Category: 100 Day Project

100 Day Project 2019 – 100 Adventures in Art – A Review

The 100 Day Project has come and gone for 2019. It always takes me a little while to ‘recover’ from this crafty undertaking and formulate my thoughts. While I do that here is a selection of the final 25 days.

As I neared the end of this adventure I planned out the ideas I still wanted to execute. It always helps me focus my mind if I have a plan of sorts written down. After all the ‘pinning’ I wanted to make sue I didn’t miss a style or technique off my 100.

Above day 85 and 76. Still trying out the white on black and the abstract colourful things too. I used a mask for the pink stars and applied thick paint through the mask.

Below are day 88 and 87. Colourful brush strokes on the left with watercolours and graphic tree collage on the right. Really like the paper combination on the collage.

Day 82 was watercolour trees and a heart shape cut from a previous days experiment with red and black was day 83. Always good to re-purpose those ‘mistakes’.

More of that earlier technique with acrylic paint and drawing shapes over the top for day 80.

And documenting a walk to Canal Gardens with the thistle painting for day 81. Day 78 was another heart. Always hearts!

Wanted to try the village idea again but with paint instead of marker pens for day 90. It was much harder to do than the version with markers but I love it just as much. It’s messy but quirky and I adore that oversized moon!

On the right for day 89 I tried another attempt at graphic abstract shapes.

Playing with watercolour again. Happy to have got a daisy into this collection for day 99.

 

I was inspired by a picture I saw over on Pinterest for painting 98 on the left below but I can’t find in now. This was more watercolour and I do like it. I like the translucent element that watercolour can give you and the vibrant colours.

And for day 100 I went all the way back to that technique I tried on day 5. Layers of acrylic paint.

There we have it. A snap-shot of that final days of the project.

Now to my thoughts about it all……

Looking back to my original post and considering my main objective in this endeavour, which was to hone my arty voice, the question is have I done that?

Simple answer. Nope!

I genuinely thought that I would have a better understanding of who I was as an ‘artist’ at the end of the 100 days. Perhaps that speaks volumes about how arty I actually am! Or maybe the truth is that I don’t have one style or a favourite medium. Maybe I like to try all the things! Maybe that is what I have learned about myself.

I think I’ll write that again. I like to make all the stuff. Quilting, macrame, weaving, scrapbook pages, cross stitch………. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I want to try all the arty things too.

That said though, I think that to be a ‘proper’ artist and make work that you sell you have to have a vision. You have to have a marketable style that becomes recognisable as you, right?

I think that a good idea would be to take ten of my favourites and make them again. And again, and again. Until they look, I don’t want to say perfect, until they look finished. Some of them are fine as they are and I wouldn’t want to make them differently. But some are just a little too unfinished and could be improved with practice.

Another important takeaway for me is that I now know that it’s incredibly hard to make art. Having an idea and then executing it is so tough. Knowing this means that in future when I am tempted to say ‘oh that looks easy I bet I can do that’ I’ll know that it isn’t easy and I probably can’t do it, well not to a professional level anyway. But I will probably still try all the same!

Since the project ended I haven’t painted or drawn or done anything else ‘arty’. I have been sewing a little which is all good but what I don’t want to happen is that I forget everything I learned during the 100 days. So writing this post has made me realise I need to pick up a brush and follow through with that idea of making a few of my favourites again and see how that feels and what they look like.

That’s the most amazing thing about this project. You have no idea what will happen when you commit to 100 days. That is the beauty of it. And no matter what I got out of it or think I didn’t get out of it, I can look back and know that I tried and was surprised and I love it for that reason alone.

The 100 Day Project – 100 Experiments in Art – 75 Days Down

Ah, 100 day Project I do love you! I am also ready to be done. Ha!

Here are just a few of day 50 -75. I went through a decidedly ‘bad’ patch and have not shared those…. It always happens and is simply something to learn from and try not to repeat. But as I say, in such a long period of time, you are going to make things you don’t like.

