The 100 Day Project - Art Challenge Tips

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The 100 Day Project (#the100dayproject) is the first daily practice project I have taken seriously in awhile.  Right now I'm on Day 10 (follow @fluximagery on Instagram) and while the project is fun, it is definitely challenging and that is one of the reasons why I signed up.

Here are some things that have helped me along the way with being consistent and enjoying the journey.

Be Prepared

Being as prepared as possible is a HUGE help.  I am making 4”x4” watercolor originals daily and they are for sale.  IE. Day 1 is $1, Day 2 is $2, etc.  When I first wanted to start this, I was going to make 5”x5” illustrations but then I quickly realized I would be burning through a lot of watercolor paper quickly.  So I went with Fluid hot press, 8”x8” watercolor blocks.  Instead of measuring out the 4 inch sections on each sheet from scratch, I cut a 4”x8” template out of sturdy UPS mailer packaging.  This is such a timesaving template and helps me get straight to the painting when I’m limited on time. 

Set a Time

During the week my lunch break is the best time to get my painting completed and it's been working for me.  Once you figure out what time works for you, stick with it.  Be realistic, set a time in your calendar if you must and commit to that time.  Last week was my first weekend of the challenge so I got it done in the first half of the day because once we leave the house as a family, you never know when you will get back home.  The natural light is gone and the day is pretty much a wash for the challenge.  Commit to a time that works, do it, check it off and you'll feel great!

Set Parameters

I am not the best example of this but set some parameters for your project.  Choose the same supplies to use over and over, the same size of art pieces, etc.  It's nice to not have too many variables to make individual decisions about daily and it will help with turning your work into a finished product later if you go that route.  Mine is turning into 100 days of watercolors so far.

Be Kind

Be nice to yourself, for me I committed to showing every painting on Instagram and other social media for 100 days.  This is not easy, I am not 100 percent happy with each painting but I need to keep the negative self-talk in check.  This is the same for you, you can be your worst critic.  There are times when I post something that I think is cringe-worthy and it gets the best response from others.  You never know, if you bring a smile to one person, be happy.  Also remember that this is a learning challenge and no matter what, you learned something.

Connect

Reach out to others who are working on the same challenge you are.  There is strength in numbers and they can encourage you when you see them sticking with it and vice versa.  It’s can be easier when you make the effort to connect to this community that is trying to do the same thing you are.

I hope these tips help you with your 100 Day Project or any other challenge you decide to take on.  What tips have you learned that help you with art challenges?  

Inquiring minds want to know.

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I'm in!  I'm so in!  I heard about this project, The 100 Day Project by Elle Luna, earlier this month and wasn't sure if I was going to participate.  100 days of anything is a long time and I don't have a ton of "free" time, etc, etc.  But I do want to grow, I do want to get more consistent, etc.  

So here we are, The 100 Day Project is a project where you do anything for 100 days.  Pick something and do it consistently for 100 days.  I am going to focus on daily small watercolor paintings, 4"x4" and they will be for sale.  In order to purchase one of the 100, you need to subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on Instagram (@fluximagery).  The pricing will correlate with the day, IE. Day 1 is $1, Day 2 is $2 and so on.  I'll be selling them as "custom orders" via my Etsy shop.

Follow me on Instagram and type in the Instagram post comments "Day _" and whoever is the fastest is the winner. When a painting is sold (and newsletter subscription is confirmed), I'll update the Instagram post with "SOLD" in the description.  I will be shipping* out the paintings once a week (Saturdays or Mondays, or a mix).  The paintings will be sandwiched in between bristol board in a 5"x7" envelope.

One last thing, if you are a lucky winner, I would love it if you would post it in your Instagram feed and tag me (@fluximagery).  That would be amazing.  My custom hashtag is #100daysoffluximagery and the project hashtag is #the100dayproject

A couple of my watercolor friends are joining in the fun too!  - Christie Drahnak and Randi from Moon and Skye.

*shipping of paintings in U.S. only, can't afford international shipping coins right now. :)

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I've loved taking pictures forever now but have been taking even more ever since we had Addy. My poor poor hard drive struggle. Lately it's been a month by month project and she has her own Tumblr page over here.

However, I want to focus on capturing images on a weekly bi-weekly basis so I'm doing a 26 week photo challenge now. Trying to be realistic since we will have a new addition soon. I can always increase right? Right.

Let's do this thang!

No. 25

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I'm getting closer and closer to midnight with these posts.  I stopped by the library to pick up my watercolor books!  I got a Charles Reid DVD about painting flowers, Paint with the Watercolor Masters by Jonathan Stephenson and Watercolor Painting by Tom Hoffman.  I can already tell the Hoffman book will be added to my library.  Best book I've read yet and I only had time to flip through so far.  Talks about the process of art way before putting brush to paper.  My kind of process talk.

Goodnight!

No. 24

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This is painting number 24.  I am enjoying making marks with my brushes.  I have synthetic, mix of synthetic/real hair and squirrel hair brushes.  The ones I keep gravitating toward are my Winsor Newton Sceptre Gold IIs.  They hold just enough water and paint.  I have two Isabey (squirrel hair and expensive) and I just can't get the hang of working with them.  They come to a point but don't make marks as easily.  Still learning and getting more familiar with watercolor.  That's the goal so it's all good.  I have some Charles Reid watercolor DVDs and a few other watercolor books on order from the library.

Oh, my baby girl just got over a bad case of diaper rash so I wanted to share what finally worked.  We tried time without a diaper with her walking around in the house, we tried direct sunshine on her little tooshie in the backyard, we used a quadruple layer of ointment/powder (Neosporin, cortizone, Desitin and Caldesene powder) and we even made these homemade wipes (Thank you Lindsay!).  Nothing worked until we took everything out of the equation except for Aquaphor (the tub kind) and homemade wipes.  I am not sure what caused the rash to get out of control but now it is gone, good riddance.

Now it is time for bed, goodnight.  Sleep tight.

No. 15

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Painting number 15.  Playing with different values of brown with a little bit of blue thrown in.

We are hitting the road to New Mexico on Wednesday and I've never blogged away from home.  I size down my images here and all that.  So, I think I'm going to either post a lot in advance or post a lot after the trip is over.  Might be the latter, just sayin'. Thanks for following along and commenting, I like where this challenge is going.

Goodnight.

No. 13

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I came back to a work in progress painting for no. 13.  This also works for Illustration Friday's "Travel" because this little birdie has traveled to the flowers and she loves it there.  This finished painting is 8x10 and I think I want to put it in my Etsy shop.

We are making plans to get out of dodge again this week and this time we want to go to Sante Fe.  This is where were got engaged years ago, but I still would like to know if there is anything we must see there?  I've been there twice so far, love Sante Fe and Taos. Tia Sophia's is delicious!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!