Saturday, July 1, 2017

#100daysproject

The 100 day project is an incredible call to action for artists.  100 days to work on your craft, see your growth and see that inspiration is all around you.  You will not run out.  You will learn to keep your eyes open and find more.  

You can read more about it on the official website here

Getting started was probably the hardest part for me.  I wanted to chose a subject that would give me lots of variety.  I originally planned to use different mediums along the way.  I decided to make my project about wreaths, but decided to start with watercolor for simplicity's sake.  

I posted all of my projects on Instagram using the #100daywreathproject.  Finding a unique hashtag was not that easy either!  

Once I started watercoloring, I couldn't stop. I did a piece almost every single day, and some days I did two.  I have not run out of ideas yet.

I learned a lot about watercoloring backgrounds.  Letting the paint do the work and letting the water flow. My galaxy Shakespeare quote was a lot more sophisticated looking than my egg background above.

Finding quotes to letter inside my wreath was a natural extension.  Finding great quotes is something I have loved since I was a kid.  I even had a quote dictionary.








I found that painting a background added a lot to the designs.

I used a regular old crayola marker to letter this one and loved the brush script look it gives.



I got a lot of inspiration from my own garden but I also looked at stuff like Pinterest too.  This one was lifted pretty closely.  

When I was lettering I would often look at script fonts as a guide.  I love thin delicate strokes.  




A walk to the turtle pond at the University of Texas, became the inspiration for a piece one day.



At times when I didn't have access to my paints I would color something with crayons.  Hilariously these two pieces look very similar in real life but photographed way differently.  Sorry crayons, I just don't know how to capture you! 

Thick letters with a prominent shadow this time. 

I also had the opportunity to take a lettering course through Hand Lettered Design collaboration with Cocoa Daisy, my scrapbooking design team.  


Serif Caps and Script letters are my favorites from the course so far.  And the flourishes!  Those are not easy, but so fun to practice.

Doing this project has not made me feel completely transformed as an artist.  But I have learned a lot.  I am not sure what to do with all these but I really hope to make a set of prints and put them up in my Etsy shop soon.


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