I have also been wondering, over on Instagram, where all these bright colours are coming from. I reach for oranges, pinks, bright blues and even yellow. I’ve played more with layering acrylics as well as more abstract pieces. The butterflies is a fav. Completely new to me technique I was inspired to try by artist Pam Garrison. I’m obsessed with watching her classes over at the Creative Bug.

When I was away in Portugal I only had watercolours with me so that was a challenge. The one above on the right and both below are from that week. The left one below is a copy of the kitchen tile pattern!

Had to sneak more hearts in.

Tried a bit more collage style as well as a totally bizarre painting of my hand. I traced around it just like we used to when we were kids. I was good fun.

And probably my favourite of all 75 is this poppy.

I have very nearly got the shading right…….. lol.

So there we have it almost done for another year.

The 100 Day Project – 100 Experiments in Art – 50 Days Down

Back again with a few more of my pieces from this years challenge. We have passed the halfway point and I want to share some of days 25 – 50. I hope to have carried on challenging myself…… Let’s take a look and see.

In these four along I have used different techniques and genres. Abstract, line work, still life and watercolour wet into wet.

I don’t know that I am honing in on my arty style but I am doing lots of different things.

Below are my two favourites from this batch. Both began life as a pen doodle. The left one was then covered with acrylic paint and I did more doodling on top. It is a technique I got from a Creative Bug class and I absolutely adore it. It is certainly going on a wall here. So quirky and weird and I would never have made anything like this without inspiration for the class.

The right one is coloured in using Copic markers. Again I like this very much and am amazed they began life with a scribbled doodle.

Another fav below. Inspired by Irena Orlov’s art. I will be trying this again it is just great fun.

I think I have expanded my arty horizons and discovered a couple of techniques that I will be trying again and again.

As I type we are on day 68. I am finding it hard to believe it’s almost over. But also sort of pleased as these last couple of weeks have been a challenge (especially when I was away for a week and only had limited supplies…..). I’ll be back to share more soon. But now I better go and make todays little treasure!

The 100 Day Project 2019 – 100 Experiments in Art – 25 Days Down

As always I am loving this project. So far I have enjoyed trying various media, styles and concepts. It’s making me think which is good because I can easily get stuck in a rut and churn out the same sort of thing over and over. I don’t want to fall into that trap. My whole ‘brief’ for this years project was to play and try things, to hone in on my arty style.

I thought it would be good to dissect some of my pieces so far to help focus my mind as I go onward to the next 75 days. Here are 15 of the first 25 with some notes and thoughts.

 

Above we have day 21 on the left and day 1 on the right.

Let’s talk about day 1 first. This is probably the most ‘free’ I have been. I had looked at my Pinterest board and seen something I liked and tried it out. My version wasn’t anything like the inspiration. To me it is a total mess. Splotches of colour with no real composition but I will always remember I just went for it and although I may not like it it isn’t completely bad. HA!

Day 21 was marker pens and inspired by more on Pinterest. I like the floral pattern but when I stepped back and looked at it I realised that my smaller filler shapes were all very similar in size. To create a pleasing composition a variation of sizes would have helped here.

For day 5 I used layers of acrylic paint. I was finding no success using a brush so resorted to a technique I have used many times before when playing with paint – the hotel key card! Dab on some paint and drag it ‘smooth’ with the edge of the card. If there are layers of paint underneath some of those will show through depending on the pressure you use while dragging the card. I had the layers of blue underneath this one and used white over the top. The black was an afterthought but totally transforms this piece. By complete chance I made them look like buildings and their reflections (well that’s what I’m telling myself!)

Day 10 is a wet on wet technique using watercolour. I made the daisy shapes by leaving some of the white paper dry, a negative shape if you will. Again more thought would have helped this one but wet on wet is a bit of a panicky technique. Having the colour washes mixed and ready to go helps and also a plan of where the paint is going…..

Day 13 is a combination of wet on wet and wet on dry with watercolour again. I love this one and that it looks like a waterfall. Definitely want to try and recreate this idea to intentionally make it more waterfall like.

