Building your art muscles is mostly about showing up, we asked 3 creatives how #The100DayProject is helping them flex.
Emily Vilcsak – May 15, 2019
Creatives across the world are joining together in a celebration of creativity for #The100DayProject. It’s created a community that has supported each other and held each other accountable—and the best part is that it’s not too late to join in!
As explained on the project website, “#The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online... Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity. The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.” Elle Luna, author of The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion and Your Story is Your Power: Free Your Feminine Voice, started the project on social media in 2014. This year the hashtag has grown. Thousands of people are challenging themselves to choose a project, create one thing each day for one hundred days, and post to Instagram. This year, it all started on April 2nd, but creatives can join in whenever!
From first-time creatives to well-known influencers, this project suits anyone who accepts the challenge to create! We connected with a few creatives to hear about what their journey has been like and where they are headed with their own #The100dayproject.
@h_u_f_t_o_n: I saw it as a good way to build my confidence again in mark making (getting back to the basics) after years of designing digitally. Also, it was a creative outlet while I was on maternity leave.
@rockinruksi: I started the 100 day project back in 2015. Honestly, I was looking for a new container of my creative expression. I was in my senior year of graphic design school and although I loved design, I was starting to feel a little burnt out. I wanted to create for the sake of expression and I thought doing the 100 day project would be a good way to dabble in painting.
@littlebleusun: It’s sort of silly—I had purchased a 100 pack of handmade watercolor paper that was on sale and a day later I stumbled upon the 100 day project. Next thing I know, I’m planning for what I want to do for my own 100 day project.
@h_u_f_t_o_n: I think just setting yourself the goal to commit to it was the big thing for me, I didn’t want to let myself down but then I got such lovely feedback & I felt excited about connecting with other creatives and it motivated me to keep going.
@rockinruksi: The 100 day project is incredible because it truly made me accountable to my art practice. It’s so simple. Make one thing every day for 100 days. It also allowed me to see how social media can be an incredibly motivating tool and hold me accountable. I felt that I had an audience "watching" me and looking forward to all my posts. Even when I felt like giving up, I never did because I knew there were people online looking forward to my drawings and I didn’t want to let them down.
@littlebleusun: While working a full-time job, the 100 day project, and the especially the community participating in the project, are such great motivators to keep trying to create regularly and get into a sustainable rhythm of creating regularly.
@h_u_f_t_o_n: So far, I feel like I’m on a journey of finding my own style. After years of creating and designing to briefs and to a brand, it’s nice to have freedom to play and slowly find my own voice.
@rockinruksi: Personally, I’ve grown so much as an artist. My creative process completely revolutionized because I stopped being afraid to make mistakes. I learnt the value of embracing imperfection and sharing my art even when it felt incomplete. It gave me the forum to be vulnerable through my art and to express myself as authentically and honestly as possible. Professionally, I’ve learnt more about daily creativity. That art can also mean showing up, regardless of how inspired I feel. It’s helped me build an extensive portfolio for myself as an illustrator.
@littlebleusun: With the personal goal of working with limited palettes, I’m pushing myself to explore different styles that are new to me. Choosing a different palette every 10 days is really helping me create unique pieces that are better suited for any particular palette that I’m working with. This has really helped me discover and enjoy unique styles and subject matter suited for each palette.
@h_u_f_t_o_n: So many people and things inspire me at the moment, I’m loving looking back at my old art books of Matisse and Warhol.
@rockinruksi: I’m inspired by many people, including my mother, who is such an example of unconditional love. I’m often inspired by nature, the changing seasons, and observing my environment. When it comes to illustrators, I’m currently very inspired by the work of Mari Andrews and Grant Snider (author of The Shape of Ideas). When it comes to music, I’m currently obsessing over Sleeping at Last and Trevor Hall.
@h_u_f_t_o_n: Contentment, I’d be lost without being able to be creative, I’m my happiest self when I’m being creative.
@rockinruksi: Creativity means the ability to share what I’ve received. We have all received so much in our life: love, loss, hurt, beauty, community, wisdom, etc. To transform what we have received into gifts and share it with the world is my definition of creativity.
@littlebleusun: "Creative" to me describes someone who creates ideas, works, and pieces that are novel, experimental, and have character.
If you’re a creative who would like to start the 100 Day Project or need help bringing your projects to life, our Walden coaches will hold you accountable and help you with goal setting to allow you to focus on what you do best—create. Don’t consider yourself a creative? We believe anyone making anything is a creative. But, Walden isn’t just for creatives. Our dashboard and project plans are people-focused, not just templates, so we’ll customize your project plan to suit what you’re looking for.
It’s not too late to start the 100 Day Project! With one of our Walden coaches on your side, you’ll be able to bring your project to life.