Thursday, 16 February 2017

10 Prompts, 10 Days, 10 Minutes - Images - How did you get on?


Thank you for joining me on this journey



Amanda Trought

What you now have is 10 great ideas for you to kick start your creativity, and not see the blank page as something to fear.  You have loads of ideas within that just need a little bit of nudging to come out.  

As you practice you will learn about what you like and do not like about different activities, (like food try it before you say you don’t like it).  You can take different ideas and interchange them as you go along or you can join them together to see what you get.

Here are my results for taking the 10 mins each day. If you played along I hope you enjoyed it, what was your favorite one?

If you would like to receive a pdf copy of the prompts then sign up for my mailing list and I will send you a copy.  It has full instructions and images for you to go at your own pace, and has some additional suggestions for you to try!

Here is what I came up with over the 10 days (click on the title prompt for the instructions for that activity:



Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist

Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist

I did a few of these, I really enjoy the process, and you can come up with such a variety of images - great for working on later, you can follow up things that you liked or that worked well.

Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist



Here is one of the things that I photographed, some flowers that I grew - Mexican Sunflower, brilliant color, they grow over 9 feet!


Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist

I chose images and colors that speak to me, and I guess also reflects the journey that I am on.

Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist


This is a really fun activity, you can use up any scraps that you might have had lying around and create some lovely pieces


Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist

After fusing the wool using the Heat n Bond I used the sewing machine to add some more doodling.  I would like to add to this piece and may used it in another challenge.

Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist

The stitches do not have to be anything fancy, just keep it simple.

Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist



Great way to find out what kind of marks you can get from the supplies you have.  Who would have thought you could do all this with these simple sticks and old pens!


Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist

Prompt 6 Go Further - Take the Collage a bit further 

After creating a collage, adding some doodling and mark making to it.  Utilizing some of the skills you used in previous prompts.


Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist

You can even take it further with your doodling.

Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist

Check out his glasses!!

Prompt 7 Surround yourself with inspiration - String somebeads or broken jewelry together and attach to fabric

Making the doodles with the fabric and wool for prompt 4 has given us a great jump off point.  I added a backing to the fabric, stitched it creating some more interesting marks and added beads and attached to a stick - remember to keep it simple, and build on it as you have more time.





I love creating backgrounds, and this is a great excuse to use all those different textures into the piece.  I used tissue paper, inktense blocks and gesso. 


Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist

I made marks with the sticks and added additional paint, this was a great surface to do the last prompt on.


Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist


You can either draw what is in front of you or pull together a few items.  I chose to draw the things directly in front of me, the cream pot and pens.

Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist

I did two 1 minute pieces, one 3 and one 5 minute sketches.

The time goes really fast, and this is a great warm up exercise.  As you continue you begin to notice and capture different things as you spend longer and observe more.

Amanda Trought - Mixed Media Artist



You could start a new piece or use one of the pieces that you created before.  I decided to use the background that I had created in prompt 8.  As you know I love creating faces, I kept the colors simple trying to retain as much of the background as possible.  I also used stitching and beads to highlight various areas




Remember, the ideas are not set in stone, and you can alter add or substitute other supplies and materials, you can link the ideas together, the main thing to remember is to have fun as you create. As you learn a new technique you grow, don’t limit yourself or put yourself down, don’t compare but enjoy the adventure and grow, and be an inspiration to others.


I hope you enjoyed these ideas.  If you want to have your own copy of the booklet I created then sign up for my Mailing list and I will get it sent out to you.

Stay blessed and be a blessing.


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