"Creative Survival Training" - Tumbler Ridge Silk Painting

Kinuseo-Falls-British-Columbia-Monkman-provincial-Park-Tumbler-Ridge-Global-geopark The Northern Beauty: Kinuseo Falls, British Columbia, Canada- Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark - Monkman Provincial Park

Challenge - From Zero To Hero in 90 Days (part 1)

There is powerful creativity in the northern population.The closeness to nature, laid-back lifestyle and long winters are nurturing grounds for the creative expression in various crafts and arts expressed and influenced by the diversity of cultural backgrounds, views of life and the creative passion of the individuals. 

What does it mean "Creative Survival Training?"

Beautiful British Columbia unfolds its magic in the vast, colourful landscapes of the North. However, creativeness is also the key to turning challenges of the small markets, long distances and harsh winters into innovation and creative problem-solving. The genius of growth comes from thinking outside the box, thinking of solutions instead of being paralyzed by the dead-end roads of problems.

Living in the BC North as a creative holds challenges and growh-potential. Therefore , the traveller will experience intriguing places, often in unexpected locations where the northern artists and artisans feature their work. 

But there is more. The creative power gets rolling when a group of people get together and decide to take their creative destiny into their own hands, and voila, support is here! The 90-day creative challenge was born in the BC part of the Peace Region in Tumbler Ridge. 

The creativity flourishes in the north - no wonder when you see the images taken in  the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark area featured below

Kinuseo Falls British Columbia Monkman Provincial Park Tumbler Ridge Geopark ©Mila Lansdowne
Flowers British Columbia Castilleja also known as paintbrush - Indian paintbrush or prairie-fire ©Mila Lansdowne

The Creative Survival Challenge 
3 months, 12 women and a sponsor

The 90-day Creative Survival Challenge started with 12 women who believe in their capability to learn painting on silk without previous experience and design and make products to sell. How many will finish this challenge? We'll know by the end of the year. The challenge is though as all have their regular jobs and the training challenge need to assign dedicated time-blogs.

The fact is though that there is a strong need and desire for creativity as income generation and the creatives and artisans are present and active in the northern communities like Fort Nelson and  Forth St. John.

Although the "starving artist" notion still persist in many peoples' heads... in reality, any success is the focused journey with a strong intention to succeed fueled by a meaningful reason, the famous "Why" known from the success strategy teaching of Simon Sinek.

The Women

The women participating in the 3-month training and a 90-day silk painting for income generation challenge aim to learn how to design and create silk painting products. They look forward to be eventually featured in the craft and art shows, gift shops and galleries for the traveling tourist and local buyers traveling the northern BC region, Mile Zero Alaska Highway - Dawson Creek or visiting the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery in Tumbler Ridge.

Beginning of the Journey

The first 4 weeks of the challenge aim to learning materials and the strategy of creating individual collection in specific individually chosen colours and getting the feel of the different types of silk. Each participant is discovering their preferences and colour scheme inspired by examples of similar work learning the differences in techniques.

Silk Art ©Mila Lansdowne
Silk Art ©Mila Lansdowne

Challenges and Opportunities for Aspiring Northern Artisans

To master the challenges of aspiring artisans living in the north,  sponsorship is an option for many, as it is with the 90-day Silk Painting for Income Generation Challenge. Alignment of intentions is the key to success. Win-win-win ideas win :)

The conclusion for everyone thinking about getting sponsored for a creative project is, when you prove there are people who are interested in being part of it, you have a good chance to be considered when you proposal aligns with the mission of the sponsor.

 Yes to Silk Painting

And so it was this year when the chain of support brought forth a project that was aligned with the mission of the sponsor. A group of Peace Region women said yes to a funding opportunity and committed to 3 months of learning silk painting for income generation without any previous experience.

The training started this month with the silk painting ABC - learning the materials in silk and paints and the workstation with tools and accessories. Materials are available from Canadian supplier.

Silk Painting materials ©Mila Lansdowne
Silk Painting tools ©Mila Lansdowne

Artists are Story Tellers - What's Next?

