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 people with creative conversation~ using photography, animation, crafting, creative writing, painting, music, video, poetry…
Below: Example of the Pen Pal Conversation: By Susan Robinson and Matteo Monteleone from Round #1
Exhibit #2 Jan 2021
Exhibit #3 Feb 2021
Exhibit #4 March 2021
Exhibit #5 May 2021
Exhibit # 6 July 2021
Round #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 creative connections for all types of individuals with all creative skill levels. You do not need to be an artist. just come with an open mind!
IG @RhiannonBarryArt @BeWhimsiArtLoft #BeWhimsi
FB Group: Art By Rhiannon Barry
JOIN IN, FEEL INSPIRED, MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS.
Have fun with this! Pull out your craft supplies, 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 as an individual or a pair/team!
2) You will be randomly matched with other creatives.
3) One of you will create the first piece of original art. The other will reply to your original work with a new piece of their own and so on back and forth for the project’s duration. *Make something new each time!
You will have each other’s emails, so 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. For Round 7 the Theme is Re-imagine-ation
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 in completion.
DAY 1: Round 7 Sept 24th
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 *Round 7 Sept 25th Oct 8th-
You create in a call and response style:
Step 1) Artist 1 creates an original piece within 24-48 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 48-72 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 48-72 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 details.
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.
In the end, you will make sure to label all of your pieces/files/documents in the order of creation as a team with the correct # and Artist’s name in a sequence of the conversation:
This is So important for uploading to the online exhibit in the proper order~Files 100% MUST be titled EXACTLY like the example below for us to be confident they are displayed in the correct order:
(# in sequences as a team)(dash)(Artist one’s 1st Initial)(period)(Artist 1s last name)(dash)(title of the piece if you have one)
5-B.FISHER-title and so on…
So…titled by you and your match together in your back and forth in the way the convo happened 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8… NOT as individuals (with artist 1 having 1234… & artist 2 having 1234.)
You can email them all together to firstname.lastname@example.org
TIP: 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 describe each piece to go along with these briefly. See the examples in Rounds 4 & 5. An email with further explanations and more tips, and an opportunity to meet online will be sent to you near the end of the Round.
Zoom or FB Messanger Meetings: we will have zoom meetings to answer your questions and offer help for anyone unsure or stuck. 🎨😁
I upload all of the pieces in your “conversation” to an online exhibition page on http://www.BeWhimsiArtLoft.ca and then share the link with you. You can share this with friends and family!
If your pieces are chosen for the cover, you will receive a $15 Micheals gift card.
Artist Chat: Oct 17th
You will receive a link and be invited to our online Artist Chat via zoom, where we meet our matches and the others involved while sharing our experiences and pieces!
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 48-72 hours to reply with a piece. If this happens, please do not make more than your match. Let’s connect with them to see when to expect it and what’s the holdup first 🙂
Please wait for them to get back to you before creating again.
What if my partner is late: Always nudge them with an email and ask what’s up and offer encouragement!
On the other side, be courteous to your match and let them know if you need more time ahead of time, so they don’t worry. People tend to fear the worst!!! That you dropped out….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 72 hours from your last email). Would you please reach out to your match first? If there is still no response to a second email or more than 48 hours, reach out to me, and I will rematch you or become your Match. Always try with your Match first. There are countless reasons why this could happen, including procrastination 😆
SEE Exhibit #4 March 2021 for a visual representation of what to expect.
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 welcomed. 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.
Join a Grtoup Zoom Meeting along the way to ask questions and address any concerns:
Sept 24th 6-7:30 pm OR Sept 25th 1-3 pm- Opportunities for those who have questions about getting started: Group Zoom Meeting Group Zoom Meeting
Oct 1st 1-3 or 6-7 pm – One-week Follow-up and Informational Email with invitation to Zoom meeting – Group Zoome Meetings-Opportunity to ask questions
Oct 8th 1-3 or 6-7 pm Two week Check-in Informational email and an invitation to Zoom meeting – Group Zoome Meetings-Ask questions / opportunity to ask questions and gain clarity or address any concerns about submitting your pieces.
Why a time limit? I chose 24-48 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 48-72 hours 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. *Also, be aware that your match may have a medium that takes longer than yours and may need a total of 72 hours to reply, for instance, if they are a writer vs a photographer.
Please upload any videos longer than 30 seconds to your YouTube channel first. 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 in an email.
You can lean on your Match if they are more computer literate.
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 piece directly due to the 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.
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