THE 100 DAY PROJECT 2017 | HALF WAY

The 100 day project for 2017 has reached it's half way point!



For this year, my project has been 100 days of trying to draw. 

I am trying very hard to push myself out of my comfort zone (abstract pattern, animals, nature) and focus on things that are difficult (people, cars, houses).

Animals, mountains and almost 2D objects - easier subjects for me

People and 3D objects - harder subjects for me

So far, I am happy with my progress and not yet bored; although sometimes lacking in ideas of what to draw, please comment with any suggestions below!

GET MESSY HABIT | WEEK 20

Season of contrast is over! 

Here is a collage to represent my get messy habit - I contributed, participated and shared art each week for this season of contrast. 


I will spend these next two weeks going back through tutorials and prompts that I missed during the season.


OM
- felt tips

A wonderful tutorial by Misty on using different scales in your journal. The OM sound being the biggest sound in the universe was something Misty mentioned in her video and it resonated with me. I have become more and more into yoga over the past few years and last week participated in this OM project by Yoga with Adriene - it just seemed right to put it here in my journal.


Give your brain a break 
- pen, oil pastel, acrylic paint & ink

This repeating layered pattern is something I keep coming back to again and again 


A mix of materials made up this page


Summer Vibes
- felt tips, acrylic paint & ink 

I created my girls by using Sasha's face printing tutorial. It was awesome and so much more effective than I thought! 


I loved creating a meditative jungle for this girl, it had a calming effect on me as I chose the appropriate colours and brushstrokes. 


Again with the repeating pattern marks. 



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BLUESKY JOURNAL | A STRUGGLE WITH PERFECTION

2x years ago I won this beautiful journal from bluesky papers.


 It was through an instagram art challenge hosted by Courtney Burden, #makeyourmarkaug. 
There were a lot of different people participating in the project and I felt so lucky to be chosen as the winner!


It's hate to admit this.. but there is not one single page completed, not even a dab of ink or paint. 
I get frustrated with myself that I can't seem to get out of my head and into the pages.



I am searching for the perfect project. I am not wanting to ruin a beautiful gift that I worked really hard for. 
I am feeling un-deserving. It is easier to leave it blank.

I even had it engraved with my favourite "get out of you head!" quote for this very reason!


Any advice on how to get over this hump or what to use the journal for would be greatly appreciated.... 

I don't want to hold on to it empty for 2x more years!

GET MESSY 2017 | CONTRAST | WEEK 6

This is our last week of get messy's season of contrast. 
We (the get messy community) will now have a 2 week break before starting our new season. 

I always like to keep up my weekly creative habit though and am planning to dedicate the next two weeks to completing all of the tutorials I have missed / skipped during this season! 


Enough
- ink & acrylic



This double page spread answers itself. Is it enough? It is enough. Relating back to the amount of medium on the pages as well as some internal dialogue. 


Straight vs Swirl
- ink

Trying to express the contrast of straight, gridded lines and soft, natural ones. I used the same colours for each page and find that a spiral sketchbook helps with the separation of the two. 


I just loved this page on the right! 
It made me think of a "real" artist abstract sketch ;) 


Rain and Flowers
- ink & acrylic

I started this page by writing "You can't have a rainbow without some rain, flowers are the same". Then I got really into my painting and ended up covering the words in my layers of ink and acrylic.  

I meant to add the text back in, but quite liked it plain. Again with my issue of incorporation journalling into my art pages!


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FILM NOTES | IRIS

Last weekend I watched a film that'd been on my watch-list for over a year; Iris. I had been waiting patiently for a perfect time to watch it, and that time was last Saturday. 


If you are not familiar with the wonder that is Iris Apfel, then let me introduce you! Iris is just amazing - a wunderkind and a true trailblazer. 
 


A women after my own heart. I love her playful and blunt nature. Her honest approach to clothes and the fashion industry. Her love and devotion to her husband, Carl (who turns 100 during the film).






Watching this film made me think of how I dressed when I was younger. Making me a bit sad for the freedom and creativity that i had back then, but have lost a bit now. 

I used to be very outlandish as a child and teen. I shopped exclusively at charity shops and discount stores. I wore piles and piles of bracelets, scarfs and used hair dye as another accessory. I was unafraid and bold - I knew what I liked and what I didn't. I cut jeans into skirts and dresses into tops, cardigans into jumpers and the list goes on... 

Watching this film has made me want to re-discover some of that girl who is still very much inside of me.. She just got caught up in all the sameness somewhere along the way. 

If you love documentaries, New York, fashion, elderly people, pattern or colour (or happily all of these things like myself!) then I couldn't recommend this any more to you. 


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You can see the rest of my film notes series here 

GET MESSY 2017 | CONTRAST | WEEK 5

We are almost at the end of this current season with get messy; season of contrast.

I've enjoyed it a lot, especially the webinar we had with the season guest artist, Amy Maricle
I found her style so different yet inspiring to mine. 

I have unintentionally approached this season with more focus on colour, texture and pattern than I would traditionally. 
Same for the previous season, art 101. I think maybe it's just where my head is at right now but I would like to integrate more actual journaling into my pages. This always has been and remains my aim since joining get messy!


That's life
- ink & acrylic 

Taking inspiration from a prompt written by Riet
The rough and the smooth, the linear and the round. 



Zag
oil pastel, ink & acrylic

Each season, as a get messy creative team member, I share a tutorial based on the seasons theme. This season, I shared a tutorial all about contrasting materials and how to use them happily together on a page. One was oil pastel and ink which I have embellished on the left page here. Drawing the zags over the top and then turning them into a pattern on the right hand side is a very meditative and relaxing habit for me. 



It's a trap
- acrylic, washi, collage & pen

Thinking again of contrasting elements, the rough and the smooth. here I was mimicking the sea and the land. soft waves and spiky trees. My inner monologue ramblings on two post its are me trying to shoe horn journaling into my art practice. 



Boom, Clap
- acrylic, felt tips & pen

Another edition from my get messy tutorial. I just added the lyrics and lines over the top for some added contrast. 
I love these bright colours and the bleed between the two materials. 



Tools from this week

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DAILY MOLESKINE 2017 | APRIL

At the risk of sounding about 10000, this year is just flying by!

 I have a few busy months coming up but I am going to try and maintain my daily entries in a month by month sequence. Last year, it all fell out of place and I had to batch my posts in seasons (Autumn,Spring etc.) This was OK but I feel more in control and less pressured when i am working on a monthly timeline.

Anyway, April.

 The month when you think its summer then suddenly have to grab all your coats and jumpers again because it's hailing.






A trip to the Chinese supermarket and ridiculously kawaii stickers from Vanessa!




I am born in the year of the dragon, which made this hyper real dream even more poignant for me. 




Shout out to OC alumni Lo, for this nugget of advice I am trying to take on board. 


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So many people have joined in with me for this year! Look for the tags #mydayarted and #dailymoleskine on instagram to see how my friends are documenting their 2017.

You can see all of my 2016 and the beginning of 2017 entries here.