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Art block: 100 day project

A sketchbook, planner, journal, and 2 novels lay on a dark blue bedspread with pens on top. A dog sleeps behind the books.

I've been following the 100 day project for a couple years and I love the idea but never had the guts to actually attempt it. The next 100 day community project will begin Feb 18th. Of course you can start whenever you like, but sometimes it's fun to be part of a collective group working towards the same goal. Or not.

My 100 day project goal is to create art everyday. I've already gotten pretty good at knitting, so I that's not included. I do that anyway for funsies. This will be more about practicing the playful part of making art. Experimenting and seeing what happens. Putting some limitations in place is probably for the best. If I have too many options I get overwhelmed. Part of this project will be cut out as much phone time as possible. I've gotten way better at disconnecting from social media, but I've been playing a lot of games on my phone as a replacement. I looked into making my phone "dumb" but it costs money. The iPhone actually has a lot of tools to limit screen time...just have to spend a minute setting it up. Also made a point of moving certain apps to the "back page" of my phone. Only important apps get to sit on the homepage.

Anyway, Here are the things I want to do in the next 100 days. It's too much, but I figure I can get the ideas down here and attempt them in chunks:

  • draw in my sketchbook or iPad

  • 30 min activity/day

  • read 30 min/day

  • stop eating fast food

  • stop drinking all alcohol

  • stop looking at phone as a default when I'm bored

Haha Yeah that's way too much. I will of course attempt the first one - to make art everyday. The limitations will be: has to be in one sketchbook (hope there are 100 pages) and only with non-erasable tools. Markers, colored pencils, ball point pens and the like are ok. But no going back to "fix" anything. The reading and limited phone usage will be there to support my goals, but not really part of the project.

Wish me luck!

The "Art block" series is an on-going exploration of how to be more creative in everyday life without feeling overwhelmed. Look for posts in the same to read more about my experiences overcoming my personal struggles with being a creative.


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