15 Mar The 100 Day Project starts on April 4, 2017!
Two years ago I took part in my first 100 Day Project, creating 100 paintings of watercolor flowers. It was a great project, but 100 days is a surprisingly long time to do anything. Especially making art in a new medium. On the upside 100 days is a good amount of time to improve your skills – and to have a worthwhile selection of art to show for your efforts at the end. On the downside, there were days when I really couldn’t create anything I liked and I was sorely tempted to drop out.
So how can you join in with the 100 day project? Fortunately there is a wonderful site you can go to and read all about it. Essentially the project begins on Tuesday April 4, and runs through to Wednesday July 12. You follow Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thomson on Instagram – if you don’t have an Instagram account, they are very easy to set up! The names are links directly through to their accounts so you can follow them.
The next step of preparing for the 100 day project is probably the hardest part. You can take photos, create art, work on an ongoing project, e.g. a quilt, draw what is outside your window each day – the options are endless! You can also go here on Instagram and see some work from previous years to help you get ideas. My best advice is to pick something fairly quick to do – if you decide to create a huge piece each day, it will soon become a chore, not a pleasure.
Now you need to come up with a hashtag for your project. In 2015 I used #100daysofwatercolors. I wasn’t alone in choosing that particular hashtag, but if you follow the link, you’ll find a lot of my flower paintings still show up.
Finally, you have to declare your intention to participate. Follow this link and scroll down the page. Select an image from the page to upload to your Instagram account and post it with this hashtag: #100dayproject. Don’t forget to add this hashtag to your work in addition to your own hashtag each day so others can find and follow you – and you them. This use of hashtags changes the project from being an individual effort into a collective effort. I was constantly surprised by how supportive and encouraging everyone was, especially on days when I was unhappy with what I had produced. (And you’ll feel inspired to cheer on your fellow artists and offer hearts and encouragement too!)
100 Day Project
Despite being a die hard right brained creative, I found it helpful to create a Google spreadsheet to keep me on task. I put the dates down the left, then used the next column for adding ideas for what to draw/paint/create later on. At first it was very easy to come up with ideas each day, but around the 30 day mark I started to struggle to come up with a new idea each day. With this Google doc to hand I could see what I had already painted, and on days when I was full of ideas I could add them ahead for use on days when the muse just wasn’t talking to me!
So you have about three weeks to come up with a 100 day project art idea – and make sure you have enough supplies on hand. This is by far the hardest part, but the outcome of sticking with it is very much worth all the effort you put in!