Day 16 is a flower inspired by the work of Lisa Congdon. Black brush marker with white gel pen. I took a class from Lisa last year on the Creative Bug platform and loved her style and work.

Day 22 was an attempt to copy an image I saw on the NASA Instagram feed. It was a photo from way above Earth of a snowy mountain scene that had bright blue rivers snaking through the peaks. My first attempt was cast aside as I had tried and failed, to copy the scene. Far too technical for me so I went abstract instead. I love these colours and the overall piece.

A pretty village made from marker pens for day 8 . More Lisa Congdon here and inspired by a drawing she did in the same class from Creative Bug. Adore this one. Adore!

Day 19 I went subtle. More of the scraping away technique. I used a star mask to create that background with acrylic paint.

Micron pen and flower shapes for day 14. Again inspired by Pinterest. Not keen on this one. I think my poppy type shapes and not quite right.

 

A cute rainbow with collaged paper for Day 11. Inspired by Kelly Rae Roberts. A background of gouache with a layer of white acrylic over the top. I will try this technique again as it was fun and looks so adorable. I could see it living in my great nieces room!

Day 23 I used a black painted background and a white marker sized paint pen. Another inspired by pinterest. My intention had been a circle shape but that went wrong so I made it more into an oval design and just added shapes and lines till I was happy with it.

Day 3 is gouache again. This was done using a big flat brush with a less is more idea. Something I need to try more often! I liked the colour combination, yellow is not my go to choice but I really like it here. Good to remember to try different things.

For day 24 I layered more gouache as a background. I tried to add a different colour by using the purple and then went with random daisy shapes. As an afterthought I outlined the flowers with black micron and liked that better.

Day 25 was the quickest one yet! Micron line drawing. Simple and not at all bad.

I think my favourite so far has to be the village of brightly coloured buildings. I just love this.

As you can see I have tried lots of styles been inspired by the work of artists I like and played a lot. I am learning that making is art is hard! But I don’t want that to put me off. Even though I have dabbled in painting and mixed media for many years I am still discovering, the hard way, that practice and patience are some of an artists key personality requirements. I am also learning about composition, mixing paints and making shapes. And I need to be conscious of less copying and more being inspired then going my own way when I look at all my pinned ideas.

But overall so far so good. Plenty still to learn as we go forward into the next 75 days!

The 100 Day Project 2019 – 100 Experiments in Art

Here we are again. My third year embarking on this project and I am just as excited to get going as in previous years, although I’ll say it right here, right now I don’t think I can ever top last years 100 hearts on fabric for sheer joy and fun every day. (And yes, one day I will finish the quilt).

But onward.

For 2019 I’m going to make 100 pieces of artwork. Here are three reasons I felt pulled towards this idea.

  • I follow lots of artists and makers over on Instagram and feel inspired by them.
  • I have tried my hand at many different arty crafts over the years but flit on to something else.
  • I constantly find myself uttering the words I could do that!

I know I already have a challenge of making going on (my plan to open an etsy shop for macrame and weaving!) but this is different. This is going to be paint, pens, pencils, collage on paper.

My overall aim is to focus my arty voice. I want to experiment with different techniques and I’ve been pinning ideas over here for reference.

I hope that by giving myself 100 days to play I will be able to hone in on what I most like to make. You can see from the Pinterest board that it’s mainly abstract with some graphic line art thrown in.

After pondering how to approach this I eventually decided that I’m going to start with a pile of 100 pieces of mixed media paper cut to A5 size. I may go smaller depending on the idea that day. When I was discussing this idea with Gav he asked me how I intend finish a piece of art every day. It is a concern but I’ve made a deal with myself.  I’m going to be okay not completing every piece. My intention is to finish each day but if I don’t as long as I have something to share over on Instagram that will be fine. I can go back and finish off later, or not!

I know that the idea of a stack of blank paper may scare some but I’m looking forward to seeing that pile of potential, what will I try today? Oh yes I’m ready to go!

