Call For Artists: Pen Pals-Creative Conversations

Connect creatively with a Pen Pal in an expressive conversation. We welcome professional, emerging, and beginner artists worldwide.

Please read the guidelines. Then scroll to the bottom to sign up.

Purpose: Connecting with others during COVID-19: Combating social isolation with creative conversation~ using photography, crafting, creative writing, painting, video, poetry…

Below: Example

Pen Pal Conversation Example By Susan Robinson and Matteo Monteleone Round #1

SEE Exhibit #2 Jan 2021

SEE Exhibit #3 Feb 2021

SEE Exhibit #4 March 2021

SEE Exhibit #5 May 2021

SEE Exhibit # 6 July 2021

SESSION #7 begins Sept. 24th. Scroll to the bottom of the page & click the Contact Button to sign up!

What is the Creative Pen Pals Project?

This is a project organized by Rhiannon Barry, Free to the community and designed to foster long-lasting connections for all types of individuals with all creative skill levels.

IG @RhiannonBarryArt @BeWhimsiArtLoft #BeWhimsi

FB Group: Art By Rhiannon Barry

I was inspired by my participation in an Artists’ Call and Response project (Shoebox Call and Response). Drawing on a Jazz-like style of conversation between creatives, this project, Creative Conversations, is an exciting way to stay connected and make new connections using elements such as poetry or short stories, painting or sketching, photography or digital art… just about anything goes.


Have fun with this! Go to the dollar store or Michaels and pick out some supplies, maybe even try something new. Experiment, explore and be free. You never know the connections you may make and the talent you might discover.

You don’t need to be a professional artist to participate, but you may find yourself matched with one!

Please read the guidelines. Then scroll to the bottom to sign up.

How to be A Creative Pen Pal

Free to participate. 1) Sign up!

2) You will be randomly matched with another creative person.

3) One of you will create an original art piece first, and the other will reply to it with actual work..and so on back and forth. Make something new each time!

Share how you create and a bit about yourselves as you email pieces back and forth.

Is there a Theme or Prompt to guide creations? Yes, follow our prompts to get started. We really would love to see you strike up a friendly conversation using creativity and see where the exchange organically leads you and your partner, though.

What to Expect TIME-LINE:

Each Round is 21 days

DAY 1:

I draw the Matches randomly LIVE on my FB Page and Group: Art By Rhiannon Barry. Everyone receives an email from me afterwards with details connecting you to your partner.

Day 2-14:

You create in a call and response style:

Step 1) Artist 1 creates an original piece within 24 hours to kick things off and sends a cropped picture or short video of their art (perhaps a nice introductory message) to Artist 2. 

Step 2) Artist 2 looks at the piece and creates something new inspired by it within 48 hours and sends a message with a picture or short video of it to Artist 1. 

Step 3) Artist 1 looks at the piece and creates something new inspired by it within 48 hours and reply’s to Artist 2. 

And so on until there are an even amount of pieces made by both artists. I will send an email to remind you when the last day is coming up and how to turn in your pieces.

You can chat as much or as little as you’d like about yourself, the materials you used, or what inspired your creations. The more you engage, the more your will receive from this experience.

Day 14:

At the end of 2 weeks, you will make sure to label all of your pieces/files/documents in the order of when you created them togetgervand with the correct # and  Artist’s name.

This is So important for uploading to the online exhibit in the proper order~Files 100% MUST be titled like the example below to be confident they are displayed in order:





5-B.FISHER-title and so on…

so… 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8… NOT 1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4…

* many people like to use a DropBox or Google Drive folder as they go along so everything is easily shared with me at the end. Others will collect all the pieces and email them to me in one email. It’s essential to send all Files altogether, so nothing is left out or lost. 💙

You will be asked to send brief Artist Statements (piece descriptions) to go along with your responses. See the examples in Round 4 & 5. An email with further explanations abd more examples will be sent to you.

