needed a challenge, but I had no idea how good this challenge was going to be for me and my art. It’s pushing me to work quickly, let go of perfection and trust myself. I expected those things. What I didn’t expect is how it would influence my other art. I’ve found that the freedom and confidence carries over into my other art-making. It’s awesome! I’m so in love with painting right now.

I’ve made short tutorial videos for some of the days, links are below the relevant pictures. I hope you enjoy!

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 1 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 2 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTb4-P_btKA

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 3 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 4 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKrfeIaudio

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 5 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nb32pAZrAo

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 6 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7qiJXzxN4o

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 7 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 8 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 9 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJKEiXvdLq4

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 10 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGdAdx7U654

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 11 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2vO5Dm0BfM

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 12 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aern7eSf8qc

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 13 | iris-impressions.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeAIgY8r0Ps

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 14 | iris-impressions.com

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | Day 15 | iris-impressions.com

Quick shoutout to Creations CeeCee who has joined in with lots of enthousiasm and has also been filming her process. Check out her videos here: www.youtube.com/user/creationsceecee

NaNoJouMo – The 15 Mins Edition

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You’ve all heard of NaNoWriMo right? It’s where you challenge yourself to write a certain amount of words every day for the month of November with the objective of having a rough draft of a novel written. Doneski. In the bag.

Some people grow a moustache for November, but I thought it’d be much more fun to grow a journal! Cue NaNoJouMo! Journaling every day for 30 days during November.

I’ve been wanting to set myself an art challenge recently. A challenge with the objectives of: creating more art, developing my style and loosening up. So let me present to you my NaNoJouMo twist: The 15 Mins Edition.

NaNoJouMo The 15 Mins Edition | iris-impressions.com

Every day I’m going to be taking 15 minutes out of my schedule (I’m a mum of 2 boys and I have a full-time job – but I think even I can do 15 minutes!) to art journal. But I’m not just going to journal randomly, I’m going to FINISH a page/spread in that time.

No sitting around trying to achieve perfection, no leeway for creating a certain outcome. Just me, my journal, my art supplies, a 15 minute timer and my creativity on speed! WOOHOO!!

So who’s with me? I’ll be posting my finished art every day on Instagram and Facebook using hashtag #15minsnanojoumo. You can join the Facebook group here to post your art.

I’m hoping to kick start my own creativity (and hopefully yours!), get out of perfection & overthinking mode, work quickly & intuitively and basically have LOTS OF FUN! Yay! Can’t wait till 1 November 2015!