The 100 Day Project 2018 – Thoughts on the Completed Project

It’s over three months since I made my final heart on fabric for this years 100 Day Project! Where does the time go?

I did really well at sewing the squares together and finished that part of the quilt a few weeks after the end of the project. The time lapse is partly to do with me, the well known fact that crafts go in seasons with me, and partly that I have struggled to get a good photo of the quilt top.

I had it in my head that I wanted to hold up the quilt top not lay it down as I had all through the 100 days. After my second ‘photo shoot’ I should have given up and just laid it on the floor but I was stubborn and tried again.

Argh…… still blurry and with shadows but here it is.

Back at day eighty four I promised to return here and share what I learned from doing this project. I’ve just gone back and read my roundup post for last year to see what I thought about that project (I’ve linked all past post’s below).

What I mentioned in that post was that I’d surprised myself by completing the 100 days and that I was happy to have carved 15-30 minutes out of my day to craft.

Both of those thoughts are true this time around. I had set a more challenging project but still completed it and I made the time to do it.

I also simply love what I have made. I love that I tried new techniques, learnt about fabric paint (grr) and stamping with ink on fabric. That I used a well loved blouse, a sheet my sister gave me and mostly materials I had on hand for the squares. That I carved my own heart stamps, used a colour palette and fell in love with applique.

I think my biggest takeaway should be that I can do it. I may tweak and make it work for me but I can do it.

What I would really like to do then is believe this of myself day in and day out. I have a dream to sell things that I make. But I do not believe I can. I don’t really try to do it. There are a dozen reasons why I don’t. Excuses I should say, not reasons. There are too many folk already doing it, it will cost more that it makes, I don’t have people skills to sell things, nothing I make will be good enough………..

Perhaps I need to look long and hard at those 100 quilt squares and realise that I can do it if I want to and stop all the excuses? Maybe I will. We will see.

In the meantime I am already looking forward to 100 days 2019 and planning to finish the quilt obviously!

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Here is my intro post to the 2018 project and my thoughts on 25 days down and at 80 days. And here is the post I wrote at the beginning of the 2017 project with this one summing up my thoughts at the end of those 100 days last year.

The 100 Day Project 2018 – Thoughts on Eighty Days Done

Well. Here we are then. As I write I have made eighty four squares! Eighty four days. Wow.

Here is a re-cap on the basics of my project.

I’m putting 100 hearts onto fabric. The squares are all 6.5 x 6.5 inches. I selected a variety of materials in a limited colour palette. White, cream, pink, grey, brown, beige. All except one piece of fabric I already had on hand. These were an old linen blouse, three re-purposed cotton sheets.  I bought one length of salmon pink linen.

For adding hearts to the fabric I have used fabric markers, dimensional fabric paint, Mr Huey’s spray ink, applique, white spray paint and two fabric ink blocks. Embroidery floss, and buttons have also been used.  I have cut up card and fun foam for templates and to make my own stamps.

When all 100 are finished I’ll be making a quilt. Phew.

Here are a some of the squares from the last fifty plus days. Some are my favourites and some I included here because they are ‘different’ and a little bit different should be celebrated!

Possibly my all time fav below.

Gav, H and my fingerprints! Hers are the perfect ones!

I said way back in March as I pondered this project ‘what if I run out of ideas?’ My response back then was where is the challenge if you know you can do it? Which is still true but I know now that I won’t run out of ideas.  There are endless ways to put a heart shape onto fabric. Endless.

I did however, begin to plan and mentioned this over on my Instagram feed a while back. I planned to help focus my mind on what ideas from my Pinterest board I still wanted use and also to help prevent that moment of panic, especially on days when I’m out at work for some of the day.

Here’s the plan as it stood on day sixty.

I deliberately made it visual, so drew a representation of what the square looked like. Seeing it all laid out made me both really happy and focussed. I began to see each row of ten as a mini goal which kept me on track. Ten days is nothing right?

I have been intentional about where the colours came in the layout from the start but seeing it laid out on a plan was helpful. I also love looking back at the photos I’ve taken of them all arranged on the floor.

