What is The 100 Day Project?
The concept is simple. Make something every day for 100 days in a row.
There’s no freaking way I’ll be creating art every day for 100 days.
Haha! How’s that for a way to start the 100-day project?
I told my husband there was almost nothing I wanted to do every day for the next 100 days except to maybe eat chocolate. Okay, if I HAVE to do something, I guess I’ll brush my teeth. I don’t like anything to be the boss of me, including me, including The 100 Day Project of which I’ve decided to do!
Look, I’m organized, diligent, determined, all those type-A-ish things. But good gracious, don’t put me on the line like that 100 Day Project! I’m not sure if we can be friends like that.
But, hey, why let that stop me? Maybe it’ll be a 76-day project instead? Or a 57-day? Or every day except Saturday and Sunday because I’m at the farmers market and on the beach with my husband?
Intoducing, The Pretend 100 Day Project Instead
Have you ever seen Jennifer Garner and her Pretend Cooking Show on YouTube? She’s adorable. You must go see it. If she can have a Pretend Cooking Show, then we get to have The Pretend 100 Day Project, don’t you think?
Don’t get me wrong, I think The 100 Day Project is amazing and it’s so cool to see what everyone is doing, to share in the buzz of excitement. And the growth potential. So fun!
But I know myself, and there’s NO WAY I’m going to do 100 days straight. So let’s just call a spade a spade, right? And I’m okay with that. Totally okay.
So if you’re someone who wants to be a halfsies, lackadaisical, C-student, meh, it’s good enoughsies, pretend type 100 day-er, come with me, and let’s get our honorable mention ribbon!
Come Join me at #pretend100dayproject
You know we need a hashtag to find each other.
So here we go. Follow along on Instagram, if only to have a good laugh. Let’s meet at #pretend100dayproject.
Me and the #pretend100dayproject are gonna be like an old couple, arguing in our rocking chairs, trying to tell each other who’s right (me!), breaking up, and then getting back together again.
Tag yourself with the hashtag so we can lament and languish together during these 100 days of crazy-making.
And I know it has already started! Who cares? We’re already on our way to our honorable mention ribbon, right? So just start today on day, whatever it is in the lineup. I’ve lost track already.
What I’ll be Creating for The Pretend 100 Day Project
Mixed media is my thing, so that’s where I’m going.
Funny enough, I loved the rhythmic, soothing feeling of cutting out 100 individual 6 by 6-inch squares from a pad of watercolor paper to get ready. You would think seeing that pile of white pages adding up would feel daunting, but, in fact, it felt just the opposite.
But, seeing all those babies stacked up, I couldn’t help but feel intrigued. Just imagining those pages all filled up, colorful, and overflowing got this pretend 100-day project girl pretty excited; I’m not gonna lie.
My plan for #pretend100dayproject is simple.
Collage, paint, and color away to create 100-ish baby mixed media pieces, any color, texture, and composition.
I’m choosing one common theme. Six by six white watercolor paper, and whatever ends up on that paper is fair game.
Also, and this is important, I’m giving myself permission to make them quick, quick, quick. No pressure to make it perfect, create in a long, drawn-out fashion, or be overly thoughtful about it. 15 to 30 minutes at a time should do it.
I’m excited about connecting with everyone online, so join me there!!
Want to Learn More About The 100 Day Project?
In all seriousness, the 100-day project is cool.
Here are some great resources, whether you’re a #pretend100dayproject like me or going all in for real, which is fantastic too.
If you want to see where this project began, check it out HERE.
Julie Hamilton has been doing the 100-day project for going on eight years! You can read her ten helpful tips for your project in this blog post.
Roben-Marie has a beautiful 100-Day Project and Workbook Tracker you can download, with opportunities to record your thoughts, experiences, and ideas HERE.
Kelle Wynn has created an excellent podcast about the 100-day project and how it can help your art business HERE.
So tell me, will you do The Pretend 100 Day Project?
I hope so! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #pretend100dayproject. Let us know in the comments below if you’ve ever done the project, what it was like for you or if you’ll join us this year so we can look for you!