Inktober 2022

For the last 7 years, I’ve jumped onto the the month-long (October) Inktober challenge, using prompts developed by the Zentangle community. This year I switched it up, deciding to follow the official daily word prompts, one word a day, creating images representing each word, solely in ink. The only rules I held myself to were: 1) only ink; no pencil sketching, and 2) create a drawing daily in 10 minutes or less. When I was all finished, it seemed some shading with Tombow brush pens was needed, and then Flambé wanted to play ….. but in color! Definitely a fun challenge! Here’s what I came up with.

Can you find all 31 of my ink drawings? What’s your favorite?

So what exactly is Inktober?

Inktober is an annual art challenge lasting for all 31 days of October. It was created by artist Jake Parker, with the purpose of improving art skills and developing daily drawing habits. Participants create an ink drawing daily, and posts an official list of word prompts to help guide you on this journey.

Even though there’s an official list of words to follow, “Inktober is just a framework to get yourself to draw better, flex a little, and/or have some fun with your art. Inktober is a challenge NOT a contest to see who the best artist is. It’s a challenge to see how much you can improve your art in a month, and to be inspired or to help inspire other artists to do the same.⁣”

Here’s the official Inktober list for 2022

Anyone can participate, in any way imaginable. You can come up with your own list or search for the numerous lists created by many others, like the one of patterns posted annually by Zentangle. And you can use ink, pencil, paint or crayon. There’s really no rules, no wrong approach. Just make art every day in October!

Even though Inktober 2022 is officially over, you can still take on the challenge in the the following months, or anticipate and participate in the event in October 2023.

For more information, search the web for I’d love to know if you go for it!


  1. Totally enjoyable, full of wit, full of originality, full of the person you’ve always seemed to be (ie no pretense). I loved searching out the details and little added things, the Whitman quote, the cupcake fairy, and of course colorful Flambé !!!


    1. Hi Robin! Thanks so much for the fun comments! It’s so good to hear from you too! Did you participate in Inktober this year. I had a blast putting this compilation together.


  2. zentanglingdeb says:

    Barb, Your daily creations are delightful to enjoy up close. I love the rules you created for yourself. 🎃 Deb

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    1. Hi Deb! Delighted to hear from you …. Hope all is well! I really had fun with the challenge of inking the official word prompts! Did you participate in Inktober 2022 this year! Thanks for checking in and for the comments!


  3. Incredible page, Barb! Hard to pick favorites, but I ended up with 3 – Match: the puzzle pieces are really cool, Forget: beautiful saying, Uh-oh: the poor snowman! And, I have another favorite – Heist: the Grinch is one of my favorite holiday characters & shows! Thanks for sharing, this was really enjoyable and I like that you set up guidelines like spending no more than 10 minutes per day – that makes it do-able!

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    1. How fun! I love your choices, Karen! Thanks for looking around the page. I’m also a huge Dr Seuss fan and secretly cheered on Grinch’s little poor dog (you remember him). He was definitely the underdog in the story, but adoptable. The snowman, well …… another poor case. Reminds me of failed snowmen building attempts. And I’m a puzzle addict. Because I take on Inktober annually, my self-imposed rules make it doable beside my other creative endeavors. Really appreciate your comments! Tag, you’re it!


  4. sgoodman56 says:

    This is absolutely incredible, I can’t possibly pick a favorite. It’s astounding what you did with ink and no pencil first!!


    1. Thanks so much Susan! It was scary at first, but then …….. so much fun!


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