Creative Spark Challenges

Stuck in a creative slump? Put that zing back into your pastel paintings with our Creative Spark challenge, an interactive column from the magazine with rewards. Send in your work, and you could win a fabulous prize from The Pastel Journal or one of our sponsors—and have your piece published in print and/or on our website. Take a look at some of the previous challenges and winners below for inspiration. Plus, see the editors’ other favorite entries on our blog.

Entry guidelines: E-mail your image(s) as a JPEG file with a resolution of 72 dpi to Type “Creative Spark” in the subject line, and include the title, dimensions and a brief description of how you used the prompt in your work. Please also include your name and mailing address. The “editors’ choice” will be published in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

Creative Spark: 3D Vision
(June 2010)

Creative Spark: Risk-Takers (April 2010)

Creative Spark: Color and Design (February 2010)

Creative Spark: Extraordinary in the Ordinary (December 2009)

Creative Spark: Seasonal Celebration (October 2009)
Creative Spark: Taking Advantage (August 2009)

Creative Spark: Return to Me (June 2009)

Creative Spark: Perpetual Motion (April 2009)

Creative Spark: Grappling with Grays (February 2009)

Creative Spark: Mix It Up (October 2008)

Creative Spark: Pick a Color (August 2008)

Creative Spark: Get in Shape (June 2008)

Creative Spark: Get Out of Town (April 2008)

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