Paintbrushes, pens, pencils in pots in artist's studio

Creative Summer Challenge | Be Prepared

We’ve thrown this challenge at you with no warning, other than a quick post yesterday, so you may need to spend some time getting prepared before the Creative Summer Challenge starts next week.


If you’re planning to draw or paint in a sketchbook, pick a size and shape that’s comfortable to work in and make sure the paper is suitable for your chosen medium.

If your visual journal is going to contain photographs, collages, pressed flowers, train tickets or the like, consider the best way to bring everything together. Notebooks, repurposed books, photo albums or scrapbooks are good options depending on the size of your intended collection and how you plan to store it when the challenge has finished.


visual diary for Slamseys creative summer challenge
Visual Diary by Madeleine Howard


A ring binder or portfolio make it easy to keep loose sheets of paper together or you could bind them together to make your own book like this beautiful book that Elizabeth has made for the challenge.

Does your project need to be portable eg do you plan to take it away on holiday or on trips out for the day?

Consider the alternatives to using books. Frame your visual journal and hang it on the wall, make a mini cabinet of curiosities or display everything on a pinboard. You could just stuff everything into a box.

Alternatively, you could crochet a blanket, shoot videos, embroider a sampler, write a blog, make jewellery … the list is as long as your imagination. Anything goes.

If you need some inspiration, look at our Pinterest board.

The first week starts on Monday when we’ll give you some ideas for starting your project.

If you’d like to know who the challenge is for and how to join in, read yesterday’s post Creative Challenge Introduction

Next: Creative Challenge Week One – Make a Mark

8 thoughts on “Creative Summer Challenge | Be Prepared

  1. I think this is a wonderful idea – going to give it a whirl once I can make up my mind what form to pick. I’ve always liked making handmade books so may be one with watercolour paper pages but then watercolour paper isn’t easy to write on… Decisions, decisions! Glad I’ve got the weekend to make up my mind! Looking forward very much to seeing your own version(s). E x

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