How to Try Out The 100-Day Project

mixed media art with palette and acrylic paint

What is The 100 Day Project?

Have you been curious about 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.

Several mixed media art work on table

Intoducing, The Pretend 100 Day Project Instead

I decided to do the project this year anyway. But my way. Look, I already knew I would “fail” from the get-go. But I didn’t care.

Last year, I wanted to do The 100-Day Project. But I knew there wasn’t enough space in my life to commit to 100 days, EVERY DAY, of making art. There just wasn’t the time or bandwidth.

But, dangit, I didn’t want to miss it. It looked like so much fun, and there was so much opportunity to learn. And it was done in the community, working a timeline with tons of other people, which I love.

Instead, I created the hashtag #pretend100dayproject and asked everyone to join me. Well, people LOVED it. It gave everyone just enough permission to give it a go without having to be so darn perfect.

We all laughed at ourselves together. AND we learned a lot about art. We got to participate and not be left out. Our artistic muscle was strengthened, and our friendship to our art practice deepened.

Hand holding many mixed media collage art pieces

Join me at #pretend100dayproject

So, this year, I’m going to do the project again this year in 2024.

Admittedly, I am swamped with art stuff this year. I’ve got many art collaboration classes, my new online free class, Wholeness Found, that’s running, and my new program, Whole Artist, I’m creating.

So I already know I will be real strong in the “pretend” part of the #pretend100dayproject, let’s just be honest 😍.

But no worries.

Art is a friend to us like that. Patient, believing, undemanding, and fun.

That’s how I look at it, and I hope you do too. I’d love for you to join me online. Just tag me @shaymichellestudios and #pretend100dayproject, and I’ll look for you!

Close up of painting with paint, thread and paper collage

Desk with painting and paint pallet with words The 100 Day Project

Want to Learn More About the Project?

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.

If you’d like to learn more about how I started the #pretend100dayproject go HERE.

Roben-Marie has a beautiful 100-Day Project and Workbook Tracker you can download, with opportunities to record your thoughts, experiences, and ideas HERE. She also talks about how to successfully participate in The 100 Day Project HERE.

Ink and Indigo had a transformational experience with the project HERE.

BB Henry offers up her experience with the project and 5 tips on how to stay creative all year HERE.

Kelle Wynn has created an excellent podcast about the 100-day project and how it can help your art business HERE.

Fodder School 3 is doing a fun challenge with their community using up collage fodder you can see HERE.

Pinterest pin for The 100 Day Project with painting

So tell me, will you do The Pretend 100 Day Project?

I hope so! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #pretend100dayproject. In the comments below, let me know if you’ve ever done the project, what it was like for you, or if you’ll join us this year so I can look for you!

13 thoughts on “How to Try Out The 100-Day Project

  1. Monika says:

    YES – I can do the pretend 100 – and should get at least 35 in …orrrrr – if I use all my subjects – hand painted clothes/digital composite art/ Zen collages/collage fodder – maybe all 100???
    Love your action of “less is more”.:):):)

  2. Helen says:

    I’ve read this twice but don’t know when you’re beginning this project. I feel like I’m missing something. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  3. Shay Kent says:

    Hi Helen! The 100 Day Project begins Sunday, February 18th, 2024. This isn’t my original project, but something I like to participate in. I’m not able to do all 100 days as it’s designed, so I’ve created a fun little challenge for myself and invited others who want to do the same with #pretend100dayproject. Hope that answers your question! All the best.

  4. Shay Kent says:

    Hi! Sure! No need for social media. The #pretend100daychallenge isn’t formalized. It’s something you can simply do on your own. I will more than likely post un update or two here on the blog. I will also chat about it in my newsletter if you’d like to follow along. Simply sign up for “newsletter” in the box labeled as such in the right hand corner at the top of the page. Or you can email me at and I can add you manually. Hope that helps!

  5. Shay Kent says:

    Monika, that all sounds so fun! I want to do all those projects with you! 😆 Have fun in whatever direction you choose to go!

  6. Kelly says:

    I discovered your #pretend100dayproject last year and thought it was a wonderful idea! I too want to play along with the 100 day project, but I know it’s not realistic for me to create every day. I have a life! A job that has nothing to do with art! Kids and a husband! The past couple years I’ve done #100daysofuseitupkelly which has given me a lot more flexibility. My basic premise is that I have to use what I have to create whatever I want and not buy any new supplies for 100 days. I may do that again. Still have a day to think about it, but I love the #pretend100dayproject along with you!

  7. Chris says:

    YES! I’d love to do the #100pretenddayproject! I’ve never done it before, so I’m excited to try it… much more my “speed” than the “perfect” one!! 😉

  8. Ann Harris says:

    Yes I will join #pretend100dayproject with you Shay. Like you I was on vacation when it started so I am 5 days behind already. Let’s have some fun.

  9. Shay Kent says:

    I love that idea so much Kelly. In some weird way, sometimes it can be more fun and interesting to be limited. Don’t you think? Our creativity has to grow that way. I’m so happy you’re here for the Pretend 100 Day Project!

  10. Shay Kent says:

    I had a friend that said she wanted to do the 30/100 day project which cracked me up. Yours could be the 35/100 Day Project. Happy creating!

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