All posts filed under: The 100 Day Project

100 Days of Creative Ideas 11 – 20

The 100 day project started on April 4 and I am still going strong!  My little library of vintage cards with ideas on them is growing nicely.  Here are cards 11-20 11. Go to the library and find a picture book in the children’s section. Pick one with illustrations you love. Sketch some ideas from this book – patterns, creatures, lettering, anything. Pick another book and repeat. Some of my favorite children’s books for the illustrations are by Lauren Child, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Riddell, ‘Gaston’ by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson and ‘A lion in Paris’ by Beatrice Alemagna. I just discovered the Welcome to the Museum series and ‘Botanicum’ is just gorgeous, so don’t forget to check out the non fiction books too. 12. Take yourself for a walk around your neighbourhood or favorite place.  As you go, notice all the circles and make a note, a sketch or take a photo. How many circles did you spot? Did you notice anything new about your neighbourhood? 13. Give yourself permission, allow yourself …

100 Days of Creative Ideas. Days 1-10

This year will be my third time at participating in The 100 Day Project and we are at day sixteen already. Having said that, sixteen seems very ‘still at the beginning’. I am keeping up which is a marvelous thing, I have a little list of ideas which I jot down as they come to me, so that if nothing pops into my mind, I can refer to my idea bank. If you want to see my project as it emerges day by day, you can follow along on Instagram at 100daysofcreativeideas. Here are my first ten days of ideas – 1. Take up challenge. A monthly or a daily challenge. Search Instagram, it is full of them. Don’t be discouraged if a ‘challenge’ has finished or is part way through, do it anyway.  The 100 Day Project is a great one.  Other challenges I have done are Tinkersketch drawing challenge, Rae Missingan‘s mark making challenge, Fat Mum Slim hosts a daily photo challenge and Susannah Conway also has lovely photo challenges. 2. Go to the …

The 100 Day Project 2017. 100 Days of Creative Ideas.

The 100 Day Project is almost upon us for 2017 and I am looking forward to participating again this year. To achieve a hundred days of anything in a straight line is a marvelous thing and it is a proud moment when you are done and you have the body of work finished. In previous years I have made 100 mandalas and 100 altered cards and thoroughly enjoyed them both. This year I am going to write and sketch 100 creative ideas and I will be logging them onto Instagram under the hashtag #100daysofcreativeideas. I had to deliberate over how to present the ideas (when I come up with them!).  Options were – a sketchbook with 100 pages to work on, a handmade book which I could make with 100 pages or individual cards of some description. In the end I decided to use 100 vintage book order cards I found at an estate sale in an old school here in St Louis.  I counted to make sure there were 100 cards and they are now …

100 Days of Altered Cards 81-100

All done. Finished. Hurrah! 100 days of drawing, painting, inking, gluing, stenciling, printing and embellishing vintage playing cards. I am so pleased with my pile of one hundred little pieces of art. Never have I worked on such a small area and I have loved the tiny ‘canvas’ which a playing card presents. There were some cards I didn’t alter because there was only one of them and I wanted to keep them as they are.  I also kept one of each card I used in it’s original state. The ‘Wild West’ illustrations are so cool, I wish I had more of them and the girl in the checked trousers looks like she is equal parts innocence and mischief! Here are cards 81-100 – That’s a wrap! I think I will look for an album to store them in, maybe like one of these Project Life albums.  Or I could keep them in a nice box, but they might get damaged just loose in a box. If you completed The 100 Day Project, well done …

100 Days of Altered Cards 71-80.

We are almost at the home straight of The 100 Day Project and I was thinking why I like it so much.  I like challenges with prompts and instructions which are usually a month long, but this is a different beast.  Over three months of the same (ish) project which you thought up yourself and only really have yourself accountable for. I post my cards on Instagram every day using the hashtag #100daysofalteredcardsbycatseatdogs and that is pretty much my accountability. I know, I know, it could have been shorter! So, here are ten reasons I like The 100 Day Project so much. 1. The time frame is huge but so satisfying (especially once I got into double digits). 2.The body of work you make is going to be fairly big and hopefully useful 3. You can’t help but land on a style or a way of working which you enjoy. 4. I have learnt to work small. 5. I have learnt to take off the pressure to create something amazing each time.  There is always another go …

100 days of altered cards 51-70

Only 30 more days to go, one month of the 100 Day Project and all done.  I am enjoying seeing these little cards made into something new.  Now I have a collection of them I am wondering what to do with them when I am done. I think I will put them into a photo style album maybe using the Project Life pages and albums. Looking over them as a whole some have become mini art journal pages.  You can tell when we started to swim at the YMCA as part of our regular summer routine and when the poppies came into bloom in my garden. If you fancy a challenge which is not quite as long as the 100 days, Rachelle at Tinkerlab has a new Tinkersketch prompt list for July.  It is a fun thing to do for a month, the prompts are vague enough to allow you to do your art thing, but there is also enough guidance to keep you going. I think the ‘Swim’ card is my favorite, I just …

100 Days of Altered Cards by CatsEatDogs, Days 31-50.

I have made it to over half way in The 100 Day Project!  Yay! I am really enjoying altering my little box of vintage playing cards, little artworks with no pressure. Well apart from the ‘one a day’ pressure of course! The first 30 cards in the project are here  and here. If you want to follow my project daily over at Instagram, my hashtag is #100daysofalteredcardsbycatseatdogs.  Happy Tuesday x