I stumbled across The 100 Day Project on Instagram and also one of my classmates in art class is doing one. As I love a challenge (I’ve done numerous photo challenges) and I need to incorporate art more regularly into my life, I’ve decided to do my own 100 Day Project.
What is The 100 Day Project?
It’s simply to choose a creative project, do it every day for 100 days, and share it online. The OFFICIAL annual 2021 #The100DayProject is actually over with the next one not due to start until 31 January 2022. However, it does say the following in the FAQ on their website:
What if I miss the start date?
Any day is a good day to start your own #The100DayProject. Try reaching out to a few friends or posting on the social platform of your choice looking for co-participants.
I hadn’t planned on reaching out for co-participants, but if anyone reading this would like to do a project along with me, I’d certainly welcome it!
Why do I want to do ‘The 100 Day Project’?
For a few reasons:
- I love a challenge!
- I’ve only been doing art on the days I go to art class and I want it to become a more regular part of my life.
- I want to find my ‘thing’. What kind of art ‘sparks joy’ within me and the creativity flows and comes naturally to me?
- I want to shake off the perfectionism that stops me achieving my dreams all the time.
There are also all the benefits of Creativity, some of which you can read about in this ‘Creativity‘ post I wrote in early February this year.
I think that as the project goes along, I will find myself leaning more towards one form of art than another. This process will not only be great practice for me but it will help me find what I enjoy the most and what I’m best at.
When & what will I be doing for my ‘The 100 Day Project’?
I’ve decided to start on Thursday 1 July 2021 (tomorrow!) and the 100th day will be Saturday 9 October 2021. To be completely transparent, my plan has been to start the week before my 1 July start date (I’ve started) so that I have few done in advance to provide me with a bit of a buffer should there be days where fitting in doing some art is impossible (and there are some days like that).
I plan on doing ANYTHING creative. I will of course do some watercolours (my favourite). I have an interest in Zentangling so have been watching a few YouTube videos and will give it a go – basic patterns to start with and then hopefully mixing the patterns into more complex pieces. I will do sketching with graphite and/or charcoal and I’ll do mixed media. I may even do some crochet here and there rather than art if the mood takes me. Depending on what new things I learn about in upcoming art classes (we’re on a break now – next module starts on 13 July) you never know what I might throw in the mix!
Some tips on the official website say the following:
Once you have an idea, here are some practical tips:
Make sure you can do it in 5-10 minutes a day. More time is nice if you have it, but if it’s a really time-consuming project you probably won’t do it every day.
I don’t think there is anything creative I do that takes 5-10 minutes so mine will most definitely take longer. However, the key here is to not place expectations on myself of producing wonderful PERFECT works of art! Perfect being the key word. This is going to be good practice at letting go of my perfectionism. Wish me luck!
Depending on how much time I have available for art on the day will determine what kind of ‘creativity’ I choose and whether it is detailed and quite good, or basic and very average. Trust me, there will be a lot of average! No perfectionism though Min!
Where can you see my ‘The 100 Day Project’?
If you’re interested in following my 100 Day Project, you’ll be able to see it over on my Instagram, and that will feed through to my Facebook & Twitter. I will also do regular round up posts here on the blog. I haven’t decided how frequently yet – weekly/fortnightly? Still thinking on that one! By the way, you may notice I have added a dedicated tab for ‘The 100 Day Project’ in my top menu (2nd from the right). You’ll be able to click on that and see every post assigned to it. They will include this one and all the round up posts (showing the art I do each day of the project) to come.
If I enjoy this 100 days of creativity, I may even participate in the official #The100DayProject that kicks off next January. We shall see!
I hope you’ll enjoy following along with my 100 days of creativity!
Ciao for now,