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The 100 Day Art Project

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The 100 Day Project Journal Page

Last week, while wandering around Instagram, I came across something that caught my interest. It was a 100 day, creative project idea...and since I'm in a bit of a welcomed lull in the studio, I thought I would check it out. I've done lots of challenges in the past, creating art for X number of days...and to be honest I usually get distracted with something else and fall off the creative challenge wagon. But this time I'm approaching it differently.

I'm not looking at this as a challenge, but rather an opportunity to explore my creative side. I think we all know I love to paint and make art...but I want to take it a little deeper than that and explore the what, where and why of my art practice. So I'm taking each of the 100 days to look at that. Somedays I'll be painting in my art journals, writing down ideas on paper, taking a walk to get inspired, trying something new, going out to a museum or gallery, grab a cup of coffee with an art pal to discuss what we're working on. It has so many way it can go making it more likely that I'll complete the 100 days and gather some new habits and realisations along the way.

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Art Journals

I started out by gathering together art journals that I've worked in over the years ...there are plenty of blank pages to continue working on. I opened up five of them and added a texture finish with plaster and gesso just to get them ready for me to work in at any time.

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Art Journal Pages With Plaster

Next step was just to add some color to get me started on each spread...not sure or directing where it takes me. The main thing is to do something everyday, for however long I have to give it that day. I did join the paid version of the project (you don't have to do this) so I could get the props they send each day...and then I interpret them to fit my 100 day project!

Day One: What's In Your Creative Container

Day Two : Constraint Breeds Creativity

Day Three: Invite Someone In

Day Four: Creativity Is Not Just Making

Day Five: What is Regenerative / Refuel

Day Six: Break The Rules

Days 7: Taking Care Of Past Present & Future

I added a link below if you want to join can do anything you doesn't have to be art. You can write, jump, swing from a tree, create...whatever will make you feel good and move you along this wonderfully creative life!

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Art journal Page Starts

About the project

The idea is simple: choose a creative project, do it every single day for 100 days, and if you like, share your process on your social accounts using the hashtag #The100DayProject.


Want to participate in the 11th annual #The100DayProject? Any day is a good day to start, but if you'd like to join in it's not too late to sign up for the newsletter to find out more or just follow along on your own.

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YouTube 100 Day Project

And yes I did a YouTube on a few of my starts...

click the big red button and go there!

The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are

The second greatest is being happy with what you find

1 Comment

Feb 25

Hi. Its Nancy Gordon. You continue to be an inspiration. I too am doing a 100 day challenge. Its quite amazing to commit yourself to this. I’m doing a dog a day…simple collages…its turning out to be a diary. You can see what i’m up to on IG @chicagopetartist. ❤️

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