I also tried to make the squares different as they sat side by side, above and below. If I’d done a central large heart the day before or on the row above I tried to do a smaller random pattern for the next one etc…

I still love, love this project and am thinking about what I have learned this time around. I’ll come back and share those thoughts and then of course the sewing begins so I can turn my squares into a quilt!

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Here is my intro post to the 2018 project and my thoughts on 25 days down. And here is the post I wrote at the beginning of the 2017 project with this one summing up my thoughts at the end of those 100 days last year.

The 100 Day Project 2018 – Thoughts on 25 Days Down

Where did those 25 days go? I have be messing about with fabric pens, dimensional paint, scraps of material and embroidery floss and created a quarter of the squares. I’ve been sharing a photo everyday over here on Instagram along with a few words. I am smiling all over my face as I write because I absolutely adore this project.

The first 16.

Since I’m plod, plodding along I wanted to get a few of my thoughts and feelings about the project so far down ‘on paper’ because I know I’ll hit a wall at some point so let’s celebrate these first 25 days with a little honesty.

Here’s quick list of things that have come into my head so far –

  1. I don’t love every square and have made some mistakes
  2. I’m not doing it over if I don’t like it (yet anyway!)
  3. I’m a little panicky about them all looking the same
  4. I’m getting too conscious about the designs/colours matching other days nearby in the layout
  5. I dislike dimensional paint!
  6. I love applique
  7. Play is good

Here’s a bit more of a ramble about point 4.

Seeing my ‘grid’ of squares grow over on Instagram makes me want them all to be cohesive. I will hold my hand up and admit that I’ve made a pile of squares all in order of how I want to use them for the next 15 days. Is that cheating?

First of all Mel, it’s your project so you can do what you like and second of all if it is then so what! Maybe I’ll loosen up on this as time goes on or maybe I won’t and I’ll keep planning the fabric choices based on the other growing rows of squares. It’s just one of those quirks in my personality that I’m very matchy matchy.

Play is good. Below is a great example of how I played with card and supplies and made a template so I could use it as a mask.

I went for the ‘negative’ look so used the cut out hearts as the mask.

I loved making that template. But unfortunately the stamp I picked to create the design over the masked hearts didn’t allow those ‘negative’ hearts show up enough. (Plus I seem to have some old blue paint on the stamp….)

So I grabbed a Mister Huey’s spray mist and covered the square in pink ink!

This is one of the ones I don’t like. The combination of slightly patterned background fabric with the swirls and then the pink is too much. But it’s staying in the mix of squares if only to make me remember that play is good but test things out first is also a necessary part of play.

The dimensional paint issue. So on day 2 and 10 I used Tulip dimensional fabric paint. I loved day 2 but when I came to use it on day 10 my test runs with the white matt paint just looked awful. I’d committed to using paint on that day so I just did it. You can see the result in the last photo below. It’s the grey square with three white hearts and that zig zag border. It turned out ok and I like the addition of a border, something I’d yet to try. My thought about the paint overall should have been a good thing as it was pushing me to different things. But really I just didn’t want to work with the paint again.

Then I looked at the three tubes of paint and knew there was no way I wasn’t going to use them on this project again so I googled dimensional paint and came up with the technique I used here.

I drew the hearts onto a sheet of card and smushed the fabric square onto the paint. It’s so messy and imperfect but I love it. I really like the ‘negative cream heart on the inside of the paint and think I’ll try this again but paint the hearts closer so I get hardly any space between smushed hearts on the finished square. We will see.

I found that I was panicking around day 15 when all I seem to have made were squares with a big heart in the middle or squares with random little hearts. I know that really that wasn’t the case because when you look at them all laid out they do vary but that’s how I felt. I tried to just ignore those feelings and make the next square.

Just pushing on is really all you can do in a project like this because if you don’t you end up not making anything and that day is suddenly gone.

Day 24 is perhaps my most fav square of all. You know how I love a spotty fabric…… And my new love of the applique technique.

