Category: 100 Day Project

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!


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?