Flowtober: A Watercolor Challenge for October

You may have heard of Inktober, but have you heard of Flowtober? My guess is no, because I don't think it's a "thing". But this October, I'm making it an official event! So what is it? Flowtober is all about experimentation in watercolor. Now, this event has very, very loose guidelines (if you can even call them that). Essentially all you have to do to participate is pull out some watercolors and try something new. You don't have to do something every day. There aren't any prompts. And you can incorporate any other media you want to. So if you don't have watercolors, don't stress; just use what you have. Essentially, the goal of Flowtober is to just try something that's outside of your comfort zone in a low pressure way.

With experimentation at the core of my artistic philosophy, I love trying new things in my studio. But Inktober and some other art challenges are often too restrictive. I felt I needed more open-endedness to capture the raw energy that comes through experimentation. So I came up with the idea of Flowtober and allowed myself to play. And now I'm inviting you to join in, as well!

I've already created a few pieces, because I'm just so excited about this! To celebrate, each piece will be available to purchase. Throughout the event, I'll be updating my shop every Friday in October. So there will be 5 total updates throughout the month. These pieces will be affordable and will arrive ready to frame or hang.

Obviously you don't have to do this, but I would love if you all would join in. There is so much fun and freedom that comes with experimentation! Plus, you never know what it'll inspire. If you decide to participate, please tag me on Pinterest. Just put my username, @bspiszer, in the description so I can see what you made! If I get enough responses, I'll create a special blog featuring everyone's work.

I'll share the pieces I've made so far so you can get an idea of what I've been making. I used my trusty Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors alongside my other fav - Caran D'ache Neocolor II crayons. I made these on Arches cold pressed watercolor paper, and the textures came out so beautiful. I hope you enjoy these pieces and consider taking part in this event. You only have to make one piece, and you complete the challenge.


I've already had so much fun making these pieces, and I'm so ready to experiment some more. Moreover, these pieces are giving me ideas for my next project! I hope this gives you the inspiration you need to try something new, and I look forward to seeing your work!

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