31 Drawings: Day 1

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31 drawings - one a day for the month of October from Tiny Rotten Peanuts

Hi. I’m Jeanette, and I’m crazy. Typically when I decide to join blogging things where you commit to doing something every day for a set period of time, I fail miserably. Probably most people do, right? Just say yes.

So this opportunity/challenge rolls across my radar at some point last month and I’m all, “Hot damn. I’m in! I’m going to rouse myself from bed every morning in the wee hours and write something every day and post it and revel in the glory of being a superhuman.”

And then the more I thought about that, the more terrified of commitment I became. So I put my heads together in an attempt to figure out something- anything I could do each day for 31 days in a row because now I was really craving that superhuman status.

And that’s when one of my several brain cells stepped up and gave me the idea to do 31 drawings. Quick, easy drawings where I explore a new type of art technique each day for the month.


I brainstormed some art techniques. Some I’ve done before and some I have not. Some will royally suck and some will end up looking super-fantastically-cool. I’m assuming at least one of them will be a scribble in my lame-ass attempt to keep up with doing one a day.

Here’s #1. I attempted rubber cement resist with watercolor over it, but I didn’t use enough rubber cement, so the watercolor seeped through most of it. I used a leaf cookie cutter and painted the rubber cement inside of it, and let it dry before watercoloring. After everything is dry, you rub the rubber cement off with your fingers and are supposed to be left with white paper.

leaf drawing - 31 days of drawings on Tiny Rotten Peanuts


After that all didn’t work out so well, I went back in with a few more layers of watercolor, added lots of rulered lines with Sharpie (clearly a result of me doing so much Zentangle lately), and then went back in with a yet a little more watercolor. Boom. Pow. A slightly underwhelming start to the month, but I had fun during the process. Let’s hear it for the process!

See you tomorrow…



  1. Elyse
    10/01/2014 / 1:09 pm

    I completely identify with the experience of signing up for a monthly challenge and then falling short of my goal… It’s become a bit of a running joke in my life.
    I think I completed 14 of the 30 daily drawings I had planned to do in September.

    I love that you jumped right in to your challenge with a new technique, and ran with it when it didn’t go as planned. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the rest of your drawings this month.

    I’m currently contemplating participating in Inktober. I may not complete all 31 days, but even one is better than none, right?

    • 10/04/2014 / 7:04 am

      Inktober sounds cool! What’s THAT? Oh, I’m actually feeling stress that I won’t do all of these drawings- that’s why I wrote a disclaimer about perhaps posting a scribble 🙂 Also- 14 of the 30 drawings you planned to do is still 14! That’s awesome.

  2. 10/01/2014 / 2:24 pm

    I love this. I will be following along!

    • 10/04/2014 / 7:00 am

      Yippee!! I’ll make one especially for you. It will be a secret Shannon drawing. MWah!

  3. 10/01/2014 / 7:40 pm

    I love it! Inspires me to want to doodle and draw too! 🙂 I can’t wait to see the others too!

    • 10/04/2014 / 6:59 am

      You should! You should! Crack out the drawing supplies, lady. It’ll be a virtual art party.

  4. Micki Torres
    10/01/2014 / 9:27 pm

    Fun stuff! I’ll follow along 🙂

    • 10/04/2014 / 6:58 am

      Yay! Isn’t this so fun? It’ll keep us accountable…

  5. 10/02/2014 / 8:51 am

    What an interesting series. I can’t wait to see what you draw next.

    • 10/04/2014 / 6:51 am

      Thanks, Heather! I have a list of ideas and I’m not sticking to a plan, so it’s kind of fun just to choose what I’ll do next according to whim…

  6. 10/03/2014 / 3:28 pm

    This is fun! Looking forward to seeing your daily creations.

    • 10/04/2014 / 6:44 am

      Thanks! It’s rather fun to just go nutty with all of these techniques I’ve been meaning to try for so long…

  7. Elyse
    10/04/2014 / 11:09 pm

    Inktober was started by artist Jake Parker in 2009 as a personal challenge to improve his skill with ink. Each year since then, many artists have joined in to dedicate October to Ink (anyone can join – I use the term artist loosely). He’s got a gerat write up and explanation about it on his site if you want to check it out http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober just posted my 4th Inktober drawing so I feel like I’m on a roll! I’m posting them on Instagram @elyxandra

    • 10/09/2014 / 7:58 am

      Oh my. I am on your Instagram feed right now and can’t get off! Your geocaching stamp is so cool. I keep meaning to take my daughter to do that- we haven’t tried it yet, and now I want to make a cool stamp. Inktober looks pretty amazing, too. I have a feeling I’ll get lost in a wormhole of admiring drawings, so I need to click over to it later today. 🙂

  8. 10/05/2014 / 1:07 pm

    Oh I totally flunk at blog challenges 😉 Yours looks like it’s going really well, I’d be on to using my kids dinosaur stickers by now…

    • 10/09/2014 / 7:51 am

      Bahaha! Believe me, I’ve been tempted to go the sticker route… It’s so unlike me to push myself, so I’m quite pleased I even made it 8 days so far. And now to figure out what to make for day 9.

  9. 10/19/2014 / 9:14 pm

    ok, i just got around to really reading this post, Jean you are such a pill! ;*)
    a complete all around RIOT! “i put my heads together” LMAOOO haha …so, i have a creepy confession, i am going to have to copy cat this challenge. sorry. I suck at writing lately so forget it & I dont speak computer or exercise but, I CAN sketch & have lately enjoyed a drawing tutorial or two. Drawing it is! Consider this your warning, that i might be sneakin a peek through these posts just to discover a thing or two about what mediums to use with what somedays, K? You’re a much appreciated inspiration & visiting your blog is like taking a trip to a Candy Store 😉 It’s all smiles! Thanks Again

    • 10/23/2014 / 11:30 am

      Yes, PLEASE copy this challenge. And feel free to use any of the techniques I used- I’m telling you, it’s good times to be a little creative each day!

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