#Pandemink is a daily(ish) Twitter drawalong to help us get through the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s inspired by Inktober, a project where artists and never-before-artists draw daily in response to prompt words throughout the month of October. It seemed like we needed a space where we can take five minutes away from endlessly scrolling through the news and connect, first with ourselves and then with other people. Also, the pun was too good to pass up.

The project is being coordinated by Rachel Rowan Olive / @rrowanolive at @pandemink on Twitter, where you will find the daily prompts and examples of some of the work that’s been done so far. You can also see people’s work on the hashtag #pandemink. When we’re not living through the apocalypse Rachel is part of a therapeutic arts community.

“Making art together and motivating each other, making each other laugh with our work, has always been part of how I make things. I didn’t want to lose that now”.

Rachel Rowan Olive

Pandemink was born out of the active mental health twitter community, but it’s open to anyone and everyone who wants to get involved. All the rules are optional: you just create something as and when you can, either in response to the daily prompt or off-piste doing your own thing, and share it on the hashtag #pandemink on Twitter. Use any medium – people so far have done pencil sketches, ink drawings, watercolour, photoshop, collages. If you miss a day or two, don’t worry, you can join back in when you’re ready.

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