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The 100 Day Project 2018: Combine + Create

Click through for tips on how to prepare for your own 100 Day Project.

Last year was the first year I participated in the 100 Day Project and I very successfully completed it and even created a class from it! I am always so intrigued and inspired by watching others do this project but because of the way the school year works and our travel schedule, I never felt it was in the cards for me. But last year I found a way to make it work by choosing a project that was totally mobile, halfway done before I started and needed no real tools and therefore was able to keep up with the project while I traveled with no problems.

I started thinking about my 2018 100 Day Project about a week or two ago. I wanted my project this year to be more art focused, so I started thinking about what I could do that would be easy to complete while traveling.

I went for a walk and it hit me: collage. I’ve been wanting to experiment more with my art journal practice and this meets that goal beautifully. But I know myself: I need to do the most basic daily project tasks to be able to stick things out for the long haul, again collage seemed perfect. I quickly thought out my parameters and it just felt right and bonus, I was super excited about it. But the problem was that the 100 Day Project doesn’t technically start until April 3. When I thought through my project, I was pretty sure that I can keep this up while traveling and thought it would be fun to see what I created on the road. But the more I thought the more I realized I wanted to start NOW and I really didn’t want to be committed to anything over the summer because we have so many other big plans…

So I just started. I counted up the days and I will literally finish 100 days the week before we leave for summer. It could not have been more perfect. I really am sad that I will miss the big excitement that the community shares over starting their projects together, but I knew I needed to resist the peer pressure and do what was right for my own creative/life sanity. So here we go, 100 days of collaging!

I did a HUGE podcast all about prepping for, starting and maintaining a big project, exactly like this one, so that will be really valuable to you if you want to join the 100 Day Project this year.

Below is my outline, parameters, rules, goals for the project. It’s a great format to use when planning your 100 Day Project, so please use this and adjust it as you need!

#LaurenCombinesandCreates
100 Days of Collage

Parameters:

  • Work in 1 book
  • Time limit: 10 minutes avg, 20 max
  • Use minimal supplies
  • Post daily on instagram
  • Name each collage

Supplies:

  • book
  • gluestick
  • scissors
  • pre cut magazine images + words
  • paint
  • ephemera (be choosy – not a hoarder)

Themes:

Goals:

  • To find my own collage style.
  • To add another form of creating to my tool kit.
  • To experiment with more simple pages.
  • To create every day.
  • To honor other creatives and their work.

These are a few of the pages I have made so far and they have been really fun! So far I’ve loved looking for inspiration for each page and most of the time each day something will jump out at me to start my page, but I’m also using the ‘save’ feature on instagram to stock pile ideas and inspiration for when my own runs low. Thats one of the keys! Having a back up plan for when things go wrong. You can follow along with my project on instagram here. 

If you’re looking for a project to do this year and want to do something photography based, I would love it if you checked out my course, based on my last 100 Day Project, Stories From Here. It has 200 ideas for you, so your project will be super simple. plus it has hours of phone photography video tutorials that will help you take your phone photography skills to great new heights!

Let me know if you already know what your project is going to be and any questions you have for planning. I’d love to help! Happy making!

How She Creates: Creative Burnout

How to deal with creative burnout and get back to creating. Click through to listen to the full episode of How She Creates
Lately I have been in a huge creative funk. I don’t want to create and it’s making me and the people around me miserable. So I decided to do a deep dive using my detective skills to figure out what’s going on and how to fix the problem. I am sharing 20+ things for you to do when you feel your creative mojo sprinting out the door. I’m not talking the ‘just take a nap’ kind of tips, I’m talking how to do some soul searching and how to maintain your relationship with creativity long term. Plus, YOU shared your ideas! I asked for ideas on instagram and so many of you responded. So it’s me plus about 20 of my closest instagram artists today sharing how to claw your way back to creative peace and joy!

How She Creates Challenge

Share with us on instagram how you overcome creative burnout and blocks. Share your ideas using #howshecreates.

Now, go listen and enjoy the show!


 

Show Notes

Meet Your Host

Lauren is an American crafter, adventurer and storyteller living in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with her husband. Lauren is an art maker, grace giver, photographer of life, laugh enthusiast, creativity chaser, believer in people, inspiration aficionado, street food lover, and DIY fanatic.

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How She Creates: Brush Magazine

Pursuing big dreams is one of the greatest and scariest parts of being creatives. This week we are learning how Tanyalee realized and achieved a HUGE dream: creating a magazine. I am so excited to introduce you to Tanyalee and Brush Magazine, because this is truly the magazine of my own dreams. In this episode you’ll hear how the dream started, how Tanyalee carried it out and tips for how you can also pursue your own big goals. Plus there’s a giveaway!

Learn more, submit your artwork & purchase Brush Magazine:

 

Website
Facebook
Instagram

How She Creates Challenge

To win a copy of Brush Magazine Issue 3, create an art journal page about a big dream you have. Share it with us on instagram using the #howshecreates and #brushmagazine tags. Be sure you are following @brush_magazine to be entered. Next week on the podcast we will announce our winner and send them a copy of this gorgeous art journal publication!

You can listen below or by searching How She Creates in any podcast player. Make sure to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes if you are inspired to make more things by the show! 

Show Notes

Meet Our Guest

Hi there creatives, I’m Tanyalee and I am primarily a mixed media art journaler who is beginning to dabble in works on canvas and other substrates. You may also know me as the face behind the newly published Brush Magazine – a project that has been a dream of mine for some time. I have always been a creative type, starting with sketching cartoon characters as a young girl, right through to now where I work as Graphic Designer and Social Media Consultant. I strongly believe that everyone can make art and be creative, you just need to believe in yourself and follow your instincts. Getting messy with paint (and I mean messy – I LOVE to use my hands rather than brushes) is like therapy to me, when times are tough, I get stuck into my art journal.

Connect with Tanyalee:
Blog · Instagram · Facebook

Meet Your Host

Lauren is an American crafter, adventurer and storyteller living in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with her husband. Lauren is an art maker, grace giver, photographer of life, laugh enthusiast, creativity chaser, believer in people, inspiration aficionado, street food lover, and DIY fanatic.

Connect with Lauren:
Blog · Instagram · Courses · Pinterest 

Thank you so much to our sponsor: Get Messy Art Journal!

Get Messy is an art journal community designed to help you become the artist you desire to be and to meet your creative BFFs. Get Messy will teach you the foundations of art journaling and, every day, help you add a new creative tool into your art toolbox with art prompts, tutorials, inspiration and more. The best part of Get Messy is by far the private community where you can ask any art questions you have, make friends and participate in fun, worldwide artist events like material swaps, collaborative journals and more. To help you get started with your art journaling journey Get Messy has 3 free classes for you: Introduction to Art Journaling (beginners), Elevate Your Art (intermediate) and How To Find Your Style (all levels). Sign up for Get Messy’s newsletter below to receive instant access to all three courses.

Connect with Get Messy
Newsletter · Website · Shop · Instagram