12 Months of Living as an Artist // Challenge

I love being creative – it’s something that makes me really happy. Nowadays, I usually stick to writing stories and blog posts. But when I was at school, I made so many different things. I didn’t just write. I drew, I took photos, I wrote songs. I didn’t do any of those things very well, but I loved doing them. So, for the next year, I want to create something new in a different art form every month.

The online Oxford dictionary defines Art as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

And that’s what this challenge is about. It’s about making art. Creating something out of nothing. Trying out all the different things. Maybe you discover a hidden talent for knitting. Or maybe you realise that playing the guitar just isn’t for you. Whatever happens, by the end of the year, you’ll have made something that wasn’t there before. Or learned something you couldn’t do before.


Photography – this is one that I actually find quite scary. Which is why I’m starting with it. Get behind (or in front) of a camera. Rediscover Instagram. Learn how to take that perfect picture. And enjoy the beginning of autumn.


Knitting or crocheting – the weather is getting colder. Go knit yourself that warm scarf in the perfect colour. Or crochet a lovely pair of mittens. Something that is one-of-a-kind and that you can wear all winter, knowing you made it yourself.


Write a story. What better month to start writing a story than during NaNoWriMo? I’m not challenging you to write a 50k novel. But write something with a beginning, a middle and an end. No matter how short or long it is.


Painting. Whether you use watercolours or oil paint, create something entirely new or find inspiration on Pinterest – by the end of the month you should have a painted canvas that you made hanging on your wall.


Dance. When it’s too cold to really go outside and you just want to cuddle up on your bed with a cup of hot coffee/chocolate/tea, you should try to get out of the house. Go take a dance class and express yourself by the way you move your body.


Make a collage. Get out old magazines, go on Pinterest and make a collage. One that’s inspiring (like you always see on YouTube) or one that’s an actual work of art and doesn’t really seem to make sense, made with lots of different materials.


Learn to play a song on an instrument. You can take some lessons at a local school or teach yourself via YouTube (this one would definitely require you to buy your own instrument, though, so keep that in mind).


Drawing. Get your sketchbook out and draw with pens, pencils, charcoal, whatever you prefer. Draw something every day.


Digital art. Maybe you’ve been wanting to change up the layout for your blog. Create your own Facebook-banner. You can create digital art by using a drawing tablet or learning how to use InDesign.


Poetry – it doesn’t have to be Shakespeare. It can be just one single line. But make sure you write a poem every day this month.


Film. Go outside and make a short film about something that inspires you. It can be a vlog, a short documentary, or simply an atmospheric way to show your city.


Calligraphy. Find a few nice pens and start with writing your name in different fonts. Move on to quotes that inspire you. Create something that you can frame and put on the wall.

The most important thing is that you play around with different forms of art. You can’t go wrong. Let me know if you plan to participate in this challenge along with me!

Note: people seem to think I’ve already done this. I haven’t. It’s a new challenge that I’m starting in September and will be documenting here.


  1. Kiwi
    2 September 2019 / 9:29 am

    I am an artist at heart and I want to do this. I pinned this so I can do this every month for a year in the future.

    • 2 September 2019 / 9:30 am

      That’s amazing! Let me know when you start doing this. Would love to see pictures of the things you create! 🙂

  2. SacheaAroundTheWorld
    30 August 2019 / 8:29 am

    I really wish I could do this, this is great!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      1 September 2019 / 10:26 am

      What’s stopping you? 😊

  3. 30 August 2019 / 5:58 am

    Excellent journal with the monthly activities! It’s great to do what you love and enjoy.

  4. 30 August 2019 / 4:38 am

    This is a pretty extraordinary time and experience you have done upon your life. I loved reading your comments about each month.

  5. 29 August 2019 / 10:47 pm

    Amazing journey of life. You are living your desires and love. Hats off to you. Very good and appreciated.

  6. 29 August 2019 / 8:46 pm

    This experience is invaluable. You’ve manage to explore yourself in the process and this is the most important thing. Continue to learn about yourself.

  7. 29 August 2019 / 5:37 pm

    I super love how you documented your monthly activities…Amazing. And you’re such a versatile artist, what a great talent.

  8. Emily Fata
    29 August 2019 / 5:22 pm

    What an incredible journey that you have been on! Keep doing what you love and you will always be happy and successful.

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