Learning to develop creative leisure time from hobby, to an income generating side gig, is a great way not only to build an additional income but also a personal development of the discovery of your creative abilities. The second month is time to turn up imagination and dream up beautiful new colorful designs for painting on silk.

The next month the participants move to the visual story telling phase of development in their own collections by exploring their message to delight the recipients and attract buyers.

The first hands-on part begins here as well with learning the 3 basic techniques that do not require any previous experience or specific talent. These methods are proven to be mastered by school children and seniors and anyone who looks for creative activity. Every piece created is a unique original. And once learned, the sky is the limit!

Techniques of Silk Painting ©Mila Lansdowne
Silk Painting ©Mila Lansdowne

In Conclusion: Where There's a Will, There's a Way!

The start is done, now the creative challenge will test the participants - will they persist and even surprise everyone watching? The motto is clear #TogetherWeCan #TogetherWeWin

Silk Painting for income generation - 90-day challenge in the BC Peace Region

A group of women, aspiring artisans and artists explore painting on silk in online and in studio workshops in Northern British Columbia to learn how to create and earn. 

Location (Map)

Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0, Canada
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Comments 8

Eh Canada Travel on Monday, 03 October 2022 02:44

Nice job at getting the funding for art creation.

Nice job at getting the funding for art creation.
EH Canada : Support on Monday, 03 October 2022 15:13

HelloI would like to join as we are avid outdoorsman and women and live in beautiful B.C. On Vancouver Island, Campbell River! Our son lives in Tumbler Ridge I just saw the beautiful photo!

HelloI would like to join as we are avid outdoorsman and women and live in beautiful B.C. On Vancouver Island, Campbell River! Our son lives in Tumbler Ridge I just saw the beautiful photo!
Eh Canada Travel on Monday, 03 October 2022 16:11

Would you like to join the Creative Survival Training or the Adventure Seeker Club? Please reach out to Mila Lansdowne for the challenge. You can connect with her from her profile https://www.ehcanadatravel.com/profile/1960-mila-lansdowne.html

Would you like to join the Creative Survival Training or the Adventure Seeker Club? Please reach out to Mila Lansdowne for the challenge. You can connect with her from her profile https://www.ehcanadatravel.com/profile/1960-mila-lansdowne.html
Mila Lansdowne on Monday, 03 October 2022 17:41

Hi Colleen 😊 Thank you for your inspiring comment and question. - you truly live in a beautiful, inspiring environment - so different from Tumbler Ridge, which is equally intriguing for the creative soul and outdoor enthusiast.
The easiest way to get into the program is to subscribe to the updates on https://www.artforhappiness.ca or continue on this page or reach me on my social media links. Colleen, I deeply appreciate your interest - please don't hesitate to ask and get in touch so I can share more information about this and the next program intake. I look forward to sharing more information with you Have a lovely day!

Hi Colleen 😊 Thank you for your inspiring comment and question. - you truly live in a beautiful, inspiring environment - so different from Tumbler Ridge, which is equally intriguing for the creative soul and outdoor enthusiast. The easiest way to get into the program is to subscribe to the updates on https://www.artforhappiness.ca or continue on this page or reach me on my social media links. Colleen, I deeply appreciate your interest - please don't hesitate to ask and get in touch so I can share more information about this and the next program intake. I look forward to sharing more information with you :) Have a lovely day!
Sonya Richmond on Thursday, 06 October 2022 18:35

cool!

cool!
Mila Lansdowne on Monday, 24 October 2022 16:42

Thank you Sonya
Much appreciated!

Thank you Sonya :) Much appreciated!
Kim Kenyon on Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:32

Way to go! Also, that's a lot of water going over those falls!

Way to go! Also, that's a lot of water going over those falls!
Mila Lansdowne on Monday, 24 October 2022 16:52

Yes, and the amount of water varies.
The info sign at the falls states "higher than Niagara Falls But with the erosion, the falls are losing height.

Yes, and the amount of water varies. The info sign at the falls states "higher than Niagara Falls :) But with the erosion, the falls are losing height.
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