Category: 100 Day Project

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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The 100 Day Project – 100 Brushscript Quotes

Phew…… I am just over a third of the way through this project! 100 days is a long time! I’ve been sharing my quote each day on Instagram and you can find me here over there.

I may have rambled before about my attraction to this art form before but thought I’d go over it again as I try to cement ideas in my head.

It all started with Kal. She doesn’t really post there anymore but that is where I found her many years ago. She is over here on Instagram.

I have tried her way of writing before.

I also found Amy through scrapbooking and a few years ago she started writing in watercolour brush script. Her style is completely different to Kal and they are both different to what I imagine that kind of writing to be. Mostly you find, if you look on You Tube, a perfect ‘copperplate’ style that is written to a formula. Neither of these artists write that way and I don’t want to either.

I want to try to develop a style. My style. And I think by writing for 100 days I may get there.

So far I am loving it. Up until day six I didn’t practice before I put brush to paper I just wrote the quote. Of those first few some were just a mess that looking back I don’t like very much.

Lesson number one then? I do need to ‘warm’ up before I write each one simply to get the movement flowing and to keep up the practicing. Lesson number two? Keep varying the size and style. I have tried to write differently but am drawn to the loopy writing more as you can see.

Lesson number three? Slowly does it. Now here in lies a problem. I have no patience. I want to take up the brush load it with colour and write. But I have found that if I slow down I can better judge the letters and where exactly I want the brush to go. I have also found that the way I hold the brush makes a difference. Straight up or like a pen and you end up with a different look.

 

I hope I’m getting better. Well I think I am. I have developed certain letters that were a problem to start with like ‘b’ and ‘y’ I like my ‘f’, ‘h’, ‘l’. Some are still tricky like ‘s’ and ‘m’ but I keep trying.

A few days ago I started with movie quotes and I’m loving that twist.

Generally I am writing them all in a book. I thought the idea of having all of them together would be kind of cool. I have done three ‘loose’ and may do more perhaps on different paper like the one in the first photo.

The paper in this pad I’m using is not watercolour paper but is slightly thicker and more textured than printer paper. I’m using a set of proper watercolour paints and a cheaper, chalkier set that I got from Hobbycraft in the UK. I use a fine water-brush for convenience and the bristles are very controllable.

I’m not sure I like the way my style is developing but I’ll keep going and see where this adventures leads me!

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Go here to find out more about the 100 Day Project.

The 100 Day Project – 2017

Last year I heard about the 100 Day Project on the podcast Elise Gets Crafty. I’ve been a fan of Elise for a few years now, loved reading her blog (she doesn’t write there now very often), listening to her podcast and following her on Instagram.

I was interested in the idea of painting aeriel landscapes when I listened to this episode of the podcast. I hopped over and looked at the paintings her guest had made (this photo on Instagram gives an idea of the paintings she made last year). I began pinning aeriel photos for inspiration and even made a few just to see.

Of course I wanted to jump on board with this idea right away but stopped myself knowing that it would be better to wait and join in next time the ‘official’ project was running. I thought having others doing it at the same time might keep me on track.

This years project is about to begin (4 April) and I am wavering from my original idea. The thinking behind my doubts? I probably can’t afford to buy supplies to paint 100 canvases and what would I do with them when they were finished? Of course I have dreamed of setting up an Etsy shop to try and sell them but not sure anyone would buy, plus Etsy is a whole other thing to add into the mix and I’ll have enough going on trying to do something for 100 days let alone wondering what to do after…….. As I write this it feels like a bit of a lame excuse…….

Anyway, I was still pondering what else I could do when I found this book.

I have been following the author/artist on Instagram for a few months and love her work so I bought the book which got me thinking could I complete some of the projects in the book as my 100? I was discussing my ideas with Gav and he added one into the mix too.

Here are the four ideas –

  • Write 100 quotes in brush script
  • Take 100 photographs with the big camera
  • Complete 100 projects from the book
  • Paint 100 aeriel landscapes

Looking at them set out like this makes me want to do them all. Maybe I will? One day.

The most doable one would be the photos because I take photos everyday anyway I’d just have to go back to the big camera.

But I have decided to go with the brush script. I think that will push me in terms of commitment and it will make me experiment and learn about my style with this medium. It feels just challenging enough which I think is sensible for my first attempt at this project.

So there we go. Starting on 4 April I will write a quote in brush script every day for 100 days! Of course I’ll share here as we go along and would love to see if you are doing the project?