DAY 15 to 20

I upload all of the pieces in your “conversation” to an online exhibition on and then share the link with you. You can share it with friends and family.

Click here to see the SEE Exhibit #4 March 2021 for more of an idea of what others have previously made.

DAY 21

You are invited to an online Artist Chat via zoom, where we state our experience and meet our matches. 6:30 pm EST.

How Many Pieces Do I Have To Make? In the end, you will have made anywhere between 4 to 8 pieces each. LIFE HAPPENS, and sometimes people need more than 48 hours to reply with a piece, so please do not make more than your partner. Please wait for them to get back to you before creating again. If they take over 48 hours to send a piece, nudge them with an email and ask what’s up.

On the other side, be courteous to your match and let them know if you need more time a head of time so they don’t worry. Remember, they signed up because they wanted to create at least four pieces together.

What happens if my Match drops out?

Suppose you are ghosted (receive no messages or direction or email with intentions or extension requests in the 48 hours from your last email Please reach out to your match first. If still no response in a couple of hours, reach out to me, and I will rematch you. Always try with your Match first. There are countless reasons why this could ha, open including procrastination


SEE Exhibit #4 March 2021 for a visual representation of what to expect.

Reducing Anxiety

I know some people will be anxious about creating an outstanding piece in this time limit, but that’s the point! It’s about connecting with others in a new way and challenging YOUR IMAGINATION and GROWTH. Whether you only have 20 mins or have 4 hours to create, we still want you to participate! All styles and skill levels are welcome. This is not about producing a masterpiece.

It’s important to remember that everyone likely feels a bit of anxiety when exposing their work to someone new. You are on this journey together. Reach out to your partner with questions. You can lean on each other’s interpretations of this project.

Why 24 hours? I chose 24 hours for the first piece because it’s a nice challenge for Artist 1 as well it acts as a speedy kick-off for you both! I decided WITHIN 48 hours or less for the remaining turnarounds to keep momentum. If you want to send something back within a shorter time, please feel free to go for it! Because this is supposed to help relieve stress and not add to it, I wanted to give even the busiest people enough time for creating. Some people are more active and may still wish to participate; others may want to take their time, depending on their chosen medium. REMEMBER, you can create a small piece in a sketch pad, take a photo and digitally enhance it, write a poem, or perhaps create a small sculpture or even something more significant if you have time to complete it. If you know you need extra time, just let your Match know.

Please upload your videos to your YouTube channel. If you do not yet have one, click here to learn more about making that happen: YouTube OR post it to your Facebook Page and set it to Public, then send me the POST link via email.

You can lean on your Match if they are more computer literate.

The Benefits!

I hope you will connect and engage with your Match in friendly conversation to exchange your pieces and discuss how and why you made the pieces. You are not obligated to divulge your reasons behind any details if you do not feel comfortable to. We want this to be a welcoming and perhaps a healing social opportunity for ALL during these challenging times!

Improved skills and a burst of creativity: Being challenged of creating in a shorter time frame and having to incorporate a response to a partner’s work will undoubtedly get those creative juices flowing!

Please feel free to add your signature or water stamp to any of your pieces. All art remains the property of the artists. If you sell a part directly due to exposure in the online exhibit, 100% proceeds go to you.

To Consider Along The Way:

In the end, and after I have set up the online exhibit, you will receive an invitation to attend a Live Chat Room (Zoom) where you and your partner might speak briefly about your creative conversation with the group. This is a time to see what everyone else has made and hear about others’ experiences with the project. Sharing your feelings and thoughts is not mandatory. You can share as much or as little as you’d like to.

Please Send Your Details

Type of Creative.

Social Media Handles:

Facebook Handle

Instagram Handle

Website (if you have one)

Please only enter if you feel you can complete the 2 weeks! We are in this together.
Help support the uninterrupted delivery of this project and provision of simple art supplies to remove participation barriers. Donate $5 or more.

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