Plot Party: an upcoming, week-long pen plotting art challenge this July 8-14! Use hashtag #plotparty on social media to share your work.

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July 8

Metallic Ink

July 9

Thick Lines! Bust out the paint markers, brushes, etc.

July 10

Multicolor plot (think cmyk, color gradients, or a monochrome color scheme)

July 11

Hatch fill shading/infill

July 12

Two mediums in one plot! (think paint and pen, or pencil and pen, etc.) Both can be plotted, or one can be done by hand.

July 13

White Ink

July 14

Human intervention: collab with the machine while the plotter runs (take something away, add something, etc.)


What is an art challenge? How does this work?

Each day there is a new prompt for a piece of pen plotted artwork. Interpret the prompts as you see fit!

Share your work on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #plotparty so everyone who is participating in the art challenge can see what you end up making!

Do I need to make new work each day?

Choose your level of participation! There are pretty much no rules. If the prompt excites you, make something! If it doesn’t, skip that prompt and wait for the next day.

You can participate in all of the days, or only just some of the days. You can repeat a prompt or apply different prompts to the same design. The only rule is to just have fun!

What if I don’t own a pen plotter?

No problem, handmade artwork is just fine!

Suggested Supplies

Metallic Pens/Inks (July 8th Prompt)

  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens (08 thickness recommended)
  • Pentel Dual Hybrid Metallic Pens
  • Uni-ball Signo Metallic Pens
  • Metallic Sharpies
  • Metallic Posca Paint Markers
  • Gold Leafing with Glue Pens!

Thick Pens (July 9th Prompt)

  • Posca Paint Markers
  • Winsor Newton ProMarker
  • Molotow Paint Markers
  • Sharpies
  • Copic Original Double-Ended Marker
  • Pentel Dual Brush Pens
  • TomBow Dual Brush Pens

Multicolor Plot (July 10th Prompt)

  • Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners
  • Staedtler Pigment Liners
  • Faber Castell Artist Pitt Pens
  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliner
  • Sakura Micron Pens
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens

Hatch Fill Shading (July 11th Prompt)

  • Any of the pens listed above!

Mixed Media (July 12th Prompt)

  • Any of the pen/markers listed above
  • Winsor Newton Watercolors and Pencils
  • Prismacolor Pencils
  • Acrylic Ink or Paint (Golden, Liquitex, Jacquard)

White Ink (July 13th Prompt)

  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens (08 thickness recommended)
  • Pilot Juice Up Pens
  • Uni-ball Signo Pens
  • Sakura Ballsign Pens

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