Below are all 25 laid out as they will be when I put them together as a quilt. Day 1 is top left.

I think you can tell by the length of my ramblings that I’m loving this so much and that is the most important part. Bring on the next 75!

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Here is my intro post to the 2018 project. And here is the post I wrote at the beginning of the 2017 project with this one summing up my thoughts at the end of those 100 days last year.

The 100 Day Project 2018 – 100 Hearts on Fabric

Can you believe it is almost a year since I began writing 100 Brush Script Quotes? I can’t.

I loved the project so much last year that I have decided to jump on board again in 2018 and have shamelessly plagiarised the project that Elise Blaha Cripe  did last year. But instead of 100 Plants on Fabric I’m going with 100 Hearts on Fabric!

And let me tell you I am about as excited as I have ever been about this! The idea came to me about two months ago during a quilty phase when I found myself wondering how I could do something similar to Elise (because I thought her take on the idea was so cool) without being exactly the same. Then it hit me. I love hearts as a motif so why not do hearts on fabric.

I began by pinning over here to see if I could come up with enough ideas……..

Then I thought where is the challenge if you know you can do it? I was hooked on the idea anyway and now can’t wait to get going.

Although I’m all fired up, which is of course exactly how you need to be at the start of something that is going to last a long time, I’m also realistic and know that I’ll get fed up and stressed along the journey. To help combat those feelings I know I can consult my board over on Pinterest when I need inspiration.

As far as supplies I’ve purchased some fabric markers, fabric inks and dimensional fabric paint.

I’ve sorted out a pile of embroidery floss, sequins and beads and have a small stack of fabric. The salmon linen on the top of the pile is the only one I have purchased so far all the others are from my stash.

I intend to make squares (when I said I’d plagiarised her idea I wasn’t kidding!) and sew them into a quilt so my colour scheme is going to be white, pink, grey and some other neutrals. If I get to the end of the 100 days and manage to sew a quilt I’ll put it our bedroom to go with my very first quilt.

A week today is all begins again!

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Here is the post I wrote at the beginning of the 2017 project and here is a post summing up my thoughts at the end of the 100 days.

100 Brushscript Quotes – Thoughts on the Completed Project

100 days. Seems like an age ago. Time has flown by since it was completed, almost another 100 days in fact!

Here is my original post at the start of the project. And here is the link to the official pages from the host Elle Luna.

I’m mentioning the ticking away of time quite a bit here recently mainly because I seem to be finding it hard to sit and blog, so ideas I had planned to write about have passed me by or, as in this case, what I’m writing about was ages ago. However, I still want to document and share my feeling about the 100 days project so here we go…..

First of all I surprised myself. I was amazed that I completed it and that I posted a photo of my handwritten quote everyday on Instagram. I was also pretty impressed that not only did I post the quote but that I interspersed those posts with other photos that gave my feed a chequerboard effect! Loved that, thanks Gav for pointing it out.

Secondly, I liked that I was quite picky about the quotes I chose to write. Although many of the comments I made attached to the image on Instagram didn’t mention the quote itself, I did find that I wouldn’t write just any old quote. I had to love it, it had to speak to me. More on that below. I also think that deciding to change it up part way through and adding in the movie quotes and then the Friends quotes shows something of my personality. Glad I mixed it up and added those into the process.

Thirdly, I found right after the end I didn’t want to stop! I missed it so very much at first and I still want to work on my style and practice more. As the time has gone by though I’m happy that I did it for the 100 days and now am finished. I can pick up the brush at any time and keep up the practice and I intend to do just that.

I also need to remember that I carved out 15-30 minutes a day to do this. What other creative thing could I do in that time?

I hope to go back and read and digest the words/quotes I wrote. Why did I pick them? How do I want them to impact my life. I chose them because they ‘spoke’ to me so I want ti think about why? Not just to leave it there I’d like to it think about the words more.

Overall then, it was a great success, I have a book of words documenting a project and also a period in my life. Love that tangible stuff! And I’m looking forward to doing it again next year maybe something a little more of a challenge??

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