The art project, 365 Postcards for Ants has become our daily addiction. Thanks to artist Lorraine Loots’s creativity, skills and sheer willpower, she’s in her second year of this series of tiny paintings that are about the size of a quarter.
Don’t be fooled by their modest size though. They are filled with intricate detail in the line work and shading, but you may need a magnifying glass to see it all. It’s the kind of brush work that we’d be hard-pressed to master on a normal-sized canvas!
The project started January 1, 2013 and has continued every single day since then. This year, each of Loots’s paintings celebrate Cape Town, South Africa’s selection as the World Design Capital 2014. From local candies to local flowers, each mini painting is a tribute to a tiny piece of the city.
You can buy the original framed paintings or one of five postcard prints available for each day. All of her paintings have already sold out this year, but there are some postcards still available.
If you miss out on those (again, she is v popular) you can hold out for the gorgeous hardbound book, which was recently funded with all of 2013’s painting included. It looks killer. Make sure to follow Loots on Tumblr and Instagram so you can see each of her fabulous paintings as they’re completed. Fingers crossed she keeps it going in 2015 — and maybe inspires you to take on a once-a-day #iamcreative project!
Do you have a soft spot for miniature things like us? Have you ever taken on a one [fill in the blank] a day challenge? Tell us about it in the comments!